Peace Now in the News: March 31 - April 20, 2018

Haaretz: April 9, 2018
"Palestinian families evicted from their East Jerusalem homes amid dispute with Elad," Peace Now's Hagit Ofran quoted in a story about more evictions of Palestinian families from Silwan, East Jerusalem.

New York Times: April 2, 2018
"Israel Courts Catastrophe in Gaza Protests," NYT editorial quotes Peace Now statement regarding Gaza events.


APN in the News: March 31, 2018 - April 20, 2018

New York Times: April 20, 2018
The Insanity at the Gaza Fence,” APN mentioned (in hyperlink) as a resource by Roger Cohen in an op-ed.

+972: April 16, 2018
"Debunking the myth: White House envoy Jason Greenblatt is no moderate," Article on Jason Greenblatt mentions APN's campaign urging David Friedman's dismissal.

Al-Monitor: April 11, 2018
"Palestinian journalist’s killing spurs international condemnation," APN's Ori Nir quoted in a story about the IDF's shooting of Palestinian journalists on the Gaza border.

APN in the News: February 24 - March 30, 2018

APN Director of Policy and Government Relations Debra Shushan in Haaretz: March 19, 2018
"Trump's Policies Towards the Palestinians Are Based on Bad Faith, Ineptitude and Cruelty"

Two conferences held last week underlined the Trump Administration’s combination of bad faith and ineptitude in addressing Gaza’s severe humanitarian crisis. The first one, convened by the White House, was dubbed a "brainstorming session" on Gaza by Trump’s special representative for international negotiations Jason Greenblatt. At the outset, Greenblatt enjoined participants to "leave all politics at the door" in order to help Gaza. Read More >

Times of Israel: March 29, 2018
"Liberal Jewish groups slam Bolton for ‘bellicose ideology, anti-Muslim bigotry'," APN among liberal Jewish groups slamming Bolton for 'bellicose ideology, anti-Muslim bigotry.'

The Forward: March 15, 2018
"Presidents Conference ‘Transparency’ Questioned After Malcolm Hoenlein Revelations," APN among other member organizations of the Conference of Presidents that are concerned about Hoenlein's role on corporate boards.

The Arab Weekly: March 11, 2018
"US policy on the Middle East just got foggier," APN's Ori Nir comments on the Trump administration's lackluster performance in advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Haaretz: March 5, 2018
"As Trump and Netanyahu Meet, Our Plea as Interfaith Leaders: Stop Boosting the Proponents of a Religious War," APN's Debra Shushan co-authors interfaith op-ed: Stop Boosting the Proponents of a Religious War.

Al-Bawaba: February 28, 2018
"Who are the Zionists Against Israeli Settlements and the Occupation of the West Bank?," APN's Ori Nir quoted in story on "liberal Zionism."

Al-Bawaba: February 25, 2018
"What is the Pro-Israel Lobby and How is it Shaping US Foreign Policy on Iran?," APN's Debra Shushan quoted in story on American Jews' position re Iran.

Peace Now in the News: March 24 - 30, 2018

Times of Israel: March 26, 2018
"Claiming Defense Ministry approval, settlers enter 2 disputed Hebron buildings," Peace Now condemns settlers' taking over disputed homes in Hebron.

Ynet News: March 26, 2018
"Settlements grew under Trump presidency," Peace Now report: Settlements grew under Trump presidency.

JTA: March 26, 2018
"West Bank construction starts rose about 17 percent for 2017, Peace Now reports," Peace Now: West Bank construction starts rose about 17 percent for 2017.

i24 News: March 26, 2018
"Most new settler homes being built in 'isolated' West Bank settlements," Peace Now report: Most new settler homes being built in 'isolated' West Bank settlements.

Jerusalem Post: March 26, 2018
"Illegal settler outpost building resumed with 16 new sites," Peace Now report: Illegal settler outpost building resumed with 16 new sites.

Peace Now in the News: March 6 - March 21, 2018

Jerusalem Post: March 21, 2018
"Since Trump took office, new settlement construction has declined," Peace Now's Hagit Ofran comments on stats showing a decline in West Bank settlement housing starts since Trump's presidency.

Haaretz: March 8, 2018
"Israeli government-funded council spent millions on illegal settlements," Peace Now accuses settlement regional council of breaking the law using tax-payer funds to pay for illegal construction.

Jerusalem Post: March 6, 2018
"Work starts on new industrial zone Kiryat Arba settlement," Peace Now opposes construction of industrial zone in Kiryat Arba.


Peace Now in the News: February 13-19, 2018

ABC News: February 19, 2018
"Israeli settler leader says settlements grew rapidly in 2017," Brian Reeves, spokesman for Peace Now, an anti-settlement monitoring group, said it could not corroborate Katz's figures but that they are in the "ballpark" of its own estimates.

Haaretz: February 19, 2018
"Netanyahu eyes paying settlers millions for leaving illegal outpost built on private Palestinian land," the High Court ordered the structures in the outpost to be pulled down, following a petition from Peace Now and some Palestinian residents of the Palestinian town of al-Khader.

Times of Israel: February 19, 2018
"Government scrambles to ease pain of illegal outpost evacuation," Peace Now slammed news of a compensation plan for the residents, calling it “political bribery for building offenders.”

Times of Israel: February 13, 2018
"Israel okays temporary homes for residents of outpost slated to be razed," Peace Now slammed approvals, saying that the government had actually authorized the establishment of several new settlements, claiming that projects, such as the one for the Netiv Ha’avot residents are located well beyond the borders of the settlements they’re adjacent to.

Jerusalem Post: February 13, 2018
"New housing site approved for 15 Netiv Ha'avot families," Peace Now and Yesh Din have filed multiple cases on behalf of the Palestinian village of El-Khader, which claims the land falls under their jurisdiction.

APN in the News: January 1 - February 10, 2018

Jerusalem Post: February 10, 2018
"Jewish groups call on Trump to fire senior advisor Stephen Miller," APN among Jewish groups that issued the call in an open letter to the White House chief of staff, Gen. John Kelly.

JTA: February 9, 2018
"17 Jewish groups call on White House to fire adviser Stephen Miller," APN among 17 groups that called on White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to fire Stephen Miller. 

Jewish Journal: February 8, 2018
"Moving & Shaking: Shelley Berman Celebrated, Spotlighting Mizrahi Jews," The Jewish Journal featured a write-up of APN's recent event in LA honoring David Broaza and Rob Eshman.

The Forward: January 31, 2018
"BDS opponents want Israel held to a lower standard," Lara Friedman condemns politicians and groups pushing for anti-BDS legislation, which blatantly undermines free speech, and she contrasts this with the work of groups such as the ACLU, APN, If Not Now, and J Street.

Middle East Online: January 31, 2018
"Pence’s visit to Middle East adds another nail to the peace process coffin," Quotes Yossi Alpher's comment in Hard Questions, Tough Answers: "I can’t recall a high-level American visit that was so solidly boycotted by Palestinians and so devoid of diplomatic content.”

Algemeiner (JNS story): January 14, 2018
"Major Jewish Organizations Back Israel’s BDS Entry Ban, Barred Groups Call It ‘Bullying’," APN opposes list of organizations banned from entering Israel due to their support of BDS.

i24 News: January 10, 2018
"300 US Jewish clergy oppose razing West Bank village in letter to Netanyahu," APN co-sponsors rabbis' letter to Netanyahu opposing razing of West Bank village.

Al-Monitor: January 4, 2018
"Trump Jerusalem decision opens Israeli expansionism floodgates," APN press release quoted in a story on repercussions of Trump's Jerusalem statement.

Peace Now in the News: February 4 - 7, 2018

Arab News: February 7, 2018
"Time to rise above anger when confronting Israeli extremism," Ray Hanania wrote that Palestinians need to build relations with pro-peace Israeli groups such as Peace Now.

Arutz Sheva: February 5, 2018
"Left panics after Havat Gilad recognized," Quotes Hagit Ofran's explanation and analysis of the government's adecision to legalize the illegal outpost after Rabbi Raziel Shevach's murder.

The Daily Star (Lebanon): February 5, 2018
"PLO to mull revoking recognition of Israel," Cites Peace Now calling the effort to legalize the outpost a “cynical exploitation of the murder.”

Al Arabiya: February 4, 2018
"Israel begins distributing deportation notices to Africans, legalizes West Bank settlement," Cites Peace Now saying the effort to legalize it is a “cynical exploitation of the murder.”

New York Post: February 4, 2018
"Israel to legalize settlement outpost deep in West Bank," Cites Peace Now calling the effort to legalize the outpost a “cynical exploitation of the murder.”

Jerusalem Post: February 4, 2018
"Cabinet expected to give not to settlement status for Havat Gilad," Peace Now warned sucha move would be a grave mistake and that it would need to be evactuated in a final status agreement.


Peace Now in the News: January 19 - February 1, 2018

+972: February 1, 2018
"Activists barricade JNF headquarters to protest eviction of Palestinian family," In collaboration with activists from Meretz and All That's Left, Peace Now organized a protest outside the JNF headquarters in Jerusalem. Settlement Watch Director Shabtay Bendet said: “We are here to demonstrate against the activities of the JNF, an organization that’s been in the service of the right and the settlements, collaborating with the settlers to uproot Palestinians from their homes.”

Ynet News: January 30, 2018
"PM condemns Irish bill banning Israeli West Bank goods," Former Peace Now Director Tzali Reshef appeared on a list of Israelis supportive of an Irish bill that would outlaw importing goods from West Bank settlements.

Haaretz: January 25, 2018
"Was leaving Likud the mistake of Moshe Ya'alon's life? An interview with Israel's ex-defense minister," In an interview, Ya'alon denies that he called Peace Now a "virus" in 2009 (despite a recording of his comments).

Times of Israel: January 21, 2018
"Settler growth rate declines for sixth straight year," Peace Now data cited in story on decline in settler population growth rate. 

Nonprofit Quarterly: January 19, 2018
"Democracy distorted: When the government funds a nonprofit’s political advocacy," Peace Now's Hagit Ofran quoted in story about Israeli right-wing nonprofit receiving government funds.

Peace Now in the News: January 11-14, 2018

Interview with Settlement Watch Director Shabtay Bendet in Times of Israel: January 12, 2018

"A former settler is bent on dismantling outposts he once toiled to establish"

Ex-radical Lubavitcher Shabtay Bendet has left old ideologies behind, but the new Peace Now staffer is still grappling with the life he created on the other side of the fence.

Shabtay Bendet was on hand at the Civil Administration’s Beit El headquarters in October when the Defense Ministry body authorized the West Bank settlement of Rehelim’s first-ever building plan. Had it happened two decades earlier, it would likely have been a momentous occasion for the 45-year-old, who, as one of the founders of Rehelim — the West Bank’s first illegal outpost — facilitated the covert transport of trailers to the hilltop community south of Nablus in the dead of night. Read More >

Algemeiner (JNS story): January 14, 2018
"Major Jewish Organizations Back Israel’s BDS Entry Ban, Barred Groups Call It ‘Bullying’," APN opposes list of organizations banned from entering Israel due to their support of BDS.

Times of Israel: January 14, 2018
"Settlement watchdog head resigns to run for Meretz leadership,"

Ynet News: January 14, 2018
"Outgoing Peace Now director announces bid for Meretz leadership," Avi Buskila, the former Director General of Peace Now, leaves to run in the Meretz leadership race.

Arutz 7: January 14, 2018
"Peace Now CEO resigns in bid for Meretz director position"

Jerusalem Post: January 14, 2018
"Peace Now head running for Meretz leadership

Jordan Times: January 13, 2018
"Jordan, world countries reject Israeli settlement plans," Peace Now data quoted in story on settlement construction.

Haaretz: January 12, 2018
"EU, U.K., Germany, and France Condemn Israeli Plan to Build Hundreds of Settlement Homes"

Boston Globe (AP story): January 12, 2018
"Group: Israel OKs more construction in West Bank settlements," Peace Now: Israel's government OKs more construction in West Bank settlements.

The Independent: January 12, 2018
"Israel approves more than 1,100 new settlement homes in occupied West Bank," Peace Now: Israel approves more than 1,100 new settlement homes in occupied West.

The Australian (AFP story): January 12, 2018
"Israel approves more than 1100 new West Bank settlement homes"

Reuters: January 11, 2018
"Israel approves hundreds of new settlement homes: NGO"

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