APN's Ori Nir - Ha'aretz Opinion: "American Jews, Resist Netanyahu Like He's Trump"


Go HERE for "American Jews, Don't Walk Away From Israel" by Debra Shushan, APN Director of Policy and Government Relations


In the coming months - and probably years - Americans will witness Israel sliding faster and deeper than ever before toward becoming an anti-democratic, intolerant, annexationist, jingoistic, fanatical, xenophobic state.

The trajectory is not new. But following Israel's general elections, the slope’s incline is steeper than ever before. Benjamin Netanyahu’s next coalition may be (much) more of the same in terms of its makeup, but its policies may well mark a paradigm shift. 

With the Trump administration’s almost unrestricted backing, Netanyahu’s new government will be much more predatory and defiant in its establishing facts on the ground that preclude a peace settlement with the Palestinians and undermine democracy. 

Continue reading

APN/Peace Now In the News - April 6-12, 2019

Ha'aretz Opinion: "American Jews, Don't Walk Away From Israel" by APN's Debra Shushan (April 11, 2019)

Netanyahu's re-election is a black day for solidly liberal American Jews, whose relations with a pro-Trump Israel were already in crisis. But we can't give up...

Read >>

JTA: "Israel approves thousands of new West Bank housing units" (April 8, 2019)

"The construction of the settlements only makes it harder to end the occupation and to get to a two states peace agreement and is bad for the Israeli interest to remain a democratic and secured state," Peace Now said in a statement...

Read >>

NPR: "After A Decade Of Netanyahu, Hopes Fade For A Palestinian State" (April 8, 2019)

About three-quarters of the construction has taken place in settlements deep in the West Bank "that Israel will probably need to evict in the framework of a two-state agreement," said Hagit Ofran of Peace Now, a settlement watchdog group.

Read and Listen >>

APN's Debra Shushan: Ha'aretz Opinion - "American Jews, Don't Walk Away From Israel"

Go HERE for "American Jews, Resist Netanyahu Like He's Trump" by Ori Nir, APN Director of Communications and Public Engagement.


Netanyahu's re-election is a black day for solidly liberal American Jews, whose relations with a pro-Trump Israel were already in crisis. But we can't give up

Already in crisis, relations between Israel and American Jews are headed for a harsh reckoning in the wake of this week's victory by Israel’s right-wing bloc, helmed by the once and perpetual prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

While American Jews remain overwhelmingly liberal - one of the most solidly progressive constituencies in the U.S., despite President Donald Trump’s absurd attempts to promote a "Jexodus" – the majority of Israelis have jettisoned Israel’s founding values of socialist Zionism to move ever rightward.

What William Galston observed months ago is now indisputably true: Israel has become a Trump-enamored red state, while American Jews are the bluest of blue staters, who view Trump as an existential threat, both to our safety and to the liberal society in which we have flourished.

Continue reading

APN/Peace Now In the News - March 14 - 22, 2019

Vice News: "Trump’s latest tweet could hand the election to Netanyahu in Israel" (March 22, 2019)

“Making such a radical change in U.S. policy basically days before Israeli national elections, which are a referendum on Benjamin Netanyahu, very much smells like an attempt to influence the elections,” said Ori Nir, a spokesman for the liberal pro-Israel group Americans for Peace Now.

Read >>

USA Today: "President Trump says U.S. should recognize Israel's sovereignty over disputed Golan Heights" (March 21, 2019)

"Trump's Twitter recognition of Israel's Golan Heights annexation does nothing to bolster Israeli security," Ori Nir, communications director at Americans for Peace Now..."It does, however, hinder its prospects to reach peace with the Palestinians and the Arab world. That is bad for Israeli and US national security."

Read >>

BBC World News TV: "APN's Debra Shushan interviewed on Trump Recognizing Israeli Golan Heights Annexation" (March 21, 2019)

Watch >>

Ha'aretz: "Teens Suspected of Temple Mount Arson Say They Wanted to Harm Israeli Police Officer Who Provoked Worshipers" (March 14, 2019)

Peace Now activists meanwhile demonstrated at the entrance to the Temple Mount against the Jewish tour groups. “We are witnesses to the cynical attempt of politicians from the right to use the Temple Mount as a political tool to attack and ignite a religious war here,” said Shaked Morag, the group's executive director.

Read >>
Continue reading

Peace Now in the News - March 1-7, 2019

APN/Peace Now In the News

Ha'aretz: "U.S. Jewish Groups Slam Israeli Decision to Let Kahanist Party Run in Election" (March 7, 2019)

Among the other U.S. groups [in addition to New Israel Fund] backing Zazim were J Street, the Israel Religious Action Center on Behalf of the Reform Movement, the National Council of Jewish Women, Americans for Peace Now, Partners for Progressive Israel, T'ruah: the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, Ameinu, the Jewish Labor Committee, Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Assembly.

Read >>

Jerusalem Post: "Gantz’s platform ignores Palestinian state, hints at sovereignty for blocs" (March 6, 2019)

Peace Now expressed surprise that the two-state solution is not in the platform after past statements supporting it from party leaders Benny Gantz and Gabi Ashkenazi.

(NOTE: On March 6, Israel Hayom "exposed" the Blue and White list as being pro-two states. The source: Peace Now's page quoting security commanders' support for a two-state solution.)

Read >>

NBC News: "One Israeli's journey from ultra-Orthodox settler to peace activist" (March 3, 2019)

Feature article on Shabtay Bendet, former Israeli settler (and a founder of an illegal outpost) who is now head of Peace Now's Settlement Watch division

Read >>

Jerusalem Post: "American Nonprofit launches petition to keep Netanyahu away from AIPAC" (March 1, 2019)

Americans for Peace Now (APN) on Wednesday launched a petition calling on American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) to "condemn and disinvite" Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from its March conference.

Read >>
Continue reading

APN/Peace Now In the News - February 24-28, 2019

APN/Peace Now In the News

The Jewish Press: "Peace Now Petitions AIPAC to Disinvite Netanyahu" (2/28/19)

Americans for Peace Now (APN) on Wednesday launched an online petition calling on the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) to "condemn and disinvite Netanyahu."

Read >>

World Israel News: "Americans for Peace Now petition AIPAC to ‘disinvite’ Netanyahu" (2/28/19)

"Benjamin Netanyahu has forged an alliance with racists," states the petition, denouncing him for including the Otzma Yehudit party in the joint list.

Read >>

Recommended

NY Times Editorial: "Netanyahu Sparks Outrage Over Pact With Racist Party" (2/24/19)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made something of an art form of cutting deals with small Israeli political parties, but his latest alliance has earned him denunciations from quarters where he has usually been able to count on unshakable support...

Read >>
Continue reading

APN/Peace Now In The News - February 16-22, 2019

Times of Israel: "In 2016 Bernie Sanders pushed the Democrats on Israel. Is he now mainstream?" (1/20/19)

Debra Shushan, director of policy and government relations for Americans for Peace Now: "He's not so much out there on the left flank as he was... He is starting to pull some folks a little bit more in his direction."

Read >>

Ha'aretz: "Clashes Erupt During Eviction of Palestinian Family From East Jerusalem Home" (1/19/19)

Hagit Ofran of the anti-settlement organization Peace Now said: "...it's cruel and hard-hearted to throw a family out of their home and move other people in for political ideological reasons... (it) undermines the moral basis of the Israeli demand that Palestinians not be given the right of return to their properties."

Read >>

JTA: "Ilhan Omar apologizes to Jewish groups for hurt caused by AIPAC tweet" (1/19/19)

APN participated in a confidential conference call with Jewish organizations in which Rep. Ilhan Omar apologized for any hurt caused by her tweets suggesting that AIPAC pays politicians to support Israel.

Read >>
Continue reading

APN/Peace Now In The News - January 27 - February 2, 2019

The Economist: "Israel's growing settlements force stark choices about its future" (2/2/19)

"New home approvals nearly quadrupled from 5,000 in 2015-16 to 19,000 in 2017-18, according to Peace Now..." (Peace Now was also a significant source of the data used in the article)

Read >

 

Ha'aretz: "I was a settler. I know how settlers become killers" By Shabtay Bendet, Director of Peace Now's Settlement Watch Team (1/30/19)

I helped establish the illegal West Bank outpost where the suspects in the murder of a Palestinian woman, Aisha Rabi, studied. I've watched the Israeli right wing radicalize to the point of devaluing human life - for anyone who isn't Jewish.

Read >

 

The Hill: "Congress must move quickly to fix the Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act" By Debra Shushan, APN Director of Policy and Government Relations (1/28/19)

In a perversely ironic turn, a law intended to aid American victims of international terrorist attacks will strike a serious blow to counterterrorism cooperation that keeps Israelis (and Americans visiting Israel) safe.

Read >
Continue reading

APN In the News: January 11-18, 2019

The National: "Israel rushes to boost illegal settlements with Donald Trump in power" (1/14/19)

"From this data we have deduced that the Israeli government has for a second year supported a dramatically higher rate of settlement growth, due to domestic reasons and because of the unwillingness of the US administration to deter settlement expansion," Brian Reeves, director of external relations at Peace Now.

Read >

Jerusalem Post: "Analysis: Does peace with the Palestinians matter this Israeli election? " (1/14/19)

The Palestinians, peace talks, and settlements seem to be almost entirely irrelevant to this election season... Perhaps Labor's shift from what used to be one of its defining issues is why former Peace Now secretary-general Yariv Oppenheimer moved from being a Labor candidate to running in Meretz.

Read >

Washington Jewish Week: "Hogan's BDS order to be tested in court" (1/11/19)

Americans for Peace Now opposes Hogan's executive order because it erases the difference between Israel and the occupied West Bank, said Debra Shushan, director of policy and government relations. The group, which monitors the growth of Israeli settlements on the West Bank, opposes BDS.

Read >

APN In the News: Dec 14 - Dec 21

Ynet: "Settlers rebuild at evacuated outpost in wake of attacks" (12/19/18)

Peace Now: "There is no limit to the cynicism of the hilltop criminals who exploit the events of recent days to trample the law and ignite disturbances, all with public funds... These pyromaniacs are backed by Knesset members and local politicians.

Read >

Fathom Journal: "Israel's land policy | Khan al-Ahmar and 'state land' allocations in the West Bank" by Hagit Ofran, Peace Now Settlement Watch Director (December 2018)

New information obtained by Peace Now reveals that since 1967, 99.8 per cent of the 'state land' Israel allocated in the West Bank was for the needs of Israeli settlers, while the Palestinians, who constitute 87 per cent of the West Bank population, were allocated at most only 0.24 per cent...

Read >

The Intercept: "A Texas Elementary School Speech Pathologist Refused to Sign a Pro-Israel Oath, Now Mandatory in Many States - so She Lost Her Job" by Glenn Greenwald (12/17/18)

...boycotting Israeli companies in the occupied territories has long been advocated in mainstream venues by Jewish Zionist groups such as Peace Now and the Jewish-American Zionist writer Peter Beinart.

Read >

Times of Israel: "Trump administration mum as Israel mulls legalizing 66 outposts" (12/17/18)

Following the bill's approval, it was immediately castigated by the settlement watchdog Peace Now and the attorney general's office, which said the proposal "raises significant legal problems, which may even lead to international repercussions and expose Israel to significant risks in this respect."

Read >

Jerusalem Post: "After Terror Attacks, Bill Legalizing Settler Outposts Passes First Hurdle" (12/16/18)

"...Such bills that actually tell the settlers: You are above the law, and if you break the law not only will you not be punished, but we will legalize your actions," Peace Now stated.

Read >

The Intercept: "Messianic Jewish Lobbying Group Builds Support for U.S.-Funded Ethnic Cleansing Plan in Palestine" (12/16/18)

Debra Shushan, the director of policy at the group Americans for Peace Now, said that under normal circumstances, any such proposal would never gain traction and would be viewed as comically extreme. But in the Trump era, once unthinkable demands have quickly become policy on Israel and Palestine...

Read >

Jerusalem Post: "Settlers Rebuild the Amona Outpost to Protest Terror Attacks" (12/14/18)

Hagit Ofran of the left-wing group Peace Now said, "It does not matter if the land was purchased legally or not" because the placement of the modular structures on the hilltop without approval was illegal... Peace Now plans to demand that Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit investigate the settlers' actions, she said.

Read >
1 2 34 5 ...17 18 19