APN/Peace Now in the News: August 17-26, 2016

Times of Israel: August 26

Netanyahu’s Mixed Messages on Temple Mount Incitement
by Lara Friedman, Director of Policy and Government Relations for Americans for Peace Now

In 2009, Israel arrested the head of the northern branch of Israel’s Islamic Movement for incitement, for saying that Israel “seeks to build a synagogue on Al-Aqsa Mosque.” Since then – and especially over the past two years, as unrest has rocked Jerusalem – Netanyahu has regularly argued that Palestinian Authority incitement over the Temple Mount is a chief cause of violence, and has called Palestinian officials’ statements about Israel’s intentions on the Temple Mount “gross lies.”

Earlier this month, on August 14-15, Jews observed the fast day of Tisha B’Av, commemorating various catastrophes that have befallen the Jewish people, including the destruction of the first and second temples. Israel’s Deputy Defense Minister, Eli Ben-Dahan, marked this solemn occasion by telling a crowd gathered for a march around the Old City: “We aren’t embarrassed to say it: We want to rebuild the Temple on the Temple Mount.”

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Al-Monitor: August 25
Will 50 years of occupation unite Israel’s peace camp?” highlights the “Deciding at 50” campaign – “the only initiative by the peace camp on the horizon ahead of the 50th anniversary of the occupation is coalescing around Peace Now.”


Israel National News: August 24
Peace Now ‘slanders’ activists over Hevron construction,” discusses Peace Now’s campaign against Jewish construction in Hebron, which features “MK Orit Strok (Jewish Home) and right-wing activists Baruch Marzel and Bentzy Gopstein in cartoon profiles accompanied by the tagline: "He who established 28 housing units in the heart of Hevron wants to perpetuate the conflict and fan the flames in the most sensitive and explosive area of the West Bank."


Maan News: August 23
Peace Now: New settlement will add 100 more Israeli settlers in Hebron,” details Peace Now’s response to the announcement of settlement expansion in Hebron. “While Peace Now reported on Monday that the renovations for the housing units were already underway, the statement on Tuesday said the planning process for the new settlement had not yet begun in the Israeli Civil Administration's High Planning Committee.”


Haaretz: August 22
For first time in decade, Israel plans to expand Jewish settlement in Hebron,” Settlement Watch’s Hagit Ofran says “there is an attempt here to overturn a High Court decision that forbade building settlements on land seized for military use.”


Times of Israel: August 22
Israel said planning to build several Jewish homes in Hebron,” Peace Now is quoted saying the expansion plan contravenes a High Court ruling, and their 2008 and 2010 petitions to the High Court are referenced.


Associated Press: August 22
Israel takes steps toward new settlement in volatile city,” Settlement Watch’s Hagit Ofran says the approval of settlement expansion in Hebron is “the first approval in the area in more than a decade,” and is an example of Israel “using legal acrobatics, allocating the land to settlers instead of turning it over to the Palestinian-run municipality.”


Washington Jewish Week: August 17
Closed doors for Israel aid package,” Yossi Alpher’s weekly Q&A column for APN is quoted in a story about the US aid package to Israel. Alpher says that Netanyahu cut Lieberman out of the process in reaction to the Defense Minister’s comparison of the Iran deal to the 1938 Munich Agreement as a way to coalition tensions and reaffirm the US-Israel security relationship.

APN/Peace Now in the News: August 1-12, 2016

AFP (featured in Al-Arabiya): August 12
NGO says Israel seeking settlement move to Palestinian land, Hagit Ofran, Director of Peace Now's Settlement Watch, says "the civil administration has opened a process where it is announcing that it intends to make use of these properties which are near Amona."


Jerusalem Post - August 11
Israel starts to seize 'abandoned' Palestinian property for Amona relocation, Peace Now says, "This is the crossing of a red line and a reversal of previous policies, including Likud government policies, according to which private lands cannot be used for the purpose of settlement."


Jerusalem Post - August 1
Far-right claim that many Arabs willing to sell Jerusalem homes to Israelis refuted, Anat Ben Nun, Peace Now's Director of Development and External Relations, says "when homes get sold, it is often done through a 'straw man,' who works together with Israeli settler organizations. The few that sell do so for financial reasons, as they are offered very high sums of money for their properties and face harsh social consequences."

APN and Peace Now in the News: July 23-29, 2016

 Letty Cottin PogrebinNew York Times - July 28
"Bill Clinton Would Be an Ideal Middle East Convoy"
by Letty Cottin Pogrebin


What should Hillary Clinton do with Bill? That's easy. She should appoint him as special envoy to Israel/Palestine ​with a presidential mandate to jump start the peace process.

Bill Clinton is the perfect person to create bridging proposals and persuade both parties to make crucial compromises. No one in America is more conversant with the issues that divide Israelis and Palestinians and the events that have led them to the current impasse. No one else knows the neighborhood better — not just its leaders but the civil society activists and local organizers who will ultimately make peace a reality on the ground.

Because of his role as facilitator of the 1993 Oslo process that culminated in the handshake between Yitzhak Rabin and Yasir Arafat on the White House lawn, and his last ditch efforts at the 2000 Camp David summit meeting with Arafat and Israel's then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak, Bill knows the map right down to the streets in Jerusalem and the squares in Ramallah. He knows where the minefields are — right of return, borders, security, and who controls the Temple Mount. If there's the slightest possibility that this 100-year-old conflict can be brought to a peaceful, permanent conclusion, Bill Clinton is the one who can make it happen.

Such an assignment would focus his formidable energy and expertise on this single complex issue and leave the rest of the country for Hillary to run.


Washington Post - July 29
State Dept. criticizes Israeli settlement expansion, demolitions, Peace Now welcomes US criticism of Israel's settlement expansion


Israel Hayom - July 29
US slams increase in Israeli construction beyond Green Line, Peace Now quoted on Israeli government tenders for settlement homes


The News - July 29
New Israeli Settlement Plans Provocative, Peace Now quoted on Israeli government tenders for settlement homes


Haaretz - July 28
Left-wing Israeli Activists Facing Violence, Death Threats, Hagit Ofran, director of Peace Now's Settlement Watch, describes growing threats to the organization


Haaretz - July 28
Secret 1970 Document Confirms First West Bank Settlements Built on a Lie, features Peace Now's aerial settlement maps and Hagit Ofran, director of Peace Now's Settlement Watch, cites the first usage of military orders to seize land for civilian use


Reuters - July 28
US concerned over Israel's settlement activityPeace Now quoted on Israeli government tenders for settlement homes


Daily Sabah - July 27
US slams new Israeli settlement plans for undermining peacePeace Now quoted on Israeli government tenders for settlement homes


The Jerusalem Post - July 26
IDF raizes 15 illegal Arab homes in East Jerusalem and West Bank, Eyal Raz, spokesman for Peace Now, says demolitions could exacerbate tensions


Washington Post - July 23
In the settlement of Kiryat Arba, the demand is to expand, Hagit Ofran, Director of Peace Now's Settlement Watch, quoted on the threat of settlement expansion to peace


APN and Peace Now in the News: July 11- July 15, 2016

New York Jewish Week - July 14

Board Member Martin Bresler's op-ed, "Why I Do Call Israel Out On The Occupation" is published as a response to David Bernstein's "Why I Don't Call Israel Out On The Occupation." 


Media Coverage of Peace Now's Response to NGO Law

Al Jazeera - July 12
Israel passes controversial NGO bill amid criticism


Washington Post - July 12
Israel NGOs decry 'deeply anti-democratic' move as new law approved


Reuters (featured in Daily Mail and Voice of America) - July 12

EU says Israel's new NGO law risks 'undermining values'




The Guardian - July 12
Israel passes law to force NGOs to reveal foreign funding


BBC - July 12
EU criticises Israel law forcing NGOs to reveal foreign funding


The Times of Israel - July 12
EU: NGO law risks undermining Israel's democratic values


The Times of Israel - July 12
Left-wing groups slam 'anti-democratic' NGO law


Al Arabiya - July 12
>Israel approves NGO foreign funding law


The Forward - July 12
Israel Passes Controversial Anti-NGO Law


Jewish Telegraphic Agency - July 12
Knesset passes controversial 'transparency' law on NGO funding


i24 News - July 12
EU Slams Israel's controversial NGO law


Deutsche Welle - July 12


France 24 - July 12
Israël adopte une loi controversée sur le financement étranger des ONG


The Associated Press (featured in Washington Post and New York Times) - July 11

Israel passes law targeting human rights organizations 




Reuters (also featured in Ynet News and the Jerusalem Post) - July 11

Israel NGO bill, seen as targeting left-wing groups, becomes law




APN and Peace Now in the News: June 26 - July 8, 2016

APN and Peace Now in the News: June 03,2016 - June 10, 2016

APN and Peace Now in the News: March 12,2016 - March 18, 2016

APN and Peace Now in the News: March 4, 2016 - March 11, 2016

APN and Peace Now in the News: February 27, 2016 - March 4, 2016

APN's Rabbi Alana Suskin op-ed: Don't Give up on Israel! (Jerusalem Post, 3/2/2016)

APN/Peace Now in the News: February 20, 2016 – February 26, 2016

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