APN/Peace Now in the News: December 5 – 9, 2016

Times of Israel: December 5, 2016
Attorney General Says Outpost Bill Still Illegal, Even Without Amona”  Peace Now warns that regardless of whether or not settlements in the West Bank were built in “good faith,” the Regulation Bill still legalizes outposts and Israeli settlement expansions on privately-owned Palestinian land.

Arutz Sheva: December 5, 2016
Regulation Law Passes Preliminary Reading” Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked sardonically thanks Peace Now and other left-wing organizations for unwittingly enabling the Regulation Law to pass during its preliminary reading.

Ynet New: December 7, 2016
Regulation Bill Passes First Knesset Reading” Restating Shaked’s remarks, HaBayit HaYehudi party leader and Education Minister, Naftali Bennett, gives thanks to Peace Now for helping the Regulation Law pass as a bill.

Times of Israel: December 7, 2016
Four Liberal Jewish Groups Join Call on Trump to Nix National Security Adviser Choice” Americans for Peace Now, J Street, T’ruah, and the National Council for Jewish Women urge President-elect Trump to revoke his appointment of Mike Flynn as the next National Security Advisor.

Haaretz: December 7, 2016
Four Jewish Groups Join 53 Organizations Calling on Trump to Rescind Michael Flynn's Nomination” Americans for Peace Now signed a letter condemning Trump’s appoint of Gen. Michael Flynn to National Security Advisor, arguing that his explicit malice towards Muslims and Islam and his retweeting of an anti-semitic tweet renders him unfit to represent the country.

The Jewish Week: December 7, 2016
Battle Over Ellison Heats Up As Some Dems Warn Party” Americans for Peace Now and other American Jewish organizations reaffirm support for Keith Ellison amidst a series of attacks on his Israel platform, citing him as a progressive ally towards brokering a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.

Jewish Telegraphic Agency: December 7, 2016
8 Liberal Jewish Groups to Skip Conference of Presidents Party at Trump’s DC Hotel” Americans for Peace Now, in partnership with 7 other liberal Jewish members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, will not attend its Hanukkah Party at the Trump International Hotel on December 14, maintaining that the venue location misrepresents the interests of most American Jews.

The Yeshiva World News: December 7, 2016
Yair Lapid To Peace Now: Where Is A Minimum Of Respect For The Dead?” Yesh Atid party leader, Yair Lapid, calls upon Peace Now to support an extension for the destruction of a memorial for two fallen IDF soldiers that was built on private Palestinian-owned land in the West Bank.

Al-Monitor: December 8, 2016
Israel's Controversial Settlement Bill Provokes Palestinian Blitz” Peace Now expresses concern over Israel’s Regulation Law that would retroactively legalize at least 55 outposts and 72 settlements in the West Bank, enabling the government to expropriate nearly 8,000 dunams of Palestinian land.

The Forward: December 9, 2016
Like Houdini, Netanyahu Is a Great Escape Artist — Just Look at His Contortions On Settlements” Recalling Peace Now and other organizations’ lawsuit brought against Amona’s construction in 1995, the Regulation Bill’s support for outposts and settlements on Palestinian property may trigger actions from the Obama Administration and the UN Security Council.

APN/Peace Now in the News: November 14 – 25, 2016

Newsweek: November 23, 2016
With the election of Donald Trump, the two-state solution is at stake” Peace Now's Anat Ben-Nun discusses the imminent threats to the two-state solution posed by the Trump Administration

Times of Israel: November 18, 2016
Illiberal Support for Israel: Antithetical to Jewish Values & Israel’s Interests” APN's Lara Friedman challenges the actors within the American Jewish community that are prioritizing land over peace, security, and core Jewish and American values

Haaretz: November 24, 2016
Five Tips for Jewish Resistance: How to be Bannon’s Worst Nightmare,” Bradley Burston’s op-ed lists Americans for Peace Now among the American Jewish groups engaging in active resistance against Bannon.

Hawaii News Now: November 23, 2016
Trump win could give Israel freer hand with Palestinians,” cites Peace Now data projecting that the settlement housing construction started during Obama’s term will exceed that of George W. Bush’s presidency.

Jewish Telegraph Agency: November 22, 2016
Jewish groups fret as Republicans retreat from two-state solution,” in contrast to AIPAC’s removal of a reference to the two-state solution, Americans for Peace Now and other pro-Israel groups remain outspoken in advancing two states.

The Washington Post: November 20, 2016
Even Israel says this Jewish settlement is illegal – now comes the showdown,” Amona settlers claim “Palestinians never would have made a peep of complaint, were it not for left-wing Israeli activists, from groups such as Peace Now and Yesh Din, who supplied the lawyers.”

Haaretz: November 19, 2016
Jewish Leaders Across America Deliver Warning Letter to Trump: We Will Not Sit Idly By,” Americans for Peace Now and other American Jewish organizations sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump denouncing the anti-Semitism surrounding his campaign, expressing concern for the plight of minorities, and urging the new administration to uphold the two-state solution.

Times of Israel: November 19, 2016
Liberal Jewish groups to Trump: Condemn anti-Semitism, dump Bannon,” in a letter from J Street, New Israel Fund, and Americans for Peace Now, among others, the President-elect is urged to back two-state solution.

Jewish Telegraph Agency: November 18, 2016
Right-wing critics take aim at Keith Ellison’s Israel record, Jewish left-wingers rally to his defense,” Americans for Peace Now, among other Jewish groups, have defended Keith Ellison, particular from attacks from the Zionist Organization of America for his support for a cease-fire in 2014 and putting pressure on Israel to loosen the blockade on Gaza in 2009.

Ynet News: November 16, 2016
Regulation Bill draws protests outside Bennett’s home,” dozens of Peace Now activists demonstrated outside Education Minister Naftali Bennett’s home in protests against the Regulation Bill, which aims to legalize outposts in the West Bank built on privately owned Palestinian land.

Jewish Press: November 14, 2016
Peace Now Against Amona Bill,” Peace Now plans to petition the High Court against the Amona Regulations Bill, denouncing it as illegal.

Al Jazeera: November 14, 2016
Israeli committee approves bill legalizing outposts,” Peace Now denounces the approval of the Regulations Bill, which could retroactively legalize 2,000 settlement homes.

APN/ Peace Now in the News: October 15-21, 2016

APN's Lara Friedman in Haaretz: October 21
My UN Speech Reflected Love for Israel, Truth About Settlements

Last Friday, the UN Security Council held a meeting organized under the title “Illegal Israeli Settlements: A Threat to Peace and the Two-State Solution.” Americans for Peace Now proudly took part in that event, offering testimony grounded in love for Israel and expressing an unwavering commitment to Israel’s security and its survival as a democracy and a state rooted in the Jewish values expressed in its Declaration of Independence. Of course, that testimony also dealt with the settlements, explaining why they are detrimental to the cause of Israeli-Palestinian peace and therefore to Israel’s national security interests.
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Haaretz: October 21
Yes, Israelis, We Must Wash Our Dirty Laundry in Public,” Zeev Sternhell’s op-ed argues APN is worthy of support for appearing before the UNSC.

Jewish Telegraph Agency: October 20
With UNESCO vote, Palestinians’ bid for attention backfires,” APN among those criticizing UNESCO for one-sided resolution.

Haaretz: October 20
Americans for Peace Now, You Made a Mistake in Appearing Before the UN,” Rabbi Eric Yoffie’s op-ed says that “while APN’s presentation was a compelling one, it should not have been given to that audience at that time.”

Al-Monitor: October 19
Why human rights NGOs are losing support of Israeli public,” Peace Now’s Avi Bouskila says Peace Now opted to not participate in UNSC discussion on Israel-Palestine so as not to alienate the Israeli public.

Ynet News: October 19
US again expresses support for Israeli far-left NGOs,” US Ambassador to the UN thanks APN for sharing expertise on West Bank settlements.

Israel National News: October 18
Washington ‘grateful’ to B’Tselem,” State Department says it’s grateful for APN and B’Tselem’s efforts.

Ynet News: October 18
US State Department ‘grateful” to B’Tselem,” State Department Spokesman says US is grateful for organizations like Peace Now and B’Tselem.

The Forward: October 17
If Israel Lets in Palestinian Refugees, Will it Lose its Jewish Character?” Op-ed praises APN’s Lara Friedman for UNSC speech.

Haaretz: October 15
Netanyahu Slams Humn Rights NGO B’Tselem for Joining ‘Chorus of Slander’ Against Israel,” Netanyahu slams APN and B’Tselem for appearing before UNSC regarding West Bank settlements.

Times of Israel: October 15
Netanyahu vows to bar national service volunteers from B’Tselem,” Netanyahu lashes out against APN and B’Tselem for their testimony on Israeli settlements before the UNSC.

i24 News: October 15
Netanyahu attacks ‘ridiculous’ NGO B’Tselem over UN comments,” Netanyahu attacks APN and B’Tselem for UNSC testimony regarding West Bank settlements.

ABC News (AP story): October 15
Israeli Rights Group Urges UN to End Palestinian Occupation,” APN takes part in UNSC special session on West Bank Settlements

APN/Peace Now in the News: October 9-14, 2016

Times of Israel: October 14
B’Tselem under fire for planned UN presentation on settlements,” discusses the criticism that the testifying organizations and their representatives, such as APN’s Lara Friedman, are receiving.

Israel National News: October 14
MK Kish: Time to Disconnect from B’Tselem and Peace Now,” Knesset Member Yoav Kisch (Likud) spoke out against B’Tselem and Peace Now for being invited to the UN Security Council Session, “Israeli settlements as an obstacle to peace and the two-state solution.”

San Francisco Chronicle: October 14
Palestinians push for UN membership and against settlements,” discusses Palestinian initiatives at the UN in the context of the UN Security Council session on Israeli settlements, which APN will participate in.

Haaretz: October 13
Israeli NGOs to Address Special UN Security Council Session on Settlements,” APN will address the UN Security Council on West Bank settlements after Peace Now decided not to.”

Jerusalem Post: October 13
B’Tselem, Peace Now to speak to UNSC against settlements,” APN’s Lara Friedman to address the UN Security Council regarding settlements.

The Jewish Week: October 13
’Here To Stay’ in Shilo,” quotes Hagit Ofran, director of Peace Now’s Settlement Watch program, saying the new housing proposed for land near Shilo, including 41 apartments earmarked for residents of Amona, an unauthorized outpost slated for destruction by Dec. 31, would be the start of a new settlement, not an expansion of an existing settlement.

Daily News (AFP story): October 9
Netanyahu speaks to Kerry to calm US over settler plan,” Peace Now says new construction in the West Bank amounts to the establishment of a new settlement.

APN/Peace Now in the News: October 1 – 7, 2016

J Weekly: October 2
A Shrine to Tolerance Shows Grave Insensitivity
By Ori Nir

The opinion piece by Rabbi Abraham Cooper (“Museum of Tolerance not being built atop Muslim cemetery,” Sept. 23) takes issue with my assertion that the Wiesenthal Center is knowingly building its Museum of Tolerance at the site of a historic Muslim cemetery and that bones of people buried there have been dug up to make room for the museum (“American Jewish progressives must act to defend their values in Israel,” Sept. 16).

My assertion is based on facts. These facts have been discussed in Israeli courts and in the Israeli public arena, and are included in Israel’s Supreme Court ruling. The heart of this ruling was not the question of whether there were skeletons buried where the museum now stands, but the manner in which the bones in the “Purple Zone” would be handled.

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Middle East Monitor: October 7
Monitoring group: West Bank settlement construction has quadrupled,” draws on Peace Now’s Settlement Watch data.

Wall Street Journal: October 5
Israel Defends Planned West Bank Construction,” an article on tension in US-Israel relations over settlements quotes Peace Now statistics.

LA Times: October 5
U.S. condemns Israel’s plan to create more housing in the West Bank,” Peace Now warns that new Shiloh construction may grow to 300 housing units.”

Times of Israel: October 5
US invokes Peres legacy in biting condemnation of settlement expansion,” Peace Now blasts Israeli government for approving hundred new homes for settlers in Shiloh.

Israel Hayom: October 2
Report: Nearly 100 housing units to replace Amona outpost,” quotes Peace Now’s responses to the advancement of plans for 98 settlement homes near Shiloh.

Jerusalem Post: October 1
Plans for 98 new settler homes advance,” Peace Now draws attention to the Israeli Higher Planning Council’s advancement of plans for 98 new homes in Shiloh settlement.

i24news: October 1
Israel approves 300 new West Bank settlement homes after Amona demolition order,” Peace Now says the Israeli government is set to approve construction of 300 new housing units near Shiloh.

APN/Peace Now in the News: September 19-23, 2016

Wall Street Journal: September 22
Abbas to seek U.N. Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements in the West Bank,” Peace Now settlement data quoted in story on possible Israeli-Palestinian UN resolution

AFP: September 22, 2016
Israel, Palestinians clash over settlements at UN,” Peace Now settlement data quoted in story on possible Israeli-Palestinian UN resolution

Times of Israel (written by JTA): September 19
“Liberal pro-Israel groups to Congress: Don’t obstruct the Iran deal,” Americans for Peace Now and other groups warn against “poison-pill” provisions and measures that would seek to re-impose sanctions

APN/Peace Now in the News: September 12 – 16, 2016

Jewish Journal: September 12
Governor Brown should veto flawed BDS law
By Steve Kaplan and Sandy Weiner, APN Board of Directors

J Weekly: September 15
American Jewish progressives must act to defend their values in Israel
By Ori Nir, APN’s Director of Communications and Public Engagement

Times of Israel: September 12
Bibi, Settlements, and the ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ Canard
By Lara Friedman, APN’s Director of Policy and Government Relations

United Press International (UPI): September 16
Israeli settlements in West Bank up 41 percent,” Peace Now criticizes increased construction in West Bank settlements.

Newsweek: September 15
Israel increases settlement starts by 40% in first half of 2016,” Peace Now cites official figures that show the largest increase in settlement construction since January 2014.

Jerusalem Post: September 15
West Bank settler housing starts up 17% in 2016,” Peace Now says Netanyahu’s government’s investment in settlements is leading Israel toward a one-state reality.

Middle East Monitor: September 14
Peace Now: Israeli settlement construction up 40%,” highlights Peace Now’s statements regarding the recent data released by the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (ICBS).

APN/Peace Now in the News: August 29 – September 2, 2016

AFP (published in i24 News) – September 1
Top Israeli court orders demolition of rogue outpost in West Bank settlement bloc,” The court order followed the petition by Peace Now and Palestinian residents of Al Khader who claimed the outpost was constructed illegally on Palestinian-owned land.


Jerusalem Post – September 1
Court orders demolition of 17 settler homes in Derech Ha’avot outpost,” Israel’s High Court of Justice orders demolition of settler homes in response to Peace Now’s petition


France24 – August 31
Israel approves more than 400 new West Bank settlement homes,” Peace Now quoted that Israeli Authorities approved 466 settlement homes in the Occupied West Bank despite growing international criticism.


Reuters – August 31
Israel approves 284 new West Bank housing units, draws US ire,” Peace Now quoted saying the Civil Administration approved a 234-unit nursing home in Elkana,  30 houses in Beit Arye, and 20 houses in Givat Zeev.


AFP (published in Ynet News) – August 31
Additional West Bank construction approved and retroactively sanctioned,” Peace Now quoted saying Netanyahu’s government “continues to plan and build all over the West Bank, while also giving settlers the message that any construction done without planning will be retroactively legalized."


Jerusalem Post – August 31
Peace Now: Netanyahu abetting illegal settler building,” Peace Now charged that the Higher Planning Council for Judea and Samaria has advanced plans to retroactively authorize 384 settler homes and to legalize another 372 such structures, as well as to advance plans for 1,531 new settler homes this year.


New York Times – August 30
Israel Quietly legalizes pirate outposts in the West Bank,” Isabel Kershner quotes Hagit Ofran and uses Peace Now’s aerial photographs in her major feature on Israel’s efforts to legalize outposts in the West Bank, such as Mitzpe Danny.


Al-Monitor – August 29
Will Israel hold referendum over two-state solution?” Ben Caspit reports on the “Deciding at 50” referendum initiative, which will be launched on September 5. He attributes the idea behind to initiative to Peace Now’s Tzali Reshef.

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."

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