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News Nosh 12.13.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday, December 13, 2017  

Number of the day:
45.
Percentage of Israelis who fear that their democracy is in “grave danger.” Most concerned were Jewish left-wing voters (72%) and Arabs (65%). Less than a quarter of Jewish right-wing and religious voters harbored such concerns.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
“We were supposed to come to (the high school in) Nesher like we’ve been doing for more than a decade. Apparently someone in Nesher posted something on Facebook this morning, asking people to show up at the school. There were five or six people at the school entrance, yelling intolerable chants. They wished an Arab would kill me, as well as telling me that my mother was a whore.”
—Aharon Barnea, whose son was killed in Lebanon, was to give a lecture along with other Israeli and Palestinian bereaved parents from the Parents Circle Family Forum, but instead was sent home by the Education Ministry.**
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News Nosh 12.12.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday December 12, 2017  

Quote of the day:
“We do ourselves a disservice, in my opinion, when some of us focus our attention – primarily, if not exclusively – on the anti-Semitism generated by the anti-Israel left, while minimizing the impact of the bigotry and xenophobia emanating from the extreme right.”
Menachem Rosensaft, the general counsel of the World Jewish Congress and an expert on genocide, said at a Tel-Aviv conference on anti-Semitism organized by a right-wing organization. He also said that “white supremacist ideology that holds African-Americans and Hispanics to be inferior to Caucasians is every bit as reprehensible as anti-Semitism.”*

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Settlers say they will vacate a contested building in Hebron, which they claim they bought from Palestinians and which the settlers infiltrated again after already being expelled from it by the Israeli army, if the state agrees to demolish an adjacent Palestinian-owned storage facility and allow the settlers to station their own guards at the building until a final decision is made on the building's rightful ownership.**
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News Nosh 12.11.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday December 11, 2017

You Must Be Kidding: 
“They should understand that they are not wanted here, they are not part of us...(They) have no connection to this country.”
--Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said about the Arab-Israeli citizens who live in the Wadi Ara region, where a few dozen residents protested this week against the Trump Declaration by throwing stones at police cars and buses.**
 
Quote of the day:
"Perhaps the only good thing that can emerge from the various boycott laws that now seek to impose prison sentences for calling for a boycott is that it will finally be possible to imprison the corrupt and serial racist Lieberman."
--MK Esawi Freij (Meretz) said after Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Arab Israeli residents of the Wadi Ara region are not part of Israel and should be boycotted.**
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News Nosh 12.10.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday, December 10, 2017  

Quote of the day:
"True, it was just a few teens, but we mustn’t be naïve. They represent our society. They were taught this undemocratic civics, in the spirit of the commander. Faced with tens of thousands of demonstrators in Tel Aviv, they wouldn’t have dared, but faced with a few parents with young children, they did. Because in our aggressive reality, the most violent side wins."
--Israeli citizen Dana Genosar writes about what happened when a few families held their own little protest in Kfar Saba Saturday night against the government.*
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News Nosh 12.8.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday December 8, 2017
 
Quote of the Day #1:
"Trump's historic declaration came for Netanyahu exactly in time, but when the champagne bubbles pop and it becomes clear that Jerusalem remains the same Jerusalem, the Prime Minister will have to stand again in the face of the reality that is closing in on him."
--Maariv's senior political analyst, Ben Caspit, connects between the 'Trump Declaration' and the corruption investigations Prime MInister Binyamin Netanyahu faces.*

Quote of the Day #2:
"For the first time, we are identifying daring and covert will to penetrate the centers of government. There are dangerous buds of the combining of interests between senior criminal organizations and government officials in the State of Israel. To say such a statement in public requires a foundation, and indeed, there is a foundation (of evidence). We will not allow it."
--Head of the Israel Police investigations and intelligence department, Commander Meni Yitzhaki, in his retirement speech Wednesday at the Police National Headquarters.*
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News Nosh 12.7.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday, December 7, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"Trump, who promised to bring the 'deal of the century,' did exactly the opposite. He gave Israel a reason to light the holiday lights on the walls, but did not bring the news of peace and did not give the slightest hope."
--Yedioth's Washington D.C. correspondent in an Op-Ed responding to US President Donald Trump's declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.*
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News Nosh 12.6.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday December 6, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"But there is a high risk that the recognition, logical and justified as it is, will spark - if it is done unilaterally and not part of an agreement - waves of violence across the world. People will be killed. Is this something that is justified? Not certain."
--Yedioth columnist Aviad Kleinberg on the expected unilateral declaration by US President Donald Trump that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
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News Nosh 12.5.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday December 5, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"In any other country, this statement would have been considered incitement to violence, but in Israel it is a voice that represents many - the belligerent, capricious and violent voice that calls for the destruction of all enemies."
--On Mako-Channel 12 Website, commentator Michal Yisraeli responds to the statement by TV presenter Avri Gilad that Jews sometimes need to be violent towards innocent Palestinians.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
In an attempt to brand Israel in an original, new way in the world, an Israeli PR company has brought six celebrity dogs from North America, who have thousands of followers each on social media, to participate in a doggy vacation in Israel.**
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News Nosh 12.4.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday December 4, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
“It is not the role of the State of Israel to be the kashrut supervisor of American Jewry and to define for them who is truly a Jew. It’s their right to determine who is a Jew. We may define who is an Israeli or a Zionist, but not who is a Jew, and certainly not who is a good Jew."
—Co-founder of the Peres Center for Peace and the ‘Yallah - Young Leadership’ movement, Uri Savir, writes in an Op-Ed in Maariv, following the controversial remarks by Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
Leading Sephardic Israeli rabbi bans followers from looking at new 50-shekel banknotes, which feature a Jewish Russian-Israeli poet who was married to a Christian.**
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News Nosh 12.1.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
December 1, 2017
 
Number of the day:
26.
--Percentage of Israelis who believe that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is suitable to be Prime Minister. Down from 36% three weeks ago.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
Jewish-Arab City of Haifa Refuses to Add Arabic Signage to Stadium Facade
The municipality says it won't add a sign in Arabic to the facade of the Sammy Ofer Stadium because of an 'agreement with the donor.'
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