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News Nosh 10.24.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday October 24, 2019  

Quote of the day #1:

“Even people who can’t imagine a reasonable life without Netanyahu must admit that Benny Gantz looked prime ministerial (or in American terms, presidential) Wednesday night. He paid due respect to every segment of Israeli society – the ultra-Orthodox, whom he promised to treat like brothers, Arabs, Druze, gays and rightists.”
—Haaretz political commentator Yossi Verter comments after speech by Kahol-Lavan leader Benny Gantz upon receiving the mandate to form a government.*

Quote of the day #2:
"Gantz spoke yesterday like a prime minister, he dressed like a prime minister and he acted like a prime minister. Now he needs the nerves of steel and the patience."
--Maariv political commentator Ben Caspit comments after speech by Kahol-Lavan leader Benny Gantz upon receiving the mandate to form a government.


You Must Be Kidding:
An Israeli nature authority inspector fined a Palestinian farmer 750 shekels ($212) for harvesting olives from his own tree on his own property.**

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News Nosh 10.23.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday October 23, 2019 

Numbers of the Day:

In 2018, more than 20,000 Palestinians paid almost half a billion shekels ($140 million) to brokers and Israeli companies and employers to receive a permit to work in Israel - between one-third and one-half of their potential earning power in Israel.
--A recent study by the Bank of Israel estimates that around one-third of West Bank workers in Israel must pay much of their earnings in order to work.*

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News Nosh 10.17.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday October 17, 2019

NOTE: News Nosh will be on Sukkot holiday from Sunday through Tuesday, October 20-22.
 
Quote of the day:
“To me it doesn’t matter if it’s a Muslim, a Christian or a Jew, the issue is to save someone’s life."
--Naif Abu-Arar, mayor of the Bedouin Israeli village of Arara and eldest brother of 17-year-old Issa, who was killed in a car accident. Abu-Arar decided to donate his youngest brother’s heart, despite opposition from family and religious figures. A Jewish man became the recipient. ”It's as if my brother is still alive, but in a different way,” said Abu-Arar.*

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News Nosh 10.16.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday October 16, 2019
 
Conversation of the day:
Audio from video recordings of three Israeli Border Police officers sent to stand near a mosque for hours in the E. Jerusalem village of Issawiyah, during which time they sometimes were seen raising their weapons as if purportedly aiming it a resident seen in the background. A large number of pedestrians and vehicles passed the policemen, but none approached them.
First police officer: “This is really provoking them for nothing.”
Second police officer is heard agreeing.
Later the first policemen said: “Why do this on purpose?”
The second one replied: “Our policy is screwed up from the outset.”
The first policeman then comments: “Let them live. You’re provoking them here for nothing.”
Several minutes later the first policeman addressed a third: “I have a question for you. Isn’t what we’re doing here causing more problems?”
The third policeman replied: “That’s the goal.”*

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News Nosh 10.10.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday October 10, 2019

NOTE: News Nosh will be on Sukkot holiday from Sunday through Tuesday, October 13-15. The Nosh will be back on Wednesday.
 
Quote of the day:
"One’s heart bleeds over the vast sums, sweat and ideological fervor squandered on the settlement project. But Israel has successfully faced greater challenges. If we were able to absorb 30,000 people each month at the height of the Russian immigration of the 1990s, we can certainly resettle five times that many Israelis over an extended period – in exchange for peace."
--Former general, Chuck Freilich, writes about his recent visit to West Bank settlements and his conversation with settlers.*

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News Nosh 10.7.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday October 7, 2019

NOTE: News Nosh will be off during Yom Kippur, Tuesday and Wednesday this week, and back on Thursday.
 

 You Must Be Kidding: 

"It's not only a matter of funding. It's a question of priorities. The police need to decide if their top priority is to investigate the prime minister's cigars or these matters [violence against women]."
--Communications Minister David Amsalem (Likud) suggested that police should not deal with the Prime Minister's corruption cases because they couldn't deal with the violence against women at the same time.**

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News Nosh 10.6.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday October 6, 2019
 
Quote of the Day #1:
"I'm afraid of being a victim, but no less, I'm afraid of being a simple witness. And so, and because my life has turned into a nightmare, I'm on strike today and will probably have to go a bit wild and join some sort of road blocking act, hoping that our raging protest will have a place in some news release, which Minister of Public Security, Gilad Erdan, will happen to hear. When you hear the same news broadcast about Arab rioters blocking roads, please remember the justified protest of Ethiopian immigrants in the summer, remember that then there was not a single victim, and we demand similar treatment."
--Amjad Shavita, managing co-director of Sikkuy - The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality, wrote in an Op-Ed, why he no longer walks his daughter to kindergarten.*

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“We are in luck that the Arabs boycotted the opening ceremony of the 22nd Knesset. They would have shot into the air to express happiness/sadness/their protest/ because that's their habit, and then, of course, blame the police."
--Far-right-wing, racist religious settler Transportation Minister, Bezalel Smotrich, wrote on Twitter, after the Arab MKs boycotted the ceremony as a gesture of protest against the violent crime in Arab society, which they call on the government to eliminate.*

Quote of the Day #2:
“I’m surprised the racist [Smotrich] didn't take our seats and claim God told him they are his."  
--Ayman Odeh, leader of the Joint List, responded, noting Smotrich’s Messianic settler ideology.*

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News Nosh 10.3.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday October 3, 2019

 
Quote of the day:
"I remind that the Nazis came to power in a democratic way. So we have to be careful among us, be careful that extremists with a messianic view do not take advantage of Israeli democracy in order to create a different governing reality here. "
MK Yair Golan (Democratic Camp) warned in a radio interview today.*

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News Nosh 10.2.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday October 2, 2019

 
Quote of the day:
"Today, no one can shove the Arab public aside and ignore its existence. It's a very important community in Israel, one in which changes are constantly taking place. It's becoming more varied and more educated. We aren't satisfied with being part of the final product. We want to take part in the process of development, which will eventually benefit us, too."
--Former police commander and founder of the highly regarded Umm al-Fahm art gallery, Said Abu Shakra, said that the Arab parties'  performance in the most recent elections was a credit to the Arab public, not the politicians, and expressed his belief "in the power of culture and art to overcome humans' emotional obstacles."**

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News Nosh 9.26.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday September 26, 2019

NOTE: News Nosh will be off for the Jewish Holiday and back Wednesday, October 2nd. Happy 5780!

 
Quote of the day:
"If anyone thought that responsibility and the good of the state would come first, and that Netanyahu would agree to step off the stage and let his party members, if not the residents of his country - return to normalcy, and go on with their lives, then that person has never seen a wounded animal."
--Yedioth's senior political commentator, Sima Kadmon, examines Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's words and actions yesterday upon receiving the mandate to form a government.*

You Must Be Kidding #1: 
"We have been through a tough election campaign on all sides and for all sides. We need to unite the nation, to heal the rifts because we are facing three huge challenges."
--Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who led incitement against Arabs, left-wingers and the media, in his election campaign, called to heal the rift.***

You Must Be Kidding #2: 
Israeli Judge Miriam Kaslassy ordered the eviction Friday of the 18-member Sumreen family, who have been fighting for 30 years against the attempts by the Jewish National Fund to take ownership of their home, backed by the far-right settler group Elad. Judge Kaslassy accepted the JNF’s claim of ownership on the basis that two of the heirs of one of the family's deceased ancestors live in an ‘enemy country,’ and by Israeli law that gives Israel the right to take the home.**

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