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News Nosh: 8.16.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday, August 16, 2018

Quote of the day:
"If the weapons were hurting the Jews, they would do everything to find the murderers."
--An Arab resident of Nazareth reacted to the special report by State Comptroller Yosef Shapira, which found that the State had failed to do its job to decrease violence in the Arab communities of Israel.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
According to three different inquiry teams led by brigadier generals, which examined the events of 'Rafah's Black Friday' over the past four years, at least 72 innocent Palestinian civilians were killed that day, including women and children. Nevertheless, Chief Military Advocate General Maj. Gen. Sharon Afek found no one in the military guilty of criminal wrongdoing and ruled that there was no justification in taking any steps against any of the officers who led the fighting in the Rafah area that day—such as reprimanding or not promoting them.**
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News Nosh: 8.15.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Quote of the day:
"The Shin Bet lady, who already knew everything about me and my family’s journey around the world, began with 'You think because you’re a public person I can’t do whatever I want with you?' I was floored. This is how interrogations begin in police states…In the end, after hours of this, she warned, 'I may let you into Israel but, who knows, I may not let you out. I will keep you here and kick out your family. It depends on you. You would miss your kids, yes?'"
--Following the detention of Jewish-American journalist Peter Beinart and questioning about his political views by the Shin Bet at Ben-Gurion Airport, Iranian-American author and TV host, Reza Aslan, revealed on social media his recent ordeal when entering Israel.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
"Instead of correcting this serious error after being notified, StandWithUs is now ignoring the truth and is doubling down and is repeating this erroneous claim in a new StandWithUs website post that Israeli policy supports a Palestinian state."
--One right-wing pro-Israel organization accused another right-wing pro-Israel organization of endangering Israel for 'falsely' accusing it of supporting the two-state solution.**
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News Nosh: 8.14.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Quote of the Day #1:
"Benjamin Netanyahu has half-apologized for my detention yesterday at Ben Gurion airport. I'll accept when he apologizes to all the Palestinians and Palestinian-Americans who every day endure far worse."
Prominent Jewish-American journalist, Peter Beinart, posted on Twitter after Israel's Shin Bet detained him at Ben-Gurion Airport and questioned him over his political views.*
 
Quote of the Day #2:
"From the (Shin Bet's apology) statement it can be concluded that in Israel a black list was compiled, not of terrorist operatives or people suspected of such activity, but of people based on their political views."
--Maariv's Intel commentator writes how the Shin Bet has begun serving the right-wing ideological agenda of the government by detaining and interrogating Israelis and Jewish-Americans over to their left-wing views.**
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News Nosh: 8.13.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday, August 13, 2018

Quote of the Day #1:
"This open city, open to every spirit, can contain all the flags there are - the LGBT flag, the Druze flag, the flags of anti-Semitic countries like Hungary and anti-Israeli countries like Turkey. Only the Palestinian flag it can't hold."
--Top Yedioth political commentator, Nahum Barnea, writes about the bruhaha over the Palestinian flags waved at the protest rally against the Nation-State Law.*

Quote of the Day #2:
"Testimony from the officers involved in the attack, which has been concealed from the public until now, confirms for the first time that the children — four cousins ages 10 and 11 — were pursued and killed by drone operators who somehow mistook them, in broad daylight, for Hamas militants."
--'The Intercept' reporter, Robert Mackey, saw the secret Israeli military police report on the 2014 Israeli missile attack on four Palestinian children on a Gaza beach, which was the most direct evidence to date that Israel has used armed drones to launch attacks in Gaza. And moreover, it was proof of how unreliable the use of those drones are.**
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News Nosh: 8.10.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday, August 10, 2018

Numbers of the day:
48:41 - Percentages of Israelis who support/oppose opening an expansive military operation against the Gaza Strip.
29:64 - Percentage of Israelis who are satisfied/dissatisfied with the way Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is acting with Hamas. (Maariv Poll)
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News Nosh: 8.9.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday, August 9, 2018

You Must Be Kidding: 
An Israeli military officer gave permission to male religious soldiers who asked not to watch as a female instructor gave them a lesson on parachuting*
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News Nosh: 8.8.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

You Must Be Kidding: 
--50% of all Jewish Israelis who are detained are indicted, while only 35% of Arabs who are detained are charged in court. According to the study, this highlights the number of false arrests among Arab Israelis compared to the Jewish population. according to a study by the Israel Democracy Institute.*
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News Nosh: 8.6.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday, August 6, 2018

Quote of the day:
"Within hours the obituary had accumulated dozens of responses, and at the time of writing, it had already reached 300. All of them in Arabic, and the vast majority of them were Iraqi ones. As usual, most of them wished Gabbai the grace of God in the world to come."
--Middle East analyst, Jacky Khougy, writes in Maariv about the warm responses Iraqis wrote on the Facebook post of the Israeli Foreign Ministry about the death of Baghdad-born Israeli diplomat, Zvi Gabbai.*
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News Nosh: 8.3.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday, August 3, 2018

Quotes of the day:
Haaretz journalist Nir Gontarz (Jewish-Israeli) does a phone call interview with MK Ahmed Tibi (Arab-Israeli). Excerpts:
...Gontarz: Sir, allow me to keep bragging, please. You were born in this country, right?
Tibi: 
Absolutely, in Taibeh.
Gontarz: Fine, great. But the law states that the Land of Israel is my homeland, and mine alone. I am the master of the land now, Ahmad.
Tibi: And what about me?
Gontarz: Honorable Member of Knesset, get used to it. This is my homeland only, that’s the law and that’s it.
Tibi: The truth is that no law in the world, Nir, changes historical facts or can shatter beliefs. I believe in equality. I believe that Nir and Ahmad, who are both citizens of the same country, are meant to be equal. But we are not equal. The [nation-state] law comes to enshrine in a Basic Law the fact that you have priority over me. The truth is that since 1985 there’s been a Basic Law on a Jewish and Democratic State, which I take issue with because of the conflict between “Jewish” and “democratic.” When the state defines itself as Jewish, it says that Nir has priority over Ahmad.
Gontarz: I tried to make a bit of fun of the law here, but the truth is that it’s very sad. According to this law, not only do I have privileges that you don’t have, but even a newborn Jewish infant has more rights than you have.
Tibi: It’s truly a twisted situation, and I don’t want to remind the Jews of their history and where laws were promulgated democratically and gave rise to an inferno and hatred. But you should know that the most moving phone calls I’ve had lately are from Jews like you who are angry and hurt, and feel that they have lost something in the face of a wave of racism that denies my existence. A Holocaust survivor told me that she is ashamed and that she feels closer to me than to the sponsors of the law, and she reminded me of my Holocaust speech in the Knesset. No law in the world, even if they demolish my home and even if people are killed, will change the fact that I was born here and my ancestors were born here.
Gontarz: Thank you, Ahmad, and sorry.
Tibi: Thanks, Nir.
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News Nosh: 8.2.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Quote of the day:
"Just as France belongs to the French and Germany to the Germans, Israel belongs to all Israelis, and only to them. It does not belong to the Jewish people. There is no regime, government or state that belongs to distant interested parties who are not citizens. Judaism, on the other hand — however one defines it — does belong solely to the Jews. One can be Israeli without being Jewish, and one can be Jewish without being Israeli, but one cannot be Israeli without being a citizen of the state. The state’s pretension to represent the entire Jewish people is problematic. If Israel is the state of the Jewish people, then all its conflicts, domestic and foreign, automatically apply to all of the world’s Jews."
--Former member of Knesset and head of the Jewish Agency, Avraham Burg, writestoday in Haaretz.

You Must Be Kidding: 
Israel has refused to allow passage to seven seriously ill Gazan women to travel to a hospital in the West Bank for life-saving treatment - because they are related to people in Hamas.**


Breaking News:
Israel killed seven armed ISIS militants approaching Israel-Syria border.
(Haaretz, Ynet and Israel Hayom)

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