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News Nosh 10.27.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Tuesday October 27, 2020

Quote of the day:

"That America heaps love on Trump, among other reasons because he says out loud what people are thinking in the age of political correctness. He gives them a voice, representation, legitimacy, at a time when most media outlets cast them as racist, stupid, shallow rabble. When you meet them, you discover that they aren't exactly the dubious marginalized characters that they appear as in magazine articles about lawless militias or white supremacists thugs – they are Americas, working people, producers, entrepreneurs, members of the community, who love their country and think differently than the Democrats do. That is all they are guilty of."
--'Israel Hayom's' Editor-in-Chief, Boaz Bismuth, writes from the US about supporters for US President Donald Trump.*

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News Nosh - 10-26-20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Monday October 26, 2020 

Quotes from the High Court:

"We cannot interpret the international conventions that the State of Israel has signed in isolation from the particular aspect of the war on terror, which we experience, sadly, day in and day out; we are beings who want life, and we will not die for the sanctification of the Geneva Convention.”
--High Court Justice Noam Sohlberg wrote in his ruling to approve the demolishing of the home of a Palestinian man who murdered an Israeli man. Justice Meni Mazuz objected to the demolition of the house.*

"The demolition of the home of an innocent family is shameful to the State of Israel and it is a pity that the High Court is giving a hand to it. The judgment does not make justice and does not provide any deterrence."
--HaMoked, an Israeli human rights organization, which represented the Palestinian family's in the petition.*

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News Nosh 10.25.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Sunday October 25, 2020

Exchange of the day:

Trump: “Do you think Sleepy Joe could have made this deal, Bibi, Sleepy Joe?”
Netanyahu: "Uh ... well ... Mr. President, one thing I can tell you is we appreciate the help for peace from anyone in America and we appreciate what you’ve done…”
--Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu avoids badmouthing US Presidential candidate Joe Biden days before the US elections.*

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News Nosh 10.22.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Thursday October 22, 2020 

Quotes of the day:

"As I cried, I could hear Saeb’s voice crack. I had known Dr. Erekat for years, a relationship that began when he was the editorial writer of the Palestinian daily al-Quds, briefing Israeli reporters on Palestinian politics while sharing a smoke on the steps of the newspaper’s East Jerusalem office. Over the years, we laughed a lot together. Now we were crying...We realized that Yigal Amir’s bullets, the ones that that killed Rabin, were also meant to kill the prospects for peace, and we understood that they could very well succeed. "
----Ori Nir, former Haaretz's West Bank and Washington correspondent, and now Americans for Peace Now's Vice President for public affairs, was on the phone with Saeb Erekat when the announcement was made of the death of Yitzhak Rabin by an assassin.**

"'And you helped the sick person wherever he was sick, whether a foreigner, a non-Jew or a citizen, whether mild or respectable.'" ...These words were written as the oath of the Hebrew doctor. They are not worth much today. Caring for a patient is a basic thing, which we have seen is disappearing. It happened in Hebron, with the paramedic who left a Palestinian, whom Elor Azaria shot, to bleed to death. It happened in Umm al-Hiran, with paramedics watching Yakub Abu al-Qiyan drown in his own blood. It turns out that this was too high a moral level for us. We are now discussing whether saving lives is at all legitimate. Give us a few more years of occupation, and we'll see where we get to."
--Former Meretz chairwoman, Zehava Galon, writes in an Op-Ed about Israeli right-wing opposition to giving medical treatment to long-time Palestinian peace negotiator, Saeb Erekat, who is in intubated and on life support in critical condition with COVID-19 and about Israeli left-wing approval for Erekat's medical treatment because it gives Israel 'moral superiority.'***

"There is a subset of liberal Jews, mainly in the United States and Canada, intellectuals who see themselves as enlightened and progressive, who fight injustices all over the world, until it comes to Israel, which in their eyes is above all suspicion. This is where they close their eyes and their consciences fall silent. They see nothing...Turns out that one can be an expert on human rights, an enlightened intellectual raised in an environment of Jewish liberalism, but at the moment of truth, their face is revealed, and it is nationalist, racist, cruel and incredibly ugly."
--Gideon Levy writes in an Op-Ed today about Canadian-Israeli 'centrist' lawmaker from Kahol-Lavan party, MK Michal Cotler-Wunsh, who called on Israel not to provide hospital treatment to long-time Palestinian peace negotiator, Saeb Erekat, who is in intubated and on life support in critical condition with COVID-19, unless Israel got something in return.*

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News Nosh 10.21.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Wednesday October 21, 2020

Quote of the day:

"The Palestinians - and the Jews as well - are not required to erase the memory of their past, but to “reframe" it: from aiming to turn the wheel backward, towards agreeing upon a memory that won’t return. A collective memory of this model makes it possible to long for the historic homeland districts that you no longer own, without enslaving the day-to-day for the purpose of restoring the past world in its entirety."
--Head of the Palestinian Studies Forum at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Dr. Michael Milstein, suggests a way the Palestinians to come to a compromise over their past and future.*

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News Nosh 10.20.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Tuesday October 20, 2020

You Must Be Kidding: 
After attacking Palestinian journalists who were reporting on a pool settlers were building on privately-owned Palestinian land, a settler guard from Yakir settlement called the Israeli army, which sent soldiers who expelled the journalists and the Palestinian landowner and allowed the settler to stay.*

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News Nosh 10.19.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Monday October 19, 2020

Quote of the day:

“This nefarious term, 'the Israeli occupation,' implies all that Israel's enemies wish to convey: that Israel is a colony of the 'white man' in the heart of the Middle East, a European foothold, a foreign entity seizing Arab lands and violating the human rights of the natives, the original people of the land – in other words, the Palestinian Arabs. How does one fight this? How do we express the Jewish people's deeply-rooted connection to this land, which is the backbone of the State of Israel, and undo the image of the heartless occupier? The answer to this question lies in this new treaty and it, similar to "occupation," is predicated on one word: "Abraham.”…It's evident, then, that the phrase "Abraham Accords" fundamentally denotes that the treaty (with the UAE and Bahrain) was forged by the descendants of Abraham's children – Arabs and Jews – and thus redefines Jewish presence in the region as ancient and therefore legitimate.”
—Yishai Fleisher, the international spokesperson for the Jewish settlers of Hebron, explains the thinking behind the official title of the normalization agreements Israel signed with the UAE and Bahrain, as the 'Abraham Accords.'*

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News Nosh 10.18.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Sunday October 18, 2020

Quote of the day:

 "Why is Israel failing to deal with the crisis? Because our leaders have become accustomed to running the country with tricks, deceptions and lies. Corona does not understand this language.”
--Yitzhak Ilan, former Shin Bet deputy chief, posted on social media before dying of corona this weekend.*

Breaking News:
Saeb Erekat rushed to Israeli hospital in serious condition after contracting COVID
Erekat, 65, a senior member of Fatah party, has been one of the most high-profile faces of the Palestinian leadership for decades, and has been a part of negotiations with Israel. (JPost, Maariv, WAFA, Haaretz+ and Israel Hayom)

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News Nosh 10.15.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Thursday October 15, 2020 

Quotes of the Day:
“(Yitzhak) Rabin was no saint. I saw him in downtown Ramallah, shortly after the first Intifada erupted, when he said that the demonstrations must be quelled "by force, by might, by beating"…But Rabin changed. He came to appreciate the Palestinians’ dogged pursuit of national liberation. I was told by more than one person in his inner circle that after a couple of years of failed attempts to quell the uprising, Rabin explicitly recognized that you can’t break the Palestinians’ spirit and their desire for independence. For many Palestinians, at the time, this became Rabin’s legacy.
—Ori Nir, Americans for Peace Now's vice president for public affairs and formerly Haaretz's West Bank and Washington correspondent, writes in an Op-Ed that it is Rabin's courage to break the mainstream Israeli taboo by recognizing Palestinian nationalism and pursuing peace that APN will honor at its October 20th event.*

"You know, Mr. Prime Minister, I can stand here and count your virtues and achievements over the years, and they are many, at my 18th year in this House. I know and cherish those virtues and I ask myself, how can it be that with all your abilities you do not invest even an hour or two a week to heal the wound? To mend the rifts? Why are you waiting? Are you waiting for the streets to bleed? Do you not hear the voices?...I have been waiting and waiting to be a part of history, and I would like to vote in favor of this historic moment, but I inform you Prime Minister, as long as you do not take time to treat the wounds of Israeli society, I will refrain from (supporting) this agreement."
--Shas MK Yaakov Margi slammed the Prime Minister at the Knesset vote today to approve the normalization agreement with the United Arab Emirates.**

You Must Be Kidding: 
“These are some of the most vulnerable children, whose life is already extremely hard, and Israel as the occupying power has a duty to ensure that they get their education and basic services.”
--Norwegian Refugee Council director said before Israeli forces bulldozed a primary school in a herding community forcing children to walk some five kilometers to access the nearest school.**

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News Nosh 10.14.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Wednesday October 14, 2020

VIDEO of the day:
—Masked settlers stone Palestinian families harvesting their olives.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
—Israeli soldiers arrived 20 minutes later and did not detain anyone.*

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