My friends in America,
Last Sunday, we at Peace Now demonstrated outside the inaugural ceremony for the “Pilgrimage Road” tunnel at Jerusalem’s Old City Basin.
While the tunnel exposes a meaningful archeological discovery, it was built recklessly by the settler group Elad under the homes of the Palestinian residents of Silwan, a neighborhood in East Jerusalem, which Palestinians claim as part of their future capital.
For us, the most infuriating part of this ceremony was the participation of Trump's “peace” team: Ambassador David Friedman and Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt.
Americans for Peace Now, Arms Control Association, Council for a Livable World, Foreign Policy for America, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Indivisible, J Street, MoveOn, NIAC Action, Ploughshares Fund, VoteVets and Win Without War issued the following statement:
PRO-DIPLOMACY ORGANIZATIONS CALL FOR VOTE ON UDALL AMENDMENT TO PREVENT AN UNAUTHORIZED WAR WITH IRAN
Peace Now Director Shaqued Morag sitting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas
We sought to make a statement that constructive dialogue with the Palestinians is possible and needed. That statement was echoed loud and clear, as the Palestinian leader took the opportunity with Peace Now not just to repeat his ardent support for the two-state solution, but also to divulge details for the first time on his meetings senior U.S. officials Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt.
"I'm ashamed of Israel's Nation-State law" video from Peace Now going viral
In response to Israel's new anti-democratic, anti-peace Nation-State law, which includes downgrading the Arabic language from "official" to "special status", Peace Now has started a campaign encouraging Israelis to make a video saying in Arabic "I am ashamed of the Nation-State law."
Haaretz: June 3, 2018
"Israel's Top Court Hears Petitions Against West Bank Land-grab Law," Israel's High Court hears petitions against settlement legalization law brought by Peace Now and other organizations.
i24 News: June 3, 2018
"Israel’s High Court hears petitions against settlement legalization law," Israel's High Court hears petitions against settlement legalization law brought by Peace Now and other organizations.
Jerusalem Post: June 3, 2018
"Defense Ministry official: Illegal EU housing for Palestinians has mostly stopped," Peace Now's Hagit Ofran confirms a drop in EU construction of unauthorized housing units for Palestinians in WB's Area C.
Times of Israel: June 3, 2018
"State: There’s no alternative to outpost legalization law, warts and all," High Court of Justice hears State's position in a petition submitted by Peace Now and others regarding legalizing illegal outposts.
Al-Jazeera: May 31, 2018
"Israel approves more than 2,000 settlement units in West Bank," Peace Now: 14,454 settlement units in the West Bank have been approved since US President Donald Trump took office.
Times of Israel: May 30, 2018
"Israel green-lights 2,000 settlement homes; half are outside blocs," Peace Now considers new uncontiguous settlement "neighborhoods" as new settlements.
Haaretz: May 30, 2018
"Israel to build 92 new settlement homes near Bedouin village slated for demolition," Peace Now's Hagit Ofran blasts plan to approve building homes in a settlement adjacent to Khan al-Ahmar.
Florida Jewish Journal (JNS story): May 30, 2018
"Report monitors uptick in population throughout Judea, Samaria," Peace Now: despite increase in settlement population, two-state agreement is still possible.
Wafa: May 30, 2018
"Israel approves 2070 new illegal settler units in occupied West Bank," Peace Now: since President Trump took office some 14,454 units in West Bank settlements have been approved.
Maan News: May 25, 2018
"Israeli defense minister to approve thousands of new illegal settlement units," Peace Now criticizes Israeli government statement regarding plans to construct more homes in West Bank.
Times of Israel: May 24, 2018
"Defense Minister: 3,900 settlement homes to be green-lit next week," Peace Now slams Israeli government's plans to approve more construction in settlements.
Times of Israel: May 13, 2018
"Israeli protesters rally against US embassy move to Jerusalem," Peace Now, with other groups, organizes pro-peace march in Jerusalem.
Haaretz: May 11, 2018
"All you need to know about Israel’s roller-coaster week," Peace Now plans protest outside site of new US embassy in Jerusalem.
Haaretz: May 11, 2018
"Jerusalem Police Prohibit 'Inciting' Peace Now Sign Outside U.S. Embassy Opening," Peace Now first banned then allowed to hang a sign protesting the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem Post: May 4, 2018
"Israel to roll out plan to legalize all West Bank outposts," Peace Now opposes Israeli government plan to "legalize" West Bank illegal outposts.
Israel National News: April 23, 2018
"Leftists support Natalie Portman," Peace Now, in a virtual campaign, backs Portman.
Jerusalem Post: April 22, 2018
"Israeli Minister: Natalie Portman's decision borders on antisemitism," Peace Now defends Portman with a digital campaign: I'm with her.
Haaretz: April 9, 2018
"Palestinian families evicted from their East Jerusalem homes amid dispute with Elad," Peace Now's Hagit Ofran quoted in a story about more evictions of Palestinian families from Silwan, East Jerusalem.
New York Times: April 2, 2018
"Israel Courts Catastrophe in Gaza Protests," NYT editorial quotes Peace Now statement regarding Gaza events.