Peace Now in the News: February 4 - 7, 2018

Arab News: February 7, 2018
"Time to rise above anger when confronting Israeli extremism," Ray Hanania wrote that Palestinians need to build relations with pro-peace Israeli groups such as Peace Now.

Arutz Sheva: February 5, 2018
"Left panics after Havat Gilad recognized," Quotes Hagit Ofran's explanation and analysis of the government's adecision to legalize the illegal outpost after Rabbi Raziel Shevach's murder.

The Daily Star (Lebanon): February 5, 2018
"PLO to mull revoking recognition of Israel," Cites Peace Now calling the effort to legalize the outpost a “cynical exploitation of the murder.”

Al Arabiya: February 4, 2018
"Israel begins distributing deportation notices to Africans, legalizes West Bank settlement," Cites Peace Now saying the effort to legalize it is a “cynical exploitation of the murder.”

New York Post: February 4, 2018
"Israel to legalize settlement outpost deep in West Bank," Cites Peace Now calling the effort to legalize the outpost a “cynical exploitation of the murder.”

Jerusalem Post: February 4, 2018
"Cabinet expected to give not to settlement status for Havat Gilad," Peace Now warned sucha move would be a grave mistake and that it would need to be evactuated in a final status agreement.

 

Peace Now in the News: January 19 - February 1, 2018

+972: February 1, 2018
"Activists barricade JNF headquarters to protest eviction of Palestinian family," In collaboration with activists from Meretz and All That's Left, Peace Now organized a protest outside the JNF headquarters in Jerusalem. Settlement Watch Director Shabtay Bendet said: “We are here to demonstrate against the activities of the JNF, an organization that’s been in the service of the right and the settlements, collaborating with the settlers to uproot Palestinians from their homes.”

Ynet News: January 30, 2018
"PM condemns Irish bill banning Israeli West Bank goods," Former Peace Now Director Tzali Reshef appeared on a list of Israelis supportive of an Irish bill that would outlaw importing goods from West Bank settlements.

Haaretz: January 25, 2018
"Was leaving Likud the mistake of Moshe Ya'alon's life? An interview with Israel's ex-defense minister," In an interview, Ya'alon denies that he called Peace Now a "virus" in 2009 (despite a recording of his comments).

Times of Israel: January 21, 2018
"Settler growth rate declines for sixth straight year," Peace Now data cited in story on decline in settler population growth rate. 

Nonprofit Quarterly: January 19, 2018
"Democracy distorted: When the government funds a nonprofit’s political advocacy," Peace Now's Hagit Ofran quoted in story about Israeli right-wing nonprofit receiving government funds.

Peace Now in the News: January 11-14, 2018

Interview with Settlement Watch Director Shabtay Bendet in Times of Israel: January 12, 2018

"A former settler is bent on dismantling outposts he once toiled to establish"

Ex-radical Lubavitcher Shabtay Bendet has left old ideologies behind, but the new Peace Now staffer is still grappling with the life he created on the other side of the fence.

Shabtay Bendet was on hand at the Civil Administration’s Beit El headquarters in October when the Defense Ministry body authorized the West Bank settlement of Rehelim’s first-ever building plan. Had it happened two decades earlier, it would likely have been a momentous occasion for the 45-year-old, who, as one of the founders of Rehelim — the West Bank’s first illegal outpost — facilitated the covert transport of trailers to the hilltop community south of Nablus in the dead of night. Read More >

Algemeiner (JNS story): January 14, 2018
"Major Jewish Organizations Back Israel’s BDS Entry Ban, Barred Groups Call It ‘Bullying’," APN opposes list of organizations banned from entering Israel due to their support of BDS.

Times of Israel: January 14, 2018
"Settlement watchdog head resigns to run for Meretz leadership,"

Ynet News: January 14, 2018
"Outgoing Peace Now director announces bid for Meretz leadership," Avi Buskila, the former Director General of Peace Now, leaves to run in the Meretz leadership race.

Arutz 7: January 14, 2018
"Peace Now CEO resigns in bid for Meretz director position"

Jerusalem Post: January 14, 2018
"Peace Now head running for Meretz leadership

Jordan Times: January 13, 2018
"Jordan, world countries reject Israeli settlement plans," Peace Now data quoted in story on settlement construction.

Haaretz: January 12, 2018
"EU, U.K., Germany, and France Condemn Israeli Plan to Build Hundreds of Settlement Homes"

Boston Globe (AP story): January 12, 2018
"Group: Israel OKs more construction in West Bank settlements," Peace Now: Israel's government OKs more construction in West Bank settlements.

The Independent: January 12, 2018
"Israel approves more than 1,100 new settlement homes in occupied West Bank," Peace Now: Israel approves more than 1,100 new settlement homes in occupied West.

The Australian (AFP story): January 12, 2018
"Israel approves more than 1100 new West Bank settlement homes"

Reuters: January 11, 2018
"Israel approves hundreds of new settlement homes: NGO"

Peace Now in the News: December 27, 2017 - January 4, 2018

Arab News (AFP story): January 4, 2018
"Israel minister calls for more settlement approvals," Peace Now data cited in piece on Avigdor Lieberman's call for more settlement construction.

New York Times: January 1, 2018
"Emboldened Israeli Right Presses Moves to Doom 2-State Solution," Peace Now's Hagit Ofran quoted in story on Israeli right's drive to doom hopes for two-state solution.

Haaretz: January 1, 2018
"Jewish National Fund involved in effort to evict East Jerusalem family," Peace Now's Hagit Ofran quoted in story on JNF's involvement in efforts to evict Palestinians from their home in Silwan.

Al-Monitor: January 1, 2018
"Israel seized 2,500 acres of Palestinian land in 2017," Peace Now data cited in a news story on increase in settlement activity in 2017.

Times of Israel: December 27, 2017
"Government grants settlements NIS 40 million for security, first-aid," Peace Now blasts Netanyahu for new government grant to settlements.

Jerusalem Post: December 27, 2017
"Additional 40 million NIS allocated for settlement security," Peace Now condemns new government grant to settlements. 

New report from Peace Now: "The Truth about the Nativ Ha’Avot Outpost"

On September 1st, 2016, the Supreme Court ordered that 13 illegal houses the were built on private Palestinian land in the outpost of Nativ Ha’avot will be dismantled by March 6th, 2018. Since this ruling, the settlers have imposed tremendous pressure on the government to resist the implementation of the ruling. They issued a public campaign full of misleading information, inaccuracies and downright lies, in order to raise public support for their struggle.

Peace Now, which petitioned the court together with the Palestinian landowners, sets the record straight in the following “Nativ Ha’Avot File” – replete with all the facts and proof regarding the land grab and the illegality of the outpost.

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Peace Now in the News: November 18 - December 1, 2017

Haaretz: November 29, 2017
"Israeli Attorney General Seeks to Save Buildings in West Bank Outpost From Demolition," After Peace Now wins Supreme Court petition, Israel's Attorney General seeks ways to save illegal outpost homes from demolition.

Jerusalem Post: November 29, 2017
"AG weighs savings six settler outpost homes," Attorney General tries to save settler outpost homes that Court ordered demolished after Peace Now won Supreme Court petition.

JewSchool (by American Jewish Peace Archive): November 26, 2017
"Israelis Rising Up: Remembering with Yuli Tamir and Janet Aviad," A tribute to Peace Now and two of its founders.

Jerusalem Post: November 23, 2017
"IDF weighs new tool to legalize settler outposts," Peace Now's lawyer rejects Israeli Attorney General's new tool for legalizing illegal outposts.

Times of Israel: November 22, 2017
"AG: Outpost law discriminates against Palestinians, should be repealed," Peace Now criticizes Israeli AG decision to allow expropriating privately-owned Palestinian land for access road to illegal outpost.

Peace Now in the News: November 3 - 17, 2017

Daily Mail (AFP story): November 16, 2017
"Watchdog fears Israel will seize more Palestinian land," Peace Now: legal opinion by the attorney general could pave the way for the seizure of more Palestinian land in the West Bank.

Times of Israel: November 14, 2017
"In first, Israel Prize to be awarded for promoting settlements — report," Peace Now slams Bennet for reported intention to award Israel Prize to settlement activist.

Jerusalem Post: November 14, 2017
"Start preparing for one million settlers in the West Bank," Peace Now data quoted in story on settlement growth.

Haaretz: November 5, 2017
"Tens of Thousands Attend 'Depoliticized' Rally Marking Rabin's Assassination," Peace Now participates in Rabin memorial rally.

JTA: November 4, 2017
"Tens of thousands of Israelis attend rally marking Yitzhak Rabin’s murder," Peace Now participates in Rabin memorial rally.

Times of Israel: November 4, 2017
"85,000 attend rally marking 22nd anniversary of Rabin’s murder," Peace Now participates in Rabin memorial rally.

Peace Now in the News October 21 - 27, 2017

Times of Israel: October 27, 2017
"State taps settler leader to head body that legalizes outposts," Peace Now outraged as state appoints settler leader to head committee that would legalize outposts.

Jerusalem Post: October 27, 2017
"Settler leader to head gov’t drive to legalize outposts," Peace Now condemns Netanyahu's appointment of settler leader to head committee that would legalize structures in illegal outpost.

Jerusalem Post: October 26, 2017
"Ministers to vote on bill to annex 19 settlements to Jerusalem," Peace Now blasts government intention to endorse bill that would annex 19 settlements to Jerusalem.

Al-Monitor: October 23, 2017
"Israel, US coordinated on settlement construction," Peace Now data quoted in story on West Bank settlement construction.

Times of Israel: October 23, 2017
"4 new lawmakers sworn in after Meretz, Zionist Union MKs quit," Former Peace Now Secretary General Mossi Raz sworn in as Knesset member.

Peace Now in the News August 17-25, 2017

Haaretz: August 22, 2017
"New Israeli law could ‘legalize’ 3,455 illegal buildings in West Bank," Civil Administration data confirms Peace Now numbers regarding West Bank settlement homes built illegally on private Palestinian land.

Ma'an News: August 22, 2017
"Israeli state argues that confiscation of occupied land benefits Palestinians," Peace Now blasts Israeli government position submitted to Supreme Court re law allowing confiscation of Palestinian land for settlements.

Times of Israel: August 22, 2017
"State says outpost Legalization Law protects Palestinians," Peace Now rejects government's position in suit against law that allows seizing private Palestinian land for settlements.

Jerusalem Post: August 21, 2017
"Israel: Law seizing Palestinian property fits international standards," Peace Now rejects state's position at Supreme Court regarding law allowing seizing of Palestinian-owned land.

Xinhua: August 19, 2017
"China's creative thinking to help advance Israeli-Palestinian peace process: Israeli peace activist," Peace Now's Avi Buskila welcomes China's venturing into Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.

Times of Israel: August 17, 2017
"High Court freezes controversial outpost legalization law," High Court postpones decision on petition by Peace Now and others regarding the Legalization Law.

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