Peace Now in the News: March 31 - April 20, 2018

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.


Peace Now in the News: March 24 - 30, 2018

Times of Israel: March 26, 2018
"Claiming Defense Ministry approval, settlers enter 2 disputed Hebron buildings," Peace Now condemns settlers' taking over disputed homes in Hebron.

Ynet News: March 26, 2018
"Settlements grew under Trump presidency," Peace Now report: Settlements grew under Trump presidency.

JTA: March 26, 2018
"West Bank construction starts rose about 17 percent for 2017, Peace Now reports," Peace Now: West Bank construction starts rose about 17 percent for 2017.

i24 News: March 26, 2018
"Most new settler homes being built in 'isolated' West Bank settlements," Peace Now report: Most new settler homes being built in 'isolated' West Bank settlements.

Jerusalem Post: March 26, 2018
"Illegal settler outpost building resumed with 16 new sites," Peace Now report: Illegal settler outpost building resumed with 16 new sites.

Peace Now in the News: March 6 - March 21, 2018

Jerusalem Post: March 21, 2018
"Since Trump took office, new settlement construction has declined," Peace Now's Hagit Ofran comments on stats showing a decline in West Bank settlement housing starts since Trump's presidency.

Haaretz: March 8, 2018
"Israeli government-funded council spent millions on illegal settlements," Peace Now accuses settlement regional council of breaking the law using tax-payer funds to pay for illegal construction.

Jerusalem Post: March 6, 2018
"Work starts on new industrial zone Kiryat Arba settlement," Peace Now opposes construction of industrial zone in Kiryat Arba.


Peace Now in the News: February 13-19, 2018

ABC News: February 19, 2018
"Israeli settler leader says settlements grew rapidly in 2017," Brian Reeves, spokesman for Peace Now, an anti-settlement monitoring group, said it could not corroborate Katz's figures but that they are in the "ballpark" of its own estimates.

Haaretz: February 19, 2018
"Netanyahu eyes paying settlers millions for leaving illegal outpost built on private Palestinian land," the High Court ordered the structures in the outpost to be pulled down, following a petition from Peace Now and some Palestinian residents of the Palestinian town of al-Khader.

Times of Israel: February 19, 2018
"Government scrambles to ease pain of illegal outpost evacuation," Peace Now slammed news of a compensation plan for the residents, calling it “political bribery for building offenders.”

Times of Israel: February 13, 2018
"Israel okays temporary homes for residents of outpost slated to be razed," Peace Now slammed approvals, saying that the government had actually authorized the establishment of several new settlements, claiming that projects, such as the one for the Netiv Ha’avot residents are located well beyond the borders of the settlements they’re adjacent to.

Jerusalem Post: February 13, 2018
"New housing site approved for 15 Netiv Ha'avot families," Peace Now and Yesh Din have filed multiple cases on behalf of the Palestinian village of El-Khader, which claims the land falls under their jurisdiction.

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.

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