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November 2004 Archives

Permanent Housing at Settlement Outpost of Palgei Mayim

Americans for Peace Now (APN) today released recent photographs of the settlement outpost called Palgei Mayim which show both temporary trailers and an aerial view of permanent houses being built

Overview The International Court of Justice (ICJ) opinion regarding the legal consequences of the Israeli security barrier being built in the West Bank is bound to grate on the ears of Israelis. Further, the ICJ opinion does not give as much credence to legitimate Israeli security concerns about terrorism as supporters of Israel expect and deserve to see in a serious discussion about the situation in the region. Indeed, the opinion raises serious questions about how ...

Americans for Peace Now (APN) today called on Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to cooperate with the United Nations and Egypt in order to help restore order in the occupied territories and prepare for Israel's evacuation from Gaza and parts of the West Bank.

Americans for Peace Now (APN) today released the latest Israeli Peace Now Settlements Watch report, including an evaluation of the outpost list submitted to the Bush Administration by the Sharon government.

Americans for Peace Now (APN) today sent a letter to President George W. Bush calling on him to personally weigh in with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to underscore, as the U.S. State Department has done, that Israel must live up to its obligations under the Road Map, including a freeze on settlement growth.

Settlement Expansion Continues; Tell Bush to Intervene


Israel's Friend? By Debra DeLee

Until now the biggest beneficiaries of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to evacuate settlers from the Gaza Strip and part of the West Bank have been the settlers. Under the guise of helping Sharon advance his disengagement initiative, President George Bush has given a green light for settlement growth to an Israeli leader with a reputation for never stopping on red.

Americans for Peace Now (APN) today condemned the terrorist bombing of two buses in the Israeli city of Be'er Sheva, an attack that took the lives for at least 12 people and injured close to 100 more.

Americans for Peace Now (APN) today vehemently criticized Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia, also known as Abu Ala, for reportedly saying that a potential Hamas attack against Israel in retaliation for Israel's recent strike on a Hamas terrorist training camp would be "justified."

Americans for Peace Now (APN) today said that the terrorist rocket attacks on Sderot and the subsequent Israeli reprisal raid on Gaza, dubbed Operation "Days of Penitence," should cause Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and the Palestinians to reflect on the implications of this cycle of violence for the disengagement plan.

Hard Questions, Tough Answers - September 24, 2004

Q. September 29 marked the fourth anniversary of the (intifada). How do you assess the two sides' gains and losses? Q. How do you factor the terrorist attacks in Sinai last Thursday into this equation?

Democracy for the Settlers, by Luis Lainer

As the date approaches for the Knesset to vote on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to evacuate settlements from Gaza and parts of the West Bank, settlers and their allies who oppose the initiative have been screaming at the top of their lungs that disengagement is being advanced in violation of democratic principles.

Hard Questions, Tough Answers - November 8, 2004

Q. If religious soldiers in the IDF obey the halachic rulings of anti-disengagement Rabbis...? Q. ...Is a second disengagement a possibility, and if so what would it encompass?

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has offered a bold initiative to remove Israeli settlements from all of the Gaza Strip and part of the West Bank. He deserves support for trying to break the current deadlock with the Palestinians through steps that will improve the security of Israeli citizens while eliminating part of a major irritant in with his country's neighbors.

APN Congratulates President Bush on Electoral Victory

Americans for Peace Now (APN) today congratulated President George Bush on being elected to a second term in office, and called on him to support Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan and to renew active American participation in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

"Caravan Capture" in West Bank

See the video (and note the soundtrack!) showing how activists from Peace Now protested the expansion of Illegal Settlement Outposts by moving an uninhabited trailer from an Illegal Settlement Outpost in the West Bank to in front of the Israel Defense Department in Tel Aviv!

Yitzhak Rabin Peace Award Luncheon

APN's Annual West Coast Event was held December 5, 2004, with the award presented to Gene Reynolds, Television Producer, Director, and Writer, who is an active supporter, activist, and leader in the work of Americans for Peace Now.

A Progressive Zionist's Guide to Campus Activism

Concrete steps an activist can take to draw like-minded individuals into pro-Israel, pro-Peace activism, while simultaneously providing a strong, credible voice on campus.

Hard Questions, Tough Answers - November 1, 2004

Q. Is the Arafat era over? What will happen after Arafat? Q. What does the Palestinian leadership situation mean for Sharon and his disengagement plan? How does it interact with Sharon's surprisingly comfortable Knesset victory over disengagement last week?

Legislative Round-up - 10/8/04

I. Appropriations Update II. S. Res. 408 (ICJ/Security Barrier) III. New Bills and Resolutions IV. National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004 V. Miscellaneous

November 1, 2004 - Vol. 6, Issue 15

Middle East Peace Report November 1, 2004 Vol. 6, Issue 15 

SHARON SOARS, BIBI BOMBS: In a Dahaf/Yedioth Ahronoth survey published the day that the Knesset voted on the disengagement plan, 65% of respondents said they favor Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's initiative to remove settlements from Gaza and parts of the West Bank, while just 26% oppose it. At the same time, 47% said they think Sharon's life is in ...

Americans for Peace Now (APN) today expressed regret that the U.S. House of Representatives resolution regarding Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement proposal fails to endorse the evacuation of settlers from Gaza and parts of the West Bank or the Road Map

APN Condemns Tel Aviv Suicide Bombing

Americans for Peace Now (APN) today condemned the Palestinian suicide bombing that took place in a crowded outdoor market in central Tel Aviv