APN responds to "They Say's" about the Israeli-Arab conflict and resolving the problems in the region, and as a key national security interest of the U.S.
October 2008 Archives
APN abhors and rejects the current character assassination efforts aimed at Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi.
Go to: http://americannewsproject.com/node/163
Comments from Professor Ze'ev Sternhell and Peace Now Settlement Watch Director Hagit Ofran are included this radio report
OpEd by Arthur Stern, APN SoCal Regional Chair and National Executive Committee Member
OpEd by Arthur Stern, APN National Executive Committee Member and Southern California Regional Chair
Hagit Ofran of Peace Now said the High Court of Justice had determined that the outpost was illegal more than a year ago and had told the families that they needed to leave.
"Whoever expresses himself in such a manner belongs in jail," Olmert said during yesterday's weekly cabinet meeting. "We've had enough of all this violence
Israeli leadership "are leaving the impression that nothing can be done...they who view Peace Now's attempts to visit Hebron as provocative."
LIVNI CALLS FOR ELECTIONS; LIVNI LEADS THE POLLS; WHY DID LIVNI FAIL?; SETTLER VIOLENCE, THREATS ON THE RISE; SETTLER 'TERRORISM'; CAN ASSAD BE THE NEW SADAT?; DEAR JOHN, BARACK
Profile of Hagit Ofran appeared in the women's magazine
Israeli law enforcement authorities are connecting the dots. So are Israeli politicians, the media and most of the Israeli public. It's time for American friends of Israel to also sober up to the straight line that leads from the systemic lawlessness among Jewish West Bank settlers to political terrorism inside Israel.
Michael Sfard, a human rights lawyer for Peace Now...said the price tag campaign of the settler extreme has been discussed for months on Internet forums and in weekly pamphlets circulated within the movement.
Q's re: Tzipi Livni failing to form a new governing coalition and ramifications; Progress between Fateh and Hamas?
Includes mention of attack against Prof. Sternhell, the Peace Now "bounty" leaflet, and death threats against Peace Now's Yariv Oppenheimer
Articles and briefs on the graffiti death threats against Yariv Oppenheimer...
"For the past 30 years I have considered the settlements a destructive phenomenon that raises a large question mark over Israel's future."
Q. Today Israel's prime-minister designate, Zippi Livni, goes to President Shimon Peres to request an extension of 14 days to try to form a government. This reflects her lack of success at coalition-building over the past month. Where do we stand with the prospects for a new government in Israel? Q. The Kadima-Labor agreement has been initialed but not finalized. Is everything cozy at least here?
COALITION COALESCING?; ISRAEL SEEKS TO EXTEND GAZA TRUCE; NO BRANCH IN THIS OLIVE HARVEST; SETTLER FANATICISM THREATENS ISRAEL; JENIN BATTLES TERRORISM, RED TAPE
The message was included in APN's sixth installment of "Responsibility over Rhetoric," an initiative aimed at the Obama and McCain campaigns
"...Peace Now...revealed that since the Annapolis peace talks last October, the number of construction tenders issued in East Jerusalem has increased by a factor of 38 compared to the previous year.
PM Olmert: "An evil wind of malice, of hatred, of extremism, of lawlessness is blowing through certain sectors of the Israeli public and threatens Israeli democracy," he told his cabinet.
In the past few weeks, the Settlers Council has launched an advertising campaign under the heading "Judea and Samaria-every Jew's story,"
"Leaflets left at the scene (Professor Sternhell bombing) offered a NIS 1.1 million bounty for anyone killing a leader of Peace Now."
Peace Now, an Israeli group that monitors settlement building, says that 493 new housing units have gone up east of the planned barrier in the past year, in outposts and older settlements.
Leaflets found in Jerusalem offered a bounty of a million shekels "to anyone who will kill a member of Peace Now... SAY NO TO TERRORISM; SUPPORT PEACE!
LIVNI, LABOR STRIKE COALITION DEAL; PROGRESS IN FATAH-HAMAS TALKS; ROCKET DIPLOMACY; SELLING SETTLEMENTS; DISPROPORTIONATE FORCE
On APN's 2008 CINE-PEACE Event held on Monday, September 22nd
Oscar-winning director Ari Sandel ("West Bank Story") racked up yet another prize when Americans for Peace Now presented him the 2008 Cine-Peace Award.
"...the settlement population in the West Bank has doubled to 260,000 inhabitants since the construction of the last official settlement 12 years ago, according to Peace Now,..."
"Olmert's turnaround is remarkable, but in line with Peace Now, the Israeli pro-peace group."
The fifth installment in APN's "Responsibility over Rhetoric" initiative was sent to the campaigns
"As our prayers ceaselessly yearn for Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace with one another, both governments must uphold the rule of law, fight terrorism, and work for a permanent resolution of the conflict."
"...Hagit Ofran of Peace Now said she did not believe the initiative ('Yehuda and Shomron: Every Jew's Story') would be able to sway the public"
According to the latest data from the Peace Now movement, during Ehud Olmert's term of office, at least 4,056 new housing units were built in the West Bank, and tenders were published for another 1,433 units.
"...the Yesha Council (Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip) launched a new campaign by the name of 'Yehuda and Shomron - Every Jew's story'"
According to the Israeli watchdog group Peace Now, some 2,600 new housing units are currently under construction throughout the West Bank.
Extremist Israeli settlers damage peace prospects just as Palestinian terrorists do
Yariv Oppenheimer, the head of Peace Now: "Whoever doesn't enforce the law on the violent settlers in the territories," he said, "will find himself facing a Jewish terrorist organization operating in the heart of Israel."
SETTLERS ESCALATE USE OF VIOLENCE; DO AS I SAY (NOT AS I DO); ANNAPOLIS ON THE NILE; US-SYRIAN DIALOGUE; PALESTINIAN FARMERS VS. THE STATE OF ISRAEL
The Israeli Prize Winner speaks of the extremism and violence that theatens the 2-state solution and preservation of the Zionist nature of Israel
CHICAGO - The event is the 2008 Harvey A. Goldberg Memorial Lecture in Contemporary Jewish Thought
Settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem doubled their construction of houses this year, according to the Israeli group Peace Now.
A solution for Jerusalem, based on the principle of sharing or politically dividing the city, is entirely possible.
Ask him to also commit to supporting all Arab-Israeli peace tracks, including Israel-Syria negotiations
The mind reels: The State of Israel is their enemy? A reward for dead Peace Now members? A halachic kingdom?
I. Bills and Resolutions; II. More Last Minute Maneuvering on Iran Sanctions; III. Kerry and Hagel on the Record on Mid East issues; IV. Blumenauer on the Record re: HR 7112; V. Update on APN Campaign: "Responsibility Over Rhetoric"
APN also urged the Senators to recognize that Jerusalem's security and stability are linked to the welfare of all of its inhabitants and to the success of any Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.
Peace Now secretary-general Yariv Oppenheimer said he was glad that Netanyahu was admitting publicly that he would build in the settlements instead of moving to the center of the political map.
The attack against Sternhell came less than a month after right-wing Rabbi Yisrael Rozen attacked Peace Now in a weekly pamphlet that is distributed to synagogues
From the moment I joined 'Peace Now', threats, hate mail and hostile telephone calls have become the norm.
Peace Now supporter Ze'ev Sternhell was "the target of the highest-profile attack inside Israel by far right-wing Jewish extremists since Yitzhak Rabin's assassination in 1995."
"...police found posters offering a 1 million shekel reward [close to $300,000] to anyone killing a member of Peace Now, which opposes Jewish settlement in the land seized in the 1967 Six-Day War."
Nearly a thousand housing units are being built in Maale Adumim, according to Peace Now's Settlement Watch project.
In a shocking incident, Peace Now activist and renowned Professor Zeev Sternhell was wounded by a pipe bomb outside his home in Israel last week.
"Outgoing Israeli PM Ehud Olmert got a lot of pre-Jewish New Year attention for a lengthy farewell interview he gave to Yedioth Ahronoth in which he presented his most candid and detailed views on making peace with Israel's neighbors."
Global News Blog: "MIDEAST: Final Hours Find Newly Conciliatory Olmert";LA Times Blog Babylon Beyond "ISRAEL: Olmert's intriguing swan song";