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APN Urges American Jews Not to Invest in Settlements

APN today urged friends of Israel in the United States to reject offers by West Bank Jewish settlers to buy homes in settlements.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 23, 2007
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Washington, D.C.-Americans for Peace Now (APN) today urged friends of Israel in the United States to reject offers by West Bank Jewish settlers to buy homes in settlements.

APN is a Jewish, Zionist organization dedicated to enhancing Israel's security through peace and to supporting the Israeli Peace Now movement.

The settlers' movement, "Amana," is holding a housing fair at a synagogue in Teaneck, New Jersey this Sunday. Settlers' representatives will encourage American Jews there "to leave your thumbprint on the destiny of Israel" by buying a home in a West Bank settlement, according to a flyer that the settlers reportedly intend to hand out at the event.

"Who do the settlers think they are kidding? This isn't about giving American Jews the opportunity to put their 'thumbprint' on Israel's destiny. This is about their failure to get the overwhelming majority of Israelis to buy onto their extremist agenda," said Debra DeLee, APN's president and CEO. "Buying a home in a settlement would only jeopardize Israel's destiny as a democratic Jewish state that strives to live in peace with its neighbors. Doing so is not only a bad financial investment, it is also an act that damages Israel's security and wellbeing as well as America's interests in the region," DeLee said.

Settlements constitute a burden to Israel's security services, create points of friction between Israelis and Palestinians, drain Israel's financial resources, and indicate to Palestinians that Israel is not interested in a two-state solution, DeLee pointed out. "If you care about Israel, invest your money in bringing peace and security to the Jewish state, not in enterprises that would perpetuate Israel's conflict with its neighbors," DeLee said.