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"Price Tag" Escalation Timeline: Jan 1, 2011 - present

The following is a timeline of major "Price Tag" attacks (as reported by Israeli sources).  It documents a clear escalation in attacks, and the increasing spread of attacks inside the Green Line.  Italics indicate so-called "triggers" - events or developments that appear to be linked to subsequent attacks - although as has been noted in the Israeli press, "According to the Shin Bet, the right-wing extremists no longer appear to need a 'trigger' to take action, while the targets of the violence are also widening..." We will update this regularly.

yaalon186x140.jpgAmericans for Peace Now (APN) urges American Jewish organizations to join it and its Israeli sister organization, Israel's Peace Now movement, in condemning Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon's offensive comments, lambasting Secretary of State John Kerry for his efforts to broker peace for Israel.

Ariel Sharon (1928 - 2014)

ariel-sharon320x265.jpgAriel Sharon was a man of complexities and contradictions, a controversial persona. And he was a man of actions, dramatic actions. Some of these actions greatly contributed to the security and wellbeing of the state of Israel. Such was his bold decision to cross the Suez Canal in October 1973, when Israel was facing a real danger of defeat by the Egyptian army. 

But most of Sharon's bold actions led to disasters. Such was his bloody military adventure in Lebanon in 1982, which led to terrible carnage, including a massacre in two Palestinian refugee camps, Sabra and Shatilla, for which Sharon was found to have been indirectly responsible. Or his provocative show of force at the entrance to Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in 2000, a move that ignited the Second Intifada. 

APN Legislative Round-Up: Week Ending Jan. 10, 2014


Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer got it wrong when they laid blame for the Iraq War on the "Israel Lobby" (in their book, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy). However, a war with Iran could be a different story. As I warned back in March 2012, a much clearer line can be drawn between the efforts of U.S. Jewish groups and hawkish Iran policies. "For more than a decade," I wrote, "the same forces that Walt and Mearsheimer erroneously blamed for America's Iraq debacle have openly led efforts to convince Washington and the American people that war with Iran is necessary and inevitable."

Be Hopeful! The Anti-Peace Squad is Freaking Out

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is known for the quip "If you can't solve a problem, enlarge it." Opponents of Israeli-Palestinian peace have their own spin on that quip, best summed up as, "If you don't want to solve a problem, pile on more problems." As a result, a valuable metric for gauging how seriously things are going in Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts - or, at least, how worried anti-peace folks are getting that things are going seriously - has long been the extent to which opponents of peace are ginning up discredited, specious, or disingenuous arguments. And a look at current headlines indicates that opponents of peace are taking the Kerry peace effort very seriously, indeed.

YNet - Nahum Barnea: In the land of sin and hatred

Op-ed: Instead of whining about Palestinian incitement, ministers should discuss state of incitement in Israel

On Sunday, Israel's cabinet dedicated its weekly meeting to an important issue. Not important - critical. Yossi Kuperwasser, the director-general of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, found the time to attend the meeting and even brought along a presentation. Not just a presentation - an audio-visual presentation, with both images and sounds. Thanks to the presentation, songs in Arabic were played in a cabinet meeting for the first time in history.

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APN Opposes ASA's Boycott of Israeli Universities

Americans for Peace Now opposes boycotts of Israel and of Israeli institutions, such as the American Studies Association's decision to boycott Israeli universities.

We believe such campaigns are misguided and counterproductive. They target the average, innocent Israeli citizen -- who may well support an end to the occupation and a two-state solution -- rather than objectionable Israeli government policies. 

The ASA's boycott of Israeli universities underscores the merits of our position. Israeli universities are the ultimate Israeli environment in which dissent and critical thinking flourishes. Boycotting them only damages efforts to encourage internal Israeli opposition to objectionable Israeli government policies. 

Campaigns such as this have caused many Israelis and supporters of Israel -- people whose voices are vitally needed to oppose the policies that such campaigns target -- to feel compelled to defend Israel, regardless of the policies in question. 

APN has joined its Israeli sister organization, Israel's peace movement Shalom Achshav (Peace Now) in its call for boycotting products made in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

APN believes that for their actions to be both effective and morally defensible, pro-peace activists must make clear, emphatically and unambiguously, that their target is the occupation and its manifestations - such as Israeli settlements in the West Bank - and not Israel proper or innocent Israeli civilians.

To read APN's policy on boycotts, divestment and sanctions, click here

APN recommends reading Peter Beinart's recent article on this issue

APN-OC: The Role of the United States - Articles

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  • Meshaal_Interview.jpg'We Are Not Fanatic Killers'
  • David Kenner / Foreign Policy (May 2013)
    Exclusive conversation with Khaled Meshaal in which the Hamas chief talks about how Assad should have listened to his advice, and why he's not "bloodthirsty" or "against" Jews.

  • Forgotten War.jpgThe Forgotten War
  • Jeffrey Goldberg / The New Yorker (September 2006)
    Feature on Hamas written in the wake of the 2006 war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. It discusses the challenges facing the group, the evolution of its approach toward Israel, and compares Hamas to other Islamist groups that practice terrorism.

  • Sari_Nusseibeh.jpgRage and Reason
  • David Remnick / The New Yorker (May 6 2002)
    Profile of Sari Nusseibeh, then the Palestine Liberation Organization's chief representative in Jerusalem and a professor of philosophy. Also delves into the situation in Israel and the Occupied Territories during the second Intifada, with a focus on Palestinian suicide bombings.

  • Hamas_Intifada.jpgThe Role of Hamas in the Aqsa Intifada
  • Meir Litvak / Tel Aviv Notes (January 18, 2001)
    Details Hamas' role at the outset of the second Intifada and in influencing the nature of the uprising, as well as its relationship with the Palestinian Authority and Yasir Arafat. (PDF)

  • suicider bomber.jpgAn Arsenal of Believers
  • Nasra Hassan / The New Yorker (November 19, 2001)
    Profile of Palestinian suicide bombers from Hamas and Islamic Jihad which looks at the history of suicide bombings through an Islamist context. Includes interviews with suicides bombers and other group members, and descriptions of the planning and conduct of their operations.

  • 1987intifada.jpgIsrael Faces the Uprising
  • Azmi Bishara / Middle East Report (March/April 1989)
    Written in the midst of the first Intifada, and looks at the relevant actions of the Israeli government in the decades prior to the Intifada, the Israeli response to the uprising, and strategies employed by the Palestinians.

  • West Bank Rises Up.jpgThe West Bank Rises Up
  • Penny Johnson and Lee O'Brien / Middle East Report (May/June 1988)
    Looks at daily life during the intifada, the origins of the uprising, and the actions- both peaceful and violent- of Palestinian protesters in the occupied West Bank.

APN Legislative Round-Up: Nov 23-Dec 13, 2013

kerry_briefing_186x140.jpgSecretary of State John Kerry confirmed today that General John Allen, The Obama administration's special security envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, briefed Israeli and Palestinian leaders on the perception of the US regarding security arrangement on the way to achieving a two-state solution as well as the security regime that would characterize a future Palestinian state.

Speaking to reporters at Israel's Ben Gurion airport, before leaving the region back to the US, Kerry said that Allen's briefing was based on an analysis produced by the US security team that General Allen heads.

Play a Part in History

Mik Moore & Leonard Fein

Dear Friend of Israel,

Peace Now again?

No, not again: Peace Now still. Indeed, in words we rarely allow ourselves to use, Peace Now, now more than ever.

APN Legislative Round-Up: November 15-22, 2013

APN-OC: The Role of the United States - Public Opinion

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  • PewPoll_IsraelisPalsObama.jpgDespite Their Wide Differences, Many Israelis and Palestinians Want Bigger Role for Obama in Resolving Conflict
  • Pew Research Center (May 9, 2013)
    Among other findings, shows that majorities of both Israelis and Palestinians both want U.S. President Barack Obama to play a larger role in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian stalemate. Obama enjoys the confidence of 61% of Israelis, up 12 percentage points from 2011. Only 15% of Palestinians express confidence in Obama to do the right thing in world affairs, with 82% saying they have little or no confidence in the American president.

  • CNN_ORC Poll.pngSympathies with Israelis or Palestinians; Israeli attack on Gaza justified
  • CNN / ORC (November 16-18, 2012)
    Finds that 59% of Americans say their sympathies lie more with Israel, as opposed to just 13% who say their sympathies are more with the Palestinians. Also shows that 57% of Americans believe Israel justified in "taking military action against Hamas and the Palestinians in the area known as Gaza", while only 25% feel it is unjustified. (PDF)

  • Sadat_PIPA_USopinion.pngAmericans on the Middle East: A Study of American Public Opinion
  • The Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development / The Program on International Policy Attitudes (October 8, 2012)
    Among other findings, shows that two-thirds of Americans continue to express the view that the Arab-Israeli conflict is a "top five issue" in regard to its importance to U.S. foreign policy. Also shows that a plurality want the U.S. to maintain its current level of diplomatic activity in the Middle East. (PDF)

  • AAIpoll_USopinion.jpgAmerican Opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
  • Zogby Research Services / The Arab American Institute (August 2012)
    Finds that a plurality of Americans (40%) believe U.S. policy should steer a "middle course" between Israelis and Palestinians. Also finds strong bipartisan support for the idea that Israelis and Palestinians are "equal people entitled to equal rights," with 43% supporting a two-state solution, a shared Jerusalem, the evacuation of most settlements, and a Palestinian right of return to the new Palestinian state. Only 14% oppose such a plan.

  • Gallup_AmericanMuslims.jpgMost Muslim Americans See No Justification for Violence
  • Gallup (November 2011)
    Reveals that a large majority of Muslim Americans are most likely (89%) to reject violent attacks by individuals or small groups on civilians versus any other U.S. religious group. Also finds that 81% of Muslim Americans and 78% of Jewish Americans support a future in which an independent Palestinian state would coexist alongside of Israel.

  • WPO Poll.pngGrowing Majority of Americans Oppose Israel Building Settlements
  • (April 29, 2009)
    Finds that three-quarters of Americans think that Israel should not build settlements in the Palestinian territories, including 65% of Republicans and 83% of Democrats. Also shows that 51% express equal levels of sympathy for both Israelis and Palestinians.

  • APN_AAI Poll.jpgSeeing Eye to Eye: A Survey of Jewish American and Arab American Public Opinion
  • Americans for Peace Now / The Arab American Institute / Zogby International (May 2007)
    Survey of 501 Jewish Americans and an equal number of Arab Americans confirming that strong majorities in both communities remain committed to the right of both Israelis and Palestinians to live in secure and independent states; support a negotiated settlement to issues such as Jerusalem, refugees, and borders; and consider a resolution to the conflict in the U.S. national interest. Accordingly, Arab and Jewish American public opinion supports an end to the occupation and a freeze in West Bank settlement construction.

APN Legislative Round-Up: Week Ending November 15, 2013 (1 day early)


Today, APN President and CEO Debra DeLee released the following statement:

"We welcome the news that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has instructed his Minister of Housing, Uri Ariel, to 'reconsider' the recently published tenders for the planning of more than 20,000 new settlement units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Dissent - Jo-Ann Mort: The War That Never Ended


Review by Jo-Ann Mort

Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers
Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation
by Yossi Klein Halevi
Harper Collins, 2013, 608 pp.

Growing up in Borough Park, Brooklyn, Yossi Klein Halevi was a devotee of the ultra-rightist rabbi Meier Kahane, an experience he chronicled in an honest autobiography, Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist. But after moving to Jerusalem in 1982, he broke from this hardcore and hateful ideology to become one of Israel's most generous-minded journalists and analysts. Once a fellow at the right-wing, Sheldon Adelson-supported Shalem Center, he now resides at the more ecumenical Shalom Hartman Institute as part of a special unit that promotes deeper understanding of Israeli society to the Diaspora Jewish community. Click here for more


(UPDATED) Last week, Peace Now (Israel) and Americans for Peace Now released a new report looking at the first 8 months of the Netanyahu government and its record regarding settlements.

Today, Peace Now and APN released an update to the report, to include new information regarding the Netanyahu Government's issuance of tenders for the planning for almost 25,000 new settlement units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

APN Legislative Round-Up: Week Ending November 8, 2013

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