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April 2008

J Street Tees Up ‘Disturbing’ Jewish Role in Iraq War

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Salon has a good piece on the new Israel lobby, J Street, whose founder, Jeremy Ben-Ami, says that part of the motivation for the organization was the special Jewish role in the Iraq war. Well let’s not put words in…

Is Carter Holding Off on Endorsement as a Favor to Obama?

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I just saw Jimmy Carter on Charlie Rose defending his decision to talk to Hamas. Beautiful. Then Rose asked Carter about Obama and the famous Cheshire grin came out. Carter’s not endorsing till the primary season is over, but his…

Hillary’s Top Strategist Once Called for Violent Revolution

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Yesterday I heard Geoffrey Garin, Hillary’s new strategist, on MSNBC, using the Rev. Wright controversy to question whether Obama is out of touch. (The link’s not up yet, or I’d quote him). He made similar comments in the Times re…

What Do Palestinians Want?

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I’m still thinking about the Nakba panel at Columbia last night. Christopher Varley tells me of a tee shirt he once saw a young Arab wearing in Jerusalem: “So how far east do you want me to move?” The Palestinian…

Nakba Hits Upper Broadway (When Will It Hit Times Square?)

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This morning students at Columbia put up 1000 posters, each bearing the name of one of 418 villages wiped out in the Nakba. Says Saif Ammous: “It is vital to inform our fellow students of the roots of today’s conflict,…

Nakba Plays in London, How Long Before It Hits Broadway?

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Today’s Independent in England features an opinion piece on the Nakba that uses the word “sh-t” three times in describing the repulsive practice of Israeli colonies, pumping their raw sewage on to Palestinian land. Then Johann Hari brings the Nakba…

Why the Zionist Org of America Needs Rev. Wright

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Rev. Wright isn’t crawling under a rock, he’s standing up for himself, good for him, today reminding the media that he served six years in the Marine Corps, somewhat longer than Dick Cheney served. And two nights back, he gave…

In New Guinea, I Hear a Conspiracy Theory About Jews

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I had a few responses to comments on my post about Jewish superiority. I agree Richard that the narrative has happened before, of Jews having court power and being expelled or worse. But I feel like this history is too…

Nakba Commemoration at Columbia U. This Week

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Arab students at Columbia University in New York will be staging a number of Nakba-related events this week, beginning with a faculty panel tomorrow night at 7 p.m. (Details below) “These will really be the biggest Palestine events in Columbia…

My Jewish Problem: We’re Not Superior

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I’m still caught up in Ambassador Gillerman’s statement that Israel is a “far better” country than most others because it produces scientific and artistic talent. My friend Richard Witty acknowledges that this attitude is unfortunate when he hears it from…

Non-Arab Nakba Awareness Hits New High: the Associated Press!

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The world is changing. The Associated Press has a wonderful story on the Nakba. Israel’s joy over independence after two millennia of Jewish exile has been the Palestinians’ “naqba” — their catastrophe. The state they were to have in a…

Nadine Gordimer Under Pressure to Boycott Israeli Writers’ Festival

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Nadine Gordimer–South African, Jewish, Nobelist–is under pressure to boycott a writers’ conference in Israel that she had signed up to appear at next month. (Thus spake Haaretz, no it’s not in the American press.) Looks like she’ll boycott. On Thursday,…

Obama: Elitist, or Just Elite?

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Last Tuesday night on Charlie Rose, Jacob Weisberg offered grim insight re Obama. He said that Hillary had just done to Obama what Republicans do to Democratic presidential candidates in the general election: portrayed him as elitist and out of…

Don’t Get Down, Obama-ites!

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–Kos says Obama outperformed Hillary in small Pennsylvania towns, improving on his performance in Ohio. These are the “clinging” towns that are supposed to be angry at him; –The press turns. It’s the nature of the beast. Now all the…