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May 2008

Tough Israelis Tell Mearsheimer, ‘Give the Palestinians a State in Jordan’

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John Mearsheimer isn’t entitled. He went on Israel National Radio to answer questions from two raving Israeli Zionists, Jeremy Gimpel and Ari Abramowitz, who start out by accusing him of “not necessarily the oldfashioned antisemitism” but “the sophisticated antisemitism… anti…

‘J Street’ Adopts a Position Goldberg Deems ‘Anti-Semitic’

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In a Newsweek interview, Jeremy Ben-Ami of J Street, the new Israel lobby, takes a position that Jeffrey Goldberg says is antisemitic: that 9/11 flowed in part from our policies in supporting Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. Q. You’ll…

Steinhardt’s Hebrew Charter School in Brooklyn–What’s the Agenda?

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I took Michael Steinhardt and his daughter Sara Berman at their word when they said the charter school teaching Hebrew, in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, is just about spreading Hebrew culture, not about pushing Zionism. Joachim Martillo sees a pro-Israel agenda,…

Roll Over Ben-Gurion, and Tell Jabotinsky the News

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William Pfaff, a columnist for the International Herald Tribune, born 80 years ago in Council Bluffs, living in Paris, offers the now-almost-conventional-wisdom in international circles that Israel has destroyed the future of a Jewish state through its greediness for land….

McClellan May Be the Everyman That Breaks the Neocon’s Back

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One of the pleasures of watching Scott McClellan is his sheer ordinariness. In the era of West Wing, the meritocracy, and the “overclass” (my new favorite expression, thank you Samuel Freedman), McClellan is an ordinary Joe. He’s pudgy and not…

British Paper Publishes Jewish Anti-Zionist

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How refreshing to read, in the Guardian, a piece on Ahad Ha’am, the cultural Zionist who opposed Herzl’s dreams of a Jewish state in Palestine. The writer, David Goldberg, is plainly an anti-Zionist, and urges readers to go past the…

In the Swamps…

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In a comment on this site the other day, journalist David Samuels took a neat swipe at me. He said the figure on 1.1 million Jews killed in the destruction of the second temple period comes from the Roman historian…

Has Haaretz Fired Amira Hass?

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Jeremiah Haber reports rumors that Haaretz has fired Amira Hass, who was on sabbatical, and Meron Rapoport. Haber finds the Rapoport rumor more troubling, as he was filing such fine reports from the Occupied Territories. If this is true, it…

Why No McClellan of the Neocons? Or the Clintons?

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Scott McClellan is a good man, is all I have to say. He’s a whistleblower of a sort, he’s put country ahead of party and chain-of-command. He even describes how Bush was converted to the neocon delusion, that peace in…

What Is the World Coming to, Two Jews Say ‘Zionism Is Racism’

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How interesting that the equation Zionism is racism, such a bloody bone of contention at the U.N.,is now cropping up in the work of Jewish anti-Zionists. 2 examples I’ve seen in the last month: –Avigail Abarbanel, a psychotherapist born in…

Zbig Brzezinski Says Israel Lobby Is ‘McCarthyite’

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I just did a piece on Zbig Brzezinski for the American Conservative, tried to get him to break loose re Israel/Palestine. The man was careful. But I say it’s the Jeffrey Goldberg effect–when Goldberg all-but-embraced the Walt and Mearsheimer thesis…

Why Have the Dogs Stopped Eating Their Neocon Dogfood?

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Paul Berman says something smart in this generally-obnoxious feed from a Nextbook festival on Jewish power (!)–written up by in the NY Sun by Adam Kirsch– to which of course no critics of Jewish power, even Jewish critics, were invited….

Christians Don’t Live in the Past? Aaargghh!

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One of my closest friends in this life and the hereafter is Tony Schmitz, a writer I met in 1976 in Minnesota. At the time, he was my first German-Catholic. From a very small town in the German-American zone, surely…