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June 2009

Report: Obama won’t bend to Israeli ‘tricks’ re settlements

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From the Israel Policy Forum site (quoting Yedioth Ahronoth): Ehud Barak is going to tell George Mitchell today that Israel plans to finish building 2000 units and won’t freeze construction in East Jerusalem. Oh–and freeze only lasts for three to…

Would Maddow and Olbermann have ignored the march in Selma?

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Max Blumenthal has a great piece up on Huffington pointing out that even as the cable networks and MSM endlessly reprise the video killing of Neda Agha-Soltan in Tehran, they have ignored similar cold-blooded killings during protests in the West…

(Surprise) Lobby uses Tehran crackdown to ratchet pressure on Iran

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We’re in a conversation aimed at forming a new political combination. Inspired by Josh Ruebner’s tragicomic effort to pierce the veil on AIPAC’s influence in Congress, Grant Smith of IRMEP talks about the real nuclear “hegemon” in the Middle East…

What Madoff reveals about the new Jewish status

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A couple months back at the 92d Street Y, someone on a panel said that Bernie Madoff could have happened to any community. I mocked the comment at the time because it was willful indifference (on the part of a…

‘Washington Post’– Israeli intransigence is the new meme

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An OK piece in Washington Post on confiscation of Palestinian land to build Modiin Illit settlement. The piece actually mentions Bassem Abu Rahman, killed at the Bi’lin demonstration in April, and ends on a note of Israeli intransigence–the new paradigm….

The Israel wobbly

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From the Jerusalem Post, American professors say U.S. support is eroding, and fast. Wish they were covering this over here: “The mood in the United States is changing,” said Richard Samuels, a political science professor at the Massachusetts Institute of…

Barak’s bogus proposal

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Ira Glunts writes: Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak will meet with George Mitchell on Tuesday to present an Israeli compromise to the U.S. demand that all settlement expansion cease. It has been in the Israeli press for a few days….

‘Times’ story on settlements echoes Israeli government propaganda

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Two friends have pointed me to the New York Times’ story today on the Netanyahu government’s apparent willingness to cut a deal regarding settlements. The story is remarkable for its utter immersion in the Israeli discourse. “Where are the critical…

breathtaking double standard

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Remember when people wanted to lynch the late Edward Said, English professor at Columbia, for throwing a symbolic stone toward Israeli forces from Lebanon in 2000? Well today my old friend and mentor Lucianne Goldberg: published this image of an…

Israel relaxes some checkpoints. But some are removed, then reinstated

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Yesterday Assaf Oron expressed skepticism about reports that Israel has eased movement in the West Bank by lifting checkpoints. Today Oron offers “some additional information confirming my suspicions, from Micheala, a Machsom-Watch activist (translated from Hebrew)”: In general the situation…