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August 2011

Here she comes to save the brand

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The map Martha stewart is using to plan her Israel trip. See the green line? neither do we. (h/t Maureen Murphy) “Despite the horrible hurricane, a life must go on. Planning a wonderful trip to Israel!” Martha Stewart’s tweet. Haaretz says it could be soon. The Israeli Ministry of Tourism is organizing and funding the

On hasbara visit to U.S. MK Wilf praises Fayyad as ‘first Palestinian leader to stop focusing on what the Jews are doing’

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Last year, Shimon Peres famously dubbed Salaam Fayyad “the Palestinian Ben-Gurion.” Yesterday, Knesset Member Einat Wilf of the Haatzmaut, or ‘Independence’ party gushed about Fayyad during a press briefing organized by the Israel Project in Washington D.C. to derail the Palestinian push for state recognition at the UN. Wilf said the UN effort is “a

Colonel Qaddafi’s Tech Support

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Reporting from Tripoli, The Wall Street Journal’s Paul Sonne and Margaret Coker reveal the depths of collusion between Colonel Qaddafi’s spooks and their foreign tech support: The recently abandoned room is lined with posters and English-language training manuals stamped with the name Amesys, a unit of French technology firm Bull SA, which installed the monitoring

Rep. Allen West says Obama is Neville Chamberlain (to Arab Nazis)

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Florida congressman Allen West just returned from a visit to Israel. He sent out a long letter to his constituents. These are extended excerpts, and boy are they wild. (Photos here. In the first one, titled The Wall, West is accompanied by a man I believe is Dan Senor.) Paragraphing below is mine. My headline

Seeing past Rothschild Blvd

Gabriel Ash on

Joseph Dana and Max Blumenthal published their promised article on the J14 protest movement, and it is disappointing. The only part of Israel they see is the Ashkenazi middle class of Tel Aviv. That, the protest of that sector, which started the #J14 events, they dismiss as nothing more than an attempt to return to the Zionism of

1948 tents versus 2011 tents

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I was asked about my stance on the Israeli protest movement that has been taking place for over two weeks, and the effect of the so-called Arab Spring on these protests, and most importantly: what the role of Palestinians living in the colonial state of Israel should be in these protests. Should they join these

In the sacred story of American empire, Israel is the ultimate symbol, dammit

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Jewish Ideas Daily has run a critical review, by Lawrence Grossman, of Jack Ross’s important new book, Rabbi Outcast. Ross responds: The review itself begins with a very intellectually dishonest premise. In the context of negotiations with Palestinian Arabs at a minimum, the demand that Israel be recognized as a “Jewish state” is entirely new

’92d St Y’ will toast Rummy next week

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Next week the 92d Street Y will honor Donald Rumsfeld by hosting him at a panel on 9/11 10 years after, admission fee $29. Back during the Vietnam war, it would have been impossible to imagine a liberal Jewish group hosting Rob’t McNamara, but times have changed, and neoconservative support for a war against a

Why I call myself a Zionist

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After posting Jdledell’s comment, “What I’ve Witnessed on the West Bank,” to a large response, Weiss asked Jdledell why he calls himself a Zionist and why he believes in the two state solution. His response: My posting of Israeli abuse in the Palestinian territories generated lots of commentary for and against what I wrote. Some

‘Adbusters’ goes after NYT’s pro-Israel bias

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Have we started a mini-earthquake that’s headed straight for the Grey Lady’s department of propaganda? Adbusters ran my piece critiquing Bronner and Kershner’s pro-Israel bias (also in print, Aug/Sept. issue):  In June of 2010, a year and a half after the Israeli military launched what a United Nations investigation described as “a deliberately disproportionate attack designed

Derfner wanted to shock a society wed to the occupation

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Larry Derfner grew up in the U.S. and was prompted by a spirit of idealism to move to Israel. That’s my sense. Gershom Gorenberg found American society too materialistic, wanted more meaning from life; he moved to Israel too. Joel Greenberg is also a liberal writer who was called by Israel. Bradley Burston too. Bernard

‘Brand Israel’ has failed

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Gary Wexler, owner of Way Beyond Branding, writing in the Forward: Yet, as strange as it may sound coming from a marketer with an advertising background, who has represented hundreds of Jewish organizations worldwide, I have arrived at the conclusion that the solution will not be found in branding, marketing, public relations or the writings of

Where Israel is headed

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Where is Israel going? Two items from the Israeli Press Review, a daily email service with translations from the Israeli press, say–more right wing and more intolerant. The items:  Young Israelis hold ‘extremely rightwing’ positions, per poll; and women are tossed from artillery unit to make way for Orthodox men. (Where’s Yerushalmi, with his investigations

Derfner’s next assignment

Eleanor Kilroy on

I wonder if I am being uncharitable in thinking that Larry Derfner got himself into this predicament by failing to apply moral standards consistently. Any such ethical position would, of course, have got him fired from JPost, but at least he’d have fallen more firmly on the side of human rights and international law. Derfner’s

IDF training settlers for riot policing in anticipation of ‘mass disorder’ following Palestinian UN push

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From Haaretz: “According to a document acquired by Haaretz, the main working assumption of the defense establishment is that a Palestinian declaration of independence will cause a public uprising “which will mainly include mass disorder.” “The document states the disorder will include “marches toward main junctions, Israeli communities, and education centers; efforts at damaging symbols

‘JPost’ publishes ultra-rightwingers, no problem

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Dimi Reider @+972 skewers JPost over Derfner firing stating “ultra-right writers enjoy complete unaccountability.” So the Post maintains an “egregious double-standard…in regard to conservative versus liberal opinion”. By contrast, the writings of Jerusalem Post deputy-editor Caroline Glick were cited in the manic manifesto of Norwegian terrorist Anders Brevik in justification of the bloodbath he executed

Derfner has gotten ‘amazing support’

Philip Weiss on

From Larry Derfner’s Facebook page this morning: To everyone who’s sent me amazing support, I’m a little overwhelmed w/gratitude – I’m a little overwhelmed otherwise, too, but I’ll write more very soon. I can definitely say I’m having a better day than I was yesterday, tho that ain’t saying much. I appreciate your support more

Life under closure in occupied Hebron

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Video: Daily life in Hebron: Lost two babies due to closure of Shuhada Street Uploaded by HebronVoices on Aug 27, 2011 –This video is the second part of “Visiting Our Neighbours. We published the first part earlier this month. It is an interview of a Palestinian woman living at Shohada Street in Hebron. She explains