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February 2012

Netanyahu seeks Iran conflict, extremist reaction to knock out Obama

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Netanyahu Brilliant post by Andrew Sullivan off the report by AP that Israel has told the US that it would attack Iran without any warning to the US. A sinister read, but given Israel’s record during the “clash of civilizations” era, it’s hard to argue with. Extended excerpts: So Israel would, without warning, put US

The Rosh Hashanah sermon on Fire Island

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Fire Island, NY I keep wanting to get to this story, and today I will. At the Penn BDS conference earlier this month, there was a panel of Jews speaking on “BDS, Hillel, and the Question of Anti-Semitism,” and Rebecca Vilkomerson of Jewish Voice for Peace began her remarks with a wonderful story: Rebecca Vilkomerson

Barghouthi and Erakat can reach young Americans

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Omar Barghouthi Noura Erakat Noura Erakat and Omar Barghouthi spoke on “legality and morality” at Israeli Apartheid Week last night at NYU. They are an excellent one-two combination. Both are young and very well-spoken, both smiling, insistent and unflappable. Their poise alone makes you cringe–how can people this rational and composed have emerged from the

Will the US act as Israel’s proxy against Iran?

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These two leaders are to meet March 5 Benjamin Netanyahu is coming to meet Barack Obama on Monday March 5, during the AIPAC conference. And it is a good question which leader feels he has more power in the encounter. It’s an election year. Netanyahu will feel emboldened by all the Jewish “voters” he meets

Why I’m presenting at Harvard’s one-state conference

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Avraham Burg The Harvard Kennedy School is hosting a “One State Conference” this weekend and already the usual suspects are crying foul. Since I’m going to be speaking on a panel at the conference on Sunday, I thought it might be a good idea to weigh in with some thoughts. I’ll begin with the stated

Oakland carries Khader Adnan to Occupy San Quentin

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 (Photo: Marin Independent Journal) On Monday, February 20, 700 activists with Occupy Oakland descended upon San Quentin State Prison.  Palestinian and Arab activists organized a small contingency to focus on hunger striker Khader Adnan. Occupiers were surrounded by police as they held signs and distributed literature on Israeli administrative detention. (Photo: Allison Deger) The demonstration’s

Ten reasons why AIPAC is so dangerous

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Graphic from the Occupy AIPAC website – www.occupyaipac.org The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is one of the most powerful lobby organizations in the country. AIPAC’s clout helps fuel a never-ending cycle of violence in the Middle East. Here are ten reasons why AIPAC is so dangerous. 1. AIPAC is lobbying Congress to promote

Israelis sanction a march of incitement against Hanin Zoabi in her hometown

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 Report: Police sanction protest against Zoabi in Nazareth BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police have given permission for a right-wing march against a Palestinian member of the Israeli parliament in her home town of Nazareth, Israeli media reported Monday. Part of a campaign under the slogan “Expel Hanin Zoabi from the Knesset”, her fellow parliamentarian Michael

Gorenberg on why one state is a non-starter: Jews would have to pay higher taxes or receive fewer services

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It seems the Harvard One State conference really has Israel’s supporters – both liberal and conservative – running for cover. Jeffrey Goldberg does his part today in his column for Bloomberg: This group argues for the “one-state solution,” the merging of the Palestinian and Jewish populations between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea into

ADL enlists city of Oakland to block Atzmon event

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The Israel lobby in the San Francisco Bay Area has once again attempted to censor discussion of Zionism and the Palestine issue – this time by apparently pushing Oakland city officials to force a public event featuring the controversial Gilad Atzmon out of a city-run arts center.   The Israeli-born Atzmon – a world-renowned saxophonist, an outspoken critic

Crawfish, gumbo, and the truth

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This photo was taken and sent to me by a friend when she visited New Orleans this past week. The sign was hanging above a restaurant, though we’re unsure whether it was put there by the restaurant or by residents of the building, just outside of the French Quarter. Apparently, truth hangs out in the

Dershowitz wants MJ Rosenberg fired for daring to stop Iran war push

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MJ Rosenberg This is awful. Alan Dershowitz has launched another headhunting/blacklisting campaign, this one aimed at journalist M.J. Rosenberg of the left-Dem shop, Media Matters. The underlying reason for Dershowitz’s campaign is obvious: Rosenberg has had the guts to stick by his use of the term “Israel firster” as a means of calling out the

Open letter to Harvard President: Charges that one-state conference is anti-semitic are ‘defamatory’ and serve ‘to prevent rational discussion of ideas’

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A friend sends the following letter along. It has been released as pressure is mounting on the university to withdraw all financial support from the conference and prevent it from using a university venue. 27 February 2012 Dear President Faust and Dean Ellwood, We, the undersigned, are academics participating in the student-organized One State Conference

Lobby’s bedfellows: CAP’s new PR outfit also worked for Sheldon Adelson’s pet project

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Adelson The public relations firm hired by the Center for American Progress, the Democratic Party-linked thinktank, to restore its image after it was charged with being critical of Israel has also worked closely with Republican Sheldon Adelson’s pet project, Birthright Israel, which sends young American Jews for free to Israel so as to cement American

Free Fadi Quran

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US students campaign for release of nonviolent activist Fadi Quran IMEMC 27 Feb — After Israeli forces pepper sprayed and abducted US citizen and non-violent activist Fadi Quran on Friday, a group of students at Quran’s alma mater Stanford University have spearheaded a campaign for his release … Fadi Quran was involved in a non-violent

Judge strikes down lawsuit against Olympia Co-op boycott of Israeli goods

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Olympia BDS supporters in Bil’in, Palestine. (Photo: Olympia BDS) Today, a judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Olympia Food Co-op’s boycott against Israeli products. The Co-op’s decision to de-shelve Israeli products was brought to court after five members sued the co-op. Initially, the plaintiffs petitioned the Co-op to reverse the 2010 board decision. Members of

BDS Victory in Japan: Distributor drops Ahava because of the company’s illegal practices

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(Image: Codepink) This statement was issued by the Palestine Forum Japan, a coalition partner in the Stolen Beauty Ahava boycott campaign. DaitoCrea, the general agent in Japan for Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories, announced on its website that they would no longer be distributing Ahava products as of January 31, 2012. This decision is the direct

Iran’s Oscar win reveals Israeli movie-goers to be brainwashed bumpkins

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Iranian director Asghar Farhadi receiving the Best Foreign Film Oscar for his film A Separation. (Photo: Joel Ryan/AP) Last night, the Iranian film A Separation took the Best Foreign Film Oscar.  This AP article, picked up by the Washington Post, about Israeli reactions to the film reveals the sheer amount of propaganda Israelis must be subject to

AP report: Federal counter-terror funds used for NYPD spying on Muslims

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President Obama and NYPD chief Ray Kelly meets with police officers and first responders at the First Precinct before visiting Ground Zero (Photo: Charles Dharapak/AP) Outrage over the New York Police Department’s expansive spy program targeting Muslims has grown across the Northeast in recent days. The latest Associated Press (AP) revelation about the NYPD’s arbitrary

Harvard’s ‘one-state’ conference spurs ‘National Review Online’ to suggest expelling Palestinians from Jewish state

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Alan Dershowitz There’s going to be a one-state conference at Harvard this weekend. One of the fascinations of my latest trip to Israel/Palestine was seeing how Palestinians have given up on the two-state solution because Israel has destroyed the possibility and the U.N. has pocket-vetoed Palestinian statehood, and people who are sick of occupation are

‘Christ at the Checkpoint’ conference brings Evangelical leaders to Bethlehem

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From March 5 – 9, 2012 the Bethlehem Bible College will be hosting it’s second “Christ at the Checkpoint” conference at the Intercontinental Hotel in Bethlehem. The conference will bring Christians from around the world to Bethlehem to connect with Palestinian Christians and to better understand the daily situation they are living under and how

New Republic says ‘all of western civilization’ could be threatened by Iran

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When will American media wake up to the fact that Israel and her supporters are crazed on the subject of Iran? Marty Peretz at the New Republic: “All of Western Civilization Could Soon Be Threatened By a Nuclear Iran…” with the usual sober arguments: The Germans waited until January 1942 to detail at the Wannsee

‘Kissinger believes Israelis are in panic and will attack Iran’ (2010)

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Kissinger More on those rational Israelis. Wikileaks is leaking internal memos from the global strategy/intelligence group Stratfor, led by George Friedman. Friedman relates this insight from a February 2010 meeting that apparently included Henry Kissinger and Paul Volcker: Insight–for internal use only–On pain of agony Some nuggets from meeting: Kissinger believes that the Israelis are