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September 2013

Cooper Union’s bizarre ‘Jewish values’ panel: Accused war criminal and pro-occupation billionaires speak about the ‘strong protecting the weak’

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The satire could have written itself: the president of Rwanda, accused of fueling a bloody conflict in next-door Congo, joins with billionaire pro-Israel philanthropists to speak about the “strong protecting the weak.” But this was no gag. All of the participants were deadly serious. And they claimed to be promoting “Jewish values.” It was a

‘Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your fears’: More predictions before Netanyahu’s big day at the UN

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Here are the latest predictions on Netanyahu’s speech tomorrow to the U.N. General Assembly from intrepid Mondoweiss readers. For more predictions see here and here. And don’t forget to send yours in today! Paul Normandia shares damning evidence that Iran is being aided by Rube Goldberg in its quest for nukes: E.H. Munro believes Netanyahu’s

Obama and Netanyahu discuss the colonial question of questions on Iran

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. If you followed Max Blumenthal’s tweets last night from the Cooper Union event featuring Rwanda’s President, Paul Kagame, and Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel, it went pretty much as I expected.  Little new. 

J Street leaders praise IDF, but audience cheers BDS

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This is the year that the Israel lobby group J Street became part of the Jewish establishment. It has announced this fact in Washington with a conference demonstrating that it has the ear of the American president and also of the rightwing Netanyahu administration in Israel. Its program is crowded with Israeli members of Knesset,

UN stats show Israeli home demolitions increased as peace talks started

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Compiled, in Kate’s temporary absence, by Shadi Fadda of the Int’l Univ. of Sarajevo, who founded the Today in Palestine newslist back in 2002. Apartheid, Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing Israel increases rate of home demolitions as peace talks chug along In August, a month after peace talks resumed, Israel leveled another

Daniel Levy on ‘boxing in Bibi’

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Expect all eyes on Netanyahu over the next few days, having arrived in the US for a 3 day visit which includes a meeting with Obama tomorrow culminating in a much anticipated address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. The Jerusalem Post cites an Israeli official “We are aware that in this atmosphere we

Mondoweiss readers predict Netanyahu’s presentation to the U.N.

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On Friday we put out the call for predictions on what Benjamin Netanyahu might bring to the U.N. this week and you delivered. Here are some of our favorites, and it’s not too late to send yours! We’ll keep posting them as long as we get them, but of course, it’s more helpful to Netanyahu

Hotel Rwanda at Cooper Union

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. It’s getting scarier, scandalous really, with Netanyahu in town once again. I remember when progressive Jews were certain that Ariel Sharon would never become Prime Minister.  Why?  Because Israel’s Jewish ethical center

A honeymoon apart

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(This is cross-posted from Sameeha Elwan’s blog Here, I was Born) This is how we planned it: I get my Schengen visa to attend a Peace conference in Geneva and then we fly, together, to France, where we first met, for a honeymoon, his university registration and to be reunited with our friends there. “It’s

Netanyahu is the wolf in wolf’s clothing

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. The President of Iran left the United States yesterday after a telephone conversation with President Obama.  The good news is that some kind of nuclear agreement may be forthcoming. Good news for

Israel’s real fear: shift in balance of power with a normalized Iran

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In the wake of the Iranian opening — see photos tweeted by Rouhani account of the president’s arrival in NY, travels with his Foreign Minister, after historic phone conversation with Obama– many Israelis are completely beside themselves, but no one is taking them very seriously. The boy has cried wolf too many times. They simply

US, Iran and Spoilers

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Thankfully, at last, the leaders of Iran and the United States have exchanged civil, apparently well-intentioned words with one another. Many of us are pleased to see the possibility of rapprochement develop despite the persistently niggling awareness that an agitated Grinch lurks in the wings. Netanyahu may succeed in undermining a deal between America and

Settlers set up tents on Jerusalem land designated for Palestinian capital

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Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing Jewish settlers occupy area west of Abu Dis OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (PIC) 25 Sept — A group of Jewish settlers installed a container and tents in an area west of Abu Dis in occupied Jerusalem on Tuesday night. Settlers hoisted Israeli flags and danced and reveled to celebrate

In euphoria over Iran breakthrough, Wash Post poll says 85% of Americans approve

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What an amazing day. The White House website publishes its photo of the day, of the president’s historic conversation with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, (above by Pete Souza), and the Washington Post poll overwhelmingly reflects American opinion in favor of the opening: Should the U.S. seek to improve relations with Iran? Yes 85% No 15%

Netanyahu returns to the U.N. — now guess the drawing!

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Exclusive! Mondoweiss has obtained the drawings that Netanyahu will bring to the United Nations General Assembly next week… Do you think you have a better prediction of what Netanyahu will share this year? Use the template to make it and send it to us at [email protected] We’ll post the best (or most accurate) entries! Update:

Mubarak says the road to Washington runs through Tel Aviv

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Earlier this week, David Kirkpatrick reported in The New York Times on secret recordings made by a doctor of ousted Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak said he had to use the Israel lobby to keep the aid flowing from Washington. The recordings suggest that Mr. Mubarak subscribes to some of the far-fetched conspiracy theories that

Facts on the Ground Peace Index: Volume II

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The Institute for Middle East Understanding has compiled a “Facts on the Ground Peace Index” to track Israeli actions on the ground since new talks were announced this summer. For Volume I see here. Covering Period: August 27, 2013 to September 25, 2013 While the first month of Israeli-Palestinian talks was marked primarily by a series of

Nairobi mall massacre makes NPR do a 180 on Israel-style racial profiling

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The Nairobi mall massacre offers a fresh reminder of Israel’s influence over western ideas about the “war on terror” and how to fight it. Israel is all through the story. According to the BBC, the mall is owned by an Israeli businessman, and Israelis played a role in the counter-attack against the terrorists. There are

What Jewish leader is willing to take up the opportunity Rouhani has provided?

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. When is enough never enough?  When you’re dealing with the Israeli and the American Jewish establishments and don’t bow down to Israel’s One State/Limited Palestinian Autonomy option you’re going to come up

Abbas’s speech to UN General Assembly, transcript

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This is an official transcript of Mahmoud Abbas’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly today. PDF here. Abbas was introduced as president of the state of Palestine. Mr. President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, At the outset, I extend my congratulations to H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremid on