Eric Alterman smears Max Blumenthal by saying that David Duke has praised his book. But David Duke has also praised Eric Alterman!
Monthly Archives: November 2013
Protests erupted across the Palestinian territories today as a show of force against the Prawer Plan, the Israeli government’s initiative to uproot tens of thousands of Bedouin Arabs, demolish their villages and build new Jewish towns on top of their ruins. One of the biggest protests was in the village of Hura, a Bedouin area in the Negev desert. Police officers fired tear gas and “skunk water” at activists there, and arrested at least 10 people. Above, watch video of a protest against the Prawer Plan outside the settlement of Beit El.
On November 19 and 20 the New York Times website published a two-part interview with Josef Koudelka about his new book of photos called “Wall: Israeli and Palestinian Landscapes.” The article contained an important error about the path of the Wall that Henry Norr set out to fix.
Why has Hillary Clinton been silent on the Iran deal? Is she seeking support from the Israel lobby? Just Foreign Policy is on her case
An Isabel Kershner article on a photo exhibit about Palestinian refugees gives more space to Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor to denounce the exhibit than to UNWRA staffers to explain it. And ignores actual Palestinian refugees all together.
Today, activists in Israel/Palestine, and around the world, will carry out a “day of rage” to protest the Prawer Plan, an Israeli government plan to destroy 35 Arab villages in the Negev desert that will lead to the forced displacement of up to 70,000 Bedouin citizens of the state of Israel in order to clear the land for Israeli Jews. The call to action for the protests says, “Injustice, humiliation and forced displacement are a recurring theme in Palestine’s history. This is lesson that we as a group of youth take to the heart. We will oppose, resist and work against the continuous assault that our communities, across Palestine face. Therefore, we launched the ‘Prawer will not pass’ campaign with an eye to preventing this plan to be yet another chapter in Palestine’s long and tragic history. Opposing the Prawer Plan is to oppose ethnic cleansing, displacement and confinement in the 21st century. “
Settler normativity is the discursive normalization of indigenous removal. Settler normativity and are why the San Francisco 49ers are not yet critiqued in the way Washington football team is, why is has taken so long for criticism of Washington’s mascot to consistently break into the mainstream, and why so many will sit down on 28 November for the settler holy day Thanksgiving and enjoy one of the three NFL games with no mind to settler colonialism and genocide.
Jerry Slater argues that Max Blumenthal could have won more converts to a new understanding of Israel if he had adopted a less confrontational tone in his book “Goliath”
Arab Idol Mohammed Assaf visited the U.N. Monday as a youth ambassador. “I would like to remind you of the millions of other Palestine refugees just like me – the young men and women who are not standing here before you today. When we celebrate this International Day of Solidarity, they are the ones we need to remember.
Israel approves a grab bag of laws to deport African asylum seekers, and the Tel Aviv’s central bus station is the focus of the new policies. And what is deadly serious for African refugees is sport to Israelis at a bar. “This is not a police state!” they chant, when their sound system was briefly confiscated.
The left has never come to terms with the April 2011 murder of Juliano Mer-Khamis inside Jenin refugee camp. The London Review of Books tries to make sense of Mer-Khamis’s daring, dramatic story
Lena Ibrahim writes a report from the 2013 American Studies Association annual meeting where the academic boycott of Israel was debated.
Frank Barat talks with Leila Farsakh and Noura Erakat in a wide-ranging interview that took place during a conference in Brussels called “New paradigms for Israel/Palestine.” This post is part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.”
America’s foremost Israel lobby group has expressed skepticism over the deal with Iran. In a recent policy memo, AIPAC ran through the deal’s details and expressed considerable skepticism over an interim agreement that contains “implicit acceptance of Iranian enrichment.” What they didn’t do, though, is press for new and immediate sanctions on Iran. Instead, they want new sanctions legislation in order to “shape” the final outcome a far-reaching accord with Iran. AIPAC is playing the long game on sanctions. They can’t try to scuttle an interim agreement already reached with Iran, as distasteful as they find it. Much like the fight over Chuck Hagel, which AIPAC sat out lest it go head to head with an administration they need to work with, AIPAC is not pushing for immediate sanctions because it would set up a public confrontation with the Obama administration.
Did Obama stab Israel in the back? Jacob Heilbrunn asks Maurice Greenberg at the National Interest. I wouldn’t trust him, Greenberg says
The Iran deal is an important moment in Jewish history because the Jewish state has made clear that it wants American Jews to support it and oppose the deal, but American Jews aren’t buying. This is a crisis both for the lobby (the dovish segments of which are supporting the U.S. government) and for the […]
Dylan said a change in the weather is known to be extreme, and Joseph Berman, a civil rights advocate in Boston, knows this: his ties to the ADL, which denied Armenian genocide, are proving a liability to his nomination to a high court post in Massachusetts
‘Iran in final stages of production of nuclear bomb’ –Israelis said — in 1984
UN Women’s Guild bazaar in Geneva features native foods and crafts. So why is American booth featuring Jif and Oreos and Snickers? Why do they hate us?
Marc Ellis hears from various sources that Jordan’s return to Palestine may be close. According to sources, this is how it goes. Under the umbrella of Jordan, Palestinians will have a way out of Jerusalem and the West Bank that is not (officially) controlled by Israel.
Despite its claims to be “committed to strengthening Palestinian-American relations” as “an independent voice for Palestine,” the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) has begun accepting funding from one of the most aggressive funders of anti-Palestinian and Islamophobic initiatives in the United States. A recently released 2011 Internal Revenue Service Form 990 information return revealed that ATFP has accepted at least $10,000 from the Klarman Family Foundation. The donation highlights the trajectory of an organization originally founded to advance the position of Palestinian statehood advocates in Washington, DC, but which has increasingly diverged from the Palestinian consensus. It also exposes an emerging strategy of pro-Israel donors like Klarman who are propping up an array of Muslim and Arab-American groups to drive a wedge into grassroots Palestine solidarity organizing. In addition, ATFP claims to have never accepted donations from foreign governments, but the group accepted $148,800 from the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in 2011. Above, a controversial photo of ATFP President Ziad Asali with then Israeli Ambassador the U.S. Michael Oren.
Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan says that legendary actor/director Sydney Pollack participated in his spying activities for Israel by helping bring out sensitive military equipment to the Jewish state.
Max Blumenthal is scheduled to discuss his book Goliath at the New America Foundation in Washington DC on Wednesday, December 4th. Afraid that Blumenthal’s reporting has breached the walls of the beltway, Israel’s defenders have started the predictable McCarthyite campaign to shut it down.
Richard Potter interviews Masoud Banisadr a former member of the controversial Iranian opposition group Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK, PMOI) and author of the book “Memoirs of an Iranian Rebel.”