Comedy Central stands by Jon Stewart’s replacement Trevor Noah as rightwing sites suggest he has a “Jewish problem.” The real problem is that he is likely to be critical of Israeli militarism
Monthly Archives: March 2015
On Tuesday, March 31st, Pitzer Students for Justice in Palestine will display a mock Israeli apartheid wall on campus to raise awareness about Palestinian suffering and the realities of the Israeli occupation, as well as to stimulate conversation around necessary changes in global and domestic human rights policy. SJP is continuing with this demonstration despite attempts by the administration to censor free speech.
How many more Passover and Easter seasons will Jews and Christians of Conscience observe until our dissent rings hollow even to ourselves? Marc Ellis asks
Fifty years after they went south to fight Jim Crow, Ira Grupper, Dorothy Zellner, Larry Rubin and Mark Levy are fighting for Palestine’s freedom with the Open Hillel movement. Hillel International has banned their campus appearances.
Today, March 30th Palestinians in Israel and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, marched for Land Day, Yom al-Arda in Arabic, which commemorates protest in the Galilee in 1976 where six Palestinian citizens of Israel were killed.
With one day left before the deadline for an agreement on the contours of an Iranian nuclear deal, negotiations look set to go “down to the wire”, in the White House’s phrase – or possibly past it. The possible deal’s most prominent critic is staying on the offensive. “The emerging agreement in Lausanne sends a message that there is no price to pay for aggression – on the contrary, Iran gets a prize for its aggression,” Benjamin Netanyahu declared on Monday.
About 60 Israeli soldiers and police rained tear gas on 200 unarmed and unoffending protesters in Nabi Saleh today in commemoration of Land Day. Then the forces shot rubber-coated steel bullets, and live ammunition
Hillary Clinton throws Obama’s foreign policy under the bus, making a call to a leading rightwing Israel supporter Sunday to say that she wants to put the relations between the countries back on a constructive track. Not a word in the Times about her fundraising concerns.
Today in his effort to counter the Iran deal, Netanyahu called the US part of the “Axis,” a naked reference to Nazi Germany and its allies in World War 2. “The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is very dangerous to humanity and it must be stopped.”
As conservative Israelis push for a Greater Israel that pushes Palestinians off their land, now is the time for Americans to get vocal with their Democratic representatives. John Fearey shares his (frustrating) correspondence with Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT
Are we approaching a tipping point in US public opinion on Israel? The VA bar association cancels a trip to the country because of objections to its “discriminatory” practices, while support for Israel is likely to be a major issue in a race between MD congresspeople Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards for Senate.
I first saw the spanking new administrative buildings for the Gaza Community Mental Health Program in 2005; ten years later there is a rusty shabbiness to the exterior but the people working inside are energetic and spectacular. The property fronts a road and then a glorious sandy beach and the crashing grey blue waves of […]
Open Hillel has made waves in the Jewish community over the past month. Hillel International’s threat to sue the Swarthmore chapter for hosting speakers that buck their guidelines lead to a backlash from segments of the Jewish community. The student president of a Hillel chapter resigned over the parent organization’s refusal to host civil rights veterans. And after Hillel head Eric Fingerhut pulled out of the J Street conference, Open Hillel members who attended the J Street confab marched on Hillel’s Washington, D.C. offices, and received a promise from Fingerhut to meet with them.
The insults Arabic scholar Elliott Colla has received from Campus Watch pale in comparison to the kind of hate and contempt it reserves for the Arab and Muslim figures it defames. But it is hate speech all the same, designed to hurt and intimidate.
Ma’an reports: (Ma‘an) 26 Mar — Thousands of Palestinians on Thursday marched in the funeral of a young man who succumbed to his wounds the day before after being shot by Israeli forces during a protest near Ramallah last week. 20-year-old Ali Mahmoud Safi was buried in the al-Shuhada (Martyrs’) Cemetery in the al-Jalazun refugee camp north of Ramallah Thursday, as thousands mourned the first Palestinian youth to be killed in the camp so far this year.
Jeb Bush throws his father’s best friend Jim Baker under the bus, and Scott Walker says he’ll undo an Iran deal if he becomes president. What’s the Republicans’ game? The Adelson primary. Though the media won’t tell you so.
The relationship between the United States and longtime ally Israel are at a historic low point following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s contentious speech to Congress and the revelation that Israel has spied on the US in an effort to undermine nuclear negotiations with Iran. What do you think?
As the Iran talks go to the wire, we can only marvel at the political fireworks we are seeing. Newsweek follows up on the the Wall Street Journal report that Israel was spying on the US talks and leaking details to friendly members of congress. “I’m betting there are going to be some willing leakers now about stories such as AIPAC’s operations against Congress,” a former US intelligence operative predicts.
Amira Hass says Oslo’s failed promise includes the hope of resolving the conflicting histories of the conflict; Palestinians were ready to accept Zionists as not just colonialists, but escapees from Europe.
In the past month much has been written about two incidents of anti-Semitism at University of California campuses. According to the NY Times and the Los Angeles Times, they represent a national trend of revived campus anti-Semitism. Jeff Warner and Dick Platkin think an even cursory look at these two incidents reveals a different story, with some surprising revelations about them and the new role of Israel itself as the cause of a new anti-Semitism.