What Obama outlined in his interview with Jeffrey Goldberg and speech to Adas Israel on Friday is a principled defense of the liberal Zionist two-state-solution that the United States has endorsed and has been advocating for the past 22 years.
Monthly Archives: May 2015
Shachar Berrin, IDF soldier of 19, is going to prison for a week because during the public filming of a television program on May 14, he spoke about the widespread racism he has seen among Israeli occupation forces. He recalled an incident in which an Israeli soldier told fellow IDF troops to stop harassing Christian tourists because “come on, they are people, not Palestinians.”
The Soviet spy Kim Philby escaped detection twice in the 1950s and what did him in in the end? He criticized Israel as a writer in Beirut for the Economist and the Observer, and an ardent Zionist informed on him to British authorities. And the American reviewers of a book that tells the story leave that angle out.
President Obama’s speech to Adas Israel Congregation in Washington yesterday had an air of entitlement. Pandering to alleged liberals at this synagogue, he gets laughter for saying that Palestinians are “not the easiest of partners” and applause for completely ignoring the Nakba and every act of Israeli violence from 1948 to the present.
Over a dozen writers arrive in Ramallah from different parts of the world this week to take part in the Palestine Festival of Literature, a traveling roadshow that puts on public literary events featuring Palestinian and visiting writers in different cities in the evenings
Yahiya Sami al-Amudi, 10, was walking near a checkpoint by the East Jerusalem refugee camp Shua’fat when he was shot in the head by a rubber bullet. Micky Rosenfeld of the Israeli police says he was “moderately injured.”
A bill to penalize those who boycott Israel that passed both houses of the Illinois General Assembly May 18th places the economic welfare of Israel before U.S. interests, tacitly endorses the full annexation of the West Bank into Israel, and violates our country’s First Amendment rights.
Obama said today he was inspired by “shared values” between US civil rights struggle and Israel. Jewish Voice for Peace promptly said shared values means opposing “systematic discrimination” by Israel against non-Jews
Addi Svarogic looks at the recent heated email exchange occurred between Noam Chomsky and Sam Harris. He writes, “The irony of New Atheists ignoring the material world and solely focusing on professed theological motivations perfectly illustrates their lack of analytical skills or – in the worst case scenario – a conscious effort on their part to muddy the waters.”
Jeff Halper writes about a meeting between Israeli activists and FIFA President Sepp Blatter during his recent visit to Palestine/Israel. Halper says their message was: “Until the Occupation ends and specifically Israeli harassment of Palestinian football, we told him, the IFA deserves a “red card” from FIFA.”
Pro-Israel Jewish wealth is increasingly being addressed in the press: a Forward story on influential billionaires and a Christie roast, where reporters joked that Christie would tell Sheldon Adelson: “I’m another hopeless goy”
Leila Najjar is 25 years old and six months pregnant. She and her husband Mohammed Sulaiman want to be together for their child’s birth, but she may not see him for years. That’s because Najjar lives in Gaza and Israeli authorities won’t let her pass through the Erez crossing to join Sulaiman who is studying in Australia. Najjar and her husband are not alone. Countless other Palestinian families are separated by Israeli restrictions as well.
This evening Israeli Forces delayed the Palestinian National Football Team at the Allenby/Al Karamah Crossing, the only international border for Palestinians living in the Occupied West Bank. The national team was on its route to Tunisia as part of their preparation for its upcoming official matches. This new Israeli violation occurred less than 24 hours after Mr. Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA, left Israel and Palestine, having received a commitment from Israeli PM Mr. Netanyahu about facilitating the travel of Palestinian athletes.
President Obama said there’s a “direct line between supporting the right of the Jewish people to have a homeland and… the right of African Americans to vote and have equal protection under the law” in interview w Jeffrey Goldberg where he says “Jeff” more times than “Palestinian,” 6-4
Reports say Israel will accept Iran deal quietly if US gives it more F-35 fighters. So we haven’t done enough for the country already? If US conservatives see Israel as a spoiled child, the party is over.
New York Times readers overwhelmingly fault Israeli apartheid and US support for it in the top readers’ comments on an article about segregated bus lines to the West Bank. Is this the end of hasbara? Certainly public consciousness has changed
In March, Palestine was supposed to compete in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Doha but was unable to because Israel would not allow the team to leave the Gaza Strip. Even though beach soccer is nowhere near as important or popular as association football, barring an entire team from participating in a tournament was the final straw for the Palestinian Football Association.
Norman J.W. Goda, a University of Florida professor who shares a neoconservative patron with Marco Rubio, offers neocolonialist rationales for Israel’s creation at a NY talk. The Zionists had a vision for a modern state Palestinians would enjoy a good standard of living in, but it had to be a Jewish majority.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu axed a plan that would segregate buses between Palestinian and Israeli riders in the West Bank, however, since 2013 Israel has already had in place a segregated line that transports Palestinian workers into Israel. The reason? Settlers did not want to ride with Palestinians.
The Bill of Rights was not written for the Prom Queen, Rand Paul says in his filibuster on the Senate floor. It was written to protect unpopular voices and minorities, including today Arab-Americans
Having covered two wars, and nearly three years of reporting from the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel, Allison Deger decided to visit the Baltimore projects last week in the wake of the National Guard’s deployment. Although it bears little resemblance to the Middle Eastern conflicts she has seen, the televised images of the National Guard and tear gas, and public art works on walls that captures politics and death drew a superficial parallel she wanted to investigate further.
Moshe Ya’alon, Israeli defense minister, said that Israel might have to nuke Iran ala Hiroshima and Nagasaki to prevent a long war with greater casualties, and the American press has ignored these frightening comments, once again depriving the US public of knowledge that Israeli leadership is off the rails
Ma‘an reports: “Right-wing Jews and Israeli police officers physically assaulted Palestinian security guards on duty at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound early Tuesday.”
Chris Matthews of MSNBC doubles down on neoconservative ‘pigs’ who push Republicans to ‘go from war to war’. It seems that he’s snapped over the media blackout over the Israel lobby
In an excerpt from their new book ‘Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age,’ authors Adi Kuntsman and Rebecca L. Stein discuss an Israeli social media campaign during the summer of 2014 calling for revenge following the abduction and killing of three Israeli settler teens by Palestinians from the West Bank.