Hillary Clinton needs Sheldon Adelson’s money, and Adelson needs a reliable supporter of Israel. That’s why he is passing on the Republican field and, terrified of Donald Trump, is surely interested in Clinton
Monthly Archives: February 2016
Benjamin Netanyhu’s government is drafting legislation that ought to resolve in observers’ minds the question of whether Israel is the democracy it proudly claims to be. It breathes new life into the phrase “tyranny of the majority”. But in this case, the majority will be Jewish MPs oppressing their Palestinian colleagues.
Matthew Vickery reports from Israeli farms in the northern Negev and occupied Jordan Valley where Thai workers and Palestinian children work long hours, in often dangerous and hazardous situations, all for less than the legal Israeli minimum wage. “This is not what I expected,” Dusit Doting says as he stands with other Thai workers outside the white shipping container they now call home.
Less than a day after boasting about their commitment to free speech, Lamar Advertising Company censored a billboard in Chicago that read, “Boycott Israel Until Palestinians Have Equal Rights.”
The press is focused on Sheldon Adelson’s failure to publicly commit to a Republican candidate this year. Speculation is he wants to see if Marco Rubio can win a primary, that his wife likes Ted Cruz, and that he’s already secretly giving money to a Rubio-favoring PAC. But don’t count Donald Trump out. He also courts Adelson with pro-Israel rant on Hannity’s radio show.
The Jabari family lives in the Hebron neighborhood of Wadi Al Hussein, between the illegal Israeli settlements of Kiryat Arba and the Giva Ha’avot. Since 2001, the family has been fighting a legal battle to regain control of their land after settlers illegally built a “Synagogue Tent” on it. Ayat Jabari explains, “When we first came here they [the settlers] stabbed my little brother in the stomach, then hit another of my brothers on his eyes. Another time they pushed my father from the hill and he broke his shoulder. Every day, every night they throw stones at us.” Jabari says the settlers want the land so they can connect up the different settlements in the city center with those on the outskirts.
After it was reported that Milbank Tweed had withdrawn a million-dollar gift to Harvard Law School because it paid for pizza at a pro-Palestine event, legal faculty and students have published an open letter to the law school community deploring donor influence over free speech.
A rash of state legislation targeting the Boycott Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement continues to spread. A Georgia lawmaker recently introduced a bill that mirrors legislation pending in six other states in an effort to outlaw government contracts with businesses that boycott Israel. “These bills exist because the BDS movement is growing in the U.S., and that’s making Israel’s fiercest advocates nervous,” said Rahul Saksena, an attorney at Palestine Legal, which has tracked anti-BDS legislation.
J Street denounces Tom Friedman’s announcement that there’s one state in Israel and Palestine, but it won’t take its own members over to the West Bank. Doing so would make it clear as day that the two-state solution is past; and J Street’s stance is delusory. The organization wants Jews to sing HaTikvah (The Hope) for Zionism, when that hope has plainly curdled.
Pro-Israel video tailored to Christian Zionists shows a young Mississippian indoctrinated by the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement shooting up his possessions made in Israel till a friend points the gun at a bible and says BDS movement wants to boycott God and the bible
Over the weekend London Palestine Action kicked off Israeli Apartheid Week by pulling off the amazing feat of plastering over 500 Underground trains with posters criticizing British foreign policy and BBC coverage of Israel/Palestine.
BDS is influencing American Jewish students, pollster Frank Luntz warns a secret conference in Jerusalem, with less than a third of the students regarding Israel as a democracy and less than half believing it wants peace.
Israeli bulldozers predawn Sunday demolished an elementary school and seized all its contents in Abu al-Nawwar Bedouin community, east of Jerusalem, according to one of the Bedouin locals. In addition, Israel has razed over 200 EU-funded buildings in the West Bank in the past two years. This year alone around 480 people, including 220 children, have been left homeless.
Help support “Killing Gaza,” a new documentary feature by Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal that aims to create an unflinching and uncompromising portrayal of the daily Israeli violence wrought upon Gaza and the complicity of Western governments.
Data from the Center for Responsive Politics shows that Hillary Clinton is far and away the largest recipient of political donations from the defense industry. Writer Rania Khalek says, “But I’m sure those war profiteers are just incredibly generous and expect nothing in return.”
The New York Times published an aesthetically engaging interactive titled “Roots of the Recent Violence Between Israelis and Palestinians” that attempts to explain the situation since October 1st. Rife with cliches and pro-Israel talking points, the piece fails to use the word “occupation” and tacitly lends support to Israel’s policy of land grabs and ghettoizing Palestinians behind walls.
The percentage of Americans holding a favorable view of Israel has dropped by 16 points in two years; Donald Trump surely senses this in his avowedly-neutral comments on the conflict, which set him up to run against the Israel lobby in its support for Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton
Anti-semitism confirmed the belief that Jews are special, for many Zionists and secular Jews. We are not special. Any human can be brought to the abyss of nationalist absolutism and totalitarianism. Any religion can be applied in a way that accentuates the exclusivist ideological stream. If we let that idea haunt us to the degree of uncontrolled survivalist frenzy, we will be undermining our own future and fulfilling the next doom prophecy.
For a few magic weeks, Bernie Sanders was taken seriously as a presidential candidate with a chance to win – a huge watershed for a self-avowed socialist. But after falling short (even if slightly) in Iowa and Nevada, and with no friendly states on the horizon, Sanders is back in protest candidacy territory. Could taking on Hillary Clinton’s warlike foreign policy, which Sanders stubbornly refused to do, have changed the game?
Hundreds of protesters gathered in Bil‘in on Friday to mark 11 years of weekly demonstrations against the Israeli occupation and the separation wall.
Israeli police fired several rounds into an incapacitated Palestinian after he stabbed officers near Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate yesterday morning. Two Israeli soldiers were lightly wounded in the attack. A team from Al Jazeera captured the killing as it unfolded in the background of their rolling cameras, astonished by the quantity of live-fire shot into the downed Palestinian.
Mort Zuckerman’s opposition to the Iran Deal was an expression of the “Coffee Party,” Haim Saban wrote to Hillary Clinton in an unclassified email, in a reference to neoconservatives. But Saban is just as strong as Zuckerman on Israel. Why aren’t the media exploring these differences?
Shukrallah Karam, 63, was killed by Israeli forces in south Lebanon in February 1977, 39 years ago, because he was a doctor who refused to flee when people needed him. His actions and beliefs embodied the secular politics of national unity and economic development that animated progressive forces in Lebanon prior to the civil war in 1975, before they were gradually replaced by virulent sectarianism.
The fundamental principle of Kibush HaShmira (the conquest of guarding) in Palestine in the 1930s was tower and stockade. The entire history of Zionism and Israel is this history of anti-Palestine-ing.