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Knesset Member Miri Regev wants to transfer Bedouin Arabs “as the Americans did to the Indians.”
A group of South African activists hung pro-Palestine banners at the stadium where Nelson Mandela’s memorial was held. The posters were put up by BDS South Africa, the leading organization in the country advocating for boycotts, divestment and sanctions targeting Israel. Five of the posters were hung before the memorial service.
The heavy-hitters in the American Jewish community usually march in lockstep with the Israeli government. But many organizations that comprise the American Jewish establishment have gone silent over the Prawer Plan, the Israeli government’s initiative to uproot tens of thousands of Bedouin Arabs, relocate them to urban areas and build new Jewish areas on top of demolished villages. The silence is in sharp contrast to the activism against the Prawer Plan from groups like Jewish Voice for Peace and Truah.
The American Studies Association has called for an academic boycott of Israel. The National Council of the American Studies Association (ASA) made the unanimous decision after the group’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., where the academic boycott call was debated. The ASA Council’s endorsement “represents a principle of solidarity with scholars and students deprived of their academic freedom and an aspiration to enlarge that freedom for all, including Palestinians,” a statement on their website read. The call for academic boycott of Israel comes seven months after an Asian American academic group endorsed the boycott call.
Shany Mor wants you to know that the American Jewish community is wide open to critics of Israel. The ‘New Republic’ published a piece by Mor criticizing Peter Beinart for claiming that American Jews live in a closed intellectual space. Trouble is, anyone searching for examples of how the organized Jewish community shuts down dissent on Israel don’t need to look far at all.
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.
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.
(Updated) Senator Chuck Schumer promises more Iran sanctions, vows to ‘defeat’ Arab world and Palestinians
New York Senator Chuck Schumer railed against the deal the Obama administration struck with Iran in a Sunday evening speech to an Orthodox Jewish organization. Schumer said, “Democrats and Republicans are going to work together to see that we don’t let up on these sanctions…until Iran gives up not only its nuclear weapons, but all nuclear weapon capability, all enriched uranium.” The remarks were an indication of the potential difficulties the Obama administration will have in convincing hawks to hold off on new sanctions.
The plight of Wadi Foquin was aired on Capitol Hill earlier this week. Palestinians from the village, troubled by settlement expansion and the separation barrier, testified before Congressional staffers and others at a November 19th event in Washington, D.C. The hearing, sponsored by numerous groups and held in cooperation with Congresswoman Barbara Lee, occurred during a week where Naftali Bennett denied there was an occupation while on a trip to the U.S.
In recent years, the Israeli government has prioritized populating the Negev with Jewish Israelis. And one partner of the Israeli government, Nefesh B’Nefesh, is encouraging young North American Jews to enlist in the key state project. The Negev was talked up and gushed over at a November 17th conference in New York held by the organization that encourages emigration to the Jewish state. One of their aims is to turn young Jews into the foot-soldiers of Israel’s plan for the Negev.
Naftali Bennett’s talk at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan veered from Israel’s status as a “lighthouse nation” to why the peace process was doomed to fail. But the main event of his discussion with neoconservative Dan Senor was the right-wing star’s warnings about why the U.S. should not strike a deal with Iran. “If a decade from now, God forbid, a nuclear suitcase blows up in an American city, we will be able to trace it back to these days,” Bennett told the crowd. The HaBayit HaYehudi leader urged for Western sanctions to be ramped up on Iran three days before talks over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program will kick off again in Geneva, with many signs pointing to a deal.
The Emergency Committee for Israel is warning that President Barack Obama can’t keep promises–whether it’s on health care or Iran. The neoconservative group’s latest video warns that the American people can’t trust the president, and that he’s the one marching towards a war with Iran. It’s the latest salvo from right-wingers seeking to scuttle a diplomatic deal with Iran over its nuclear energy program.
A long-time Palestinian-American activist pled not guilty November 13th on charges of immigration fraud. Rasmea Yousef Odeh, a Chicago resident, was arrested last month for allegedly lying to U.S. authorities on citizenship papers. The U.S. government says she omitted her stint in Israeli jail on her application for citizenship. Supporters say that Odeh is a model citizen and that the Israeli military court that convicted her has no guarantees of due process.
The conventional narrative about sanctions on Iran is that they are meant for leverage for an eventual deal over the country’s nuclear energy program. But some analysts, like the National Iranian American Council’s Jamal Abdi, fear that the economic pressure could end up scuttling a deal. “The danger now is…the sanctions are never going to be lifted. That just like with Iraq, these are sanctions not put in place as leverage, but to prevent rapprochement and prevent diplomacy and build a well between the two countries to eventually get to a war,” Abdi said in an interview on Sunday.
Avigdor Lieberman is back. The pugnacious right-wing leader of the Yisrael Beiteinu party was acquitted of fraud charges, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed him back into the government. It marks a return for a man known for his outbursts against Palestinians and for pushing “loyalty oaths” and plans to transfer Palestinian citizens of Israel into a new Palestinian state. Now that Lieberman’s back in power, the question is whether he will angle for the Prime Minister’s job in due time.
Pro-Israel Democrats are attacking Brooklyn College over an event at the school featuring author and activist Ben White (above). The fracas comes nearly a year after Brooklyn College found itself at the center of a storm over the school’s hosting of an event featuring proponents of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. Like the prior controversy, this year’s features ardent supporters of the state of Israel like Dov Hikind accusing the speaker of anti-Semitism and the school’s academic departments of supporting the event.
The Israeli right is howling over the release of Palestinian prisoners. But the deal Israel struck earlier this year–releasing prisoners for settlements–is a net-positive from the right-wing’s view. Israel’s gestures to keep the Palestinian Authority at the negotiation table enable the ultra-right government to continue gobbling up the West Bank.
Max Blumenthal’s “Goliath” is the bluntest book you’ll read about the state of Israeli society, as it looks deep into the soul of an ethnocracy that dominates the lives of millions of Palestinians. Alex Kane recently sat down with Blumenthal for a conversation about his book to discuss the current state of Israeli society, his method of reporting and what readers will learn about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as negotiations with Iran and the Palestinians continue.
Israeli Consul General frets about ‘progressive elite’ delegitimizing the Jewish state at elite Manhattan event
The Israeli Consul General of New York had a stark message last week: Israel’s name is being tarnished in the media and its reputation is threatened by delegitimization. The diplomat, Ido Aharoni, made the comments to about 50 people who gathered at the CORE Club in Manhattan. Aharoni was joined by Israel Project CEO, and former AIPAC spokesperson, Josh Block who complained of “Arabists” at the State Department, and by ‘Slate’ writer Dahlia Lithwick who shared she’s “terrified to send my kids to college” due to anti-Israel sentiment.
Incoming Senator Cory Booker’s recent campaign was flush with cash–much of it coming from pro-Israel donors. In late July and early August, a newly formed Super PAC called the Mobilization Fund dropped $532,000 in cash on Booker. The organization only has six donors, all hedge fund leaders and corporate CEOs, and 4 of the 6 are big on Israel. As Booker enters the Senate, he could become one of its more outspoken pro-Israel members at a time when the body could vote on new sanctions on Iran and bills to upgrade the U.S.-Israel relationship even further.
Yeshiva U panel concludes Israel and Jews face destruction from: Iran, assimilation and occupation critics
Last night in New York City, a right-wing crew assembled at Yeshiva University to answer the foreboding existential question: “Will Jews Exist?” Although they didn’t definitively answer the question that brought them there, Sheldon Adelson, Shmuley Boteach, Bret Stephens and Yeshiva University President Richard Joel engaged in much handwringing over Jewish assimilation in the U.S., Iran’s “existential threat” to Israel and the Jewish state’s faltering image on college campuses. And along the way Adelson also said the U.S. should bomb Iran and pronounced the Palestinians are not a people. Read on for the gory details.
Alex Kane offers part two of his story outlining New York City mayor-to-be Bill de Blasio’s embrace of the pro-Israel community. Yesterday Kane showed how de Blasio came to love Israel from a past supporting international solidarity efforts. Today Kane follows the money, and finds that being pro-Israel in New York City is not only essential to getting elected in New York City — it also helps the fundraising bottom line.
Bill de Blasio surrounds himself with hawkish supporters of Israel. But that wasn’t always the case for the likely next mayor of New York City. The Democratic candidate used to be surrounded by critics of the Israeli occupation while he was a member of a Latin American solidarity group. “There is a striking disparity between what he says now about Israel and what he thought about Nicaragua,” one activist who worked with de Blasio in the early 1990s said. Above, de Blasio shakes hands with the hardline former Foreign Minister of Israel, Avigdor Lieberman.
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U.S. officials have announced that a chunk of the $1.3 billion in annual aid delivered to the Egyptian military will be suspended. In response, Israeli officials have cried foul, and say that they are worried about the impact the move will have on the peace treaty with Egypt. But a close look at the announcement reveals that Israel has little reason to worry.