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A profile of The Israel Project is a revealing indicator of Israel’s global image. The organization has shut down its international offices, and is instead focusing solely on the U.S. The Israel lobby group has recognized that Israel’s image around the world is shot irreparably. But it’s the U.S. that really matters for The Israel Project.
If you ever had a burning desire to see the American-Israeli alliance shine, there wasn’t a better place to be than Jerusalem last week. Those three days were full of symbolic gestures that testified to the rock-solid U.S.-Israeli alliance. It was more than enough time to appreciate the enormous work ahead of those wishing to shift policy on the conflict in the U.S.
Unconditional American support only goes so far when the rest of the world is turning against you. That’s why Barack Obama went to Israel– to try and help Israel break out of its deepening political loneliness with an effort to jumpstart negotiations and reconcile Turkey to Israel. Will it work? By most indications, Israel’s actions and political system will continue to isolate the country.
President Barack Obama and the residents of Beit Safafa village experienced the same sandstorm in Jerusalem yesterday. But that’s where the commonality ended: while Obama traveled freely around Jerusalem, residents of the Jerusalem neighborhood protested the construction of a highway set to slice Beit Safafa in half. The highway will serve illegal Jewish-only settlements that surround Beit Safafa–part of a larger plan to fortify “Greater Jerusalem.” Above, graffiti decrying the mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barakat near the protest site
Palestinian protesters in Ramallah vented their anger at Barack Obama today as about 200 demonstrators took to the streets to urge Obama to get out of Palestine. “Oh Obama, out, out,” chanted the small group of Palestinian protesters in Arabic, as they headed from the center of Ramallah to as close to Abbas’ compound as they could get. They were met by rows and rows of Palestinian police officers. And later in the day, clashes between the Israeli army and about 100 Palestinian protesters in support of Palestinian prisoner and hunger striker Samer Issawi broke out near Ofer Prison. Above, a Palestinian demonstrator holds up a poster against President Obama outside the Palestinian Authority’s compound as police block the road.
President Barack Obama received a hearty welcome from his Israeli hosts this afternoon as Air Force One touched down in Ben-Gurion Airport for an official ceremony that saw the president and prime minister of Israel praise America’s commitment to the state they represent. Obama returned the favor with kind words for Israel. The speeches praising Israel capped a morning that consisted of the Israeli and American elite mingling with one another before the president arrived.
College students who attend school at the illegal mega-settlement of Ariel are upbeat about President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel. While they are upset the American Embassy did not extend invitations to them to hear Obama speak, conversations with about ten different students this afternoon at Ariel University, Israel’s first settlement college, provided a snapshot of an Israeli public that is buoyed by the Obama visit–a visit they see as affirming the importance of the U.S.-Israeli relationship. Above, the road right outside Ariel settlement’s university.
San Diego students pass divestment measure targeting companies that do business with Israeli military
The student government at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) overwhelmingly passed a nonbinding resolution that recommended divestment from companies implicated in Israeli rule over the Palestinians. The measure passed by a 20-12 margin, and was successful despite pressure from elected officials on students to vote against the bill. San Diego’s measure followed similarly successful resolutions that were passed at the Irvine and Riverside campuses.
No peace plan and lots of photo-ops: White House sets low expectations for Obama visit to Middle East
There will be no new peace initiative announced when President Obama touches down in the region, nor likely any pressure on Israel for continued settlement building. Instead, the visit will focus on symbolic events and diplomatic meetings with the leaders of Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority (PA) that touch on a wide range of issues. Those details came in a White House conference call with reporters yesterday afternoon. Obama communications aide Ben Rhodes did not mention the issue of settlements during the call–and gave no indication that illegal colonies in the West Bank would be an agenda topic for when the president meets with Netanyahu.
Muslim community under siege: Groundbreaking report documents how NYPD surveillance chills free speech and activism
The NYPD’s blanket surveillance of Muslim communities has chilled the exercise of constitutional rights and has strained community ties, placing an entire religious community under siege by the police, according to a groundbreaking report. From its impact on curtailing religious practices and free speech to how it affects Muslims on college campuses, the report, titled “Mapping Muslims: NYPD Spying and its Impact on American Muslims,” paints a disturbing picture of how a police force with no accountability has targeted an entire religious community.
For the first time in two years, a discussion focused on Israel took place at New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center. Last night, queer scholar and activist Sarah Schulman read from her recently released book, Israel/Palestine and the Queer International. Schulman spoke about her personal upbringing and relationship to Israel, her support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement and why Israeli “pinkwashing” to cover up human rights abuses was real.
California BDS debate heats up: Riverside campus passes divestment measure as Stanford rejects the same
California was the focal point of the BDS debate this week. While a pro-divestment measure failed to pass at Stanford University, a call to divest won out last night at the University of California (UC), Riverside. The win at UC Riverside is the second recent divestment victory for BDS advocates in California. And UC San Diego has been the site of continued debate over BDS, with two Congressional members coming down against the divestment bill at the school.
President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to Israel later this month has led to a predictable torrent of calls to release the convicted spy Jonathan Pollard. The former intelligence analyst who renounced his U.S. citizenship has been imprisoned for 28 years with a life sentence for the crime of passing along information on Arab states, Pakistan and the Soviet Union to Israel. Figures ranging from Shimon Peres to Yair Lapid to Benjamin Netanyahu have vowed to press Obama on Pollard when the president comes to Israel. But the White House has not indicated any shift on Pollard’s case.
Steven Emerson, a key member of what has been termed the “Islamophobia network,” appeared Sunday at an officially scheduled session at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) annual conference. Emerson, the head of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, has been a lead pusher of anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. since the 1990s.
A key Israel lobby group has already begun to organize against any potential divestment resolutions related to Israel that may come up at church assemblies, which won’t take place until 2014. From February 26-27, the Jewish Community Relations Council held an invitation-only anti-divestment conference in Burlingame, California. The JCRC event is an indication of how important countering the BDS movement is to Israel lobby groups. Above, Jewish & Christian advocates for divestment from the Israeli occupation at the Methodist General Conference, April, 2012.
AIPAC’s annual policy conference is this weekend, and they will be pushing for U.S. Congressional backing of any Israeli strike on Iran. Today, two Senators, Lindsey Graham and Robert Menendez, announced they will be introducing the AIPAC-requested resolution.
‘We’ll take over the Likud, we’ll take over the country’: Far-right Israeli MK Moshe Feiglin honored in New York City
Moshe Feiglin was the star last night in Queens, New York. The far-right Israeli activist, West Bank settler and newly minted Member of Knesset spoke to about 100 of his most ardent supporters in Fresh Meadows’ Chateau Steakhouse to raise money for his Manhigut Yehudit movement. The dinner honored a politician who advocates for paying Palestinians to leave the occupied territories as well as establishing exclusive Jewish control over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Above, Feiglin (center) speaks with a supporter at last night’s dinner.
In May 2010, 18-year-old American citizen Furkan Dogan (above) was shot at point-blank range by Israeli naval commandos as he was standing on the deck of a ship and filming the violent raid on the flotilla to Gaza. The Center for Constitutional Rights has published materials acquired through the Freedom of Information Act which document the U.S. government’s actions in the aftermath of the flotilla attack. They provide compelling evidence of how the U.S. government abandoned one of its own citizens who was killed by the Israeli military.
Caught on tape: California university lecturer smears student activists as anti-Semites with ties to terrorists
Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, a Hebrew lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz, unleashed vitriolic comments smearing student activists who work for Palestinian rights as anti-Semites with ties to terrorist organizations. The remarks, made last year in Massachusetts, were recently exposed by student activists. Students have started a petition calling on the University of California President to condemn the statements made by Rossman-Benjamin, who is the head of an Israel lobby group called the AMCHA Initiative.
Israel boosters threaten civil rights claim against Brooklyn College and suggest barring student activists from campus
A small group of Israel supporters are seeking to keep up the pressure on Brooklyn College following last week’s controversial panel on the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. Lawyer Neil Sher (above, left) threatened to file a Title VI civil rights claim against the college over the disputed claim that four Jewish students were ejected without reason from the event, and CUNY trustee Jeffrey Wiesenfeld (above, right) suggested that student organizing groups like Students for Justice in Palestine, which organized last week’s panel, may have to be “excluded” from campus.
In John Brennan’s testimony to the Senate as part of his hearing to be the next CIA chief, he said he was “aware” of the CIA’s partnership with the NYPD’s program of surveillance of Muslim communities. In response, two civil liberties groups are calling on the Senate Intelligence Committee to question Brennan further about what he knew about the partnership.
‘New York Daily News’ distorts why student Israel advocates were tossed from Brooklyn College event (updated)
The New York Daily News continues to gin up hysteria over the disturbance involving four student activists affiliated with Zionist organizations who were kicked out of the Brooklyn College event last week on the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. The paper’s coverage is misleading and does not even make the pretense of trying to get the full story out.
‘Tablet’ gets it wrong: Student Israel activists passed out anti-BDS flyers during Brooklyn College event (updated)
A ‘Tablet’ magazine writer claims that students affiliated with Hillel were kicked out of last night’s BDS event at Brooklyn College. While students were removed, the story gets much of what occurred wrong.
Following weeks of controversy, Barghouti and Butler deliver sharp response to critics of BDS movement at Brooklyn College event
Omar Barghouti and Judith Butler delivered a powerful case in favor of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement in front of a packed crowd of over 200 people at Brooklyn College last night. They both denounced the efforts by what Barghouti called the “new McCarthyists” to derail the event. Above, Judith Butler speaks on the movement, with Barghouti on the right.
Dov Hikind (center, above), one of the leaders in the push against the Brooklyn College event on the boycott Israel movement, is linked to a far-right Jewish group that is considered a “terrorist” organization by the FBI. But that’s no problem for Democratic candidate for mayor, Bill Thompson (left), who has joined in Hikind’s campaign against Brooklyn College.