Author Archives: David Samel

About David Samel

David Samel is an attorney in New York City.

NY Times describes Israel’s June rampage in the West Bank as a “clampdown”

“Clampdown” is generally defined as the imposition or strengthening of regulations and restrictions. That is hardly an appropriate word to use for Israel’s wanton and murderous actions in the West Bank in June, which of course were greatly eclipsed by its carnage the following month in Gaza. Is that a word the Times would use if the “authorities” burst into hundreds of private homes in Ferguson, killed another five people, and imprisoned hundreds more without charge? It’s just another subtle way the Times depicts Israel’s utterly contemptible behavior as within the boundaries of reasonableness.

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Media | 12 Comments

Jodi Rudoren and Abe Foxman mull over ‘the Arabs’ owning New York hotel

Gary Rudoren, the husband of NY Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief Jodi Rudoren, created a video to honor his parents’ 60th anniversary and posted it on youtube. Gary is in high spirits as he takes his parents on a virtual tour of his and Jodi’s daily life in Jerusalem. At about 14:25, the scene shifts to a luxury hotel, where Gary enters a suite to find his wife chatting amiably with Abraham Foxman, Executive Director of the Anti-Defamation League.

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Media | 27 Comments

Peter Beinart demolishes Gaza hasbara

In a Haaretz column, Peter Beinart demolishes in painstaking detail the Gaza narrative from Israel that would win 110% approval in the US Congress: Israel withdrew from Gaza as a peace overture; Palestinians responded with terror and the election of Hamas; Hamas violently seized power, blah blah blah.

Posted in Israel/Palestine | 75 Comments

Observations on the Met’s cancelation of the ‘Klinghoffer’ simulcast

New York’s Metropolitan Opera has decided to pull the plug on its worldwide simulcast of a live performance of The Death of Klinghoffer. David Samel offers some observations.

Posted in Israel/Palestine, US Politics | 28 Comments

Settler leader Dani Dayan given yet another platform in the NY Times

Yesterday, the New York Times gave Dani Dayan, one of the leaders of the settlement movement, an opportunity to publicize his prescription for Israeli/Palestinian co-existence in an op-ed. It is a re-tread. Less than two years ago, Dayan was given the same platform to make virtually the same arguments.

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Media, Occupation | 46 Comments

Dershowitz disqualifies an entire continent from supporting BDS, citing history of ‘Jew hatred’

Stupendous Dershowitz stretchers. He calls Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas “collaborators” with the Gestapo and says of the Israel boycott movement: “Why are so many of the grandchildren of Nazis and Nazi collaborators who brought us the Holocaust once again declaring war on the Jews?”

Posted in Israel/Palestine | 99 Comments

Michael Oren finds Israel vindicated by UN report that it slaughtered 101 civilians, including 33 children

David Samel debunks Michael Oren’s charge the Palestinians fake Israeli human rights abuses for propaganda purposes.

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Media | 22 Comments

What’s wrong with the ADL survey and how it could be improved

Foxman and the vice president at ADL centennial gala last week

There has been a lot of criticism of the ADL’s worldwide survey of anti-Semitism, including the organization that commissioned the study is hardly a disinterested, unbiased observer. An ADL study on anti-Semitism should be greeted with the same skepticism as a tobacco industry study on the effects of second-hand smoke, and yet the global survey’s deeply flawed methodology could have been fixed by replacing its 11 questions with simply one — Are Jews equal to others?

Posted in American Jewish Community, Israel Lobby, Israel/Palestine | Tagged | 145 Comments

Registration of Jews and other human beings

Controversy has erupted in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where flyers were distributed in the vicinity of the local synagogue warning Jews to register with the local authorities. But similar concern has not been shown in Israel where Jews have been registering for 65 years.

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government | 84 Comments

Lockerbie: 25 years of geopolitics over truth

A Libyan was convicted of the mass murder in the crash of Pan Am 103 25 years ago, killing 270 people, including villagers in Lockerbie, Scotland. But according to an Al Jazeera documentary that aired in the US last week, he was innocent; and the case served geopolitical aims. David Samel reports on the surprising supporters of the theory that Iran, Syria, and a Palestinian group might have been behind the crash.

Posted in Middle East, US Politics | 30 Comments

Bronner whitewashes Sharon’s atrocities

Sharon’s effective death in 2006 notwithstanding, his long vegetative state delayed his obituaries for years, and I was most anxious to see how his death would be covered in mainstream outlets like the New York Times. As it turns out, Ethan Bronner’s Times obit was worse than I could have imagined.

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, Media, Occupation, US Politics | 24 Comments

Lawyer Against Law: Dershowitz tells Israelis pay no attention to international law

Having seen his views on international law repeatedly spurned by actual international lawyers, Dershowitz has lost patience. He now asks, Who needs international law anyway? In a recent talk at the Institute of National Strategic Studies in Tel Aviv, Dershowitz described international law as “a construct in the mind of a bunch of left wing academics. There is no basis for international law in any reality. It’s not based on legislation. Much of it is not based on treaty. It is the ultimate exercise in elitist nondemocracy.”

Posted in Israel/Palestine | 37 Comments

Yet another Dershowitz fabrication

As expected, Alan Dershowitz responded to the American Studies Association support of BDS movement’s by smearing the voters as anti-Semitic.

Posted in American Jewish Community, BDS, Israel/Palestine | 19 Comments

Beinart demands equality for the Cheney sisters, but is ‘willing to compromise’ equality of Palestinian Israelis

As Peter Beinart leaves Open Zion to pursue writing about other subjects of interest, he has taken an uncompromising stance against Liz Cheney’s grudging tolerance of her sister’s sexual orientation. It’s nice to see Beinart take such a strong stand on equality. Too bad he does not feel it should be a universal principle.

Posted in Israel/Palestine, US Politics | 45 Comments

MJ Rosenberg owes Ali Abunimah an apology for false accusations of anti-Semitism

In a series of recent blog posts, MJ Rosenberg has unleashed a shocking stream of invective directed against Ali Abunimah, including: “I believe that Ali Abunimah would be ecstatic if Israel was destroyed, blown off the face of the earth, along with every one of its people because, after all, the Jews in Palestine are, by definition, Zionists, even the kids.” Rosenberg should take a step back and re-evaluate. He owes Abunimah and his readership an apology.

Posted in Activism, Israel/Palestine, One state/Two states, US Politics | Comments Off

Kerry’s rationale to attack Syria could have also justified attack on Israel over Gaza

John Kerry’s case for military action against Syria would have paved the way for Russia to unilaterally attack Israel in the wake of Israel’s assault on Gaza in 2008-2009.

Posted in Gaza, syria, US Policy in the Middle East | 12 Comments

Worldwide poll finds Iran least popular country; American-Iranian Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) complains of delegitimization

A newly released poll of 26,000 respondents in 25 countries reveals that Iran is the least popular country in the world. The poll, commissioned by the BBC World Service, found that only 15% considered Iran to have a positive influence in international affairs, while 59% gave it a negative rating.

Posted in Iran, Israel/Palestine | 17 Comments

Press Release: Isabel Kershner chosen to reveal future Israeli exonerations

Fresh from its triumph in exposing the Mohammed al-Dura death hoax, a secret Israeli Government Commission is nearing the completion of an even more comprehensive investigation absolving the IDF of all deaths of civilians in Lebanon in 2006, Gaza in 2008-2009, the Mavi Marmara in 2010, and Gaza in November, 2012.

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, Media, Occupation | 13 Comments

Dershowitz should stop lying about Tutu’s record

“Archbishop Desmond Tutu is one of the most evil men in the world. He never condemns China, rarely Zimbabwe or any other county, it’s only Israel,” says Alan Dershowitz. Then why did Tutu call for the world to boycott the Olympics in China in 2008? The record shows clearly that Tutu has criticized Zimbabwe and China repeatedly

Posted in Israel/Palestine | 56 Comments

‘What about Iran and China?’ attack on BDS draws boos from the commenting crowd

I was alerted by Glenn Greenwald’s column yesterday to this extraordinary short piece at Left Foot Forward entitled “So why did Stephen Hawking think it was ok to visit Iran and China?” The author’s accusation of hypocrisy that we have heard so often is nothing new, but the sophistication of the numerous commenters who destroy the “What about X?” argument is very encouraging.

Posted in Activism, BDS, Israel/Palestine | 14 Comments

The three whoppers of Alan Dershowitz


This Thursday, Peter Beinart and Alan Dershowitz will once again square off on the subject of Zionism at CUNY, a debate that promises to cover a spectrum of opinion from A to B. It is unclear exactly what new ground they will cover, having debated at least twice before, but one thing that is for certain is that Dershowitz will use the occasion to unveil newer and better lies. There is no shortage of exposés of his breathtaking dishonesty, and Dershowitz keeps the lies coming fast and furious, so someone has to keep up with the Great Fabricator. Here are three major whoppers from last year’s Martha’s Vineyard debate with Beinart.

Posted in American Jewish Community, Israel/Palestine, US Politics | Tagged | 56 Comments

Dershowitz unveils new hasbara claim: IDF has lowest rape rate

In attacking a conference on homonationalism and pinkwashing which makes the mistake of including Israel among 32 countries under scrutiny, Alan Dershowitz unrolls dubious claims regarding Israeli soldiers and rape

Posted in Israel/Palestine | 39 Comments

The 99%: Netanyahu successful as Americans agree on Iranian ‘nuclear threat’

A few months ago, Netanyahu’s presentation to the United Nations of a fourth-grader’s drawing dramatizing Iran’s imminent nuclear weapons capability drew gales of laughter. But maybe it was successful after all.

Posted in Iran, Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, Media, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics | 26 Comments

Pentagon issues new combat-related medal for drone operators

It’s award season, with the recent Golden Globes and Grammy telecasts and lots of buzz about the upcoming Oscars, so it’s no wonder that the Pentagon didn’t want to be left out of the fun. That’s why they’ve come up with a new medal to award for “extraordinary achievement” in the field of drone warfare.

Posted in US Politics, War on Terror | 9 Comments

‘NYT’ runs op-ed by Israel lobbyist in human rights garb, saying Palestinians are too corrupt to deserve a state

Robert Bernstein, apostate from Human Rights Watch, started Advancing Human Rights, an Israel lobby organization, and it now has an op-ed in the NYT

Posted in Israel/Palestine | 19 Comments