Author Archives: Philip Weiss

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A British Jew warns US Jewish orgs to heed rapidly-shifting world opinion

BDS is winning, says a British Jew. And: How can any normal person not be pro-Palestinian? How can any American not be outraged at what they funded, supported and received hatred for?

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‘NYT Book Review’ gives platform to Radosh to accuse Judis of writing ‘what-if’ history

Ron Radosh has a cottage industry of attacking John Judis’s book on Truman, Genesis. The latest attack is hosted by the New York Times Book Review.

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‘Contractually obligated’ to say the peace process is alive, Aslan told Americans to get ready for one state

Reza Aslan said years ago, it’s clear who wears the pants in the Israel-US relationship, and he’s never felt so embarrassed for the U.S. as when Obama deferred to the Israeli settlement project

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Journalistic malpractice: Washington Post suggests Abbas doesn’t recognize Israel’s right to exist

The Washington Post runs a readers’ opinion poll that includes a counterfactual, that the Palestinian Authority has not recognized Israel’s right to exist

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Saudis don’t care about Palestinians, say American commentators

American commentators say the Saudis don’t care about the Israel/Palestine conflict. Is that right? Shouldn’t we hear from Saudis?

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Iymen Chehade gets ringing endorsements from ’5 Broken Cameras’ director and AAUP committee chair

The chair of the Illlinois committee on academic freedom of the American Association of University Professors has found that Columbia College violated Iymen Chehade’s academic freedom by taking one of his course offerings away from him following a student’s complaint of “bias”

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Liberal Zionists are the new front line against BDS

Liberal Zionists like MJ Rosenberg and Prof. Yael Aronoff are the new front line against the Palestinian-led BDS movement. Aronoff exemplified this trend during the University of Michigan divestment debate, above, when she argued the Israel boycott rejects an idealistic project — the self-determination of the Jewish people.

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‘I’m reminded of Jackson, MS, closing all public pools rather than integrating them’ — Franke on Barnard’s Banner-gate

Why is it that after 100s or 1000s of controversial banners at the school, Barnard revises its policy against banners after one pro-Palestinian message, Law Prof Katherine Franke asks of Barnard president Debora Spar’s decision to remove a pro-Palestinian banner that upset some students

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Expelled from French university, lecture on Palestinian rights takes place on banks of Rhone

Ivar Ekeland, of a pro-Palestinian academic group in France, had to lecture on the banks of the Rhone River because his message was deemed too hot by the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Lyon.

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Obama’s European message– self-determination, equality, dignity– is null and void in Palestine

President Obama’s European tour is about human rights. Pope Francis asks about Palestine, but the President never mentions Palestinian self-determination in his stemwinder yesterday on the rights of people to consent to their government, the right to resist occupation, the right to dignity

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JJ Goldberg says Adelson’s influence fulfills anti-Semitic belief

In The National Interest, Paul Pillar says that Sheldon Adelson’s influence over the Republican presidential process is frightening because he has loyalty to Israel. John Judis would surely agree with him.

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Liberal Zionists turn on media darling Ari Shavit for promoting Netanyahu’s bluff

Haaretz publisher Amos Schocken says Netanyahu’s demand for Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state is a “bluff” to end the talks. But who is supporting Netanyahu in the effort– Haaretz writer, Ari Shavit

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Wash Post story on Adelson as Republican kingmaker leaves out his nuke-Iran agenda

Sheldon Adelson says Obama should nuke Iran, Muslims want to kill 100 percent of Jews, and Palestinians are a made-up people who don’t deserve a state. But the Washington Post leaves out this information in telling us that 4 Republican presidential hopefuls are kissing Adelson’s ring in the “Adelson primary” to become president

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U of Michigan student gov’t meets tonight, amid anticipation of divestment vote

Both sides in the Israel-divestment battle are turning out tonight for a meeting of the University of Michigan’s student government. It tabled a divestment resolution last week in a highly-charged campus atmosphere. Jewish Voice for Peace has endorsed the divestment measure

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Columbia debate on Israeli policies features 3 Zionists, no Palestinians

In what passes for debate about the Israel Palestine conflict, Columbia University stages one that features three Zionists joined by Hussein Ibish, a Lebanese-American who works for the American Task Force for Palestine

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D.C. scribes party with red wine, vinyl, and image of a terrorist

Eli Lake wears a Menachem Begin t-shirt at a DC party. The late Israeli prime minister was a terrorist who took credit for two famous massacres, the bombing of the King David Hotel in 1946 and the slaughter of villagers at Deir Yassin in 1948

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Iymen Chehade fights Chicago school’s cancellation of his class

Iymen Chehade

As debate over the Israel-Palestine conflict rages at campuses around the country, some school administrations are insisting on a need for “balance” as a means of limiting the Palestinian perspective. Iymen Chehade lost a class at Columbia College in Chicago after such a demand. But a petition on his behalf has garnered 6,000 signatures.

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Democrats have no problem with Israeli envoy addressing GOP group opposed to Obama

Ron Dermer toasts Hillary Clinton at a NY event and this week is visiting the Republican Jewish Coalition, a partisan body opposed to Obama, at a Sheldon Adelson hotel in Vegas. Democrats have no problem because the Israel lobby transcends US politics

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US Jewish leaders blast Harvard students on pro-Israel trip for taking photo at Arafat’s tomb (Update)

American Jewish community continues to commit intellectual suicide, condemning pro-Israel Harvard trip where students made the mistake of taking a photo at Arafat’s tomb

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Some liberal Zionists will blame Netanyahu for failure of talks

If John Kerry’s peace talks fail, some liberal Zionists are going to blame Netanyahu and not Palestinians. Then will they call for US sanctions on Israel?

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Israeli embassy pressured Amnesty to cancel launch of ‘apartheid’ book — Ben White

David Hearst and Amnesty Int’l came under pressure from the Israeli embassy in London to cancel the book launch of White’s book, Israeli Apartheid on March 21, White reveals in The National. The event came off as planned

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Obama doesn’t talk to Jimmy Carter — because of Israel

All Jimmy Carter’s successors have called him for advice, from Reagan to both Bushes. But not Obama. Why not? The former president says it’s because he would tell Obama to be even-handed in the Middle East.

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Some pro-Israel images to ease you into the weekend

Pro-Israel donor Robert Shillman’s statue featuring a cat, and Tzipi Livni’s crown of the Star of David — among the Zionist iconography Phil Weiss picks up to welcome in the weekend

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Kerry isn’t satisfied by Israeli minister’s non-apology for calling Obama a wimp

Secretary of State John Kerry has “remaining concerns” about the “pattern” of Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon calling Obama weak, says State spox Jen Psaki

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Israeli settlements depend on 500-1000 Palestinian child laborers

World Policy Journal documents the use by 31 illegal Israeli settlements in the Jordan Valley of Palestinian child labor, ages 13-17, in violation of international law.

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