Category Archives: Israel/Palestine

Amira Hass predicts Israel’s ‘colonial project’ will eventually fail–but at what cost?

Reading Haaretz’s legendary correspondent Amira Hass does not invoke hope. She doggedly chronicles the grind of occupation and dispossession in Palestine. But on Wednesday night, at Columbia University, she gave the audience some reason for hope. Hass laid out why Palestinians are not losing the battle with Israel and pointed to a number of Palestinian strengths. She predicted that “in the end, the colonial project will fail.”

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Simon Schama’s Israel whitewash

Jerome Slater reviews Simon Schama’s PBS documentary “The Story of the Jews,” and says Schama’s emotionalism, strong but not necessarily persuasive beliefs, and tendency to oversimplify or, worse, ignore inconvenient facts, creates serious problem when he takes on Zionism, the establishment of Israel, and the continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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6 DC heavyweights tell Kerry, Netanyahu in West Bank is like Putin in Crimea

Israel’s “expansive territorial agenda” in the West Bank is like Russia’s in the Crimea, write Brzezinski, Siegman, Carlucci, and Hills in ‘Politico’; and the U.S. is complicit in “morally unacceptable stances” by Netanyahu because it refuses to criticize Israel

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American Studies Association adds over 700 new members since Israel boycott call

The American Studies Association says the onslaught of attacks it has faced since voting to endorse an academic boycott of Israel has only accomplished in strengthening the group. They report “over the past several months, the ASA has welcomed more than 700 new members. The ASA has also collected more membership revenue in the past three months than in any other three-month period over the past quarter-century.”

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‘There’s a lot of anti-Semitism out there’ — Johansson reviews her role as ‘new face of apartheid’

Ynet reports: “Scarlett Johansson says anti-Semitism behind criticism of SodaStream endorsement”

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‘In every generation they rise up against us’ — Passover and the Jewish imagination

‘In each and every generation they rise up against us to destroy us,’ Jews say at Passover. Maybe this is problematic? Robert Cohen says this message of Jewish history as one long pogrom has profound psychological consequences

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Why LA needs a city-funded Middle Eastern cultural center

Jordan Elgrably argues for the creation of a city-funded Middle Eastern cultural center in Los Angeles.

Posted in Activism, Israel/Palestine, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics, War on Terror | 8 Comments

Aussie media focus on Carr’s assertion that Israel lobby had ‘direct line’ into Prime Minister’s office

Former Australian foreign minister Bob Carr says that former P.M. Julia Gillard didn’t allow him to utter a word of criticism against Israeli settlements because the Israel lobby had a “direct line” into her office. Aussie media are taking the assertion seriously, and quizzing lobbyist Mark Liebler about it.

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State Dep’t tries to clean up Kerry’s ‘Poof’

“I would caution you against over-emphasizing the meaning of ‘poof,’” Jen Psaki of State Department says, in laying blame for breakdown of peace talks at the feet of both Israelis and Palestinians

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66 years ago today 42 members of my family were slaughtered in Deir Yassin

Tareq Radi tells his family’s story during the massacre in the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin.

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New book explores intersection of Islamophobia and support for Israel

Elly Bulkin and Donna Nevel have a new book out that explores the intersection of Islamophobia and Israel—and the ways that the U.S. “war on terror” impacts both.

Posted in Activism, American Jewish Community, Israel Lobby, Israel/Palestine, US Politics, War on Terror | 5 Comments

Australia opposed Palestinian UN bid because foreign policy was ‘subcontracted to Jewish donors’ — report

Bob Carr, former Foreign Minister in Britain, says he confronted former Australian PM Rudd over opposition to Palestine’s bid for observer status at the U.N. and learned that Aussie foreign policy was ‘subcontracted to Jewish donors,’ 20 percent of those funding campaigns.

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‘NYT’ self-censors, axing headline blaming Israeli settlements

NYT’s Mark Landler had forthrightly reported that John Kerry blamed Israel’s announcement of 700 settlement units as the cause of the breakdown of negotiations in the Middle East. His piece has been rewritten, to shift the blame; and the headline blaming Israel has been killed in favor of “Mideast Frustration”

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Brandeis retracts plan to honor anti-Muslim activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Last week, Brandeis University announced it would give an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an activist and writer who has called Islam a “destructive, nihilistic cult of death.” Amidst the growing controversy, Brandeis announced yesterday it was withdrawing the honor.

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Christie will get another crack at not saying ‘occupied territories’ at NY Adelson fete

Shmuley Boteach will host a dinner in NY featuring Cory Booker, Sean Penn and Chris Christie and Sheldon Adelson

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Rioting settlers clash with Israeli police at colony deep in West Bank

Jews clash with Jews at Yitzhar settlement in W.B.: “[Settlers] are spitting in our faces, humiliating us instead of thanking us”, one soldier said. Another soldier stated that, while the army is guarding them, “they are stabbing us in the back”,

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Appeals court upholds dismissal of anti-BDS lawsuit against Olympia Food Co-op

On Monday the Washington State Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of the anti-BDS lawsuit against the Olympia Food Co-op. The suit had been filed by five Co-op members in 2011 to force the Co-op to rescind its boycott of Israeli goods. Several pro-Israel interests became involved in the case as well, ranging from the multimillion-dollar Israel advocacy group StandWithUs, to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and most recently the Lawfare Project.

Posted in BDS, Israel Lobby, Israel/Palestine | 30 Comments

Chris Matthews gives Adelson and the lobby a pass

Chris Matthews’s claim that Cheney invaded Iraq for his oil interests would be more persuasive if he would identify Sheldon Adelson, the Republican Party’s largest giver, as having an overriding interest in Israel. But Chris won’t go there. Time Magazine will.

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‘Poof’ — Kerry blames Israel for breakdown of talks (Updated)

This is all over the wires, and it might be historic. John Kerry, Secretary of State, blamed the Israelis for the breakdown of peace talks during a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday. Israel failed to release prisoners on time according to a deal it had with Palestinians, then announced 700 settlement units– “poof!”– causing the latest breakdown in the talks, Kerry said.

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‘Each tree was like a member of the family’ –Olson on Palestinians and the land

In Columbus, writer Pamela Olson says, “Palestinians believe they belong to the land; Israelis believe the land belongs to them”

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Outspoken Rahm Emanuel goes off-the-record when asked about Israel

Why did Isaac Chotiner of the New Republic allow Rahm Emanuel to go off the record when he asked him about Israel and the U.S.? He should have told him to share his insights with his readers, or tell him why he couldn’t.

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Zionism has distorted American Jewish life

Allan Brownfeld argues that Zionism has caused many American Jews to behave as if they are in an expatriate community, and created the glaring hypocrisy of supporting human rights and separation of church and state here but not in Palestine

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Because Rep. Jones voted ‘present’ on Israel aid, lobby group runs attack ad with burning flag

The Emergency Committee for Israel is at it again– they want to evict Rep Walter Jones (Republican from N.C.) from the House because he voted present on an Israel aid resolution

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‘We ask you to show solidarity with the farmers and their families of Gaza’: Open letter to Neil Young from Gaza agricultural workers

A letter from the Gaza Union of Agricultural Work Committees Association asking Neil Young to cancel his upcoming show in Israel.

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‘The struggle for Palestinian liberation has become a mainstream global civil rights movement of our time’: CUNY panel discusses the BDS movement

Jenn Nina reports from “BDS and Academic Freedom” a panel held at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY) discussing the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement and academic freedom both within CUNY and in universities throughout the U.S.

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