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  • Israelis take on Facebook 'monster' with claims it knowingly incites Palestinian attacks
  • Your support today determines: How much truth?
  • 'Palestinians ought to be free' -- Cornel West's historic moment
    • In the Guardian today Cornel West endorses Stein

      This November, we need change. Yet we are tied in a choice between Trump, who would be a neo-fascist catastrophe, and Clinton, a neo-liberal disaster. That’s why I am supporting Jill Stein. I am with her – the only progressive woman in the race – because we’ve got to get beyond this lock-jaw situation. I have a deep love for my brother Bernie Sanders, but I disagree with him on Hillary Clinton. I don’t think she would be an “outstanding president”. Her militarism makes the world a less safe place.

  • In latest pander to Israel lobby, Clinton smears Max Blumenthal's criticism of Wiesel as 'hateful'
  • Evening march to Cuomo's suburban house is latest action against his blacklist on boycott
    • Dear Gov. Cuomo. I am spending this Fourth of July weekend driving from one end of your state to the other end without spending one thin dime except to fill the gas tank. While it's unconstitutional of NY to blacklist BDS supporters, it isn't unconstitutional of me to personally blacklist NY. Cheers.

  • Dershowitz approves Clinton's 'muscular foreign policy,' and Sen. Warren is a 'surprising Israel hawk'
  • Brexit vote leaves progressives suspended between nativists and neoliberals
    • In between banging my head against all sorts of hard objects, I turn to Phil's writing to calm me down. This post is very calming.

  • By stressing accused Orlando shooter's Muslim name, Trump can gain upper hand on Clinton -- Michael Oren
    • In Donald Trump's carefully prepared security speech today, he said,

      When I am elected, I will suspend immigration from areas of the world when there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies, until we understand how to end these threats.

      Under this criterion, all Palestine passport holders, Christian and Muslim alike, could and would likely be prevented from immigration.

  • Clinton forces dig in against changes to Democratic platform on Israel
    • The 2012 DNC platform win for the Israel Firsters was pyrrhic.

    • According the Jewish Journal, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is warning Senator Sanders not to start a DNC platform fight over Israel: “We don’t need more division,” he said. Villaraigosa is a Clinton supporter. ACK!

  • Front-page play for Israel battle shows that Israel has lost the Democratic Party base
  • Tom Friedman needs to get an inoculation (attacking BDS) before he can say how bad Israel is
    • You can always count on the Readers' Picks comments to reveal the bias of the NYT on I/P. Here is the #1 Readers' Picks comment:

      Ray Leonard
      Lancaster Pa 10 hours ago
      B.D.S protests seek to put economic pressure on Israel because moral arguments fail to persuade their leaders. It does not seek to destroy Israel, and once and for all stop conflating criticism with intent to destroy Israel. Economic sanctions work. It's time the US government put real pressure on Israel to end its universally recognized illegal occupation of Palestine.

  • Israel looks to wall in the BDS movement
    • Thanks, Just.

      In yesterday's briefing, a questioner (probably Said or Matt) followed up on the previous day's briefing. Ms Trudeau used the occasion to specifically criticize boycotts of Israel while also refraining from specifically criticising Israel's silencing of Omar:

      QUESTION: Just wondering if you were able to find out whether or not U.S. officials had raised the situation of Omar Barghouti directly with the Israelis or if you are just going to stick to the public comments that you made yesterday.

      MS TRUDEAU: Okay. So thank you for that. Today is a holiday in Israel. I have no updates on our conversations with the Israelis, however we will discuss this with the Israelis, as we do a range of other issues. Our strong opposition, of course, to boycotts and sanctions of the state of Israel is well known, however I would reiterate, as a general principle, we support the freedom of movement as well as freedom of expression even in cases when we do not agree with the political views espoused.

    • Today at the daily briefing at the State Dept, it was Ms Trudeau's turn to be clueless.

      QUESTION: Okay. The Israelis have imposed a travel ban on the BDS, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions founder, or co-founder, Omar Barghouti.

      MS TRUDEAU: Yeah.

      QUESTION: Do you have any comment on that, they’re preventing --

      MS TRUDEAU: So we’ve seen the reports. We would refer you to the Israelis for comments.

      QUESTION: Okay. Well, I tell you what, because last month, earlier last month, there was a conference to – actually to counter BDS, a conference that was attended by the American ambassador and so on. And in fact, one of those present giving speeches by – from the Israeli side basically threatened Mr. Barghouti directly, and he implicitly called that maybe they ought to be targeted and assassinated and so on. Do you – you don’t find this a bit disturbing that Israel is using – uses whatever tactics to prevent this activism that is largely peaceful?

      MS TRUDEAU: So I can’t speak to those comments. I haven’t seen those specific comments. I know we talked about this conference before.

      QUESTION: Right.

      MS TRUDEAU: I would say, as a general principle, we support freedom of movement for Palestinians and permanent residents of Israel.

      QUESTION: Okay. Because Israel seems to be doing this against journalists, against activists and so on. Do you call on them not – to sort of cease and desist?

      MS TRUDEAU: I don’t think anyone should question the U.S. Government on freedom of expression.

      QUESTION: Okay. I have to a couple more. Sorry, I have a couple more questions on Palestinian-Israeli issue.

      MS TRUDEAU: Of course.

      QUESTION: Also --

      QUESTION: Can you just stay with Barghouti for one second?

      MS TRUDEAU: Yeah, of course.

      QUESTION: So when you say that you – in principle, you support – what was it you said?

      MS TRUDEAU: It was freedom of movement for Palestinians and permanent residents of Israel.

      QUESTION: Including Mr. Barghouti?

      MS TRUDEAU: As a general principle.

      QUESTION: Yeah, but you don’t have --

      MS TRUDEAU: I can’t speak specifically to this case. For that, I’m going to refer to the Israelis. However, I would say as a general principle, yes.

      QUESTION: Well, I mean, is this something that you’ve brought up with the Israelis?

      MS TRUDEAU: To my knowledge, at this --

      QUESTION: Or is this only something that you’re responding to Said’s question with? I mean, I’m just trying to figure out --

      MS TRUDEAU: At this stage, I don’t know if we’ve raised it with the Israelis.

      QUESTION: I’m just trying to figure out if this is an issue that the U.S. is concerned about.

      MS TRUDEAU: So freedom of movement for Palestinians --

      QUESTION: Yeah, yeah.

      MS TRUDEAU: -- and permanent residents is a concern. I don’t know if we’ve raised this specific issue.

      QUESTION: And is it – would it be possible to find out?

      MS TRUDEAU: Yeah, I can definitely check.

      QUESTION: Because, I mean, there’s two arguments here. One is from the Israeli perspective that this guy is running a campaign that basically – that they see as a threat. But then there’s the other side --

      MS TRUDEAU: Which is freedom of movement.

      QUESTION: Right, and whether – and you oppose – you say you oppose the BDS tactics. You don’t like boycotts; you think that they’re – you’re – you think that they’re bad, and so the question is: If you basically agree with the Israelis on this --

      MS TRUDEAU: We support freedom of movement.

      QUESTION: Yeah, I know, but in this specific case --

      MS TRUDEAU: But let me check and see if we’ve raised this specific case.

  • Calling Israel a 'modern day miracle' and 'vibrant bloom in desert,' Clinton says BDS is anti-Semitic
  • Democratic Party is now split over Israel, and Clinton and Sanders represent opposing camps, says Pew
    • Indeed. The Pew poll also shows that support for Palestinians increases with education level.

  • Donna Edwards's campaign unsettles the Israel lobby inside the Democratic Party
    • Hi amigo. I'm not sure if I read your comment right, but Bernie was among the 17 who didn't sign the AIPAC letter--it's a shorter list than 83 who did sign.

    • Revealed today AIPAC backed a Senate letter urging increased military aid to Israel. Eighty-three U.S. senators signed. The seventeen who didn't sign are:
      John Barrasso (R-WY)
      Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
      Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
      Tom Carper (D-DE)
      Bob Corker (R-TN)
      Al Franken (D-MN)
      Tim Kaine (D-VA)
      Angus King (I-ME)
      Christopher S. Murphy (D-CT)
      Rand Paul (R-WV)
      Jack Reed (D-RI)
      Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
      Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
      Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
      Jon Tester (D-MT)
      Tom Udall (D-NM)

  • Obama's November surprise
    • I don't think there will be any movement toward peace as long as the U.S. thinks it can achieve an agreement without applying meaningful pressure on the stronger party.

      QUESTION: Different topic. Okay. Very quickly on the Secretary’s speech yesterday --

      MR KIRBY: Yeah.

      QUESTION: -- at J Street, he said that, quote, “I can tell you for these next nine months,” talking about the peace process, “we will not stop working to find a way.” Then he went on to say, “And so we will continue to advance the two-state solution as the only solution because anything else will not be Jewish and will not be democratic and we understand that,” unquote.

      Now, does he have – like, is there something in the offing? Is there going to be some sort of an initiative that the Secretary might undertake, perhaps either – because we’re talking about a very short period of time.

      MR KIRBY: The Secretary is very mindful of the time left while he has in office, and he’s also mindful of the importance of this issue. And I don’t think I can improve upon his words from last night, that he is very committed to continuing to try to work to get to a two-state solution. Does he have an initiative or an announcement to make? I have nothing for you on that today. I can just tell you that the point he was trying to make last night was that for as long as he’s the Secretary of State, he’s going to continue to work on this and work as very – as hard as he can.

      QUESTION: The reason I ask this question, because only months ago – maybe couple months ago – the President himself said there’s not likely to be anything. But listening to the Vice President and listening to the Secretary of State, they’re basically saying that this thing is alive and kicking and we’re going to push for it. So --

      MR KIRBY: I don't know that anybody said it wasn’t still an objective. We’ve also said – I know I’ve said and I know the Secretary has said that it’s up to the leadership there in the region – all parties, the leadership on all sides – to take the kinds of affirmative steps and initiative to get us there. We can’t do it for them. It can’t be legislated externally. It has to be something that they decide to move forward on. And as both, I think – as both the Secretary and the Vice President said last night, it’s difficult to see that way right now because that sort of leadership isn’t being fully exerted. But that doesn’t mean that we aren’t still committed to it, that we aren’t still going to try to help them get to a position where they can make these decisions and we – they can take the kinds of actions to reduce the violence, restore the calm, and move forward. I don’t see the gap, quite frankly, the way you’ve described it.

      QUESTION: Maybe just --

      MR KIRBY: We’re all still committed to it.

  • Anti-BDS legislation faces crucial hearing tomorrow in California Judiciary Committee
    • I am not sure why the California legislature would take actions that invite BDS supporters to spend their vacation dollars elsewhere. After all, any individual consumer who supports BDS can more easily boycott California than California can boycott that consumer.

      Next time you're considering where to vacation, take a glance first at the Anti-BDS Legislation Map at Palestine Legal.
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  • 'Haaretz' exposes 'The New York Times'
    • Yes, the NYT published a Kershner article on the efforts of the Israeli army to get some former soldiers to return property that isn't rightfully theirs. The article includes, without noting any irony whatsoever, two photos of the Israeli military in the annexed Golan Heights.

  • Palestinian reflections on Israel's hysterical attack on BDS
    • "This is not news anymore! "

      Minister Katz's threat to resort to "civic assassination" of BDS leaders, presumably including U.S. citizens, has been met with a big yawn by the U.S. State Department. From Friday's briefing:

      QUESTION: Yeah. I wondered if you had time to look at what – the speeches that took place and the statements made by Minister Katz, whether that can be considered as incitement, especially in this atmosphere of heightened tensions and so on. And --

      MS TRUDEAU: We have seen the comments. We’re going to refer you to Minister Katz on that.

      QUESTION: Right.

      MS TRUDEAU: We understand that there are several divergent translations of the Hebrew that could happen. I can’t read it in the original format, so I’m trusting my experts.

      QUESTION: But I imagine that you have your own interpretation.

      MS TRUDEAU: I’m going to refer you to the minister --

      QUESTION: And Ambassador Shapiro --

      MS TRUDEAU: -- to speak to that. As you know, Ambassador Shapiro attends many events in his professional role.

      QUESTION: In the event that Minister Katz said what he said about targeting and eliminating the leaders of the BDS – which is really a peaceful – it’s not an armed kind of resistance or group – would that be a disturbing thing? Would that be considered by U.S. --

      MS TRUDEAU: I’d ask you to talk to Minister Katz about what he specifically meant on that one.

      QUESTION: But to you, I mean, you consider statements made by --

      MS TRUDEAU: Yeah, Said, I can’t read into it --

      QUESTION: Okay.

      MS TRUDEAU: -- because we understand that there’s – even in Israeli press, there’s very different interpretations of what he said.

      QUESTION: Right. If you would indulge me for a minute --

      MS TRUDEAU: Of course.

      QUESTION: -- because, I mean, there are statements that are made by the Palestinian leaders, for instance, that are deemed inciteful. Would this be – in the event that this is exactly what he said, would that be deemed inciteful?

      MS TRUDEAU: I can’t speak, again, to exactly what he said. We understand there’s a lot of different interpretations. I’d refer you to him to clarify that. But again, as we do almost every day from up here, we do call on all parties to reduce the rhetoric.

  • Netanyahu and Sen. Leahy tangle over Israel's killing of Hadeel Hashlamoun, 18
    • QUESTION: Go to the Palestinian-Israeli issue.

      MR KIRBY: Sure.

      QUESTION: I wonder if you could share with us any information pertaining to the letter that Senator Patrick Leahy and 10 other members of Congress sent to Secretary Kerry regarding investigating Israel for extrajudicial executions.

      MR KIRBY: I’m not familiar with a particular letter from – you’re talking about --

      QUESTION: Yes, there was a letter that was sent by Senator Leahy --

      MR KIRBY: Okay, yeah.

      QUESTION: -- to the Secretary of State on the 17th of February --

      MR KIRBY: Yeah, yeah, okay.

      QUESTION: -- requesting investigating Israel and Egypt for abuses of human rights, including extrajudicial executions of Palestinians by Israeli soldiers, and to see if that can reflect on what we supply them with weapons.

      MR KIRBY: I’m sorry, I was getting it confused.

      QUESTION: Okay.

      MR KIRBY: We have received that letter by Senator Leahy and we are responding to it. I would tell you that our assistance to Egypt and to Israel is and will remain in full compliance of the law. We absolutely take that fundamental obligation seriously, and that’s not going to change. And we’re going to continue to work with Congress to deal with issues where we believe any of that aid and assistance needs to change in keeping with the Leahy Law.

      QUESTION: Do you believe that Israel is complying with the Leahy law? Do you believe that the law that was passed in 1997 --

      MR KIRBY: It’s not – it’s not a law that Israel has to comply with. It’s a U.S. law we have to comply with, Said.

      QUESTION: I understand. Okay, let me rephrase --

      MR KIRBY: And so we do. And so we do.

      QUESTION: Okay. So let me rephrase this. Do you think that Israel is conducting itself in a way where it is not violating human rights, rights of the Palestinians, or committing human rights abuses of the Palestinians?

      MR KIRBY: So again, let me put this in two different buckets. We obey the law.

      QUESTION: Right.

      MR KIRBY: And we don’t provide assistance to any security forces anywhere where we have credible information that they’ve committed a gross violation of human rights. That’s the law and we follow the law. Your second – the second part there, you’re basically asking me do I think Israel has never violated the law or not – or never committed human rights violations, and in this particular case I think you’re referring to recent stuff. And I’m – we’re – I’m not able to make a judgment on that right now, but we’ve --

      QUESTION: In fact, the --

      MR KIRBY: -- but we scrupulously follow the law.

      QUESTION: John?

      QUESTION: In fact – no, I’m so sorry, just can I just stay on this for a minute? In fact, the letter talks about four Palestinians that were killed execution style back then, but although since you mentioned some recent stuff, I mean, it happened again last Thursday in plain sight of the whole world. I mean, you probably got – you probably got to see that where a wounded man was laying on the ground, not moving, and then he was executed with a bullet to the head.

      MR KIRBY: And Prime Minister Netanyahu has spoken to this, as have senior leaders of the IDF. And they’re investigating it. And they made – they said very clearly that actions such as those portrayed in that video – again, this was based on just the information of looking at the video – do not comport with their own core values as a military.

  • Rejected by Brazil, Israeli settler leader Dani Dayan given diplomatic post in US
    • "According to U.S. state department policy, America also views Israel’s settlements in occupied Palestinian territory illegal under international law."

      I wish that were the case, Allison. The watered-down U.S. State Department policy is, "We do not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity." There is nothing in that craven policy statement about the illegality of settlement activity or even about the illegitimacy of currently-constructed settlements.

  • The AIPAC rabbi walk-out that wasn't
    • lysias--I am not aware that any third-party candidates were invited. I think most, but not all, third-party candidates would welcome the opportunity for greater campaign exposure by speaking to AIPAC.

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    • "The only Jewish candidate for president, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, declined the invitation to speak in person..."

      Ahem, don't forget Dr. Jill Stein. Sen. Sanders said he wanted to speak in person but had a calendar conflict. Dr. Stein, who was not invited to speak, said she didn't want to speak to AIPAC anyway.

  • Trump 'has no business being president' because he would be 'neutral' to Israel -- Clinton tells AIPAC
  • Sanders will not attend AIPAC, offers to share remarks
    • Sanders has given grief to Clinton for not releasing a copy of her Goldman Sachs remarks to the public. So now, to be fair, he should release a copy of these AIPAC remarks to the public.

  • 'New York Times' whitewashes poll showing Israeli support for expelling Palestinians
    • Mr Zogby writes

      Kershner's straightforward reporting ended, however, when she came to one of the poll's more disturbing findings - "that nearly half of Israeli Jews said that Arabs should be expelled or transferred from Israel". Unable to allow that result to stand on its own, in the same sentence, Kershner added "although Israeli pollsters found the wording of the question problematic".

      It turns out that the NYT article's mitigating phrase ("although Israeli pollsters found the wording of the question problematic") was not in the original press copy. shows that the mitigating text was added 5-1/2 hours after the original copy. This leaves open the question of whether the update was added by copy editors or by Kershner herself. Regardless, the NYT has a history of making dubious editorial corrections to its I/P articles in response to external pro-Israel influence. In this case, during the 5-1/2 period, Haaretz published its own nine paragraph criticism of the wording of this question.

  • Sanders's outreach to Arab Americans on Islamophobia helped deliver Michigan surprise
    • At his Dearborn rally this week, Sanders said about the I/P conflict,

      “All I can tell you is I will make every single effort to bring rational people on both sides together so that hopefully we can have a level playing field, the United States treating everybody in that region equally.”

      It wasn't very specific, but I have a hard time imagining Clinton uttering the same words.

    • It is also worth noting that the Wayne County city of Livonia, which is home to Michigan's largest concentration of Palestinian-Americans, voted 56-42 for Sanders over Clinton yesterday.

  • In bid for Adelson's millions, Rubio announces braintrust of pro-Israel old-timers
    • Last night on PBS Newshour, Tom Friedman essentially said that Clinton's election priorities will prevent any Obama push toward peace.

      JUDY WOODRUFF: In the meantime, you have American politicians, many Republican prominent politicians running for president who are praising Benjamin Netanyahu, saying Barack — President Obama has been — has made all the wrong moves when it comes to Israel.

      Is the U.S. a player or not? There’s a story today in The Wall Street Journal saying that the White House is trying to come up with a U.N. resolution maybe or some other gesture to get the peace process moving again.

      THOMAS FRIEDMAN: Well, that story is a bit of an evergreen. Maybe it’s true now. But it’s always, we’re going to tell them. We’re just — we’re going to tell them we’re tired of this. We’re going to — and then it never happens, because a Democrat comes along, like Hillary Clinton, and says, geez, I wish you wouldn’t do that. Now that’s going to affect Jewish voters.

      What’s going on in the campaign, that’s a gravity-free zone. It has nothing to do with the reality of the Middle East whatsoever. That is people looking for votes and funding. It has nothing to do with the region.

  • Most Jews want to expel Palestinians -- Pew's ugly portrait of Israel
    • amigo,
      Even worse, the NYT headline of the AP article on the survey is, "Poll Shows More Israelis Believe Settlements Help Security"

    • And unsurprisingly, Isabel Kershner doesn't mention Israeli Jews' preference for expelling Arabs until the eighth paragraph in her NYT article on the Pew survey. Differences of opinion on intermarriage are in her first paragraph.

  • 2017 is a crucial year for the Palestine Question
    • The year 2017 is also the year that the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics has recently said that the Palestinians population will equal the Jewish population in size in the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. Afterwards Palestinians will be in the majority. Analogies with Apartheid South Africa will be harder for Zionists to rebut.

  • Israel returns body of Palestinian to his family 65 days after he was killed by soldiers in Jerusalem
    • Press Relations » Daily Press Briefings » 2016 » February » Daily Press Briefing - February 29, 2016

      John Kirby
      Daily Press Briefing
      Washington, DC
      February 29, 2016

      ...MR KIRBY: Nice try, Said.

      QUESTION: Can we change topics?

      MR KIRBY: I don’t know, can we? Are we allowed to?

      QUESTION: Yeah.

      MR KIRBY: All right.

      QUESTION: Thank you.

      QUESTION: Thanks, everybody. I have a quick question. On Friday, the Israeli army killed an American teenager, a 17-year-old, Muhammad Shaalan. They say that he was carrying a knife. But did you – are you discussing with the Israelis, are you conducting your own investigation and so on? Do you have any comment on that?

      MR KIRBY: Hang on a second here. Thought I had it here. I am aware of the incident. And what I can tell you is that we are in contact with Israeli authorities about it. But I don’t have a lot more detail than that right now.

      QUESTION: So you will not just take the Israeli narrative; you will conduct your own investigation as to the circumstances of this shooting?

      MR KIRBY: I didn’t say that. What I – I found it now.

      QUESTION: Oh, okay.

      MR KIRBY: We can confirm that U.S. citizen Mahmoud Muhammad Shaalan was killed in the West Bank. We of course stand ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance. We have requested, as I said, further information from Israeli authorities regarding the circumstances of this incident. And I don’t have anything more to add right now.

      QUESTION: So the Israelis have not responded to you?

      MR KIRBY: I would refer you to the Israelis.

      QUESTION: No. I mean – he’s a U.S. citizen.

      MR KIRBY: What I’ve said is we have requested additional information.

      QUESTION: Right. Okay, so --

      MR KIRBY: I’m not aware of – I’m not aware that we have received any of that additional information.

      QUESTION: Okay. So what would be the next step? I mean, you request, you wait for them to respond, or you will press them to provide you as expeditiously as possible?

      MR KIRBY: We routinely talk to Israeli authorities about these kinds of matters and --

      QUESTION: I mean, I’m talking to you. He’s a – he’s an American boy. He’s a U.S. citizen. Why would I ask the Israelis?

      MR KIRBY: Said, we’ve asked the Israelis for more information, and it’s our expectation that we’ll get that. I don’t have a timeline for you. But we certainly are tracking this and watching it closely. And we will continue to stay in touch with Israeli authorities about it. Okay?

      QUESTION: (Inaudible.) Korea?

  • Trump's refusal to name a 'good guy and a bad guy' in conflict is 'anti-Israel,' says Rubio
    • And the State Department is always the last to know.

      QUESTION: And finally, can you confirm that today an American citizen, a teenager, was killed, Mahmud Mohammed Ali-Shaalan, in Ramallah by the Israeli Army? Could you confirm that?

      MR TONER: I cannot, Said. I’ll take the question.

      QUESTION: Could you find out?

      MR TONER: Yeah.

    • (AFP says Mahmud Shaalan is a Palestinian-US national.)

    • Don't expect any of these Republicans to question Israel's shoot-to-kill subjugation of Palestinians after today's killing of a 17-year-old U.S. citizen by the IDF at a checkpoint near Ramallah. For all of them, including Trump, Israel is the model of behavior.

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron calls Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem 'genuinely shocking'
    • "Are these simply a politician’s empty words, saying what suits an audience?"

      Yes. I wish someone like Dermer would gift him some settlement goods so he could either (1) accept them and demonstrate the emptiness of his words, or (2) refuse them and put himself in violation of his own awful anti-BDS law.

  • Viral video says BDS supporters want to shoot the bible and Dannon yogurt
    • Matthew 26:52 [KJV]: Put up again thy [gun] into his place: for all they that take the [gun] shall perish with the [gun].

  • Haim Saban warned Clinton that Tea Party is 'chickensh--' to the neocon 'Coffee Party'
    • Saban's Univision bought the Onion a few weeks ago, which has now this week published a pro-Hillary piece ["Female Presidential Candidate Who Was United States Senator, Secretary Of State Told To Be More Inspiring"] and an anti-Trump piece ["‘I Can’t Do This Again,’ Shaking, Sweating Donald Trump Says After Nervously Vomiting Before Rally"].

  • NY's Public Theater cancels Palestinian production, 'The Siege,' it agreed to stage in May
  • In yet another effort to revive dream of Jewish sovereignty, 'NYT' cites Thai restaurants in Tel Aviv
    • And today three portraits of John C. Calhoun were taken down from Yale college. Unfortunately, the moral arc of the universe is long.

  • BDS movement faces attack in six state legislatures
  • Adelson-owned newspaper denies Rubio endorsement came from Adelson
    • It will be interesting to see how Univision's purchase of the Onion affects the latter's occasional editorializing on the Israel/Palestine conflict. I have difficulty imagining stories like Israel: Palestinians Given Ample Time To Evacuate To Nearby Bombing Sites or Israel Builds New Settlement To Host Palestinian Peace Talks getting editorial approval from the new owner, Haim Saban.

    • I thought Miriam liked Cruz. Well, she and Sheldon probably have their own beds by now.

  • Video: Sanders's campaign fact-checks Clinton's 'smear' defense with Elizabeth Warren charges
    • Sanders' main point in the debate last night was "the corrupt campaign finance system undermining American democracy". But here is a word count from his statements in the transcript:
      13 Wall Street
      3 Goldman Sachs
      3 banks
      1 Koch Brothers
      1 ExxonMobile
      1 insurance companies
      0 NRA
      0 Israel lobby
      0 AIPAC

    • I believe Israel was much mentioned twice at last night's debate, both unsurprising. In the first instance, Clinton criticized what she said was Sanders' desire to invite Iranian troops into Syria to try to resolve the conflict there saying it would be "putting them right at the doorstep of Israel." A minute later she said of Iran, "They are destabilizing governments in the region. They continue to support Hezbollah and Hamas in Lebanon against Israel. " As an aside, perhaps Bernie should have fact-checked her by noting that Hamas is in Gaza.

  • Generational sea change within the Democratic party will also include policy towards Israel
    • I doubt Sanders will challenge Hillary's support for Netanyahu. He seems to want to say as little as possible about the Israel/Palestine conflict. It's not a priority for him.

      What puzzles me is why Martin O'Malley, who threw in the towel this week, didn't recognize an opportunity to woo the growing number of Israel critics in the party base. He blew his chance. In fact, he was the only one of the three to mention his support for Israel in the debate that focused on foreign policy.

  • Jewish Voice for Peace and Jews Say No! take credit for faux 'NYT' highlighting biased coverage on Israel/Palestine
    • Kudos to the New York chapter JVP and Jews Say No! Their satire of NYT coverage of the conflict is especially sweet because the NYT, as Mondoweiss writers have often noted, is loathe to admit that there are many American Jewish voices in the struggle for Palestinian rights.

  • Parody New York Times 'supplement' criticizing paper's coverage of Israel/Palestine distributed on streets of NYC
  • After 'tepid' welcome at Israeli Embassy, Obama's pro-Israel speech brought down the house
    • Having been first thrilled by his 2008 election but then continuously disappointed by his administration, I would have hoped that Obama would be more concerned for his legacy by now. We supporters of Palestinians know that history is on our side, and Obama will not fare well.

  • Can there be poetry after Netanyahu?
    • It is obvious that the Israeli right is emulating above all Putin’s Russia of the 2010s. Putin, too"

      Thanks, Michael. I couldn't agree more. And I think Trump is trying to emulate both of them. Just look at that scowl on Netanyahu.

      BTW, Human Rights Watch published its annual report this week--sober reading for Putin fans and Netanyahu fans.

  • Jewish organizations look to co-opt 'intersectionality' in the fight against BDS
    • In a talk this week to a Boca Raton audience, Dershowitz explained why "BDS will never win."

      Dershowitz said: "No college in America will ever actually divest from Israel. Jews are first-class citizens in America and we can bring all our resources — especially financial — to bear. Any college that tries to enact BDS will be bankrupted."

      Dershowitz, 77, said that when BDS came to Harvard University a few years back — where he was an esteemed professor at Harvard Law School from 1967 to 2013 — he led the opposition.

      Dershowitz said: "It was our position that the university is not just made up of the current students, but by all those who have gone there and their families. We energized the Jewish alumni to say that if the university divested from Israel, the Jewish alumni would divest from Harvard. That ended that.

      "Using our financial power in this way is how we can fight back. Jews have lived the American dream and we have earned the right to use all our resources."

      So the contest, it appears to me, consists of BDS proponents' appeals to moral justice versus its opponents' great financial power. Daunting, yet all the financial power in the old South didn't prevent that arc from its bend toward justice.

  • Sanders calls for moving 'aggressively as we can to normalize relations with Iran'
  • 'Netanyahu at War' on PBS was dreadful but not without interest
  • New Jersey teenager threatened with legal action by high school over pro-Palestine activism (Update)
    • Coincidentally, a house a couple doors down was pipe-bombed in June 2011. The local CBS affiliate interviewed Bethany and her mother:

      The explosive device damaged the truck in the driveway, leaving a deep dent in the asphalt, and sent shrapnel through the front of another house across the street, shattering a mirror and damaging the roof. No one was hurt. “I had a neighbor call me and tell me a car drove by very quickly and then she heard the boom,” neighbor Deb Koval said. Koval lives a couple of homes down. She said her 11-year-old daughter was so terrified she stayed home from school Monday. “I am really scared. I mean such things don’t happen in this quiet neighborhood,” Bethany Koval said. Another neighbor said he “heard a car with a slightly modified exhaust system” accelerate away from the scene. While investigations are focusing on the targeted house, there was damage to other homes on the street, including a hole in the siding of a house. “Why would someone do that? What’s the point?” Bethany Koval said.

      The incident was later linked to a motorcycle gang retaliating against a former member.

  • The candidates debate the U.S./Israeli relationship
    • I only watched the first half because my blood pressure was rising too high. But I intend to finish watching online at

    • Here's an excerpt where Yadja discusses Jessie Jackson:

      Yeh right ole Jesse your Black A$$ going to be put as a target along with all those Black A$$es thinking they have protection with the Black O and his minions like Holder.....think again Blackie.
      You gonna get it now all of you watch and see, you will die in the gutter when gunned down in your Hoods, your prostitutes will die with you because cops ain't coming to your rescue when your daddy beats your meat and good on ya.
      I say take all the illegals and Muslims and throw them in with you and let you kill each other. Your all uncivilized less than animals.

    • There's a thread on Breitbart where commenter Yadja points to the Frontpagemag article and identifies herself as Captain Edwina Tiger McCall. link to

    • Yes, obviously.

    • Josh Ruebner tweets

      Watch @frontlinepbs tonight 9 EST for #NetanyahuAtWar & follow me for live-tweet commentary

    • amigo, yes. I linked to her Newsmax Disqus posts below--but they are just the tip of the iceberg.

    • Thanks, amigo. I doubt she realizes that MW commenters--even the usual trolls--are a bit brighter than those on newsmax, beforeitsnews, frontpagemag, fixthisnation, jihadwatch, etc.

    • Yadja has an extensive record of making shockingly bigoted, homophobic, racist and Islamophobic remarks on right-wing websites. Reading her Disqus history is not for the feint of heart.

    • Tonight PBS documentary show Frontline will broadcast a two-hour special on Netanyahu and the U.S. From its website:

      Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is one of the most polarizing political leaders on the world stage. His hardline politics on Iran and Israeli-Palestinian affairs have won him both intense support and bitter criticism at home and abroad — all the more so after his dramatic attempt in March to derail President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran in front of the U.S. Congress. With new waves of violence between Israelis and Palestinians unfolding and Israel-U.S. relations already emerging as a 2016 campaign issue, FRONTLINE presents Netanyahu at War -- an epic, two-hour documentary from veteran filmmaker Michael Kirk tracing Netanyahu’s path to power, his combative relationships with multiple U.S. presidents and the implications in America and the Middle East. Netanyahu at War premieres Tues., Jan. 5, 2016 at a special time -- 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. CST -- on PBS and online.

      Trailer: link to

  • Israel charges two Jewish extremist youths in Duma killings
    • "Prosecutors did not name his alleged accomplice, a 17-year-old settler."

      Richard Silverstein says it's U.S. citizen Elisha Odess.

  • Goodbye to all that (my Jewish-WASP shtik)
    • Excellent post as always, Phil. Your holiday writings here are some of your best work. I think I recall you once received a Sodastream as a gift. It reminded me of the time years ago I received an ivory carving as a naively-given present.

      On the converse side of intermarriage, I married into a family of Palestinian immigrants. My father-in-law worried that the memory of Palestinians' suffering would wilt in a single generation of outside marriage. This big, diverse melting pot benefits all in the U.S., but we must keep memories alive.

  • Trump calls out Clinton for her support for Israel's separation wall
    • >>Whatever ills Trump has, and I agree he has many, it can hardly be worse than what a President Hillay Clinton would be.<<

      Very true. But unless the race is close and you live in a swing state, I suggest simply voting your conscience, even if leads to a third party candidate. You will sleep better.

    • Indeed. In U.S. public discourse, Israel's transgressions against western norms and universal human rights are typically not highlighted to shame Israel but rather to justify policy proposals that would push the U.S. further into the right-wing abyss.

  • Krugman's economy: I will spend none of my immense journalistic capital criticizing Israel or its lobby
  • Roger Waters points out that Palestinian children can't visit the sea
    • Israelis can visit the Jordan River whenever they damn please. But Palestinians can't just visit the Mediterranean Sea or the Sea of Galilee without help. Can you imagine what it is like for a West Bank Palestinian Christian to visit the Mount of Beatitudes and Capernaum for the first time? I don't have to.

  • Roger Cohen and Jeremy Ben-Ami go on the road for the two-state solution
    • Yonah, As I have said here before I support neither 1S1P1V nor 2SS. That's for the occupied Palestinians alone to decide. I am merely commenting on my personal perception of what is possible.

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