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  • The Iran Deal is an African American achievement
    • A very good synthesis of observations. Your main point seems obvious now that it has been articulated.

      Another factor, often stated here, that links the groups, or causes, is the militarism of the police. It is an argument that can be made by simply looking at pictures.

  • Does Schumer have any idea how angry his constituents will be if he torpedoes his president on Iran?
    • Another great synthesis of opinions out there at various sites. I plan to mention it in a note to our senator, Martin Heinrich. I think he has already decided to align himself with his country and president, but I'll mention your post anyway.

  • 'The Hill' is to the left of the 'New York Review of Books'
    • Despite Phil's concerns about the Sharon article, I think it is a very interesting and coherent account of the attack on Gaza. I wonder if the author limited his scope to be more effective in making the US supporters of Israel revise their reasoning about Israel and its relation with the Palestinians. Whatever the cause of the limitations, I think the article is worth reading.

  • Is the firing of Steven Salaita the beginning of a new Blacklist?
    • I signed the petition. Here is what I wrote.

      The unwarranted firing of Prof. Salaita makes me ashamed to admit that I have a Physics PhD from the University of Illinois. In the future, unless this action is reversed, I will avoid an acknowledgement of any past association with this university, which seems very distant and small to me now. This is the first time that an action by this university has made me feel this way.

  • Christie slams Obama for creating daylight between US and Israel
    • Today Steve Inskeep also did an interview with Palestinian author-teacher Adania Shibli about her perspective (link to npr.org). The title is "Palestinian Authority Bears Brunt Of West Bank Outrage." She is able to give the essence of the Palestinian perspective. I think that NPR is finally starting to do real reporting.

      Jodi Rudoren at the NY Times had an article yesterday that I thought was another good attempt to tell the Palestinian story although the focus was on a rail line (link to nytimes.com).

      In contrast, PM Netanyahu was on Fox News yesterday defending Israel in an awkward way. He got his air time, but it seemed that Brit Hume sat back and let him ramble. It was as if we were listening to someone peddling an eight track player.

  • Conflicted coverage shows: 'NYT' is now disputed territory
    • Fred Mackey did a follow-up article about the killings of two Palestinian teenagers a few weeks ago (link to nytimes.com). He reports a Human Rights Watch interrogation of the owner of the business whose security cameras recorded the shootings. The man stated that he was threatened by the IDF and his security cameras were confiscated. An IDF spokesperson said that he was unaware of any claims by this man.

    • Yesterday Jodi Rudoren was the sole author of an article about the shooting of a Palestinian teenager during the search for the missing Israeli teenagers. The mother of the boy was interviewed in her home in Dura. This portion of the article was the heart of it. Thus at first I concluded that Ms. Rudoren has become more of a reporter in the sense of looking at both sides of an issue. However, at the end of the article I saw the credit to Said Ghazali for reporting from Dura. Now my opinion of Ms. Rudoren as a reporter has sunk back to its original level.

  • Kerry's cowardly apology on 'apartheid' is giant blunder for Israel's propagandists
    • I think the word "cowardly" in the title is much too strong. Perhaps a variety of negative words could be used to describe something done by Sec. Kerry, a politician who may have drifted far from his youthful ideals, but I think "cowardly" is never an appropriate word to describe him or something he thinks or does.

      I think Sec. Kerry has been routinely using the word "apartheid" to describe the possible situation or perhaps even the present situation. When he saw the over-reaction, which he probably wanted and expected, he made the apology. Making such apologies is part of his job as a diplomat. However, his statement is not much of an apology, and it restates his main points.

      I agree with the essence of the article: The focus on the word "apartheid" is a giant blunder.

  • Judis's scholarly book on Truman's decision gets the Jeffrey Goldberg treatment
  • Israeli government implosion over peace process opens door to international isolation
    • I certainly agree with the bottom line. The post by Annie Robbins about the tempest in a teapot at the Knesset illustrates this fact.

  • Thomas Friedman occupies BDS
    • I'm aware of many concerns about the columns by Thomas Friedman. I think he's paid to express an opinion or fresh look at many issues. Sometimes he's interesting and provocative. Other times he stimulates derisive responses. In this article, I thought he had a success with the highlighted paragraph in that he made me think about the role of the EU. The response by Dr. Kanaaneh had a similar effect. And his response was stimulated by the Friedman column. As they say, it's all good.

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