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Lee Mortimer

Board member of Coalition for Peace with Justice, Durham, NC

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  • Democratic leaders grow fearful that Israel will divide the party
    • It may be the Democratic Party will lose some Jewish supporters over the Israel-Palestine issue. That's what happened in 1948 when some Southern Democrats bolted after Harry Truman put the Democratic Party on record in favor of civil rights. The trend continued, but who would have wanted Strom Thurmond and his ilk to stay in the party.

  • 'Let's talk about art'-- NPR promotes Israeli claims about Gaza massacre and leaves out medic's killing
    • I was taken aback by this Scott Simon interview but recall over 30 years ago, an interview he did with Ariel Sharon. It was before Sharon became prime minister, and even the Israeli government had given him a wrist slap for his complicity in the Sabra and Shatila massacres in Lebanon. I recall Simon didn't even bring that up in the interview. I wrote him a letter criticizing the fact that he'd given Sharon a pass. Simon subsequently read two responses to his interview. One praised the interview and the other complained he was too hard on Sharon.

  • Laith Abu Naim, 16, fourth Palestinian minor shot dead by Israeli forces so far in 2018
  • In full page NYT ad, liberal Zionist group calls for ethnic segregation to retain Jewish majority within Israel
    • Very good analysis of the basic issues. Just a couple factual points. George Wallace was not the "Dixiecrat" candidate for president in 1968. He ran on the ticket of the American Independent Party, which may still exist in California. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina was the Dixiecrat candidate for president in 1948, after breaking with the Democrats for their first tentative embracing of civil rights. Thurmond became a Republican in 1964.

  • Democratic Party consultant asked about Palestinian rights: 'Not my problem'
    • I'm confident Clinton can beat Trump, but I hope it will be by the smallest margin possible. I want it made clear just how much she needs to do to gain the confidence of a citizenry that would have judged her only marginally preferable to the most unqualified and ill-suited opponent ever to run for president. To advance that possibility, I will be supporting Jill Stein, who has met the requirements to be a certified write-in candidate in my state of North Carolina.

      One other possibility I saw on Facebook today. It proposed an online "vote swap" plan, as initiated very late in the 2000 campaign between supporters of Ralph Nader and Al Gore. As in the Nader-Gore scenario, websites would "pair" Stein supporters in battleground states with Clinton supporters in blue states. A Stein supporter, in say Ohio or Colorado, would pledge to vote for Clinton, while the counterpart Clinton supporter, in say Illinois or California, would agree to vote for Stein.

      The strategy would avoid Stein tipping the balance from Clinton to Trump in swing states, while allowing Stein's vote to build up in states where Clinton already has an unchallenged lead over Trump. In red states where Clinton expects to lose, supporters could cast their vote for Stein with no fear of aiding Trump. The other likely result would be to lower Clinton's overall popular vote margin while having no effect on the electoral college outcome.

  • 'NY Times' offers Israeli lessons about dealing with 'enemies' to France
    • The concluding statement from your recent interview with Ben Ehrenreich probably says it all: "Short of the IDF actually annihilating everyone, it doesn’t work. That is the overwhelming lesson that the Israeli authorities never learn, that this kind of brutality does not actually result in victories, but only more and more violence."

  • When the Knesset comes to town
    • The MKs' comportment in Chapel Hill seemed consistent with what I've observed or heard from others who've differed with Israelis visiting in the U.S. They act as though they're in their country and we're the foreigners. Sending disrespectful representatives to harangue and abuse local audiences will do nothing to improve Israel's reputation.

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