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The House of Representatives passed the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act by a 410-1 vote today. The legislation, a major priority for the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), designates Israel as a “major strategic partner”–a first for any U.S. ally. AIPAC members lobbied Congress to approve the bill on Tuesday, in addition to asking elected officials to sign letters stressing that Congress should be informed of the nuclear negotiations with Iran. Only Thomas Massie of Kentucky voted against the bill.
The Anti-Defamation League’s latest dance with Islamophobia emerged in Arizona in the midst of a debate on a bill enshrining the rights of business owners to deny service to gays and lesbians. The ADL used specter of Muslims using the legislation to discriminate against non-Muslims to help kill the legislation.
Benjamin Netanyahu couldn’t stop talking about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement at AIPAC today. He has elevated the boycott movement to a new level of importance, and compelled US media to discuss its goals and methods, which he sought to characterize as anti-Semitic.
Last week the Israeli military presented the online campaign “IDF Diversity Week” as a counter to the Israel Apartheid Week events taking place worldwide. Katie Miranda proposes some examples for the military’s campaign, and highlights how despite their diverse backgrounds Israel’s soldiers seem united in one goal.
The killing of three Palestinian men in Qalandia refugee camp last August is a central case in the Amnesty International report on Israeli soldiers killing dozens of Palestinian protesters in the last three years. Amnesty has called for governments to suspend military aid to Israel because of the pattern. Allison Deger investigated that violent night in the occupation. Here is her assessment of Israeli actions.
It seems the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is starting to lose its iron-clad grip on our policymakers, but it’s certainly not time to sound the death knell. AIPAC still has a lot of muscle and will keep trying to flex it. Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin runs down what we have to look forward to coming out of the 2014 AIPAC policy conference.
Israel has killed dozens of Palestinian civilians at peaceful demonstrations against occupation in the last three years and done so with impunity, says Amnesty International. The USA, the EU, and other should suspend all transfers of munitions, weapons and other equipment to Israel. “Too much civilian blood has been spilled. This long-standing pattern of abuse must be broken.”
So Ali Abunimah is a “smooth” radical, Noura Erakat is “attractive” and inflammatory, and Breaking the Silence is “fringe.” The right-wing pro-Israel group StandWithUs has compiled dossiers on activist groups and speakers who work for Palestinian human rights. Alex Kane has obtained access to the files, which were made possible with funding from the Newton D. and Rochelle Becker Foundation
Dr. Rev. Jeffrey DeYoe just spent two weeks in Israel/Palestine, representing American Presbyterians, with an international team that planted olive trees for Palestinian farmers who would otherwise be unable to work their fields. This happened to be the two weeks in which the flap over the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Israel Palestine Mission Network’s new publication, Zionism Unsettled, was happening among those who oppose true Palestinian rights and justice.
Three acts of censorship in NY Jewish spaces demonstrate: The Jewish community is rebranding Jewish culture, from a brave civilization that gave us the greatest minds of the last 100 years, Einstein, Marx and Freud, as my mother used to brag to me, to a community that’s scared of Israel’s shadow. And p.s., it’s a long shadow.
What is a Jewish dog? Allison Deger visits a pet cemetery (above) and ranch run by an Israeli couple that enjoys water, electricity and waste removal as a result of government plans to make life attractive for Israeli Jews in the Negev desert. Yet about two kilometers away is an unrecognized Bedouin encampment with 24 residents from the Abu Alkin clan who are not allowed to access municipal services, and are forced to live off the grid. “Martin Luther King, 2014: My dream is to be a dead Jewish dog. For then I will have equal rights,” quips Khalil Alamour of the legal rights group Adalah.
Do these teens remind you of the dizzy teens awaiting the Beatles? Change the scene: Days before John Kerry will arrive in the Middle East for more negotiations, thousands of Israelis marched in the occupied Jerusalem hills to claim land that would be essential to a two-state solution
Two members of the House of Representatives from Illinois have introduced a bill against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. With the Orwellian name of the “Protect Academic Freedom Act,” it seeks to bar federal funds from going to academic institutions that back the BDS movement. “Congress has a responsibility to fight back against these hateful campaigns, which contradict academic freedom and are designed to delegitimize the Jewish State of Israel,” said GOP Representative Peter Roskman, who introduced the bill along with his Democratic colleague, Rep. Dan Lipinski. A chorus of voices have slammed the legislation as unconstitutional.
StandWithUs, the right-wing pro-Israel group, is gearing up to combat the annual “Israel Apartheid Week” on college campuses. A document Mondoweiss obtained reveals details of the strategy StandWithUs, which works closely with the Israeli government, plans to employ at university campuses. The document offers grants of $200 to pro-Israel groups and suggests holding events like a “Hummus Not Hamas” party.
You don’t think Israel is scared about the boycott movement? It landed on John Kerry for even mentioning the word, and now SodaStream stock fell 3 percent, over fears of boycott, per Bloomberg’s analyst
In recent days both NY Times columnist Thomas Friedman and Special Envoy Martin Indyk have leaked elements of what is expected to be John Kerry’s “framework” proposal to Israeli and Palestinian leadership. The framework appears vague and Indyk has said the sides don’t have to agree to it in full. For these reasons the value of the Kerry plan would seem only to sustain the talks, not move them forward toward a final resolution. The peace process continues….
Today, Scarlett Johansson’s commercial for SodaSteam will debut during the Super Bowl. Katie Miranda presents a more truthful version of the settlement-based fizzy water maker that should appear in primetime.
Since May 2013, there has been intense debate about the Palestine Economic Initiative, John Kerry’s economic plan for the occupied Palestinian territories which aims to develop the economy of the occupied territories over the next three years as a prerequisite for a political settlement to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Alaa Tartir unpacks what we know of the plan and warns that the focus on economic development takes attention away from confronting the occupation. Tartir says Palestinians need to change not merely the rules of the game, but the game itself.
The Palestinians of Gaza fear another Israeli military offensive is imminent. Israel is flexing its military muscle and Egypt has joined the band, beating the drums of war.
Lost in Occupation: Scarlett Johansson ends relationship with Oxfam to stick with SodaStream (Updated)
Late Wednesday the Associated Press broke the news that Scarlett Johansson is ending her relationship with Oxfam and staying on as a “global brand ambassador” with SodaStream. A statement released by a Johansson spokesperson cited “a fundamental difference of opinion in regards to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement” between the actress and the international humanitarian organization.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee voted unanimously for a bill that designates Israel as a “major strategic partner” and waives visa requirements for Israelis who visit the U.S. While the House version of the legislation does not include much criticized exemptions for Israel’s participation in the visa waiver program, activists for Palestinian rights see other pro-Israel provisions of the bill as deeply problematic.
The New York Senate has passed a bill by a vote of 56-4 that prohibits colleges and universities from spending taxpayer funds on academic groups that support boycotting Israel. Introduced by Democratic Senator Jeff Klein, above, the bill’s passage marks the first time a legislative body has successfully passed a bill to target the ASA over its decision in December to boycott Israeli academic institutions. A companion bill is currently being considered in the Assembly. If it passes there–48 lawmakers are co-sponsors of it–it will be up to Governor Andrew Cuomo to either sign the bill or veto it.
A week ago the world rejoiced when food trucks finally arrived to Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria to alleviate mass starvation, but since then the siege is back. Even after the food arrived, it did little to curtail starvation throughout the camp of 40,000. The death toll now has exceeded 63,
Scarlett Johansson has finally issued a statement in response to criticisms over her new role as “global ambassador” for the Israeli settlement–produced SodaStream. Yet her statement, at 259 words, does not directly address any of the criticisms against her. The question now is whether Oxfam can stay true to its principles enough to compel Johansson to break her ties with SodaStream — or else break its ties with Johansson.
The gloom today about the prospects for genuine democracy in Egypt may be premature, explains a distinguished scholar. Yes, the latest news from Egypt continues to depress. Three years after masses of brave demonstrators filled Tahrir Square, the new military government continues to arrest thousands of innocent people — with the apparent support of a majority of Egyptians. The security forces have libeled the Muslim Brotherhood as “terrorist,” despite no evidence, outlawed the organization and killed at least hundreds of its members. But doomsayers should look at European history.