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Thanks to Netanyahu, Israel support turns into a political football

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Robert Kagan, from the Hertog Program

Israel is politicized in the U.S.! Bill Kristol’s neocon group runs an ad painting Obama as a madman and Netanyahu as a statesman, while the New York Times runs a cartoon saying that Netanyahu wants to build a settlement on Pennsylvania Avenue

AIPAC and Bill Kristol turn up the pressure

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Bill Kristol, at Rightweb

Bill Kristol of the Emergency Committee for Israel urges AIPAC attendees to boycott speeches from the Obama administration officials as AIPAC urges congressmen to attend Netanyahu’s speech next week

Right-wing bomb thrower David Horowitz behind anti-SJP posters

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Right-wing activist David Horowitz. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

Right-wing activist David Horowitz is the man behind the posters on college campuses that called Students for Justice in Palestine anti-Semitic and akin to Hamas. The posters are the first salvo in a Horowitz-run campaign against Palestine solidarity activism on campus. The campaign, called “Jew Hatred on Campus Awareness Week,” represents the latest pro-Israel tactic to try to squelch Palestine solidarity activism. But it is perhaps the most extreme campaign, suggesting things like staging mock hangings on campus to highlight Israel’s “stellar record on human rights.”

Kerry says Netanyahu was wrong the last time he pushed war for the U.S.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  listens as US Secretary of State John Kerry makes a statement to the press before a meeting at the Prime Minister's Office on January 2, 2014 in Jerusalem. (Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Secretary of State John Kerry took the US-ISrael disagreement to a new level yesterday, saying that Netanyahu had pushed the disastrous Iraq war. “A very tough shot” at the war party, Chris Matthews said, while the New York Times, covering for neocons, dismissed the line as a needling.

Inflammatory posters at UCLA call Students for Justice in Palestine ‘Jew haters’ (Updated)

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Posters calling Palestine solidarity activists anti-Semitic were posted on the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus yesterday at multiple locations. The image on the posters is striking. It is a copy of a widely circulated image of Hamas members holding a person they suspected of collaborating with the Israeli army during the last assault on the Gaza Strip. The words “Students for Justice in Palestine” are at the top of the image, while the word “#Jewhaters” is at the bottom of the posters. “These posters are a clear example of hate speech directed against Students for Justice in Palestine, as well as supporters of Palestinian freedom and equality,” the UCLA SJP chapter said in a statement. “They rely on Islamophobic and anti-Arab tropes to paint Palestinians as terrorists and to misrepresent Students for Justice in Palestine as anti-Semitic.”

Netanyahu claims to know ‘details’ of Iran deal — and State Dep’t mocks him

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NIAC ad in NYT

Benjamin Netanyahu claims to know the “details” of the proposed deal between the P5+1 and Iran. State Department’s Jen Psaki mocks his claim: “it sounds like he knows more than the negotiators.” Meanwhile, the National Iranian American Council has run a full-page ad in the New York Times challenging Benjamin Netanyahu’s claims to speak in the interests of Americans. “Who is our commander in chief?” Obama or Netanyahu? And the ad pillories Netanyahu for selling the Iraq war 13 years ago.

Hate in the aftermath of Chapel Hill

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The three victims of the Chapel Hill shooting. From the left is Deah Barakat; Yusor Abu-Salha; and Razan Mohammed Abu-Salha. (Photo via Facebook)

Imraan Saddiqi offers a shocking survey of Islamophobic attacks in the US in the week since the murder of three young students in Chapel Hill, NC. He writes: The past week has shown a sharp increase in Islamophobia, which has put many communities on edge. Rather than helping squash this rhetoric, many elected officials and media outlets are using Islamophobia as a tool – which in turn is resulting in weeks like these.

NY City Council trip to Israel leaves out occupied Palestine

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Melissa Mark-Viverito, NY City Council speaker, tweeted about a "great convo" with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat explained to the visiting NY City Council delegation why it was necessary for Jerusalem to be Jewish, but a report on three days of travel indicates that the council members left out any tour of the occupation of Palestinian territories.

Leaked e-mails show that Israeli consulate, StandWithUs tried to thwart Northwestern divestment (Updated)

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Northwestern students  pose for pictures with a sign explaining their support for Israel at a solidarity picnic in September 2014 (Photo: Sean Su/Daily Senior Staffer)

The Israeli consulate and other pro-Israel groups teamed up to try to thwart a divestment campaign at Northwestern University, according to e-mails obtained by Mondoweiss. Their efforts ultimately failed, as Northwestern’s student senate voted to recommend divestment from corporations linked to the Israeli army. The e-mails provide insight into the inner workings of how pro-Israel groups, many of them from outside campus, are banding together to fight divestment resolutions on campus.

White House suggests Israel is lying about Iran talks– as Obama officials shun Netanyahu

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Josh Earnest, Getty images

The divide between the U.S. and Israel just gets wider and wider. The White House and the State Department yesterday said openly that the Obama administration is restricting the information it gives to Israel about the Iran talks because Israel is misrepresenting the talks in its efforts to derail them. There is “no question that some of the things that the Israelis have said in characterizing our negotiating position have not been accurate,” the White House press secretary says.

James Baker to speak at J Street conference

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James Baker

James Baker was purged from the Republican Party as an “Arabist,” neocon Bill Kristol once bragged. Well he’s speaking at the J Street conference next month, a sign that the lobby is splitting

Warriors for ‘the ultimate truth’ gather in New York

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Trump at the Algemeiner gala, photo by Sarah Rogers

Algemeiner is not exactly a household name, but it has managed to carve out a niche for itself publishing online articles filled with a particularly rabid brand of hasbara. Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein and the late Joan Rivers were given “warriors for truth” awards at its recent gala in New York