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‘Patronizing Israeli crap’ — more American Jewish responses to Oren

Philip Weiss on
Leon Wieseltier

Michael Oren sought to shore up American Jewish support for Israel, but by insulting Obama, Jewish secularism and the tikkun olam tradition, the former ambassador has angered Jeffrey Goldberg, Ron Kampeas and Leon Wieseltier and hastened the divorce between the two communities

In rebuke to Israel, State Dep’t says it has no objection to BDS aimed at occupation

Philip Weiss on
John Kirby, spokesperson for the State Department

More evidence that the US is reassessing the relationship to Israel. The State Dep’t rejects an Israel-led piece of legislation in the US to punish European companies or governments that apply BDS in the occupied territories. The State Dep’t said that it does not oppose boycott of Israeli settlement activity and occupation

Guess who sent me this letter

Philip Weiss on
Letter Phil Weiss got June 25

“Your map of Israel is enclosed,” the New Israel Fund writes in a fundraising letter to American Jews. This gut-Zionist appeal by a progressive group shows the limits of action by liberal Zionist groups to address the roots of the conflict.

Leading NY writer likens Edward Said to monster in a horror movie

Philip Weiss on
Edward Said

Jonathan Rosen, novelist and editorial director of a leading line of Jewish books, describes Edward Said’s Orientalism, an iconic book for Arab-Americans, as a “monster” in academic and public life. Zionism is making American Jewish organizations very conservative indeed.

Mourning hate crimes from South Carolina to the Sea of Galilee

Nadya Raja Tannous on
A priest inspects the damage at a room located on the complex of the Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha, on the shores on the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel, on June 18, 2015, in the aftermath of a suspected arson attack (AFP Photo / Menahem Kahana)

Nadya Raja Tannous writes about the destruction of the Church of the Multiplication on the shores of the Sea of Galilee by Israeli settlers and the massacre of 9 people by a white supremacist in a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

In letter to John Kerry, 19 reps stand up for Palestinian children behind bars

Kate Gould on
Rep. Betty McCollum (Photo: Aaron Lavinsky, Dml - Star Tribune)

In arguably the strongest signal Congress has ever sent in support for Palestinian human rights, 19 members of Congress sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urging the Department of State to make the human rights of Palestinian children a priority in the U.S. bilateral relationship with Israel. Rep. Betty McCollum makes it clear that this letter is intended to result in decisive action. In the Congresswoman’s own words: “Israel’s military detention of Palestinian children is an indefensible abuse of human rights. I hope this letter results in State Department pressure on the Government of Israel to end this systemic abuse immediately. Palestinian children should be treated exactly the same as Israeli or American children, without the fear that one day soldiers will arrest them, beat them, and lock them away in prison.”

Cycles of violence only begin when Palestinians kill Israelis

Donald on
New York Times headquarters.

In reporting a Palestinian killing an Israeli on the West Bank, the NYT says it is reminiscent of last year’s teen killings, leaving out the fact that last year’s violence began with killings of Palestinian teens at Nakba Day demo

Charleston: Do Black and Palestinian lives matter?

Marc H. Ellis on
Nine victims of the Charleston church shooting. Top row: Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton Middle row: Daniel Simmons, Rev. Depayne Middleton Doctor, Tywanza Sanders Bottom row: Myra Thompson, Ethel Lee Lance, Susie Jackson Via Facebook and Getty Images

Do Black lives matter in America? After the murders in Charleston, the historic debate about race in American history rages on a new level. Do Black lives matter to Jews? Another longstanding debate stretching from the Civil Rights era to the present. Yet of late a new and dangerous element is being reintroduced into the discussion by BlackLivesMatter and Jews of Conscience that threatens to resolve the issue in a definitive and negative way. The issue revolves around Jews and Palestinians: If Palestinian lives don’t matter to Jews, how can Black lives matter to Jews?