Jodi Rudoren is leaving Jerusalem well short of four years as New York Times bureau chief.
Category Archives: US Politics
The media are silent about the real basis for Donald Trump’s lie that Muslims celebrated the 9/11 attacks in N.J.: the arrest of five Israelis who observed the attacks and may well have been spies
‘Foreign Policy’ decries the influence of ‘Israel lobby’ donors over Hillel, which has become an ardently Zionist organization, thereby not serving Jewish students. Another breakthrough in the MSM
Henry Siegman has an important piece up at the Nation in which he explains the recent Palestinian violence as a natural political response to unending occupation and describes the Palestinians as fighting for “freedom”
There was a big shebang in Boston yesterday over the Palestine Advocacy Project’s massively popular “ONE WORD” ad campaign at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Fiscal and Management Control Board public meeting. The MBTA management board (locally known as “the T”) heard public testimony before a vote on Monday afternoon the T decided to ban political issue advertising on the transit system. The ads are coming down.
Katie Miranda imagines a not-too-distant future where Muslims are forced to demonstrate their allegiance to the United States.
In New York, rightwing Israeli settler Aryeh King lays out his biblical “Hagar” plan to send Palestinians to Jordan and says Europe’s war on Muslims will dry up the boycott movement
All-expenses-paid junkets to Israel organized for elected officials and community leaders by a lobbying group, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, have generally attracted little public comment. But that is changing. Boston Alliance for Water Justice is pressuring ten state senators who are due to travel to Israel early December and asking them to reconsider their participation in a delegation designed to present Israel in a positive light and mute international condemnation of its treatment of Palestinians.
American political class is “traumatized” by Iraq, says a neoconservative who pushed that war, Robert Kagan, in urging the Obama administration to put 50,000 troops into Syria and regime-change Assad
So long as the Jewish community defines itself as pro-Israel, it will include virulent pro-Israel forces like Pamela Geller who spreads toxic Islamophobia and neoconservatives whose answer to every problem is war
The New York Times policy of counting Jewish victims as having greater weight than Palestinian ones is a lot like southern attitudes in the 1840s chronicled by Mark Twain
Last week inflammatory posters linking Students for Justice in Palestine and the Muslim Students Association to terrorism and anti-Semitism appeared on several college campuses in California and in Washington, DC. Another poster smeared the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian rights as anti-Semitic. Right-wing activist David Horowitz, and his Los Angeles-based Freedom Center, took credit for the posters.
Maybe the next NYT bureau chief in Jerusalem should leave the house taken from Palestinians without compensation and live in East Jerusalem? Peter Baker, White House correspondent, is said to be the top candidate for the job.
Sarah Aziza was staying overnight with the family of her college friend Nuna when she first heard the news of the Paris attacks. Aziza writes, “And then, just as the pace of the death toll began to relent, journalists began reporting a new detail—and the secret fears of Nuna and Miriam leapt to life. “A witness reports hearing “Allahu Akbar” shouted as the terrorists opened fire.” Nuna’s eyes were wet again, dark and glistening against her flushing face. Miriam’s head moved slowly from side to side. “Here we go again.” Under their breath, both Nuna and Miriam began to pray, reflexive, weary prayers.”
A new program in Israeli law at Harvard Law School, the Israeli defense ministry’s apparent marketing of arms to the Pennsylvania state police, and a House of Representatives exhibit on Jews’ 3500-year connection to the land of Israel are examples of Israel gaining institutional support in the U.S.
Why aren’t more US public figures echoing Michel Martin’s obvious point on NPR that Middle East victims of recent terror attacks matter as much as Parisian ones. Unequal valuation of people’s lives on a racial basis is at the heart of our foreign policy problem
After 9/11, the neocons sought to conflate US and Israeli interests in a global war on terror. They have started up the same talking point again, as Chuck Schumer says– mindlessly– the terror in Paris could have been stopped if world had stood by Israel.
Settler Colonialism in Palestine is at its core transnational. It has always required institutional alliances on the military and economic fronts. Today, the US presence in Israel’s military and settler fronts, and its active financial and material support of both, is an unprecedented milestone reached by the Zionist movement. And because of this support, the US is directly implicated in the ongoing colonization of Palestine.
A rabbinical court in Jerusalem allows a woman who had intercourse with a non-Jew to marry non-Jews. The power of these religious courts over private life would be unimaginable in the U.S.
ThinkProgress irresponsibly blames the settlements on the religious right, thereby exonerating the Democratic Party, which has been a strong and vocal a supporter of the settlements going back to Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton and Benjamin Netanyahu share taste: they both wear fancy Panerai watches
A chorus of NYT readers say they used to support Israel but policies of endless colonization and discrimination have turned them against Israeli policies. Readers comments signal a sea change in US opinion.
Neocon David Makovsky wants Israel to annex portions of the West Bank to save itself from becoming a binational state. And Jane Eisner, a liberal Zionist, endorses the plan. That’s because they’re both Zionists committed to the need for a Jewish state
Bruce Kovner of American Enterprise Institute says that only multi-ethnic coalitions are stable. Right, that’s why Israel is unstable. But Kovner can’t tell his friend Netanyahu that.
Parody remix of Center for American Progress conversation between Netanyahu and CAP president Neera Tanden shows Tanden giggling for 70 seconds– even as CAP article explodes Netanyahu falsehoods