Marco Rubio’s biggest backer Norman Braman went to Israel with him days after his election to Senate in 2010, while Lindsey Graham joked he might have an “all-Jewish cabinet” because he is so dependent on pro-Israel money
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UC Berkeley Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and allies have faced a stream of malicious attacks from a variety of pro-Israel forces. Most of these have gone unrecognized by the administration, and the student newspaper The Daily Californian has, in the view of SJP students, only helped to stifle their voices.
When Batya Kahana-Dror tells a NY Jewish audience that she wants “maximal territory with minimal Arab citizens” inside Israeli borders, no one criticizes her. But when a woman in the audience calls on ending US aid to Israel, Rabbi Ayelet Cohen says that she’s being disrespectful.
Haim Saban hints that Hillary Clinton is against the Iran deal, a strategic move to make sure Republicans don’t get the pro-Israel money that they seem to think is in play
You’d think that the legal threat against Guilford College Hillel for hosting civil rights veterans in North Carolina came from some old white desegregationists. Nope– it was threatened by Hillel International, the Jewish organization based in Washington, D.C., because the veterans were speaking out Thursday night for Palestinian human rights.
Having reported so sympathetically on Chagos Islanders’ right of return, doesn’t NPR have an obligation to report on Palestinians, expelled from their homeland 67 years ago?
Imagine stepping out of your house of worship and seeing a group of screaming, belligerent hecklers ripping apart your holy book – spitting on and stomping on the pages. Imagine being shouted down, and told your faith is a lie by a group of people flashing gaudy, hate-filled signs and matching tee-shirts. This has become the reality for worshippers at the Islamic Community Center of Tempe.
The “Love Letter Project”, a collection of published letters from American Jews expressing non or anti-Zionist beliefs to loved ones, was designed by NYU graduate student Tammy Kremer to serve as a model for American Jews on how to communicate difficult political ideas to family and the broader Jewish community.
On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Gaza remains unreconstructed. Settlements continue to expand. The Israeli populace moves farther and farther to the right. The churches continue to write documents against the occupation that mean little. Jews who enabled the occupation for decades and now come out against it are honored.
The NYT devotes three paragraphs to a Netanyahu aide saying the PM played a “decisive” role in Congressional efforts to stop the Iran deal. Really! How much are our congresspeople motivated by pro-Israel financial contributions? The press needs to explore
Center for American Progress has links to Hillary Clinton and Democratic Party. Is that why it’s having an event on “Palestinian issues” that doesn’t include a single Palestinian?
The American public is overwhelmingly behind the Iran deal. So who is against it and demanding that Congress has oversight? Only the rightwing Israel lobby. Though yesterday Obama got the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to reject “two of Netanyahu’s demands”
Celebrity sites TMZ and Perez Hilton describe the occupied old city of Jerusalem as Israel in covering the baptism of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s daughter North there. They’re almost as bad as the Democratic Party.
The Israeli opposition, the supposed liberals, are demanding that the U.S. incorporate Israel’s ability to carry out a military strike on Iran into the final deal. Livni and Herzog demand the same access to US power as Netanyahu.
Administration after administration, legislator after legislator has gone in a way that “contradicts U.S. interest… international law, human rights, moral values, you name it,” Gideon Levy says. And is all that because of the “corrupting friendship” of the Israel lobby?
At a time when the New York Times is openly reporting on pro-Israel money in the political process, Ed Schultz has questioned his loyalty to Netanyahu on MSNBC, Chuck Schumer would be risking political peril if he undermines Obama on the historic Iran deal.
Israeli massacres foster anti-semitic violence in Europe, Norman Finkelstein says. And when Netanyahu claims to represent all Jews, and “Muslim youths take him at his word, and they exact revenge on those whom he claims to represent, it might not be right, but it’s not surprising either.”
Why is the liberal press not embracing Rand Paul’s antiwar position? Because the elites have nothing to lose from another war in the Middle East, and even Dems have big political contributions to gain.
The White House has poked fun of Netahyahu’s infamous UN bomb cartoon by co-oping it for a tweet promoting the P5+1 Iran deal.
A storm erupted on Rand Paul’s announcement day for the presidential nomination when Chris Matthews decried the neocon opposition to Paul, “piggish money” that is against him because he’s against another Middle East war.
Jewish orgs need to be liberated from the power of conservative donors’ money over their political positions. Eric Fingerhut of Hillel boycotted J Street because “millions of dollars” were on the line, an anonymous Hillel director says.
In an interview with Tom Friedman of the New York Times, President Obama shows that he has won on foreign policy, speaking warmly of Iran and repeatedly referring to differences with Netanyahu in a kind of goodbye to the Israel lobby
The US and Israel share a common outlook, calling for continuous military interventionism outside each country’s borders with increased exercise of authority by the military and other security services within their borders. This is no accident. It can be traced back to joint right-wing extremist efforts in both countries with American neoconservatives playing key roles.
The New York Times has finally done it: an honest piece about the Israel lobby’s financial influence over Congress, the Republican side of the aisle, anyway. Netanyahu’s influence among Republicans reflects the power of “a small group of wealthy donors.”