Two weeks after a Yale chaplain lost his job for saying that Gaza has fostered anti-Semitism in Europe, Ken Roth of Human Rights Watch refers to “anti-Semitism that flared in Europe in response to Israel’s conduct in Gaza war,” and is slapped by Jeffrey Goldberg for doing so. But Israel itself has promoted the confusion of Zionism with Judaism.
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The special relationship is suddenly problematic. James Bamford says that the US had no right to give surveillance info to a country that is “hostile” to Palestinian-Americans. And Chris Matthews says neocons pushed the Iraq war to make Arab nations into “friendly neighbors of Israel.”
Talib Kweli and M1 (of Dead Prez), with the help of beatmakers Beatnick & K-Salaam, have issued a single, “Checkpoints: Ghetto To Gaza” about the connections between the oppression of African-Americans in the US and that of Palestinians. M1 sings: A checkpoint, a checkpoint, everywhere a checkpoint On a Palestinian shopowner: Little did they know that I
“It sounds to me like you’d prefer Palestinians not to exist,” I said between sessions at the Jewish retreat center. “I wouldn’t go as far as genocide,” he said. “Almost, but not quite.” And he smiled.The ideological merger between Judaism and Zionism has given rise to an American form of idolatry that one rejects at one’s own peril. A vicious hasbara indoctrination had overtaken these people’s minds and shuttered their ability to think
Rabbi Danielle Leshaw, the director of Ohio University’s Hillel, felt tremendous anguish over the Gaza onslaught this summer as a liberal Zionist. Still she threw herself into fighting the burgeoning Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement on campus. Then she was outraged by the pro-BDS “bloodbucket” video posted on Sept. 2 by student senate president Megan Marzec. Leshaw has helped lead demands for Marzec’s resignation by stating that Marzec had made Jews feel unsafe in Athens, Ohio. “Athens is a shitshow right now,” she has tweeted
In her new book On the Brink, Alice Rothchild chronicles a visit to Palestine at the height of Israeli raids on the West Bank this summer. She has returned to a country where Jews are at last wrestling with the issues: is Jewish privilege over Palestinians consistent with liberalism? is there any possibility of a two-state solution given John Kerry’s negotiating failure?
The U.S. is not a neutral mediator in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; it is an active participant and is guilty of the crimes being committed by Israel against Palestinians, most recently, the mass killings and destruction Israel wrought on the Gaza Strip during the summer. The reality that the U.S. is an active supporter of unimaginable suffering may very well be the motivating force behind the U.S.’s adamant attempts to block the Palestinians from using any of the internationally recognized tools of accountability to hold Israel responsible, such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. When an indigenous, stateless population is blocked access to opportunities for justice by superpowers like the U.S., something is wrong—deadly wrong
Longtime journalist Barbara Erickson’s site criticizing New York Times stories for their pro-Israel bias has been up for less than a year but is gaining a reputation for clarity and insight. TimesWarp presents evidence that the NYT is Israel-centric in its coverage.
When Senator Elizabeth Warren began spouting Likud talking points– that Hamas welcomed civilian deaths and the US should not sanction Israeli settlement construction — her progressive base was shocked. That’s why they confronted her at a talk at Tufts earlier this week.
When Episcopal chaplain Bruce Shipman got drummed out at Yale for controversial statements about Gaza, school officials surely violated the school’s Woodward Report, which says that “civility” is less important than free access to ideas, including those who “challenge the unchallengeable” and “think the unthinkable”
Rabbi Danielle Leshaw has called on Ohio U. student leader Megan Marzec to resign because her action for Palestine allegedly made Jewish students feel “unsafe.” But Leshaw is administrator of a pro-Israel group that in its logo denies the existence of Palestine or an occupation.
As evidence the Salaita firing is a catastrophe for the University of Illinois keeps stacking up, the American Studies Association (ASA) issued a statement from their Executive Committee characterizing the UIUC administration’s decision to rescind the offer of tenured faculty position to Salaita’s as “a de facto assault against the Program in American Indian Studies at UIUC ” that sets a “dangerous precedence”
After Bruce Shipman, a Yale chaplain, wrote to the New York Times about anti-semitism in the wake of Gaza, the top chaplain wrote him to say that angry alumni were calling the Yale president’s office demanding his termination.
Catherine Baker meets a woman at the post office trying to send a package to the occupied Palestinian territories.
Soon after Israel’s sweeping victory in the 1967 war with Egypt and Syria, it became clear that rather than returning the territory it conquered, Israel intended to occupy the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza, and much of the Golan Heights. Foreseeing where occupation might lead, Yeshayahu Leibowitz, one of Israel’s most prominent and acclaimed public
Observing the confrontation Wednesday night between filibustering pro-Israel students at Ohio University and Student Senate president Megan Marzec, who has stood up unapologetically for Palestine, Susie Kneedler saw a lot of charged confrontation, and many minutes granted to four pro-Israel students to hand a script from one to another before they were arrested, but little evidence to support claim that the demonstrators were denounced as Nazis and fascists.
Rev Bruce Shipman says he was forced out as Episcopal chaplain at Yale after he said Israel’s actions helped foster anti-Semitism. Now Yale will hold an “intellectual” panel on the “actual” causes of anti-Semitism and not include him.
Noor Elashi shares a story from her father in prison who recently had the photos affixed to the walls of his prison cell ripped down and called “contraband” by the officer who took them. Ghassan Elashi is currently serving a 65-year-prison-sentence at the Communications Management Unit in Marion, Illinois for conspiracy to send Material Support in the form of humanitarian aid to charities in the West Bank and Gaza that prosecutors claimed were associated with designated terrorists
The University of Illinois Board of Trustees met today to vote on whether or not to reinstate Professor Steven Salaita to his position with the American Indian Studies department at UIUC. Despite a sizeable turnout of students, faculty and community members in support of Salaita’s reinstatement, the Board of Trustees voted not to reinstate Professor Salaita
Here’s an important story we’ve been following from Athens, Ohio: the student senate president at Ohio University dumped a bucket of fake blood over her head to commemorate the massacre victims in Gaza and supported boycott and divestment from Israel. There has been a giant backlash against Megan Marzec for creating that video (a takeoff
An Israeli gov’t video promoting immigration of American Jews to Israel says “best of all” they can get a “free degree” on Uncle Sam’s tab if they do so. Oh and Becky Sebo, an Ohio student arrested last night in pro-Israel demo, says “my country” is ISRAEL.
s we keep saying, Gaza has changed Israel’s image in American politics: the grassroots are appalled by Israel’s carnage and they’re going to be more and more of a force in American elections, countering the Israel lobby. When Ted Cruz lumped Hamas with ISIS and said Israel was on the right side, he got booed at a Middle East Christian conference in Washington Wednesday night and left the stage. Sort of like VT Sen Bernie Sanders getting booed for defending Israel in Vermont
On Monday former Republican Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee visited the Gush Etzion settlement and claimed that radical Islamists are after American boys.
Jeremy Ben-Ami of the liberal Zionist group J Street says that the latest Israeli settlement “landgrab” should be the “straw that broke the camel’s back in Washington.” Like maybe the U.S. should stop giving money to the settler state? Nope. The US should undertake a “thorough review” of its policy on Israeli settlements