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US Politics

Israeli racism takes center stage at Manhattan JCC

Philip Weiss on
Batya Kahana-Dror

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.

Guilford College Hillel in North Carolina changes its name under legal threat in order to host civil rights veterans

Philip Weiss on
Hillel logo

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.

What to do when a hate group shows up outside your mosque

Imraan Siddiqi on
A hate group consisting of well-known “street preachers” showed up at Tempe mosque, desecrating a Qur’an and confronting worshipers.

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 Second Coming of Holocaust remembrance

Marc H. Ellis on
"Taleskoten," by Zinovii Tolkatchev, an artist in the Red Army who documented the concentration camps

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.

Hurt by the Israel lobby, Obama kisses it goodbye

Philip Weiss on
Obama and Friedman, from the NYT

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

Conservative revolutionaries and the echo of German fascism

Todd E. Pierce on
Leo Strauss

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.

‘NYT’ addresses pro-Israel donors’ influence over Congress

Philip Weiss on
Eric Lipton of the Times

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.”