Category Archives:
US Politics

Obama equates Israel’s creation to African-Americans gaining right to vote

Philip Weiss on

President Obama said there’s a “direct line between supporting the right of the Jewish people to have a homeland and… the right of African Americans to vote and have equal protection under the law” in interview w Jeffrey Goldberg where he says “Jeff” more times than “Palestinian,” 6-4

Edward R. Matthews

Philip Weiss on
Lindsey Graham and the Prime Minister, Netanyahu

Chris Matthews of MSNBC doubles down on neoconservative ‘pigs’ who push Republicans to ‘go from war to war’. It seems that he’s snapped over the media blackout over the Israel lobby

The Missouri History Museum’s Palestine Exception: A case study on how the St. Louis Jewish establishment exercises power & privilege

Anna Baltzer and Michael Berg on
Frances Levine, president of the  Missouri History Museum, pictured at the Missouri Historical Society’s library and research center, housed in the former United Hebrew building in St. Louis. (Photo: Lisa Mandel for the St. Louis Jewish Light)

Anna Baltzer and Michael Berg write about the Missouri History Museum’s decision to cancel a planned presentation called “From Ferguson to Ayotzinapa to Palestine: Solidarity and Collaborative Action,” because of the inclusion of Palestine. They say it is an example of how Jewish establishment groups in St. Louis exercise power in an attempt to control public discussions on Palestine/Israel.

The U.S. is at last facing the neocon captivity

Philip Weiss on
David Corn

Neoconservatives pushed the Iraq war to help Israel, David Corn explains on MSNBC when Chris Matthews asks why we invaded Iraq. At last the country is confronting the neoconservative plans to make over the Middle East.

Congress and state legislatures are on the warpath against BDS

Alex Kane on

A crop of bills and resolutions in Congress and state legislatures are targeting the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. Some are mere resolutions expressing an opinion, while others have teeth. But they are all united in seeking to stigmatize the BDS movement as beyond the pale.

What if the Times had sent Rudoren to Selma in 1965?

James North on
Ayelet Shaked

Jodi Rudoren’s latest piece in the NYT makes Ayelet Shaked, the new Israeli Justice Minister who has endorsed genocidal statements against Palestinians, seem feisty and her own woman. Imagine if Rudoren had been sent to Mississippi in 1965 to profile a segregationist.

Why readers interested in balanced coverage of BDS should avoid the New York Times

Omar Zahzah, Agatha Palma, and Rahim Kurwa on
New York Times headquarters.

On Sunday, May 9th, The New York Times ran a front-page story discussing efforts across various U.S. campuses to divest from Israel’s illegal occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, echoing pro-Israel students’ claims that such efforts are divisive. Unfortunately, this piece, co-authored by Jennifer Medina and Tamar Lewin, is the latest in a troubling series of prominent New York Times stories that misrepresent the campus divestment movement and strip it of essential context.

‘NYT’ and ‘MSNBC’ leave Marco Rubio backer’s Israel agenda out of the story

Philip Weiss on
Norman Braman

There are a lot of elephants running around the room in a piece in the New York Times today titled, “Billionaire lifts Marco Rubio, Politically and Personally.” The piece has one glancing reference to Norman Braman’s ardor for Israel but fails to say Rubio traveled to Israel with Braman after being elected to the Senate in 2010 and his Iran views seem to reflect Braman’s.