Obama said today he was inspired by “shared values” between US civil rights struggle and Israel. Jewish Voice for Peace promptly said shared values means opposing “systematic discrimination” by Israel against non-Jews
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Pro-Israel Jewish wealth is increasingly being addressed in the press: a Forward story on influential billionaires and a Christie roast, where reporters joked that Christie would tell Sheldon Adelson: “I’m another hopeless goy”
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
New York Times readers overwhelmingly fault Israeli apartheid and US support for it in the top readers’ comments on an article about segregated bus lines to the West Bank. Is this the end of hasbara? Certainly public consciousness has changed
Moshe Ya’alon, Israeli defense minister, said that Israel might have to nuke Iran ala Hiroshima and Nagasaki to prevent a long war with greater casualties, and the American press has ignored these frightening comments, once again depriving the US public of knowledge that Israeli leadership is off the rails
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
You have to go four paragraphs into NYT obituary for “contentious” settler rabbi Moshe Levinger to learn that he killed a Palestinian shopkeeper and served 3 months for the crime. Why is the Times whitewashing an Israel extremist?
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.
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.
An open letter signed by over 250 members of the Jewish Voice for Peace Academic Advisory Council asks the U.S. State Department to revise its definition of anti-Semitism in order to prevent the charge of anti-Semitism from being misused to silence critics of Israel.
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.
Margaret Sullivan, public editor of the Times, slams NYT editors for running a story that equated BDS with anti-Semitism and left out Jewish students who support the movement. A victory!
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.
George W. Bush usually paints portraits of dogs and heads of state. But he did an architectural landscape, a painting of Sheldon Adelson’s casino in Singapore, to cultivate billionaire Sheldon Adelson, whose backing his brother Jeb wants for his run for the presidency.
The leading Jewish newspaper The Forward has a new ad in the NY subway celebrating all the diverse, sublime, cosmopolitan ways people can be Jewish. Israel is never mentioned. This is the trend. A divorce is at hand.
Jodi Rudoren’s latest sanctification of an Israeli artist who fears Iranian nukes shows that the Times has utterly abdicated the role of offering a balanced view of the conflict. It is dedicated to promoting the Israeli view, building support for Israel.
Neoconservative financier Paul Singer was Marco Rubio’s second largest backer in 2009-2014, so it’s no wonder Jeb Bush is pandering to Singer on Israel, he needs to compete with Rubio
Chris Matthews says that Jeb Bush was pandering to Jewish donors in the Israel lobby when he embraced his brother. But guests Jonathan Capehart and David Corn say it was just a screwup. Really?
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.
Norman Braman, the FL businessman who is backing Marco Rubio, is Israel-centric: If the U.S. falls economically that’s a “danger to the state of Israel,” the UN is a “disgrace” with one purpose, to discredit Israel, and anti-Semites around the world are trying to end the country’s existence. But the New York Times won’t tell you any of this.
WI Gov Scott Walker wears jeans touring occupied territory in Golan Heights on overseas trip to Israel designed to overcome his shortcomings, lack of foreign-policy experience
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.
The Nation affirms the right of return as a ‘central tenet of the Palestinian national narrative’ in a stirring piece by Rula Jebreal that marks a historic shift in the magazine’s progress away from Zionism