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Top donor to Clinton super PAC is Haim Saban

Philip Weiss on
Saban and Clinton, on an earlier occasion

Haim Saban, whose only issue is Israel, is the top donor to Hillary Clinton’s superPAC in the first quarter of 2016, which shows that her hawkish stances on foreign policy, including support for regime change in Syria, is born out of dependence on Israel lobby donors.

In long obit for Hedy Epstein, ‘NYT’ buries Palestinian solidarity

James North and Philip Weiss on
Hedy Epstein:  "In the background you see the courtroom in which the doctors were tried & see some of the defendants sitting in the dock.  Above that is a photo of the freezing experiment.  A person is lying in a large vat of freezing cold ice water.  Two doctors, one of them Dr. Rascher, are observing. Many people died as a result of this experiment."  --Nuremberg Palace of Justice (Photo: Newsweek)

The fact that Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein, who died on May 26, was outspoken for Palestinian rights doesn’t come till the end of a long obit for the activist in the New York Times, once again demonstrating bias at the newspaper aimed at preserving Israel’s positive image.

Max Boot has perfect propaganda on murdering medic– but Jeffrey Goldberg is silent

Yakov Hirsch on
Max Boot

Israel’s political crisis puts a burden on its propagandists: How to make Americans feel that Israel is fine, despite the warnings of fascism. So where is the country’s most important journalist on Israel issues? Jeffrey Goldberg has been silent. In a fluid situation, he doesn’t know what to say to stay at the center of the discussion.

By putting the word occupation in scare quotes the New York Times demonstrated everything that is wrong with its coverage of Israel/Palestine

Wilson Dizard on
New York Times headquarters.

The New York Times on Thursday described Israel’s military occupation in dismissive quotations (i.e “occupation”) in a story concerning Israelis and Palestinians and the Democratic National Convention. In another breathtaking example of digital illiteracy and editorial discombobulation, the Times removed the insensitive quotation marks a few hours afterwards with no editorial explanation. Maybe it was all some kind of innocent misunderstanding. But there’s plenty of reason not to believe that.

Israel is at war over nature of a Jewish state, and NYT spins it as ‘changing of the guard’

Yakov Hirsch on
James Bennet, editorial page editor of the New York Times

Israeli leadership is in crisis over the nature of the Jewish state, with leaders saying the political culture is reminiscent of Nazi Germany; and a NY Times editorial that treats the events as a political reshuffling is an embarrassing and obfuscating contribution to the discourse. What will it take for the Times to stop making the most preposterously generous interpretations of Israeli actions?

Sanders appoints Palestine advocates to committee drafting Democrat’s 2016 platform

Wilson Dizard on
James J. Zogby (Photo by ASTRID RIECKEN For The Washington Post)

Advocates for the rights of Palestinians will join Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in Philadelphia this July for the Democratic National convention, part of his five selections for the fifteen member Executive Committee drafting the Democrats’ 2016 platform. Three of the five selected have expressed skepticism about Israel. According to The Washington Post, they are James Zogby, the head of the Arab American Institute; Cornel West, a social justice activist and author critical of Israel, and Minn. Rep. Keith Ellison, one of only two Muslims in congress. “Our lives depend on the outcome of this election. The stakes are much higher for us,” said Linda Sarsour, co-founder of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York, a Palestinian-American born in Brooklyn who has been a vocal surrogate for Sanders during his campaign.

‘New York Times’ finally tells its readers: Netanyahu is ‘dangerous’

Phil Weiss and Yakov Hirsch on
Ronen Bergman

A NYT article by Ronen Bergman says Israel’s top military leaders regard Benjamin Netanyahu as a religious, ideological ambitious man who seeks “belligerent” solutions to problems. Then why is Hillary Clinton saying she wants to invite this “dangerous” man to the White House in her first month as president?

Israeli leader’s ‘extremism’ charge makes headlines around the world — but 10th paragraph in New York Times!

James North and Philip Weiss on
Moshe Ya'alon Israeli Defense Minister

“Extremist and dangerous elements have taken over Israel and also the Likud Party and have shaken the house and are threatening to hurt the inhabitants,” Defense Minister Ya’alon says in resigning. The shocking statement makes headlines around the world, but the New York Times treats the story like the CT governor’s race, and buries the “extremism” quote.

New Jersey anti-BDS bill is an affront to the first amendment and basic human rights

Stephen R. Shalom on
New Jersey State House (Photo: Wikipedia)

Stephen R. Shalom dismantles New Jersey Senate bill S1923 which prohibits the investment of state pension and annuity funds in companies that boycott Israel or Israeli businesses, “This bill violates our First Amendment rights. It threatens to exacerbate Islamophobia and anti-Arab sentiment. And it aligns itself against the cause of human rights in Israel-Palestine.”

When the Knesset comes to town

Sam Bryan, Miriam Thompson and Lee Mortimer on
The mayor and members of the Chapel Hill Town Council met with four Israeli Knesset members. (Photo: Katie Stephens / The Daily Tar Heel)

Do not come to a small southern town and be rude and expect it to be taken lightly. This lesson was made clear recently when four Knesset members were guests at an April 11 town council meeting in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and were greeted by pointed questions about Israeli policy towards the Palestinians.

Wide-ranging interfaith coalition backs ‘Freedom of Religion’ bill to stop Trump ban on Muslims

Wilson Dizard on
D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton addressing a press conference on the Freedom of Religion Act. (Photo: Wilson Dizard)

The Freedom of Religion Act introduced Wednesday in the House of Representatives tries to stop Donald Trump’s “temporary’” ban on Muslims entering the country. The act expands the age-old prohibition on religious tests on public office, a previously uncontroversial part of the Constitution, to prohibit religious tests that would bar entry into the country based on a person’s faith. “It is unthinkable that in the 21st century a religion bar would be considered. Virtually every American believes there can be no religious test or exclusion of an immigrant to our country. That was the very first principle and it’s time we put that very first principle into law.” said D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, one of the co-sponsors of the bill.

Michael Ratner was dedicated to radical social change, with humor and humility

Philip Weiss on
(Photo: Center for Constitutional Rights)

Michael Ratner, the late radical lawyer, was the opposite of big talk. He was all action, and his obituaries are at a loss to name his main achievement. When he saw the Israeli occupation in all its misery and theft he abandoned the Zionism of his youth and helped to lead a struggle for justice.

Sabeel BDS conference pits local church against Jewish community leaders

Mark Braverman on
"A conference for a just peace." A photo posted by the Peace United Church of Christ, Santa Cruz on Facebook.

On April 29-30 Friends of Sabeel North America organized a highly successful conference in Santa Cruz CA, titled “Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions at the Crossroads of Campus, Church & Community.” Local rabbis and other leaders in the Jewish community, including the director of Santa Cruz Hillel, tried hard to shut it down, focusing on the Peace United Church of Christ that hosted the conference. The juggernaut of pressure, exerted not only on the conference organizers and local Christian clergy, but directly on the lay leaders of the UCC church to prevail on their pastor to block the conference as flagrantly anti-Semitic, included letters and opinion pieces in the local newspaper, The Sentinel. The conference went on, filling the large church with close to 400 attendees.

Don’t say the Z-word

Jonathan Ofir on
Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

The scandal over anti-Zionism in the Labour Party in Britain is an effort by atavistic Zionists to cast Zionism as Judaism and therefore all critiques of Zionism as anti-Jewish. We must fight this ideological sleight-of-hand.