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A look back at what Snowden told the world about the U.S.-Israel relationship

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A photo of Edward Snowden on the cover of Wired magazine. (Photo: Mike Mozart/Flickr)

Edward Snowden is back in the news, thanks in large part to Oliver Stone’s new biopic of the whistleblower. While the movie focuses on what Snowden revealed about U.S. surveillance of Americans, Snowden also revealed a great deal about the U.S.-Israeli relationship. Snowden’s leaks provide an unprecedented look at how the U.S. and Israel share intelligence, and also reveal the tensions in the relationship. Mondoweiss takes a look back at Snowden’s revelations about Israel and the United States.

Trump’s Israel advisor (again) argues for annexation of the West Bank with bad math

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David Friedman, Trump adviser

Donald Trump’s Israel advisor again raised the possibility of his candidate backing the Israeli annexation of the occupied West Bank, while dining with the representative of a settler organization in New York during the “last two weeks,” according to a report published by Israel’s Channel 2 who obtained a video of the meeting.

Clinton and Trump lack a plan for Iraq other than more war

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The Clinton Trump debate, at Nellie's Sports Bar in Washington

Neither Clinton nor Trump have a long-term plan for Iraq or the middle east that doesn’t involve war. Clinton wants to destroy ISIS, but doesn’t offer any reason other than ISIS must be destroyed. Israel/Palestine, although it helps drive the religiously motivated violence in the region, doesn’t even register for either candidate.

With Governor Brown’s signature, California joins the attack on BDS

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Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and California governor Jerry Brown (L) shake hands after signing a pact to strengthen economic and research ties between California and Israel at the Computer History Museum on March 5, 2014 in Mountain View, California.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement on Saturday. Brown’s signature makes California the 13th state to enact an anti-BDS measure, most of which bar state contracts or pension funds from going to entities that support BDS. California is one of the most significant prizes that pro-Israel groups have won. It’s the most populous state in the country and activists groups on opposing sides of the issue have waged intense battles over BDS and Israel-Palestine.

Netanyahu gets face time with Trump and Clinton ahead of first presidential debate

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Real estate developer Donald Trump, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, during a meeting at Trump Tower on Sunday

On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton in New York, ahead of Monday’s first presidential debate. Trump promised to keep Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel and Clinton told the Israeli leader that she would oppose any outside agitators who try to impose peace, even agitators like the United Nations, and especially the BDS movement. The meetings suggest that Netanyahu will have the full attention of whoever the American people choose to occupy the White House.

Shmuley Boteach seeks to blackmail Obama over his legacy

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Shmuley Boteach ad in New York Times

“President Obama, as you leave office keep your friendship with Israel intact,” Rabbi Shmuley Boteach threatens to help destroy Obama’s legacy if he dares to try to create a Palestinian state.

In full page NYT ad, liberal Zionist group calls for ethnic segregation to retain Jewish majority within Israel

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Part of an advertisement an Israel lobby group ran in the New York Times on Friday.

The Daniel S. Abraham Center for Peace, a prominent liberal Zionist lobbying group run by former Democratic Florida congressman Robert Wexler, purchased a full-page newspaper advertisement in Friday’s edition of the New York Times, calling for the immediate separation of Israelis and Palestinians into separate countries to keep Israel as a Jewish majority state. “It’s Time for Separation,” the advertisement explains. “Separation today means a Jewish majority, State of Israel now and for Generations ahead.” Or, as Alabama Gov. George Wallace put it: “Segregation now! Segregation tomorrow! Segregation forever!”

The two-stroke solution

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Netanyahu and Obama in NY, Sept. 21, 2016

President Obama and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in New York on the sideline of the UN General Assembly and there was more talk about the president playing golf in Israel and visiting the country in his post-presidency than there was about the vaunted two-state solution.

Trump praises Israeli policy of ethnic profiling following bombing in Manhattan

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An FBI flier calling for information leading to Rahami's arrest.

On Monday, Donald Trump and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio hailed counter-terrorism tactics that civil rights advocates found alarming, especially as Islamophobic attacks are on the rise amid rancorous campaign rhetoric. Their comments came after a Saturday night bombing in Manhattan injured 29 people. An Afghan-born suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, is now in police custody.

‘Beholden to AIPAC’ — progressive senators Warren, Murphy, Brown sign letter seeking to limit Obama’s actions

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Eliz. Warren at Tufts last September, (c) Pat Westwater-Jong

Vermont Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Kentucky’s Rand Paul were among the dozen holdouts from a letter the Israel lobby group AIPAC circulated seeking to limit President Obama’s actions to oppose Israeli settlements in his last months in office. Still, many progressive US senators as well as vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine signed on to an Israel lobby letter designed to limit President Obama’s actions against the Israeli occupation, now nearly 50 years old.

UC Berkeley reinstates Palestine class, rejecting pressure from pro-Israel groups

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"Palestine: A settler-colonial analysis" course poster. (Image via Palestine Legal)

After an abrupt suspension last Tuesday, a college course about the decolonization of Palestine has earned a reprieve from the University of California on Monday. The campaign against the class was lead by the AMCHA Initiative, a pro-Israel advocacy group which has a long history of attempting to stifle discussion of the Israeli occupation on University of California campuses.

Powell emails expose depth of media self-censorship re Israeli nukes

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Man about town Jeffrey T. Leeds, from youtube

Colin Powell privately said that Israel’s 200 nukes are the strongest argument in favor of the Iran deal, but when he went on Meet the Press, he didn’t say a word about it. And neither did Obama or the MSM. This self-censorship reflects obeisance to the Israel lobby.

More insultingly stupid propaganda for Israel in the ‘New York Times’

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Jodi Rudoren

Today the New York Times runs an insultingly stupid bit of pro-Israel propaganda by Jodi Rudoren saying that Israel and the US have “shared values,” based on foundational documents, without stating that the US was founded with white supremacist beliefs and Israel persists in such beliefs to this day.

Trump could be bumpy for Jews

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Donald Trump at the Republican Jewish Coalition, iconic photograph by Mark Peterson

Antisemitism echoed by Trump supporters is felt as a threat by Jews. We have been able to make a life in the United States, with no limits except those internalized, but reawakened Christian hostility has always been a consideration. Israelis are more used to racism.

Netanyahu’s ghost on ‘ethnic cleansing’ video is rightwing pollster Luntz

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Frank Luntz

An immoral Orwellian video whose goal was to defend the indefensible, Netanyahu’s “ethnic cleansing” video was drawn in part from the words of his American rightwing glimmer twin, Republican pollster Frank Luntz, who is dedicated to committing American Jews to Israel’s defense.