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Video: Sanders’s campaign fact-checks Clinton’s ‘smear’ defense with Elizabeth Warren charges

Annie Robbins on
Hillary Clinton

Democratic voters are more concerned with economic policy than foreign policy. Witness last night’s debate, in which the candidates clashed on bank policy, and the Sanders campaign promptly fact-checked Clinton assertions with Elizabeth Warren’s book showing Clinton’s obedience to bank interests. When will Clinton’s credibility gap begin to hurt her perceived foreign policy “strength”?

Bernie Sanders’ spirituality is resonating with young religious ‘None’s

Philip Weiss on
Rally for Bernie Sanders in NY, Jan. 30

Bernie Sanders says his religion tells him “we are all all in this together,” and diminished when someone is sleeping in the street or can’t afford Prescription drugs. By refusing to speak in traditional religious terms, he is connecting with the young, more than a third of whom are Unaffiliated, Religious “None”s.

Generational sea change within the Democratic party will also include policy towards Israel

Adam Horowitz on
Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters during a rally at Prince William Fairground in Manassas, Virginia, Monday, September 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

The biggest story to come out of the Democratic caucus in Iowa, beyond Clinton’s razor-thin margin of victory, was the overwhelming generational divide within the party. So far this split has been explained by political differences over health care and income inequality within the Democratic Party, but polling suggests a similar generational divide exists over Israel and could just as much define where the party is headed.

Biggest loser in Iowa was foreign policy

Philip Weiss on
Bernie Sanders

Anyone with a brain knows that we have to distance ourselves from the Middle East and occupier Israel; but these lessons were nowhere evident in the no-holds-barred political brawls in Iowa. That’s got to change, and Bernie Sanders is the best hope to do so.

‘We are all Jews’ — the Holocaust as imperial export

Marc H. Ellis on
Obama after his speech at Israeli embassy Jan. 27, 2016, on CSPAN

Obama’s speech at the Israeli Embassy saying We are all Jews shows the trajectory of Holocaust thought is Israel, unmindful of the horrific suffering Israel is causing the Palestinian people. Such thought then censors dissent on the consequences of the use of the Holocaust as a blunt instrument against the Palestinian people.

Cultural Zionism good, political Zionism bad

Roland Nikles on
Bernard Avishai, from his twitter feed

Bernard Avishai is right to extol the rebirth of Hebrew culture in Israel, but that does not justify political Zionism’s unending practices of ethnic cleansing and discrimination

In his war on Sanders supporters, Krugman forgets about Iraq

Donald on
Paul Krugman

Drumming support for Hillary Clinton, NYT columnist Paul Krugman name-calls Sanders supporters as “Bernie Bros” and forgets that Clinton supported the Iraq war, which really ought to have resulted in war crimes trials for our political class

Iraq war hangover is fueling anti-establishment candidates

Philip Weiss on
Bernie Sanders in Mason City, IA, Jan. 27, 2016

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are surging as anti-establishment candidates in their parties partly because they both opposed the Iraq War and there has never been any accountability for that horrible decision.

How many more orgasms will be had for Zionism?

Liz Rose on
Young people at a Jewish summer camp make a circle round the flagpole to the sound of the Hatikva, Israel's national anthem

At a Zionist summer camp in Michigan in the 1980s, author Liz Rose and other young Jews felt comfortable exploring their sexuality together and looked forward to taking that experience to Israel. It took her years to understand that her community was eroticizing the land of Israel and leaving out the Palestinian story.

Michael Bloomberg has been a fervent supporter of Israel, to a point

Philip Weiss on
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu greets Bloomberg when the former mayor flew to Israel in July 2014 to support Israel's assault on Gaza and oppose the FAA decision to suspend domestic flights to the country

Former NY mayor Bloomberg, who is considering throwing his hat in the presidential race, has sided with Israel in its assaults on Gaza and aided Islamophobic efforts in New York; but he also said those who don’t want to allow a BDS panel at Brooklyn College should go live in North Korea.

Kerry and Shapiro bring the one-state news the NYT failed to deliver

Philip Weiss on
Ambassador Daniel Shapiro, delivering his speech to an Israeli thinktank on January 18

The New York Times Jerusalem bureau chiefs Ethan Bronner and Jodi Rudoren failed to convey a true grim picture of one-state Israel/Palestine out of Zionist attachment. Similar adherences have kept the US mainstream press from telling a truth that John Kerry and US ambassador Daniel Shapiro have conveyed in recent weeks.

Clinton baits Sanders over ‘destruction of Israel’

Philip Weiss on
Jake Sullivan, then deputy chief of staff to Hillary Clinton, along with the then secretary of state and the president in 2012

The Israel question has become an explicit issue in the Democratic battle between Clinton and Sanders, with a Clinton aide saying that Sanders’s idea to normalize Iran is naive about a country that “seeks the destruction of Israel.”

Activists deliver petition demanding Securities and Exchange Commission enforce disclosure laws regarding Israel bonds

Sylvia Schwarz on
Israel Bonds logo

On January 19 a coalition activist groups delivered a petition with more than 6,400 signatures to the Securities and Exchange Commission demanding that the agency enforce its disclosure rules by taking action against the Development Corporation for Israel, the corporation which sells Israel Bonds in the United States, for failing to disclose in its sales materials that proceeds from the sale of Israel Bonds are used by Israel to violate international law.

‘Little Jewboy’ moment highlights coming divorce between US Jews and Israel

Philip Weiss on
Daniel B. Shapiro, US ambassador to Israel, called a "little Jewboy" by a former aide to Netanyahu

Ambassador Daniel Shapiro’s sharp criticism of Israeli policies earned him the insult “little Jewboy” from a former Netanyahu aide. The flap demonstrates an important sociological trend: American Jews, even mainstream ones indoctrinated to love Israel, are breaking more and more publicly with the Jewish state. The Netanyahu government is proving to be embarrassing to American Jews; they do not want to be associated with rightwing apartheid policies.