Is the Adelson primary over? The Las Vegas newspaper Sheldon Adelson just bought endorsed FL Sen. Marco Rubio for president; but its editorial denies that the owner has declared his support
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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”?
It’s come out that the kibbutz Bernie Sanders spent time on in the 60s was a socialist community in northern Israel. But why isn’t the New York Times telling readers that it was built on ethnically-cleansed lands, the former residence of Palestinians.
Stephen Pampinella, a scholar of int’l relations at SUNY New Paultz, says Bernie Sanders must challenge neoconservative policies in both parties by declaring he will work with Iran to stabilize the Middle East in a “post-hegemonic” world order that relies on international law. Israel lobby won’t like this!
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.
Hillary Clinton has sided with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu over President Obama and even her own husband’s policies. Marco Rubio has also kissed up to the Israeli PM. That’s the definition of being an Establishment favorite these days.
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.
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.
The UN Secy General has doubled down on remarks last week that unending Israeli settlements are provoking Palestinian violence; but Ban Ki-moon’s op-ed in the New York Times threatens no enforcement mechanism against Israel’s illegal activities
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.
Ronald Feldman, NY gallery owner, says he supports Israel “no matter what,” but that when it worked against Obama on the Iran deal, it alienated many American Jews who now say they cannot support Israel under Netanyahu
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
After Obama gave pro-Israel speech at Israeli Embassy, Wednesday, there was “a scene I’ve never seen before,” says Chemi Shalev of Haaretz. 300 people in suits were shouting out, “Thank you, thank you…it was an outpouring of noise toward him.”
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
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.
Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer lobbied on Capitol Hill against President Obama’s signature foreign policy achievement. Yesterday Obama kissed up to him at the Israel embassy. The Israel lobby is alive and well
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.
Even George Bush kowtowed to anti-Israel forces in the executive branch when he claimed that the Palestinian issue was a real problem for the U.S., says Israel’s lawyer Dennis Ross. And only Bill Clinton stamped down those forces
A new strategy has emerged among pro-Israel advocates to situate support for Israel among various liberal or progressive causes by recognizing the idea of intersecting oppressions. It is a cynical attempt to capitalize off the struggles of others.
George Jonas died at the age of 80 in Toronto on January 10. He wrote Vengeance which was the basis for the film Munich. Jonas brilliantly described the madness of the Mossad and in doing so reflected the true nature of the Zionist military mindset.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.