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Jeffrey Goldberg should come with a warning label

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Jeffrey Goldberg

Jeffrey Goldberg paints critics of Israel as vessels of Jew hatred — including Jimmy Carter, Jill Stein, and a Norwegian band that supports boycott. And his fixation on the Holocaust caused him to be wrong in his reporting on Iran. So it is absolutely fair to bring up his Jewishness in critiquing his journalism.

Jeffrey Goldberg is Jewish

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Original title of Jeffrey Goldberg's book, one of countless public identifications of himself as Jewish

Tablet has published an attack on Phil Weiss’s piece about Jeffrey Goldberg’s ascension to the editorship of the Atlantic, in which he pointed out that the Atlantic announcement cleanses Goldberg’s resume, leaving out his moving to Israel to escape American anti-Semitism and serving in their army, his publication of a memoir about serving as an Israeli prison guard, his disastrous support for the Iraq war, his failed promotion of an Iran war, and his Jewishness. Tablet says Weiss’s assertion that the Atlantic is leaving out Goldberg’s Jewishness is a proof of his anti-Semitism. The attack is absurd because Weiss mentioned Goldberg’s Jewishness in the very context that Goldberg himself has mentioned it again and again: We Jews support Israel.

Trump is losing the Israel vote almost as bad as he is losing in New York

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Hampton, New Hampshire August 14, 2015. (Photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Republican candidate Donald Trump’s campaign team has aggressively sought to win votes from Americans living overseas in Israel, but the latest polls taken of the Jewish population show Trump trailing far behind Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. The gap is so wide, the figures are almost as bad for Trump as those in Clinton’s home state of New York where she benefits from a 25 point lead.

Lesson from Kahane and Trump — ideology outlives the ideologue

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Rabbi Meir Kahane and Donald Trump

A political candidate with a messianic complex, who has incited his supporters to violence, exhibited authoritarian tendencies, openly espoused racism, cheated on his wife repeatedly, and manipulated his associates for personal enrichment. The similarities between Rabbi Meir Kahane and Donald Trump are striking.

In email, Clinton calls for a ‘Potemkin’ peace process

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton in New York in September 2016. (Photo:  Kobi Gideon/GPO)

“A Potemkin process is better than nothing,” Hillary Clinton wrote in a hacked email about Benjamin Netanyahu’s prevarications on a Palestinian state in 2015, an indication that the U.S. will forever give cover to the Israeli government to manage the conflict.

Trump and Clinton blast UNESCO statement on Jerusalem

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Palestinians protest as right-wing Israelis tour the Noble Sanctuary (Haram al-Sharif) mosque complex, known as the Temple Mount to Jews, in the Old City of Jerusalem, October 1, 2014. (Photo: EPA)

Israel is clashing with a United Nations body responsible for maintaining heritage sites after it passed a draft resolution harshly critical of Israel as the “occupying power” over Jerusalem, and both campaigns for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have joined in rejection.

The battle over Obama’s legacy, featuring Netanyahu, Zogby, liberal Zionists, and 88 senators

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Gideon Levy, October 5, 2016, Lensic Performing Arts Space, Santa Fe, NM.

James Zogby of the Arab American Institute and liberal Zionists call on Obama to take “strong” action against the latest Israeli settlement announcement by pursuing a UN Security Council resolution against settlements. But Netanyahu and Israel lobby groups are girding themselves against any measure Obama may consider in his last months in office to try and fix his legacy on the Middle East.

Muslim Americans takes center stage in second presidential debate

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During the second presidential debate, Gorbah Hamed asks Donald Trump about the rise of Islamophobia.

The second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump featured a Muslim voter named Gorbah Hamed who asked Trump about the rise of Islamophobia that coincided with his rhetoric against them. Trump and Clinton sounded similar tones on what responsibility both Muslims have in alerting law enforcement to attacks plotted by fellow Muslims. Trump puts their responsibility in much more hostile terms, but both demand Muslims remain America’s first defense, and cast their inclusion as being essential to defeating terrorism.

Bill and Hillary Clinton both opposed his invitation from AIPAC in 2010

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Sec'y of State Hillary Clinton speaks at AIPAC in 2010, when her husband turned down an invitation

When AIPAC came “begging” for Bill Clinton to speak at 2010 conference, he and his wife were against his doing so, and her aide expressed annoyance at the invitation; though then Secretary of State Clinton did address the pro-Israel group, and gushed over its leaders.

Ramsey Orta, videographer who captured Eric Garner’s killing, speaks out on Palestine

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Screenshots of the video Ramsey Orta filmed showing police arresting Eric Garner, 40, for selling loose cigarettes. Garner was killed by police during the arrest.

The man who filmed the 2014 choking death of Eric Garner at the hands of New York police was sentenced to four years in prison on gun possession and drug sales charges, arrests he and his supporters claim are in retaliation for his smartphone recording of the controversial killing. Orta’s sentencing comes as Black Lives Matter activists are making deeper connections with advocates for Palestinian rights. In an interview with Mondoweiss in September, Orta offered his thoughts on the similarities between the civil rights struggles in Palestine and the United States: “It’s very important to document police brutality and spread the word, and keep witnessing.”

Introducing S.T.F.U.

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(Image: Katie Miranda)

Katie Miranda introduces us to S.T.F.U., a robot programmed to decipher political doublespeak. Its work is never done.