The Center for a New American Security, a Clintonite thinktank, has issued a new report aimed at reviving the two-state solution that emphasizes Israelis’ need for “security,” obtainable it says by collecting lots of “biometric” data on Palestinians so they can be monitored when crossing borders. Creepy.
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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.
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.
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.
Cliff Wolf of the American Jewish Committee says BDS is propelled not by anti-semitism but by Palestinian conditions: checkpoints, house demolitions that would “outrage” Americans, and innocent people being killed.
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.
‘NYT’ puts Dems’ battle over Israel platform on the front page. The exposure signifies that the Democratic Party is lost to Israel forever, as the progressive grassroots assert themselves, through the Sanders campaign, against a reactionary corrupt establishment that depends on pro-Israel money.
For a New York Times column saying that Israel’s future as a Jewish state is in peril, Thomas Friedman had to rely on reporting by the Israeli press, since his own publication has flubbed the story of the country’s deepening political crisis.
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?
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.
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?
The front page article in the New York Times is headlined, “As Hamas Tunnels Back Into Israel, Palestinians Are Afraid, Too.” So it blames all Israeli attacks on Gaza civilians, killing thousands of them, on Hamas. This is straight out of hasbara central, and just what Hillary Clinton says.
“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.
The DNC may give Bernie Sanders seats on a key platform committee to try and keep him on board with the Clinton campaign, but he is likely to push more equitable US policy in the Israel/Palestine issue, and Clinton campaign is “nervous” that this would be divisive, the Washington Post reports.
Another neoconservative says nice things about Hillary Clinton, even as the Democratic left signals its opposition to her foreign policy. Ralph Nader says “she scares the generals” and Oliver Stone slams the “viciousness” of her speech to the Israel lobby group AIPAC.
Being ambassador to the Vatican “is the best job in Israeli diplomacy because you live in Rome and you don’t have to deal with the Jews,” Times of Israel editor David Horovitz jokes at the start of an AIPAC event in Connecticut.
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.”
J Street has called on President Obama to use his last months in office to prevent violence in Israel and Palestine by releasing “Obama Parameters” laying out the resolution of the conflict. The group hints at US support for UN resolutions pushing Israel but offers no pressure on the country.
Chris Matthews says that Hillary Clinton was “concerned about Israel” when she voted for the Iraq war in 2002, and Mark Landler, NYT reporter who has authored a new book on her foreign policy, echoes him: “Precisely.” Now we know.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
“The Jewish state is a modern day miracle—a vibrant bloom in the middle of a desert—and we must nurture and protect it,” Hillary Clinton tells Jewish leaders in denouncing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) as a manifestation of anti-Semitism.