Robert Silvers, the late editor of the New York Review of Books, ran Tony Judt’s great piece imagining a one-state democracy in Israel and Palestine in 2003, and then he ran away from it. Silvers could take on the establishment over Vietnam, Iraq, and Freud; but he couldn’t really go after Israel.
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The creation of the new DNC deputy chair position and appointment of Keith Ellison to this never-before-existing post was an attempt to dress-up another ugly smear campaign against an African American Muslim candidate to protect Israel’s influence over the Democratic Party.
Jonathan Safran Foer begins his latest novel, Here I Am, by stating that it’s about “the destruction of Israel,” but he can’t quite end the country in the telling. He does wash American Jewish hands of their relationship with the brutal arrogant nation, though.
The campus community at the University of Illinois at Chicago condemns a series of flyers that were posted on campus that exploits social justice issues to spread anti-Semitic views.
Young Jews from IfNotNow say the Jewish community has been waiting for them to come and defeat AIPAC. But not all progressives are on their side: Neera Tanden and three other experts from the Democratic Party linked thinktank CAP are speaking at AIPAC this year, in the 50th year of occupation. That’s the fault line in the Democratic Party.
Even as UN agency accuses Israel of apartheid, NPR runs feel-good story about occupied Abu Tor in East Jerusalem that never mentions occupation or settlers or fact that Palestinians there are “permanent residents.”
Rima Khalaf the head of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) resigned today after she was asked to withdraw a report her agency published earlier this week that stated Israel is an “apartheid regime.”
If a definition of Deep State is being impervious to elections, then what about the influence that AIPAC has exercised in both parties: fostering Trump’s Islamophobia and trampling a Democratic Party thinktank’s efforts to expose that Islamophobia. Eli Clifton shows that AIPAC supported Frank Gaffney, the Islam-basher, to the tune of $60,000.
Last week a man in Salem, Oregon was charged with assault, intimidation and unlawful use of a weapon after he yelled at an employee working in a Middle Eastern restaurant, “go back to your country, terrorist” and then attacked him with a plastic pipe. The victim’s daughter, Layla Abdel-Jawad writes the man, Jason Kendall, suffers from a mental illness and should not be charged with a hate crime.
Adding to his already rabidly racist remarks, Iowa Congressman Steve King uses a comparison to Israel to make his demographic obsession seem more acceptable.
At the most fundamental level, all U.S. ambassadors share a common mission: to represent the national interests and policies of the United States. David Friedman, President Donald Trump’s nomination for ambassador to Israel, is unable to fulfill this basic obligation because his loyalties lie elsewhere, which is clear from his own statements and views.
Israeli boycott law portends action against Israelis “who do not support the primacy of Israel’s Jewish character over its democratic aspirations,” 182 Jewish studies scholars warn in an open letter deploring that law.
“One has to be brave to participate in non-violent dissent, and unfortunately there are many more decent than brave people,” says Israeli human rights lawyer Michael Sfard. “Israeli politicians are afraid,” and there have been a “tsunami of bills to close the democratic space available to us.”
The new white-supremacists have found a model that happened to be created by a certain stream of Jews – the ‘strong Jews’ of Zionism. And the advantage that this alliance creates is far more substantial in realpolitik terms for those power-seeking white-supremacists, than the redundant old anti-Semitism.
At a Brooklyn synagogue NYT reporter Joseph Goldstein says “alt right” is obsessed with losing a white majority in the US; while Seffi Kogen of AJC says that the “alt left” is anti-semitic because it supports BDS — though some Jews do so out of “love.”
The thrust of Shimon Dotan’s documentary, The Settlers, is that Israel as a polity/society has gone deeply wrong in this program of religious colonial supremacy that has broad popular support.
Steve Bannon figured out he needed to put lipstick on Donald Trump’s piggish Muslim ban
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo promised Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu that he “will use his influence inside the Democratic Party to make sure” the party does not turn against Israel, according to Israeli ambassador Dani Dayan.
Rabbi John Rosove says that Trump’s choice for ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, is a “pzatza,” which is Hebrew slang for a bomb, due to his intemperate language and absence of diplomatic skills.
Donna Baranski-Walker calls on the U.S. State Department– and ambassador-nominee David Friedman– to prevent the imminent Israeli demolition of a West Bank Palestinian school and village, Khan al Ahmar, which is alongside the Israeli settlement of Ma’ale Adumim.
In likening Trump’s planned border wall to Israel’s separation wall, the Center for Investigative Reporting offers disturbing parallels and twisted facts that omit human rights violations.
The American Jewish community is today roiled by divisions over Israel. These divisions are manifest in countless synagogues around the country, but are largely silent– because Israel-critics are still muzzling themselves. Rabbis are in a difficult position. They want the conversation to happen, but big donors threaten to leave the congregations if there is criticism of Israel. Yet the rabbis say there will be no choice but to have the conversation: because young Jews are abandoning the synagogues, and the community needs the next generation more than it needs money.
The spike in antisemitic acts following the start of the Trump administration has rekindled an old question: are Jews white? But Mark Tseng-Putterman says this is the wrong question: “Let’s not ask if European Jews are white. The more urgent question is: what price have they paid in colluding with whiteness? The price of heritage, of language, and of culture? Or the price of dignity, of accountability, of moral authority? Far from giving white Jews a free pass on confronting their own white privilege, I hope that answering this question might just lead more of our Jewish communities towards truly joining the multiracial, multi-faith fight against white supremacy.”