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A defense of UCLA student paper’s decision to publish Netanyahu cartoon

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California Democratic party delegate Marcy Winograd responds to a cartoon of Benjamin Netanyahu UCLA’s student paper published, and then apologized for, citing alleged anti-Semitic undertones to the satire. Winograd defends the paper’s first position, to publish the cartoon.

After exciting disruptions, David Friedman hearing is a walk in the park

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A repentant David Friedman, Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next ambassador to Israel, got an easy ride at the Senate Foreign Relations committee this morning. The most exciting part of the hearing were the first few minutes, as Friedman’s opening statement was interrupted repeatedly by protesters.

Liberal supporters of Israel slam Trump’s ‘terrifying’ comments– some saying Jews need to keep a majority

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In the hours since President Trump said he was agnostic about whether Israel and Palestine should be two states or one, many supporters of Israel have taken to the airwaves to cite the danger that a one-state outcome would pose to Israel’s Jewish majority. Some liberal supporters of Israel spoke frankly, and illiberally, about demographic concerns in a one state outcome: that Palestinians will outnumber Jews, thereby endangering the “Jewish democracy.”

Trump and Netanyahu’s ‘deal’ for separate peace between Israel and Arab countries is a fantasy

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At their press conference today at the White House Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu laid out a vision for a peace deal between Arab countries and Israel that supersedes the Israel-Palestine conflict. John Kerry dismissed this as a fantasy: “There will be no advance and separate peace with the Arab world without the Palestinian process and Palestinian peace. Everybody needs to understand that. That is a hard reality.”

Donald Trump and the ‘ultimate deal’

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Almost immediately upon getting elected, Donald Trump declared his desire “to do…the deal that can’t be made.” The new administration’s foreign policy is still unsettled, but Trump’s early statements, absence of statements, and Middle East appointments seem to be at odds with his expressed desire to be the president who finally closes “the ultimate deal.”

Jewish groups battle over Trump’s choice for Israel ambassador

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The Republican Jewish Coalition and J Street are at odds over nomination of David Friedman as ambassador to Israel. With Senate hearing on Thursday, Holocaust scholars publish letter vehemently opposing Friedman’s use of the word “kapos” to describe liberal Zionists.

Solidarity is not selective: Michael Bennett brings the struggle for Palestinian freedom to the NFL

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Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett created ripples in the sports world when he publicly tweeted he was no longer going on a Post-Super Bowl trip to Israel. In a world where privileged football sports figures make vacuous and cowardly statements about politics, Bennett has been a voice of intelligence and compassion. His most recent public comments have cemented his unwavering commitment to understanding the roots of injustice — despite the attempts by Israeli organizations to gloss over the oppression of Palestinians.

Michigan Arabs react to Trump’s executive order — ‘worse than 9/11’

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The response to Donald Trump’s travel ban within the Arab community of east Dearborn, Michigan, has been one of urgent fear and confusion, as evidenced by the overwhelming turnout of town halls and community panels. Abed Ayoub, legal policy director at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the largest grassroots Arab American advocacy organization, reported receiving over 1500 calls to the organization in 48 hours. “The impact it had on the community’s psyche was worse than 9/11,” the attorney said.

Israel has had a ‘Muslim ban’ from the start

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Here in Israel we’re experts in Muslim bans. We’ve banned Palestinians, who we said didn’t even exist, from returning to their homes, for 7 decades. We just had to. Jewish State, you know. We’ve banned Palestinians from reunifying families. We’ve banned them from being full citizens. And liberal Zionists hold the bag for us.