With Tisha B’Av upon us, Rabbi Brant Rosen has released his contemporary take on the Biblical Book of Lamentations – Lamentation for a New Diaspora. Marc Ellis writes, “Rabbi Rosen’s lamentation is poetic, strong and dark. Trauma is the global name of the game. The ravages of mass culture, industrialization, militarism and climate change have taken their toll. The New Diaspora, the community of refugees and exiles of every stripe who gather to protest the coming global catastrophe, are themselves scattered and without hope.”
Category Archives: US Politics
The investigation of Russia’s meddling in U.S. politics dominates the liberal press. Phil Weiss writes that he believes the suspicions about Donald Trump and the Russians, but what stands out to him is that conduct that is Watergate-worthy when it comes to Russia is hunky-dory when it comes to Israel. Just in the last week there have been two other expressions of Israel’s active interests in our politics that the liberal media have failed to say boo about.
The “grip” of AIPAC is so complete that writers who challenge it are smeared as “anti-Semites” and politicians who buck it “see their careers suddenly stalled,” Andrew Sullivan says in denouncing Schumer for leading the charge on the “creeping authoritarianism” of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act before Congress.
“Hitler’s secret weapon was coercing Jews to destroy themselves,” Shmuley Boteach writes, and we might do so again he warns. He says that Jews are now collaborating in the destruction of Israel, and by this he means they support a Palestinian state!
Olav Fykse Tveit of the World Council of Churches urges church leaders to pray for a just solution of the troubles in Jerusalem. Marc Ellis writes, “The WCC is now on record here urging a reestablishment of the status quo at Al Aqsa and in Jerusalem, a status quo that affirms Israeli occupation.”
In a book once regarded as heretical among American Jewry, The Tragedy of Zionism, Bernard Avishai explained more than 30 years ago that Zionism evolved from a Histadrut (trade union) movement, to statism that aspired to be Jewish and democratic, and from this statism to a new unabashedly undemocratic Zionism.
Don’t give the Trump administration any power to “lock them up,” J Street warns Congress about new “Israel Anti-Boycott Act,” while the ACLU warns that “simply requesting information about such boycotts” could expose a person to penalties.
Last Monday, Senate minority leader, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is also a major supporter of the anti-BDS legislation, diverted from his Senate speech on health care, to address anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and BDS. He equated Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions with anti-Semitism.
Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Grim’s report at the Intercept on new legislation in the Congress that would criminalize support for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). Yes, criminalize. The bill is such a crude example of overreach by the Israel lobby that it is sure to backfire on its supporters as Greenwald and Grim’s report ricochets around the Democratic Party
After demonstrators torched two European embassies in Damascus in 2006 in rage over Muhammad cartoons in the western press, then-President George W. Bush told Israel’s Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, “We need to cut their heads off,” she recalls at an American Jewish Committee conference. And she seems to approve of the idea.
Six months after I complained that wines labelled “Made in Israel” in Ontario stores were the products of illegal settlements, the Canadian food inspection agency ruled that the wines were falsely labeled and instructed the Ontario liquor board to cease imports of the wines. Within hours B’nai Brith Canada had posted it on its Facebook page, stating confidently that the outrageous directive would be quashed by day’s end. It soon was.
Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi responds to a lawsuit filed by a pro-Israel legal advocacy organization that claims San Francisco State University is rife with anti-Semitism after a 2016 visit from Jerusalem’s mayor was shut down by protesters, However, backers of the federal petition have a history of bullying universities.
June 8 marked the 50th anniversary of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, killing 34 American sailors. The case remains a mystery that is the subject of a Haaretz investigation in Israel and a new book, but U.S. media won’t even address the controversy, leaving the case entirely to Letters to the Editor.
Students, staff, and faculty at San Francisco State University are under investigation by the university on trumped up charges of anti-Semitism brought forth by San Francisco Hillel. This is the latest in a long history of accusations made against Palestinians and Palestinian advocates at SFSU by the pro-Israel organization. Saliem Shehadeh unpacks the latest accusations and writes, “Hillel’s baseless complaint, in this case, is intended to wash out the grievances that the Arab, Muslim and Palestinian community have made to SFSU. And the university’s misconduct of this investigation affirms that the university is not able to make an objective decision based on the facts.”
Netanyahu’s culture minister Miri Regev boycotts the work of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish and wears a dress celebrating Israeli colonization. But David Grossman will join a delegation with her in New York later this month, as the Israeli government sponsors a production of a play based on his novel.
Last year, we ran a satirical post titled “Birthright ends trips to Israel — ‘American Jews are better off imagining Israel than seeing it.’” Who could have known how right we were! Last month, Brand Israel Group released a study comparing a 2016 survey they did of Americans to one in 2010 and it shows the more Americans learn about Israel, the less they support it. This explains why Israel’s supporters fear the truth: people who learn about Israel’s actions understandably come to reject them. And that’s the core of Mondoweiss’s mission and our daily work. Please contribute today so that we can keep them shaking in their shoes.
The Tour de France is exploiting horrific crashes in this year’s race for publicity and profits, and when top rider Dan Martin called the Tour for its conduct, NBC commentators Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen say the riders are to blame for taking risks. This is self-serving BS and sports fans need to call NBC on it.
In the New York Times, Nikil Saval treats the hostility leftwingers feel towards centrist liberals as unfair. He mentions some past issues, like Vietnam, but he doesn’t dare mention Iraq or Libya or Israel, and tie them together into the critique that leftwingers justifiably have today of liberal interventionism and liberal hypocrisy on war and peace issues.
“If you can have equal rights for all your citizens as a Jewish state, then great, go for it, show us how.” — Leading Palestinian thinker Nadia Hijab dares Israel.
In a strong editorial, the LA Times says that Israel’s “noxious” law against admitting boycott supporters will not stop the country’s “delegitimization,” and that US states are also wrong to try and legislate against Boycott, Divestment Sanctions (BDS), because it’s a “classic tool” of nonviolent dissent.
As Terry Gross’s interview with Muslim reformer Haroon Moghul on Fresh Air yesterday demonstrates, the mainstream media loves anti-Islamists and the war for the soul of Islam. But it maintains a blacklist of anti-Zionists and ignores the war for the soul of Judaism.
After an article quoting a science fiction writer making a mistake that any high school science nerd would spot — the energy of the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs — the New York Times corrects the error, but does so in a way calculated not to reveal the sloppiness of the original.
Whatever happened to the biblical command to bear witness? A dozen US rabbis are shocked by what they see in occupied Hebron, but they don’t want their names to appear in Haaretz lest their congregations back home get upset with them.
America has been at war for 15 years but few Americans notice, because overall it is rural communities that have suffered the highest casualty rates, Francis Shen and Douglas Kriner argue in an important new paper. And it was those communities, in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, that gave Donald Trump his victory over Hillary Clinton, who was seen as pro-war.
“Perhaps instead of the Taylor Force Act, Congress should bring some other bills to the floor—bills that would begin to address the real problems in Israel/Palestine,” writes Kathryn Shihadah.