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American Jewish Community

Hey Jews, listen up, Netanyahu is your leader!

Philip Weiss on
Netanyahu official portrait May 2015

The prime minister of Israel is “by design, the leader of the Jewish world,” the director-general of the Netanyahu’s office, American-born Eli Groner, said; he echoed Netanyahu’s comments to the UN General Assembly on leading the “Jewish People.”

The anti-semitism charge is the canard

Philip Weiss on
J.J. Goldberg

When Netanyahu, Michael Oren and Natan Sharansky all appeal to American Jews to defy their president in support of Israel, they’ve allowed people to broach the topic of dual loyalty– and JJ Goldberg at the Forward agrees

Anti-WASP tropes in the ‘NYT’

Philip Weiss on
Brenda Frazier

David Brooks goes in for stereotype against WASPs as inhibited while Marissa Rothkopf calls them “lockjaw” — casual prejudice in the New York Times that would never be tolerated against Jews

Everyone’s kicking AIPAC now that it’s down

Philip Weiss on
Sen. Chuck Schumer (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

NPR, Bloomberg, and the New Yorker all run sharply critical pieces of the Israel lobby group AIPAC, a signal that its power is in eclipse. And The New Yorker calls out Chuck Schumer for his “extraordinary” identification as the “guardian” of Israel.

Bernie Sanders is ‘radical’ on economic policy but a pussycat for Israel

Philip Weiss on
Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders calls for a political revolution and the break up of Wall Street banks, but when it comes to Israel he wants more military aid and blames the Palestinians equally for the conflict. He personifies the idea of PEP, progressive except Palestine, which is a key to the Israel lobby.


Philip Weiss on
Paul Waldman

Washington Post columnist Paul Waldman wags finger at Republicans over Muslims, and says Jews empathized with blacks because we were outsiders. Tell that to the Palestinians. This is PEP personified: progressive except Palestine.

A communal confession on Yom Kippur

Marc H. Ellis on
Rabbi Brant Rosen

Rabbi Brant Rosen just published his congregation’s confession that will be prayed on Yom Kippur. Those on the political right and even those progressive Jews who continue to sit on the fence with regard to Israel and Jewish life in America, should take notice. Rabbi Rosen’s confession is wide-ranging. His title, “A Confession of Communal Complicity,” says it all. Unlike most rabbis during the High Holidays, Rabbi Rosen isn’t hiding behind a liturgy developed when Jews had little power. Rabbi Rosen knows that the Jewish situation in the world has changed from powerlessness to power. He isn’t pulling any religious or political punches.

Losing My Religion: A high holy days reflection

Moti Rieber on
Chapel windows in Congregation Mishkan Israel, Hamden, CT. (Photo: Samuel D. Gruber)

Rabbi Moti Rieber reflects on why he did not attend synagogue on Rosh Hashanah this year. He says it comes down to three reasons: the religious practice is boring, he has lost his faith in Jewish community, and Israel is a mess.

Iran Deal’s liberation: Judaism is not Zionism

Philip Weiss on
John Brown, 1856

In Israel’s hour of need, American Jews did not support it on the Iran Deal. They thereby undermined a core principle of US Jewish support for Israel: Judaism is ZIonism. Anti-Zionists have argued that Judaism is not Zionism for years, and lost, till now.

Buy tickets now! Only $360 to hear Elliott Abrams and Dennis Ross!

Philip Weiss on
Dennis Ross

“What comes next?” is an all day forum on “the Jewish future” to be staged by the Jewish Review of Books in October featuring a bunch of old Zionists who we’ve heard a million times before including Henry Kissinger, Elliott Abrams, Ruth Wisse, Joseph Lieberman and Dennis Ross. And the ticket price: $360! When Elliott Abrams and Dennis Ross are willing to bore most audiences for nothing.

Why do Jewish legislators carry more weight on Iran Deal?

Philip Weiss on
FL Congresswoman Lois Frankel

People are openly counting Jewish vote in Congress on Iran Deal. So far 15 in favor, 9 against, 4 to announce. We grant Jews greater influence because of the Jewish connection to Israel and the Jewish organizations pressuring them, saying it’s anti-Semitic to support the deal.

The Israel lobby is alive and well– and split

Philip Weiss on
J Street founder Jeremy Ben-Ami speaking at the group's conference in 2012. (Photo: J Street)

Jennifer Rubin says Democrats have turned against Israel and Jonathan Chait says that the Israel lobby blew the Iran Deal and was never very powerful. They are both wrong. The lobby is alive and well, and split between them.

Debacle for the Israel lobby: Booker jilts Boteach, and Netanyahu sinks AIPAC

Philip Weiss on
Senator Booker

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach says he can’t trust his old friend Sen. Cory Booker after he announced his support for the Iran Deal, and the Washington Post says Israeli PM Netanyahu screwed the Israel lobby when he decided to interfere in US politics by speaking to Congress against the president in March

Pro-Israel Jews have ‘inexcusable prejudice’ against Obama — Sandy Berger

Philip Weiss on
Sandy Berger

Former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger boldly addressed the power of the Israel lobby in 2010, saying in an email to Hillary Clinton that President Obama needed to embrace Benjamin Netanyahu in order to “validate his pro-Israel credentials” with important segments of the U.S. Jewish community.

Obama and the Zionists

Philip Weiss on
President Obama on Friday August 29 with Michael Siegal of the Jewish Federations (C) and Stephen Greenberg, chair of the Conference of Presidents (R)

Obama’s embrace of Israel as American “family” in meetings last Friday with U.S. Zionists who expressed anxiety about the daylight between the US government and Israel has exposed the power of Israel supporters as never before. Americans must ask what the special relationship has cost America, and Zionists must explain why Jews need a Jewish state.

NY’s Center for Jewish History to host Ayelet ‘Little Snakes’ Shaked in conversation with Bret ‘Hiroshima’ Stephens

Philip Weiss on
Ayelet Shaked

Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s rightwing Justice Minister, posted a commentary calling Palestinian children “little snakes” that must be rubbed out with many other elements of Palestinian society; now she’s at NY’s Center for Jewish History, along with several other Zionists, Bret Stephens, Seth Siegel and Lawrence Summers. Where’s the opposing view?

Jewish community is Humpty Dumpty– it won’t come back together again, and shouldn’t

Philip Weiss on
Shimon Peres and Steve Israel

Reps Steve Israel and Eliot Engel opposed President Obama on the Iran Deal, surely because of their concern for Israel; and they think there shouldn’t be divisions inside the Jewish community over their opposition? The divisions are real and important and go back to the Iraq war disaster, when liberal Zionists went along with neocons on a tragic policy