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American Jewish Community

Netanyahu will lobby American Jews on deal, calling on alleged loyalty to Jewish state

Philip Weiss on
Barney Frank

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is reaching out to American Jews to oppose the Iran deal tomorrow. The good thing about the Iran war that the neoconservatives and Netanyahu want is that so many Jews are showing up in favor of the deal. We’re having a vigorous conversation about the influence of the rightwing Israel lobby, and the implicit call for dual loyalty that Zionism depends upon. So Netanyahu’s outreach will cause more American Jews to question whether they really wish to be the buttress of the Jewish state.

If Americans support Iran deal, 56-37, what gives Israel the power to ‘croak’ it?

Philip Weiss on
Israeli Defense minister Moshe Ya'alon greets US Defsec Ashton Carter

AIPAC may spend $40 million to oppose the Iran deal, and the greatest pressure is on Democrats who don’t want to vote for it for fear of losing their jobs. The public supports the deal by 56-37. But unfortunately, the politics of the deal are playing out chiefly inside the Jewish community. The White House talks to Jewish groups and the Defense Secretary goes to Israel.

‘NYT’ discovers elephant in living room: ‘Pro-Israel billionaires’

James North and Philip Weiss on
New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez

Haim Saban and Sheldon Adelson both want to bomb Iran and both support Sen. Robert Menendez’s defense fund. And even the New York Times states in a headline that “Pro-Israel billionaires” are backing Menendez. The elephant in the room is getting some attention

The challenge for Tzedek Chicago

Marc H. Ellis on
Brant Rosen, center, with Steering Committee co-chairs Mark Miller (left) and Susan Klonsky (right) at the Tzedek Chicago launch event, June 28, 2015 (photo: Lisa Kosowski)

Rabbi Brant Rosen’s new congregational venture Tzedek Chicago continues to make news. Writing in the Forward, Jonathan Paul Katz thinks that such a non-Zionist venture rooted in universal Jewish values might fill a gap in Jewish life. That said, the issue is much more profound than Katz is aware of.

Michael Oren misrepresents 1971 synagogue bombing that changed his life

Philip Weiss on
Daily News story on synagogue bombing, April 19, 1971

In his new memoir, Michael Oren makes out suburban New Jersey in 1971 to be as anti-Semitic as Odessa during the pogroms. To do so, he lies by omission about the facts behind a synagogue bombing. The Jewish terrorist Meir Kahane was due to speak there, and the speech was canceled. Oren doesn’t tell readers that part.

Resume requirement for counter-terrorism job appears to include: Jewish

Philip Weiss on
Adam Szubin

Adam Szubin, Obama’s nominee for counter terrorism czar in Treasury, would be the third Jew to hold that job. That’s because the position is an Israel lobby position; Obama has to demonstrate to the lobby that he’s tough on Iran in order to try and cut a deal with the country.

Joining up (Tzedek Chicago, and a Judaism beyond nationalism)

Marc H. Ellis on
Brant Rosen, center, with Steering Committee co-chairs Mark Miller (left) and Susan Klonsky (right) at the Tzedek Chicago launch event, June 28, 2015 (photo: Lisa Kosowski)

A new religious venture, Tzedek Chicago, is headed by the rebellious, anti-Zionist and Psalmist, Rabbi Brant Rosen. “We reject the view that any one people, ethnic group or nation is entitled to any part of our world more than any other.”

‘Patronizing Israeli crap’ — more American Jewish responses to Oren

Philip Weiss on
Leon Wieseltier

Michael Oren sought to shore up American Jewish support for Israel, but by insulting Obama, Jewish secularism and the tikkun olam tradition, the former ambassador has angered Jeffrey Goldberg, Ron Kampeas and Leon Wieseltier and hastened the divorce between the two communities