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Guilford College Hillel in North Carolina changes its name under legal threat in order to host civil rights veterans

Philip Weiss on
Hillel logo

You’d think that the legal threat against Guilford College Hillel for hosting civil rights veterans in North Carolina came from some old white desegregationists. Nope– it was threatened by Hillel International, the Jewish organization based in Washington, D.C., because the veterans were speaking out Thursday night for Palestinian human rights.

Hurt by the Israel lobby, Obama kisses it goodbye

Philip Weiss on
Obama and Friedman, from the NYT

In an interview with Tom Friedman of the New York Times, President Obama shows that he has won on foreign policy, speaking warmly of Iran and repeatedly referring to differences with Netanyahu in a kind of goodbye to the Israel lobby

‘NYT’ addresses pro-Israel donors’ influence over Congress

Philip Weiss on
Eric Lipton of the Times

The New York Times has finally done it: an honest piece about the Israel lobby’s financial influence over Congress, the Republican side of the aisle, anyway. Netanyahu’s influence among Republicans reflects the power of “a small group of wealthy donors.”

Now Obama needs to ‘compensate’ Netanyahu — NYT pipes Israeli propaganda (Update)

Annie Robbins on
Dore Gold

New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren suggests Obama owes some sort of compensation to Israel for not kowtowing to Netanyahu on Iran. The Times did not get the message that Netanyahu got knocked down, left behind and hung out to dry in Lausanne, Switzerland two days ago. He’s been demoted, not the other way around.

Approaching Easter and Passover

Marc H. Ellis on
Elizabeth Warren makes a speech at the AFL-CIO Wages Summit, in Washington, DC.

How many more Passover and Easter seasons will Jews and Christians of Conscience observe until our dissent rings hollow even to ourselves? Marc Ellis asks

Washington ‘sits shiva’ for the 2-state solution

Philip Weiss on
Obama after Netanyahu speech to Congress, March 4

Israeli PM Netanyahu’s dismissal of the two-state solution in the last days of the election campaign in Israel is having a huge and beneficial effect on the discussion of the conflict inside the United States. President Obama has taken Netanyahu at his word and says there will be no two-state solution for “several years.” He seems to be doing what many on the US left are doing: preparing Americans to think about what one state looks like.

Why I hope Netanyahu will be crushed tonight

Philip Weiss on
Netanyahu at AIPAC this morning

Many in the Palestinian solidarity community want Netanyahu to stay in office so that Israel is further discredited. That seems nihilist to me; I want the monster gone. So there can be a battle between liberal Zionists and anti-Zionists.