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American Jewish Community

The crisis of the American Jewish community

Philip Weiss on
Howard Lupovitch

The American Jewish community is in crisis over Israel. Some support the state, others are sharply critical. The community used to be able to marginalize the critics, but now it is splitting, and a debate is beginning that will transform American politics of the issue.

The grotesque injustice of Obama’s speech at the Washington synagogue

Donald on
Adas Israel

President Obama’s speech to Adas Israel Congregation in Washington yesterday had an air of entitlement. Pandering to alleged liberals at this synagogue, he gets laughter for saying that Palestinians are “not the easiest of partners” and applause for completely ignoring the Nakba and every act of Israeli violence from 1948 to the present.

Obama equates Israel’s creation to African-Americans gaining right to vote

Philip Weiss on

President Obama said there’s a “direct line between supporting the right of the Jewish people to have a homeland and… the right of African Americans to vote and have equal protection under the law” in interview w Jeffrey Goldberg where he says “Jeff” more times than “Palestinian,” 6-4

The U.S. is at last facing the neocon captivity

Philip Weiss on
David Corn

Neoconservatives pushed the Iraq war to help Israel, David Corn explains on MSNBC when Chris Matthews asks why we invaded Iraq. At last the country is confronting the neoconservative plans to make over the Middle East.

‘NYT’ and ‘MSNBC’ leave Marco Rubio backer’s Israel agenda out of the story

Philip Weiss on
Norman Braman

There are a lot of elephants running around the room in a piece in the New York Times today titled, “Billionaire lifts Marco Rubio, Politically and Personally.” The piece has one glancing reference to Norman Braman’s ardor for Israel but fails to say Rubio traveled to Israel with Braman after being elected to the Senate in 2010 and his Iran views seem to reflect Braman’s.

Rudoren covers up Shaked’s genocidal statements in ‘NYT’

James North on
Jodi Rudoren

Jodi Rudoren plays down rightwing elements in Israeli society. Last week she said only a “small strain” wants the West Bank in Jewish hands, today she buries and then whitewashes the rightwing views of Ayelet Shaked, Netanyahu’s choice for justice minister. Shaked has made genocidal statements that Israel is “at war” with the “entire Palestinian people,” including elderly.

A response to the ‘Washington Post’ blogger who calls me an anti-Semite

Philip Weiss on
Lithograph inspired by the Kishinev pogrom, by Emil Flohri: Stop Your Cruel Oppression of the Jews, 1904.
Ben and Beatrice Goldstein Foundation Collection.
Prints and Photographs Division

The great spiritual challenge to Jews is to deal with our actual status in western societies. What would the American Jewish community look like today if we moved beyond viewing ourselves as the eternal victim? And what would happen to the Israel lobby? A response to David Bernstein’s charge in the Washington Post that Phil Weiss is an anti-Semite

Two videos to challenge my liberal Zionist friends

Philip Weiss on
The boy on the horse

A main-stage debate is beginning between liberal Zionists and non- and anti-Zionists. Here are two videos that show the continuous human rights abuses of Jewish nationalism, from 1950 to 2012; how can liberals call themselves liberals and support that ideology?