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Theocratic Israel

Philip Weiss on
Ruling on a woman's private life by a rabbinical court in Jerusalem, 2015

A rabbinical court in Jerusalem allows a woman who had intercourse with a non-Jew to marry non-Jews. The power of these religious courts over private life would be unimaginable in the U.S.

Netanyahu brings neocons and liberal Zionists together again

Philip Weiss on
Jane Eisner, editor of the Forward

Neocon David Makovsky wants Israel to annex portions of the West Bank to save itself from becoming a binational state. And Jane Eisner, a liberal Zionist, endorses the plan. That’s because they’re both Zionists committed to the need for a Jewish state

Grieving for Kristallnacht, past and present

Michael Lesher on
A Palestinian man inspects a house after it was torched, in Duma, near the West Bank city of Nablus, July 31, 2015. (Photo: AP)

Michael Lesher writes: “Another anniversary of Kristallnacht has come and gone. And for me, as a Jew, what is there to do but grieve? Part of what I feel records what happened on that long night in 1938 when Nazi hooligans ransacked and destroyed Jewish shops, homes, schools and synagogues. Of course it does. But another part, more immediate and more painful, is a grief born of rage: grief over the complicity of my fellow Jews in a present and continuing crime, eerily similar to what the Nazis did on Kristallnacht. A crime for which, I fear, ordinary Jews bear more responsibility today than did ordinary Germans 77 years ago.”

Rigged Netanyahu ‘conversation’ at Center for American Progress shows it’s twilight of the Israel lobby

James North and Philip Weiss on
Neera Tanden and Netanyahu at Center for American Progress

Every moment of Neera Tanden’s conversation with Benjamin Netanyahu at the Democratic Party thinktank, the Center for American Progress, was scripted; the audience looked like it was drugged and Tanden was a supplicant to the PM. The need for a show-conversation demonstrates that the Israel lobby is losing power, as progressive Americans get the story.

I went from Bar Mitzvah to BDS at Temple Emanu-el

Rob Bryan on
David Harris of the American Jewish Committee

“I just want to know what right you think you have to smear me as an anti-Semite and as a self-hating Jew,” Rob Bryan challenges an anti-BDS gathering in the New York synagogue where he was bar mitzvah’d

Obama administration will do nothing for Palestinians through end of term

Philip Weiss on
Netanyahu meeting with Bill Clinton on October 30

White House officials say there will be no more negotiations on the stalled peace process during the rest of the Obama administration, but the key is to instill hope in Palestinians that they will some day get “dignity” — empty words Obama and Netanyahu are sure to echo tomorrow

‘New York Times’ to Palestinians: Drop dead

Philip Weiss on
New York Times headquarters. (Photo: Wikimedia)

NYT wants Obama and Netanyahu to patch up differences. By reducing Israel’s crimes to settlement building the NYT makes Israeli misdeeds seem nonviolent and abstract, while the only violence ever condemned is Palestinian. NYT puts liberal Zionism lip service away from neoconservatism.

Hillary Clinton promises to invite Netanyahu to White House in her first month

Philip Weiss on
Saban and Clinton, undated image

As his visit to Washington approaches, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claque in the U.S. is getting noisier and noisier by the minute. And Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is outfront. In a article for the Forward, Clinton has nothing but bad things to say about Palestinians as terrorists in promising that she will patch up relations with Israel if she becomes president. She’s kissing up to the lobby.