When NYT’s Jodi Rudoren spoke to the Jewish Community Center in NY, no one asked about the house she lives in in Jerusalem, which a Palestinian family once lived in. But this is all Palestinians think about. Ghada Karmi, whose house it was, explains why.
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Jodi Rudoren is leaving Jerusalem well short of four years as New York Times bureau chief.
‘Foreign Policy’ decries the influence of ‘Israel lobby’ donors over Hillel, which has become an ardently Zionist organization, thereby not serving Jewish students. Another breakthrough in the MSM
Henry Siegman has an important piece up at the Nation in which he explains the recent Palestinian violence as a natural political response to unending occupation and describes the Palestinians as fighting for “freedom”
In New York, rightwing Israeli settler Aryeh King lays out his biblical “Hagar” plan to send Palestinians to Jordan and says Europe’s war on Muslims will dry up the boycott movement
So long as the Jewish community defines itself as pro-Israel, it will include virulent pro-Israel forces like Pamela Geller who spreads toxic Islamophobia and neoconservatives whose answer to every problem is war
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.
ThinkProgress irresponsibly blames the settlements on the religious right, thereby exonerating the Democratic Party, which has been a strong and vocal a supporter of the settlements going back to Bill Clinton
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
Bruce Kovner of American Enterprise Institute says that only multi-ethnic coalitions are stable. Right, that’s why Israel is unstable. But Kovner can’t tell his friend Netanyahu that.
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.”
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 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
Neera Tanden, president of Center for American Progress, who is hosting Israeli PM Netanyahu today, once scoffed at Peace Now’s defense of her own employees even as she reached out to the rightwing groups that were attacking them
How can journalists get away with addressing a fervently pro-Israel organization, the Jewish Federations? Dana Bash and David Gregory spoke at the group’s annual conference, ahead of Israeli PM Netanyahu
Even as the New York Times, Hillary Clinton and the Center for American Progress urge Obama to get over his snit with Netanyahu, the Israeli government disses the president by announcing 2,200 new settlement units.
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
Crisis grows among liberal Zionists: Lara Friedman of Peace Now urges US to give up the peacemaking business before Israel becomes a “pariah state,” David Grossman says Netanyahu has led frightened Israelis down a blind alley, and Amos Oz says he will boycott Israeli embassy events. Well, it’s something.
Zionism excuses a multitude of sins. That’s why reform temple B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim of Deerfield, Il., led by a female rabbi, is welcoming rightwing Chabad rabbi Shmuley Boteach, whose community is sexist–because he supports Israel.
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.
Brace yourself for another eight years of the US president kissing up to the Israeli prime minister.
Emails published by Glenn Greenwald show the Democratic Party thinktank Center for American Progress censoring writers under pressure from AIPAC, and top Democratic advisers Ann Lewis and Howard Wolfson
Israeli destruction of Palestinian dignity and of Palestinian nonviolent movement is “the moral darkness” that is responsible for the Palestinian stabbing attacks, Peter Beinart says at a Los Angeles synagogue
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.
A few years after his son served in the Israeli army, Bloomberg editor Ethan Bronner will host an event at a NY Jewish space on the skill, strength and courage of Israeli soldiers.