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Saban calls Ellison ‘clearly an anti-Semite’ (and not on Wikileaks)

Philip Weiss on
Haim Saban

Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison pretends to be “more of a Zionist than Herzl, Ben-Gurion and Begin combined,” but if you go back to his record, “he is clearly an anti-Semite, an anti-Israel individual.” Haim Saban smears the DNC chair candidate at a fancy Washington dinner.

‘Make this my dream as well’ — in historic appearance, Palestinian offers one-state vision to a NY temple

Philip Weiss on
Jonathan Kuttab, after his speech at Temple Israel in New Rochelle, Nov. 29, 2016

American Jewish spaces have refused to hear Palestinians calling for one democratic state in Israel and Palestine. Last night Temple Israel in New Rochelle broke that taboo with the appearance of Jonathan Kuttab, a human rights lawyer who challenged a respectful audience of 80 and members of the temple’s Israel action committee to end the persecution of Palestinians by granting everyone between the river and the sea equal rights.

Rally marks the rebirth of the New York Jewish left

Rob Bryan on
Shalom motherfucker: IfNotNow demonstrators gather at NY Public Library with message to Steve Bannon, from IfNotNow twitter feed

Sunday night demonstration in NY was a time to reclaim Judaism from the crotchety bastards who have taken up space at the head of the dinner table for too long, plugging their ears with their fingers and yelling “self-hating Jew” at any critic of Israel until they ended up so out of touch that they thought it was okay to give a guy like Steve Bannon a pass.

Leading pro-Israel groups dare not criticize Trump lest they lose access to White House

James North and Philip Weiss on
Josh Block, the head of the Israel Project. (Photo: TIP/CC)

Only Israel: Leading Jewish groups, including the American Jewish Committee, AIPAC, and the Jewish Federations, have not criticized Trump’s appointments of men who have promoted bigotry, because they do not want to alienate the president-elect on the only issue they really care about: supporting Israel. Though some Zionist groups have stood up for human rights in America.

Trump aide blows off Zionist gala, and Dershowitz warns that politicizing Israel means ‘we could lose’

Philip Weiss on
Demonstrators outside Zionist Organization of America, Nov. 20. Photo by Shima @amiyarz

The Israel lobby seems to losing power before our eyes. Trump aide Steve Bannon blew off the Zionist Organization of America despite its patron Sheldon Adelson giving $25 million to the Trump campaign; and Alan Dershowitz warned that if Jewish supporters of Israel divide and allow an American election to become a referendum on Israel, “we could lose.”

Jewish Americans must take sides on Trump

Michael Marder on
Stephen Bannon, the executive chairman of far-right news and opinion site Breitbart. (Photo: DANNY MOLOSHOK/INVISION/AP)

Jewish Americans passed a big test by voting overwhelmingly against Trump. But a major question is yet to be answered: Will Trump’s aggressively Zionist agenda sway their opinion during his administration?

I’m not worried about anti-Semitism

Philip Weiss on
Isaac Babel

Phil Weiss says that Jewish status is changing with the Trump election, but comparisons to the Holocaust are overblown and self-involved: “I can’t diminish that reaction, but no one with any influence is talking about a registry for Jewish names, as they are for Muslims. Or restrictions on Jewish emigration, as they do for Muslims. Or talking about the problems in the Jewish religion– as the new national security adviser and top strategist Bannon do. We misread history if we think that is coming to the US. Other dangers are much closer.”

Why was the Clinton campaign obsessed with fighting BDS?

Philip Weiss on
Image of an apartheid wall posted by the Princeton Committee on Palestine, which was being scrutinized by the Clinton campaign as it put together a letter against BDS.

The day after the election Wikileaks published an email from Stu Eizenstat, an ambassador to the Jewish community, to Clinton’s foreign policy wunderkind Jake Sullivan scrutinizing activism in favor of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) at Princeton. Why did top figures in the Clinton campaign spend energy looking into how the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement was engaging this “sleepy campus?” Because it was trying to please donors in 2015, rather than wrestling with progressive causes.

Trump is fostering breakup of US Jewish consensus in favor of Israel

Philip Weiss on
Morton Klein of the Zionist Organization of America

Trump’s combination of rightwing extremism and love for Israel will cause American Jews to come out against the Israeli government and its policies, observers say, thereby accelerating the divide between liberal American Jews and the Jewish state, which is practicing apartheid.

Some big Jewish donors to Clinton don’t seem to care about Israel. Hallelujah

Philip Weiss on
Gary Hirshberg, yogurt mogul

Clinton campaign emails reveal often craven pandering to big Jewish donors. But they also show that Jews are not monolithic in supporting Israel. Many care about progressive causes. It’s time for the media to frankly address this outsize Jewish influence so that Jews will express greater diversity on foreign policy.

Big Jewish donors are suddenly balking at giving money to Israel, says leading sociologist

Philip Weiss on
Steven M. Cohen, sociologist of US Jewish trends

Most young American Jews have a non-Jewish parent, and intermarriage is the largest factor in distancing Jews from Israel, followed by growing offense with Israeli policies, says Steven Cohen, leading sociologist of Jewish attitudes. He said some “serious” Jewish donors have stopped giving to organizations that give money to Israel.

The power of hasbara culture

Yakov Hirsch on
Jeffrey Goldberg, by Katie Miranda

Why do media bystanders shut their mouths when they see critics of Israel smeared as “diseased” anti-Semites. Because of hasbara culture, a Jewish-Zionist ethnocentric way of looking at the world that is both aggressive and highly politicized.