Bernie Sanders says his religion tells him “we are all all in this together,” and diminished when someone is sleeping in the street or can’t afford Prescription drugs. By refusing to speak in traditional religious terms, he is connecting with the young, more than a third of whom are Unaffiliated, Religious “None”s.
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Hillary Clinton has sided with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu over President Obama and even her own husband’s policies. Marco Rubio has also kissed up to the Israeli PM. That’s the definition of being an Establishment favorite these days.
Anyone with a brain knows that we have to distance ourselves from the Middle East and occupier Israel; but these lessons were nowhere evident in the no-holds-barred political brawls in Iowa. That’s got to change, and Bernie Sanders is the best hope to do so.
Obama’s speech at the Israeli Embassy saying We are all Jews shows the trajectory of Holocaust thought is Israel, unmindful of the horrific suffering Israel is causing the Palestinian people. Such thought then censors dissent on the consequences of the use of the Holocaust as a blunt instrument against the Palestinian people.
Ronald Feldman, NY gallery owner, says he supports Israel “no matter what,” but that when it worked against Obama on the Iran deal, it alienated many American Jews who now say they cannot support Israel under Netanyahu
Bernard Avishai is right to extol the rebirth of Hebrew culture in Israel, but that does not justify political Zionism’s unending practices of ethnic cleansing and discrimination
After Obama gave pro-Israel speech at Israeli Embassy, Wednesday, there was “a scene I’ve never seen before,” says Chemi Shalev of Haaretz. 300 people in suits were shouting out, “Thank you, thank you…it was an outpouring of noise toward him.”
Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer lobbied on Capitol Hill against President Obama’s signature foreign policy achievement. Yesterday Obama kissed up to him at the Israel embassy. The Israel lobby is alive and well
At a Zionist summer camp in Michigan in the 1980s, author Liz Rose and other young Jews felt comfortable exploring their sexuality together and looked forward to taking that experience to Israel. It took her years to understand that her community was eroticizing the land of Israel and leaving out the Palestinian story.
Even George Bush kowtowed to anti-Israel forces in the executive branch when he claimed that the Palestinian issue was a real problem for the U.S., says Israel’s lawyer Dennis Ross. And only Bill Clinton stamped down those forces
A new strategy has emerged among pro-Israel advocates to situate support for Israel among various liberal or progressive causes by recognizing the idea of intersecting oppressions. It is a cynical attempt to capitalize off the struggles of others.
Former NY mayor Bloomberg, who is considering throwing his hat in the presidential race, has sided with Israel in its assaults on Gaza and aided Islamophobic efforts in New York; but he also said those who don’t want to allow a BDS panel at Brooklyn College should go live in North Korea.
Ambassador Daniel Shapiro’s sharp criticism of Israeli policies earned him the insult “little Jewboy” from a former Netanyahu aide. The flap demonstrates an important sociological trend: American Jews, even mainstream ones indoctrinated to love Israel, are breaking more and more publicly with the Jewish state. The Netanyahu government is proving to be embarrassing to American Jews; they do not want to be associated with rightwing apartheid policies.
As Israel wins on the military and diplomatic battlefield, their propaganda battle is already lost.
Ari Shavit attempts to silence Breaking the Silence by employing an inappropriate biblical quote in his Ha’aretz column and calling for “unending devotion to the Zionist enterprise”
A non-Zionist new year’s resolution includes, Pursue peace with justice, Support BDS, Occupy Judaism. But maybe we need a new Jewish theology to support it.
Phil Weiss used to tell amusing provocative stories every holiday season about the melding of Jewish and Christian culture in my extended family. Now he’s sick of it. It’s just about the cohesion of elites; and other sociological struggles for inclusion are far more compelling.
Paul Krugman writes an entire column about Sheldon Adelson and Paul Singer’s influence inside the Republican Party without pointing out the obvious: their core issue is Israel. He’s lying to his readers.
Former Brandeis President Frederick Lawrence mentions not one Palestinian, only Jews and Israelis, when he says the way to defeat BDS is to invite participants with all perspectives on campus. He hired three former Israeli soldiers to present a picture of Israel in the “context of love.”
Just when the Israel lobby was getting back to its feet after Iran Deal, Obama administration wiretaps reveal Israeli officials working with US Jewish groups against the deal. WSJ says Obama authorized taps as a serving a “compelling national security purpose.”
Jewish life and Judaism is divided between those who want justice and those who commit and celebrate atrocity. When do we admit that errant weeds aren’t errant at all?
Sen. Lindsey Graham is saluted as a “mensch” by Israel supporters thankful that he is trying to save the Republican party from Donald Trump and also advance a neoconservative program inside the party
Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer announced that his holiday gift package would include many products from the illegal Israeli settlements. He tweeted: “This year I decided to send a gift for the holiday that would also help combat BDS.” His accompanying letter on the subject says that the gifts are all products of “Judea, Samaria, and the Golan Heights.” Dermer’s repeated insults to the White House without rebuke are a measure of the impunity that Israel has in Washington due to the Democratic Party’s reliance on Israel supporters.
The crisis of Zionism really is on us. Liberal Zionists are doing everything they can to save the “Jewish democracy,” from BDS and the occupation; but even John Kerry sees Israel becoming a “fortress” state with Palestinians disfranchised
Hedgefunder and Israel supporter Andrew Herenstein seems to have jumped from Ted Cruz to Marco Rubio since the spring, and Rubio has dropped legislation that would have hurt Herenstein’s interests in Puerto Rico