The Israeli army had a busy summer so now its friends are staging fundraisers to help the army with the Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Nets basketball teams. And with Rabbi Howard Stecker on Long Island.
Category Archives: Israel Lobby
Glenn Greenwald’s latest revelation, that three former Treasury officials are involved in a neoconservative Zionist lobbying outfit, combined with David Brooks’s apparent belief that he’s an Israeli parent, shows how commingled the Israel interest is in our political culture, the type of sinister influence Lincoln and Burke both warned their democracies against
From the New York Times August 19th, just brought to my attention, an article on declining bipartisanship even inside the Senate dining room. Reported by Ashley Parker. Nice work Ashley, getting the word bellow in there. This was about the time Israel was slaughtering civilians in Gaza: One morning last month [July], Senator Mitch McConnell,
88 Senators warn Palestinians against taking unilateral actions against Israel at the UN. But Warren and Sanders don’t sign on for once, joining a refuser caucus that includes Tammy Baldwin, Rand Paul and Lisa Murkowsk
More fallout from Megan Marzec’s dramatic call for Ohio University to divest. State treasurer Josh Mandel says that Ohio is fully invested in Israel, which is “our friend, ally and beacon of American values.”
Katherine Franke speaks at U of Illinois and stands with Steven Salaita in the face of well-funded campaign to shut down free speech for Palestinians in the name of civility. “Whatever else civility may be, it is not an academic norm. Rigor is an academic norm. Making arguments backed by evidence is an academic norm.”
From Steven Salaita’s firing at the University of Illinois, to Bruce Shipman’s being forced out at Yale, to Michelle Nunn’s positioning in the Georgia Senate race, to rabbis refusing to criticize Israel, pro-Israel donors play a significant role in the U.S. discourse on Israel/Palestine. Here are several stories that underline the importance of pro-Israel money and show that elites are particularly vulnerable to donor pressure. These same elites are crucial to the lobby because Israel has lost the grass-roots. In fact, there is now a battle raging inside elite opinion
From the Jewish Journal two days ago. “David Brooks’ son is in the Israeli army. Does it matter?” One of the more interesting nuggets buried in a long, Hebrew-language interview with New York Times columnist David Brooks in the recent Ha’aretz magazine is the revelation, toward the very end, that Brooks’s oldest son serves in
The special relationship is suddenly problematic. James Bamford says that the US had no right to give surveillance info to a country that is “hostile” to Palestinian-Americans. And Chris Matthews says neocons pushed the Iraq war to make Arab nations into “friendly neighbors of Israel.”
Rabbi Danielle Leshaw has called on Ohio U. student leader Megan Marzec to resign because her action for Palestine allegedly made Jewish students feel “unsafe.” But Leshaw is administrator of a pro-Israel group that in its logo denies the existence of Palestine or an occupation.
Rev Bruce Shipman says he was forced out as Episcopal chaplain at Yale after he said Israel’s actions helped foster anti-Semitism. Now Yale will hold an “intellectual” panel on the “actual” causes of anti-Semitism and not include him.
Here’s an important story we’ve been following from Athens, Ohio: the student senate president at Ohio University dumped a bucket of fake blood over her head to commemorate the massacre victims in Gaza and supported boycott and divestment from Israel. There has been a giant backlash against Megan Marzec for creating that video (a takeoff
An Israeli gov’t video promoting immigration of American Jews to Israel says “best of all” they can get a “free degree” on Uncle Sam’s tab if they do so. Oh and Becky Sebo, an Ohio student arrested last night in pro-Israel demo, says “my country” is ISRAEL.
Jeremy Ben-Ami of the liberal Zionist group J Street says that the latest Israeli settlement “landgrab” should be the “straw that broke the camel’s back in Washington.” Like maybe the U.S. should stop giving money to the settler state? Nope. The US should undertake a “thorough review” of its policy on Israeli settlements
On September 5, a Washington Post story on an energy deal between Israel and Jordan said that relations between the two countries have been strained because of Israel’s continued occupation of Palestinian land in the West Bank — a swath of territory sandwiched between the two nations — and its partial siege of the Gaza
When was the last time The New York Review of Books ran a piece by a Palestinian? Lots of Israeli writers, including lately Assaf Sharon, who ignores the BDS movement and advocates for democracy in Israel and Palestine, when saying the Israel’s choice is between the extreme right and the two-state solution. An inherently conservative piece. The Hill actually tries to publish Palestinian opinion
J Street had trouble finding its voice during Israel’s bombardment and invasion of Gaza. Now after some internal infighting and desertions, J Street is back, ostensibly seizing the moment with Israel’s confiscation of Palestinian land on the West Bank. Yes, back it is, but to where is the important question
Everyone is talking about this. Last week the New York Times ran an op-ed by Deborah Lipstadt saying that anti-Semitism is returning to Europe in ways reminiscent of the Nazi era, in which Lipstadt blurred the line between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, citing protests of Israel’s slaughter in Gaza. Well, the Times has now run a
Connie Bruck has a big piece on AIPAC in the New Yorker that includes some good Capitol Hill reporting on AIPAC’s corrupting influence over the Congress. Friends are passing the piece along to me as an expose, and several are thrilled by it. The article is titled, “Are American Jews Turning Against AIPAC?” and suggests that AIPAC