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Israel Lobby

Ari Roth is fired by DC Jewish center — after staging Nakba play

Philip Weiss on
Ari Roth

McCarthyism is alive and the battle is on inside the Jewish community: The Washington DC Jewish Community Center has come down squarely against free speech, firing longtime theater director Ari Roth because he staged works that focused on the Nakba, the dispossession of Palestinians during Israel’s creation in 1948. The Jewish community is going to have to decide — Are you for free speech or donor-controlled speech?

Israel will lose all American Jews but the crazies

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Netanyahu at Hanukkah candle-lighting

Israeli PM Netanyahu’s clueless tweet of himself with muzzled attack dogs and soldiers in balaclavas carrying automatic rifles on Hanukkah shows that the Israeli brand has curdled and Israel will lose American Jews

Memo to Sen. Warren: More young Dems want US to side with Palestine than Israel

Philip Weiss on
Sen. Elizabeth Warren

In recent days, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has offered herself as the great progressive hope of the Democratic Party but remains silence on the Israeli occupation. Well, here’s some encouragement to Warren to move left on the question. Shibley Telhami reports Democratic Party politicians are out of touch with their grass roots on Israel/Palestine. Women, African-Americans, Hispanics and young Dems all want the U.S. to show less favoritism to Israel than it does now.

Are pro-Israel groups afraid of the US public?

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Arieh King being interviewed on a radio show in Jerusalem. (Photo:

Arieh King wants Jerusalem for the Jews but when he comes to NY, the public can’t attend his speech. You have to apply for admission. Desperate times in the Israel lobby.

Promoting regime change in Iraq paved the way to regime change at the New Republic

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The regime change at the New Republic is continuing to command headlines and two storylines sympathetic to Chris Hughes are emerging. One is technocratic/neoliberal: He bought the goddamn magazine, what did they expect? The other is political: despite the New Republic’s claim to being a progressive leader, the old regime was not liberal; it was racist and neoconservative/rightwing Zionist. More evidence the Hughes putsch is epochal: it ends an era in which neoconservatism was fanned inside the liberal Democratic political community, out of concern for maintaining US support for the Jewish state.

Chris Hughes brings down the curtain on neoconservative New Republic

Philip Weiss on
Chris Hughes

The journalism world is up in arms today that Chris Hughes the Facebook mogul who bought The New Republic magazine had the temerity to fire editor Franklin Foer and literary editor Leon Wieseltier. This is a landmark in the era of the Jewish establishment. It’s petering out in an elite generation of far greater diversity. The New Republic has been supported by one neocon after another, from Michael Steinhardt to Bruce Kovner to Roger Hertog. An era is over, and the Israel lobby (whose influence the magazine sought to deny) is losing power.

#JusticeForMikeBrown: NFL star Reggie Bush connects Ferguson to Palestine

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Screenshot: NFL's Reggie Bush posts Ferguson/Palestine solidarity photo of Palestinian activist Hamde AbuRahma from Bil'in on Instagram

Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush posted a photo of Palestinian photo-journalist Hamde Abu Rahma on his Instagram page 2 days ago. Abu Rahma’s sign reading “The Palestinian people know what mean to be shot while unarmed because of your ethnicity #Ferguson #Justice.” Predictably Abe Foxman issued a press release telling Bush he should “stick to football” among other things.

George Lopez turns into a Christian Zionist hack

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Comic George Lopez (r) with Avigdor Lieberman, Israeli foreign minister

Christian Zionist comedian George Lopez celebrated the Israeli colonization of Silwan, East Jerusalem, in which Palestinians are thrown out of their homes, during recent trip

Pittsburgh’s ‘Conflict Kitchen’ is latest battleground over Palestine, free speech and criticism of Israel

Julie Hakim Azzam on
A typical lunch-time line at the Conflict Kitchen. (Photo courtesy of Conflict Kitchen)

Pittsburgh may be known for its steel mill past and its high-tech present, but is now emerging as the seat of a lively debate concerning Palestinian food, free speech, and criticism of Israeli policies. The Conflict Kitchen is a take-out eatery that only serves food from countries with which the United States is in conflict. The restaurant began serving Palestinian food on October 6. On November 8, restaurant co-director Jon Rubin received a letter containing a death threat. As a result, Mr. Rubin temporarily closed the Conflict Kitchen.