Even Daily Beast is using the term “Israel First,” after wealthy NY gay couple hosts Ted Cruz, who opposes same-sex marriage, because of his stand on Iran
Category Archives: Israel Lobby
Rudoren’s latest: NYT piece on public transportation shutting down for the Sabbath in Israel quotes Jews on both sides of the issue but leaves out the view of 1/5 of the population whose lives are governed by someone else’s religious observance. Jim Crow in US journalism
Sheldon Adelson is beginning to attain Koch Brothers-like standing for American liberals. The press is finally beginning to pick up on a real problem, the corruption of the Republican presidential process by the man who wants to nuke Iran.
This week Senator Ben Cardin introduced an AIPAC-backed amendment to a trade bill that seeks to thwart the growing BDS movement. The legislation is designed to pressure the EU, which is currently negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the United States, to reverse course on the steps it has taken in recent years to oppose Israeli settlements. If it passes it would set a dangerous precedent for free speech and solidify the United States’ role as the chief enabler of Israel’s occupation.
Republican Jewish consultants say Obama’s policy is sending big Jewish donors to the Republicans, thereby threatening Hillary Clinton’s ability to win
“If I put together a finance team that will make me financially competitive enough to stay in this thing…I may have the first all-Jewish cabinet in America,” Sen. Lindsey Graham joked, but he is telling the truth about the political process, and reporters have an obligation to explore the role of the Israel lobby in our politics. So far, crickets.
NYT reporter Jodi Rudoren publishes unadulaterated hasbara glorifying Israeli army, and soldier killed in 1973, defending occupied Sinai, though the Times never tells you that
Leading Rabbi David Ellenson and Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt first publicly criticized Israel last December in the Wall Street Journal, after a member of the Israeli Knesset urged them to come forward. Where will young American Jews go for leadership?
Marco Rubio’s biggest backer Norman Braman went to Israel with him days after his election to Senate in 2010, while Lindsey Graham joked he might have an “all-Jewish cabinet” because he is so dependent on pro-Israel money
When Batya Kahana-Dror tells a NY Jewish audience that she wants “maximal territory with minimal Arab citizens” inside Israeli borders, no one criticizes her. But when a woman in the audience calls on ending US aid to Israel, Rabbi Ayelet Cohen says that she’s being disrespectful.
Haim Saban hints that Hillary Clinton is against the Iran deal, a strategic move to make sure Republicans don’t get the pro-Israel money that they seem to think is in play
You’d think that the legal threat against Guilford College Hillel for hosting civil rights veterans in North Carolina came from some old white desegregationists. Nope– it was threatened by Hillel International, the Jewish organization based in Washington, D.C., because the veterans were speaking out Thursday night for Palestinian human rights.
The NYT devotes three paragraphs to a Netanyahu aide saying the PM played a “decisive” role in Congressional efforts to stop the Iran deal. Really! How much are our congresspeople motivated by pro-Israel financial contributions? The press needs to explore
Center for American Progress has links to Hillary Clinton and Democratic Party. Is that why it’s having an event on “Palestinian issues” that doesn’t include a single Palestinian?
The American public is overwhelmingly behind the Iran deal. So who is against it and demanding that Congress has oversight? Only the rightwing Israel lobby. Though yesterday Obama got the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to reject “two of Netanyahu’s demands”
Celebrity sites TMZ and Perez Hilton describe the occupied old city of Jerusalem as Israel in covering the baptism of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s daughter North there. They’re almost as bad as the Democratic Party.
The Israeli opposition, the supposed liberals, are demanding that the U.S. incorporate Israel’s ability to carry out a military strike on Iran into the final deal. Livni and Herzog demand the same access to US power as Netanyahu.
A storm erupted on Rand Paul’s announcement day for the presidential nomination when Chris Matthews decried the neocon opposition to Paul, “piggish money” that is against him because he’s against another Middle East war.
Jewish orgs need to be liberated from the power of conservative donors’ money over their political positions. Eric Fingerhut of Hillel boycotted J Street because “millions of dollars” were on the line, an anonymous Hillel director says.
In an interview with Tom Friedman of the New York Times, President Obama shows that he has won on foreign policy, speaking warmly of Iran and repeatedly referring to differences with Netanyahu in a kind of goodbye to the Israel lobby
The New York Times has finally done it: an honest piece about the Israel lobby’s financial influence over Congress, the Republican side of the aisle, anyway. Netanyahu’s influence among Republicans reflects the power of “a small group of wealthy donors.”