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Category Archives: Israel Lobby
Did Nelson Mandela label Israel an ‘apartheid’ regime? Israel’s apologists claimed he did in 1990, apparently misquoting Mandela for their own political objectives.
Frank Barat talks with Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters about his support for the BDS movement and politics in Israel/Palestine.
The heavy-hitters in the American Jewish community usually march in lockstep with the Israeli government. But many organizations that comprise the American Jewish establishment have gone silent over the Prawer Plan, the Israeli government’s initiative to uproot tens of thousands of Bedouin Arabs, relocate them to urban areas and build new Jewish areas on top of demolished villages. The silence is in sharp contrast to the activism against the Prawer Plan from groups like Jewish Voice for Peace and Truah.
Despite attempts to shut down Max Blumenthal’s book tour stop at the liberal think tank the New America Foundation, his lecture on Israeli policies to “finish 48″ was well received.
“My very first political action, the first thing I ever did that involved an issue or a policy or politics, was a protest against apartheid,” Obama said last night in an eloquent eulogy to Nelson Mandela. And today as president he is responsible for giving billions of dollars in military aid to an Israeli regime that, by any reading of international law, is committing the Crime of Apartheid against the Palestinian people.
The Jewish Community Relations Council in San Francisco is hiring a Counter-BDS Grassroots Organizer.
Zionists – a musty 19th century archetype – remain committed to Jewish supremacy and the inferiority of gentiles, particularly Africans and Arabs. That hasn’t been a problem for American politicians until recently. Bill de Blasio and Deval Patrick – men with non-traditional racial backgrounds – have been forced into strained contortions over the issue.
Max Blumenthal’s reply to Eric Alterman’s latest piece attacking him and his book Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel. The Nation declined to publish Blumenthal’s response.
America’s foremost Israel lobby group has expressed skepticism over the deal with Iran. In a recent policy memo, AIPAC ran through the deal’s details and expressed considerable skepticism over an interim agreement that contains “implicit acceptance of Iranian enrichment.” What they didn’t do, though, is press for new and immediate sanctions on Iran. Instead, they want new sanctions legislation in order to “shape” the final outcome a far-reaching accord with Iran. AIPAC is playing the long game on sanctions. They can’t try to scuttle an interim agreement already reached with Iran, as distasteful as they find it. Much like the fight over Chuck Hagel, which AIPAC sat out lest it go head to head with an administration they need to work with, AIPAC is not pushing for immediate sanctions because it would set up a public confrontation with the Obama administration.
American Task Force on Palestine finds funding from anti-Palestinian billionaire and a repressive monarchy
Despite its claims to be “committed to strengthening Palestinian-American relations” as “an independent voice for Palestine,” the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) has begun accepting funding from one of the most aggressive funders of anti-Palestinian and Islamophobic initiatives in the United States. A recently released 2011 Internal Revenue Service Form 990 information return revealed that ATFP has accepted at least $10,000 from the Klarman Family Foundation. The donation highlights the trajectory of an organization originally founded to advance the position of Palestinian statehood advocates in Washington, DC, but which has increasingly diverged from the Palestinian consensus. It also exposes an emerging strategy of pro-Israel donors like Klarman who are propping up an array of Muslim and Arab-American groups to drive a wedge into grassroots Palestine solidarity organizing. In addition, ATFP claims to have never accepted donations from foreign governments, but the group accepted $148,800 from the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in 2011. Above, a controversial photo of ATFP President Ziad Asali with then Israeli Ambassador the U.S. Michael Oren.
Max Blumenthal is scheduled to discuss his book Goliath at the New America Foundation in Washington DC on Wednesday, December 4th. Afraid that Blumenthal’s reporting has breached the walls of the beltway, Israel’s defenders have started the predictable McCarthyite campaign to shut it down.
Israel approves construction for 829 new settlement units near Jerusalem.
A twitter debate about Iran with Michael Doran, a senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, reveals Doran’s bias.
Veteran Israeli activist and commentator Uri Avnery has posted a new column framing the current struggle over U.S. policy toward Iran as, among other things, a test of two theories: the view, long associated with Noam Chomsky, that Israel is simply a tool of U.S. imperialism, versus the analysis, notably championed by Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, that Israel and the Israel lobby here at home are the main determinants of American policy in the Middle East.
Inspired by Chuck Hagel, Barack Obama and Sarah Palin’s masterful accessorizing to show their support for Israel, Katie Miranda has come up with a variety of stylish accessories that politicians with grand ambitions can use to prove their commitment to Israel. Featuring the Masada Sun Hat, Star of David Leather Belt, Hebrew National Boxers and something so simple it’s amazing only Cory Booker has thought of it.
David Makovsky keynotes AIPAC meetings and calls for “biometrics” for Palestinians stuck at checkpoints. And he’s now a member of the US Middle East team? There is no honest broker.
Israel and its apologists can no longer defend the country on its merits, instead they must try to suppress debate
Josh Ruebner responds to an attack from Tammi Rossman-Benjamin in the New York Daily News against Brooklyn College President Karen Gould and the university’s Political Science Department for encouraging an open debate on campus about Israel’s apartheid policies toward Palestinians. Ruebner writes, “Israel and its apologists can no longer defend on its merits Israel and its apartheid policies toward Palestinians. Instead, they must try to suppress any such discussion from occurring in the first place because they are backing a losing argument.”
The Emergency Committee for Israel is warning that President Barack Obama can’t keep promises–whether it’s on health care or Iran. The neoconservative group’s latest video warns that the American people can’t trust the president, and that he’s the one marching towards a war with Iran. It’s the latest salvo from right-wingers seeking to scuttle a diplomatic deal with Iran over its nuclear energy program.
‘Pro-Life? Pro-Israel?’: Israeli anti-abortion organization reaches out for US support to fight demographic war in the Jewish state
An Israeli anti-abortion group is reaching out to Christian Zionists and pro-choice advocates in the United States in an effort to increase the state’s Jewish population. The organization, Efrat, is an Israeli anti-abortion group with hundreds of volunteers that counsel Jewish women against abortion and provide support for the first year of the child’s life. While in the U.S. pro-life discourse focuses on morality, Efrat looks at abortion from a demographics perspective — promoting what they call an “inner aliyah,” or increasing Israel’s Jewish population by pumping up the birthrate via anti-abortion counseling and subsidies. Despite the apparent political contradiction, the organization has received support from abortion rights stalwarts such as New York Senator Chuck Schumer, and wide support from the American Jewish community.
Is this the end of the special relationship? A deal for Iran to limit its nuclear enrichment is said to have been reached in Geneva, and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu slammed John Kerry for agreeing to any such terms, calling it “the deal of the century” for Iran. Netanyahu hinted at military action. “This is a very bad deal and Israel utterly rejects it…. Israel is not obliged by this agreement and Israel will do everything it needs to do to defend itself.”
Pro-Israel Democrats are attacking Brooklyn College over an event at the school featuring author and activist Ben White (above). The fracas comes nearly a year after Brooklyn College found itself at the center of a storm over the school’s hosting of an event featuring proponents of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. Like the prior controversy, this year’s features ardent supporters of the state of Israel like Dov Hikind accusing the speaker of anti-Semitism and the school’s academic departments of supporting the event.
Leaders of four rightwing Jewish organizations met with the president last Tuesday and reportedly agreed to suspend lobbying for more sanctions on Iran in exchange for Obama agreeing not to lift any existing sanctions on Iran in forthcoming talks
Max Blumenthal’s “Goliath” is the bluntest book you’ll read about the state of Israeli society, as it looks deep into the soul of an ethnocracy that dominates the lives of millions of Palestinians. Alex Kane recently sat down with Blumenthal for a conversation about his book to discuss the current state of Israeli society, his method of reporting and what readers will learn about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as negotiations with Iran and the Palestinians continue.
Israeli Consul General frets about ‘progressive elite’ delegitimizing the Jewish state at elite Manhattan event
The Israeli Consul General of New York had a stark message last week: Israel’s name is being tarnished in the media and its reputation is threatened by delegitimization. The diplomat, Ido Aharoni, made the comments to about 50 people who gathered at the CORE Club in Manhattan. Aharoni was joined by Israel Project CEO, and former AIPAC spokesperson, Josh Block who complained of “Arabists” at the State Department, and by ‘Slate’ writer Dahlia Lithwick who shared she’s “terrified to send my kids to college” due to anti-Israel sentiment.
Incoming Senator Cory Booker’s recent campaign was flush with cash–much of it coming from pro-Israel donors. In late July and early August, a newly formed Super PAC called the Mobilization Fund dropped $532,000 in cash on Booker. The organization only has six donors, all hedge fund leaders and corporate CEOs, and 4 of the 6 are big on Israel. As Booker enters the Senate, he could become one of its more outspoken pro-Israel members at a time when the body could vote on new sanctions on Iran and bills to upgrade the U.S.-Israel relationship even further.