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Israel Lobby

‘The New York Times’ throws another sop to lovers of Israel

James North on
Nitsana Darshan-Leitner

A portrait of a rightwing Israeli lawyer in the Times is a transparent effort to show Israel supporters who monitor the paper closely that the Times takes rightwing Zionists more seriously than it does leftwingers or Palestinians.

Tell your congressperson: Don’t attend Netanyahu’s speech

Philip Weiss on
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney

If it was outrageous and inappropriate and unprecedented for the Republicans to ask Netanyahu to speak to Congress, thereby undermining Obama’s Iran policy, those who oppose war should take action, and give Netanyahu the cold shoulder when he comes to Congress

Netanyahu speech could turn Israel lobby into a political football

Philip Weiss on

The stunning invitation to Netanyahu to address the Congress in March against Obama may at last politicize the “special relationship,” forcing Democrats to side with the president over Israel and unleashing a debate over our Israeli policy, including the damage to the U.S. from the unending occupation

Obama won’t meet Netanyahu during ‘bizarre,’ ‘historic,’ ‘unprecedented’ visit (Updated)

Philip Weiss on
House Speaker John Boehner and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo:Jonathan Ernst / REUTERS)

The Congressional invitation to Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to both houses of Congress, purposely upstaging President Obama’s State of the Union speech on Iran and terrorism is a shocker that the MSM can’t ignore. More Iran sanctions would be like throwing “a grenade” into negotiations, John Kerry warns, while US media reflect shock that Congress would invite Netanyahu to urge such a course. The White House and State Department say they won’t meet with Netanyahu on the visit, the Israel lobby calls it a snub.

The ‘hasbara’ tweeps who brought down Jim Clancy, and their ties to Israel and the Israel lobby

Allison Deger on
Jim Clancy.

Veteran CNN journalist Jim Clancy’s resignation this week is one of the odder media fallouts from the Charlie Hebdo Paris attack. On January 7, 2015 Clancy got into a late night Twitter spat regarding the French satirical magazine with online adversaries. He told them they were ganging up on him and practicing “hasbara,” the Hebrew word for “explaining” that describes pro-Israel advocacy. As it turns out, Clancy was not off base. Some that spared with him have worked for the Israeli government and pro-Israel lobby groups.

The Israel lobby rallies inside the Republican Party

Philip Weiss on
Sheldon Adelson wearing Romney button in Hebrew, at King David Hotel Jerusalem, 2012

There have been signs in recent days that the Israel lobby is solidifying inside the Republican Party, opening the possibility that the Democratic Party will begin to have a freer debate over the special relationship between the U.S. and Israel. It’s too early to say the Israel lobby will abandon the Democratic Party, Haim Saban, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Chuck Schumer will see to that, but the hard-core lobby is solidifying inside the GOP. And if the Israeli elections crown Netanyahu, we’re going to see more and more Crisis Zionists at the heart of the Democratic Party– J Street and Peter Beinart, which will leave room for non-Zionists to emerge.

Dershowitz story is also an Israel story

Philip Weiss on
Alan M. Dershowitz

Alan Dershowitz says in defending himself from sexual abuse claims he is defending the values he’s always stood up for– seemingly including Israel.

Dershowitz named in lawsuit alleging abuse of underage sex slave

Philip Weiss on
Alan Dershowitz

Four women have sued the feds for cutting a deal with financier Jeffrey Epstein over sex abuse charges; one of them says Epstein compelled her to have sex with Alan Dershowitz when she was under 18 and Epstein’s “sex slave.” Dershowitz vehemently denies the charges.

David Brooks says ‘people from around the world’ can serve in Israeli military

James North and Philip Weiss on
David Brooks

In a column extolling the leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu, David Brooks says ‘people from around the world’ can serve in Israeli military (n but the IDF says you have to be Jewish. Brooks is simply misleading New York Times readers because he loves Israel and knows ethnic discrimination would be offensive to American readers.

‘New York Times’ normalizes the blockade of Gaza

Donald Johnson and James North on
New York Times headquarters. (Photo: Wikipedia)

The NYT demonizes Hamas in promoting a bridge-building effort to bring 37 Gaza war orphans to visit Israel so as to see it in a positive light. The main function of the feel-good exercise is to make liberal Zionists feel better about themselves while doing nothing to end open-air prison conditions in Gaza.

‘Peace Now’ plays the Borscht Belt

Philip Weiss on
Sara Ehrman, from the S Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace

The center in the Israel Palestine discourse is collapsing — witness Peace Now’s latest letter, a plea for irrelevance that channels Henny Youngman and makes no reference at all to Israel’s political crisis or the settlements, lest folks should start to argue

Caroline Glick says there were no Palestinian refugees

Philip Weiss on
Caroline Glick, photo by Ryan F. Cain

Israeli-American writer Caroline Glick says that Jews have claimed Israel for 3500 years so they are the indigenous people of the land; and thus the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who were expelled in 1948 are not refugees.

Chris Hedges is blackballed by Penn after likening ISIS to Israel

Philip Weiss on
Chris Hedges

All the free-speech rules go out the window for Israel. You can make a movie about killing a foreign dictator and the president will stand up for you, but if you liken Israel to ISIS, as Chris Hedges did, then you get disinvited from a speaking gig at Penn

Roger Cohen recites Livni talking points in ‘NYT’ column to blame Palestinians for peace process failure

Matthew Taylor on
Tzipi Livni at a "Youths for Tzipi Livni" party in February 2009.

In a disingenuous ‘NYT’ column Roger Cohen presents a fawning interview of Tzipi Livni and blames the Palestinian Authority for the Spring 2014 collapse of peace negotiations. The article is a recitation of standard Israeli talking points and fails to include Palestinian or American viewpoints which squarely put the failure of negotiations on continued Israeli settlement construction.