Michael Oren’s attack on American Jews has backfired. His book is getting trashed by reviewers, all of whom cite his sneering view of US Jews as self-hating because they don’t love Israel enough. His former college roommate David Rothkopf says his views are “profoundly offensive” and “twist reality.”
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“Your map of Israel is enclosed,” the New Israel Fund writes in a fundraising letter to American Jews. This gut-Zionist appeal by a progressive group shows the limits of action by liberal Zionist groups to address the roots of the conflict.
Jonathan Rosen, novelist and editorial director of a leading line of Jewish books, describes Edward Said’s Orientalism, an iconic book for Arab-Americans, as a “monster” in academic and public life. Zionism is making American Jewish organizations very conservative indeed.
Promoting a letter from 5 former Obama advisers questioning the Iran deal, the NYT leaves the fact that it originated at the thinktank WINEP till the 26th paragraph and never says that the Israel lobby AIPAC started WINEP.
“Six Jews sitting in the White House, three Israelis and three American Jews, discussing the Palestinian state. It happens all the time. Very often the only non Jewish person in the room was the vice president or the president.” Michael Oren counts Jews.
Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft brought a group of former NFL stars, including Thurman Thomas, Curtis Martin, Mel Blount and Raymond Berry, to meet Netanyahu in Israel, and the PM railed against Obama’s Iran deal
The New York Times report on the UN Human Rights Council report on Gaza conflict equates numbers of Palestinian rockets fired to Israeli air strikes, and leaves out Israeli death toll (72 to 2251 Palestinian deaths) in dishonest effort to equate the suffering during the war
In reporting a Palestinian killing an Israeli on the West Bank, the NYT says it is reminiscent of last year’s teen killings, leaving out the fact that last year’s violence began with killings of Palestinian teens at Nakba Day demo
New York Times demonstrates a double standard in chronicling potential Hamas censorship of a satirical show in Gaza but leaving out actual threats of censorship by Israel’s new rightwing cultural minister Miri Regev
Former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren’s new book singles out US Jewish journalists for being especially critical of their “nation-state” Israel in ways reminiscent of historical anti-Semitism
Michael Oren’s new book states a principle of the US-Israel special relationship: never surprise Israel with a policy change. Obama supposedly violated that pact when he failed to clear his Cairo speech in ’09 ahead of time with Netanyahu and started talks with Iran without clearing them with the Prime Minister.
Benjy Cannon of J St U describes the power of donors: “Many American Jewish communal institutions [are] caught between a small but powerful group of donors with views that are significantly right-of-center, and the vast majority of their constituents who make up a large, moderate middle.”
“Every generation hears the voice of Sinai anew,” Peter Beinart says of Jews; and young Jews are being called to anti-Zionism and support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement because of its idealism. The Jewish community must welcome them in and argue with them, he said. Israeli writer Ari Shavit says, No.
NPR ignores the Israeli military report whitewashing the country of war crimes against Gaza last summer, including the slaughter of four boys playing soccer on a beach, and features an Israeli writer talking about his son’s fear of rockets. Is this balanced coverage of an international conflict?
Alan Dershowitz says the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in the Jerusalem passport case is “dangerous” because it gives Obama power to “make a bad deal” with Iran, beyond the scrutiny of the Supreme Court. For some, obviously, that’s what this case was always about, and never about a little boy’s passport
Ari Shavit’s realpolitik: the Israeli author says that Israel has been able to gain international immunity for using force against Palestinians on several occasions, from the 1940s to 2009, only because it was seen as sincerely pursuing peace. The failed Camp David peace process “was a failure for peace,” but a “savior for war.”
‘NYT’s Rudoren Jodi Rudoren acts as a stenographer for an Israeli government report that whitewashes the military of war crimes in last summer’s invasion of Gaza, notably the slaughter of four boys playing soccer on the beach last July 16
“I have to do what’s right for the United States first of all, and Eretz Yisrael [the land of Israel] second,” NY Senator Chuck Schumer tells a Jewish group in a speech suggesting that he is going to back the Iran deal. He said he has made Obama “mad” by opposing the deal.
Israel always depended on two principles of power: dependence on a superpower and maintaining the “moral high ground” in the west, says Haaretz columnist Ari Shavit. It is in danger of losing both
Tablet has run a piece saying that another era of Jewish persecution is around the corner for American Jews. The golden age is over. The piece is absent evidence apart from crazy ideas like Obama’s disgust at Netanyahu is visceral, as if Netanyahu smells.
The Supreme Court today ruled 6-3 that the Obama administration was right to insist that a passport for a boy born in Jerusalem in 2001 not state, “Jerusalem, Israel,” as the boy wished– and as Congress also wanted. “A blow to the pro-Israel lobby,” even National Public Radio acknowledges
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew never mentioned “Palestine,” “Palestinians,” occupation, settlements, or even the two-state solution in his speech yesterday; and still he got booed and heckled at an Israeli-organized event in New York city.
Who says the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign isn’t having an effect? Page 7 of the New York Times today is the Boycott Israel page. Though one article irresponsibly portrays BDS as a threat to Jews, leaving out the sizable support among Jews for the campaign
Jeffrey Goldberg says that Israel is destroying Israel, Obama isn’t doing that, in an interview with David Rothkopf of Foreign Policy marred by Jewish narcissism