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Israel Lobby

Rabbi in Ohio U. controversy leads group that denies there’s an occupation

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Rabbi Danielle Leshaw has called on Ohio U. student leader Megan Marzec to resign because her action for Palestine allegedly made Jewish students feel “unsafe.” But Leshaw is administrator of a pro-Israel group that in its logo denies the existence of Palestine or an occupation.

Ohio University filibuster: harangue or free speech?

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Observing the confrontation Wednesday night between filibustering pro-Israel students at Ohio University and Student Senate president Megan Marzec, who has stood up unapologetically for Palestine, Susie Kneedler saw a lot of charged confrontation, and many minutes granted to four pro-Israel students to hand a script from one to another before they were arrested, but little evidence to support claim that the demonstrators were denounced as Nazis and fascists.

J Street can’t tie Israel’s latest ‘illegal land grab’ to cutting US aid

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J Street founder Jeremy Ben-Ami speaking at the group's conference in 2012. (Photo: J Street)

Jeremy Ben-Ami of the liberal Zionist group J Street says that the latest Israeli settlement “landgrab” should be the “straw that broke the camel’s back in Washington.” Like maybe the U.S. should stop giving money to the settler state? Nope. The US should undertake a “thorough review” of its policy on Israeli settlements

Three-sentence letter to the ‘NYT’ results in Yale chaplain’s resignation

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We’ve covered the backlash against a Yale chaplain for his letter to the New York Times saying that Israel’s “carnage” in Gaza and its footdragging on the peace process were a factor in growing anti-Semitism in Europe. Well, that three-sentence letter to the Times has now produced the resignation of the chaplain, Father Bruce Shipman, from the

‘The Hill’ is to the left of the ‘New York Review of Books’

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When was the last time The New York Review of Books ran a piece by a Palestinian? Lots of Israeli writers, including lately Assaf Sharon, who ignores the BDS movement and advocates for democracy in Israel and Palestine, when saying the Israel’s choice is between the extreme right and the two-state solution. An inherently conservative piece. The Hill actually tries to publish Palestinian opinion

Deconstructing J Street’s statement on the latest Israeli land grab

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J Street founder Jeremy Ben-Ami speaking at the group's conference in 2012. (Photo: J Street)

J Street had trouble finding its voice during Israel’s bombardment and invasion of Gaza. Now after some internal infighting and desertions, J Street is back, ostensibly seizing the moment with Israel’s confiscation of Palestinian land on the West Bank. Yes, back it is, but to where is the important question

Yale Protestant chaplain says Americans must curb Israel so as to curb anti-Semitism

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Everyone is talking about this. Last week the New York Times ran an op-ed by Deborah Lipstadt saying that anti-Semitism is returning to Europe in ways reminiscent of the Nazi era, in which Lipstadt blurred the line between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, citing protests of Israel’s slaughter in Gaza. Well, the Times has now run a

‘New Yorker’ limits its expose of Israel lobby to AIPAC

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New Yorker writer Connie Bruck and her husband former Congressman Mel Levine. (Photo: Amanda Edwards/ Getty Images)

Connie Bruck has a big piece on AIPAC in the New Yorker that includes some good Capitol Hill reporting on AIPAC’s corrupting influence over the Congress. Friends are passing the piece along to me as an expose, and several are thrilled by it. The article is titled, “Are American Jews Turning Against AIPAC?” and suggests that AIPAC

Leading Jewish organization celebrates Israeli settlement products

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Adam sent me this photo today from a doctor’s waiting room. The article is all about wine from the Judean Hills around Jerusalem. At least one of the vineyards is in the West Bank, in the illegal settlement of Psagot (and others vaguely alluded to are in the Golan); but the article doesn’t refer to

Salaita’s hire set off fundraising alarm at U of Illinois, per emails to chancellor

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Inside Higher Ed’s Scott Jascik today reports a disturbing development in the Steven Salaita firing case at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Phyllis Wise, the university’s chancellor, was lobbied by 70 pro-Israel folks, including donors, who were upset by Salaita’s comments on twitter about Gaza. The school’s fundraisers were alarmed and sought a meeting with

As Salaita’s case becomes a cause, U of Illinois issues declarations on ‘civility’

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There have been several developments in the Steven Salaita firing case at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The university is obviously concerned that Salaita is becoming a cause celebre. Yesterday it issued two long statements describing Salaita’s alleged infraction as a violation of “civility.” Salaita is now without a job, a home, and health insurance.

Hillary Clinton’s 11th-hour diplomacy

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Imagine you are Benjamin Netanyahu and you have just really, really messed up. You started a war with Hamas with a lie about the murder of three Israeli teenagers and got caught out; the real motive, an attempt to sabotage a Hamas-Fatah alliance,  soon became clear and it exposed you as someone more interested in

Top legal scholars decry ‘chilling’ effect of dehiring scholar Salaita

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Editor’s note: The following piece about reactions in the academic world to the dehiring of Steven Salaita over his criticism of Israel is a combination of two posts on Corey Robin’s blog.  Scholars from law schools at Columbia, Cornell, Berkeley, Georgetown, and other universities have come out with a very strong letter condemning the decision

Israel and its advocates have a new target in sight: Head of UN inquiry William Schabas

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A permanent cease fire with Palestinian fighters has yet to be signed, but Israel and its supporters have already begun to pivot to their next adversary: the United Nations Human Rights Council. It’s Goldstone Redux and Israel’s supporters are coming out swinging. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach has already issued the following ad going after William Schabas, a

Blaming the Victims: A night with AIPAC in St. Louis and protesters in Ferguson

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Background: On July 21, during the question and answer portion of a St. Louis Jewish Federation community briefing, I was screamed at, then grabbed by security guards, for having introduced countervailing thoughts to a very one sided conversation. Then on July 29 four members of St. Louis Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) interrupted Consul General of Israel to

New J Street platform parrots Likud as membership continues to shift left

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Recently, J Street send out a message to its members, claiming that it had created a new platform that would better address the concerns of its members. For some time, J Street’s open secret is that its members tend to be far to the left of the political spectrum from the leadership. In the wake