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Israel Lobby

AIPAC-backed legislation targeting BDS movement advances in Congress

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Workers prepare the stage at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, March 2, 2015. (Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

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.

Israeli racism takes center stage at Manhattan JCC

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Batya Kahana-Dror

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.

Guilford College Hillel in North Carolina changes its name under legal threat in order to host civil rights veterans

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Hillel logo

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.

Hurt by the Israel lobby, Obama kisses it goodbye

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Obama and Friedman, from the NYT

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

‘NYT’ addresses pro-Israel donors’ influence over Congress

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Eric Lipton of the Times

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.”