President Obama should not veto Palestine’s U.N. Security Council resolution to set a deadline to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land. An abstention would represent a serious challenge to the Israel lobby’s political power.
Category Archives: Israel Lobby
McCarthyism is alive and the battle is on inside the Jewish community: The Washington DC Jewish Community Center has come down squarely against free speech, firing longtime theater director Ari Roth because he staged works that focused on the Nakba, the dispossession of Palestinians during Israel’s creation in 1948. The Jewish community is going to have to decide — Are you for free speech or donor-controlled speech?
Obama hired Clinton as sec’y of state in 2009 because he “needed someone to lend him credibility with the Israeli government and its American defenders,’ and reached out to Malcolm Hoenlein to make the hire, NYT reveals, openly acknowledging power of Israel lobby in presidential politics
Israeli PM Netanyahu’s clueless tweet of himself with muzzled attack dogs and soldiers in balaclavas carrying automatic rifles on Hanukkah shows that the Israeli brand has curdled and Israel will lose American Jews
Steven Salaita’s rude tweets served to change American society on the Gaza onslaught, which should have provoked moral outrage but did not, says UMass philosophy prof Joseph Levine
In recent days, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has offered herself as the great progressive hope of the Democratic Party but remains silence on the Israeli occupation. Well, here’s some encouragement to Warren to move left on the question. Shibley Telhami reports Democratic Party politicians are out of touch with their grass roots on Israel/Palestine. Women, African-Americans, Hispanics and young Dems all want the U.S. to show less favoritism to Israel than it does now.
“Israel exceptionalism” and the “vengeance of the Jewish establishment” stops liberal Jews who protest police killings in the U.S. from saying a word against the occupation in Palestine, Shaul Magid writes at Tikkun
Arieh King wants Jerusalem for the Jews but when he comes to NY, the public can’t attend his speech. You have to apply for admission. Desperate times in the Israel lobby.
The regime change at the New Republic is continuing to command headlines and two storylines sympathetic to Chris Hughes are emerging. One is technocratic/neoliberal: He bought the goddamn magazine, what did they expect? The other is political: despite the New Republic’s claim to being a progressive leader, the old regime was not liberal; it was racist and neoconservative/rightwing Zionist. More evidence the Hughes putsch is epochal: it ends an era in which neoconservatism was fanned inside the liberal Democratic political community, out of concern for maintaining US support for the Jewish state.
34 department heads at the U of Illinois have written to the president that the unfair firing of Steven Salaita for outspokenness on Gaza has “damaged” the school because excellent scholars don’t trust it to honor free speech and will not come there to teach.
Israeli ambassador to Europe: “The Jewish people.. will never ever forget that you failed us in the 1940s… And you are failing us again today.” Rep. Steve Israel calls this “honest.”
The journalism world is up in arms today that Chris Hughes the Facebook mogul who bought The New Republic magazine had the temerity to fire editor Franklin Foer and literary editor Leon Wieseltier. This is a landmark in the era of the Jewish establishment. It’s petering out in an elite generation of far greater diversity. The New Republic has been supported by one neocon after another, from Michael Steinhardt to Bruce Kovner to Roger Hertog. An era is over, and the Israel lobby (whose influence the magazine sought to deny) is losing power.
Blatantly bigoted Islamophobic comments follow a Newsweek piece about a Palestinian’s efforts to protect the Haram Al Sharif from Jewish religious incursion. “Towel head camel humpers,” says Dana Klein of Trumbull, CT
Omar Barghouti and Shlomo Sand both argue that Israel’s discrimination against its Palestinian citizens is toxic and offensive — long before it even considered the latest legislation, to declare the country the nation state of the Jewish people.
Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush posted a photo of Palestinian photo-journalist Hamde Abu Rahma on his Instagram page 2 days ago. Abu Rahma’s sign reading “The Palestinian people know what mean to be shot while unarmed because of your ethnicity #Ferguson #Justice.” Predictably Abe Foxman issued a press release telling Bush he should “stick to football” among other things.
Rightwing Texas Senator Ted Cruz is trying to raise money from Sheldon Adelson, Mort Zuckerman, Michael Steinhardt, and other big pro-Israel Jewish donors in New York. You thought he was the Tea Party? Guess again.
Christian Zionist comedian George Lopez celebrated the Israeli colonization of Silwan, East Jerusalem, in which Palestinians are thrown out of their homes, during recent trip
Steven Salaita says that he was double trouble for a neoliberal corporation, the University of Illinois, because he studies not just Palestine but American native dispossession. He gave two speeches to overflow crowds in New York schools.
US media bloodbath for Palestinians: Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer says that Palestinians are like Nazis, who also complained of grievances before murdering people; and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer merely nods his head
President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and UN ambassador Samantha Power all condemned the Palestinian attack on a Jerusalem synagogue that killed four; but none of them mentioned Jewish incitement against Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the killing of a Palestinian bus driver that preceded the attack
Pittsburgh may be known for its steel mill past and its high-tech present, but is now emerging as the seat of a lively debate concerning Palestinian food, free speech, and criticism of Israeli policies. The Conflict Kitchen is a take-out eatery that only serves food from countries with which the United States is in conflict. The restaurant began serving Palestinian food on October 6. On November 8, restaurant co-director Jon Rubin received a letter containing a death threat. As a result, Mr. Rubin temporarily closed the Conflict Kitchen.
The Day Israel Attacked America, a timely expose by Al Jazeera, says the Israeli attack on the US spy ship Liberty in 1967 was deliberate and was covered up by the US government due to political threats by the Israel lobby.
Do settlements foster terrorism? State Department spox Jen Psaki suggested as much yesterday, saying Netanyahu’s push to build in East Jerusalem is “incompatible with peace.”