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Category Archives: Israel Lobby
J Street cheerleading for Kerry features Congressman warning Palestinians will demand the vote if two states fails
J Street is going all in for Secretary of State John Kerry’s quest to broker a two-state solution. Last night, the liberal Zionist group held their latest town hall gathering in New York City to amplify calls for a two-state solution. The event featured Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and former Shin Bet head Ami Ayalon, among others. Nadler told the crowd there would be no Palestinian right of return, but that settlers who wanted to stay in a state of Palestine should be able too–a revealing double standard.
Max Blumenthal recounts a recent event at Boston University where Blumenthal and Sa’ed Atshan debated Richard Landes and Simon Deng.
If David Broza is really seeking to bridge the Israeli-Arab divide, as the New York Times’ Jodi Rudoren reports from Israel, why did he play AIPAC, the rightwing Israel lobby conference, last week? And why didn’t the Times tell readers about that gig?
Maryland legislators heard testimony on Israeli human rights abuses and the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement last week at two separate hearings on a bill that would prohibit spending public funds on academic groups in favor of boycott. Some Israel advocates testified in favor of the bill by calling BDS anti-Semitic. The legislation has split the Israel lobby, though, with some groups arguing the effort will backfire by bringing attention to boycotters. Meanwhile, civil liberties and Palestine solidarity groups continue to mobilize to kill the bill.
The House of Representatives passed the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act by a 410-1 vote today. The legislation, a major priority for the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), designates Israel as a “major strategic partner”–a first for any U.S. ally. AIPAC members lobbied Congress to approve the bill on Tuesday, in addition to asking elected officials to sign letters stressing that Congress should be informed of the nuclear negotiations with Iran. Only Thomas Massie of Kentucky voted against the bill.
The day after Mondoweiss exposed Stand4Facts.org, StandWithUs, the right-wing pro-Israel group, took the website down. But activists have downloaded the entire website for your viewing pleasure.
It seems the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is starting to lose its iron-clad grip on our policymakers, but it’s certainly not time to sound the death knell. AIPAC still has a lot of muscle and will keep trying to flex it. Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin runs down what we have to look forward to coming out of the 2014 AIPAC policy conference.
For months, in response to recent BDS successes, people have asked, “How will Zionists react?” The inevitable backlash has arrived and we have enough examples to answer the question. Specific tactics differ, but the overall strategy has been an intensive appeal to authority.
On February 25th, an AIPAC member called a CODEPINK staffer threatening legal action in response to a controversial video clip that he alleges was made by the peace group CODEPINK.
A parody video on the 2014 AIPAC Policy Conference that takes place March 2-4 in Washington D.C.
Phil Weiss talks with several of the young Jews who are part of the historic Open Hillel movement that is determined to break down the doors on the official Jewish conversation about Israel. The movement has now won over two college chapters with a call to reject redlines that bar the participation of those who seek to “delegitimize” the Jewish state. And there are signs that Hillel International is respectful of the movement, which could become a wave. Above, Henry Rosen, Vassar freshman and member of the Jewish Union.
The Committee for Open Discussion of Zionism has invited Mayor Bill de Blasio to visit Palestine and witness conditions there, in the wake of his telling the American Israel Public Affairs Committee that “part of my job description” is to defend Israel
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s speech to the Israel lobby group AIPAC has stirred up a hornet’s nest. 700 people organized by Jews Say No! slammed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s speech in a letter delivered yesterday: AIPAC is a “right-wing organization that strong-arms elected and other government officials to support brutal Israeli government policies” that no progressive should support. And on his MSNBC show Chris Hayes questioned de Blasio’s declaration. While the progressive congregation B’nai Jeshurun is said to have divided over the matter.
The New Mexico House resolution that would have put the state on record as supporting a God-given Greater Israel was killed last night.
While officials in the U.S. are undertaking efforts to punish those who call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS), inside Israel more members of government are backing settlement boycotts.
The New Mexico House of Representatives is the latest state body to consider a resolution supporting Israel’s right to control the occupied territories. The Zionist Organization of America-backed effort has garnered success in five other states. But in New Mexico, the Greater Israel resolution has encountered resistance. Representative Gail Chasey, a progressive Democrat in the state, is intent on killing the bill.
The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) helped draft the New York legislation aimed at academic organizations that support the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, the Jewish Daily Forward reported on Friday. While the legislation was withdrawn from the New York Assembly last week, an amended version is back, and the JCRC is strategizing on how to pass it. The JCRC’s involvement in drafting the bill is the latest demonstration of their clout in the state. They are the go-to address for legislators looking to display their pro-Israel bonafides, and have forged close relationships with powerful officials. Above, New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver speaks at a JCRC organized rally in 2009.
StandWithUs, the right-wing pro-Israel group, is gearing up to combat the annual “Israel Apartheid Week” on college campuses. A document Mondoweiss obtained reveals details of the strategy StandWithUs, which works closely with the Israeli government, plans to employ at university campuses. The document offers grants of $200 to pro-Israel groups and suggests holding events like a “Hummus Not Hamas” party.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee voted unanimously for a bill that designates Israel as a “major strategic partner” and waives visa requirements for Israelis who visit the U.S. While the House version of the legislation does not include much criticized exemptions for Israel’s participation in the visa waiver program, activists for Palestinian rights see other pro-Israel provisions of the bill as deeply problematic.
The backlash against New York mayor Bill de Blasio’s secret AIPAC speech continues. A politically diverse group of high-profile New York Jews have issued an open letter to the mayor taking him to task for the speech saying, “AIPAC speaks for Israel’s hard-line government and its right-wing supporters, and for them alone; it does not speak for us.”
An interview with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas discussing his vision of a two-state solution was screened at a top level Israeli security conference in Tel Aviv today. Among the points he makes are that the Palestinian state must control its own borders and that Jerusalem should be an open city with free access to all.
Did the lobby twist Bill de Blasio’s arm, or does he believe that he must support Israel as part of his job? Jerome Slater has a dialogue with Alex Kane
J Street has emerged as a major Jewish organization. Its positions sound humanistic and fresh. But J Street is adhering to — and working to reinforce — limits on debate about Zionism that major Jewish organizations adopted midway through the 20th century.
Rep. Louis Gohmert praised Netanyahu as the second coming of King David, while Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he’d come through “fire and water” to praise Israel to the Knesset. Palestinian member Ahmad Tibi heckled the premier when he said that boycott was anti-Semitic. The two western politicians’ ardor flows from their similar Christian Zionist worldview.
As organized opposition to Kerry’s initiative grows in Israel, with an ad campaign citing Ariel Sharon’s resolve to keep the Jordan Valley (above), New York Democratic Congressperson Eliot Engel criticizes Kerry and Obama in an Israeli Hebrew language newspaper. “My heart tells me that every Jew has the right to live in any place in Israel and that includes Judea and Samaria,” he says.