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Israel Lobby

Shmuley Boteach seeks to blackmail Obama over his legacy

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Shmuley Boteach ad in New York Times

“President Obama, as you leave office keep your friendship with Israel intact,” Rabbi Shmuley Boteach threatens to help destroy Obama’s legacy if he dares to try to create a Palestinian state.

In full page NYT ad, liberal Zionist group calls for ethnic segregation to retain Jewish majority within Israel

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Part of an advertisement an Israel lobby group ran in the New York Times on Friday.

The Daniel S. Abraham Center for Peace, a prominent liberal Zionist lobbying group run by former Democratic Florida congressman Robert Wexler, purchased a full-page newspaper advertisement in Friday’s edition of the New York Times, calling for the immediate separation of Israelis and Palestinians into separate countries to keep Israel as a Jewish majority state. “It’s Time for Separation,” the advertisement explains. “Separation today means a Jewish majority, State of Israel now and for Generations ahead.” Or, as Alabama Gov. George Wallace put it: “Segregation now! Segregation tomorrow! Segregation forever!”

The two-stroke solution

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Netanyahu and Obama in NY, Sept. 21, 2016

President Obama and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in New York on the sideline of the UN General Assembly and there was more talk about the president playing golf in Israel and visiting the country in his post-presidency than there was about the vaunted two-state solution.

‘Beholden to AIPAC’ — progressive senators Warren, Murphy, Brown sign letter seeking to limit Obama’s actions

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Eliz. Warren at Tufts last September, (c) Pat Westwater-Jong

Vermont Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Kentucky’s Rand Paul were among the dozen holdouts from a letter the Israel lobby group AIPAC circulated seeking to limit President Obama’s actions to oppose Israeli settlements in his last months in office. Still, many progressive US senators as well as vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine signed on to an Israel lobby letter designed to limit President Obama’s actions against the Israeli occupation, now nearly 50 years old.

UC Berkeley reinstates Palestine class, rejecting pressure from pro-Israel groups

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"Palestine: A settler-colonial analysis" course poster. (Image via Palestine Legal)

After an abrupt suspension last Tuesday, a college course about the decolonization of Palestine has earned a reprieve from the University of California on Monday. The campaign against the class was lead by the AMCHA Initiative, a pro-Israel advocacy group which has a long history of attempting to stifle discussion of the Israeli occupation on University of California campuses.

Powell emails expose depth of media self-censorship re Israeli nukes

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Man about town Jeffrey T. Leeds, from youtube

Colin Powell privately said that Israel’s 200 nukes are the strongest argument in favor of the Iran deal, but when he went on Meet the Press, he didn’t say a word about it. And neither did Obama or the MSM. This self-censorship reflects obeisance to the Israel lobby.

More insultingly stupid propaganda for Israel in the ‘New York Times’

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Jodi Rudoren

Today the New York Times runs an insultingly stupid bit of pro-Israel propaganda by Jodi Rudoren saying that Israel and the US have “shared values,” based on foundational documents, without stating that the US was founded with white supremacist beliefs and Israel persists in such beliefs to this day.

Netanyahu’s ghost on ‘ethnic cleansing’ video is rightwing pollster Luntz

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Frank Luntz

An immoral Orwellian video whose goal was to defend the indefensible, Netanyahu’s “ethnic cleansing” video was drawn in part from the words of his American rightwing glimmer twin, Republican pollster Frank Luntz, who is dedicated to committing American Jews to Israel’s defense.

Broadway club cancels ‘Black Lives Matter’ benefit because of movement’s stance on Israel

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Broadway Supports Black Lives Matter event has been canceled by club because of Israel positions.

On Sunday September 11, “Broadway Supports Black Lives Matter,” a group led by actress Tonya Pinkins, was to stage two benefit performances at Feinstein’s/54 Below, a supper club on West 54th Street in NY. Playbill reports that the events have been canceled because the club objects to the BLM platform that says Israel engages in “genocide” against the Palestinian people.

‘The defiant femininity of Israel’s female soldiers’ — you’re kidding, right?

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Eden Abergil Facebook photo in August 2010 of herself with Palestinian prisoner

Vice’s decision to run eight intimate, loving portraits of Israeli female soldiers, taken by a former Israeli soldier, with the claim that their “girlishness and teenage boredom” are a form of protest has drawn savage criticism on twitter for whitewashing the occupation and soldiers’ treatment of Palestinians.

Tim Canova calls Debbie Wasserman Shultz ‘corporate stooge’ after primary loss. But they still agree on Israel.

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Screenshot from televised debate between Tim Canova and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. (Image: CBSMiami)

Incumbent Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz defeated challenger Tim Canova, a law professor, in a primary election this Tuesday, disappointing some Berniecrat-boosting voters who want to see the Vermont senator’s policies on Capitol Hill. Despite Canova’s outsider status, the race showed how Israel/Palestine is sacred political territory for all Democrats.

Liel Leibovitz wants to excommunicate most American Jews, beginning with Beinart

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Liel Leibovitz

Most American Jews believe their faith is cultural, including dedication to social justice. But the fundamentalist Liel Leibovitz in a sneering, nasty article says these Jews ignore “the historical and doctrinal truth” that they became Jews by accepting the “burden of becoming God’s chosen children.”

Many Clinton Foundation donors oppose BDS– and so does Clinton

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Saban and Clinton, on an earlier occasion

Hillary Clinton has become a zealot against BDS in the last year, evidently in part because many large donors to the Clinton Foundation oppose BDS. These supporters suggest the new lineaments of the Israel lobby under Clinton, in which liberal Zionists and rightwing Zionists are merged.

ADL took US cops to Israeli prison, occupied Hebron and settler winery during counter-terror seminar

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Police in Orlando

The Anti-Defamation League brought a delegation of American police officers to an Israeli prison, occupied Hebron and a settler winery in the Golan Heights as part of their 2016 counter-terrorism seminar in Israel, according to an itinerary of the trip obtained by Mondoweiss. Trips like these have come under withering controversy from Palestine solidarity activists and Black Lives Matter protesters. In an age of police militarization and a growing movement to combat police brutality, critics see these trips as potentially fueling harmful police tactics.

Pro-Israel groups close in on anti-BDS victory in California legislature

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Activists call for boycotting Israel. (Photo via BDSMovement.net)

For months, pro-Israel and Palestine solidarity groups have been locked in a fierce debate over legislation in California against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. Now, to the chagrin of Palestine solidarity activists, the California State Senate is set to consider the bill that would require state contractors to certify that a boycott of Israel they were engaged in does not violate laws against discrimination. Jewish Voice for Peace activist Estee Chandler says it’s likely it will pass, which would make California the 13th state to pass anti-BDS legislation.