After Robert Cohen put up Facebook posts critical of Israel, including a letter to Anne Frank, he was besieged by angry comments. Like: “Most groups have an extremist self loathing fringe…” He responded with poetry, “Other ways of being Jewish are available.”
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In 2009, Mike Allen of Politico held an unseemly “secret contest” with White House and State Deparment officials to name the foreign policy column at the publication. Three of those officials have gone on to form a consulting group that sells neoconservative-lite ideas about US policy
Yesterday the Senate passed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 by a 75-20 veto proof margin. The large trade policy bill includes anti- BDS trade legislation promoted by AIPAC and introduces new U.S. policy language by including all “Israeli-controlled territories” as part of Israel.
Why did a freshman senator with so little seasoning rise as a plausible presidential candidate? Marco Rubio has the backing of the rightwing Israel lobby, and is said to be in contention for Sheldon Adelson’s millions.
More censorship of Palestinians by a leading NY institution. The Public Theater cancels a production it had scheduled for May of The Siege, a show about freedom fighters in the second intifada, produced by the Jenin Freedom Theatre in occupied Palestine.
Hat’s off to Thomas Friedman. The New York Times columnist states what the New York Times news reporters failed to report to America (notably Jodi Rudoren, the former Jerusalem bureau chief) and that we have reported: The two state solution is over, there will never be a Palestinian state, let us move on to the one state reality.
With November seemingly around the corner, the GOP candidates have honed in on cultivating Islamophobia as a sound strategy for drumming up their base. While the media focuses on the demagoguery of Donald Trump, the war-mongering of Ted Cruz and the sheer-unhinged nature of Ben Carson – the reality is that even “moderate” candidates, such as Marco Rubio are riding a wave of anti-Muslim sentiment, in order to seem tough on national security.
In a Whither Zionism? article in the NYT, Steven Erlanger sets up a duality between good Zionists who wanted to be a light unto the nations and bad settlers, and quotes zero Palestinians and no anti-Zionists.
Is the Adelson primary over? The Las Vegas newspaper Sheldon Adelson just bought endorsed FL Sen. Marco Rubio for president; but its editorial denies that the owner has declared his support
It’s come out that the kibbutz Bernie Sanders spent time on in the 60s was a socialist community in northern Israel. But why isn’t the New York Times telling readers that it was built on ethnically-cleansed lands, the former residence of Palestinians.
Hillary Clinton has sided with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu over President Obama and even her own husband’s policies. Marco Rubio has also kissed up to the Israeli PM. That’s the definition of being an Establishment favorite these days.
Anyone with a brain knows that we have to distance ourselves from the Middle East and occupier Israel; but these lessons were nowhere evident in the no-holds-barred political brawls in Iowa. That’s got to change, and Bernie Sanders is the best hope to do so.
Ronald Feldman, NY gallery owner, says he supports Israel “no matter what,” but that when it worked against Obama on the Iran deal, it alienated many American Jews who now say they cannot support Israel under Netanyahu
Bernard Avishai is right to extol the rebirth of Hebrew culture in Israel, but that does not justify political Zionism’s unending practices of ethnic cleansing and discrimination
After Obama gave pro-Israel speech at Israeli Embassy, Wednesday, there was “a scene I’ve never seen before,” says Chemi Shalev of Haaretz. 300 people in suits were shouting out, “Thank you, thank you…it was an outpouring of noise toward him.”
Drumming support for Hillary Clinton, NYT columnist Paul Krugman name-calls Sanders supporters as “Bernie Bros” and forgets that Clinton supported the Iraq war, which really ought to have resulted in war crimes trials for our political class
Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are surging as anti-establishment candidates in their parties partly because they both opposed the Iraq War and there has never been any accountability for that horrible decision.
Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer lobbied on Capitol Hill against President Obama’s signature foreign policy achievement. Yesterday Obama kissed up to him at the Israel embassy. The Israel lobby is alive and well
Even George Bush kowtowed to anti-Israel forces in the executive branch when he claimed that the Palestinian issue was a real problem for the U.S., says Israel’s lawyer Dennis Ross. And only Bill Clinton stamped down those forces
Former NY mayor Bloomberg, who is considering throwing his hat in the presidential race, has sided with Israel in its assaults on Gaza and aided Islamophobic efforts in New York; but he also said those who don’t want to allow a BDS panel at Brooklyn College should go live in North Korea.
The New York Times Jerusalem bureau chiefs Ethan Bronner and Jodi Rudoren failed to convey a true grim picture of one-state Israel/Palestine out of Zionist attachment. Similar adherences have kept the US mainstream press from telling a truth that John Kerry and US ambassador Daniel Shapiro have conveyed in recent weeks.
The Israel question has become an explicit issue in the Democratic battle between Clinton and Sanders, with a Clinton aide saying that Sanders’s idea to normalize Iran is naive about a country that “seeks the destruction of Israel.”
Ambassador Daniel Shapiro’s sharp criticism of Israeli policies earned him the insult “little Jewboy” from a former Netanyahu aide. The flap demonstrates an important sociological trend: American Jews, even mainstream ones indoctrinated to love Israel, are breaking more and more publicly with the Jewish state. The Netanyahu government is proving to be embarrassing to American Jews; they do not want to be associated with rightwing apartheid policies.
Beginning to get a bad feeling about Peter Baker, the likely next Jerusalem chief for the New York Times: He has twice offered Israel as a model for American conduct, in how to deal with terrorism and with prisoners accused of terrorism.
The Democratic presidential nomination debate on Sunday night was remarkable in part for Senator Bernie Sanders’s strong support for normalizing relations with Iran, and Hillary Clinton’s demurral on that same question. The difference is likely to play out in the Democratic primary process.