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Israel Lobby

Top donor to Clinton super PAC is Haim Saban

Philip Weiss on
Saban and Clinton, on an earlier occasion

Haim Saban, whose only issue is Israel, is the top donor to Hillary Clinton’s superPAC in the first quarter of 2016, which shows that her hawkish stances on foreign policy, including support for regime change in Syria, is born out of dependence on Israel lobby donors.

In long obit for Hedy Epstein, ‘NYT’ buries Palestinian solidarity

James North and Philip Weiss on
Hedy Epstein:  "In the background you see the courtroom in which the doctors were tried & see some of the defendants sitting in the dock.  Above that is a photo of the freezing experiment.  A person is lying in a large vat of freezing cold ice water.  Two doctors, one of them Dr. Rascher, are observing. Many people died as a result of this experiment."  --Nuremberg Palace of Justice (Photo: Newsweek)

The fact that Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein, who died on May 26, was outspoken for Palestinian rights doesn’t come till the end of a long obit for the activist in the New York Times, once again demonstrating bias at the newspaper aimed at preserving Israel’s positive image.

Max Boot has perfect propaganda on murdering medic– but Jeffrey Goldberg is silent

Yakov Hirsch on
Max Boot

Israel’s political crisis puts a burden on its propagandists: How to make Americans feel that Israel is fine, despite the warnings of fascism. So where is the country’s most important journalist on Israel issues? Jeffrey Goldberg has been silent. In a fluid situation, he doesn’t know what to say to stay at the center of the discussion.

Israel is at war over nature of a Jewish state, and NYT spins it as ‘changing of the guard’

Yakov Hirsch on
James Bennet, editorial page editor of the New York Times

Israeli leadership is in crisis over the nature of the Jewish state, with leaders saying the political culture is reminiscent of Nazi Germany; and a NY Times editorial that treats the events as a political reshuffling is an embarrassing and obfuscating contribution to the discourse. What will it take for the Times to stop making the most preposterously generous interpretations of Israeli actions?

‘New York Times’ finally tells its readers: Netanyahu is ‘dangerous’

Phil Weiss and Yakov Hirsch on
Ronen Bergman

A NYT article by Ronen Bergman says Israel’s top military leaders regard Benjamin Netanyahu as a religious, ideological ambitious man who seeks “belligerent” solutions to problems. Then why is Hillary Clinton saying she wants to invite this “dangerous” man to the White House in her first month as president?

New Jersey anti-BDS bill is an affront to the first amendment and basic human rights

Stephen R. Shalom on
New Jersey State House (Photo: Wikipedia)

Stephen R. Shalom dismantles New Jersey Senate bill S1923 which prohibits the investment of state pension and annuity funds in companies that boycott Israel or Israeli businesses, “This bill violates our First Amendment rights. It threatens to exacerbate Islamophobia and anti-Arab sentiment. And it aligns itself against the cause of human rights in Israel-Palestine.”

Democratic Party is now split over Israel, and Clinton and Sanders represent opposing camps, says Pew

Philip Weiss on
Hillary Clinton during a Democratic party debate before the New York primary.

Pew Research Center released a new survey of American attitudes toward the world yesterday, and on Israel the news is clear: the Democratic Party is split, and Bernie Sanders represents the Palestinian-sympathizing camp and Hillary Clinton the Israel-sympathizing one. Key excerpt (my emphasis): By more than two-to-one (53% vs. 19%) conservative and moderate Democrats sympathize […]

Anti-Semitism is considered a serious moral failing. But no one calls out anti-Palestinian bigotry

Donald on
Hillary Clinton speaks at the AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C., March 21, 2016. (Photo: Saul Loeb/Getty Images)

When it comes to the Israel/Palestine subject, the elephant in the room is that the only form of bigotry that is ever noticed is antisemitism. No other human rights movement– besides Palestinian solidarity– is automatically accused of being racist. The underlying assumption is that Palestinians just don’t matter that much, so anyone who expresses moral outrage or uses the normal tools of protest, like boycotts, can’t possibly be motivated by human rights concerns.

‘NYT’ touts an Israel apologist’s book

Barbara Erickson on
Matti Friedman

Why is the New York Times touting Matti Friedman, who has said critics of Israel are anti-Semitic, as “temperate and careful” while ignoring authors such as Max Blumenthal, Ilan Pappe, and Anna Baltzer?

How Chris Van Hollen learned to love Israel

Philip Weiss on
Chris Van Hollen, declaring victory Tuesday

MD Rep. Chris Van Hollen got into office opposing the Iraq war and in 2006 said Israel’s disproportionate response in Lebanon was hurting the United States. Then AIPAC got him over its knee! And today Van Hollen is the Democratic Senate nominee for Maryland, with the Israel lobby’s support.