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Israel Lobby

In email, Clinton calls for a ‘Potemkin’ peace process

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton in New York in September 2016. (Photo:  Kobi Gideon/GPO)

“A Potemkin process is better than nothing,” Hillary Clinton wrote in a hacked email about Benjamin Netanyahu’s prevarications on a Palestinian state in 2015, an indication that the U.S. will forever give cover to the Israeli government to manage the conflict.

Trump and Clinton blast UNESCO statement on Jerusalem

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Palestinians protest as right-wing Israelis tour the Noble Sanctuary (Haram al-Sharif) mosque complex, known as the Temple Mount to Jews, in the Old City of Jerusalem, October 1, 2014. (Photo: EPA)

Israel is clashing with a United Nations body responsible for maintaining heritage sites after it passed a draft resolution harshly critical of Israel as the “occupying power” over Jerusalem, and both campaigns for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have joined in rejection.

The battle over Obama’s legacy, featuring Netanyahu, Zogby, liberal Zionists, and 88 senators

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Gideon Levy, October 5, 2016, Lensic Performing Arts Space, Santa Fe, NM.

James Zogby of the Arab American Institute and liberal Zionists call on Obama to take “strong” action against the latest Israeli settlement announcement by pursuing a UN Security Council resolution against settlements. But Netanyahu and Israel lobby groups are girding themselves against any measure Obama may consider in his last months in office to try and fix his legacy on the Middle East.

Bill and Hillary Clinton both opposed his invitation from AIPAC in 2010

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Sec'y of State Hillary Clinton speaks at AIPAC in 2010, when her husband turned down an invitation

When AIPAC came “begging” for Bill Clinton to speak at 2010 conference, he and his wife were against his doing so, and her aide expressed annoyance at the invitation; though then Secretary of State Clinton did address the pro-Israel group, and gushed over its leaders.

With Governor Brown’s signature, California joins the attack on BDS

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Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and California governor Jerry Brown (L) shake hands after signing a pact to strengthen economic and research ties between California and Israel at the Computer History Museum on March 5, 2014 in Mountain View, California.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement on Saturday. Brown’s signature makes California the 13th state to enact an anti-BDS measure, most of which bar state contracts or pension funds from going to entities that support BDS. California is one of the most significant prizes that pro-Israel groups have won. It’s the most populous state in the country and activists groups on opposing sides of the issue have waged intense battles over BDS and Israel-Palestine.

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.