A Washington Post article about occupied Susiya, which Israel wants to bulldoze, all but eliminates the word occupation, treating the West Bank as Israeli land. And it calls the Palestinian hamlet “miserable” “pitiful” and “squalid.”
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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.”
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.
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.
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.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager says the “hand of the Kremlin” has been working in US elections, but no one talks about the hand of Israel, which is on everything from pushing the Iraq war to censoring any reference to the “occupation” in the Democratic Party platform. The system is rigged by the Israel lobby, and everyone knows it, even if they can’t talk about it.
Despite media assertions Russia is behind DNC hack, US government says, “There’s a host of usual suspects out there that engage in this sort of activity.” But Clintonite foreign policy establishment-in-waiting wants to blame Russia, so facts aren’t necessary.
Alan Dershowitz is “quick talking, New Yorkish, loud– of course a liberal– and he can mimic Trump pretty well,” says Mark Green on WNYC in a report saying that Dershowitz will play Trump for Hillary Clinton’s debate prep. First debate, Sept. 26.
Stephen Cohen and Juan Cole say that Russia and Iran are trying to defeat ISIS with attacks in eastern Syria. A. Trevor Thrall says US attacks on Assad would lead to another endless war. But the media are ignoring leftwing, realist and libertarian voices in favor of the hawks-in-waiting of the Clinton administration.
How can Bret Stephens, who is so sensitive to any slight he perceives against Jews, use the phrase “disease of the Arab mind” when writing about an Egyptian Olympian, and hundreds of millions of other people, in the Wall Street Journal no less? The answer is that a group of ethnocentric spokesmen for the Jewish people, including Jeffrey Goldberg and Benjamin Netanyahu, exercise an Orwellian influence over what can and cannot be said out loud.
The Boston Globe enables Alan Dershowitz in his abuse of terms like “anti-Semitism” and “blood libel” to control the parameters of discussion for Black Lives Matter. These are old tactics that gave him notoriety but are at last wearing thin.
Peter Beinart wrote a column for Haaretz last week in which he characterized anti-Zionists, along with the Black Lives Matter movement, as revolutionaries, warning that anti-Zionists want to upend the Israeli system. This is an important assertion, and needs to be addressed. Equal rights, and not Zionism, is the only sane political future in the 21st century. Changing the American Jewish mind is the most important step toward accomplishing this revolution bloodlessly.
What does it take to get into the club? NYT runs seven letters responding to article on Israel/Palestine campus activism, and all seven are by Jews.
Under the auspices of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, nearly 300 Jews with varying positions on Israel marched together last Thursday night in support of Black Lives Matter. But can that community be sustained?
Forward editor Jane Eisner said it was a “pleasure to host” Israeli consul general Dani Dayan yesterday, though he lives in an illegal settlement in occupied land and formerly was the chief spokesman for the settler movement.
This is a bizarre political story that highlights the fact that older American Jews don’t want to hear One Bad Word about Israel: A progressive Democrat who has gotten Bernie Sanders’s endorsement in a challenge to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in an August 30 primary in Miami, is running to her right on Israel! Law […]
“Someone put the fix in,” attorney Martin McMahon says of the Justice Department’s decision to represent former Bush aide and convicted liar Elliott Abrams in McMahon’s suit against Abrams and other supporters of the illegal Israeli settlement project, filed on behalf of Palestinians, led by Bassem Tamimi of Nabi Saleh.
Black Lives Matter is not going to use careful and precise language about Israel, nor should it. Black Lives Matter sees the ugly reality of the occupation so it has taken on the conflict directly, and will not be bullied by the Israel lobby. When that fight gets out in the open, Israel’s actions will be in the spotlight.
The New York Times thinks it’s being balanced in a big article on the Middle East conflict on campus, but its chief concern is whether activists are anti-Semitic or not. The possibility that students who support Israeli brutalization of Palestinians might also be guilty of bias never crosses reporter Linda K. Wertheimer’s mind.
The Jewish state was not created so that 18 year olds at Berkeley feel good, Jeffrey Goldberg says, but he, Yitzhak Herzog and former UCLA chancellor Marc Yudof are all worried that a radical shift on Israel in those young people will undermine US support for Israel.
The 50th anniversary of the occupation is freeing criticism. Greg Slabodkin, a former AIPAC official, comes for conditioning US aid to Israel on that country agreeing to freeze its illegal settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem. He forthrightly says that Israel’s “oppressive and discriminatory settlement policies in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem continue unabated.”
The New York Times has pointedly refused to cover an important and explosive news story, the rise of Jewish anti-Zionism. Its news columns characterize Palestinian solidarity activists as anti-Semites and it ignores leading voices, from Hasia Diner to Gideon Levy to Max Blumenthal, who are putting Zionism behind them.
If US Jews are going to criticize Israel, Peter Beinart says, they need to “root” themselves so deeply in Jewish identity that the Jewish community can’t excommunicate them for taking those political stands. That means knowing the Torah and Jewish history.
In contrast to a 2012 party platform that emphasized diplomacy with Iran, the new Democratic Party platform threatens military action and sanctions against Iran, and channels Netanyahu in saying Iran denies the Holocaust, supports Hamas, vows to eliminate Israel, and “has its fingerprints on almost every conflict in the Middle East.”
If Georgia congressman Hank Johnson had not been criticizing the Israeli occupation when he likened Israeli settlements to “termites,” no one would have noticed. The smearing of Johnson as an alleged anti-Semite is vicious and contradicts the Torah.