Liberal Zionism has never been under so much pressure as it is in the Trump era. For two reasons: Trump has rendered the death of the two-state solution a naked reality that is no longer deniable. And liberals who are vocally resisting Trump must affirm values that are inconsistent with Israel as it has turned out. Liberal Zionists and anti-Zionists must form a new coalition for progress, and liberal Zionists will have to give up their illusion of a Jewish, democratic state.
Category Archives: Israel Lobby
Racism gets a platform at the New York Times. The paper runs a hideous op-ed by an Israeli settler suggesting Palestinians leave Greater Israel.
The New York Times sounds like a newspaper opining about the Negro Problem in the 1950s, says Adam Shatz in the London Review of Books, in its pieties about Israeli choices re Palestinians. And Tom Friedman is even worse.
In the hours since President Trump said he was agnostic about whether Israel and Palestine should be two states or one, many supporters of Israel have taken to the airwaves to cite the danger that a one-state outcome would pose to Israel’s Jewish majority. Some liberal supporters of Israel spoke frankly, and illiberally, about demographic concerns in a one state outcome: that Palestinians will outnumber Jews, thereby endangering the “Jewish democracy.”
The Republican Jewish Coalition and J Street are at odds over nomination of David Friedman as ambassador to Israel. With Senate hearing on Thursday, Holocaust scholars publish letter vehemently opposing Friedman’s use of the word “kapos” to describe liberal Zionists.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul blocked John Bolton’s naming to be Number 2 at State. Now he’s going after Elliott Abrams, and the neocons. They believe in “perpetual war” and they will “scurry in by the hundreds” if Abrams gets the job, he says. Bill Kristol says that’s anti-Semitic.
So who got neoconservative Elliott Abrams a meeting with Trump, and likely appointment as number two at State? The obvious answer is there is a segment of opinion that Trump wants to mollify. The Israel lobby, which even US nationalist Steve Bannon has made peace with.
Once again the NYT covers up the illegal nature of Israeli settlements, suggesting the world has it out for Israel. ‘World leaders have denounced the settlements in the West Bank.” The Times should say that the settlements are considered a flagrant violation of international law– or tell us why that’s not the case.
Notes for Ian Fisher, NYT Jerusalem bureau chief: Biased reporting from Israel/Palestine is not only the fault of reporters. Your editors must be ready to resist the Israeli propaganda machine.
The House of Representatives denies Palestinian humanity: Reps Alcee Hastings and Rob Woodall have introduced a bipartisan resolution against Palestinian terror attacks that refuses to mention how many of the alleged attackers were executed on the spot. Only the Israeli victims count.
“As long as Israel is under threat, as long as Israel is not secure,” there will not be a divorce between American and Israeli Jews, says Abe Foxman. “If there is peace– that’s when you are going to deal with the issue of divorce.” So is that why Israel is always at war?
Just a day after newly-sworn President Donald Trump vowed to make good on his campaign promises to build a US-Mexico border wall and ban Muslim immigrants, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) of New York organized an “emergency rally for Muslim and Immigrant Rights.” Chanting ‘No ban, no wall!’ more than 3,000 people gathered in Washington Square Park in New York last night in a show of solidarity with Muslim and immigrant American communities.
Donald Trump seems to have cold feet about moving U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, with his spokesperson saying he will consult “stakeholders” in a “decision-making process.”
“The workshop lasted five hours…. Hopefully, it will herald the new normal in Germany,” Norman Finkelstein says of a lecture he gave today in Halle despite international pressure on the Max Planck Institute to cancel.
Anyone who wants to be anti-Semitic today supports Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), Israel flack Bernard-Henri Levy says on WNYC. When will public radio air anti-Zionists?
“I am not a person who breaks promises,” incoming President Donald Trump said this week about his plan to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, but the move is sparking angry protest around the world. “His plan would legitimize theft of Palestinian land,” says Institute for Middle East Understanding. “Madness,” says Tom Friedman.
The Washington Post ignores Israel’s brutal killing of a 17-year-old Palestinian youth protesting the occupation but publishes a bizarre feature story on a blind Israeli golfer. The relative weight granted Israeli human interest stories and Palestinian human rights speaks volumes, says Jim Zogby.
UN resolution against settlements will lead to ‘mass boycotts and sanctions’ of Israel, Michael Koplow of the Israel Policy Forum tells Park Ave synagogue, as liberal Zionists panic over the dangers posed to their dream by Netanyahu and Trump.
There is ample evidence that Louis Brandeis converted to Zionism at 56, after a life removed from Jewish concerns, so as to get on to the Supreme Court, which President Wilson had made clear was impossible unless he was a “representative Jew.” Brandeis’s hagiographers, including Jeffrey Rosen, CEO of the Constitution Center, in his new biography from Yale Books, erase this history lest it would throw a shadow on a Zionist hero.
At the 92d Street Y, David Makovsky says SJP has its roots in Hamas and JVP doesn’t work with SJP, and other falsehoods about the Palestinian solidarity movement; and the pity is that his opponents are never invited to rebut him. The Jewish community used to be smart. Now Zionism dumbs down everything it touches.