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Islamophobia and the Election: It’s not just Trump

Imraan Siddiqi on
Marco Rubio criticizes Obama mosque speech for implying 'US discriminates against Muslims' (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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.

Biggest loser in Iowa was foreign policy

Philip Weiss on
Bernie Sanders

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.

Cultural Zionism good, political Zionism bad

Roland Nikles on
Bernard Avishai, from his twitter feed

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

In his war on Sanders supporters, Krugman forgets about Iraq

Donald on
Paul Krugman

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

Iraq war hangover is fueling anti-establishment candidates

Philip Weiss on
Bernie Sanders in Mason City, IA, Jan. 27, 2016

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.

Michael Bloomberg has been a fervent supporter of Israel, to a point

Philip Weiss on
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu greets Bloomberg when the former mayor flew to Israel in July 2014 to support Israel's assault on Gaza and oppose the FAA decision to suspend domestic flights to the country

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.

Kerry and Shapiro bring the one-state news the NYT failed to deliver

Philip Weiss on
Ambassador Daniel Shapiro, delivering his speech to an Israeli thinktank on January 18

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.

Clinton baits Sanders over ‘destruction of Israel’

Philip Weiss on
Jake Sullivan, then deputy chief of staff to Hillary Clinton, along with the then secretary of state and the president in 2012

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.”

‘Little Jewboy’ moment highlights coming divorce between US Jews and Israel

Philip Weiss on
Daniel B. Shapiro, US ambassador to Israel, called a "little Jewboy" by a former aide to Netanyahu

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.