Israel advocates are using the Clinton campaign to try and stifle BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel) in the public square. Norman Brownstein, a board member of AIPAC, says Clinton has promised; while Bakari Sellers circulates an anti-BDS letter signed by 60 other African American Democrats.
Category Archives: Israel Lobby
What does Hillary Clinton mean by taking the Israel relationship to the “next level”? Maybe what Robert Danin, former State Department official at Harvard, says: a formal treaty between the countries, and do it fast, because young people and Democrats have lost their romance about Israel. (Don’t they have a good reason?)
Israeli Jewish views from right to far right are given, in a NY Times account of the Israeli-Turkish deal ending the impasse over Israel’s killing of 10 men on the Turkish aid boat the “Mavi Marmara” in 2010. The article justifies the Israeli blockade on Gaza and parrots an Israeli version of the attack, leaving out human rights’ groups’ reports that it was brutal and included summary executions.
Hillary Clinton is gaining the support of the neoconservative establishment. Alan Dershowitz is for her “muscular foreign policy.” Robert Kagan is holding a fundraiser for her. And even possible veep-nominee Sen. Elizabeth Warren emerges as a “surprising Israel hawk,” says the Forward.
Michael Gordon piped neoconservative and Israeli objections to the Iran deal in the New York Times a year ago and also helped foment the Iraq war with the bogus aluminum-tubes story. Now he lands at a neoconservative thinktank that opposed the Iran deal as a writer-in-residence for the summer.
Brace yourself for the news from the Democratic Platform Committee. The platform this year will be even worse than previous platforms on Palestine. That’s how things look, despite the insurgent anti-Benjamin-Netanyahu campaign of Bernie Sanders: there is no occupation, and no settlements either. Jerusalem forever, and death to BDS. The party belongs to Hillary Clinton.
Netanyahu’s only goal is to control the news cycle and the New York Times gave him two solid victories last week by playing up a misstatement by Palestinian president Abbas in Brussels. And the construction of Abbas’s line as anti-Semitic reflects the power in our discourse of a tribal Jewish fantasy: non-Jews are always thinking anti-Jewish thoughts.
Cynthia Ozick has expressed racist views of Palestinians loving hatred more than bread — “they have reared children unlike any other children, removed from ordinary norms and behaviors” — but extolling the novelist at 88 in the NY Times Magazine Giles Harvey does her a great blessing, by leaving ’em out!
NY Gov Andrew Cuomo’s glaring overreach in his executive order against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) continues to pay off, with the Washington Post publishing an article by Rebecca Vilkomerson of Jewish Voice for Peace, explaining how she supports BDS as a Jew because only outside pressure will get Israel to change.
We’re closely following the reception of Ben Ehrenreich’s big new book, The Way to the Spring, because he is offering American media a fresh opportunity to discover the simple truths of occupation: that overwhelming military enforcement of apartheid and dispossession in occupied territories will spark resistance, including (horrors!) the throwing of stones by young men. […]
Bloomberg News runs a Pravda-style article about Israel’s political crisis whose goal is obfuscation from start to finish so as to make Netanyahu look good. Those charges of fascism? Eli Lake reports that they call you a fascist in Israel when the garbage doesn’t get picked up.
Clintonite Henry Waxman warns against including “contentious” language on Israel in the Democratic platform, as J Street suggests words about “settlements” entrenching the “occupation” will make both Clinton and Sanders forces happy. Nothing about Jerusalem, and nothing about BDS.
Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai has said bravely that murders in Israel will continue as long as the occupation does; but US publications are loath to make such an assertion. Ben Ehrenreich changed that trend, by publishing a devastating critique of the occupation in Politico this week.
Longtime peace processor Dennis Ross drops all pretense to being an honest broker, telling an off-the-record meeting of American Jews, “We don’t need to be advocates for Palestinians. We need to be advocates for Israel,” because Palestinians have “plenty” of advocates already.
Media marginalize critics of US Israel policy. Chris Matthews says the Democratic Party platform is riven by “red hot” Cornel West and James Zogby, but censors their concern about Israel. And Foreign Affairs publishes a navel-gazing issue all about Israel that leaves out the depths of extremism in Israel, let alone Palestinian conditions.
Netanyahu is experiencing “Stockholm syndrome” after he was taken “hostage” by rightwing extremists, says former Israeli PM Ehud Barak. Netanyahu’s commitment to a Palestinian state is “hot air,” his government is “deaf” and “paralyzed,” and it’s time for American Jews to stop speaking in “unison” in support of Israel.
“For too long the Democratic Party has been beholden to AIPAC,” Sanders surrogate Cornel West says at Democratic platform drafting hearing, as Clinton forces urge the party to stop dividing over Israel so that Hillary Clinton can defeat Donald Trump.
Islamophobia in our time: Former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren says Trump should stress alleged Orlando shooter’s Muslim name, Omar Saddiqui Mateen, in order to reap an advantage in the presidential race over Hillary Clinton.
Now they tell us! A year after the U.S. lobbied the UN on behalf of Israel to get it delisted from an annex of countries violating children’s rights, NPR reports it, deep in a story about Saudi Arabia lobbying the U.N. to get a similar exception.
In an Al Jazeera interview, former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy trashes PM Netanyahu for misusing the Holocaust to oppose the Iran deal and not having political dialogue with Hamas and says his days are numbered. Why aren’t American leaders and media reflecting these views?
Andrew Cuomo’s stand against BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) Sunday was an intentional political move by Democratic Party leadership, as Jeremy Ben-Ami of J Street and Rep. Steve Israel both call on the party to oppose BDS in the party platform. The Sanders base is surely pro-BDS; but will they take a stand in Philadelphia over this issue?
Gov. Cuomo’s order opposing BDS shows that the powerful are willing to sell out democracy. So maybe BDS does stand for something else: Be Damn Sure, that if this current of anti-democratic acts is not countered, it will continue.
“Heartbroken and furious, I would never return there again,” Ayelet Waldman said of Israel after visiting separate-and-unequal Hebron with Breaking the Silence in 2014. She and her husband Michael Chabon are working on a collection about the occupation that has gotten a lot of attention in the Israeli press and is sure to shock American Jews.
Over the past 48 hours, we’ve been inundated by the news that Hillary Clinton would give a “major” foreign policy speech in California where, according to the latest polls, the Democratic primary race is running neck-and-neck. The truth is, despite a strong and well-carried-out performance, you could only look at her speech in two ways: It was an exemplary exercise of circumlocution, delivering vague and not-so-major remarks; or it was a major speech because of the things downplayed. Palestine was nonexistent in the address, but Israel’s place in the speech was pretty narrow, in a possible acknowledgement that the Israel brand isn’t one anyone wants to be associated with these days.
At Huffpo, Jennifer Sabin says the BDS movement is about “the right of Palestinians to control all of Israel”. Thus she equates a battle for equal rights with anti-Semitism, and manifests a bigoted denial of the Palestinian experience of being forced off their own land for 70 years.