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A response to Peter Beinart’s Open Zion post “The Pro-Palestinian Left’s Hamas Blindspot.”
President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to Israel later this month has led to a predictable torrent of calls to release the convicted spy Jonathan Pollard. The former intelligence analyst who renounced his U.S. citizenship has been imprisoned for 28 years with a life sentence for the crime of passing along information on Arab states, Pakistan and the Soviet Union to Israel. Figures ranging from Shimon Peres to Yair Lapid to Benjamin Netanyahu have vowed to press Obama on Pollard when the president comes to Israel. But the White House has not indicated any shift on Pollard’s case.
Haaretz’s Barak Ravid reports on today’s meeting between Chuck Hagel and Ehud Barak. Looks like Israel doesn’t have to worry about the sequester.
Steven Emerson, a key member of what has been termed the “Islamophobia network,” appeared Sunday at an officially scheduled session at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) annual conference. Emerson, the head of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, has been a lead pusher of anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. since the 1990s.
Yesterday more than 200 people gathered to protest in front of the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington DC.
Dennis Ross says Israel should unilaterally take 8% of West Bank while stating ‘it has no intention of expanding into future Palestinian state’
Yesterday Dennis Ross was at it again in his role as Israel’s lawyer, arguing for his client in the New York Times on the opening day of the AIPAC annual conference in DC. It is a very disturbing and dishonest piece. Ross advocates for Israel and in return for giving away 8 percent of their land at the outset of a “process,” the Palestinians get nothing but more requirements for what they owe their occupiers.
Two separate advertising blitzes have welcomed the AIPAC conference to Washington, DC. One organized by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and Visualizing Palestine calls for end to U.S. aid to Israel while highlighting Israeli human rights abuses and the budget tradeoff for U.S. citizens. The second from Jewish Voice for Peace and Avaaz says AIPAC can’t claim to represent the American Jews and push a right-wing agenda not endorsed by the majority of the community.
A key Israel lobby group has already begun to organize against any potential divestment resolutions related to Israel that may come up at church assemblies, which won’t take place until 2014. From February 26-27, the Jewish Community Relations Council held an invitation-only anti-divestment conference in Burlingame, California. The JCRC event is an indication of how important countering the BDS movement is to Israel lobby groups. Above, Jewish & Christian advocates for divestment from the Israeli occupation at the Methodist General Conference, April, 2012.
Jeff Halper remembers Stéphane Hessel (1917-2013).
Yesh Din, human rights organization, can document “ten separate and serious incidents in which Israeli civilians have attacked Palestinians” in occupied West Bank over last week
AIPAC’s annual policy conference is this weekend, and they will be pushing for U.S. Congressional backing of any Israeli strike on Iran. Today, two Senators, Lindsey Graham and Robert Menendez, announced they will be introducing the AIPAC-requested resolution.
Palestinians aren’t mentioned once in AIPAC’s legislative agenda for its annual policy conference but there is a palpable fear that the aid spigot to Israel is about to turn off, or at least slow down, given the budget face off taking place in Washington.
Chuck Hagel has finally been confirmed as Secretary of State by a Senate vote of 58-41. Although they were able to prolong the process over the Defense Secretary nomination, today’s vote serves as a stinging defeat to the neocon campaign against Hagel.
Birthright is venturing into new territory, launching skateboarding and hip hop-themed trips to Israel. What does this say about the values of the organized Jewish community and the way that it interprets the State of Israel?
NYC LGBT center overturns ban on Palestine-related activities following uproar over Schulman event (Updated)
The Forward reports: “A New York gay community center announced February 15 that it had lifted a moratorium on events relating to Israel days after coming under heavy criticism for barring a prominent gay scholar from speaking about her new book on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
Israel boosters threaten civil rights claim against Brooklyn College and suggest barring student activists from campus
A small group of Israel supporters are seeking to keep up the pressure on Brooklyn College following last week’s controversial panel on the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. Lawyer Neil Sher (above, left) threatened to file a Title VI civil rights claim against the college over the disputed claim that four Jewish students were ejected without reason from the event, and CUNY trustee Jeffrey Wiesenfeld (above, right) suggested that student organizing groups like Students for Justice in Palestine, which organized last week’s panel, may have to be “excluded” from campus.
New York’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center will not allow author Sarah Schulman to discuss her new book, “Israel/ Palestine and the Queer International” at the center.
Chuck Hagel’s nomination for Secretary of Defense has been put on ice for 10 days as Democrats failed to get the 60 votes needed to end a Republican filibuster today. The issue will be on hold while the Senate is on recess next week. Earlier today the New York Times wrote, “Republicans [are] mounting what appears to be the first filibuster in history against a Pentagon secretary.” They were successful, for now.
‘New York Daily News’ distorts why student Israel advocates were tossed from Brooklyn College event (updated)
The New York Daily News continues to gin up hysteria over the disturbance involving four student activists affiliated with Zionist organizations who were kicked out of the Brooklyn College event last week on the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. The paper’s coverage is misleading and does not even make the pretense of trying to get the full story out.
Obama’s 2-day schedule in Israel/Palestine: 3 hours in Ramallah, 45 hours celebrating the special relationship
The following schedule is from Ynet. Note Obama will discuss Jonathan Pollard and “lay a wreath on Herzl’s tomb as a gesture to Zionism” before spending a morning in Ramallah.
In 2011, the board of New York’s LGBT Center instituted a ban on all Palestine-related organizing at the center at the urging of Zionist funders like Michael Lucas. One year ago, queer activists and allies occupied the lobby of the center to protest this ban. Two organizers from the organization FIERCE perfomed an amazing spoken word piece at the demonstration that I felt beautifully, elegantly tied together the disparate struggles of anti-apartheid activists and those fighting for freedom for all people here in NYC. I asked if I could turn that piece into a comic, which I have been slowly working on since then.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) will be holding its 2013 policy conference in Washington, DC next month under the banner of “Celebrating 65 Years of Friendship.” For the people of the Middle East, the “friendship” that AIPAC pursues between the United States and Israel is nothing to be celebrated.
Carl Levin has scheduled a public discussion and vote on the Hagel nomination today at 2:30 pm. And Breitbart News, in desperation, claims that a Hagel company got funding from “Friends of Hamas.”
People often comment that Dershowitz is a clown who does not deserve the time and effort to discredit him. I could not disagree more. He remains a highly influential public figure on matters pertaining to Israel and Palestine, commanding an audience at the White House and filling lecture halls regularly. Give the devil his due. He has great rhetorical skills, thinks quickly on his feet, and in my opinion can on occasion out-debate far worthier opponents. He remains a rock star of pro-Israel advocacy. His brazen hypocrisy and serial dishonesty should be challenged regularly.
SNL on Hagel: ‘It is vital to Israel’s security for you to go on national television and perform oral sex on a donkey… Would you do THAT for Israel?’
‘Saturday Night Live’ captures the spirit of the Hagel confirmation hearing in a dress rehearsal for a skit that was ultimately cut from the show.