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‘NYT’ preaches to Palestinians about launching ‘intifadas’

Philip Weiss on
Tzipi Hotovely speaking at the 15th IDC Herzliya conference. (Erez Harodi/Osim Tsilum/IDC Herzilya)

When NYT editorial blames breakdown of peace process on Palestinians, it lumps “terrorism” and “intifadas” as though the act of rebellion against occupation is a crime. As for Israeli crimes, it covers Israeli massacres with the term “military clashes”

‘NYT’ reporters parrot Israeli claims re cherry tomato

Philip Weiss on
Netanyahu at the U.N., a variation by Dan Rice

Why are New York Times reporters committed to parroting Israeli propaganda re the cherry tomato when the newspaper can’t cover the “extrajudicial execution” by the country of an 18-year-old Palestinian woman at a checkpoint?

Everyone’s kicking AIPAC now that it’s down

Philip Weiss on
Sen. Chuck Schumer (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

NPR, Bloomberg, and the New Yorker all run sharply critical pieces of the Israel lobby group AIPAC, a signal that its power is in eclipse. And The New Yorker calls out Chuck Schumer for his “extraordinary” identification as the “guardian” of Israel.

Iran Deal aftermath brings warnings of donor backlash against Dems

Philip Weiss on
Sen. John Cornyn

Articles on the aftermath of the Iran Deal say the “Jewish community” will be active in the next political cycle, a reference to big Jewish donors who oppose the deal and want retribution for those who backed it. But most American Jews support the Iran Deal, even if they’re not wielding influence.

AIPAC is going out with a whimper not a bang

Philip Weiss on
Cartoon that Swiss envoy presented at presentation with Iranians, and later apologized for, in August 2015

Netanyahu’s American lobby has been discredited and smashed. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach compares its stand against the Iran deal to Masada, a mass suicide. Victorious Democrats must now begin a debate over Palestinians’ rights.

Why do Jewish legislators carry more weight on Iran Deal?

Philip Weiss on
FL Congresswoman Lois Frankel

People are openly counting Jewish vote in Congress on Iran Deal. So far 15 in favor, 9 against, 4 to announce. We grant Jews greater influence because of the Jewish connection to Israel and the Jewish organizations pressuring them, saying it’s anti-Semitic to support the deal.

The Israel lobby is alive and well– and split

Philip Weiss on
J Street founder Jeremy Ben-Ami speaking at the group's conference in 2012. (Photo: J Street)

Jennifer Rubin says Democrats have turned against Israel and Jonathan Chait says that the Israel lobby blew the Iran Deal and was never very powerful. They are both wrong. The lobby is alive and well, and split between them.

Debacle for the Israel lobby: Booker jilts Boteach, and Netanyahu sinks AIPAC

Philip Weiss on
Senator Booker

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach says he can’t trust his old friend Sen. Cory Booker after he announced his support for the Iran Deal, and the Washington Post says Israeli PM Netanyahu screwed the Israel lobby when he decided to interfere in US politics by speaking to Congress against the president in March

National Public Radio annexes West Bank to Israel

Philip Weiss on
Steve Inskeep

David Plotz, travel writer, says that the Herodium is located in Tall Furaydis, Israel, when it’s in the occupied West Bank. And NPR’s Steve Inskeep echoed the error, impervious to the occupation.