Obama hired Clinton as sec’y of state in 2009 because he “needed someone to lend him credibility with the Israeli government and its American defenders,’ and reached out to Malcolm Hoenlein to make the hire, NYT reveals, openly acknowledging power of Israel lobby in presidential politics
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Sarah Helm’s riveting account of visiting Gaza for Newsweek describes all 1.8 million people as “human shields” because civilians had no place to go when the missiles landed
Legendary director Marcel Ophuls exposes Zionist racism in his projected new film and interviews a Palestinian mother who explains why her sons became militants. All this in the New York Times!
US mainstream media begin to reflect the ‘nightmare’ of Greater Israel, from David Remnick’s one-state reality to the Forward imagining a binational state to a Princeton student coming out for BDS.
The regime change at the New Republic is continuing to command headlines and two storylines sympathetic to Chris Hughes are emerging. One is technocratic/neoliberal: He bought the goddamn magazine, what did they expect? The other is political: despite the New Republic’s claim to being a progressive leader, the old regime was not liberal; it was racist and neoconservative/rightwing Zionist. More evidence the Hughes putsch is epochal: it ends an era in which neoconservatism was fanned inside the liberal Democratic political community, out of concern for maintaining US support for the Jewish state.
The journalism world is up in arms today that Chris Hughes the Facebook mogul who bought The New Republic magazine had the temerity to fire editor Franklin Foer and literary editor Leon Wieseltier. This is a landmark in the era of the Jewish establishment. It’s petering out in an elite generation of far greater diversity. The New Republic has been supported by one neocon after another, from Michael Steinhardt to Bruce Kovner to Roger Hertog. An era is over, and the Israel lobby (whose influence the magazine sought to deny) is losing power.
Blatantly bigoted Islamophobic comments follow a Newsweek piece about a Palestinian’s efforts to protect the Haram Al Sharif from Jewish religious incursion. “Towel head camel humpers,” says Dana Klein of Trumbull, CT
Israel’s proposed law to declare it the nation state of the Jewish people has dropped the mask from an ethnocracy, and the American media are at last reflecting Palestinian criticisms of the country
Omar Barghouti and Shlomo Sand both argue that Israel’s discrimination against its Palestinian citizens is toxic and offensive — long before it even considered the latest legislation, to declare the country the nation state of the Jewish people.
The New York Times says the Israel cabinet’s decision to make Israel “the nation state of the Jewish people” is “heartbreaking.” The emotion would be more appropriate to an American jurisdiction; and Israel has been violating principles of equality for more than 60 years.
Christian Zionist comedian George Lopez celebrated the Israeli colonization of Silwan, East Jerusalem, in which Palestinians are thrown out of their homes, during recent trip
US media bloodbath for Palestinians: Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer says that Palestinians are like Nazis, who also complained of grievances before murdering people; and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer merely nods his head
President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and UN ambassador Samantha Power all condemned the Palestinian attack on a Jerusalem synagogue that killed four; but none of them mentioned Jewish incitement against Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the killing of a Palestinian bus driver that preceded the attack
The NYT’s account of the killing of four Jews in a Jerusalem synagogue in a Palestinian terror attack leaves the death of a Palestinian bus driver, said by Palestinians to have been lynched, to the 13th paragraph. Jews count more than Palestinians to the newspaper of record
41 percent of the American opinion elite look on Zionism as an unfavorable term, compared to just 29 percent of that group who regard it favorably, Israel-lovin pollster Frank Luntz concedes in leaked PowerPoint
A professor of physics at Caltech says that an Israeli scientist at the school shared secrets from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, with Israeli government rocket scientists in violation of federal law, but that when she reported the matter to Caltech authorities, she was punished for the disclosure.
The Day Israel Attacked America, a timely expose by Al Jazeera, says the Israeli attack on the US spy ship Liberty in 1967 was deliberate and was covered up by the US government due to political threats by the Israel lobby.
Do settlements foster terrorism? State Department spox Jen Psaki suggested as much yesterday, saying Netanyahu’s push to build in East Jerusalem is “incompatible with peace.”
Yet another reporter for the New York Times has a son in the Israeli Defense Forces. Isabel Kershner, a correspondent in the newspaper’s Jerusalem bureau, says that her son is in training in the army. This is the third time in recent years that a writer who covers the conflict for America’s leading newspaper has a son serving in an army that is regularly accused of human rights abuses. On each of those occasions, an outside publication has disclosed the army service.
“It is time to honestly admit that Israeli society is ill – and it is our duty to treat this disease,” Israeli president Reuven Rivlin said over the weekend, but the diagnosis has gotten no pickup in the United States. The media continue to protect dreamcastle Israel.
“Another Jew!” Speakers at a Klinghoffer rally single out Peter Gelb, James Levine, and Alice Goodman and other Jews as Jews who are supporting anti-Semitism.
The question of Palestine, or rather the question of Palestinian statehood is plaguing the Israeli government and now the pages of the New York Times. In a round table of op-eds Nadia Hijab, Avital Leibovich, Efraim Halevy, Nathan Thrall, Caroline B. Glick, Richard Ottaway, and Omar Barghouti, weigh in on the domino effect of declarations of sovereignty over the occupied territories from the past month.
A Times article praising life for Israelis in Berlin in today’s paper exposes a frontpage article in the paper three weeks ago on the demon of anti-Semitism rising in Germany as hasbara hysteria
Steven Salaita’s book “Israel’s Dead Soul” (2011) merits serious attention and ultimately effusive praise. It contains five critical essays that not only offer brilliant insight into the cultural and ideological practices of Zionism in both Israel and the United States, but implicitly explain why his conscientious efforts would be denigrated and rejected by the ostensibly liberal aspects of this culture at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
The NYT wonders, smartly, why the world should pay to rebuild Gaza when it will just be destroyed again. As to which side is responsible for the “collapse” of peace talks, the editorial is silent. As to which side is responsible for the destruction of Gaza, and for the likelihood of it being repeated, the editorial is also silent.