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Burke and Lincoln would have hated the special relationship

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Glenn Greenwald’s latest revelation, that three former Treasury officials are involved in a neoconservative Zionist lobbying outfit, combined with David Brooks’s apparent belief that he’s an Israeli parent, shows how commingled the Israel interest is in our political culture, the type of sinister influence Lincoln and Burke both warned their democracies against

US elites are vulnerable to donor pressure on Israel question

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From Steven Salaita’s firing at the University of Illinois, to Bruce Shipman’s being forced out at Yale, to Michelle Nunn’s positioning in the Georgia Senate race, to rabbis refusing to criticize Israel, pro-Israel donors play a significant role in the U.S. discourse on Israel/Palestine. Here are several stories that underline the importance of pro-Israel money and show that elites are particularly vulnerable to donor pressure. These same elites are crucial to the lobby because Israel has lost the grass-roots. In fact, there is now a battle raging inside elite opinion

No Surprise Dep’t: David Brooks’s son is in Israeli army

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From the Jewish Journal two days ago. “David Brooks’ son is in the Israeli army. Does it matter?” One of the more interesting nuggets buried in a long, Hebrew-language interview with New York Times columnist David Brooks in the recent Ha’aretz magazine is the revelation, toward the very end, that Brooks’s oldest son serves in

Goldberg tries to police view that Israel’s actions fuel anti-Semitism

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Two weeks after a Yale chaplain lost his job for saying that Gaza has fostered anti-Semitism in Europe, Ken Roth of Human Rights Watch refers to “anti-Semitism that flared in Europe in response to Israel’s conduct in Gaza war,” and is slapped by Jeffrey Goldberg for doing so. But Israel itself has promoted the confusion of Zionism with Judaism.

‘TimesWarp’ tries to keep the ‘Times’ honest

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Longtime journalist Barbara Erickson’s site criticizing New York Times stories for their pro-Israel bias has been up for less than a year but is gaining a reputation for clarity and insight. TimesWarp presents evidence that the NYT is Israel-centric in its coverage.

‘The Hill’ is to the left of the ‘New York Review of Books’

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When was the last time The New York Review of Books ran a piece by a Palestinian? Lots of Israeli writers, including lately Assaf Sharon, who ignores the BDS movement and advocates for democracy in Israel and Palestine, when saying the Israel’s choice is between the extreme right and the two-state solution. An inherently conservative piece. The Hill actually tries to publish Palestinian opinion

Joan Rivers’s Palestinian finale

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Joan Rivers is being remembered for crossing lines others respected. Sadly, her finale during the Gaza massacre of this summer were rants against Palestinians that political people are not likely to forget.

Richard Cohen says he married Israel and has been faithful during ups and downs

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Longtime Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen has a book coming out in two weeks called Israel: Is It Good for the Jews? a question that Cohen answers in the affirmative. From his publisher, Simon and Schuster: A very personal journey through Jewish history (and Cohen’s own), and a passionate defense of Israel’s legitimacy.Richard Cohen’s book is

Yale Protestant chaplain says Americans must curb Israel so as to curb anti-Semitism

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Everyone is talking about this. Last week the New York Times ran an op-ed by Deborah Lipstadt saying that anti-Semitism is returning to Europe in ways reminiscent of the Nazi era, in which Lipstadt blurred the line between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, citing protests of Israel’s slaughter in Gaza. Well, the Times has now run a

‘New Yorker’ limits its expose of Israel lobby to AIPAC

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New Yorker writer Connie Bruck and her husband former Congressman Mel Levine. (Photo: Amanda Edwards/ Getty Images)

Connie Bruck has a big piece on AIPAC in the New Yorker that includes some good Capitol Hill reporting on AIPAC’s corrupting influence over the Congress. Friends are passing the piece along to me as an expose, and several are thrilled by it. The article is titled, “Are American Jews Turning Against AIPAC?” and suggests that AIPAC

Leading Jewish organization celebrates Israeli settlement products

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Adam sent me this photo today from a doctor’s waiting room. The article is all about wine from the Judean Hills around Jerusalem. At least one of the vineyards is in the West Bank, in the illegal settlement of Psagot (and others vaguely alluded to are in the Golan); but the article doesn’t refer to

‘NYT’ journey to Israel/Palestine to be led by Israeli ‘expert’ who called on countrymen to ‘kill and kill’ Palestinians

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Over the last two months, as Israel first cracked down on the West Bank and then launched a massive attack decimating the Gaza Strip, The New York Times has come under repeated and justified criticism, notwithstanding some occasional good reporting from Gaza. That criticism has focused on The Times bias and double standards, downplaying of Israeli attacks, and tendency

Salaita’s hire set off fundraising alarm at U of Illinois, per emails to chancellor

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Inside Higher Ed’s Scott Jascik today reports a disturbing development in the Steven Salaita firing case at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Phyllis Wise, the university’s chancellor, was lobbied by 70 pro-Israel folks, including donors, who were upset by Salaita’s comments on twitter about Gaza. The school’s fundraisers were alarmed and sought a meeting with

NY Times describes Israel’s June rampage in the West Bank as a “clampdown”

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Today’s New York Times article by Isabel Kershner about the (now aborted) extension of the cease fire in Gaza offers a brief history of the recent events, including this line: An Israeli clampdown in the West Bank during the search for the [three Israeli] teenagers prompted increased rocket fire from Gaza and an escalation that

More Orientalist insinuations in the New York Times

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Orientalism is more cunning and subtle than just simple prejudice against Arabs and Muslims.  The other day, the New York Times offered another nice specimen of Orientalist technique. A “news analysis” by Steven Erlanger included the following paragraph: “Unlike Fatah, Hamas claims the whole of the British mandate of Palestine as land granted by Allah,

Embedded deception in the BBC’s coverage of Israel’s onslaught

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In the Middle East, people used to say “the BBC says” to adduce truth to their claims. Those days are now gone. For the majority of people in the Middle East, the BBC is now seen as parroting the official Israeli narrative in their conflict with the Palestinians. The BBC’s reporting style, the structure of the

The Greenhouse propaganda—How Gazan history is being rewritten to dehumanize Palestinians

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Erase memory and you wash away the blood from the perpetrator’s hands, you undo the done deed, make it disappear from history. Erase memories of atrocities and you tempt future perpetrators with immunity—Miraslov Volf In recent weeks, as Israeli bombs and artillery have slammed into the tiny strip of land that is home to nearly

Jodi Rudoren and Abe Foxman mull over ‘the Arabs’ owning New York hotel

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Let me offer a ridiculous fantasy.  The NY Times hires an Arab-American as its Jerusalem Bureau Chief.  The reporter’s spouse produces and publicly posts a video in which the reporter is seen having a personal, non-professional meal with a high official of a prominent Arab-American organization, an individual who has repeatedly expressed strong pro-Palestinian, even

Former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren dropped as CNN ‘analyst’

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CNN has changed former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren’s title from “analyst” to “ambassador” when he appears as a guest on the network. Sources knowledgable of the situation told me that the move comes after internal dissent within CNN that Oren’s classification as an “analyst” was not suitable. CNN spokesperson Edie Emery confirmed