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Israeli racism takes center stage at Manhattan JCC

Philip Weiss on
Batya Kahana-Dror

When Batya Kahana-Dror tells a NY Jewish audience that she wants “maximal territory with minimal Arab citizens” inside Israeli borders, no one criticizes her. But when a woman in the audience calls on ending US aid to Israel, Rabbi Ayelet Cohen says that she’s being disrespectful.

Hurt by the Israel lobby, Obama kisses it goodbye

Philip Weiss on
Obama and Friedman, from the NYT

In an interview with Tom Friedman of the New York Times, President Obama shows that he has won on foreign policy, speaking warmly of Iran and repeatedly referring to differences with Netanyahu in a kind of goodbye to the Israel lobby

‘NYT’ addresses pro-Israel donors’ influence over Congress

Philip Weiss on
Eric Lipton of the Times

The New York Times has finally done it: an honest piece about the Israel lobby’s financial influence over Congress, the Republican side of the aisle, anyway. Netanyahu’s influence among Republicans reflects the power of “a small group of wealthy donors.”

Now Obama needs to ‘compensate’ Netanyahu — NYT pipes Israeli propaganda (Update)

Annie Robbins on
Dore Gold

New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren suggests Obama owes some sort of compensation to Israel for not kowtowing to Netanyahu on Iran. The Times did not get the message that Netanyahu got knocked down, left behind and hung out to dry in Lausanne, Switzerland two days ago. He’s been demoted, not the other way around.

Bibi talk: ‘New York Review of Books’ trivializes Israeli fascism

Philip Weiss on

In a NY Review of Books piece that describes “proto-fascist” currents in the last Israeli election, David Shulman never uses the nickname “Bibi” for Netanyahu. But the editors of the journal do so twice in headlines, surely out of some lingering affection for the Jewish strongman

Clinton and Cruz both betrayed Obama’s foreign policy yesterday

James North and Philip Weiss on
Hoenlein and Netanyahu in February

Hillary Clinton throws Obama’s foreign policy under the bus, making a call to a leading rightwing Israel supporter Sunday to say that she wants to put the relations between the countries back on a constructive track. Not a word in the Times about her fundraising concerns.

Washington ‘sits shiva’ for the 2-state solution

Philip Weiss on
Obama after Netanyahu speech to Congress, March 4

Israeli PM Netanyahu’s dismissal of the two-state solution in the last days of the election campaign in Israel is having a huge and beneficial effect on the discussion of the conflict inside the United States. President Obama has taken Netanyahu at his word and says there will be no two-state solution for “several years.” He seems to be doing what many on the US left are doing: preparing Americans to think about what one state looks like.

American Jews are taking back their power from Israel

Philip Weiss on
A demonstrator holds a sign during a rally near the Israeli Consulate in New York to protest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech in front on Congress. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

In 1967, American Jews fell in love with Israel and made a solemn promise to protect the country through thick and thin. Nearly fifty years later the same community is reconsidering that vow. What we are seeing is a transfer of power from the Israeli Jewish community to the Diaspora Jewish community that Benjamin Netanyahu failed to anticipate even as he precipitated it.

I want my country back

Philip Weiss on
Jodi Rudoren

Jodi Rudoren’s recent piece from Jerusalem titled “Rebukes From White House Risk Buoying Netanyahu” is a full-on assault on President Obama for taking on Netanyahu over his repudiation of the two-state solution and his election day racism, and it is disingenuous from start to finish, beginning with the headline. The aim of the piece is to buoy Netanyahu and submarine Obama. Phil Weiss writes he has never seen anything like this before: the top space of the newspaper turned over to a war- and fear-mongering foreign leader to undermine the US president.

Sanitizing the Nakba, in ‘The New York Times Book Review’

Liz Rose on
Dexter Filkins

In a review of Israeli S. Yizhar’s novel Khirbet Khizeh in the NYT, Dexter Filkins uses words like herded, roundup, evacuate, left, fled, deport, leave, to describe the expulsion of the Palestinians in 1948. These words wash over the devastating reality of the Nakba.