Robert Silvers, the late editor of the New York Review of Books, ran Tony Judt’s great piece imagining a one-state democracy in Israel and Palestine in 2003, and then he ran away from it. Silvers could take on the establishment over Vietnam, Iraq, and Freud; but he couldn’t really go after Israel.
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The creation of the new DNC deputy chair position and appointment of Keith Ellison to this never-before-existing post was an attempt to dress-up another ugly smear campaign against an African American Muslim candidate to protect Israel’s influence over the Democratic Party.
Even as UN agency accuses Israel of apartheid, NPR runs feel-good story about occupied Abu Tor in East Jerusalem that never mentions occupation or settlers or fact that Palestinians there are “permanent residents.”
If a definition of Deep State is being impervious to elections, then what about the influence that AIPAC has exercised in both parties: fostering Trump’s Islamophobia and trampling a Democratic Party thinktank’s efforts to expose that Islamophobia. Eli Clifton shows that AIPAC supported Frank Gaffney, the Islam-basher, to the tune of $60,000.
Adding to his already rabidly racist remarks, Iowa Congressman Steve King uses a comparison to Israel to make his demographic obsession seem more acceptable.
How can the New York Times print a piece about Russia Today as propaganda on March 9 — “RT is unquestionably a case study in the complexity of modern propaganda” — and two days later publish a piece like this and keep a straight face? “Allies Fear Trump Is Eroding America’s Moral Authority.”
At a Brooklyn synagogue NYT reporter Joseph Goldstein says “alt right” is obsessed with losing a white majority in the US; while Seffi Kogen of AJC says that the “alt left” is anti-semitic because it supports BDS — though some Jews do so out of “love.”
The thrust of Shimon Dotan’s documentary, The Settlers, is that Israel as a polity/society has gone deeply wrong in this program of religious colonial supremacy that has broad popular support.
In likening Trump’s planned border wall to Israel’s separation wall, the Center for Investigative Reporting offers disturbing parallels and twisted facts that omit human rights violations.
In eulogizing the late Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin in the New York Times, Samantha Power may be describing how she sees herself: someone who wants peace but works within the system and covers up or whitewashes the brutal atrocities supported by the government she represents. This piece might be a kind of absolution Power is granting herself. But why is the NYT publishing this propaganda?
The White House plan to expand the Border Patrol and ICE gives Bannon and Trump a growing armed wing that is independent of local police, that can conduct raids anywhere in the United States, and that showed its enthusiasm for Trump by endorsing him well before before the election.
In a recent column Tom Friedman begged Donald Trump to “save the Jews.” But from what? From themselves, it seems. Friedman fears the end of the two-state solution, not because of what this would mean for Palestinians, but because of what it will do to the Jewish community: “That debate will tear apart virtually every synagogue, Jewish organization and Jewish group on every campus in America, and around the world. Israel will divide world Jewry.”
Racism gets a platform at the New York Times. The paper runs a hideous op-ed by an Israeli settler suggesting Palestinians leave Greater Israel.
The New York Times sounds like a newspaper opining about the Negro Problem in the 1950s, says Adam Shatz in the London Review of Books, in its pieties about Israeli choices re Palestinians. And Tom Friedman is even worse.
“I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and.. I’m very happy with the one that both parties like. I could live with either one,” Donald Trump says, changing US policy.
The various boycott initiatives against the U.S. are being covered favorably and curiously by mainstream media – will they do the same for BDS?
Once again the NYT covers up the illegal nature of Israeli settlements, suggesting the world has it out for Israel. ‘World leaders have denounced the settlements in the West Bank.” The Times should say that the settlements are considered a flagrant violation of international law– or tell us why that’s not the case.
Notes for Ian Fisher, NYT Jerusalem bureau chief: Biased reporting from Israel/Palestine is not only the fault of reporters. Your editors must be ready to resist the Israeli propaganda machine.