The Washington Post ignores Israel’s brutal killing of a 17-year-old Palestinian youth protesting the occupation but publishes a bizarre feature story on a blind Israeli golfer. The relative weight granted Israeli human interest stories and Palestinian human rights speaks volumes, says Jim Zogby.
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UN resolution against settlements will lead to ‘mass boycotts and sanctions’ of Israel, Michael Koplow of the Israel Policy Forum tells Park Ave synagogue, as liberal Zionists panic over the dangers posed to their dream by Netanyahu and Trump.
There is ample evidence that Louis Brandeis converted to Zionism at 56, after a life removed from Jewish concerns, so as to get on to the Supreme Court, which President Wilson had made clear was impossible unless he was a “representative Jew.” Brandeis’s hagiographers, including Jeffrey Rosen, CEO of the Constitution Center, in his new biography from Yale Books, erase this history lest it would throw a shadow on a Zionist hero.
Donald Trump has now named his son-in-law Jared Kushner as a senior adviser, notably on Middle East and Israel issues. Ten years ago, Kushner fired Philip Weiss from the New York Observer after Weiss started reporting on the Israeli occupation. Weiss reflects on his experience with Kushner and what it could mean for his upcoming White House role.
Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to Netanyahu three or four times as often as to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, according to former State Dep’t aide David Makovsky
The Israeli government is waging “a brazen, covert influence campaign” in Britain, investigation by Al Jazeera alleges. An Israeli diplomat schemed to “take down” British Foreign Secretary because he was critical of settlements, an undercover tape reveals.
Sgt Azaria is convicted of manslaughter in Hebron killing of March 24, 2016. Human rights organization B’Tselem says Palestinians are killed all the time by Israeli security forces and there is no accountability. New York Times and Washington Post leave this angle out.
Netanyahu’s most impressive achievement is that he has associated his politics and even himself personally with sacred Jewish history and its hallowed lessons. That is why Jimmy Carter and now John Kerry must be vilified for pointing out the apartheid treatment of Palestinians. Netanyahu’s sacred construction is about to crash to the ground. Jeffrey Goldberg has already jumped ship.
In the NY Times lead story on the Kerry speech, writer David Sanger says Obama has distanced himself from Middle East peace negotiations, which he “doubted would succeed.” This is false and a jab at Kerry. The policy was Obama’s, and set in place with the Cairo speech of 2009.
John Kerry’s closing act as secretary of state is a 72-minute speech devoted to a problem, Israeli settlements, that was removed from the Democratic Party platform just five months before. The bitter failure of the Obama administration to take on Netanyahu untill the last minute is proof of the power of the Israel lobby inside American liberalism. The Democratic Party will support justice in the Middle East only if it takes on the forces of intolerance in its own ranks. That means the Israel lobby. You can’t defeat an enemy if you can’t name it.
John Kerry’s speech on Israel/Palestine today was a eulogy for the two state solution, some commenters said; while others said he laid down new criticisms of Israel with statement about “separate but not equal” residents of West Bank and saying “The settler agenda” is defining Israel’s future.
“Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!” Donald Trump tweeted today in anticipation of Secretary of State John Kerry’s much-ballyhooed speech on Middle East peace this morning. But Steny Hoyer joins forces with Trump in telling the Obama administration to leave Israel alone.
In extensive coverage of the UN Security Council resolution against settlements, the New York Times has quoted only four Palestinians. One article was headlined that the focus is now “back on Palestinians,” but quoted numerous Americans and Israeli voices, but only one Palestinian.
President Obama’s decision to allow passage of a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements as illegal has done more to change the shape of the conflict than any other action in the last ten years, even than Israel’s massacres in Gaza. Israel supporters always said that the country would not move toward peace if the U.S. was tough on it. But the UN Security Council resolution against settlements shows the opposite to be true: a little distance is already causing huge positive developments, isolating the country in world opinion and licensing criticism of PM Netanyahu. Obama has nudged Israel, and the media, toward recognition of the country’s new status, as a rogue state.
The New York Times commits journalistic malpractice, suggesting the US abstention at the UN was due to personal animosity between Obama and Netanyahu. Obama is dead serious about a two state solution, Netanyahu about holding on to power
If a newspaper had produced the documentation of political corruption that Wikileaks provided in the last year, it would be up for a Pulitzer Prize. The media should stop demonizing Wikileaks and the Russians and focus on what we learned from the records.
The good news of Trump’s nomination of an extremist to be the US ambassador to Israel is that the American Jewish monolith in favor of Israel will shatter publicly and liberal Zionists will have to throw in the towel on the failed dream of partitioning the land so as to preserve a “Jewish democracy.”
Donald Trump was “wise” when he said that he refused to demonize Putin and wouldn’t it be great if Russia and the US could cooperate not fight, Stephen Cohen says on WNYC. And Paul Krugman slurs Trump as a Kremlin agent and thereby stigmatizes dissenting views of the new Cold War.
Less than four months after he went to Jerusalem for the New York Times, Peter Baker is going back to the White House. He says it’s the “Trump effect.” The big story is in D.C.
Lesley Stahl is no Bob Simon, but in her interview with Benjamin Netanyahu aired on “60 Minutes” last night she did mention BDS favorably, “This is the playbook they used against Apartheid in South Africa.” And suggested that Netanyahu is working against the American interest. Reaching out to Russia and China, “You seem to be inching toward an anti-American bloc.”
Peter Beinart says Steve Bannon can be accused of misogyny, racism and Islamophobia, not anti-Semitism during an open argument among pro-Israel Jews on CNN, a signal of more and more public disagreement.
New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief Peter Baker produces a biased article that blames on-line incitement exclusively on Palestinians.
Chemi Shalev and Jeremy Ben-Ami say that if Keith Ellison is defeated for Democratic Party chair, there will be a backlash against the organized Jewish community that has opposed a rising star; and that is bad for Jews. Ellison is shaking up the discussion of US policy.
The feverish coverage of “fake news” has given rise to at least one elusive blacklist which features hundreds of websites and publications all of whom fall prey to one common accusation: they either willingly or unwillingly serve Russian interests by peddling propaganda targeting U.S audiences. Meet PropOrNot, the new McCarthyism—this time at the touch of a screen.
Ten years ago Keith Ellison’s candidacy for DNC chair would be dead in the water in light of his criticisms of Israel. But the surprise this time is that many left and liberal Zionist influencers have come out to defeat the smears against Ellison, signaling a new openness in our discourse to debate the Israel lobby.