The great spiritual challenge to Jews is to deal with our actual status in western societies. What would the American Jewish community look like today if we moved beyond viewing ourselves as the eternal victim? And what would happen to the Israel lobby? A response to David Bernstein’s charge in the Washington Post that Phil Weiss is an anti-Semite
Category Archives: Media
Jimmy Carter’s statement that Gaza situation is “intolerable” is lead of Guardian story, last paragraph of Washington Post. And you wonder why Washington is in a bubble
Fareed Zakaria rebuked Haim Saban’s criticism of him for being “anti-Israel” by saying that the occupation is a “cancer,” Israel faces a future where 10 million can’t vote; and no, you can’t have the microphone! And Rep. Donna Edwards is criticized in the Washington Post for being insufficiently supportive.
Bernie Sanders voted against the Iraq war but he defended Israel’s actions against Gaza last summer against his own angry leftwing base in Vermont, some of whom he told to “Shut up”
Disaster-washing: Israel can’t stop promoting its efforts to help Nepal earthquake victims, trying to make the world forget about the human rights devastation it created in Gaza
There’s a supreme irony in Obama quoting Dorothy Thompson, whose truly stellar career ended in charges of antisemitism from Zionists, to a crowd of journalists who quake in fear of having their careers destroyed by Israel supporters who more recently smeared Helen Thomas, Rick Sanchez, Octavia Nasr, and Jim Clancy for off-hand, ill-conceived remarks.
For western journos, Israeli lives are more important than Palestinian lives, Yousef Munayyer says, in pointing out coverage of the first Palestinian rocket from Gaza in 4 months and non-coverage of repeated Israeli attacks on the strip.
Even Daily Beast is using the term “Israel First,” after wealthy NY gay couple hosts Ted Cruz, who opposes same-sex marriage, because of his stand on Iran
Rudoren’s latest: NYT piece on public transportation shutting down for the Sabbath in Israel quotes Jews on both sides of the issue but leaves out the view of 1/5 of the population whose lives are governed by someone else’s religious observance. Jim Crow in US journalism
Sheldon Adelson is beginning to attain Koch Brothers-like standing for American liberals. The press is finally beginning to pick up on a real problem, the corruption of the Republican presidential process by the man who wants to nuke Iran.
“If I put together a finance team that will make me financially competitive enough to stay in this thing…I may have the first all-Jewish cabinet in America,” Sen. Lindsey Graham joked, but he is telling the truth about the political process, and reporters have an obligation to explore the role of the Israel lobby in our politics. So far, crickets.
NYT reporter Jodi Rudoren publishes unadulaterated hasbara glorifying Israeli army, and soldier killed in 1973, defending occupied Sinai, though the Times never tells you that
Leading Rabbi David Ellenson and Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt first publicly criticized Israel last December in the Wall Street Journal, after a member of the Israeli Knesset urged them to come forward. Where will young American Jews go for leadership?
On July 31, 2014, the New York Times published an interactive article about the Israeli assault that was underway in Gaza. In an expertly designed data visualization, the Times guided us through its own version of events, which boils down to: Hamas started it, and Israel responded in self-defense. A common misconception about data journalism is that it’s somehow less biased than traditional print journalism, but Anna Flagg and Moiz Syed breakdown some ways that design can be misused to tell a slanted story. This New York Times article reminds us that design is just as much an editorial tool as it is a tool of aesthetics.
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.
Haim Saban hints that Hillary Clinton is against the Iran deal, a strategic move to make sure Republicans don’t get the pro-Israel money that they seem to think is in play
Having reported so sympathetically on Chagos Islanders’ right of return, doesn’t NPR have an obligation to report on Palestinians, expelled from their homeland 67 years ago?
The NYT devotes three paragraphs to a Netanyahu aide saying the PM played a “decisive” role in Congressional efforts to stop the Iran deal. Really! How much are our congresspeople motivated by pro-Israel financial contributions? The press needs to explore
Center for American Progress has links to Hillary Clinton and Democratic Party. Is that why it’s having an event on “Palestinian issues” that doesn’t include a single Palestinian?
The American public is overwhelmingly behind the Iran deal. So who is against it and demanding that Congress has oversight? Only the rightwing Israel lobby. Though yesterday Obama got the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to reject “two of Netanyahu’s demands”
Obama met yesterday for hours with Malcolm Hoenlein and Haim Saban and other Jewish leaders to try and back his Iran deal. The Israel lobby has never been more obvious, but where is the US press?
Celebrity sites TMZ and Perez Hilton describe the occupied old city of Jerusalem as Israel in covering the baptism of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s daughter North there. They’re almost as bad as the Democratic Party.
Administration after administration, legislator after legislator has gone in a way that “contradicts U.S. interest… international law, human rights, moral values, you name it,” Gideon Levy says. And is all that because of the “corrupting friendship” of the Israel lobby?
At a time when the New York Times is openly reporting on pro-Israel money in the political process, Ed Schultz has questioned his loyalty to Netanyahu on MSNBC, Chuck Schumer would be risking political peril if he undermines Obama on the historic Iran deal.