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Variety magazine chose to do a piece on the BDS movement’s appeals to musicians not to perform in Israel. As a BDS supporter, I was initially excited that such a prominent, mainstream entertainment magazine would write about the movement, as it might raise the movement’s profile among readers unfamiliar with the political implications of performances in Israel. However, I was quickly disappointed when the scant research put into this article and its disparaging tone became apparent.
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Introducing: “Benny Netanyahu”
In Part II of Phan Nguyen’s study on Eric Alterman’s questionable statements on Palestine and Israel he addresses the careless and false accusations that Alterman makes against Max Blumenthal’s book Goliath, and demonstrates that Alterman is an unreliable commentator on Palestine/Israel.
Phan Nguyen reviews some of Eric Alterman’s statements that undermine his self-proclaimed status as a conscientious critic of the Israeli occupation.
The new documentary film, Flying Paper, is premiering across the country in the coming weeks. Flying Paper is an uplifting story of Palestinian youth in the Gaza Strip on a quest to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown.
Exchanging hand wringing for truth telling: A review of Max Blumenthal’s ‘Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel’
Erudite, hard-hitting, and with the potential to influence American public opinion on Israel, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, by Max Blumenthal, avoids mainstream liberals’ hand-wringing about the extent to which the occupation may at some point in the future adversely affect Israel’s much-vaunted democracy. Instead, Blumenthal focuses on how the ongoing occupation has, since its inception, destroyed Palestinian lives – and already whittled away much of Israel’s brittle democracy.
We’re excited to share an exclusive excerpt from Max Blumenthal’s new book ‘Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.’ In this chapter titled “There Are No Facts,” Blumenthal tells the story of how forests constructed by the Jewish National Fund have been used throughout Israel’s history to dispossess the indigenous Palestinians of their land, and how Israelis rationalize this dispossession. Blumenthal visits the Israeli artist colony of Eid Hod, built on the ruins of the Palestinian Ayn Hawd, and is told by a tour guide, “I’ve concluded after years of research that there are really no facts when you discuss this issue. There are only narratives.”
This post is about 2 children, each violently attacked recently and each victims of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.
Peter Beinart’s recent New York Review of Books piece, “The American Jewish Cocoon,” makes an important point about the Jewish community’s lack of understanding of Palestinians. However, while it initially reads as a progressive call for deeper understanding, at its core it continues to reflect many of the damaging assumptions of the mainstream Jewish community that he claims to assail.
Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain brought his CNN show to Israel/Palestine. The result was encouraging: a humanized portrait of both Palestinians and Israelis; a trip to Gaza where he witnesses the impact of the siege on fishermen there; and an ugly look at racist settlers intent on driving Palestinians out. There were imperfect moments with inaccurate narratives bandied about. But Bourdain’s episode was noteworthy for the ways it portrayed Palestinians, providing Americans a window into how ordinary Palestinians live–and eat.
All The News That Is ‘significant or surprising’: NYT editor defends ignoring NSA-Israel collaboration (Updated)
The New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan has an interesting post today on the paper’s decision to ignore last week’s Guardian scoop that the National Security Agency was sharing raw intelligence (including that about U.S. citizens) with Israel. Sullivan queried Times Managing Editor Dean Baquet about the oversight and he stands by it.
Ian Lustick, a scholar of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, has weighed in on what appears to be the subject of the decade. It’s right there in the Sunday Review of the New York Times – “Two State Illusion.” It’s already quite the rage and for good reason. Unfortunately after a week or two it will disappear from view, much like the latest installment of the peace process.
This morning NPR’s David Welna reports, Pro-Israel Lobby Finds Longtime Supporters Defect On Syria , on AIPAC’s influence in Congress during this rare instance the lobby is fighting an uphill battle over the proposed U.S. attack on Syria.
Jon Stewart returned to the Daily Show from his 12-week summer hiatus with engines in full sneering throttle over US plans to invade Syria.
Both Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera America published articles online on August 13 regarding Israel’s announcement of 942 new settlements in Gilo in the midst of yet another round of US mediated peace talks. The first lines of the articles set different tones.
Yahoo! News has partnered up with a right-wing, pro-Israel media operation to deliver Middle East news to the millions of people who visit the website. The majority of articles on the popular website’s Middle East section are stories from the Glenn Beck-owned media outlet The Blaze. Over the past two months, Yahoo! has published The Blaze stories on Israeli housing in “Judea and Samaria” and how “groundbreaking products developed in Israel make life better for many people all over the world.”
Bekah Wolf describes the day New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren visited her home in the West Bank village of Beit Ommar. Wolf says Rudoren’s reporting misrepresents what she knows the reporter witnessed in the village, and is evidence of an agenda — to intentionally obscure the harsh realities of life under an occupying regime. Above is video of an incident in Beit Ommar that Rudoren reported on, although she left out most the story.
The village of Beit Ummar was featured in a New York Times piece that described Palestinians youths enacting a “rite of passage” of throwing stones at Israelis. But Beit Ummar is virtually cordoned by settlements, settlers are seeking to annex its lands, and radical settlers conduct religious ceremonies in its cemetery. The Times completely ignored the real life of Beit Ummar, as it struggles to survive against overwhelming forces.
Thomas Friedman incorrectly credits Eric Burdon with joining cultural boycott of Israel while extolling Kerry’s folly
On August 1 Eric Burdon appeared at the Zappa Shuni Amphitheater as scheduled. Apparently, Friedman and The New York Times were not aware that the British rock legend had performed in Israel despite the statement of cancellation from his manager. Neither Burdon nor his management team ever indicated that Burdon supported a boycott.
‘NYT’ never mentions military occupation in piece calling Palestinian stonethrowing a cultural practice
In a long front-page piece on Palestinian youths who throw stones at Israeli soldiers, The New York Times characterizes stone-throwing as a “rite of passage” handed down from fathers to sons. Jodi Rudoren channels Claude Levi-Strauss in describing Palestinian boys throwing stones because their fathers threw stones and there is no mention of military occupation.
Al Jazeera sources tell Mondoweiss that once Al Jazeera America (AJAM) launches on August 20, American viewers will be unable to access the online livestream of Al Jazeera English (AJE). Because of restrictions imposed by cable providers, AJAM and AJE will both be unavailable to online viewers in the United States.
The Jewish News Service is more than an up and coming news outlet, its directors are board members and/or paid staff of neoconservative groups that pushed American on the war path, and Israel on the conquest path.
“Price tag” crimes are attacks on Palestinians and Palestinian property by Israeli settlers, which are meant to both intimidate Palestinians into leaving Palestine and serve as payback for perceived setbacks to Israel’s colonization efforts. Officially promulgated by Israeli settlers in 2011, the price tag movement follows more than six decades of official and unofficial attempts to terrorize Palestinians into leaving their homeland.
‘Courage is Contagious’: Glenn Greenwald electrifies Chicago crowd speaking on Snowden, journalism and the NSA
Friday night in Chicago Glenn Greenwald addressed the Socialism 2013 conference live via Skype and reflected for the first time on the past month in the wake of his interview with Edward Snowden, and subsequent disclosures regarding the National Security Agency’s spying on American citizens. In an impassioned introduction, journalist Jeremy Scahill called Greenwald the “conscience of America” and attacked his critics in the beltway press corps.