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‘Does he believe in a God’? — DNC leaders wanted to undermine Sanders

Philip Weiss on
Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Further evidence of role of Israel lobby in Democratic Party: DNC chair Wasserman Schultz found Bernie Sanders’s criticisms of Israel “disturbing,” while Hillary Clinton campaign sought to use his stance to “marginalize” him, according to DNC emails published by Wikileaks.

Freewheeling Trump has backed down on only one issue. Guess which one

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Trump with Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, photo from Andy Aboud in Vegas, undated

Donald Trump has taken heretical positions on countless issues, from a border wall to John McCain’s heroism to barring Muslim immigrants, and not backed down. Except for Israel. He said he’d be neutral on the conflict in February, but dropped that stance entirely. Such is the power of the Israel lobby.

‘NY Times’ offers Israeli lessons about dealing with ‘enemies’ to France

Phil Weiss and Donald Johnson on
Image circulating on social media blaming French victims for attack, from Dan Cohen's twitter feed @dancohen3000

Israelis have “seen it all” when it comes to terror, the New York Times says, in publishing a lecture from Jerusalem for the French on how to secure the country from “enemies.” There is no mention of occupation or dispossession or conditions that have produced violent Palestinian resistance.

‘Ex-Neocon’ — Scott McConnell looks back on 20 years of ideological tumult

Philip Weiss on
Scott McConnell

Reflecting on life after neoconservatism, Scott McConnell says he demonstrated against the Iraq war with Code Pink but that the alliance between national interest types and leftwingers may be coming apart because fears of another US war have ebbed and the two groups split over immigration and identity politics.

Democrats and GOP are in a race to the bottom on Israel

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Retired admiral James Stavridis is now a dean of international school at Tufts and a neoconservative darling

The Israel lobby is alive and well. As the Republicans beg Sheldon Adelson to help pay for the convention, Hillary Clinton is said to be vetting retired admiral James Stavridis as a possible veep. Now a dean at Tufts, he opposed the Iran deal.

Eric Alterman wastes ten days in Israel

James North and Philip Weiss on
Eric Alterman

After 10 days in his beloved Israel, Eric Alterman diminishes the crisis: he leaves out ‘fascism’ charges made by leading politicians and only notices Palestinian attacks on Israelis, not the other way round.

The iron law of institutions versus Bernie Sanders

Donald Johnson on
Bernie Sanders (Photo: AP/Andrew Harnik)

The New York Times demonstrates the iron law of institutions in its support for Clinton. Its opinion columns have been almost uniformly nasty toward Bernie Sanders. Ultimately his policy based critiques of Clinton terrifies the editors and they don’t want him or the movement he represents to have any credibility even if he endorses Clinton, because he hasn’t retracted his critique.

Jewish entitlement, and Jewish populism

Philip Weiss on
Leon Wieseltier

Last week’s Aspen Ideas Festival often seemed like a rightwing Jewish event and it reeked of entitlement. Leon Wieseltier of the Atlantic joked that eventually “there won’t be any goyim” on the Supreme Court. The Jewish and pro-Israel character of the establishment was on display, even if no one wants to talk about it.

Mainstream obits for Wiesel offer barely an asterisk for his intolerant views of Palestinians

Philip Weiss on
Elie Wiesel

Haaretz and Foreign Policy run pieces saying that Elie Wiesel was an ethnocentric religious nationalist who turned his back on Palestinians. But those are the exceptions. The New York Times says his only detractors were literary, and WNYC says Wiesel cared about Palestinian “suffering,” but urged Palestinians not to give way to the victimization narrative.


Phil Weiss and Donald Johnson on
Jeremy Corbyn

Zack Beauchamp of Vox grandly explains that many British statements critical of Israel cross the line into anti-Semitism. It never crosses liberal Zionists’ minds that the indifference to Palestinian human rights is evidence of racism.

‘NY Jewish Week’ speaks bluntly of ‘Israel firsters’ in US politics

Philip Weiss on
Gary Rosenblatt of the Jewish Week

It’s about time American Jews talked about the problem of dual loyalty inherent in Zionism; and a pro-Israel publication, the Jewish Week, encouraged that discussion by running a column on how “Israel Firsters,” those who vote on the basis of what is best for Israel, are approaching this election.

Unlawful and brutal attack on Turkish boat improves with age in the New York Times

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The Mavi Marmara

Israeli Jewish views from right to far right are given, in a NY Times account of the Israeli-Turkish deal ending the impasse over Israel’s killing of 10 men on the Turkish aid boat the “Mavi Marmara” in 2010. The article justifies the Israeli blockade on Gaza and parrots an Israeli version of the attack, leaving out human rights’ groups’ reports that it was brutal and included summary executions.

Clinton to Palestine: Drop dead

Philip Weiss on
Saban and Clinton, on an earlier occasion

Brace yourself for the news from the Democratic Platform Committee. The platform this year will be even worse than previous platforms on Palestine. That’s how things look, despite the insurgent anti-Benjamin-Netanyahu campaign of Bernie Sanders: there is no occupation, and no settlements either. Jerusalem forever, and death to BDS. The party belongs to Hillary Clinton.

‘Washington Post’ publishes article by Jewish leader urging boycott of Israel

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Rebecca Vilkomerson of Jewish Voice for Peace

NY Gov Andrew Cuomo’s glaring overreach in his executive order against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) continues to pay off, with the Washington Post publishing an article by Rebecca Vilkomerson of Jewish Voice for Peace, explaining how she supports BDS as a Jew because only outside pressure will get Israel to change.

‘It’s a real problem if the thing we get upset about is stones’ –Ehrenreich deflects talking points on public radio

Philip Weiss on
Ben Ehrenreich

We’re closely following the reception of Ben Ehrenreich’s big new book, The Way to the Spring, because he is offering American media a fresh opportunity to discover the simple truths of occupation: that overwhelming military enforcement of apartheid and dispossession in occupied territories will spark resistance, including (horrors!) the throwing of stones by young men. […]

Front-page article in ‘NYT’ exposes the lie that wall is a security barrier

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Photo of Palestinians at a checkpoint beside the wall. H/t KR twitter feed, and Scott Roth

A frontpage article in the New York Times says that 30-60,000 Palestinians a year go illegally across the “security barrier” to work in Israel, along with 55,000 legal workers; thus making clear that the wall hasn’t stopped attacks on Israelis, Palestinians have chosen not to use violence by and large.

Democrats who care about Palestine — prepare to be censored by the media

Philip Weiss on
Cover image of Foreign Affairs special issue that downplays fascistic currents in Israel, makes it seem like a normal country in transition

Media marginalize critics of US Israel policy. Chris Matthews says the Democratic Party platform is riven by “red hot” Cornel West and James Zogby, but censors their concern about Israel. And Foreign Affairs publishes a navel-gazing issue all about Israel that leaves out the depths of extremism in Israel, let alone Palestinian conditions.