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Saban calls Ellison ‘clearly an anti-Semite’ (and not on Wikileaks)

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Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison pretends to be “more of a Zionist than Herzl, Ben-Gurion and Begin combined,” but if you go back to his record, “he is clearly an anti-Semite, an anti-Israel individual.” Haim Saban smears the DNC chair candidate at a fancy Washington dinner.

I’m not worried about anti-Semitism

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Phil Weiss says that Jewish status is changing with the Trump election, but comparisons to the Holocaust are overblown and self-involved: “I can’t diminish that reaction, but no one with any influence is talking about a registry for Jewish names, as they are for Muslims. Or restrictions on Jewish emigration, as they do for Muslims. Or talking about the problems in the Jewish religion– as the new national security adviser and top strategist Bannon do. We misread history if we think that is coming to the US. Other dangers are much closer.”

Some big Jewish donors to Clinton don’t seem to care about Israel. Hallelujah

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Clinton campaign emails reveal often craven pandering to big Jewish donors. But they also show that Jews are not monolithic in supporting Israel. Many care about progressive causes. It’s time for the media to frankly address this outsize Jewish influence so that Jews will express greater diversity on foreign policy.

The power of hasbara culture

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Why do media bystanders shut their mouths when they see critics of Israel smeared as “diseased” anti-Semites. Because of hasbara culture, a Jewish-Zionist ethnocentric way of looking at the world that is both aggressive and highly politicized.

Invite to Netanyahu brought a big donor to Dem thinktank– and ‘we’ll never be called anti-Semitic again’

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The latest emails from the Clinton campaign released by Wikileaks are radioactive. Two emails last year to campaign chairman John Podesta from Neera Tanden, head of the Clintonite thinktank Center for American Progress, lay bare the influence of Zionist money on the political process as nothing else has. “Netanyahu was worth it,” Neera Tanden, head of a Clintonite thinktank, effused after a wealthy Zionist donor, Jonathan Lavine, joined her group’s board, a month after Tanden had staged a fawning “interview” with the rightwing Prime Minister who tried to destroy the Iran deal.

Roger Cohen’s epiphany

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‘One state or two states who cares? What matters is equality’ — NYT columnist Roger Cohen quotes Palestinians on the oppression they experience in Israel and all but states the two-state solution is over.

Jeffrey Goldberg, anti-Zionist

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The Atlantic’s new editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg is ambitious and worldly, and he will carve his name in history and outstrip his rivals by affirming the Atlantic’s abolitionist heritage by abandoning Zionism and coming out for one state with equal rights in Israel and Palestine.

Jeffrey Goldberg is Jewish

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Tablet has published an attack on Phil Weiss’s piece about Jeffrey Goldberg’s ascension to the editorship of the Atlantic, in which he pointed out that the Atlantic announcement cleanses Goldberg’s resume, leaving out his moving to Israel to escape American anti-Semitism and serving in their army, his publication of a memoir about serving as an Israeli prison guard, his disastrous support for the Iraq war, his failed promotion of an Iran war, and his Jewishness. Tablet says Weiss’s assertion that the Atlantic is leaving out Goldberg’s Jewishness is a proof of his anti-Semitism. The attack is absurd because Weiss mentioned Goldberg’s Jewishness in the very context that Goldberg himself has mentioned it again and again: We Jews support Israel.

In email, Clinton calls for a ‘Potemkin’ peace process

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“A Potemkin process is better than nothing,” Hillary Clinton wrote in a hacked email about Benjamin Netanyahu’s prevarications on a Palestinian state in 2015, an indication that the U.S. will forever give cover to the Israeli government to manage the conflict.