During Thursday’s Democratic debate Bernie Sanders criticized the Israeli war in Gaza as disproportionate. Hillary Clinton responded with the standard excuse employed by Israel that the problem was that Hamas hides among civilians. Her claims about Gaza flatly contradict what human rights organizations have found, but so far the New York Times hasn’t reported on this.
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Today’s Israel lobby is no longer the third rail of American politics, and everyone knows it. That’s what Bernie Sanders’s obvious but unprecedented comments about “justice” in Palestine signaled on Thursday night.
“When Tom DeLay was House majority leader, I found out that any legislative provision having to do with the Middle East had to be vetted and approved by AIPAC before the bill could move forward.” So states Mike Lofgren, recently retired after 28 years as Congressional staffer, the last 16 years as senior analyst for […]
It’s finally happened: the issue of Palestinian human rights came up in the Democratic debate tonight on national television, and Bernie Sanders repeatedly criticized Hillary Clinton–for siding with Israel singlehandedly, for her support of Benjamin Netanyahu and her indifference to the plight of Palestinians.
Neoconservatives want to make an issue of Bernie Sanders’s Jewish outreach director Simone Zimmerman calling Netanyahu an asshole and a murderer. It’s time we let them, and allowed the Democratic Party to divide over the Israel question
Why did Hillary Clinton vote for the Iraq war? In some measure because of the pro-Israel voices in her Senate constituency. Now she’s using the Israel issue to try and clobber Bernie Sanders among Jewish voters. She leads 49-40, according to Quinnipiac.
Jodi Rudoren and Ethan Bronner, former NYT Jerusalem bureau chiefs, fall over one another trying to explain away the term “Zionist” when they’re asked whether they’d describe themselves that way. Meantime NYT’s Diaa Hadid gets the third degree over her phase of Palestinian activism.
The Israeli journalist Larry Derfner skillfully analyzes the anti-Semitism vs. anti-Zionism debate in only 18 words.
The fact that Bernie Sanders is Jewish and is slamming Israel over the number of Palestinians civilians it killed in Gaza sends a signal to Americans that it’s not anti-semitic to criticize Israel.
The United States needed strong antiwar voices when George W. Bush pushed to go into Iraq. Then Senator Hillary Clinton was not such a leader; and it is a sign of the Democratic Party’s corruption that so many are willing to forgive her this mistake
Hillary Clinton has refused to condemn Israel for settlements. Though saying settlement activity is damaging, she does not ascribe it to Israel as such.
Jennifer Rubin’s denunciation of Bernie Sanders’s comments on Israel and Palestine are propaganda for Israel, in the Washington Post, from start to finish and represent a warning to Sanders not to touch the issue or we will smear you.
NY Times coverage of Israel is a travesty. At a time when Haaretz is publishing critiques of repression of Israeli dissidents and cut-offs of power to Palestinians under occupation, New York Times publishes story on the army asking veterans to return old military equipment, which they have kept because of “collective nostalgia.”
Hillary Clinton holds a fundraiser at a NY Israel supporter’s house and attacks Bernie Sanders over Daily News interview where he said Israeli settlements are “illegal” and damage US relationship with Israel
Omar Zahzah, a graduate student at UCLA, describes the creation of Israel in ethnic cleansing and its continuing discriminatory and “apartheid” practices, in a New York Times forum on anti-Zionism that demonstrates the shifting discourse in the U.S.
In the Village Voice, Jesse Alexander Myerson says Bernie Sanders is in an anti-Zionist Jewish tradition, but that Zionism’s militant nationalism became “the most salient and powerful political philosophy for American Jews” in the last 2 generations.
Tom Friedman reread his work of the last 20 years and realized he has been wrong again and again about the Middle East, including his Iraq war support, and as a result is quitting his column in order to become an “ordinary person” again
The New York Times has decided that it cannot cover Sheldon Adelson’s involvement in American politics because doing so accurately would entail the use of classic anti-Semitic tropes of Jewish influence. The judgment was rendered by public editor Margaret Sullivan, who wrote in a April 1st goodbye note to readers: “We’d really like to cover the Republican candidates’ appeals for Adelson’s support, but we can’t do so because the reporting would inevitably bring up anti-Semitic stereotypes.”
A NY Times report on Israeli reaction to a war crime was infuriatingly context free. Genius annotation gives media critics a new tool.
Last night Tamara Cofman Wittes, a senior adviser on the Middle East to Hillary Clinton, said that a statement President Obama made about the US withdrawing from the Middle East earlier this month was “strange… bizarre, illogical… odd” and reflected “inconsistency and incoherence.” Wittes spoke at Columbia University on a panel about Israel. She said: […]
The new documentary “The Occupation of the American Mind,” narrated by Roger Waters, asks when US public opinion will shift on Israeli treatment of Palestinians and what it will take for the media to shift from reflexive pro-Israel reports.
The New York Times report on the murder of Abed al-Fatah al-Sharif in Hebron by an Israeli soldier is told almost completely from the point-of-view of the Israeli military and government officials. Abir Kopty asks, “I wonder when the New York Times will dare to realize that it’s an Israeli military occupation, and Israeli soldiers are not victims.”
NY Times article claims that a Palestinian basketball player is the only one of “Arab heritage” in Israeli league. But there are many, many Jewish basketball players with Arab heritage; and the Times is parroting Zionist dogma about nationality in making this claim.
NY Times runs a full-page ad smearing Max Blumenthal as an anti-Semite because he is critical of Israel; and the ad is the paper’s first mention of his important 2013 book, Goliath.
Why is AIPAC giving a national stage before 20,000 people to Donald Trump after he openly promotes violence and bigotry?