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Burke and Lincoln would have hated the special relationship

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Glenn Greenwald’s latest revelation, that three former Treasury officials are involved in a neoconservative Zionist lobbying outfit, combined with David Brooks’s apparent belief that he’s an Israeli parent, shows how commingled the Israel interest is in our political culture, the type of sinister influence Lincoln and Burke both warned their democracies against

No Surprise Dep’t: David Brooks’s son is in Israeli army

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From the Jewish Journal two days ago. “David Brooks’ son is in the Israeli army. Does it matter?” One of the more interesting nuggets buried in a long, Hebrew-language interview with New York Times columnist David Brooks in the recent Ha’aretz magazine is the revelation, toward the very end, that Brooks’s oldest son serves in […]

The world was right about Iraq– though Israel got its ‘Clean Break’

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In most circumstances, “We told you so” is a classless statement. But in this case, it’s justified. In 2003, in the largest global protest in human history, millions of us marched in the world’s streets, loudly proclaiming that invading Iraq would be an unmitigated disaster. Meanwhile, Israel’s neocon loyalists achieved exactly what they wanted: a […]

Haaretz joins Rush Limbaugh and company in trying to link Max Blumenthal to KC shooter suspect

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Before journalist and author Max Blumenthal turned his eye towards Israel/Palestine, he was a dogged investigator of the seedy world of neo-Nazism and white supremacism in the U.S. But now, liberal Israeli newspaper Haaretz has joined right-leaning Israel advocates in trying to turn the tables on him by linking the journalist to Frazier Glenn Miller […]

Right-wing news outlets attack U. Mich’s divestment drive

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Right-wing news outlets and Israel lobby groups have mounted a concerted campaign over the past few days to attack students leading the call for divestment at the University of Michigan (UM).  The vote on a resolution to divest from corporations complicit in the Israeli occupation failed two nights ago, but the smears have kept up. […]

Israel apologists attempted to discredit Mandela with false Israel apartheid quote

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Did Nelson Mandela label Israel an ‘apartheid’ regime? Israel’s apologists claimed he did in 1990, apparently misquoting Mandela for their own political objectives. Shortly after his release from 27 years in prison, Mandela described Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat as “our friend and comrade . . . like us, fighting against a unique form of colonialism.” These […]

‘Pro-Life? Pro-Israel?': Israeli anti-abortion organization reaches out for US support to fight demographic war in the Jewish state

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An Israeli anti-abortion group is reaching out to Christian Zionists and pro-choice advocates in the United States in an effort to increase the state’s Jewish population. American Friends of Efrat, the U.S.-based fundraising arm of Efrat (no relation to the settlement of the same name), is an Israeli anti-abortion group with hundreds of volunteers that […]

Pat Boone sells tiny plots of Israeli land to Christian Zionists

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“Hello friend of Israel,” begins a gleeful and gray-haired Pat Boone in an infomercial for the Holy Land Dream Company (HLDC). Boone’s cue follows the hook to his 1960’s hit Exodus: “This land is mine. God gave this land to me.” At the time Boone wrote the lyrics, he was describing Jewish émigrés going to […]

Our indigenous preoccupation

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Yesterday on Yom Kippur, I underlined a statement by Franz Kafka’s biographer, Reiner Stach.  Stach was commenting on the underlying intensity of Kafka’s famous letter to his father:  “To identify deliberately with […]

Yom Kippur’s ancient extremity

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 This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Was I too harsh yesterday, branding our High Holiday synagogue attendees ignorant violence enablers?  Perhaps.  My commentary on the lack of an accessible Christian ethical tradition was no doubt too harsh as […]

Dubious Intelligence and Iran Blackmail: How Israel is driving the US to war in Syria

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President Barack Obama’s August 31 announcement that he would seek congressional authorization to strike Syria has complicated an aggressive Israeli campaign to render a US attack inevitable. While the Israelis are far from the only force in bringing the US to the brink of war – obviously Assad’s own actions are the driving factor – […]

As peace talks near, Palestinians protest and settlers lobby Congress

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Secretary of State John Kerry. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP) Although the start date for direct peace negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders is still a few days away, the prognosis is already bad. Since talks were announced last month Israel has passed new subsidies for settlements, settler leaders have been to Washington DC to lobby Congress, […]

Startup ‘Jewish News Service’ peddles neocon propaganda as news

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Jewish News Service officers, Amelia (left) and Joshua (center) Katzen, vacationing in the West Bank, near Ma’ale Adumim, 2013. (Photo: Amelia Katzen/Google Plus) There is a new neighbor in the niche world of Jewish news organizations. Its name is innocuous, the Jewish News Service (JNS). Its quick rise, two years, to success in the époque […]

Oligarch Valley: How Beverly Hills billionaire farmers Lynda and Stewart Resnick profit from the Iran sanctions they lobbied for

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This is an excerpt from Yasha Levine’s “Oligarch Valley,” first published in NSFWCORP Issue #4 on June 19, 2013. To read entire article, click here and subscribe to NSFWCORP. Beverly Hills agri-billionaires Lynda and Stewart Resnick are the newest and oddest landlords in California’s Oligarch Valley. You might not recognize the name, but you’ve certainly […]

Netanyahu aide with neocon links appointed as Israeli ambassador to U.S.

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Ron Dermer, Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-hand man, has been appointed to be the next Israeli ambassador to the U.S. (Photo: Miriam Alster/Flash90) The right-wing political aide Ron Dermer, known to be close to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is the new Israeli ambassador to the U.S. And like the current ambassador–Michael Oren–Dermer’s returning to his American perch, […]

Lapid makes pilgrimage to Tel Aviv home of Sheldon Adelson

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Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid     Photo: AP Yair Lapid, the Israeli Finance Minister and the brightest political star in the Jewish state’s sky, secretly met American gambling tycoon and dual loyalty political megadonor, Sheldon Adelson last Saturday. What was discussed at the meeting has not been reported, but it is sure to raise […]

A pogrom in Qusra

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Settlers and soldiers working together against the residents of Qusra Feb.23, 2013                   (photo: Sa’ad Al-Wadi) Last Saturday a mob of armed settlers attacked a Palestinian village, and the Israeli military brought up the rear, and now a child is fighting for his life. This complicity occurs […]

‘The tide of public opinion is turning’ — Committee for Open Discussion of Zionism commends Brooklyn College

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January 31, 2013 Karen L. Gould President, Brooklyn College 2900 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11210 [email protected] Dear President Gould: The Committee for Open Discussion of Zionism (CODZ) supports and applauds your determination to stand firm against recent attempts by Zionist alumni/ae, students, and media to persuade the Brooklyn College Department of Political Science to […]

Neocons never go away–Marco Rubio hires Jamie Fly, ultra-hawk on Iran

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Jamie Fly of the Foreign Policy Initiative (Photo: Despite the neoconservative movement’s ideas being thoroughly out of the mainstream, the noecons remain with us, shaping the U.S. foreign policy debate. The latest example of their staying power: the decision by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) to hire neoconservative operative Jamie Fly as his “counselor for […]

Matthews revisits neocon ‘bomber boy’ saying Iraq war would be over in 2 months

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Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Chris Matthews minced no words introducing the neocon opposition to Hagel the other night: Let me start with this, the folks who quack for Iraq have a knack for bad ideas. They pushed us into war ten years ago, they made their case […]

Neocon smear of Hagel ricochets around web before ‘Atlantic’ article strikes it down

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Chuck Hagel (Photo: CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY IMAGES) Whatever your thoughts are on the now official nomination of Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense, one thing’s for sure: he deserves to get a fair hearing (both in public and in the Senate), free from smears. But the neoconservative machine doesn’t quite work like that, and it’s […]

Hagel opposition will likely be Republicans for Israel

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CNN says the now-inevitable Hagel nomination is going to break along party lines, not pro-Israel lines. If it’s Republicans versus Democrats on Hagel, then Hagel’s a shoo-in. What will Rachel Maddow do? I’m betting she’ll line up on the Dem side behind Hagel, accepting his apologies on gay slurs of the past. Reporter Kevin Liptak:  […]

Multiple reports say Chuck Hagel to be Defense Secretary nominee

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Chuck Hagel President Obama is expected to pick former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel as his new Secretary of Defense on Monday, setting up a battle between the left and right flanks of the Israel lobby and between realist supporters of Hagel and his neoconservative detractors.  Foreign Policy‘s Josh Rogin has the story: White House officials […]