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State Dep’t says Netanyahu speech is not inappropriate, disrespectful, humiliating or embarrassing

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Jen Psaki

Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to both Houses of Congress to rebut President Obama’s Iran policy is a full-on fiasco. It keeps stirring things up and getting attention. Opposition to the speech is mounting on Capitol Hill, say both the US Campaign to End the Occupation and Jeffrey Goldberg. And any reasonable person has to wonder, Wait, why are the warmongering Israelis messing in our negotiations? Where did a rightwing foreign prime minister derive the power to take on the president on equal terms?

Caroline Glick says there were no Palestinian refugees

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Caroline Glick, photo by Ryan F. Cain

Israeli-American writer Caroline Glick says that Jews have claimed Israel for 3500 years so they are the indigenous people of the land; and thus the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who were expelled in 1948 are not refugees.

Burke and Lincoln would have hated the special relationship

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David Brooks

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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David Brooks

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 […]

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 […]