NYT public editor Margaret Sullivan says she’s “very sorry” for the hurt caused by bigotry about drunken Irish contained in news story blaming balcony collapse that killed 5 in Berkeley on partying students. When will that sensitivity be extended to Palestinians?
Category Archives: US Politics
Former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren’s new book singles out US Jewish journalists for being especially critical of their “nation-state” Israel in ways reminiscent of historical anti-Semitism
Michael Oren’s new book states a principle of the US-Israel special relationship: never surprise Israel with a policy change. Obama supposedly violated that pact when he failed to clear his Cairo speech in ’09 ahead of time with Netanyahu and started talks with Iran without clearing them with the Prime Minister.
Alice Bach reports on Covenant Journey, a new initiative to take US evangelical Christians on trips to Israel that was inspired by the popular Taglit-Birthright Israel program. In the words of founder and conservative activist Steve Green, “It will create a foundational platform from which they can become goodwill ambassadors for Israel and the Jewish people.”
Benjy Cannon of J St U describes the power of donors: “Many American Jewish communal institutions [are] caught between a small but powerful group of donors with views that are significantly right-of-center, and the vast majority of their constituents who make up a large, moderate middle.”
“Every generation hears the voice of Sinai anew,” Peter Beinart says of Jews; and young Jews are being called to anti-Zionism and support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement because of its idealism. The Jewish community must welcome them in and argue with them, he said. Israeli writer Ari Shavit says, No.
NPR ignores the Israeli military report whitewashing the country of war crimes against Gaza last summer, including the slaughter of four boys playing soccer on a beach, and features an Israeli writer talking about his son’s fear of rockets. Is this balanced coverage of an international conflict?
Alan Dershowitz says the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in the Jerusalem passport case is “dangerous” because it gives Obama power to “make a bad deal” with Iran, beyond the scrutiny of the Supreme Court. For some, obviously, that’s what this case was always about, and never about a little boy’s passport
Ari Shavit’s realpolitik: the Israeli author says that Israel has been able to gain international immunity for using force against Palestinians on several occasions, from the 1940s to 2009, only because it was seen as sincerely pursuing peace. The failed Camp David peace process “was a failure for peace,” but a “savior for war.”
Rob Bryan writes, “If I had to point to the exact moment at which Peter Beinart lost last week’s debate with Yousef Munayyer, it was when he uttered the two words “Nakba museum.” Speaking to a packed crowd at the New York City office of the New America Foundation, Beinart lamented the ethnic cleansing of hundreds of thousands of indigenous Palestinians in 1948 as an “enormous historical tragedy” before offering a solution that sums up his brand of liberal Zionism: “I believe there should be a Nakba museum inside Israel.” Though he went on to advocate for “some right of return,” the damage had already been done. Could there be a better symbol for the toothless sentimentalism of liberal Zionism than this imagined “Nakba museum” – a museum that as Munayyer later pointed out, most Palestinian refugees would be unable to visit?”
When Bshara Nassar arrived in Washington, DC, he strolled along the National Mall and passed myriad museums dedicated to exposing the painful history of oppressed peoples: the National Museum of the American Indian, the Holocaust Museum, Laogai Museum, the list goes on. He quickly recognized there was no “place for the Palestinian story to be told,” which inspired him to launch the first-ever Nakba Museum Project of Memory and Hope.
‘NYT’s Rudoren Jodi Rudoren acts as a stenographer for an Israeli government report that whitewashes the military of war crimes in last summer’s invasion of Gaza, notably the slaughter of four boys playing soccer on the beach last July 16
‘You have dual citizenship with Israel’ NPR host Diane Rehm questions Bernie Sanders. The internet canard may dog Sanders — who worked on a kibbutz — the way Kenya canard dogged Obama
Israel’s existence is in jeopardy because its support base is disintegrating but it takes US and Jewish support for granted and does nothing to change, longtime supporter Abraham Foxman says in New York
“I have to do what’s right for the United States first of all, and Eretz Yisrael [the land of Israel] second,” NY Senator Chuck Schumer tells a Jewish group in a speech suggesting that he is going to back the Iran deal. He said he has made Obama “mad” by opposing the deal.
Larry Cohler-Esses, an assistant managing editor at the Jewish Daily Forward, responds to Dan Cohen’s critique of the Jane Eisner editorial “Why the Forward Sent a Brave Reporter to Gaza.”
Israel always depended on two principles of power: dependence on a superpower and maintaining the “moral high ground” in the west, says Haaretz columnist Ari Shavit. It is in danger of losing both
Dan Cohen responds to Jewish Daily Forward editor in chief Jane Eisner who wrote a piece called “Why the Forward Sent a Brave Reporter to Gaza,” about the decision to send their Middle East correspondent to Gaza for a three day reporting trip. Cohen writes, “As a journalist who happens to be Jewish and having spent almost four months on the ground in Gaza including the last weeks of the war last summer, it is clear to me that Eisner knows nothing of reality on the ground in Gaza. More than anything else, Eisner’s hysteria over sending Zeveloff to a place where journalists – Jewish and gentile — make regular visits, exposes her anti-Palestinian racism.”
The Supreme Court today ruled 6-3 that the Obama administration was right to insist that a passport for a boy born in Jerusalem in 2001 not state, “Jerusalem, Israel,” as the boy wished– and as Congress also wanted. “A blow to the pro-Israel lobby,” even National Public Radio acknowledges
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew never mentioned “Palestine,” “Palestinians,” occupation, settlements, or even the two-state solution in his speech yesterday; and still he got booed and heckled at an Israeli-organized event in New York city.
Who says the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign isn’t having an effect? Page 7 of the New York Times today is the Boycott Israel page. Though one article irresponsibly portrays BDS as a threat to Jews, leaving out the sizable support among Jews for the campaign
Peter Beinart and Yousef Munayyer had a debate about the solution of the conflict last night in New York at the New America Foundation. This was a historic encounter in that a mainstream organization was pairing a Zionist with an anti-Zionist; and Beinart, a leading liberal Zionist often asked to debate Zionists to his right, was engaging a Palestinian publicly on this question for the first time.
The Israeli government is too driven by the “politics of fear” to be able to make peace with Palestinians, President Obama tells Israel’s Channel 2, in explaining why he won’t try again to bring peace between Israel and Palestine. And Netanyahu sees the “worst possibilities” in Arabs and Palestinians, not the best.