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A Tale of Two Beaches: Tel Aviv and Gaza

Irene Gendzier on
Gaza beach, 2006 (Photo: Wikimedia)

On July 25, 2015 The Washington Post carried an article by its Jerusalem correspondent, William Booth, on Israelis celebrating the one-year anniversary of Israel’s war on Gaza. Booth’s report was entitled, “A year after the Gaza war, good times are back on Tel Aviv’s beaches.” The next day, Palestinian journalist Mohammad Omer, published an article describing “The beach: Gaza’s one lifeline.” No more than 44 miles apart, the beaches described by Booth and Omer are world apart, yet they are inseparably and perversely linked.

Meeting Jimmy Carter

Marc H. Ellis on
Marc Ellis's book Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation

The theologian Marc Ellis gave a sensational speech at the Carter Center in 1988, on the Palestinian uprising and the Jewish people. Friends fearing for his safety accompanied him from the hall. The next day he was seated across from Jimmy Carter and the president expressed anger at the Begin government for not following through on commitments at Camp David

AIPAC spending estimated $40 million to oppose Iran Deal

Ben Norton on
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu speaking at the AIPAC 2015 Policy Conference (Image: Getty Images)

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is throwing mountains of money around in an attempt to derail the Iran nuclear deal. NPR says AIPAC will spend $20 million to $40 million to oppose the Iran deal, but that might be a conservative estimate.

The enemies list

Philip Weiss on
Jimmy Carter

It’s a long list of Americans in public life who have paid a price in lost jobs or vilification for being critical of Israel

It’s not bigoted to call out the Israel lobby over Iran Deal

Annie Robbins on
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

“Israel lobby” is a descriptive term, not an expression of bigotry. If Bill Kristol responds to Obama’s statement that Israel is only country publicly to oppose the pact by saying, “All the greater Israel’s glory,” I have a right to say that the Iran Deal opponents care about a foreign country.