WI Gov Scott Walker wears jeans touring occupied territory in Golan Heights on overseas trip to Israel designed to overcome his shortcomings, lack of foreign-policy experience
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Any decent person you meet in the west has a clear view of Israel/Palestine, but the elites do not reflect that opinion, Ilan Pappe says. The media must therefore discuss the root causes of the conflict, Zionism and colonialism, and liberal Zionists must join with anti-Zionists to support human rights
There are a lot of elephants running around the room in a piece in the New York Times today titled, “Billionaire lifts Marco Rubio, Politically and Personally.” The piece has one glancing reference to Norman Braman’s ardor for Israel but fails to say Rubio traveled to Israel with Braman after being elected to the Senate in 2010 and his Iran views seem to reflect Braman’s.
The Nation affirms the right of return as a ‘central tenet of the Palestinian national narrative’ in a stirring piece by Rula Jebreal that marks a historic shift in the magazine’s progress away from Zionism
Scott Walker needs rightwing Jewish money to mount a serious campaign for presidency, so he’s going on his first trip to Israel, where he will meet Benjamin Netanyahu and Elliott Abrams. Walker is competing for Paul Singer’s money, and Sheldon Adelson’s.
Katie Miranda writes an open letter to Pamela Geller inviting her to visit her mosque so that Geller can experience what an actual Muslim-American community looks like. Miranda says it is not the caricature Geller rails against in her quest for attention and provocation, and in fact Geller may leave with a new perspective on life.
The Iraq war is a glorious event for neoconservatives, which is why Jeb Bush has embraced his brother George after distancing himself for months. He needs money from Paul Singer and other members of the Israel lobby.
Jodi Rudoren plays down rightwing elements in Israeli society. Last week she said only a “small strain” wants the West Bank in Jewish hands, today she buries and then whitewashes the rightwing views of Ayelet Shaked, Netanyahu’s choice for justice minister. Shaked has made genocidal statements that Israel is “at war” with the “entire Palestinian people,” including elderly.
Elizabeth Warren attended an AIPAC event Monday at which Sen. Lindsey Graham said that everything in the Middle East that begins with “Al” is bad news. Will the progressive senator condemn these comments?
To understand Pamela Geller’s racism, we need to understand how her actions affect Muslims. But the NYT profile of the provocateur quotes not a single person to explain how they respond to her baiting.
The great spiritual challenge to Jews is to deal with our actual status in western societies. What would the American Jewish community look like today if we moved beyond viewing ourselves as the eternal victim? And what would happen to the Israel lobby? A response to David Bernstein’s charge in the Washington Post that Phil Weiss is an anti-Semite
Jimmy Carter’s statement that Gaza situation is “intolerable” is lead of Guardian story, last paragraph of Washington Post. And you wonder why Washington is in a bubble
Fareed Zakaria rebuked Haim Saban’s criticism of him for being “anti-Israel” by saying that the occupation is a “cancer,” Israel faces a future where 10 million can’t vote; and no, you can’t have the microphone! And Rep. Donna Edwards is criticized in the Washington Post for being insufficiently supportive.
Bernie Sanders voted against the Iraq war but he defended Israel’s actions against Gaza last summer against his own angry leftwing base in Vermont, some of whom he told to “Shut up”
Disaster-washing: Israel can’t stop promoting its efforts to help Nepal earthquake victims, trying to make the world forget about the human rights devastation it created in Gaza
The man who pressed the White House to nuke Iran now seems to have threatened Jeb Bush over the fact that a foreign policy adviser, James Baker, addressed a liberal Zionist group last month. Sheldon Adelson was “ripshit” over the speech, National Review reports.
Miranda Willson talks to Jewish Voice for Peace board member Donna Nevel about how working against Islamophobia in the U.S. is connected to justice in Israel/Palestine.
There’s a supreme irony in Obama quoting Dorothy Thompson, whose truly stellar career ended in charges of antisemitism from Zionists, to a crowd of journalists who quake in fear of having their careers destroyed by Israel supporters who more recently smeared Helen Thomas, Rick Sanchez, Octavia Nasr, and Jim Clancy for off-hand, ill-conceived remarks.
For western journos, Israeli lives are more important than Palestinian lives, Yousef Munayyer says, in pointing out coverage of the first Palestinian rocket from Gaza in 4 months and non-coverage of repeated Israeli attacks on the strip.
Even Daily Beast is using the term “Israel First,” after wealthy NY gay couple hosts Ted Cruz, who opposes same-sex marriage, because of his stand on Iran
Rudoren’s latest: NYT piece on public transportation shutting down for the Sabbath in Israel quotes Jews on both sides of the issue but leaves out the view of 1/5 of the population whose lives are governed by someone else’s religious observance. Jim Crow in US journalism