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US Politics

Ilan Pappe on the western awakening and what it means for Israel/Palestine

Philip Weiss on
On Palestine, from Haymarket Books

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

‘NYT’ and ‘MSNBC’ leave Marco Rubio backer’s Israel agenda out of the story

Philip Weiss on
Norman Braman

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.

An open letter to Pamela Geller

Katie Miranda on

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.

Rudoren covers up Shaked’s genocidal statements in ‘NYT’

James North on
Jodi Rudoren

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.

A response to the ‘Washington Post’ blogger who calls me an anti-Semite

Philip Weiss on
Lithograph inspired by the Kishinev pogrom, by Emil Flohri: Stop Your Cruel Oppression of the Jews, 1904.
Ben and Beatrice Goldstein Foundation Collection.
Prints and Photographs Division

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

Annals of the lobby: Edwards is a bad girl, Zakaria posterizes Saban

Philip Weiss on
Donna Edwards

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.