Mike Daly interviews The Rev. Allie Perry about her experience as a delegate at the United Church of Christ General Synod, recently held in Cleveland, Ohio. Perry supported the resolution calling on the church to divest from the Israeli occupation which passed by an overwhelming margin of 508 to 124 with 38 abstentions. Perry says, “I hope people can see this as its own case study of how one, within one’s community, can organize to work on building the movement, until we get to a tipping point. I hope and pray and believe that that is happening.”
Category Archives: US Politics
Haim Saban and Sheldon Adelson both want to bomb Iran and both support Sen. Robert Menendez’s defense fund. And even the New York Times states in a headline that “Pro-Israel billionaires” are backing Menendez. The elephant in the room is getting some attention
There’s a certain poetic justice about the indiscriminate treachery of Michael Oren’s new book, ironically titled Ally. Like Shakespeare’s Richard III, whose systematic betrayals punish his comrades for the parallel sins of their pasts, Oren – once Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. – is now smearing many of his Jewish-American former friends with a dose of their own medicine. In fact, it’s hard not to notice that every one of the folks offended by Oren’s new book has been just as mendacious as Oren himself when it comes to flacking for Israel.
How would Hillary Clinton balance her unceasing commitment to neoconservatives with America’s policy interests in the region as president? In Syria as with Iraq, it’s clear Hillary’s instincts have been considerably more hawkish than Obama’s. Hawkish instincts proved a disaster in the wake of September 9, 2001.
While any number of analysts and agencies are busy investigating “Islamic terror,” next to none pay any attention to the kind of attacks like those perpetrated by Dylann Roof in Charleston. That’s because the FBI isn’t interested in terrorism unless it is linked to Islam. This discourse has a history in the US, and Israel’s interests figure in that history.
“America First,” Hillary Clinton’s website declares, but when it comes to foreign policy: “If you challenge Israel’s security, you challenge America’s security. Plain and simple.”
Tony Judt’s apprehensions about Israel’s future seem more cogent than ever, Jacob Heilbrunn writes in NYT, in a hat-tip to the one-state solution
The New York Times finds a way to treat the one-year anniversary of the Gaza slaughter as a “sliver of opportunity,” in a cigar-smoking profile of Robert Turner, Canadian head of UNRWA
Israel has put the “final nail in the coffin” of the two state solution, at least for the time being, Jimmy Carter says, and defends his use of the word apartheid to describe Palestinian rightslessness
Adam Szubin, Obama’s nominee for counter terrorism czar in Treasury, would be the third Jew to hold that job. That’s because the position is an Israel lobby position; Obama has to demonstrate to the lobby that he’s tough on Iran in order to try and cut a deal with the country.
Haim Saban used a PR firm that serves the illegal Israeli colonies to promote a letter from Hillary Clinton against BDS, boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel. When will she disavow the firm?
The University of California (UC) Board of Regents, the governing body that oversees 10 campuses and approximately a quarter of a million students, is considering adopting the State Department definition of anti-Semitism, which conflates criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism. A variety of student organizations have pushed back against the regents’ initiative.
Katie Miranda interviews Adam Horowitz on the evolution of Mondoweiss and how he became involved in Palestine solidarity. In addition, Katie is supporting Mondoweiss this month by donating $7 from every purchase on www.katiemiranda.com! Please go check it out and support Katie and Mondoweiss by purchasing something today.
In a letter to megadonor Haim Saban, Hillary Clinton says she will do all she can to oppose the boycott divestment and sanctions movement, because Israel is nothing like South Africa, it’s a “miracle” she fell in love with more than 30 years ago and has defended again and again.
A new religious venture, Tzedek Chicago, is headed by the rebellious, anti-Zionist and Psalmist, Rabbi Brant Rosen. “We reject the view that any one people, ethnic group or nation is entitled to any part of our world more than any other.”
Michael Oren, who was supposed to win Jewish Americans back for Israel, actually doesn’t respect them.
Rightwing pro-Israel pollster Frank Luntz sounds the alarm with a survey of elite US opinion saying that 3/4 of American Democratic elites regard Israel as having too much influence, and half of them say Israel is racist. Just what we’ve been saying: criticism of Israel is gaining traction in the Democratic base and is sure […]
Michael Oren’s book Ally is driving a wedge into the Israel lobby by demanding that liberal American Jews choose between loyalty to the Jewish people (and support for an intransigent Netanyahu’s racist Israeli policies) and their own belief in social justice
Jews are being counted on for “huge sums” by the Hillary Clinton campaign, Politico reports, and that’s why she’s waffling on the Iran deal and bragging on her relationship with Benjamin Netanyahu
Ginsberg’s poem America, written nearly 60 years ago in the year of his mother’s death, still has incredible power as a critique and guarded praise of the country he thrived in, Roland Nikles writes