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‘It’s the political problem Black bodies pose for the US state and Palestinian bodies pose for the Israeli state': NYC panel looks at militarized policing in the US and Israel

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Dr. Robyn Spencer, Linda Sarsour and Beth Miller discuss the connections of militarized policing between the US and Israel. (Photo: Brandon Davis)

A New York panel last night featured Dr. Robyn Spencer and Linda Sarsour discussed the connections of militarized policing between the US and Israel. The panel was held one day after a press conference hosted by a coalition of over fifty groups in opposition to the New York City Council’s upcoming delegation to Israel and the US-Israel military/police relationship.

Debate over trip to Israel reveals fissures in Muslim American community

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The Shalom Hartman Institute logo. (Photo: Youtube)

The Muslim American community, by and large, is sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. But when it comes to how to advocate for Palestinians, sharp differences emerge. An at-times bitter debate has broken out in the Muslim American community over engagement with Zionism, the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement and what type of actions to take to address the Israel/Palestine conflict. The debate has centered around a trip to Israel a handful of Muslim Americans are currently on. The Muslim Leadership Initiative trip, which first caused a storm of controversy online last year, is being sponsored by the Shalom Hartman Institute, an Israeli and American think tank that has ties to the Israeli army and works against BDS.

A tale of two tests

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David Samel offers a math test and a morality test that look at the same numbers from different perspectives. Do you come up with the same answer in both tests?

Eric Fingerhut, head of Hillel, says JVP is ‘frustrating’ and that Open Hillel movement has no legs

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Eric Fingerhut, the head of Hillel International. (Photo: Shahar Azran for Hillel)

On January 8, Eric Fingerhut, the head of Hillel International, spoke to an audience of over 100 people at Temple Sinai in Roslyn, Long Island. He packed a lot into his speaking engagement. Fingerhut said that Jewish Voice for Peace is “frustrating,” the Open Hillel movement has no legs, Christians United for Israel is an “amazing” organization and progressive causes are becoming “infected” with anti-Israel sentiment.


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United States federal prison, Marion (USP Marion). Shukri Abu Baker is currently being held at a high-security United States federal prison  (USP Beaumont) in Texas.

Shukri Abu Baker writes a poem about the agony of being separated from his family while in prison as part of the Holy Land Foundation 5.

The Israel lobby rallies inside the Republican Party

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Sheldon Adelson wearing Romney button in Hebrew, at King David Hotel Jerusalem, 2012

There have been signs in recent days that the Israel lobby is solidifying inside the Republican Party, opening the possibility that the Democratic Party will begin to have a freer debate over the special relationship between the U.S. and Israel. It’s too early to say the Israel lobby will abandon the Democratic Party, Haim Saban, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Chuck Schumer will see to that, but the hard-core lobby is solidifying inside the GOP. And if the Israeli elections crown Netanyahu, we’re going to see more and more Crisis Zionists at the heart of the Democratic Party– J Street and Peter Beinart, which will leave room for non-Zionists to emerge.

Dershowitz story is also an Israel story

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Alan M. Dershowitz

Alan Dershowitz says in defending himself from sexual abuse claims he is defending the values he’s always stood up for– seemingly including Israel.

Dershowitz named in lawsuit alleging abuse of underage sex slave

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Alan Dershowitz

Four women have sued the feds for cutting a deal with financier Jeffrey Epstein over sex abuse charges; one of them says Epstein compelled her to have sex with Alan Dershowitz when she was under 18 and Epstein’s “sex slave.” Dershowitz vehemently denies the charges.

The ‘bait & switch’ politics of liberal Zionism

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J Street activists in Philadelphia, February 2012. (Photo: J Street)

Kai Bird’s New York Times Op-Ed “Israel, a Jewish Republic” is another piece for readers who choose to believe the mythology of Israel over the reality of Israel. It is representative of the bait-and-switch that is occurring in liberal Zionist thought. The reader is initially enticed with the progressive rhetoric, but once you’re deeper inside the writing, the author stops short and unveils potentially colonialist rhetoric.

David Brooks says ‘people from around the world’ can serve in Israeli military

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David Brooks

In a column extolling the leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu, David Brooks says ‘people from around the world’ can serve in Israeli military (n but the IDF says you have to be Jewish. Brooks is simply misleading New York Times readers because he loves Israel and knows ethnic discrimination would be offensive to American readers.