Margaret Sullivan, the public editor of the NYT, says that the NYT should disclose the fact that neoconservative columnist David Brooks’s son joined the Israeli army because he’s involved “in a serious international conflict.” Andrew Rosenthal, editorial page editor, says the Times doesn’t need to disclose the fact.
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Martin Indyk says Democratic politicians are having less to do with Israel because the party base doesn’t support the country, and Obama’s recent indifference to Israel suggests he wants nothing to do with the country. He told Israel what it had to do years ago and Israelis ignored him.
Why is the Meltzer group, a US life insurance company, underwriting a talk by an Israeli reserve colonel defending Israel’s conduct in the Gaza slaughter of last summer? At a Washington synagogu
The White House bridled yesterday at Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that the U.S. is violating “American values” in opposing Israeli expansion into East Jerusalem. Press secretary Josh Earnest lectured the Prime Minister on American support and singled out the new Jewish settlements in Silwan and Givat Hamatos
Marc Ellis on his latest book “Burning Children: A Jewish View of the War in Gaza.”
Jews Say NO! and Jewish Voice for Peace/NY write a letter to New York Senators Charles Schumer
and Kirsten Gillibrand asking them to to enforce provisions of federal law that require the termination of aid to any unit of a foreign military for which there is credible information that the unit has committed a gross violation of human rights.
Melissa Clark is a foodwriting star. She’s at the New York Times and has authored many cookbooks. She was on Leonard Lopate’s show on WNYC the other day to talk about her favorite cookbooks, described herself as an American who loves many world cuisines, Indian, French, Mexican, regional American cooking. She was asked about Irma Rombauer’s classic, Joy
Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke made the mistake of voting against emergency funding to Israel at the height of the Gaza massacres this summer. His own donors have expressed anger with him in El Paso, and O’Rourke has reached out to local Jewish leaders and the Israel lobby group AIPAC. And after the “healing process,” he’s going to Israel.
This is now six days old, but we failed to pick it up: Steven Salaita had a dignified op-ed up at the Chicago Tribune, “U of I destroyed my career,” saying that wealthy donors to the University of Illinois acted to put the kibosh on his job when he dared to go on twitter to condemn
The last 24 hours have been a glorious moment for liberal Zionists. They have taken on Benjamin Netanyahu with fervor. First, Peace Now in Israel torpedoed the Prime Minister as he was meeting with Obama by publicizing the fact that the Israeli government had advertised for a new settlement in the southern part of East Jerusalem
Dan Fischer explains why he removed an insert titled “Prayer for the Soldiers of the Israeli Defense Forces” from his synagogue’s Yom Kippur service last year.
Devastation as far as the eye can see is our Yom Kippur geography. If a closing prayer is a must, chant the Amidah. The Shema. Anything that comes to mind. With a caveat. Stop the prayers if they don’t make sense in the Gaza rubble. If a prayer doesn’t make sense when the names of the murdered are read, call up another prayer. This goes for any comments that are made as well. If they make sense in the presence of the Gazan dead. Otherwise be silent
Artist Ethan Heitner presents a profound protest idea on Yom Kippur.
Last Thursday Rabbi Shalom Lewis of Congregation Etz Chaim outside Atlanta gave what can only be understood as a call to genocide in his Rosh Hashanah sermon to welcome in the Jewish new year. The sermon calls for a war on Islam and Muslims worldwide. Lewis says a “holy crusade” against Islam is needed to”exterminate it utterly and absolutely.” Lewis is no fringe figure. He has served this popular suburban congregation for nearly 40 years and was given a commendation by the US Congress
Rabbis Susan Talve and Randy Fleisher pray for justice in the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Mo., but support AIPAC when Israel is involved. Racial justice at home, apartheid over there.
Did Chuck Schumer just say, ‘My opinions on Palestine are evolving’? That is the aim of a new campaign aimed at the senator’s assertion that he is Israel’s guardian in the U.S. It’s time to talk about Israeli human rights violations. Demo on Monday at his NY offic
Two days ago I noted the intense backlash from Israeli leaders toward Mairav Zonszein’s op-ed in the New York Times, “How Israel Silences Dissent.” In that piece, Zonszein said she would rather be out of the Jewish Israeli family than be part of the “exclusivist ethno-religious nationalism” that increasingly dominates that society. The piece continues to
Netanyahu has great timing. Israel announced another 2500 settlement units in East Jerusalem even as the PM had a seemingly friendly 12th meeting with Obama, the most Obama has had with any leader. The State Department said that the settlements will distance Israel from its “closest allies,” and dim the hopes for a Palestinian stat
The Israeli army had a busy summer so now its friends are staging fundraisers to help the army with the Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Nets basketball teams. And with Rabbi Howard Stecker on Long Island.
Robert Naiman’s Truthout op-ed, “Attacking J Street Won’t Bring Justice for Palestinians” is based on the fundamentally flawed premise that appealing to Congress can bring about a just resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
According to retired church personnel of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America the new presiding bishop, The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, is seeking to retrench the church’s position on Israel/Palestine. And they fear a witch-hunt against those church workers who demand substantive action
Glenn Greenwald’s latest revelation, that three former Treasury officials are involved in a neoconservative Zionist lobbying outfit, combined with David Brooks’s apparent belief that he’s an Israeli parent, shows how commingled the Israel interest is in our political culture, the type of sinister influence Lincoln and Burke both warned their democracies against
From the New York Times August 19th, just brought to my attention, an article on declining bipartisanship even inside the Senate dining room. Reported by Ashley Parker. Nice work Ashley, getting the word bellow in there. This was about the time Israel was slaughtering civilians in Gaza: One morning last month [July], Senator Mitch McConnell,
88 Senators warn Palestinians against taking unilateral actions against Israel at the UN. But Warren and Sanders don’t sign on for once, joining a refuser caucus that includes Tammy Baldwin, Rand Paul and Lisa Murkowsk