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David Brooks’s son joining Israel army is an ‘extreme case’ — NYT public editor

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David Brooks, courtesy of Josh Haner, NYT

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.

It looks like Obama is checking out on Israel

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Obama in 2012

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.

Jewish New Yorkers to Schumer and Gillibrand: Enact the Leahy Law and stop US military aid to Israel

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New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand in 2012. (Photo: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP)

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.

Food writer Melissa Clark on being Jewish

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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

TX congressman who expressed concern about Gaza deaths undergoes ‘healing process’ and will fly El Al to Israel

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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.

Salaita says UI appeased ‘a few wealthy donors’ and destroyed his career

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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

Bill de Blasio ruins the liberal Zionists’ glorious hour

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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

Stop the Yom Kippur prayers if they don’t make sense in the Gaza rubble

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Abdul Rahman describes destruction in Beit Hanoun, photo by Max Blumenthal

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

Read the genocidal sermon a notable Atlanta rabbi gave this Rosh Hashanah

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Rabbi Shalom Lewis of Congregation Etz Chaim in Marietta, Ga on Aug. 12, 2009. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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

Can Schumer evolve? Finally, some pressure

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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

Liberal Zionist group Zonszein once worked for paints her as a ‘radical’ because she likes democracy

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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

Burke and Lincoln would have hated the special relationship

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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

Schumer is obnoxious

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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,