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Warren supporters can’t talk about Palestine

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Hilarious moment at a NY party urging Elizabeth Warren to run: someone asks her position on Palestine and the organizers decide there has been enough dialogue and turn up the music

Remembering Bob Simon

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A screenshot from Bob Simon's '60 Minutes' story "Christians in the Holy Land."

Last night veteran CBS news correspondent Bob Simon was killed in a car accident in New York City. His bombshell 2012 report on Palestinian Christians for ’60 Minutes’ drew false charges of anti-Semitism and sent shockwaves to the top of the Israel government.

AIPAC behind new US/EU trade legislation designed to thwart BDS

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A new bipartisan bill engineered by AIPAC was introduced in Congress yesterday that ties the rejection of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel to future U.S. trade agreements with the European Union. H.R.825, The Israel Trade and Commercial Enhancement Act (pdf) was sponsored by Congressmen Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Juan Vargas (D-CA) and the Israel lobby has been behind the scenes pushing it for months.

Three Muslim-Americans murdered in North Carolina by gunman (Updated)

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The three victims of the Chapel Hill shooting. From the left is Deah Barakat; Yusor Abu-Salha; and Razan Mohammed Abu-Salha. (Photo via Facebook)

Three young Muslim-Americans were killed yesterday evening in Chapel Hill, North Carolina by Craig Hicks, 46, who had posted anti-religious messages on his Facebook page. The victims’ names are: 19-year-old Razan Mohammed Abu-Salha; 21-year-old Yusor Mohammed Abu-Salha; and 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat. The case has rocked the Muslim-American community, who have taken to social media to mourn and vent their outrage at what they say is a lack of media attention to the case.

Muslims are Nazis, ‘USA Today’ jokes

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On February 2, USA Today published an editorial cartoon by Cameron Cardow of the Ottawa Citizen that was not terribly hard to parse: Islam is the modern equivalent of Nazism, and threatens a new Holocaust.

Speech to AIPAC could give Netanyahu his out

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Netanyahu announcement at AIPAC

Pressure is increasing on Israeli PM Netanyahu to end the public relations disaster of his planned speech to Congress by cancelling. He could try and save face by announcing that his speech to the Israel lobby AIPAC will be his only Washington appearance. Congress would show up there.

Ari Shavit pimps AIPAC in Scarsdale

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Ari Shavit. (Photo: Spiegel & Grau/NPR)

You had to RSVP to an AIPAC email address to attend Ari Shavit’s talk at a Scarsdale Reform temple last Thursday, and the event was a celebration of the rightwing Israel lobby group. And you thought Shavit was a liberal Zionist?

The New England Patriots and Israel

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Robert Kraft and Tom Brady in Israel

The winner of the Super Bowl has many connections to the Jewish state. Owner Robert Kraft loves the country, funds football stadiums there, and brings many players there, including Tom Brady, quarterback

Israel gets trashed at the 92d Street Y

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney of Oh, Hello! came to 92d Street Y and Kroll savaged Judaism and Israel for “not budging on that nightmare” of unending settlements. Oh and Alan Dershowitz is a nudist

‘Rethinking Schools’ journal responds to liberal Zionism

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In its winter 2014-15 issue, the education journal Rethinking Schools has taken another courageous stand against liberal Zionism. In Fall 2014, the journal published an editorial (“The Children of Gaza”) expressing outrage about the recent Gaza war. This editorial generated a letter from a liberal Zionist reader criticizing the journal’s stance, and Rethinking Schools has published this letter in its most recent issue. Not to be cowed, the editors responded to this letter, re-emphasizing the “dire situation” in Gaza as well as the “3 billion a year in military assistance” from the US.

Since when is the Southern Poverty Law Center a pro-Israel organization?

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Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and People for the American Way all blast a Republican trip to Israel and occupied Palestine because of the US Christian sponsor, not Palestinian conditions. SPLC praises Israel as a refuge for Jews from anti-Semitism.