‘NYT’ pillories French mosque leader who justifies jihadists going to Syria because Israel recruits French youth to kill Palestinians. But he has a point. And what about Times columnist David Brooks’s son, who joined the IDF because he believes in that cause?
Category Archives: US Politics
President Obama told Democratic senators he knew they faced donor pressure to ramp up sanctions on Iran. In reporting this, the NYT never mentioned the Israel lobby, which applies that pressure
Shades of Selma: Shmuley Boteach tells two Muslim writers on CNN that they have no right to complain about their freedoms in the US and Israel. Ahmed Shihab-Eldin and Rula Jebreal beg to differ.
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.
This powerfully moving video of a flashmob in Nazareth by the recent Dream Defenders delegation to Israel/Palestine is an earth shifter: “From Ferguson to Palestine the struggle for freedom continues”
Obama should reach out to Palestine as he has Cuba. His legacy would be assured, Marc Ellis writes at Mondo
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.
Congress has passed provisions that immediately ends funding to the Palestinian Authority in the event of a unity government with Hamas, or a joint government where Hamas exercises “undue influence.” Though, there is one exception. If a supposed unity government recognizes Israel as a Jewish state, the aid will continue.
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?
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.
California Scholars for Academic Freedom writes the University of Pennsylvania after Chris Hedges is disinvited from speaking for likening ISIS to Israel.
Eric Fingerhut, head of Hillel Int’l, says the group Open Hillel is operating deceptively, with the aim of turning Hillel chapters into sites of “anti-Israel agitation,” and citing a biblical lesson of God’s vengeance against a rebel, he says this is beyond the pale.
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.
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.
Palestinians are going too far and too fast in their quest for statehood, a frontpage NYT analysis argues– and says that Palestinians have not made the “concessions” they have long avoided.
Alan Dershowitz says in defending himself from sexual abuse claims he is defending the values he’s always stood up for– seemingly including Israel.
Reporters pressed State Dep’t’s Jen Psaki over a “double standard” — her threat to assistance to Palestine over its decision to take international legal steps even as the U.S. has never threatened aid to Israel over its neverending construction of settlements in occupied territories
Dennis Ross revives his career as Israel’s lawyer in the NYT, saying that Palestinians, rooted in “grievance,” have three times rejected fair deals to create a state
From Roger Cohen to Tom Friedman to David Brooks to Paul Krugman, the NYT’s columnists reflect a liberal Zionist to rightwing Zionist discourse. The Times should hire a columnist to echo the burgeoning criticism of Israel in the Democratic party’s base.
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 Congress has voted to supply Israel with additional military equipment “in a crisis,” the Israel lobby group AIPAC crows in a video saying that the bond between the two countries has been “dramatically strengthened”
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.
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.