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Broadway club cancels ‘Black Lives Matter’ benefit because of movement’s stance on Israel

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Broadway Supports Black Lives Matter event has been canceled by club because of Israel positions.

On Sunday September 11, “Broadway Supports Black Lives Matter,” a group led by actress Tonya Pinkins, was to stage two benefit performances at Feinstein’s/54 Below, a supper club on West 54th Street in NY. Playbill reports that the events have been canceled because the club objects to the BLM platform that says Israel engages in “genocide” against the Palestinian people.

Trump and Clinton promise to repeat foreign policy mistakes of the past

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Commander-In-Chief Forum on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 (Photo: Heidi Gutman/NBC)

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton participated in a public forum with veterans on Wednesday night, describing how they’d defeat Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Although they diverged on the methods their answers were the same — more war in the middle east. Clinton is playing the role of Ego in American foreign policy, rationalizing unethical decisions, owning up to some questionable decisions (Iraq) but not others (Libya). Meanwhile, Trump is the remorseless Id, the base impulse of empire to seize land and resources through the promise of deadly force. The Id knows colonialism isn’t about bringing the blessings of civilization to conquered, it’s about exploiting them and their resources. Trump seems to understand that in a way Clinton doesn’t, or at least won’t admit.

‘NY Times’ rigs a purported news article to push U.S. escalation in Syria

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New York Times headquarters

New York Times reporters Mark Landler and Mark Mazzetti write that President Obama’s Syria policy is unchanging, a fact “that frustrates many analysts because they believe that a shift in policy will only come when Mr. Obama leaves office.” But readers will learn nowhere in this article that other analysts argue persuasively that Obama’s hesitation to add even more fuel to the flames in Syria is the right thing to do.

New York Times is on the scent of another Russian agent… Julian Assange

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Julian Assange

‘New York Times’ asserts that Julian Assange got Wikileaks documents from Russian spies, but offers no hard evidence; and suggests that Hillary Clinton had it out for Assange because the State Dep’t was humiliated, but never follows through on Clinton’s agenda.

‘The defiant femininity of Israel’s female soldiers’ — you’re kidding, right?

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Eden Abergil Facebook photo in August 2010 of herself with Palestinian prisoner

Vice’s decision to run eight intimate, loving portraits of Israeli female soldiers, taken by a former Israeli soldier, with the claim that their “girlishness and teenage boredom” are a form of protest has drawn savage criticism on twitter for whitewashing the occupation and soldiers’ treatment of Palestinians.

Trump team campaigns hard for votes one place it stands to do well — Israeli settlements

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Trump supporters outreach in Israel. (Photo: Channel 2)

After falling behind Hillary Clinton in the polls, Donald Trump and his campaign are looking to the one corner of the world where he stands to sweep come November — Israel. In an effort to bolster Republican voter turnout in the country Republicans Overseas has hired a team of noted political operatives from the Israeli right-wing and are campaigning hard for votes in the Jewish state and West Bank settlements. To do so they have traded the candidate’s iconic, “Making America Great Again” for a less patriotic appeal: “Trump. The Israeli interest.”

Tim Canova calls Debbie Wasserman Shultz ‘corporate stooge’ after primary loss. But they still agree on Israel.

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Screenshot from televised debate between Tim Canova and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. (Image: CBSMiami)

Incumbent Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz defeated challenger Tim Canova, a law professor, in a primary election this Tuesday, disappointing some Berniecrat-boosting voters who want to see the Vermont senator’s policies on Capitol Hill. Despite Canova’s outsider status, the race showed how Israel/Palestine is sacred political territory for all Democrats.

Huma Abedin dumps Anthony Weiner, occupation denier

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Former U.S. Congressman and New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, May 2013. (Photo: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

Huma Abedin, a top Hillary Clinton aide, announced Monday that she is divorcing her husband, Queens-native Weiner, a disgraced former New York Congressman whose sexting of pictures of his engorged genitals to his fellow Americans cost him his political career in 2011. Her decision comes in the wake of yet another report of his digital infidelity. Before gaining international infamy for his online philandering, Weiner had distinguished himself as one of Israel’s most ardent apologists in Congress, apologizing for Israeli militarism, denying the existence of a military occupation in the West Bank and scolding critics of Israeli policies, even condemning the New York Times for its lack of Zionist cred.

Liel Leibovitz wants to excommunicate most American Jews, beginning with Beinart

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Liel Leibovitz

Most American Jews believe their faith is cultural, including dedication to social justice. But the fundamentalist Liel Leibovitz in a sneering, nasty article says these Jews ignore “the historical and doctrinal truth” that they became Jews by accepting the “burden of becoming God’s chosen children.”

Many Clinton Foundation donors oppose BDS– and so does Clinton

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Saban and Clinton, on an earlier occasion

Hillary Clinton has become a zealot against BDS in the last year, evidently in part because many large donors to the Clinton Foundation oppose BDS. These supporters suggest the new lineaments of the Israel lobby under Clinton, in which liberal Zionists and rightwing Zionists are merged.

Progressive foreign policy missing from revised Sanders revolution

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Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders on Wednesday delivered a speech from Burlington, Vermont to his die-hard fans nationwide, calling on them to continue to support progressive politicians to achieve goals like campaign finance reform, universal healthcare and fixing an unfair criminal justice through the new Sanders-backed non-profit, Our Revolution. Absent from his address was any mention of Israel/Palestine or American foreign policy in the Middle East. “I think it shows a lack of courage,” said Robert Akleh, co-founder of Arabs for Bernie, a Brooklyn-based grassroots group.

ADL took US cops to Israeli prison, occupied Hebron and settler winery during counter-terror seminar

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Police in Orlando

The Anti-Defamation League brought a delegation of American police officers to an Israeli prison, occupied Hebron and a settler winery in the Golan Heights as part of their 2016 counter-terrorism seminar in Israel, according to an itinerary of the trip obtained by Mondoweiss. Trips like these have come under withering controversy from Palestine solidarity activists and Black Lives Matter protesters. In an age of police militarization and a growing movement to combat police brutality, critics see these trips as potentially fueling harmful police tactics.

Pro-Israel groups close in on anti-BDS victory in California legislature

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Activists call for boycotting Israel. (Photo via BDSMovement.net)

For months, pro-Israel and Palestine solidarity groups have been locked in a fierce debate over legislation in California against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. Now, to the chagrin of Palestine solidarity activists, the California State Senate is set to consider the bill that would require state contractors to certify that a boycott of Israel they were engaged in does not violate laws against discrimination. Jewish Voice for Peace activist Estee Chandler says it’s likely it will pass, which would make California the 13th state to pass anti-BDS legislation.

A look at Breitbart’s ‘Alt-Right Lite’ plan for Israel/Palestine

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Stephen Bannon, the executive chairman of far-right news and opinion site Breitbart. (Photo: DANNY MOLOSHOK/INVISION/AP)

Breitbart News head Stephen Bannon has replaced Paul Manafort as Donald Trump’s primary campaign adviser. Bannon describes his site as a “platform for the Alt-Right,” referring to the growing white nationalist movement, and noted pro-Israel Islamophobe Pamela Geller has praised Bannon in heroic terms. What this revamped campaign means for Trump’s take on the middle east remains to be seen, but alt-right leaders are already imagining a future where they are directly influencing foreign policy.

Let’s talk about Russian influence

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Neera Tanden and Netanyahu at Center for American Progress

Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager says the “hand of the Kremlin” has been working in US elections, but no one talks about the hand of Israel, which is on everything from pushing the Iraq war to censoring any reference to the “occupation” in the Democratic Party platform. The system is rigged by the Israel lobby, and everyone knows it, even if they can’t talk about it.