Former President Barak Obama, who is getting paid $400,000 for a speech on health care to a Wall Street firm, is the latest politician who has completely departed from a stated commitment to progressive causes to champion neo-liberal and hawkish policies. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who will receive an Israel advocacy award from StandWithUs on May 7th, is another such example.
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Why are Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, and Sherrod Brown, the progressives of the Democratic Party, lining up behind Trump officials Nikki Haley and Erin Barclay? Because partisanship drops dead when it comes to defending Israel against any criticism.
“No one in our family was ever as passionate about Israel as me, and now I’m the most critical.” Liz Rose meditates on her summer in 1986, at the Alexander Muss High School, when she fell in love with Jerusalem.
There is no proportionality applied to the question of foreign interference in U.S. politics. If there were, we would have a far more substantive investigation of Israel than Russia. But if anyone mentions the truth about Israel’s clout, the person is immediately smeared as “anti-Semitic” and targeted by Israel’s extraordinarily sophisticated lobby and its many media/political allies for vilification and marginalization.
A religious freedom watchdog mandated by Congress rebuffed repeated appeals from Christian Palestinians to investigate Israel and “bullied” sympathetic officials into dropping their cause, said outgoing member to the committee for religious liberties James Zogby on Wednesday.
Zogby is the director of the Arab American Institute and was appointed eight years ago to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) by President Obama. With less than three weeks left in his term, Zogby went public with his dissenting opinion to the religious committee’s decision to excuse Israel from an investigation.
Ron Fox, a 77-year-old Jewish Democrat in Mass., urges the party’s state committee to condemn Israeli settlements: “For 45 years, not a day has gone by that I have not thought about human rights violations caused by settlements.”
When Israeli soldiers carried her novel in one hand and a gun in the other into Gaza in 2014, trying to kill “bad guys,” that was all that a writer could ask for her work, Israeli writer Dorit Rabinyan says in New York, in a tour sponsored by the Israeli Foreign Ministry.
Jared Kushner, the First Son-in-Law, is secret financial partners with what was once the richest family in Israel — the billionaire Steinmetzes, whose leading figure has been linked to a massive bribery scandal in Africa. Kushner’s hidden business ties, just revealed in the New York Times and Bloomberg, should prompt the same intense scrutiny that other Trump officials have gotten for their secret links to Russia.
Abba Solomon finds a historical parallel between a recent “misadventure” at an anti-BDS conference where members of J Street attended and were called “anti-Semitic” by a speaker from the stage, and “the American Jewish Committee (AJC) [who] felt it must cooperate with the Zionist movement, in order to be within the tent when decisions were made. It participated in the formation of the Jewish Agency for Palestine on the understanding the Agency would be a joint Zionist/non-Zionist enterprise.”
After overcoming multiple legal and administrative hurdles, including an Israeli-imposed travel ban, Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, appeared on a panel at Columbia University last night entitled “The Road to Freedom: The BDS Movement for Palestinian Rights and the Struggle Against Apartheid.” Barghouti listed BDS’ many accomplishments since its launch in 2005 by Palestinian civil society and his commentary was sharp and at times funny. “BDS cannot claim full responsibility for Israel’s growing academic, cultural and increasingly economic isolation” Barghouti said. “For Israel itself deserves a big share of the credit.”
Jared Kushner is related by marriage to Hart Hasten, a Holocaust survivor and kingmaker in Indiana. The Hasten-Kushner clan is the Jewish connection Trump and Pence shared before they became political partners.
SNL stays away from Israel jokes but comic Vanessa Bayer highlighted Jewish alienation from Israel in mentioning “my uncle Simon even though my dad says he is so blinded by his devotion to Israel that he ignores all reason.” The line got a pretty good laugh.
If Massachusetts Democratic state committee passes resolution opposing Israeli settlements, party leader Steve Grossman warns many Dems will say, “that’s the last straw. This is not a place I feel comfortable any longer.”
The crazy response to the Marwan Barghouti op-ed in the New York Times — Michael Oren called it a “journalistic terror attack” — reflects a growing insecurity on the part of Israel’s leaders about the country’s reputation.
The coverage of the Palestinian issue in the New York Times is getting better, as reflected by the Marwan Barghouti op-ed calling Israel a “moral failure,” and new Jerusalem bureau chief Ian Fisher’s straightforward reports. Yes the Times hired neocon crank Bret Stephens; but the paper of record is in play.
Marwan Barghouti op-ed in international edition of NYT says Israel’s history of imprisoning 40 percent of Palestinian male population is typical of colonial occupiers. Why wouldn’t the Times publish this op-ed to the audience that matters most, Americans?
LitHub wanted Sarah Schulman to remove paragraph about Palestine solidarity from an essay on free speech. She refused, published elsewhere. Her editor stood by her and lost his job. Now everything has been set right…
The New York Times has hired Bret Stephens as a columnist, elevating an Islamophobic neoconservative who regularly pronounces on the “disease of the Arab mind” and the “communal psychosis” of Palestinians, while Israel is blameless.