Today’s Israel lobby is no longer the third rail of American politics, and everyone knows it. That’s what Bernie Sanders’s obvious but unprecedented comments about “justice” in Palestine signaled on Thursday night.
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“When Tom DeLay was House majority leader, I found out that any legislative provision having to do with the Middle East had to be vetted and approved by AIPAC before the bill could move forward.” So states Mike Lofgren, recently retired after 28 years as Congressional staffer, the last 16 years as senior analyst for […]
During a performance of Israeli right wing talking points in Thursday night’s debate in New York, Hillary Clinton’s response on Camp David summit simply fell short of being true.
Dearborn MI Arabs voted for Bernie Sanders, why not Jews? The Jewish community faces a choice between AIPAC and Bernie. Is the Jewish community for a more socially progressive US, or for a stronger Israel?
Bernie Sanders caved to rightwing Jewish leaders when he suspended Simone Zimmerman as Jewish outreach director. The movement she joined, Open Hillel, explains that Jewish leaders are alienating young Jews by enforcing pro-Israel litmus test.
Most Israelis I spoke to in Jerusalem’s Zion Square about the upcoming US presidential election disparaged Bernie Sanders, but spoke fondly of Donald Trump. Trump’s Muslim ban and Ted Cruz’s proposal to have police patrol “Muslim neighborhoods” were popular.
It’s finally happened: the issue of Palestinian human rights came up in the Democratic debate tonight on national television, and Bernie Sanders repeatedly criticized Hillary Clinton–for siding with Israel singlehandedly, for her support of Benjamin Netanyahu and her indifference to the plight of Palestinians.
Neoconservatives want to make an issue of Bernie Sanders’s Jewish outreach director Simone Zimmerman calling Netanyahu an asshole and a murderer. It’s time we let them, and allowed the Democratic Party to divide over the Israel question
Why did Hillary Clinton vote for the Iraq war? In some measure because of the pro-Israel voices in her Senate constituency. Now she’s using the Israel issue to try and clobber Bernie Sanders among Jewish voters. She leads 49-40, according to Quinnipiac.
Following Hillary Clinton’s vow to fight BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions), Speaker Paul Ryan calls BDS “ridiculous shenanigan” and anti-Semitic to boot, on a trip to Israel. He sure looks like he’s running for President!
At a Trump rally in Bethpage, Long Island last week, about 10,000 people from across the tri-state came to hear the Donald speak on a windy, grey Wednesday evening. Wilson Dizard asked attendees if they would support reinstituting the draft to take on ISIS. Diane Ammar, 62, from Long Island, offered an alternative, “I’d bomb the whole place. Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Iran and ISIS”.
Jodi Rudoren and Ethan Bronner, former NYT Jerusalem bureau chiefs, fall over one another trying to explain away the term “Zionist” when they’re asked whether they’d describe themselves that way. Meantime NYT’s Diaa Hadid gets the third degree over her phase of Palestinian activism.
Wilson Dizard reports on Bernie Sanders barnstorming through New York City and says Brooklyn is the Jerusalem that works. Unlike any other campaign this year, Sanders’ bid for the presidency has brought together and proved a powerful political common cause for American Muslims and Jews, who now volunteer side-by-side for his campaign. One young hasidic Sanders supporters tells Dizard, “Trump is a bigot. He says he wants to ban all Muslims, but I believe he wants to execute all Muslims. That’s not what Brooklyn is about.”
Legendary protest singer Phil Ochs, who died 40 years ago, updated “Love Me I’m A Liberal” in 1971 to call out “the arming of Israel.”
The Israeli journalist Larry Derfner skillfully analyzes the anti-Semitism vs. anti-Zionism debate in only 18 words.
The fact that Bernie Sanders is Jewish and is slamming Israel over the number of Palestinians civilians it killed in Gaza sends a signal to Americans that it’s not anti-semitic to criticize Israel.
The United States needed strong antiwar voices when George W. Bush pushed to go into Iraq. Then Senator Hillary Clinton was not such a leader; and it is a sign of the Democratic Party’s corruption that so many are willing to forgive her this mistake
Hillary Clinton has refused to condemn Israel for settlements. Though saying settlement activity is damaging, she does not ascribe it to Israel as such.
Bernie Sanders is clearly more progressive on the Palestinian issue than any other major candidate for the Presidency including Hillary Clinton. Still, Nicolas Sawaya says a review of his record on key issues in support of the Palestinian struggle for freedom and justice falls well short.
Jennifer Rubin’s denunciation of Bernie Sanders’s comments on Israel and Palestine are propaganda for Israel, in the Washington Post, from start to finish and represent a warning to Sanders not to touch the issue or we will smear you.
Jane Eisner of the Forward all-but equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism because to be Jewish these days is to love Israel.
A shift in the US political discourse on Israeli conduct has culminated with Senator Patrick Leahy’s challenge to the dominant narrative of Israel’s military purity and the Palestinians as bad actors. Leahy cited the killing of 18-year-old Hadeel al-Hashlamoun in September at an Israeli checkpoint in occupied territory.
NY Times coverage of Israel is a travesty. At a time when Haaretz is publishing critiques of repression of Israeli dissidents and cut-offs of power to Palestinians under occupation, New York Times publishes story on the army asking veterans to return old military equipment, which they have kept because of “collective nostalgia.”
Hillary Clinton holds a fundraiser at a NY Israel supporter’s house and attacks Bernie Sanders over Daily News interview where he said Israeli settlements are “illegal” and damage US relationship with Israel
The fact that Bernie Sanders marched through the era of conformity, anti-Communism, and materialism to maintain an identity as a democratic socialist without the fear of anti-Communist stigmatization or need to belong to a more respectable form of Jewish identity is one of the extraordinary features of his character.