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Clinton baits Sanders over ‘destruction of Israel’

Philip Weiss on
Jake Sullivan, then deputy chief of staff to Hillary Clinton, along with the then secretary of state and the president in 2012

The Israel question has become an explicit issue in the Democratic battle between Clinton and Sanders, with a Clinton aide saying that Sanders’s idea to normalize Iran is naive about a country that “seeks the destruction of Israel.”

Activists deliver petition demanding Securities and Exchange Commission enforce disclosure laws regarding Israel bonds

Sylvia Schwarz on
Israel Bonds logo

On January 19 a coalition activist groups delivered a petition with more than 6,400 signatures to the Securities and Exchange Commission demanding that the agency enforce its disclosure rules by taking action against the Development Corporation for Israel, the corporation which sells Israel Bonds in the United States, for failing to disclose in its sales materials that proceeds from the sale of Israel Bonds are used by Israel to violate international law.

‘Little Jewboy’ moment highlights coming divorce between US Jews and Israel

Philip Weiss on
Daniel B. Shapiro, US ambassador to Israel, called a "little Jewboy" by a former aide to Netanyahu

Ambassador Daniel Shapiro’s sharp criticism of Israeli policies earned him the insult “little Jewboy” from a former Netanyahu aide. The flap demonstrates an important sociological trend: American Jews, even mainstream ones indoctrinated to love Israel, are breaking more and more publicly with the Jewish state. The Netanyahu government is proving to be embarrassing to American Jews; they do not want to be associated with rightwing apartheid policies.

Pope Francis’s missed opportunity to speak the truth

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Pope Francis delivers his speech during his visit at Rome's Great Synagogue, Italy January 17, 2016. (Photo: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

On Sunday, Pope Francis traveled across town to visit Rome’s synagogue that stands within the old Jewish ghetto, but he missed an opportunity to move the Jewish-Catholic friendship to a new level of honesty. As the Pope correctly apologized for the Church’s role in the ghettoization of Jews, he remained silent about the ongoing ghettoization of Palestinians in Israel-Palestine.

‘If it doesn’t have risk it is not worth doing’: Rachel Corrie’s family remembers Alan Rickman

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Alan Rickman

Craig Corrie writes about the actor Alan Rickman, who died last week at the age of 69 and had edited his daughter Rachel’s writing into the play ‘My Name is Rachel Corrie.’ Corrie writes, “The care Alan took for our family, his courage to take on this particular project, and most of all, the respect he showed for Rachel and her writing, impress me still as truly extraordinary.”

Are Palestinian citizens of Israel banned from New York Times headlines?

Patrick Connors on
Screenshot of a revised New York Times headline.

US media outlets, including the powerful New York Times, refuse to report basic elements of Palestinians’ experiences, including the perspectives of Palestinians living in Israel. Reporter Diaa Hadid’s January 3 article in The New York Times on Palestinian citizens of Israel living in Haifa provides a recent case in point.

Small victories

Alice Rothchild on
Ru Freeman, editor of Extraordinary Rendition: (American) Writers on Palestine, Peter Mountford, Alice Rothchild and Tess Gallagher at the Eliot Bay Book Store in Seattle.

Alice Rothchild finds resistance to speaking openly about the Israeli occupation at a retirement community in Seattle.

State of the Union 2016

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Armed white militia members are allowed to take over federal land while communities of color are under assault in the USA. Katie Miranda looks at the state of the union 2016.

New Jersey teenager threatened with legal action by high school over pro-Palestine activism (Update)

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Screenshot: @bendykoval

Bethany Koval, a 16-year-old high school student in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, was targeted for her political activism yesterday. Koval’s commentary of the Gaza beach bombing resulted in her being called down to the principle’s office, intimidated, threatened with legal action. As Koval tweeted her experience, activists on social media swiftly rallied in support and started a hashtag, #IStandwithBenny. News of her harassment spread like wildfire nationally and internationally.

Manifesto, 2016

Marc H. Ellis on
Robert Cohen

A non-Zionist new year’s resolution includes, Pursue peace with justice, Support BDS, Occupy Judaism. But maybe we need a new Jewish theology to support it.

Goodbye to all that (my Jewish-WASP shtik)

Philip Weiss on
J Street's Christmas card, based on a Purim celebration in Israel

Phil Weiss used to tell amusing provocative stories every holiday season about the melding of Jewish and Christian culture in my extended family. Now he’s sick of it. It’s just about the cohesion of elites; and other sociological struggles for inclusion are far more compelling.

Nate Silver should stop calling Israel a democracy

Philip Weiss on
Netanyahu's cabinet

Pollster Nate Silver describes Israel as a democracy, right up there with the US and the UK; he shouldn’t dignify an ethnocracy in that manner given the rampant discrimination against Palestinian citizens and voters, and subjects