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Trump makes war, and everyone swoons

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Virtually the entire establishment has lined up behind him, Obama aides are quietly cheering, Anne-Marie Slaughter finally got what she wanted, Brian Williams found the images of war “beautiful,” and the few Democrats who have challenged Trump, notably Chris Murphy of Connecticut, are hedging by the second, under the glare of Chris Matthews.

IfNotNow is promising, but not without its problems. Here’s how it can improve.

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Palestinian activist Yazan Khader writes, “IfNotNow is a very effective group. It has managed to ignite a stagnant conversation within the American Jewish community. For myself and many other Palestinians, their work is a cause for refreshing optimism. But it would be wrong to assume that they are without blemish. To succeed, and to succeed well, IfNotNow should begin talking to Palestinians, not in a way that takes away from their potency as an anti-occupation group working within the Jewish community, but in a manner that guides it.”

Israeli Jews maintain the occupation because it is in their interest — Noam Sheizaf

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Jewish Israelis maintain the occupation because they know they will only lose under a one-state or two-state outcome, and so they have elected the perfect choice in Netanyahu to maintain that immoral system of complete control over Palestinians, depriving them of rights, Noam Sheizaf said at a Bay Area synagogue last week. And they may get away with it.

Dershowitz gets drunk on water

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“I believe there is no weapon more powerful in the fight against BDS than for Israel to develop technologies that the world cannot live without,” Alan Dershowitz says, but the air-to-water technology he touts is being developed in many places in the world.

‘I came to explore the wreck of Zionism’: A report from the 2017 JVP meeting

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Liz Rose reflects on the 2017 JVP membership meeting in Chicago: “Stefanie Fox, Deputy Director at JVP, also critiqued the power structures that drive Israeli politics in her opening remarks at Saturday’s plenary. Fox talked about her own process of getting ‘past the layers of denial,’ and moving to the place where she could ‘acknowledge what had been stolen.’ Quoting from Adrienne Rich’s poem, ‘Diving into the Wreck,’ Fox read, ‘I came to explore the wreck,’ and she beautifully connected Rich’s poem to her own ‘understanding the wreck of Zionism.'”

The Jewish revolution

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In the last week there have been four momentous events in the Jewish political world, two of them soul-crushing, two of them uplifting. The events signal a major change in Jewish political culture that is likely to leave many of us speechless in months and years to come, and signal that a revolution in Jewish community definition is coming. The radicalization of liberals by Trump is accelerated inside the Jewish community by Israel’s failures, supported by the Jewish establishment.

Once again, Seattle LGBTQ Commission falls for Israel ‘pinkwashing’ campaign

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StandWithUs, an Israel-advocacy group, is sponsoring a pinkwashing event in Seattle, this time with a trans soldier who “advises youth, soldiers, and professionals on how to better integrate trans* people into the armed forces.” The Seattle LGBTQ Commission has invited its own commissioners, as well as a handful of local queer activists, to a roundtable discussion with the Israeli military officer. Nada Elia asks, “Will the Seattle LGBTQ commission do the right thing, and completely dissociate itself from the event, by refusing to participate in the roundtable discussion, or will it knowingly acquiesce to being a tool of propaganda for a foreign regime widely denounced as engaging in the worst forms of brutal settler-colonialism and apartheid?”

JDL member arrested for attacking Palestinian-American teacher ran anti-Muslim website

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Kamal Nayfeh, 55, was an out-of-towner waiting to hug goodbye his daughter who lives in Washington DC, in the moments before he was beaten by members of the Jewish Defense League (JDL), outside of a policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Nayfeh and his daughter, who witnessed the attack, talk to Mondoweiss’s Allison Deger about the event and its aftermath. “I’ve been seeing a trend towards violence and all of those violent group are re-emerging. The country is so divided, and all of those groups that never had a voice are popping out and showing their hate,” Nayfeh says.

‘US is overwhelmingly partial to Israel,’ Pelosi admits at AIPAC

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US politicians swearing fealty to Israel at AIPAC know there are cracks in US support. “When people sometimes say to me, the United States is so overwhelmingly partial to Israel in this discussion, I say Yes of course. We have been friends for a long time,” Nancy Pelosi admits.

Broad coalition attends teach-in on Israel lobby ahead of AIPAC conference

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“Senator Hatfield said– and I will never forget these words as long as I live– ‘In this great distinguished institution of the United States Senate, when the Israel lobby says jump, 90 plus of my colleagues say how high. They never ask why.'” Khalil Jahshan at the annual Israel lobby conference in Washington, D.C.

Rasmea Odeh accepts plea deal, loses US citizenship in exchange for no jail time, will leave the US

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The Rasmea Defense Committee announced yesterday Palestinian activist Rasmea Odeh, “has made the difficult decision to accept a plea agreement. She will plead guilty to Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization, lose her U.S. citizenship, and be forced to leave the country, but will exit the U.S. without having to serve any more time in prison or ICE detention, a victory, considering that the government had earlier fought for a sentence of 5-7 years.”

Robert Silvers was a lion on Vietnam and Iraq, and a pussycat on Israel

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Robert Silvers, the late editor of the New York Review of Books, ran Tony Judt’s great piece imagining a one-state democracy in Israel and Palestine in 2003, and then he ran away from it. Silvers could take on the establishment over Vietnam, Iraq, and Freud; but he couldn’t really go after Israel.