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.”
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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.
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.
Beginning to get a bad feeling about Peter Baker, the likely next Jerusalem chief for the New York Times: He has twice offered Israel as a model for American conduct, in how to deal with terrorism and with prisoners accused of terrorism.
The Democratic presidential nomination debate on Sunday night was remarkable in part for Senator Bernie Sanders’s strong support for normalizing relations with Iran, and Hillary Clinton’s demurral on that same question. The difference is likely to play out in the Democratic primary process.
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.
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.”
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.
Alice Rothchild finds resistance to speaking openly about the Israeli occupation at a retirement community in Seattle.
Benjamin Netanyahu has angered one president after another, Frontline showed in a documentary Netanyahu at War last week. But there are never any consequences.
As Israel wins on the military and diplomatic battlefield, their propaganda battle is already lost.
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.
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.
Carlos Latuff explores the debate among US presidential candidates over the US/Israel relationship.
Ari Shavit attempts to silence Breaking the Silence by employing an inappropriate biblical quote in his Ha’aretz column and calling for “unending devotion to the Zionist enterprise”
The recent wave of heightened Islamophobia in the U.S. is not limited to the violent rhetoric and cruel policies of conservative politicians; it’s also being drummed into police through a Georgia-based program that has sent thousands of American law enforcement officials to Israel for counter-terrorism training.
NYT piece by Diaa Hadid says Palestinians in Haifa get to enjoy freedoms they wouldn’t in Arab society; but a main source for the piece says on Facebook that the Times quoted him out of context and censored his support for cultural resistance to Israel.
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.
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.
Hillary Clinton is a tool of Haim Saban, and Donald Trump says so in so many words. Will Democrats say the same thing?
Paul Krugman writes an entire column about Sheldon Adelson and Paul Singer’s influence inside the Republican Party without pointing out the obvious: their core issue is Israel. He’s lying to his readers.
Roger Waters posts an inspiring video of Palestinian children in occupied Bil’in who take measures to go to the sea they’re not allowed to visit, just 20 miles away
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
Without an Iran deal, the world could have seen a nuclear exchange in the Middle East. President Obama wiretapped Israeli PM Netanyahu not out of political rivalry but to stave off the threat to world peace posed by Netanyahu and his American allies trying to sabotage the deal.
Former Brandeis President Frederick Lawrence mentions not one Palestinian, only Jews and Israelis, when he says the way to defeat BDS is to invite participants with all perspectives on campus. He hired three former Israeli soldiers to present a picture of Israel in the “context of love.”