Category Archives: US Politics
In eulogizing the late Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin in the New York Times, Samantha Power may be describing how she sees herself: someone who wants peace but works within the system and covers up or whitewashes the brutal atrocities supported by the government she represents. This piece might be a kind of absolution Power is granting herself. But why is the NYT publishing this propaganda?
Every Jewish group in the United States is rattled for one reason: Since Donald Trump’s election, 90 bomb threats have been called in to 73 Jewish Community Centers. But while Jewish activists are united in worry over the anti-Semitism, there is is a stark, albeit expected, divide on one question: whether the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel over human rights abuses is helping fuel the uptick in anti-Semitism in the U.S. Right-wing Jewish groups have cast BDS as a threat not only to Israel, but to Jews around the world. Left-wing groups that criticize Israel, though, say that this conflation obscures the roots of anti-Semitism, and is more about shutting up dissent than combatting anti-Jewish hatred.
The battle between donors and progressives inside the Jewish community When Rabbi Shira Stutman told a major donor to the Jewish Federations in Israel that she was going to visit Palestine, the donor said, “Why would you want to talk to them?”
Bernie Sanders set the high water mark for what US pols can say about Palestine, citing 700,000 Palestinian refugees created in Israel’s establishment, in remarks to J Street Monday. He got a standing ovation from Jewish crowd when he said it is not anti-semitic or anti-Israel to criticize the Netanyahu government.
The gobsmacking highlight of the J Street conference last weekend was a breathless speech on Saturday night by Mika Almog, the grand-daughter of the late Shimon Peres, in which she described Israel as a beautiful lover who can hurt you, bad; but called on the audience of mostly-young people to love Israel with their eyes open, because it’s theirs. But we can’t do it justice. Here’s what she said….
In three months the American Jewish community is going to hit an iceberg called the Jubilee, the 50th anniversary of the occupation/Six Day War. The collision is going to change the Jewish establishment. The fractures that have been developing for years over Israel are going to break out in public agony. The anniversay will change the American Jewish relationship to Israel forever, as the Six Day War did 50 years go.
Racism, Islamophobia and sexism were not a problem for Milo Yiannapoulos’s relationship to the mainstream media. But pedophilia was the red line.
Forty years ago, Harvard sociologist Nathan Glazer warned that Israel was a strategy “liability” to the U.S., and Israel’s dependence on the Jewish lobby’s ‘influence’ threatened to bring “hostility” to Jews from other Americans. Why didn’t people listen?
The subject of Israel and Jews came up very early in last night’s debate on CNN of the eight candidates to be Democratic National Committee chairperson. The job is to be voted on by the DNC this weekend in Atlanta. During the debate one candidate after another denounced Trump on one issue after another, and put down the donor class of the Democratic Party too, in favor of the grassroots. But on the issue of Israel conservative bipartisanship is the only way, officially.
In a recent column Tom Friedman begged Donald Trump to “save the Jews.” But from what? From themselves, it seems. Friedman fears the end of the two-state solution, not because of what this would mean for Palestinians, but because of what it will do to the Jewish community: “That debate will tear apart virtually every synagogue, Jewish organization and Jewish group on every campus in America, and around the world. Israel will divide world Jewry.”
Many have noticed how Donald Trump ignored a question about antisemitism at his press conference on Wednesday. Few have noted how Benjamin Netanyahu supported him.
Albert Einstein, once America’s most famous Jew, saw the disaster unfolding in Palestine; Jared Kushner should heed his warning.
A repentant David Friedman, Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next ambassador to Israel, got an easy ride at the Senate Foreign Relations committee this morning. The most exciting part of the hearing were the first few minutes, as Friedman’s opening statement was interrupted repeatedly by protesters.