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US Aid to Israel

Russian meddling is Watergate-worthy, but Israeli meddling is hunky-dory

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The investigation of Russia’s meddling in U.S. politics dominates the liberal press. Phil Weiss writes that he believes the suspicions about Donald Trump and the Russians, but what stands out to him is that conduct that is Watergate-worthy when it comes to Russia is hunky-dory when it comes to Israel. Just in the last week there have been two other expressions of Israel’s active interests in our politics that the liberal media have failed to say boo about.

Bill making it a federal crime to support BDS sends shockwaves through progressive community

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Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Grim’s report at the Intercept on new legislation in the Congress that would criminalize support for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). Yes, criminalize. The bill is such a crude example of overreach by the Israel lobby that it is sure to backfire on its supporters as Greenwald and Grim’s report ricochets around the Democratic Party

Clinton lost because PA, WI, and MI have high casualty rates and saw her as pro-war, study says

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America has been at war for 15 years but few Americans notice, because overall it is rural communities that have suffered the highest casualty rates, Francis Shen and Douglas Kriner argue in an important new paper. And it was those communities, in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, that gave Donald Trump his victory over Hillary Clinton, who was seen as pro-war.

US Jews must oppose Palestinian boycott, but boycott Israel and bring it to its knees over prayer at western wall

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The double standard of American Jewish political power for Zionists: American Jews should back the Israeli occupation unquestioningly and fight the boycott movement against Israel over Palestinian human rights, but when it comes to freedom of Jewish worship in Jerusalem, US Jews should use that boycott power to bring the Netanyahu government to its knees.

‘Peace Now’s man in the occupation

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If Peace Now is so opposed to the Israeli occupation, why does it help pay the salary of a man who promotes it nonstop: Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents. Young Jews who are resisting the occupation would never do such a thing.

34 House Dems condemn Israeli charges against Issa Amro — follower of civil rights movement and Gandhi

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In yet another sign that the Democratic left is determined to stand up for Palestinian human rights, 34 congresspeople have signed letters supportive of Issa Amro, the courageous and non-violent leader of protest actions in occupied Hebron who has been accused by Israel of a series of absurd charges going back to 2010, including “insulting a soldier,” “assault” and demonstrating without a permit.

Yakov Rabkin’s devastating critique of Zionism: it is opposed to Jewish tradition and liberalism

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Yakov Rabkin’s book “What Is Modern Israel?” is one of the most important critiques of Zionism ever published. Zionism is opposed to Jewish tradition and to liberalism, and it has fostered a deep sense of insecurity in Israeli Jews and made American Jewish leaders into “vassals” of Israel. Critics must overcome the “climate of intellectual terror” to condemn the Zionist ideology.

‘I am not your goy’ — chaos at a liberal Zionist conference

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Speakers contradict one another at a Zionist conference on future of Israel in New York. Israeli ambassador says Jews have a right to the West Bank because “winner takes all,” while Israeli rabbi pleads with American Jews to stop backing up rightwingers in Israel.

The Israelis

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Israelis live in fear of Palestinians, and speak of a hundred years war. These conditions have produced a militaristic majoritarian culture where everyone admires Trump and even leftwingers dismiss Palestinian human rights concerns. “They have plenty to eat.” Phil Weiss’s observations from a tour on the 50th anniversary of occupation.

How 1967 changed American Jews

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Memoirs by American Jews reveal that the 1967 war revolutionized Jewish life: even leftwingers like Joel Kovel were initially swept up in the fear for Israel and excitement over its victory, but those fears helped produce the most powerful force in American Jewish life since: the neoconservatives who, inflamed by memories of the Holocaust, vowed to support Israel in the face of an indifferent world.

Trump’s not moving the embassy, and AIPAC and Netanyahu are disappointed

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The White House announced that Donald Trump will not move the embassy to Jerusalem at this time so as to advance peace talks. AIPAC and Netanyahu were disappointed by the news. Obama’s former ambassador Dan Shapiro calls for the embassy move later this year, so as to “shatter Pal myth” that Jews don’t have a connection to Jerusalem.

Through ‘severe pressure,’ U.S. can impose a two-state solution on Israel — Nathan Thrall

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Nathan Thrall has a book out called The Only Force They Understand, arguing that Israel will only end the occupation when it is subject to “severe pressure” from the U.S., but that the U.S. is capable of applying that pressure. Thrall sees a two-state solution as the optimal outcome and says that violence on both sides has actually led Palestinians and Israelis to take steps toward such an outcome.

Trump’s Jerusalem

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Phil Weiss shares a photo essay from when Donald Trump visited Jerusalem and the Old City. Israeli security wrapped sites he was visiting with white sheets ala Christo, to keep anyone from seeing him, or disrupting events. There were armed checkpoints for Jewish Israelis, and a surveillance balloon in the sky.