After demonstrators torched two European embassies in Damascus in 2006 in rage over Muhammad cartoons in the western press, then-President George W. Bush told Israel’s Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, “We need to cut their heads off,” she recalls at an American Jewish Committee conference. And she seems to approve of the idea.
Category Archives: US Policy in the Middle East
Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi responds to a lawsuit filed by a pro-Israel legal advocacy organization that claims San Francisco State University is rife with anti-Semitism after a 2016 visit from Jerusalem’s mayor was shut down by protesters, However, backers of the federal petition have a history of bullying universities.
June 8 marked the 50th anniversary of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, killing 34 American sailors. The case remains a mystery that is the subject of a Haaretz investigation in Israel and a new book, but U.S. media won’t even address the controversy, leaving the case entirely to Letters to the Editor.
Netanyahu’s culture minister Miri Regev boycotts the work of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish and wears a dress celebrating Israeli colonization. But David Grossman will join a delegation with her in New York later this month, as the Israeli government sponsors a production of a play based on his novel.
In the New York Times, Nikil Saval treats the hostility leftwingers feel towards centrist liberals as unfair. He mentions some past issues, like Vietnam, but he doesn’t dare mention Iraq or Libya or Israel, and tie them together into the critique that leftwingers justifiably have today of liberal interventionism and liberal hypocrisy on war and peace issues.
“If you can have equal rights for all your citizens as a Jewish state, then great, go for it, show us how.” — Leading Palestinian thinker Nadia Hijab dares Israel.
In a strong editorial, the LA Times says that Israel’s “noxious” law against admitting boycott supporters will not stop the country’s “delegitimization,” and that US states are also wrong to try and legislate against Boycott, Divestment Sanctions (BDS), because it’s a “classic tool” of nonviolent dissent.
As Terry Gross’s interview with Muslim reformer Haroon Moghul on Fresh Air yesterday demonstrates, the mainstream media loves anti-Islamists and the war for the soul of Islam. But it maintains a blacklist of anti-Zionists and ignores the war for the soul of Judaism.
Whatever happened to the biblical command to bear witness? A dozen US rabbis are shocked by what they see in occupied Hebron, but they don’t want their names to appear in Haaretz lest their congregations back home get upset with them.
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.
“Perhaps instead of the Taylor Force Act, Congress should bring some other bills to the floor—bills that would begin to address the real problems in Israel/Palestine,” writes Kathryn Shihadah.
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.
Cal State Fresno shuts down search for Middle East professorship after all 4 finalists are Palestinians and/or Arab Americans. Friends of a foreign government have silenced debate and made us all dumber, writes one finalist, who remains anonymous lest they beomce “another name on the Israeli lobby’s effective but untraceable blacklist.”
Recent days have dashed any thought that Donald Trump would be neutral or an honest broker. Negotiator Jason Greenblatt spent all his time echoing the Israeli message about the conflict, while envoy Jared Kushner reportedly angered Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas by carrying Netanyahu’s talking points to Ramallah.
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.
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.
In a speech to visiting young Jews, Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel’s “hand is outstretched to peace,” but he twice makes a fist as he says it.
The 1967 war was not an existential crisis, Israeli scholar Guy Laron tells Wilson Center. “The Israeli general staff quietly knew that they’re going to win the war big.” And the CIA told LBJ the same thing: “If Israel is attacked, it will win in a week.”
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.
Among the general US population, the number of those “unreachable” by Israel is 9 percent, but among Jewish college students the number is much higher 13 percent. And that is a “national security issue” for Israel’s future, says Fern Oppenheim of the Brand Israel Group.
A new study by a Zionist organization brings the “devastating” news that young Americans are turning against Israel, including Jews, people of color, and Democrats. So why doesn’t the Democratic Party reflect these changes?
“Politically, ideologically and in some sense spiritually, I was born in June 1967,” Israeli settler and ambassador Dani Dayan tells a liberal Zionist gathering in New York, in yet another reflection of how rightwing ideology is ingrained in US Jewish life and in Israeli politics.
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.
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.
“I have enormous respect for the Palestinian national movement,” says Israeli ambassador and settler, Dani Dayan. “I admire in some sense a movement that keeps its refugees for five generations in squalid camps in order to keep the flame alive. In some senses I envy that movement.”