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US Policy in the Middle East

The war for ‘The New York Times’

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The coverage of the Palestinian issue in the New York Times is getting better, as reflected by the Marwan Barghouti op-ed calling Israel a “moral failure,” and new Jerusalem bureau chief Ian Fisher’s straightforward reports. Yes the Times hired neocon crank Bret Stephens; but the paper of record is in play.

Bret Stephens’s greatest hits

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The New York Times has hired Bret Stephens as a columnist, elevating an Islamophobic neoconservative who regularly pronounces on the “disease of the Arab mind” and the “communal psychosis” of Palestinians, while Israel is blameless.

The false piety over Spicer’s Holocaust mistake

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Many of us are surely lacking in knowledge of the Holocaust– including White House reporters. You can see from Sean Spicer’s infamous press briefing where after he made his gaffe about Hitler not using chemical weapons, as Bashar al-Assad had allegedly done in Syria, 12 minutes went by and Spicer fielded 16 questions on matters such as North Korea, Ivanka Trump, and tax policy before Cecilia Vega of ABC brought up his comment, apparently because it was blowing up on Twitter.

The selective concern for beautiful babies

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From Tzipi Livni to Moshe Ya’alon to Yair Lapid, Israeli leaders have expressed contempt for the lives of children targeted in Israel’s wars. That makes the allegations of massacres in Syria, and the U.S. missile attack there, very useful.

Trump’s Gambit: Sacrificing a fascist for establishment approval and Israeli propaganda

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For the price of 59 Tomahawk missiles, Donald Trump managed to align himself with the DC establishment, recapture corporate media, distance himself from the controversial and fascistic Bannon and as an added bonus, increase his popularity among American Jews and Israelis. His move threw egg in the face at those who underestimated his prowess. Trump’s gambit worked.

Hey Jews, don’t talk about Israel on Passover — ‘New York Times’

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The New York Times has run two pieces in the last couple of days arguing that religion has nothing to do with the real world. Passover is offered as a source of mystery, but not as a window on what is happening in Israel and Palestine. The Times is serving the winners, Leon Wieseltier and Shmuel Rosner, in the religious project that is Zionism.

Passover in the era of permanent Jewish occupation

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Perhaps the preface to the Seder should be stated starkly: “What we, as Jews, have done to you, the Palestinian people, is wrong. What we, as Jews, are doing to you, the Palestinian people, is wrong.” Though confession won’t end the occupation, it states clearly the context of whatever Passover narrative follows.

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.

J Street attends rightwing anti-BDS summit– and gets called ‘anti-Semitic’

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There is no middle ground; you’re either with Israel or against it these days, as J Street, the liberal Zionist group, found out yesterday. Jeremy Ben-Ami of J Street says it was shocking when the Jewish establishment allowed a speaker to call his group “anti-Semitic” at a UN summit against BDS. But the same event smeared Bassem Tamimi, the leader of nonviolent resistance in Nabi Saleh in occupied Palestine, without protest from J Street.

‘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.