The Obama administration was hard on Israel from start to finish, in perception of US Jews. Donald Trump’s messaging is better “out of the gate,” says leading liberal Zionist rabbi Elliot Cosgrove.
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Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove of Park Avenue Synagogue says that speaker after speaker at AIPAC said that Israel is not an apartheid state, but his own daughter squirmed and pointed out, If Palestinians can’t vote, doesn’t that make it an apartheid state?
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.
VP Mike Pence was introduced at AIPAC as an enemy of BDS and told the group that Trump is seriously considering moving embassy to Jerusalem. Meanwhile,, young Jewish protesters outside call the occupation a moral crisis in the Jewish community.
Donald Trump’s draft of a deal between the Israelis and Palestinians sets the peace process back 20 years by talking about a “provisional entity,” not a Palestinian state and by allowing settlement construction in Jerusalem, Khalil Jahshan of the Arab Center reports. It also assures the parties that Trump will be “personally involved in the process,” and that’s the “scariest part of the plan.”
“Senator Hatfield said– and I will never forget these words as long as I live– ‘In this great distinguished institution of the United States Senate, when the Israel lobby says jump, 90 plus of my colleagues say how high. They never ask why.'” Khalil Jahshan at the annual Israel lobby conference in Washington, D.C.
Yesterday the Senate confirmed the president of a settler financing group, who called left-wing Jews ‘kapos’ and accused Barack Obama of “blatant ani-Semitism” (on more than one occasion), as the next U.S. ambassador to Israel.
Robert Silvers, the late editor of the New York Review of Books, ran Tony Judt’s great piece imagining a one-state democracy in Israel and Palestine in 2003, and then he ran away from it. Silvers could take on the establishment over Vietnam, Iraq, and Freud; but he couldn’t really go after Israel.
The creation of the new DNC deputy chair position and appointment of Keith Ellison to this never-before-existing post was an attempt to dress-up another ugly smear campaign against an African American Muslim candidate to protect Israel’s influence over the Democratic Party.
Jonathan Safran Foer begins his latest novel, Here I Am, by stating that it’s about “the destruction of Israel,” but he can’t quite end the country in the telling. He does wash American Jewish hands of their relationship with the brutal arrogant nation, though.
Young Jews from IfNotNow say the Jewish community has been waiting for them to come and defeat AIPAC. But not all progressives are on their side: Neera Tanden and three other experts from the Democratic Party linked thinktank CAP are speaking at AIPAC this year, in the 50th year of occupation. That’s the fault line in the Democratic Party.
Even as UN agency accuses Israel of apartheid, NPR runs feel-good story about occupied Abu Tor in East Jerusalem that never mentions occupation or settlers or fact that Palestinians there are “permanent residents.”
Rima Khalaf the head of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) resigned today after she was asked to withdraw a report her agency published earlier this week that stated Israel is an “apartheid regime.”
If a definition of Deep State is being impervious to elections, then what about the influence that AIPAC has exercised in both parties: fostering Trump’s Islamophobia and trampling a Democratic Party thinktank’s efforts to expose that Islamophobia. Eli Clifton shows that AIPAC supported Frank Gaffney, the Islam-basher, to the tune of $60,000.
How can the New York Times print a piece about Russia Today as propaganda on March 9 — “RT is unquestionably a case study in the complexity of modern propaganda” — and two days later publish a piece like this and keep a straight face? “Allies Fear Trump Is Eroding America’s Moral Authority.”
Israeli boycott law portends action against Israelis “who do not support the primacy of Israel’s Jewish character over its democratic aspirations,” 182 Jewish studies scholars warn in an open letter deploring that law.
“One has to be brave to participate in non-violent dissent, and unfortunately there are many more decent than brave people,” says Israeli human rights lawyer Michael Sfard. “Israeli politicians are afraid,” and there have been a “tsunami of bills to close the democratic space available to us.”
The new white-supremacists have found a model that happened to be created by a certain stream of Jews – the ‘strong Jews’ of Zionism. And the advantage that this alliance creates is far more substantial in realpolitik terms for those power-seeking white-supremacists, than the redundant old anti-Semitism.
At a Brooklyn synagogue NYT reporter Joseph Goldstein says “alt right” is obsessed with losing a white majority in the US; while Seffi Kogen of AJC says that the “alt left” is anti-semitic because it supports BDS — though some Jews do so out of “love.”
Steve Bannon figured out he needed to put lipstick on Donald Trump’s piggish Muslim ban
Donna Baranski-Walker calls on the U.S. State Department– and ambassador-nominee David Friedman– to prevent the imminent Israeli demolition of a West Bank Palestinian school and village, Khan al Ahmar, which is alongside the Israeli settlement of Ma’ale Adumim.