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US Policy in the Middle East

Biggest loser in Iowa was foreign policy

Philip Weiss on
Bernie Sanders

Anyone with a brain knows that we have to distance ourselves from the Middle East and occupier Israel; but these lessons were nowhere evident in the no-holds-barred political brawls in Iowa. That’s got to change, and Bernie Sanders is the best hope to do so.

‘We are all Jews’ — the Holocaust as imperial export

Marc H. Ellis on
Obama after his speech at Israeli embassy Jan. 27, 2016, on CSPAN

Obama’s speech at the Israeli Embassy saying We are all Jews shows the trajectory of Holocaust thought is Israel, unmindful of the horrific suffering Israel is causing the Palestinian people. Such thought then censors dissent on the consequences of the use of the Holocaust as a blunt instrument against the Palestinian people.

In his war on Sanders supporters, Krugman forgets about Iraq

Donald on
Paul Krugman

Drumming support for Hillary Clinton, NYT columnist Paul Krugman name-calls Sanders supporters as “Bernie Bros” and forgets that Clinton supported the Iraq war, which really ought to have resulted in war crimes trials for our political class

Iraq war hangover is fueling anti-establishment candidates

Philip Weiss on
Bernie Sanders in Mason City, IA, Jan. 27, 2016

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are surging as anti-establishment candidates in their parties partly because they both opposed the Iraq War and there has never been any accountability for that horrible decision.

Michael Bloomberg has been a fervent supporter of Israel, to a point

Philip Weiss on
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu greets Bloomberg when the former mayor flew to Israel in July 2014 to support Israel's assault on Gaza and oppose the FAA decision to suspend domestic flights to the country

Former NY mayor Bloomberg, who is considering throwing his hat in the presidential race, has sided with Israel in its assaults on Gaza and aided Islamophobic efforts in New York; but he also said those who don’t want to allow a BDS panel at Brooklyn College should go live in North Korea.

Kerry and Shapiro bring the one-state news the NYT failed to deliver

Philip Weiss on
Ambassador Daniel Shapiro, delivering his speech to an Israeli thinktank on January 18

The New York Times Jerusalem bureau chiefs Ethan Bronner and Jodi Rudoren failed to convey a true grim picture of one-state Israel/Palestine out of Zionist attachment. Similar adherences have kept the US mainstream press from telling a truth that John Kerry and US ambassador Daniel Shapiro have conveyed in recent weeks.

Clinton baits Sanders over ‘destruction of Israel’

Philip Weiss on
Jake Sullivan, then deputy chief of staff to Hillary Clinton, along with the then secretary of state and the president in 2012

The Israel question has become an explicit issue in the Democratic battle between Clinton and Sanders, with a Clinton aide saying that Sanders’s idea to normalize Iran is naive about a country that “seeks the destruction of Israel.”

‘Little Jewboy’ moment highlights coming divorce between US Jews and Israel

Philip Weiss on
Daniel B. Shapiro, US ambassador to Israel, called a "little Jewboy" by a former aide to Netanyahu

Ambassador Daniel Shapiro’s sharp criticism of Israeli policies earned him the insult “little Jewboy” from a former Netanyahu aide. The flap demonstrates an important sociological trend: American Jews, even mainstream ones indoctrinated to love Israel, are breaking more and more publicly with the Jewish state. The Netanyahu government is proving to be embarrassing to American Jews; they do not want to be associated with rightwing apartheid policies.

Goodbye to all that (my Jewish-WASP shtik)

Philip Weiss on
J Street's Christmas card, based on a Purim celebration in Israel

Phil Weiss used to tell amusing provocative stories every holiday season about the melding of Jewish and Christian culture in my extended family. Now he’s sick of it. It’s just about the cohesion of elites; and other sociological struggles for inclusion are far more compelling.

Valentino’s Ghost makes comeback after 4 years of suppression

Terri Ginsberg on
Valentino's Ghost

Michael Singh’s film “Valentino’s Ghost,” which shows that anti-Muslim and anti-Arab images in popular culture are part of an imperialist/Zionist propaganda effort, has itself suffered from that orthodoxy, shut out of PBS by such executive producers as David Fanning.

Israel’s ambassador taunts the White House (again) with holiday gift of settlement goods

Philip Weiss on
Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer's insulting holiday gift package

Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer announced that his holiday gift package would include many products from the illegal Israeli settlements. He tweeted: “This year I decided to send a gift for the holiday that would also help combat BDS.” His accompanying letter on the subject says that the gifts are all products of “Judea, Samaria, and the Golan Heights.” Dermer’s repeated insults to the White House without rebuke are a measure of the impunity that Israel has in Washington due to the Democratic Party’s reliance on Israel supporters.