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US Policy in the Middle East

Saban calls Ellison ‘clearly an anti-Semite’ (and not on Wikileaks)

Philip Weiss on
Haim Saban

Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison pretends to be “more of a Zionist than Herzl, Ben-Gurion and Begin combined,” but if you go back to his record, “he is clearly an anti-Semite, an anti-Israel individual.” Haim Saban smears the DNC chair candidate at a fancy Washington dinner.

It is time to imagine how one state– one person, one vote– will work

Robert Herbst and Jonathan Kuttab on
The Israeli separation wall divides the Pisgat Zeev Israeli Settlement, on the left, and the Shuafat Refugee Camp, on the right, outside Jerusalem,  January 25, 2011. (Photo: UPI/Debbie Hill)

Rejecting the two-state solution was seen as repudiation of Zionism and the destruction of the concept of a Jewish state, so unthinkable that in many venues, no serious discussion of a one-state solution was tolerated. That era is over. Let us imagine a state where one person equals one vote.

David Brooks’s drumbeat: an ‘expansive foreign policy’

Philip Weiss on
David Brooks, courtesy of Josh Haner, NYT

David Brooks is angry about the non-interventionists who have taken over the Republican Party. These populists “hate journalists,” he says. He ought to reflect on his support for the Iraq war, which paved the way for the political revolution on the right.

Tulsi Gabbard’s screw-the-neocons meeting with Trump sparks anger, derision, encouragement

Philip Weiss on
HI Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

During his round of interviewing potential job applicants, Donald Trump had one meeting with a Democratic politician: Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a leading antiwar figure, an Iraq war veteran and Bernie Sanders ally and former rising star in the party. The Monday meeting is important because of what Gabbard said about foreign policy: screw the neoconservatives and […]

Jewish Americans must take sides on Trump

Michael Marder on
Stephen Bannon, the executive chairman of far-right news and opinion site Breitbart. (Photo: DANNY MOLOSHOK/INVISION/AP)

Jewish Americans passed a big test by voting overwhelmingly against Trump. But a major question is yet to be answered: Will Trump’s aggressively Zionist agenda sway their opinion during his administration?

I’m not worried about anti-Semitism

Philip Weiss on
Isaac Babel

Phil Weiss says that Jewish status is changing with the Trump election, but comparisons to the Holocaust are overblown and self-involved: “I can’t diminish that reaction, but no one with any influence is talking about a registry for Jewish names, as they are for Muslims. Or restrictions on Jewish emigration, as they do for Muslims. Or talking about the problems in the Jewish religion– as the new national security adviser and top strategist Bannon do. We misread history if we think that is coming to the US. Other dangers are much closer.”

Why was the Clinton campaign obsessed with fighting BDS?

Philip Weiss on
Image of an apartheid wall posted by the Princeton Committee on Palestine, which was being scrutinized by the Clinton campaign as it put together a letter against BDS.

The day after the election Wikileaks published an email from Stu Eizenstat, an ambassador to the Jewish community, to Clinton’s foreign policy wunderkind Jake Sullivan scrutinizing activism in favor of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) at Princeton. Why did top figures in the Clinton campaign spend energy looking into how the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement was engaging this “sleepy campus?” Because it was trying to please donors in 2015, rather than wrestling with progressive causes.

DNC chair tweets from Islamophobic gathering in Florida

Philip Weiss on
Donna Brazile and James O'Keefe chat at Islamophobic conference in Florida

Over the weekend Interim Democratic boss Donna Brazile, attended a conference organized by the David Horowitz’s Islamophobic think tank Freedom Center. It featured rightwing intolerants, Mike Huckabee, Steve Bannon, Robert Spencer and Caroline Glick, the Israeli who denies the Nakba and the existence of Palestinian refugees. Brazile may think that she can hold the party together with Islamophobic elements, but the party is moving on. Sen. Chuck Schumer has endorsed Rep. Keith Ellison, a Muslim, to fill the position Brazile holds in a nod to the party’s left wing.

Some big Jewish donors to Clinton don’t seem to care about Israel. Hallelujah

Philip Weiss on
Gary Hirshberg, yogurt mogul

Clinton campaign emails reveal often craven pandering to big Jewish donors. But they also show that Jews are not monolithic in supporting Israel. Many care about progressive causes. It’s time for the media to frankly address this outsize Jewish influence so that Jews will express greater diversity on foreign policy.

Big Jewish donors are suddenly balking at giving money to Israel, says leading sociologist

Philip Weiss on
Steven M. Cohen, sociologist of US Jewish trends

Most young American Jews have a non-Jewish parent, and intermarriage is the largest factor in distancing Jews from Israel, followed by growing offense with Israeli policies, says Steven Cohen, leading sociologist of Jewish attitudes. He said some “serious” Jewish donors have stopped giving to organizations that give money to Israel.