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January 2012

2012: The year of the Bibi

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Bibi (Photo: EPA) Noam Sheizaf has a very smart piece up at Foreign Policy forecasting the results of the upcoming Knesset elections (he’s not giving exact numbers – but who would, it’s a parliamentary system?). He’s not optimistic about what the results will augur for the “peace process”: “Of all the major parties, none is […]

Why we should be furious the Haditha massacre Marines got no jail time

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Corpses from the 2005 Haditha massacre Orwellian-style agitprop; this best describes the latest article written by James Joyner for The Atlantic on the Haditha massacre, which refers to the event in which 24 unarmed Iraqi men, women and children were killed by a group of United States Marines in 2005 in the city of Haditha, in the western Iraqi province of Al Anbar. Roster […]

In ’07, Gingrich blamed Israel for Palestinian conditions

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Newt Gingrich Seems like both Barack Obama and Newt Gingrich have moved relentlessly right on the Palestinian issue. (Yes, and why?) Here’s some more data. Tablet’s Jacob Sugarman reports that one of Obama’s rabbis on Israel/Palestine issue is, god help us, Ed Koch: On Sept. 21, 2011, hours after delivering a speech to the United […]

In interview of Muslim Brotherhood leader, NPR repeatedly asks about Israel’s security

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Robert Siegel I’m a fan of the anthropological term “culturally-bound.” I think everyone is culturally-bound, and everyone has an obligation to struggle against the bindings. Though yes I tend to focus here on privileged Americans like myself. Well, last week Robert Siegel of National Public Radio interviewed Amr Darrag, a leader of a Muslim Brotherhood-aligned […]

Tadamun: Israel detained student because of computer engineering graduate project

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Tadamun: Israel detained student because of his graduate project The international Tadamun society for human rights said the Israeli occupation forces detained about one month ago a university student from Tulkarem city because of his graduate research project. Land Theft / Land Theft & Destruction /  Restriction of Movement / Apartheid Israel plans to […]

One State, Two States: Who is the subject of Palestinian liberation?

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One state or two?  Boycott of Israeli goods or goods from the settlements?  Is the lobby the genesis of American wrongdoing in Palestine or is it imperialism?  The questions — regarding vision, strategy, and analysis — produce sharp cleavages on the Left.  Indeed, generally ones much deeper than they need to be.  And they remain […]

Food journalism has played insidious role in disappearing Palestine

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Soda Stream product “Genesis” A food-loving friend writes: Yesterday you did a post on the promotion, at the popular food website Food 52, of Soda Stream, the seltzer device made in settlements in the occupied West Bank. I noticed that commenter Citizen dismissed the promotion as the work of naive “foodies.” The line between “foodies” […]

My life without a title

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Without a title, me my article and I. I have been treated badly by life. My article has been treated badly by its very readers. Nothing makes sense, why should I? Period! A new era. Years ago, I used to feel what it means to have a big brother. Nowadays, I no longer feel it. […]

‘NYT’ gives Israelis its magazine to make an attack on Iran ‘normal’

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NYT Magazine cover Two days ago the New York Times Magazine published a landmark in warmongering journalism, a huge article predicting and justifying an Israeli attack on Iran, written by Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman. Last night I went to dinner with a friend who knows nothing about these issues but who said she was sickened […]

Dennis Ross Redux: Haaretz reveals White House – WINEP hotline

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Benjamin Netanyahu and Dennis Ross Last week, Haaretz’s Barak Ravid broke the story that Dennis Ross, late of the Obama administration, had never actually given up his security clearance and was still playing an outsized, and seemingly unchecked, role in advising the president. Now Ravid has a follow-up revelation that suggests just how strong the […]

Israel shuts down charitable organization, kindergarten and soccer club in Silwan

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Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Apartheid Center: Israel expanding south Hebron settlement HEBRON (Ma‘an) 29 Jan — The Land Research Center said on Sunday that the Israel is expanding the Karmel settlement in south Hebron. Israeli forces have started digging on 10 dunams of the land to the south of the […]

‘Israel Firster’ debate is an American argument, not a Jewish argument

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Once Lee Smith joined the Hitler orgy over the Israel Firster debate naturally it occurred to me, with gentiles joining, the conversation was wiiiiide open. (Unless you’re Israeli, they’ve been ordered to ” stay out of it” by gatekeeper Eli Lake) Everyone in the know knows this is an American conversation now, thank heavens! Freddie […]

For just $502.42 you can bash Muslims in Columbus

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David Horowitz Everyone I know at Ohio State University, as well as in Columbus, was sickened when, last week, the student newspaper The Lantern published an ad by David Horowitz and David Greenfield, titled, “Former Leaders of the Muslim Student Association (MSA): Where Are They Now?” The ad lists people it claims are linked to […]

Opponents of Penn conference say: BDS bad, war good

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As noted here yesterday, The Philadelphia Inquirer published two opposing opinion pieces on the upcoming BDS conference being held at the University of Pennsylvania. One piece, supporting the conference, is written by Ali Abunimah. The other, opposed to the “BDS agenda,” is written by ex-CIA director James Woolsey and Jonathan Schanzer. James Woolsey Although Woolsey […]

Raimondo: ‘Israel firster’ did not originate with neo-Nazis as Kirchick and Ackerman claim, but rather with an anti-Zionist Jew

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Justin Raimondo with a useful corrective in While James Kirchick and Spencer Ackerman claim the term “Israel Firster” comes from an anti-Semitic newspaper in the 198os, it ends up it was coined several years earlier by anti-Zionist writer Alfred M. Lilienthal: Today’s war propagandists have figured out a way to make the issue of […]

‘Former thug who found Judaism hopes to be first African-American in the Knesset’

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Marcus Hardie, picture at Haaretz Why is Haaretz eating the New York Times’s breakfast on the most important international story? Because Haaretz runs headlines like the one above about the guy at left, who used to call himself American Thug! And you heard the right of return of Palestinian refugees was Israel’s nightmare? No, no, […]

CAP censorship is inconsistent

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Last week we picked up a report that a Democratic Party-linked thinktank, the Center for American Progress (CAP), had censored from a published article the fact that an Israeli settler was the director of a movie promoting a military strike on Iran.  Well it turns out that Eli Clifton, one of the sharp young reporters […]

Another day in the annexation: two Palestinian villages in East Jerusalem lose their connection

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A few weeks ago, I covered the confiscation of land from two Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem. Expropriating from Al- Isawiyah and Al-Tur, the land was re-zoned by the Jerusalem municipality for a nature reserve, which would inhibit the Jerusalem resident Palestinians from use. A legal rights group filed a petition this week to stop […]

Wait– do you like Israel? (Jeffrey Goldberg’s ultimate test)

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Goldberg Back in the Iraq days, people said that Jeffrey Goldberg was at the New Yorker bangin the wardrum because he was editor David Remnick’s id. Goldberg is instinctual, he’s in touch with his feelings. And he wants to be sure about yours– for Israel. Goldberg on Glenn Greenwald: Put aside for a moment Greenwald’s […]

Pamela Olson to speak in New York City tonight

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Pamela Olson Members of the Palestinian solidarity community in the New York area will be delighted to learn that Pamela Olson, the author of the acclaimed Fast Times in Palestine, is appearing at 7 p.m. today, January 30, at the Half King Bar in Chelsea.  The Half King is located at 505 W. 23rd Street, […]

Sundance doc’y on Paul Simon playing South Africa undercuts power of cultural boycott

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Whatever you think of Paul Simon’s music and especially Graceland (which I like a lot) a new movie at Sundance about the recording of that album could undercut the BDS campaign against Israel, and especially the cultural boycott. The film Under African Skies follows Paul Simon as he returns to South Africa 25 years after […]

Claptrap from Christian Israel lobby

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Repulsive cartoon with Christian Zionist overtones has the president pointing at the wrong wall (says my tipster, Mark Wauck). Notice all the Muslim stuff. From Daletoons. Obama graphic

Boycott Divestment and Sodastream

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We’ve been following the Sodastreaming of America, the unique mainstream cachet of a seltzer maker made in occupied territory. Well, Food52 is a foodie blog. They’re promoting Sodastream as one of 52 essential items. “These things are life-changing.”