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September 2012

Did you see the location for the presidential debate on foreign policy? Help!

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Boca Raton. Let the Presidential Panderfest go wild!  It’s the last debate, October 22, in the hotbed of the Israel lobby. I wonder if they’ll spend any time making the case for absolute support of Israel… Did I say hotbed?! Was that anti-Semitic? Don’t take it from me, take it from Jeffrey Goldberg: Jewish leaders […]

Ridicule of Netanyahu at UNGA won’t quit

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There are some great Bibi Netanyahu parodies over at 972. Two of the more inspired: “About here, there’s no more chips. Just air.” by Constantin Lauri Amir Schiby version

Exile and the Prophetic: Hashtag #BibiBombCaption

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This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Obama at the United Nations.  As expected, minimal content.  No meetings with world leaders either.  Obama is in campaign mode.  My Cape phone is inundated with Romney messages.  Not one message […]

Pinkwashing advertisement in NY, brought to you by Birthright

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A friend sent this mural from the West Village in New York; snapped it while running. It looks like some alumni of Birthright put it up– Who would you want at your wedding? Photo by Michael Ratner And it’s a pinkwashing appeal, stating that gays have much more freedom in Israel than they do in […]

Netanyahu is pushing world to WW3 — Onion’s ‘joke’

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Onion satire includes a jab at Ahmadinejad for also pushing humanity to the brink of apocalypse. They had to cover their behind. Netanyahu bit: Following his speech to the United Nations General Assembly this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Friday that he is “pretty satisfied” with his trip to the U.S. to instigate […]

Researcher: More than 75,000 Palestinians arrested by Israel since Sept. 2000

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Israeli Violence / Raids / Illegal arrests Report: ‘More than 75,000 arrests made by army since Sep. 2000’ IMEMC 27 Sept — Former Political Prisoner, Palestinian Researcher, Abdul-Nasser Farawna, issued a report marking the 12th Anniversary of the Al-Aqsa Intifada (September 28 2000), and said Israeli soldiers conducted more than 75.000 arrests, and deported hundreds […]

Both Obama and Romney call Netanyahu

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Obama called Netanyahu this morning. The White House Press Secretary’s readout is cool. There is not a word offered to save Netanyahu from his embarrassing speech before the UN, and the White House uses the vague “do what we must” to stop Iran language that Obama used at the U.N. Nothing about red lines. President […]

Survey of Arab-Americans highlights drop in support for Obama

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Arab-American Democrats at the Democratic National Convention (Photo via Huffington Post) The Arab-American community still largely supports President Barack Obama, but 15 percent of Arabs who voted for Obama in 2008 have not declared their support for him this year, according to a new poll released by the Arab American Institute (AAI). 52 percent of […]

In ‘The Nation,’ Birnbaum says Netanyahu has exposed Jews to dual loyalty charge (and Dennis Ross is an Israeli agent)

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There has been more pushback against Netanyahu from Jewish Democrats. Barney Frank and Henry Waxman are appalled by his intervention in our political process. Netanyahu’s error was exposing American Jews to a dual loyalty charge. American Jews don’t want that suspicion; but Netanyahu’s appeals to Jewish voters created it. There is a fascinating piece up at […]

‘NPR’ airs Ken Pollack’s Iran war games and leaves out his last war

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We should all be glad that a strategic war game on Iran at the Brookings Institution lately ended in a terrifying manner, with all-out war, but is Ken Pollack really in a position to be instructing us about the American people’s demands for retaliation against Iran? Pollack is the expert who did more than anyone […]

Discarded EU definition of anti-Semitism is important tool in silencing criticism of Israel

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Last month the California State Assembly passed a resolution equating campus criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism, and The Forward has a fine piece of reporting on a little-noticed sleight-of-hand used in California and elsewhere: the invocation of an anti-Semitism definition originated in the EU in 2005 but since discarded, that includes statements that Israel is […]

Exile and the Prophetic: The circled wagons

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This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. With the High Holidays over, I need a breather. At least a change of direction. I begin with the observation that most of the Jewish Left uses the High Holidays as […]

How I fell in love with Nablus

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(Photo: Alexandra Vaughan/Your Middle East) Of the major Palestinian cities in the West Bank, Nablus can often be overshadowed by the financial and political pseudo-capital, Ramallah, or the tourist-packed Bethlehem, or even the southern city of Hebron, besieged by settlers and a focal point for activism. Yet Nablus has its own history of being a […]

Benjamin Netanyahu: Master of show-and-tell

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (really) likes using visual aids. In laying out the perennial threat of an ever-imminent, terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Iranian nuclear bomb that will set the stage for a second Holocaust with the deftness and finesse of a third-grade show-and-tell artist, Netanyahu has brought to the podium Xeroxed copies of old letters, meeting minutes […]

‘New Yorker’ launches Netanyahu caption contest: ‘The ridiculous deserves ridicule’

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Looks like Bibi has pulled a complete Fonzarelli into shark jumping territory. The New Yorker, which runs a weekly cartoon caption contest, has branched out to photos. Inspired by Benjamin Netanyahu’s performance at the the UN yesterday, the magazine has started a caption contest for this photo: The New Yorker‘s cartoon editor Bob Mankoff writes: […]

Alsaafin: The Palestinian Authority is running Israel’s Guantanamo

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Palestinian Authority: Running Israel’s Guantanamo, Linah Alsaafin Scores of political detainees held in Israeli jails are released only to then be arrested by the Palestinian Authority, who is living up to its reputation of being Israel’s hired police force. Land Theft and Destruction / Ethnic Cleansing / Restriction of Movement / Apartheid & Occupation […]

Fire, Fire! And no water

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The Freedom Bus (sponsored by Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre) traveled to Beit Ummar,  a village surrounded by seven settlements which have confiscated much of Beit Ummar’s land and almost all its water. A fire broke out in the woods where we were having lunch. This one was probably set by kids rather than […]

Exile and the prophetic: My encounter with Alan Dershowitz — sort of

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This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. You have to love Alan Dershowitz even if you can’t stand him. How Dershowitz survives at Harvard is an amazing feat. Then again, judging from aspects of Harvard’s history, perhaps it […]

The failure of Oslo and classroom antics that diplomats can’t take seriously — experts review Abbas and Netanyahu speeches

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Some responses to the Abbas and Netanyahu speeches today: MUSTAFA BARGHOUTHI, former independent candidate for the presidency of the Palestinian Authority:  ‘Netanyahu proved once again that he is a professional liar. He could not deny the clear facts about Israel’s apartheid regime described by President Abbas. Instead, Netanyahu’s speech was condescending and typical of a […]

Abbas warns repeatedly of ‘new Nakba’ –Israel ethnically cleansing Palestinians

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Aaron David Miller explained it all in Foreign Policy. “Iran will be the dominant issue over the next year.” We have to focus on Iran and there won’t be any progress on Palestinian freedom. Yes, the giant distraction of Iran is very useful. From the ending of Abbas’s speech, which the cable stations did not […]

New York Times covers Morsi’s UN speech without a word on its main theme: Palestine

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Egypt’s newly elected president, Mohammed Morsi, gave an historic speech at the United Nations General Assembly yesterday. The focus of Morsi’s speech was Palestine — yet you wouldn’t know it if you read the New York Times. The preoccupation of its reporter seemed to be the Egyptian leader’s omission of a stalwart defense of free […]

Cable stations cut away from Abbas but show Netanyahu in full

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Racism. Pure and pristine anti-Arab racism in the U.S. Why do they hate us? Because this is the most important foreign policy issue the US faces, and we are  about to hear from a rightwing Jewish leader, but the Arab moderate making a case for Palestinian rights is denied a platform. MSNBC cut away from […]