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October 2013

ADL rebukes Kerry, and — Ambassador Power embraces ADL

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The other day the Anti-Defamation League rebuked Secretary of State John Kerry for implying that Netanyahu is using “fear tactics” to muscle the United States to act against Iran. The ADL’s director said that it was inappropriate for Kerry to be criticizing Netanyahu publicly– even though Kerry never mentioned Netanyahu’s name. That’s a rule, Israel […]

Natalie Portman and Woody Allen see anti-Semitism as pervasive

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Woody Allen and Natalie Portman have both lately made pro-Israel statements in the context of anti-Semitism. Their comments are an indication of the broad support Israel continues to enjoy in American liberal culture as some kind of ideal place– another symptom being the attack on Max Blumenthal’s new book from inside The Nation, of all […]

Infographic: Where the law stands on Israel’s separation barrier

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In June 2002, the Israeli cabinet approved the construction of a “continuous fence” in the West Bank. In July 2004, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) declared this barrier illegal, choosing to refer to it as a “wall”. The infographic “Where Law Stands on the Wall” describes the detail of ICJ’s decision. Today, 9 years […]

Netanyahu’s sweet deal: 104 prisoners for thousands of settlements

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Israel is reaping the benefits of a sweet deal it struck at the start of the peace process: release a token amount of Palestinian prisoners, and continue gobbling up the West Bank. On the same evening that 26 Palestinian prisoners were released over the objections of Israeli Jewish citizens, the Israeli Interior Ministry announced that […]

Emergency Committee for Israel bankrolled by pugnacious hedgefund manager (who maybe hit a kid in Cuba)

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The lifestyles of the Israel lobby. Vanity Fair has published a hitpiece on financier Dan Loeb saying that “even in the rough-and-tumble financial world, his tactics—nasty, personal attacks on C.E.O.’s and colleagues—are considered extreme.” Loeb picks fights against teachers unions and is given to “Godfather”-style vulgar threats. The piece turns on a couple of paragraphs […]

Facts on the Ground Peace Index: Volume III

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The Institute for Middle East Understanding has compiled a “Facts on the Ground Peace Index” to track Israeli actions on the ground since new talks were announced over the summer. For Volume I see here. For Volume II see here. Covering Period: September 26, 2013 to October 30, 2013 New Settlement Announcements On October 30, […]

What Comes Next: The musings of a Two-Stater

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This post is part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.” This series was initiated by Jewish Voice for Peace as an investigation into the current state of thinking about one state and two state solutions, and the collection has been further expanded by Mondoweiss to mark 20 years […]

A lynching by another name would be a political murder

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Two weeks ago I saw the thrilling production of Julius Caesar at St Anne’s Warehouse in Brooklyn. The actors are all women; and the image of the show the company highlights at its website is of Harriet Walter as Brutus, wearing red gloves. Brutus and the other senator/assassins put on those gloves to show that […]

In photos: Euphoria as Ramallah greets prisoners’ release

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Early this morning 21 Palestinian prisoners released to the West Bank from Israeli prison arrived at the Muqataa, the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority, where they were greeted by thousands of on-lookers. Crowds began gathering around 9 p.m. when cars piled full of relatives and supporters rallied through the streets of Ramallah before heading to […]

‘I wanted to show Americans what they’re paying for’–Max Blumenthal on why he wrote ‘Goliath’

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Drop the New York Times’ international section and pick up Max Blumenthal’s new book. If you want to peel back the layers of deception pro-Israel groups and the media have created, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel is the perfect place to start. It’s the bluntest book you’ll read about the state of Israeli society, as it looks deep […]

US intermarriage rivals Iran as a ‘grave’ threat to Israel — says NYT columnist

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The recent Pew poll on American Jewish identity documented a declining attachment to Israel– and stirred handwringing at a Zionist panel at Yeshiva University last week, chiefly from Rabbi Shmuley Boteach who called the Pew findings “devastating, catastrophic” (as Alex Kane reported here). And it is stirring fears in Israel as well. Here is Shmuel […]

Obama meets with ‘small coterie’ of Jewish leaders, after Kerry appears to criticize Netanyahu for ‘fear tactics’

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    Yesterday the White House sought to diffuse tensions over its Iran opening with a meeting between the president and a “small coterie of Jewish organizational leaders.” One of those leaders was Abe Foxman, who had lashed out at John Kerry for making “inappropriate” criticisms of Netanyahu. Though Kerry never mentioned Netanyahu by name. […]

26 Palestinian prisoners released as part of Israeli-Palestinian talks

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Prisoner release In pictures: Jubilant scenes as Israel releases 26 Palestinian prisoners The Telegraph 30 Oct — A group of 21 prisoners from the West Bank left Ofer prison, near Jerusalem, shortly after 1:00 am (2300 GMT) and the other five crossed moments later into the Gaza strip, correspondents at both sites said. The West […]

Israeli Consul General frets about ‘progressive elite’ delegitimizing the Jewish state at elite Manhattan event

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Israel’s name is being tarnished in the media and its reputation is threatened by delegitimization, the Israeli Consul General of New York told a Manhattan crowd last week. The “progressive elite” and intellectuals who want to dismantle the State of Israel are of great concern, added Ido Aharoni, a veteran diplomat who worked on “branding” […]

Lou Reed was on our side, Israel supporters say

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The late great Lou Reed was a Jewish boy from Brooklyn, and though Zionism hasn’t been an element of the mainstream obituaries I’ve seen– still, the claim is being made. Here’s Tom Gross in the National Review: Perhaps even more than other American-Jewish rock stars such as Billy Joel and Bob Dylan, Lou Reed was […]

Josh Ruebner will anatomize Obama’s Mid East failure in Columbus tomorrow night

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The Committee for Justice in Palestine (CJP) at Ohio State University (of which I’m a member) is happy to invite all to hear author and activist Josh Reubner speak about his book on Obama’s failure to make Middle East peace, Shattered Hopes, tomorrow night, October 30, 7:00 P.M., at the law school. Ruebner’s book vividly […]

Lift the cruel, unfair sanctions on Iran, and you can close the nuclear dossier

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With the recommencement of nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers, hopes have been revived that more than a decade of conflict and dispute between the two sides can finally come to an end and the concerns over the possible diversion of Iran’s nuclear activities toward an atomic weapon will be completely allayed. […]

Israeli gov’t upholds denying entry to American teacher in Ramallah

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In yesterday’s New York Times, Yousef Munayyer slammed the bills in Congress to grant Israeli citizens visa waivers when they visit the U.S., and Munayyer cited Israeli discrimination against Arab-Americans at its borders– specifically, the arbitrary refusal of Israeli authorities to allow Nour Joudah, above, a dedicated young American teacher, to return to her job […]

‘Variety’ misses the story on BDS

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Last week Rihanna crossed the international picket line, ignoring calls by BDS supporters to cancel her performance in Tel Aviv. In doing so, she made the decision to rebuke an opportunity to stand in solidarity with human rights and equality, instead choosing to tacitly support Israel’s status quo of discrimination and gross human rights violations. […]

Why does Uri Avnery know so little about Palestinian citizens of Israel?

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Yes, I know. Uri Avnery has achieved many great things as a journalist and a peace activist. He has probably done more to educate people around the world about the terrible situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, and for longer, than any other single human being. And, to boot, he’s celebrating his 90th birthday this week. […]