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Saban’s PR firm promotes Israel’s illegal settlements– so when will Hillary Clinton condemn it?

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Last week Hillary Clinton wrote a long letter against BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions aimed at Israel) addressed, “Dear Haim,” which was then publicized by her dear friend Haim Saban, one of the biggest donors on the Democratic side.

Saban released Clinton’s letter to the press through the PR firm Puder.

Well, Puder serves a number of businesses that work in the illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem:

–This wine company sells wines from occupied Palestinian territories, which it describes as part of Israel.

–The Schusterman foundation supports Israeli colonization of the territories.

“Rabbi Nathaniel Elyashiv of Eli spoke about the Israeli settlement movement in Judea and Samaria and its importance to the Israeli story.”

–The United Israel Appeal also seeks to remove the distinction between Israel and the occupied territories: “This project, to which the Prime Minister of Israel attributes great importance, is designed to raise awareness of the deep historical and cultural connection between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel.”

–Nefesh b’Nefesh pushes foreign Jews to move to Israel, and includes the settlements in its destinations.

Shouldn’t Hillary Clinton be dissociating herself from Saban, because of these connections? Or shouldn’t she repudiate them?

And: Is anyone in the mainstream press even asking these questions? Of course not.

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  1. Citizen on July 8, 2015, 5:16 pm

    “Dear Haim, please fund my campaign for POTUS–You can have all the blood and treasure of the US public. Thanks, Hillary”.

    Cut & Paste from the GOP candidates letter to Adelson.

  2. a blah chick on July 8, 2015, 5:40 pm

    The official line is that a Two State solution is what the US wants and that anything 9such as BDS) which appears to threaten that must be dealt with. This would seem to include any enterprises that sustain settlement operations but the US has never put any real obstacles in their way.

    And, no, Hillary Clinton won’t condemn this.

    • JWalters on July 8, 2015, 7:54 pm

      “This would seem to include any enterprises that sustain settlement operations”

      In that vein, the Obama administration recently declared it has no objections to BDS actions aimed at the Occupied Territories because Israeli settlements “make it harder to negotiate a sustainable and equitable peace deal in good faith.”

      So by pressing for an end to the “settlements”, BDS aimed at the Occupied Territories helps the goal of a 2 state solution.

      Will any American reporter even have the guts to ask Hillary about this, or will they help her avoid it?

      • Citizen on July 9, 2015, 3:25 am

        Maybe Trump will?

      • JWalters on July 9, 2015, 5:33 pm

        He might challenge her to oppose that BDS. Does Trump make money from the Occupation?

  3. a blah chick on July 8, 2015, 6:54 pm

    Also it needs to be said that Saban’s business interests are deeply embedded in the occupation. This is what BDS needs to emphasize: that these rich Israeli Jews are not defended the Jewish people but their bottom line.

  4. JLewisDickerson on July 8, 2015, 6:59 pm

    RE: “Saban’s PR firm promotes Israel’s illegal settlements– so when will Hillary Clinton condemn it?”

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    • JLewisDickerson on July 8, 2015, 8:28 pm

      Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2015 18:04:37 -0400
      From: [email protected]
      Subject: Bernie, Tell Hillary: West Bank Settlements Are Not Israel

      Just Foreign Policy

      Dear John,

      On July 2, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sent a letter to Haim Saban, a major Clinton donor and fundraiser, expressing her “alarm” over the “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction movement,” which she called “a global effort to isolate the state of Israel by ending commercial and academic exchanges.” Clinton asserted that “we need to make countering BDS a priority.” Clinton’s letter failed to make any distinction between Israel and Israeli settlements in the West Bank. [1]
      • Urge Bernie Sanders to challenge Hillary to clarify her position on Israeli settlements in the West Bank by signing our petition at MoveOn. –

    • Citizen on July 9, 2015, 3:26 am

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  5. a blah chick on July 8, 2015, 7:30 pm

    Meanwhile dear Sheldon has not been idle. Campus Maccabees are on the move!

    (Forward, July 8 2015): “Billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s new campus operation to defend Israel has picked David Brog, the head of the largest Christian Zionist organization, as its first leader.

    “Brog, executive director of Christians United for Israel, will head the Campus Maccabees, a new multi-million dollar group funded by Adelson and fellow billionaire Haim Saban. The new organization’s mission will be to fight efforts on college campuses to promote the movement to boycott, divest from or sanction Israel. An official announcement is expected next week, but two sources closely informed of the campus group’s decision-making process have confirmed the information to the Forward.”

    Me: CUFI is Hagee’s outfit. Apparently Saban and Adelson don’t mind teaming up with a man who believes that when the messiah comes (for the first or second time) all the Jews will be turned into Christians.

    More on Brog: “Brog is married to an Israeli-American and is a cousin of former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak.” Now there’s a ringing endorsement.

    “Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who played a key role in organizing the kickoff and who is credited with coming up with the organization’s name, will not hold an official position in the Campus Maccabees organization, according to a Jewish official involved with the group.”

    Wow, I hope there’s some secret video of Shumley being told he was too whacked to hang with Sheldon and Hagee. I would pay to see that!

    • ckg on July 9, 2015, 11:16 am

      Interesting. Brog wrote a piece a couple years ago titled, “The Failure of the American Jewish Left” in which he singles out Peter Beinart and Jeremy Ben Ami.

  6. JWalters on July 8, 2015, 8:20 pm

    Hillary should read this review of Max Blumenthal’s latest book, “The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza”. The article is titled, “The 51-Day Genocide”.

  7. Ellen on July 8, 2015, 9:23 pm

    When will Hilary condemn it? Are you kidding with that question? It indicates she had a scintilla of conscious or morality, or even a bit of humanity.

    She does not! She is, as Samantha said, a monster. She is a political animal and will say, do anything her pay masters demand of her.

    And we live under the grip of a corrupted political system where money is the voice that controls. She wants the money and the control.

    Money is in the conflict and destruction of a people. So that is where Hilary is. Nothing else matters.

    • ivri on July 9, 2015, 1:40 am

      Strong words. Sounds like you need to change the present ‘world order”: money, market economy, big corporations, politics, control, the military-industrial complex, …, before you can “resolve” the “Israel issue”. It could take a bit of time…
      But there is a bit of truth here. Israel, in order to survive “against all odds” given how small it is (and all the more so was at its onset) had just one real chance – to place itself in the 1%. That compensates for smallness.

      • oldgeezer on July 9, 2015, 2:18 am


        Oh spare me.

        Israel compensated for it’s small size a half a century ago with nuclear weapons.

        What’s your excuse for the last half century of depriving millions of their basic human rights and for the continued theft of land belonging to others.

        Even as one of the few nuclear weapon possessing states you want to whine piss and moan about your victimhood. Spare us the fake drama. And primarily stop abusing other people.

      • ivri on July 9, 2015, 6:47 am

        The nuclear option was adopted when Israel was truly small and with no tech and alike capabilities and also at that time the Arabs seemed intent on undoing it as a top goal. Both are gone now so nuclear, an extreme type of tool, is not seen in Israel anymore as a real “compensator” (just perhaps a psychological deterrent or fitting an unlikely doomsday scenario). Hence, your focus on that is an irrelevancy.
        In comparison, playing the “big league” is a benign and effective “compensator”- it enables Israel to make big strides in financial, tech and security markets and others, so that despite its smallness it can still have access to the top level of global circles in the areas that are at cutting edge of modernity.

      • talknic on July 9, 2015, 9:04 am

        @ ivri “The nuclear option was adopted when Israel was truly small and with no tech and alike capabilities and also at that time the Arabs seemed intent on undoing it as a top goal. “

        Is that the same Israel who by 1950 had illegally acquired and occupied some 50% of what remained of Palestine after Israel proclaimed its borders effective?

      • Boo on July 9, 2015, 9:16 am

        If Israel’s 200+ nuclear devices are an “irrelevancy” then why all the existential angst when Iran comes within a few years of producing one of their own?

        And please don’t retort that the difference is a question of self-restraint, because Israel has proven twice in the last four years that it’s incapable of exercising any. The only reason Israel hasn’t used nukes is that it has such a massive force asymmetry that it hasn’t felt any need to — not because it’s gifted with any measure of self-restraint.

      • oldgeezer on July 9, 2015, 2:23 pm


        Nuclear weapons are never irrelevant to a states survival. Once Israel obtained nukes the phrase “against all odds” became irrelevant as the odds were totally in Israel’s favour.

  8. Brewer on July 9, 2015, 2:18 am

    A little off-topic but I want to insert this piece into the mix in case anyone, like me, had not discovered Donald Neff and read the story of his journey from avid Israel supporter to authoring several books that I, for one, will seek out and read:

    One of the top journalists to report on Palestine-Israel has died.

    Donald Neff passed away on May 10 in his hometown of York, Pennsylvania, at the age of 84. The cause of death was heart disease and diabetes.

    Neff was a luminous writer and meticulous reporter. From humble beginnings, he had reached the top ranks of American journalism. When he then turned his formidable talents to writing books and articles about Palestine, his contracts with mainstream American publishers dried up, his income plummeted, and his fame faded.

    Today, even many activists in the growing Palestine solidarity movement are unaware of Neff’s groundbreaking work. This is unfortunate, since he exposed critical facts about Palestine with unparalleled precision and elegance. Much of the information he uncovered is still significant today.

    • oldgeezer on July 9, 2015, 2:38 am


      Thanks for the link and info. I confess I have never heard of him. Particularly interesting are his writings on Abe Fortas, a corrupt zionist judge and the impact of his rulings on legal interpretation.

      I am reluctant to state corrupt zionist anymore. It’s too redundant. I’ve never encountered one who wasn’t corrupt and without morals.

  9. Kay24 on July 9, 2015, 5:43 am

    FBI raids Jewish college in Michigan. The bilking of the American tax payers continue:

    FBI raids Michigan Jewish college suspected of defrauding federal government

    “Federal agents raided the offices of a Jewish college that has prospered from millions of dollars in federal aid even though almost all its students live in Israel and hardly any of them graduate.

    Federal officials declined to comment on the reason for the July 7 raid at Michigan Jewish Institute, in a suburb of Detroit.

    But in 2012, the Forward showed how MJI’s assets soared as the college enrolled thousands of students in distance and online learning courses.

    During a five-year period, MJI’s students claimed $25 million under the Federal Pell Grant Program, which is designed for the neediest American students.

    Almost all those students took degree courses in Judaic studies at yeshivas and seminaries in Israel that they never completed. Hearted

    • Kay24 on July 9, 2015, 5:44 am

      The edit feature seems to not be working. This was from an Haaretz article.

    • Mooser on July 9, 2015, 3:42 pm

      “yeshivas and seminaries in Israel”

      “In Israel” or in territory illegally occupied by Israel?

  10. James Canning on July 9, 2015, 1:15 pm

    I think Hillary Clinton is well aware how strongly Haim Saban undermines America’s interests in the Middle East by promoting the illegal Jewish colonies in the occupied West Bank.

  11. RobertHenryEller on July 9, 2015, 4:56 pm

    Hillary tells the Zionists: The U.S. State Department and the Department of Defense, and the hundreds of billions of dollars U.S. taxpayers pay annually to fund them ($3.5 billion in annual foreign aid? A rounding error.) are at your disposal.

    Just make me President.

    Hillary’s not worried about Bernie Sanders. She’s competing with Marco “Rent Boy” Rubio.

  12. ajax johnson on July 10, 2015, 2:02 pm

    As for the stance on Israel, Hillary knows where the political funding comes from.
    She’s really a right winger.
    She’s duping the Democrats.

    Remember years ago how her husband stole from the Republicans their Contract with America, every bit of it?

    If she gets in their will be war with Iran and lots of dead Americans.

    Here’s Hillary at the CFR

    Google Hillary CFR and Jewish support

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