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Palestinian solidarity movement will ‘grow and grow and… be impossible to stop’ — Slaughter to Clinton in 2011

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Anne-Marie Slaughter told Hillary Clinton back in 2011 that the Palestinian solidarity movement was “a movement” that is going to “grow and grow and.. is going to be impossible to stop.” From your lips to the Goddess’s ears.

Anee-Marie Slaughter advice to Hillary Clinton, 2011

Anne-Marie Slaughter advice to Hillary Clinton, 2011

Slaughter, then director of Policy Planning for the State Department, was keying off the presence of Alice Walker on the flotilla of boats to Gaza. And to Walker’s reference on CNN to “her Jewish husband.”

This is about a movement entering the mainstream. Slaughter is a gatekeeper. And Jewishness is a key. Alice Walker’s reference to Jewishness resonated with another woman married to a Jew (Slaughter) and the mother of a woman married to a Jew, Hillary Clinton.

Alice Walker

Alice Walker

This was four years ago and it’s happening. Slaughter is now director of the New America Foundation. She moderated a 2006 debate featuring John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt in New York. She saw the writing on the wall. Like Jeffrey Goldberg who the same year wrote that the left “has the wind at its back.” And there’s no peace process today either; and Israel executed a young Palestinian woman at a checkpoint. Palestine wants to break its chains.

Thanks to Zaid Jilani, who tweeted this email (and whose view of H I share).

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  1. Kathleen
    September 30, 2015, 6:29 pm

    2006 panel discussion was a great one. Tony Judt too. Slaughter tried to hold the reins tight…unsuccessfully. Too bad Slaughter is equivalent to Clinton in her warmongering. She totally supported and pushed for a military intervention against Assad. Also have heard her repeat the standard unsubstantiated claims about Iran the way Clinton did on a regular basis in and before the 2008 campaign season.

    The wind is at the back of the growing Palestinian solidarity movement…problem nothing has changed for Palestinians on the ground.

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    September 30, 2015, 6:47 pm

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  3. talknic
    September 30, 2015, 8:04 pm
      • Kay24
        September 30, 2015, 9:52 pm

        Talknic, it is sad that the Palestinians have to find joy in the simple act of their flag being raised.
        Imagine their happiness if they were granted full recognition and Statehood, by the UN, and never having to life under this brutal occupation!

      • annie
        September 30, 2015, 10:58 pm

        i wrote about this today but it’s being held til tomorrow i guess. which is a tad of a waste of time because everyone will have read about it already. oh well.

      • German Lefty
        German Lefty
        October 1, 2015, 6:23 am

        Abbas UN Speech: “Bombshell” or Wet Firecracker?
        Ali Abunimah says Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas remains dismally uncourageous. He also talks about the meaning of the Palestinian flag at the UN headquarters.

  4. mcohen.
    September 30, 2015, 10:30 pm

    Philip Weiss on September 30, 2015 says

    Jewishness is a key [….]

    • Citizen
      October 2, 2015, 9:27 am

      Is there a country in Western Europe Or UK where Jewishness is not a key? Maybe in Scandinavia? Certainly Canada is in the Jewish Establishment bag.

      • Mooser
        October 2, 2015, 10:38 am

        “Is there a country in Western Europe Or UK where Jewishness is not a key? Maybe in Scandinavia? Certainly Canada is in the Jewish Establishment bag.”

        Citizen, take advantage of my formula for success: “Dress British, talk Yiddish” and you can get over anywhere.

  5. Kay24
    October 1, 2015, 7:48 am

    It seems that Adelson/Saban alliance did not last long. Heh.

    “Billionaire Haim Saban Quits His anti-BDS Initiative With Adelson
    Though he gave no reason for pull out, Jewish activists say Saban didn’t like Adelson’s push to the right in initiative meant to counter anti-Israel efforts at U.S. campuses.”

    read more:

  6. Boomer
    October 1, 2015, 8:50 am

    Juan Cole has a good discussion about Abbas at the UN:

    • Kay24
      October 1, 2015, 10:19 am

      It was an interesting article. I cannot get over how that ugly video of Bragging Bibi (moving America easily) can be circulating so much, and yet Americans who support him show no self respect, by continuing this sick support. I mean how low can they go when knowing we are being used and abused by Bibi/Israel, still give him/it unwavering support. American leaders make us look like an abused wife, or a doormat. Abbas gave a very passionate speech, but notice the zionist media are pretending that what Trump says or does is more important.

      There is no hope for us.

      • MHughes976
        October 1, 2015, 10:48 am

        Well, you know, Kay, while there’s life…

      • Kay24
        October 1, 2015, 2:14 pm

        Mhughes, certainly not in OUR lifetime. :))

      • James Canning
        James Canning
        October 1, 2015, 2:27 pm

        Most Americans have no clue whatever as to the damage Bibi Netanyahu has done to their country.

      • Kay24
        October 1, 2015, 2:57 pm

        James C, ignorance is bliss. Many are under the impression that we must “protect” Israel from those they hold under occupation, steal land from, and massacre every couple of years or so.

        How stupid can some of us be?

      • Citizen
        October 2, 2015, 9:31 am

        Twitter is a litter with Americans dissing Obama (weak, bad), Putin (strong, bad 4 US/Israel) & praising Netanyahu (strong, good for US/Israel). If U enter their threads, be prepared to be called both Anti-American, and Anti-Semitic.

  7. pabelmont
    October 1, 2015, 9:34 am

    When “players” begin to say publicly that the pro-Palestine movement will grow and be impossible to stop, it might mean one or more of three things: [1] they approve of the movement; [2] they are warning Zionists about the strength and inevitability of the movement; [3] they are no longer worried about repercussion (to themselves) for making the statement, especially if phrased with approval.

    If someone says, “I hate to say it, but it now appears that the pro-Palestine movement will grow and grow, inevitably,” such a statement is (phrased as) pure advice or analysis, ([2] above). If they neglect the “I hate to say it” part, then I’d say the statement is a statement of approval and not-worried any more ([1] and [3] above).

    What is Anne-Marie slaughter saying today? My sense is that if Hillary is ever again to say anything pro-Palestine, it will be after the election (whoever wins).

    • pabelmont
      October 1, 2015, 9:40 am

      March 23, 2015: slaughter writes:

      WASHINGTON, DC – Decades of efforts to reduce the death toll from drunk driving in the United States produced the mantra, “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.” After Israel’s election last week, the country’s friends around the world should adopt a similar slogan: “Friends don’t let friends govern blind.”

      Israel’s blindness is self-induced. Its government cannot solve the conflict with the Palestinians on Israeli terms, so it has decided to behave as if the entire issue did not exist. Astonishingly, when Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the United States Congress earlier this month, his 39-minute speech about Iran’s existential threat to Israel did not contain a single mention of the Palestinian people. Campaigning at home, however, he talked only about the threat some Palestinians pose to Israeli security today, never of the opportunity that other Palestinians offer for peace tomorrow.


      • Boo
        October 1, 2015, 12:23 pm

        Well, Bibi is after all blind drunk with power.

  8. James Canning
    James Canning
    October 1, 2015, 1:06 pm

    If Slaughter meant that an independent Palestine in the West Bank and Gaza was inevitable, let us hope she was and is correct.

  9. amigo
    October 1, 2015, 1:19 pm

    Oh, oh , look out , the pro Israel anti BDS campaign is going global.

    “MPs from 18 countries call on governments to divest from companies that boycott Israel .Resolution states that boycotts and related tactics are a form of economic and political warfare meant to threaten Israel’s sovereignty and security, and are the antithesis of peace, dialogue.

    Israel Allies Foundation Executive Director Willem Griffioen said that legislators at every level have reached out to work against BDS with the NGO, which partners with parliamentarians around the world to mobilize support for Israel based on Judeo-Christian values.” j post

    Judeo -Christian values, pull the other leg.

    • James Canning
      James Canning
      October 1, 2015, 1:24 pm

      Some supporters of BDS see it as helping Israel to recognise the insanity of trying to keep the West Bank permanently.

    • a blah chick
      a blah chick
      October 1, 2015, 1:32 pm

      And yet we keep being told how ineffective the boycott movement is.


    • Kay24
      October 1, 2015, 3:00 pm

      Follow the money. Most of these MP’s must have connections with zionists who support their campaigns.

      • amigo
        October 1, 2015, 3:22 pm

        “Follow the money. Most of these MP’s must have connections with zionists who support their campaigns. – See more at:” kay 24

        I didn,t notice a complete list but tomorrow I will check out the ones mentioned.No doubt they are paid zionist tools.

      • Kay24
        October 1, 2015, 4:00 pm

        Either that Amigo, or they really think Bibi is going to give Jesus Christ the VIP treatment when he returns.

    • Citizen
      October 2, 2015, 9:38 am

      I read an article yesterday–I forgot where it was–that posited that advocacy for the Palestinian cause, will soon be exempted from constitutional free speech rule. This is a real threat to the First Amendment of the USA. It seems nobody in main media gives a crap. It’s all under the radar for the Average American, just like local governments’ investing in crappy Israeli bonds with their employee pensions, etc.

      • annie
        October 2, 2015, 9:52 am

        that advocacy for the Palestinian cause, will soon be exempted from constitutional free speech rule.

        efforts are being made but i think they will fail.

      • ckg
        October 2, 2015, 10:10 am

        Perhaps Stanford professor David Palumbo-Liu’s piece in Salon titled Free speech for all on campus! Unless you’re criticizing Israel, that is. Or the Glenn Greenwald piece in the Intercept that Palumbo-Liu links to.

      • ckg
        October 2, 2015, 10:24 am

        Also worth reading is the article about Canary Mission’s tactics in TruthDig by Max Blumenthal and Julia Carmel. Also published in AlterNet.

      • echinococcus
        October 2, 2015, 11:38 am


        Efforts to authorize the plain murder in cold blood of civilians, outside a state of war, on a single nod by the President against not only the Constitution but any law were met by easy success.

      • annie
        October 2, 2015, 12:14 pm

        echin, my point wasn’t that it couldn’t happen. there is no single nod option by the president that could make this possible or probable. it’s going to require the regents of UC to pass the anti palestine policy. please read ckg’s links, including greenwald’s embed. this is related to a new ‘tolerance’ policy on UC campuses that has yet to be established. after a new regents committee was formed to write a new tolerance policy for UC campuses, after months the regents rejected that policy too. they sent them back to the drawing board because pressure was applied by advocates against palestinian rights on campuses. they want a policy that specifically targets anti zionism conflating it with anti semitism for the purpose of making political speech against israel as qualifying as tolerating racism which then allows those same groups to sue the college or demand the federal government quit funding the university based on a ruling they allow racism. so it would have to go through several steps, nothing like the blink of an eye. and it would be challenged in courts. if it came to this it would make massive national news. so i don’t think it’s going to happen — that’s my hunch. but i’m ready for a big showdown over it. there would be massive pushback because of the implications for campuses across the country. even tho the UC system is very large it wouldn’t stop there if the regents passed a policy specifically targeting political speech against israel.

  10. James Canning
    James Canning
    October 1, 2015, 6:15 pm

    Clearly, most Americans will not bother to ascertain the facts of the matter. And the media does not provide the necessary spoon-feeding.

    • Citizen
      October 2, 2015, 9:40 am

      Main media’s spoon feeding always comes with a hidden hasbara pill inside the mouthful on the spoon. The baby just gulps it down.

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