Zionism is Judaism, and anti-Zionism is anti-Semitic, New York Times opinion editor Bari Weiss argues in her new book on anti-Semitism. “Whereas Jews once had to convert to Christianity, now they have to convert to anti-Zionism.”
Monthly Archives: August 2019
Security forces of the Interior Ministry in Gaza have arrested ten persons who are believed to be members of the cell that carried out the two bombings on Tuesday evening that killed three security officers, a Hamas spokesperson say.
‘The Atlantic’ hiring Michael Oren to explain Israeli racism as understandable and justifiable is farcical, like having a former Trump official write about immigration policy. But readers should prepare themselves: the MSM is going this way. Yes it’s Jim Crow, but Israel has no choice.
If you want a metaphor for Israel don’t think of Spartan farmer-soldiers, as the Zionist myth would have it — a better metaphor would be 1950s Alabama, with an air force. “The average Israeli is xenophobic and racist on a level which would make a Trump rally go pale,” Yossi Gurvitz writes.
A New York Times article on on Israel’s recent attacks across the Middle East rattled on for 43 paragraphs without a single mention of Netanyahu’s incentive to sabotage the possible Trump-Iran detente. Is this deliberate bias — or just incompetence?
Speculation about the grand bargain between Netanyahu and Trump as the Israeli election approaches: Trump will try and give the embattled Netanyahu another term as P.M., by releasing a peace plan that enables Israel to annex the West Bank. But Trump will demand something from Netanyahu– Laying down for Trump to negotiate with arch-enemy Iran.
Rep. Brad Schneider of IL bragged of his support for Israel at a town hall when a member of the young Jewish group IfNotNow reminded him he represents Americans not Israelis. The Jewish News Service, which is supported by Sheldon Adelson, said the young man had “hurled” a charge of “dual loyalty” at Schneider. But the issue of the Jewish community’s “loyalty” to Israel is finally up for debate.
OneVoice was founded to end the occupation as a “moral” and “existential” imperative for Israel. But it has dropped the two-state solution in its messaging to Israeli voters in next month’s elections, focusing on issues of “division and racism” and the “cost of living.” It knows that Israeli Jewish voters are against a Palestinian state.
Since returning to Palestine last year after studying in the U.S., Hareth Yousef has been exploring the mountains and lands around Kobar, his family’s ancestral village in the West Bank. On one of those hikes he visited an abandoned farm known as Katilia, which his grandparents used to plant before an Israeli settlement known as Nahliel was built near there in 1984. Yousef writes about these trips, and what they have meant to him and his family.
A formerly bustling stretch of street in Gaza City once was a thriving gold market with up to 100 kiosk-sized shops selling over 250 grams a day. Today, the road is quiet. Sales are down with more customers looking to pawn jewelry instead of purchase.
A week before Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib were barred from entering Israel and Palestine by Benjamin Netanyahu, a group of congressional staffers attended a tour of the area carried out by a former Israeli intelligence official. According to the itinerary filed with the House Ethics Committee, the staffers traveled to various sites on a 7-day excursion that featured lectures from an Israel Defense Forces base commander, a Palestinian billionaire who has worked alongside occupation forces, and an Israeli settler who advocates for the annexation of the West Bank.
The Museum of the Palestinian People in Washington DC exhibits Palestinians from refugee camps, Israel, Gaza, the U.S. and Canada. “Having the museum open was not something easy to be done, especially with financial challenges and starting a space in DC, collecting items to exhibit. It takes courage to do that,” says museum curator Nada Odeh.
A 17-year old Palestinian from Lebanon who was set to begin classes at Harvard University was denied entry into the United States on August 23. Ismail B. Ajjawi says he was questioned about the political posts of his friends before he was deported.
The Israeli election is three weeks away, and the conventional wisdom is that Netanyahu is likely facing his political sell-by date in Israel. One American liberal Zionist group is pushing Netanyahu’s chief rival, the politically clueless Benny Gantz, to bring the hammer down now to crush Netanyahu’s campaign.
Jewish Voice for Peace Health Advisory Council’s monthly round-up of health in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. This month JVP shares articles on injured children in Gaza, a nurses strike in Israel, Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike who are in solitary confinement and more.
Israeli warplanes strike a base belonging to the Palestinian group the PFLP-General Command inside of Lebanon near the border with Syria early Monday morning, according to Lebanese state media. The attack comes days after an Israeli drone crashed near Beirut.
“Militant Palestinians have lobbed rockets and gunfire at Israel, especially targeting the soldiers at the border,” PBS host John Yang said last week. This is a lie. The report he introduced, by Jane Ferguson, highlighted gunfire from Israel on Palestinian protesters, and quoted human rights officials calling that a war crime.
If we do not distinguish between valid critiques of the policies of the Israeli state and anti-Semitism, we are allowing rightwing forces to weaponize anti-Semitism, suppressing freedom of speech and open debate, and making the term anti-Semitism meaningless at a time when it is critical to identify and oppose it.
In pushing the case in Canada to have settlement wines labeled as such rather than products of Israel, David Kattenburg was identified as a wine lover, educator, publisher, and child of Holocaust survivors. The last designation — CHS — has caused howls of outrage, but Kattenburg’s parents’ experience helped him to set his moral compass.
A bill that would have required all California high school students to take an ethnic studies course will be delayed for at least a year after pro-Israel groups complained that the curriculum failed to address anti-semitism and singled “Israel out for condemnation.” Some of the backlash was initiated by an organization that is funded by the Israeli government.
Trump’s claim that Jews who vote Democratic are “disloyal” is ugly and dangerous, but he is only echoing Zionist indoctrination: that American Jews must give unconditional support to Israel. New York Times columnist Bari Weiss praises the idea that “Jews should be loyal to Israel,” while Trump aide Elliott Abrams says Jews, except in Israel, “must stand apart from the nation in which they live.”
Democratic candidates for president love to criticize Netanyahu, but they don’t offer specifics on stopping him. Kirsten Gillibrand wants to hold Israel accountable for barring congresswomen from visiting, Bernie Sanders wants to leverage US aid “to end some of the racism that we have recently seen in Israel,” and Elizabeth Warren says, “Push hard.” But none of them has a plan.
Why is an anti-Semite not called a “Semitophobe?” Timo Al-Farooq says that what at first glance might seem like a linguistic mishap is in fact a reflection of the hierarchy of discrimination in the Western discourse on racism.
Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar’s delegation proves that Israel’s borders are not just physical, they are political. They transcend lines on a map and constitute ideological values that stretch to the United States as well.
US Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, along with several Palestinian human rights groups, jumped to the defense of queer Palestinians in the wake of the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) ban on an LGBTQ group in the occupied West Bank.