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Trump’s Jewish mirror

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The Reform Movement’s response to AIPAC’s invitation of Donald Trump a few days ago is a bellwether of how the Jewish establishment views Trump’s candidacy and perhaps, as importantly, how it views itself.Instead of trumpeting its close relationship with AIPAC as an American and Jewish badge of honor, the Reform Movement should have engaged in a process of critical self-reflection. Instead of condemning Trump, it should have paused and drawn the parallels between Trump, the Jewish establishment and Israel’s rhetoric and policies toward Palestinians.

Trump’s Jerusalem

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Phil Weiss shares a photo essay from when Donald Trump visited Jerusalem and the Old City. Israeli security wrapped sites he was visiting with white sheets ala Christo, to keep anyone from seeing him, or disrupting events. There were armed checkpoints for Jewish Israelis, and a surveillance balloon in the sky.

Trump’s Hanukkah gift

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Marc Ellis writes, “Seeing Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration as an end game, as if Trump’s Hanukkah gift came from out of the blue, is a mistake. When celebrated, it gives him too much credit. When lamented, it places too much blame on him. Jerusalem has been in stalemate since the formation of the state of Israel: West Jerusalem colonized by Israel since 1948; East Jerusalem colonized by Israel since 1967. Trump’s Hanukkah gift comes at the end of this colonization. It gives a green light to the final phase of Judaizing Jerusalem.”

Day One in Trump’s America

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A collection of tweets that show the immediate surge in racist attacks on Muslims and people of color in the U.S. since Donald Trump was elected president.

Trump’s Jerusalem speech will foster the liberal Jewish awakening

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By recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Donald Trump gave a license to Israel to ethnically cleanse more areas of the city and finish off the peace process. Liberal Zionists of conscience understand the seriousness of this moment. It is time for liberal American Jews to come out for equal rights, and to reject the rightwing nationalism that Zionism has produced.

In the ‘NYT,’ fear of Trump’s police state

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Israeli rage over the media’s treatment of Palestinian violence suggests that an understanding of the violence of the Israeli occupation is at last penetrating a wide U.S. audience

Before Trump’s revolution, there was Sanders’

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Before Trump surprised Clinton in Michigan, Bernie Sanders led a revolution that included some of the same political materials but had a universalist, non-racist message. That revolution is more alive than ever, and in the next generation’s hands.

Why Trump’s revolution succeeded, and Bernie’s fizzled

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Trump’s nomination was amazing in that it demonstrated the power of ordinary people –surely many acting out of racist and nationalist resentment — to upend a party leadership. Bernie Sanders failed in the same endeavor. One reason was that he did not seize on the material available to him, the Democratic Party’s love affair with neoconservatism and Benjamin Netanyahu.

Trump’s climbdown on Iran is a defeat to the Israel lobby

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Israel and its rightwing supporters wanted an attack on Iran and they did not get it, this week anyway. Though of course the media did not identify the Israel lobby and Netanyahu as cheerleaders for war American people don’t want.

Trump’s dim view of Palestine-Israel

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Donald Trump’s seismic departure from decades of stated U.S. intentions in Palestine and Israel naturally begs the question: if not a two-state solution, then what kind of solution does he envision?

Watch Donald Trump’s Jerusalem announcement

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President Donald Trump will make a statement at 1:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern time where he most likely will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, despite much international condemnation.

Adelson delivered! Now it’s Trump’s turn

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However dubious big Republican supporters of Israel felt about Donald Trump, in the last weeks of the election campaign many of them gave a lot of money to the Republican Party; and Sheldon Adelson and his wife gave $10 million to a pro-Trump PAC

The Trump administration has declared war on the Palestine solidarity movement

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President Trump is on the verge of signing an executive order aimed at cracking down on the campus Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. The order recognizes Judaism as a nationality and uses a civil rights loophole that will allow the government to withhold funding from schools that failed to effectively crack down on discrimination, which in this case might mean criticism of Israel. “This is a baldfaced attempt to silence the movement for Palestinian rights on college campuses – something that has been at the top of the Trump administration’s agenda,” said Palestine Legal director Dima Khalidi says.

Trump’s elixir could prove to be an overdose for Israel

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Trump’s acceptance of the legality of Israeli settlements in the West Bank actually hastens the end of Zionism’s discriminatory ideology. What had always been the reality will be on full display for the world to see: Israel is an apartheid state. And the call for simply equality will be Israel’s ultimate defeat.

Trump’s support of Israel’s annexation of the Golan

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President Donald Trump holds up an executive proclamation recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory at the White House in Washington DC, Monday, March 25, 2019. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)

On March 25, Donald Trump signed an order proclaiming U.S. support for Israel’s annexation of the Golan. This act ended Washington’s opposition to any acquisition of territory by force– a principle that has been a key pillar of the global order since the United Nations was founded in 1945. Washington’s new policy on Golan may well now allow the US company Genie Energy to go ahead and plunder the oil and gas reserves that its Israeli subsidiary discovered in Golan in 2015, and Trump’s step changes the political dynamic within Syria, too.

This is not a peace deal: thoughts on Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’

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Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu meet at the White House, January 27, 2020 (Photo: Twitter/@IsraeliPM)

Tareq Baconi writes that Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ is not a peace deal, but an Israeli domestic political ploy that represents a battle within Israel’s right over how sovereignty should be asserted in the West Bank. Meanwhile, Palestinians are again witnessing nothing short of the reconfiguration of international plans to sustain their dispossession.

Trump’s and Netanyahu’s Pedagogy of Oppression: A lesson on the nature of facts

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Trump and Netanyahu, file photo (Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO-Israel)

Think what you may of their incendiary words and actions, Donald Trump and Binyamin Netanyahu continue to give us a series of political and philosophical lessons. This past week, the theme of their pedagogy of oppression (to paraphrase the great Brazilian philosopher Paulo Freire, who coined the term the pedagogy of the oppressed) was neither Jerusalem nor the long-dead Israeli-Palestinian peace process nor, even, the meaning of international recognition and legitimacy. They taught us about the nature of facts.

Trump’s embrace of apartheid was brought to you by the organized Jewish community

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The Trump peace plan was brought to you by the Jewish community. Over the last 20 years, vigorous opposition to the pro-Israel right inside the US Jewish community has been quashed, and liberal Zionists have enforced that line by refusing to organize as equals with the community Israel is oppressing: Palestinians.