‘Times of Israel’ and Jim Fallows appreciate SNL’s “full-throated” skit about Israel lobby
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SNL stays away from Israel jokes but comic Vanessa Bayer highlighted Jewish alienation from Israel in mentioning “my uncle Simon even though my dad says he is so blinded by his devotion to Israel that he ignores all reason.” The line got a pretty good laugh.
Sullivan calls SNL skit on Hagel and the Israel lobby a “cultural breakthrough”. But did studio execs axe it?
A former Republican PR person named Lisa Baron who once worked for Ralph Reed has written a lascivious memoir that has the word “tart” on the cover along with a sexy photo and includes an anecdote about fellating Ari Fleischer. Michelle Goldberg has reviewed the book at Daily Beast (link above), and she does a […]
Prompted by the now-famous and unaired SNL donkey skit on Israel, WNYC’s Brian Lehrer questions whether it’s in America’s interest to support Israel
Abe Foxman says it doesn’t matter how many Jews work for Saturday Night Live, they shouldn’t mock the Israel lobby
In the long history of donkey fellation, Larry Abramson’s piece on NPR celebrating the Israeli army as a rite of passage for minorities should win a prize
In Oct. 2017, Al Jazeera said it had done an undercover investigation of the Israel lobby in the U.S. in 2016. But the documentary has never aired — and meanwhile Israel advocates Alan Dershowitz and Mort Klein have visited the monarchy and surely put pressure on the government to rein in Al Jazeera. The network should air its findings.
On a 2013 visit, possible Def Sec’y nominee Ashton Carter lauded the Israel-US bond and called Israeli army dogs “the fun part” of military life. Israel used dogs to quell Palestinian stone-throwers in protests against the occupation. Shades of Birmingham.
Evidently, the Israelis and Americans (and the French and Germans?) have succeeded in pressuring the failing Greek government into preventing the flotilla from sailing. As Medea Benjamin pointed out earlier, this likely has a lot to do with Greece’s sovereign debt crisis. While many of us feel angry, it’s probably best not to direct our […]
The stunning invitation to Netanyahu to address the Congress in March against Obama may at last politicize the “special relationship,” forcing Democrats to side with the president over Israel and unleashing a debate over our Israeli policy, including the damage to the U.S. from the unending occupation
“Tears streamed down her cheeks” as she described her admiration of Israel, to 40 Jewish leaders in a private White House gathering. Obama’s UN nominee, Irish immigrant Samantha Power, is a philo-Semite with a ton of Zionist buddies. One of them, Leon Wieseltier, quips, “Samantha is either intense or asleep”
Last week in Washington, The National Interest held a discussion of “Israel’s fraying image” based on Jacob Heilbrunn’s piece warning that American political culture is shifting against Israel. Heilbrunn listed a number of signs: Obama’s detachment from Israel, the farcical Chuck Hagel confirmation hearing and the SNL donkey-fellating skit that parodied it, the Oscars joke […]
Clinton campaign manager says the “hand of the Kremlin” has been working in US elections, but no one talks about the hand of Israel, which is on everything from pushing the Iraq war to censoring any reference to the “occupation” in the Democratic Party platform. The system is rigged by the Israel lobby, and everyone knows it, even if they can’t talk about it.
in his meeting on Monday with Jewish leaders. Talk about stress. And think, right after that meeting he had to meet with a delegation of Arab-Americans! Not! Lady at left is Debra DeLee, the head of Americans for Peace Now….
Max Blumenthal sent me this. Blumenthal’s been doing all my thinking lately. It’s Noah Pollak’s response to the murder of Vittorio Arrigoni. Blumenthal said it’s a macaca moment. I don’t know what to say. This has been a deeply dispiriting month. All I want to do is beam love to the families of Juliano, Matthew, […]
People in their 50s find Mark Zuckerberg’s values in The Social Network detestable. But for the young, they’re awesome
Palestinians are in Jewish West Bank on ‘holiday’ (declared a would-be settler, Gordon McKnight, in 2012)
Shibley Telhami says that Netanyahu got the nuclear deal with Iran because he tried to play Obama in 2011-2012 to believe that Israel was about to attack Iran. Netanyahu wanted to hurt Obama in the election and get the Americans to attack Iran. Jeffrey Goldberg piece played right into the strategy.
A couple of weeks ago, I read an English translation of The Other Side of the Coin by the well–known Israeli journalist and political activist Uri Avnery. This memoir describes the experiences of the author during the Israeli War of Independence, which is known to Palestinians as the Nakba or Catastrophe. The book first appeared […]
A conversation with an aging Palestinian activist: I asked Mohammed if any of his children were involved in politics. He said, “Not at all. Why should they want to go into politics? We set a bad example for them. We sacrificed and we struggled for our state but we did not succeed. We failed.”
Three Palestinians, including a 16-year old girl, were shot and killed by Israelis on Sunday. All three were accused of ‘having a knife’. The deaths bring the number of Palestinians killed to 94. 16 Israelis have been killed.
Phan Nguyen reviews some of Eric Alterman’s statements that undermine his self-proclaimed status as a conscientious critic of the Israeli occupation.
I’ve been spending more time in the camps recently. Two days a week, I leave my apartment on my leafy street in my quiet neighborhood and jump in a taxi heading southwest. ‘Ala mafra’ sou’ Shatila, iza t-reed,’ is what I usually say to the cab driver. He drives west first, past the open air […]
A 28-year-old Palestinian killed by Israeli forces in an occupied area Thursday was said to have fired a gun, but the report appears to be false; he was killed after two Jews were killed