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Giraldi says senior Air Force adviser may have dual loyalty to Israel

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I don’t understand why this isn’t a scandal, why the mainstream is not pursuing the obvious question here. Philip Giraldi reports on Lani Kass, an Israeli-American who has an influential place in the Defense establishment and the usual anti-Islamic ideas. And of course Dennis Ross formerly of the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute in Jerusalem […]


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Cartoonist Eli Valley reduces all evangelicals to the very worst attitudes of some of them– racism and ignorance — and uses religious imagery to do it. When people do this to Muslims over support for Islamist terrorists or Jews over parasitical financiers, we call it Islamophobia or anti-Semitism.

American Jewry and Israel, unbound

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Organized American Jewry has a tough job. It has to raise endless money for Israel and protect the country against all human-rights-abuse accusations and denounce Israel’s accusers. To be Israel’s vassal, in short. But the new anti-BDS legislation across the country will make some Jews reexamine the deal. They are being asked to sell out our country’s civil rights for the sake of Israel. And there’s sure to be a backlash against the Jewish organizations.

Three megadonors (who just happen to love Israel) are pushing Trump against Iran deal

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Trump’s policy on Iran may be driven by three Israel-loving donors, Adelson, Singer, and Marcus, but it is verboten in Washington to identify the Israel lobby as the main adversary of the Iran deal, especially in the wake of the Phil Giraldi/Valerie Plame uproar, which has fueled the neoconservative claim that the antiwar left is anti-semitic.

The United States of Innocence — the worldview of Major Todd Pierce (retired), Part 2

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Read part two of a lengthy interview with Guantanamo defense lawyer Major Todd Pierce (Retired) in which he relates his beliefs about American society today: that our wars in the Middle East have been fostered by propaganda and falsehood, including claims about radical Islam, and that the elites have fallen in line in a way that they did not do during Vietnam, and these developments threaten our democracy.

‘Everything that we have done since 9/11 is wrong’ — the worldview of Major Todd Pierce (Retired)

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Guantanamo defense lawyer Todd Pierce was an army computer technician when he witnessed the U.S. implant itself in Saudi Arabia in 1990, and an Army lawyer when he saw the hysteria following 9/11. He says Americans have no idea why Arabs and Muslims hate us, and meantime we are losing our historic legitimacy by conducting drone warfare on civilians and sacrificing our tradition of civil rights.

Austrian Parliament cancels International Women’s Day event following attacks on Hedy Epstein

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Today, International Women’s Day, the Austrian Parliament was scheduled to hold an event called In Grandmothers’ Words. This event would have joined eight female WWII witnesses from around the world in Vienna in an unprecedented opportunity for the public to hear their experiences regarding specific topics, such as the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the Uprising in Warsaw, and the Blitz in London. However, fueled by a biased article about Hedy Epstein, who was scheduled to appear, the event was cancelled. A protest emerged in an open letter originating from the Austrian public and with strong international support: over 180 signatures from 19 countries, including almost 50 Austrians and eminent figures.

Protesters aim to #ShutDownAIPAC ahead of Netanyahu speech

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Freezing rain and dangerously icy sidewalks on Sunday afternoon didn’t deter protesters gathered outside the Washington Convention Center, where a sit-in was staged to block one of the entrances to the annual AIPAC conference underway inside.

Yale Protestant chaplain says Americans must curb Israel so as to curb anti-Semitism

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Bruce Shipman, Chaplain - Episcopal Church at Yale

Bruce Shipman, a Yale chaplain, says that anti-Semitism is fed by Israel’s “carnage” against Gaza and American Jews ought to pressure Netanyahu to stop such behavior. There has been a backlash against him for the comments, but they demonstrate that US non-Jews are taking a more active role in the discourse since the Gaza atrocities.

Bulldozers move in on East Jerusalem, and another 1500 settlement units are set for approval

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Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing Israel levels East Jerusalem land for ‘national park’ JERUSALEM (Ma‘an) 21 Aug — Israeli bulldozers leveled Palestinian land in the Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Tur on Wednesday. Israeli police closed the area of Khallat al-Ein and prevented local residents from accessing the area before bulldozers started to level […]

The land grab continues– without a word of condemnation from the West

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Land Theft & Destruction / Ethnic Cleansing / Restriction of Movement / Apartheid & Occupation / Refugees Devout Israeli Jews moving to Arab-Jewish cities Orthodox Jewish Israelis, the driving force of the West Bank settlement movement, have begun to turn their attention inward to Israel itself, moving into Arab areas of mixed cities in an […]

Help out antiwar leader Scott Horton

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Scott Horton’s antiwar radio show is a vital part of the political coalition opposing a war with Iran. And Horton needs donations to keep going.

Weekend in Palestine: Gaza airstrikes and attacks on peaceful protesters in the West Bank

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Land Theft & Destruction / Restriction of Movement / Refugees Settlers burn down ancient tree in Hebron HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers set fire to a 1,000-year-old olive tree in central Hebron overnight Friday, witnesses said. Local activist Issa Amro said the group then hurled stones at a community center in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood on […]

Yes, what if Kobe Bryant were an imprisoned Palestinian soccer player?

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Dave Zirin’s analysis of the hunger-strikers in the Nation, below, along with other news from Today in Palestine: The Nakba Video: The great book robbery Al Jazeera Witness 11 May — Was the appropriation of Palestinian books and manuscripts in 1948 a case of cultural theft or preservation? — A film by Benny Brunner When […]

Max Ajl, “One State, Two States: Who is the subject of Palestinian liberation?”

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Max Ajl, “One State, Two States: Who Is the Subject of Palestinian Liberation?” In Finkelstein’s explicit demands to water down the struggle lies a tacit recognition that his battalions of disaffected liberals, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, are not the ones capable of fighting an anti-systemic struggle. In another irony, they are not so different from […]

Well ain’t that America: Obama ignores Palestine in UN speech on freedom, and the world watches the US execute an innocent man

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Obama courts Jewish vote with UN speech Ynet: US president’s aides advise Jewish leaders on his pro-Israel address prior to General Assembly speech in order to ensure ‘message is received’. Obama gets a kosher seal of approval Haaretz: In the eyes of his Israeli audience, including Netanyahu and Lieberman, Obama’s speech was nearly faultless, an […]

Settlement construction up 660% in the first half of 2011

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Construction in Judea and Samaria up a whopping 660% Arutz Sheva [settler news site – apologies for using it] 1 Sept — About 75,000 new homes are under construction in all of Israel right now, a government agency said Wednesday. With the end of the building freeze, construction has started up in Judea and Samaria […]