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AIPAC is making Israel a political football, so BDS supporters may finally get off the bench

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The pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC once prided itself on doing its business in the dark. But today loving Israel too much is being politicized in the age of Trump. The battle between the liberal Israel lobby and the rightwing Israel lobby portends a day when leftwingers who support boycotting Israel will not be railroaded instantly from US politics.

Lis Harris wanted to understand How Israel had gone this way

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Lis Harris

Lis Harris, author of the superb new book, “In Jerusalem,” spent years trying to learn why Israel has become such an illiberal society. “I don’t believe the problem was started in ‘67 or ‘48 but from the beginning in the Not thinking of the people who were there and what you were doing to them, and what their rights were. It wasn’t always necessarily malign. But it was arrogant.”

Bret Stephens lectures the ‘Arab side’ on the terms it must accept

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Bret Stephens’s opinion of the Trump “peace plan” for Palestine is titled “Every Time Palestinians Say ‘No,’ They Lose”, and is premised on racist invention, beginning with its history lesson on why Palestinians “lose when they say ‘no’.”

Jared Kushner taunts Palestinians because he wants them to reject his ‘peace plan’

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Jared Kushner promoting his plan on CNN

The internet is abuzz with comment about Kushner’s interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, during which he said, “[Palestinians have] screwed up every other opportunity that they’ve had in their existence.” James North says Kushner’s nastiness toward Palestinians is no accident, but designed to goad them into rejecting his ‘peace plan.’

Outrage over Orla Guerin’s report shows what’s wrong with Holocaust remembrance

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Israel supporters are outraged that Orla Guerin of BBC mentioned Palestinians in the context of Holocaust trauma. Robert Cohen says her remarks were entirely appropriate because the Holocaust is still resonating through Jewish history and is intimately connected to Israel’s history and actions against Palestinians.

The left has ‘weaponized’ Holocaust against Israel, says advocate

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Yossi Klein Halevi, the author and Israel advocate, said that the left has “weaponized” the Holocaust against Israel. Speaking on i24 News on the 75th anniversary of the Auschwitz liberation, he said that he “frequently” hears leftwingers saying of Israel, “How can you do the same thing to Palestinians” that was done to Jews during the Holocaust.

Liberal Zionists are ‘terrified’ (yet again) by Israel’s rightward shift

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Avigdor Lieberman meets with Benny Gantz, Sept. 23, 2019. From Gantz's twitter feed.

Benny Gantz support for annexing the Jordan Valley shows that the left is completely feckless in Israeli politics, and the only liberal hope is in Palestinian politicians. American liberal Zionists should accept that the two state solution is dead, and they should abandon the ideology that created apartheid: Zionism.

Gantz is no better than Netanyahu when it comes to Palestinian freedom

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Netanyahu calls for annexing Jordan Valley and Jewish West Bank settlements, Sept. 10, 2019.

The Democrats who say that we only need to get rid of Netanyahu for Israel to be great again should be aware of the long history of plans by the Labor politicians to annex the Jordan Valley, lately endorsed by Netanyahu’s “liberal” rival, Benny Gantz. Annexation is the buzzword.

U.S. mainstream media distorts Gen. Soleimani’s role to justify killing him

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Qasem Soleimani, Commander of Quds Forces during National AGIR commanders conference, September 2013 (Photo: Tasnim News Agency/Wikimedia)

The U.S. mainstream media’s shoddy, dishonest reporting about the Iran Crisis continues. The media refuses to closely examine the Trump administration’s latest justification for killing Qasem Soleimani — that the Iranian general was responsible for the deaths of “thousands of U.S. troops.”

Israel is having its third election in a year because governments exclude Palestinian lawmakers

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The exclusion by Labor/Meretz of a Palestinian lawmaker in the next election list is a reminder of the racism in Israeli politics. The main reason Israeli politics are stalemated and the country is going to its third election in a year is Palestinians don’t really count in election totals; and the leading Jewish party is happy to cut a deal with other Jewish parties but refuses to deal seriously with the third largest party, the Joint List of Palestinian parties.