Robert P. White, who commands American forces in Iraq, last week wrote what the New York Times called a “blunt memo,” in which he opposed a new plan by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and others to attack Iranian-allied militias inside Iraq.
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Palestinians are players in Israeli politics in a new way, Yael Patir of J Street says. Three-fourths of Israeli Jewish centrist voters supported a possible government that would have had Palestinian political backing, and that is “huge,” she says, seeing a silver lining in the collapse of the effort to remove Netanyahu.
A superb and indispensable new book shows that Saudi Arabia is now a murderous, one-man dictatorship — with U.S. elite complicity. Ben Hubbard of the NYT shows how the Crown Prince has cracked down on all opposition within the royal family, almost certainly ordered Khashoggi’s murder, and meantime seduced much of the western media.
A New York Times article on coronavirus in Israel and Palestine notes that a “small and crowded” land is particularly vulnerable to an epidemic. But the article’s emphasis is Israelis. The most vulnerable population, Gaza’s 1.8 million, go unmentioned, in a form of journalistic apartheid.
A New York Times article finally covers the racism in Israeli politics, but it is still biased. It quotes 6 Israeli Jews, but only 2 Palestinians. And it repeats Netanyahu’s charge that the Palestinian Joint List “includes lawmakers who support terrorism”— without giving any of the 15 Palestinians a chance to respond to the libel.
“There is no life, no existence for the Israel left and even center without the partnership with the Israeli Arabs” — a J Street expert interprets the rise of the Palestinian Joint List as the only real resistance to Netanyahu’s racebaiting.
The New York Times repeats hateful charges by Benjamin Netanyahu that the Palestinian Joint List includes “supporters of terrorists” and “terror supporters.” But no one on the Joint List gets the chance to respond!
Finally, the ‘NY Times’ ends its blackout, and reports how Palestinian citizens are participating in Israel’s election on March 2. But the Times fails to state the fact that Israel is having its third election in a year in part because of Jewish parties’ racism against Palestinians being part of the government.
Just imagine the outcry if the New York Times completely ignored the existence of black and Latino voters in its analysis of the U.S. elections? But the paper continues to practice electoral apartheid in its coverage of Israel.
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.
Condemnation for the recently-published UN list of companies doing business in illegal Israeli settlements has been across the Zionist spectrum in Israel, and it’s pretty much the same in the US Congress.
Jared Kushner believes that Palestinians will choose international funds instead of political freedom. He’s wrong. 94 percent of Palestinians oppose his plan. 82 percent think the plan makes the conflict an “existential conflict,” and 64 percent support armed struggle or intifada as a response to the plan.
Trump donor Miriam Adelson jumps into the war between good Jews and bad Jews: ‘Too many… Jews see anti-Israel activism as an express-ticket to assimilation’
Former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert says Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is the sole partner for peace, while Netanyahu has blocked peace with “provocative, aggressive” actions and it’s not a story in the US press.
Orwellian language is already a big part of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, and there is no better example than the New York Times.
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.”
The U.S. mainstream media, with the New York Times in the lead, is covering up a shocking feature of the Netanyahu/Trump annexation plan that would strip 350,000 to 400,000 Palestinian citizens of Israel of their citizenship. The “denationalization” proposal is a crime against humanity, but the American press is ignoring it.
“Palestinians … have a perfect track record of missing opportunities,” Jared Kushner lectured them on CNN in pushing the annexation plan. “If they screw this up I think they will have a very hard time looking the international community in the face, saying they’re victims, saying they have rights.”
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’.”
The ‘NY Times’ Editorial Board should be ashamed of their cowardly full-page opinion on the Netanyahu/Trump annexation plan.
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.’
Today’s front-page New York Times report on the Trump/Netanyahu annexation plan barely mentions Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, and includes only one quote from a Palestinian.
The U.S. mainstream media should be calling it the Mideast “peace plan,” in quotation marks, instead of accepting the Trump/Netanyahu description as truthful. But of course the New York Times quotes an Israel lobbyist high in its story.
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.
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.