Exceptions to the mainstream voices who see the U.S. as playing a beneficent role in the Middle East, Geraldine Brooks and Bernie Sanders cite American war crimes and call for diplomacy, not assassinations.
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The New York Times continues to ignore Israel’s role in the Iran crisis, and gives David Petraeus a platform to call Iranian generals “personification of evil.”
Rob Lipton looks at how the assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani is playing out in the mainstream media, and the lack of coverage of Israel and other actors who pushed for this blatant act of war.
The only country that supports Trump’s assassination of Soleimani is Israel. And no surprise, because the killing bogs America down in Israel’s regional conflicts in the Middle East and the “obsession” with Iran is “just not in the American interest,” says Ilan Goldenberg, formerly a foreign policy aide in the Obama administration.
Many media reports suggest that Israeli interests were taken into account in Trump’s decision to kill Qassim Suleimani. The Mossad chief had reportedly targeted Suleimani in comments last year, and Israeli officials were consulted ahead of the assassination, while European leaders and Congress were not.
As he becomes a mainstream contender, Pete Buttigieg has shifted on the Israel Palestine issue. After saying directly that he would seek to condition aid to Israel if the country moves toward annexing the West Bank, the South Bend Mayor dodged this question entirely at the last debate, offering platitudes about the need for U.S. “leadership” in the world.
MuzzleWatch is a new Mondoweiss column that will focus on attempts to silence the voices, actions, and campaigns working for justice in Israel and Palestine. In the first installment, Rob Lipton looks at how Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib have been targeted by a “vast international operation” that leverages Facebook far-right pages to “inflame Islamophobia for profit.”
Bret Stephens’s controversial and self-satisfied column about Jewish genius is of course about Israel. His ideas of cultural supremacy justify Palestinian oppression. When he says that the Jewish gift for original and highminded thinking has fostered…. anti-Zionism!
“Netanyahu should not be allowed to start a war with Iran to save himself,” Haaretz says. Why isn’t this report in the New York Times? Only friendly coverage of Netanyahu’s primary victory against a Likud challenger.
ews are only safe walking around the West Village because Israel exists, and it’s “insane” not to understand this, says Bari Weiss of the NYT. She also says Jewish donors should stop giving money to “prestige” schools so as to fight for Israel. “The idea that there are very wealthy Jews giving their money to places that actively employ antisemitic professors is astonishing to me,” she says.
Bernie Sanders is being painted as an antisemite by some pro-Israel idelogues because he has taken strong positions in support of Palestinian human rights. Progressive defenders of Palestinian rights need to mobilize to oppose the campaign against Sanders, even if they don’t support Sanders’s presidential ambitions.
Liberal Zionists say Trump is bending over backwards for Israel to win evangelical voters in swing states. This is not true, as his recent rallies in MI and PA demonstrate– scarcely a mention of Israel. He saves his Israel pandering for a Jewish audience, with donor Sheldon Adelson present.
Jonathan Cook on the UK elections: “We on the left didn’t lose this election. We lost our last illusions.”
Atlantic editor Jeffrey Goldberg derides American political culture as ignorant and ahistorical and says he is a “misanthrope”, while extolling Zionism. “All of Judaism is Zionism because we are a universal religion focused on a very particular place.” Anti-Zionism is essentially murderous, he said, aimed at the “soul” of the Jewish people.
Some have praised the New York Times editorial on the Trump executive order attacking the BDS movement for its defense of free speech. But like so much else in what the Times says about Israel and Palestine, it gives with one hand what it takes away with the other.
An alleged Jewish dread of Jeremy Corbyn been at the top of the news for years, while Boris Johnson—the actually racist, actual prime minister—appears as an afterthought.
Tom Friedman’s double standard: Israel has a right to shoot demonstrators because that’s how Arab nations behave; but Iran doesn’t. Human rights groups have said Israel deliberately targeted civilians with live fire on the Gaza border though they posed no threat; but Friedman says it’s an “easy” call to defend those shootings.
At the same time as he reversed decades of US policy on settlements, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly reached out to Sheldon Adelson for donor support to run for Senate in Kansas. And it’s not a scandal. Though the Israel lobby corrupts our foreign policy.
The New York Times gives Paul Wolfowitz a platform to criticize Trump on the withdrawal from Syria, and the fight against ISIS, without saying a word about the roots of ISIS in the destruction that his project of invading Iraq wrought throughout the region. Wolfowitz should be on trial for major war crimes, Helena Cobban writes, not featured in the New York Times.
The Israeli army has come up with story after story to explain away the “mistaken” massacre of a family of nine in Gaza Nov. 14th. Now the army chief of staff sends a pep-talk letter to all soldiers about the two-day assault on Gaza that leaves out the family’s names but assures that the matter is being investigated.
Israel would have reached a deal with the Palestinians and allowed a Palestinian state years ago if it did not have blind American support to go on taking more and more Palestinian land. The Israel lobby, which has prevented criticism in both parties in the U.S., is the root cause of the conflict, and the lobby’s role as Israel’s supporter in western capitals is a fundamental principle of Zionism.
For all their talk of “complexity” and “ambiguity,” the contributors to “Teaching the Arab-Israeli Conflict” are in fact as politically and morally engaged as those putative classroom brainwashers and ideologues who serve as their whipping-boys. Instead of being more scrupulous and balanced in their pedagogy, these authors simply have a particular historical and ethical “take” on the subject. The Zionist-Palestinian conflict is not so very morally or politically ambiguous.
Tom Friedman of the New York Times says he supported Iraq war in part to keep Israel from being surrounded by chaos in Arab world. He assures a pro-Israel audience, “Israel had me at hello. Whatever you think folks– don’t worry. In times of crisis, I know where I will be. When the Jewish state is under threat–” Though he worries if the next foreign affairs columnist will get a “buzz” for Israel.
The New York Times Jerusalem correspondent David Halbfinger hit a new low yesterday with his article contending that “a new group of Arab thinkers” want to abandon the boycott of Israel.
The same paper that dissects every bigoted innuendo by Donald Trump somehow loses that ability when it comes to the political leaders of Israel.