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Trump’s Syria withdrawal is ‘disaster’ for Israel, leaving it on its own against Iran, supporters say

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Donald Trump’s decision to abandon former Kurdish allies in Syria has been a shock to Israel and its US lobby. Israel thought it had a very special place in Trump’s worldview, but the withdrawal appears to gives Iran far more leeway. We are on our own against Iran, several Israeli officials and Israel supporters conclude fearfully. War is more likely than ever, one expert concludes.

Norman Finkelstein counters anti-Semitism ‘libel’ over harsh comments on Gaza

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Speaking at Princeton, Norman Finkelstein said a former Israeli soldier should be ashamed of having been a “concentration camp guard” for having served on the Gaza border. The Princetonian termed his remarks anti-Semitic. Finkelstein says reporters don’t want to address the central fact: Gaza’s martyrdom.

Batya Ungar-Sargon links anti-Zionists to David Duke and synagogue murders

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Batya Ungar-Sargon reads speech at Bard College, Oct. 11, 2019. Screenshot from video.

Batya Ungar-Sargon, the opinion editor of the Forward, issues extraordinary claims: 97 percent of Jews are Zionists, anti-Zionists in the Jewish community are as anomalous as Trump supporters who are black; she is the “number one publisher of Palestinian voices in America”; and intellectuals who cheered demonstrators at a pro-Israel panel bear responsibility for the spike in anti-semitism and even synagogue murders. 

‘Broad’ post-Netanyahu coalition means, No Palestinians

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Some commentators are predicting Netanyahu is about to be betrayed by a “broad” coalition of Israeli centrists. But the race-baiting against Palestinian legislators continue unabated. And one likely replacement says Netanyahu has been soft on Gaza and Israel must speed up “targeted killings” of Palestinian leaders.

Lose Netanyahu and Dems will love Israel again — liberal Zionist mantra

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A liberal Zionist group promotes the view of Israeli professor Jonathan Rynhold that progressive Democrats will support Israel once Netanyahu is gone. His argument would be more persuasive if he even mentioned the human rights violations and Gaza massacres that are at the heart of progressive disaffection with Israel.

Anti-Zionist Jews are like Jews who reversed circumcision to fit in with ‘cool group’ — Bari Weiss

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Bari Weiss has been everywhere lately promoting her book that says that anti-Zionism is dangerous anti-Semitism, and oh by the way, white nationalism is also a threat to Jews. She says anti-Zionist Jews are just trying to blend in with the “cool group,” when they should be celebrating Jewish specialness, and our “radical ideas” that still “drive people crazy.”

Israelis were ‘saddened’ to have to kill Gaza protesters, to avert ‘bloodbath’

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American Jews who condemned Israel’s slaughter of Gaza protesters don’t understand that Judaism is now the Jewish state and it won’t survive if Palestinian refugees are allowed to return, which is why no Israeli Jews questioned the slaughter, Daniel Gordis writes, urging American Jews to stick by Israel to stay Jewish.

Cory Booker likened Gilad Shalit to Nelson Mandela

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Cory Booker and Gilad Shalit (c) at Yale in 2012. Screenshot from video posted by Shabtai. Man on right is not identified.

Half of Americans believe politicians use Israel as a “political tool,” a new poll says. A video of Cory Booker likening Gilad Shalit, a former Israeli prisoner of Hamas, to Nelson Mandela would seem to fulfill that cynicism.

We endorsed Gantz to block Trump’s deal — Ayman Odeh of Joint List

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Benny Gantz is “bad,” but Netanyahu is “the worst,” says Ayman Odeh of the Palestinian Joint List in Israel. But Odeh told Time magazine that 10 Palestinian legislators endorsed Gantz because they want to stop Trump’s deal of the century and the annexation by Israel of West Bank lands.

The ‘NYT’ gives another book review to a rightwing Zionist, who denies the Nakba

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Francine Klagsbrun writes in the New York Times that the Palestinian refugee problem was created by Palestinians who decided to leave “of their own accord” in 1948. This is Nakba denial. With the choice of rightwing Zionists Klagsbrun and Hillel Halkin to review books on Israel lately, the New York Times is demonstrating its commitment to support Israel in ideological battle.

Liberal Zionists envision a sea change in Israel with success of the Joint List

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The success of the Palestinian Joint List in the Israeli election has given hope to liberal Zionist groups for a post-Netanyahu era of non-discrimination and a better international image. Though there is little in Israeli Jewish politicians’ conduct to support the hope, Ayman Odeh of the Joint List will be speaking to J Street next month.

The only hope for Israel politically is… Palestinians

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Palestinians in Israel are far more liberal than Jews. Nearly 90 percent say they would support a Palestinian party being part of the government, while Israeli Jews reject that idea overwhelmingly. So the one group that doesn’t buy into Zionism is the only hope to save Israel from its rightwing intolerance; and it is time that American Jews understand that reality.

A Prime Minister Gantz would help American Zionists sell Israel to Democrats

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Then-IDF chief of staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, left, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a Navy ceremony on September 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

The New York Times wants Netanyahu out because “elements of the Democratic Party have grown increasingly suspicious of Israel, if not hostile,” and replacing Netanyahu “may halt this dangerous shift.” Palestinian human rights are no account here. Though Israel’s politics have only shifted right, Israel-watchers say.

The ugly joy of the Israeli election

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Watching the election results on Israeli TV this week was to see Zionism in all its racist glory. The Palestinian parties were big winners Tuesday, finishing third with 13 seats, and the experts all declare, No governing coalition can include Arabs!

Media rules explained: Mention Israeli slaughter and Palestinian children in same breath, kiss your career goodbye

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Matt Seaton, of the New York Review of Books

On the basis of alleged “anti-Semitic tropes,” numerous critics of Israel, many of them writers of color, have been accused of bigotry for their criticisms of Israel. The latest is Ali Abunimah, accused by Matt Seaton of NYRB. Meantime, you can say anything you like to dehumanize Palestinians and no one in the mainstream will call you out.

‘NYT’ gives Netanyahu platform to race-bait Palestinian parties as ‘terrorists’ — without letting them respond

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When Donald Trump race-baits minorities, the New York Times offers his targets space to respond. But the Times published Netanyahu’s smears of Palestinian political parties as terrorists without giving them space to respond and repeatedly diminished their achievement in the election, in which they finished behind the two leading Jewish parties.

Bari Weiss’s career is about to fall off a cliff, says Bari Weiss

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Bari Weiss’s book argues that if you embrace Zionism you will suffer ostracism and career reputational damage. But the last week she’s gotten treatment other authors only dream about, from cable networks to the 92d Street Y to a big-media party where everyone bewailed social media (because the leftwing dares to advocate for Palestinian human rights).

The disastrous Trump-Israel-Saudi Arabia alliance could trigger a global economic crisis

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From left, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, Melania Trump and President Trump during the opening of an anti-extremist center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo: Saudi Press Agency)

The successful Yemeni rebel drone attack shows that the disastrous Trump-Israel-Saudi Arabia alliance could trigger a global economic crisis. The New York Times report was more concerned with the impact on the global oil price than with the human cost of the Saudi-led war against Yemen, which is a root cause of the attack.

Haaretz editor: ‘for the Palestinians murder is a type of sport, perhaps a substitute for erotica’

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Benny Ziffer (Screenshot: YouTube/Haaretz)

After a visit to the Ofra settlement in the West Bank, Haaretz culture editor Benny Ziffer wrote on his Facebook page : “En route I looked at the Palestinian villages alongside the Jewish communities, and I thought of how for the Palestinians murder is a type of sport or enjoyment, perhaps a substitute for erotica. From that perspective we will never have anything culturally in common with them.”