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Sheldon Adelson was a giant loser in midterms — and Trump is letting him know it

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Trump tore up the Iran deal for Sheldon Adelson and moved the embassy to Jerusalem. But the megadonor’s millions in the midterm elections had none of the magic they did in 2016, as even Republicans in his home state of Nevada were crushed. And the transactional president is expressing his displeasure by taking some key moves against Israel’s interests.

My Judaism is anti-Zionism

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Being intermarried and assimilated, Phil Weiss wonders at Christmas what makes him Jewish; and he embraces the Birthright walkout and the great spiritual challenge his tribe faces today, to free itself from Zionism and the evils that ideology has generated in Israel and Palestine.

Trump complains that ‘we give Israel $4.5 billion a year’ and more

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Trump complains about how much money the U.S. gives Israel. “We’re going to take good care of Israel… But we give Israel $4.5 billion a year.  And we give them, frankly, a lot more money than that, if you look at the books — a lot more money than that.” But Bret Stephen of the New York Times says Trump has been bad for Israel through his “isolationist” foreign policy in Syria.

On Alice Walker, Judaism, and Palestine

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Sarah Schulman comments on the discussion of Alice Walker and her conclusions about Judaism: “This is not a defense nor an attack, but rather an attempt to understand what is happening, why, and what it means.”

The foreign policy ‘blob’ is horrified by Trump’s Syria move– though not the voters

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Trump’s decision to pull troops from Syria is “foreign policy malpractice,” says Michele Flournoy, Hillary Clinton’s would-be defense secretary, echoing the D.C. establishment’s horror at Trump’s fulfillment of a campaign promise. Sadly, the realists and leftwingers who have an alternative vision for US foreign policy in the wake of the Iraq disaster and the Syrian civil war have been exiled by the media.

Thank God, liberal, New York Times-reading Americans are immune to propaganda

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Donald Johnson punctures the melodrama over the latest report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Nothing the Russians did even comes remotely close to the lies and misinformation and deceptive reporting that Americans inflict on each other. The Russians aren’t the ones who persuaded many Americans that global warming is a hoax. The Russians aren’t dividing our society.

The hypocrisy behind Zionist cries of ‘antisemitism’

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By colluding with antisemites worldwide and weaponizing the term “antisemitism” to inappropriately include anti-Zionism, Zionists have transformed a very real and ongoing threat to Jews into a political tool that serves their own settler colonialist goals.

Israel got delegitimized last week

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Michelle Goldberg and Shibley Telhami.

Israel had its worst week in a long time in the US discourse. The two-state consensus is now in a complete shambles, with many Americans on both right and left beginning to advocate for one democratic state in Israel and Palestine, which of course would mean the end of what Benjamin Netanyahu calls “the one and only Jewish state.”

Beyond the tipping point

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Nada Elia writes, “Finally, the fantasy of the two-state solution is dead.  As people across the political spectrum from the right to the left agree that Israel controls historic Palestine in its entirety, the question now seems to be whether the one de facto state, from the river to the sea, will be Jewish, or democratic.”

Airbnb is preventing Palestinian hosts from listing their homes in the occupied West Bank

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Weeks after Airbnb’s landmark decision to pull out of Israeli settlements, Mondoweiss has learned that Airbnb is also currently preventing Palestinian hosts from listing their homes in the occupied West Bank. According to Airbnb customer service representatives in Israel and the United States any listings coming out of the West Bank are not currently being approved by the company — regardless if the listing is in a Palestinian city, or in an Israeli settlement.

When will the mainstream Jewish community call us to ‘light a candle’ for the Palestinian people?

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A coalition of Jewish organizations’s lead by the American Jewish World Service and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, invited “concerned Jews across the U.S. to unite in solidarity against the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people of Burma” by dedicating the 6th candle on the 6th night of Chanukah to the Rohingya people. Howard Horowitz asks when will these organizations also call on American Jews to honor Palestinians in a similar way. 

‘NYT’ editorial on Flynn’s misdeeds has a laughable omission, Israel’s role

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Michael Flynn

Israeli officials asked Trump to intervene on the UN Security Council vote against settlements during the transition in 2016, and Mike Flynn did it, and is now criminally charged in that connection. But the New York Times leaves Israel out when it opines about Flynn’s guilt in the Russian influence scandal.

Possible Congressional move on Israel Anti-Boycott Act alarms activists

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Congressman Peter Roskam of Illinois speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

Pro-Palestine and free speech activists who have been mobilizing against the Israel Anti-Boycott Act are sounding an alarm about rumors of a secret attempt this week to slip the legislation, which the ACLU has declared unconstitutional even in its revised form, into the must-pass House spending bill before the blue wave comes into power.

A free Palestine ‘from river to the sea’: Marc Lamont Hill’s call for justice has consequences

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Robert Herbst responds to CNN’s firing of Marc Lamont Hill: “Hill’s provocative call for freedom for Palestinians in the whole of historic Palestine (or Greater Israel), in a single state guaranteeing rights for both peoples, did not mention Jews or Israelis, leaving him vulnerable to the false attack that he was advocating eliminating Jews from the Holy Land.”

Neturei Karta’s long history of solidarity with Palestinians is subject of upcoming documentary

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The orthodox anti-Zionist group Neturei Karta is often kept at arms length by the left because of its socially conservative views. Filmmaker Heather Tenzer reached out to Neturei Karta for her upcoming documentary, The Rabbis’ Intifada, and shows how the group has been able to build bridges with conservative religious Muslims, thereby offering a challenge to our ideas about activism.

The tragedy of Marc Lamont Hill’s firing

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The firing of Marc Lamont Hill by CNN for espousing Palestinian human rights shows the historical commitment by western institutions to Zionism as the answer to Jewish insecurity in the west. But now Zionism is in crisis, and Hill sought to bear witness to the actual conditions in Israel/Palestine– and was labeled an anti-Semite.