Which will it be: Unequivocal support for Israel or our First Amendment rights?

Justine McCabe writes: “An alarming paradox has taken shape in legislation before Congress: Our representatives would violate Americans’ First Amendment rights in order to protect the State of Israel. This draconian legislation is H.R. 1697/S. 720, the ‘Israel Anti-Boycott Act,’ is a proposed law that could harshly penalize the free speech of Americans…

‘Religious freedom’ nominee Sam Brownback and the commission’s dirty little secret

A look at Israelphile and soon-to-be Ambassador for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback, and the pro-Israel environment in which he will find himself. How can a man who has lived in Israel’s pocket be expected to stand up for Palestinians’ religious liberty, when even neutral players could not?

Israeli kingpins behind ‘monstrous’ international financial scam ‘binary options’

The Times of Israel and others report on the fraudulent binary options industry that generates $5 to $10 billion a year and largely emanates from Israel. For 10 years it scammed hundreds of thousands of victims worldwide out of billions of dollars with little or no intervention from Israeli law enforcement. Israel’s current bill would allow binary options pushers to re-brand their product and continue to defraud customers abroad with impunity. An analyst writes: ‘Israel is so corrupt that these borderline criminals run the country.’

EI: These are the Israeli leaders who want to destroy al-Aqsa

Dan Cohen reports in EI on the role & beliefs of Jewish extremists in the Jerusalem crisis: ‘if Muslims and Christians surrender and say from now on, there is no more Christianity and no more Islam, and the mosques and Christian spires come down, then they would be allowed to live. “If not,” he warned, “you kill all of their males by sword. You leave only the women.”

The Unz Review: America’s Militarized Police – Made in Israel?

Since 2002 there have been hundreds of all-expenses-paid trips to Israel including officers from every major American city as well as state and local police departments. Some have been sponsored by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA). The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has also been directly funding trips since 2008…