A former Antisemitism Envoy adopted a new, Israel-centric definition for antisemitism, and then used it to train U.S. diplomats. The envoy position has proved a revolving door to Israel lobbying organizations (see video). Now groups from the ADL to the Southern Poverty Law Center are disturbed that Trump isn’t filling the position.
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Ha’aretz: U.S. Rabbis Get Close-up Look at Occupation in the West Bank – Not a Pretty Sight
A dozen American rabbis visit Hebron and see for themselves the result of a settlement inside a Palestinian town. They find the experience “eye-opening and heart-wrenching.” Their trip coincides with one of the worst crises ever in relations between Israel and the U.S. Jewish community.
Witnesses say false smears of ‘antisemitism’ at Chicago ‘Dyke March’ were initiated by Israel partisan
Amith Gupta reports in Mondoweiss that claims of “antisemitism” at the annual “Dyke March” in Chicago were untrue. Witnesses say that many paraders wore kippas, Stars of David, etc. The smears, they say, were initiated by Israel partisan Laurel Grauer…
IRMEP Poll: Most Americans Aren’t Zionists But Democratic and Republican Party Platforms Are
Grant Smith of IRMEP reports that a poll reveals the disconnect between the American public and Congress on the issue of Israel. Both major US political parties are overwhelmingly Zionist, while their constituents, according to the poll, are only 24.9% Zionist.
Making A Sexy Pitch For Israel [video]
A new anti-BDS campaign called 4il.org enlists Israel’s supporters as Internet foot soldiers. The two-pronged campaign is geared toward digitally savvy millennials, and uses an interactive website and a smartphone app to turn Israel advocacy into a competitive game.
How Labour Friends of Israel tried to undermine Jeremy Corbyn
Asa Winstanley reports in the Electronic Intifada that the UK’s general election was an earthquake for the political establishment. Although the issue did not feature in the campaign, the result has significant implications for the Palestinian cause…
Alison Weir’s 70th Birthday Tribute: Part 2
As promised in our previous post, here are more of the messages composing our tribute to Alison Weir in honor of her birthday. We were waiting to post some of the birthday messages until we could deliver them the old-fashioned way, in person. We’d like to share these now, along with her heartfelt thanks for all the messages and support of peace and justice!
International campaign is criminalizing criticism of Israel as ‘antisemitism’
IAK INVESTIGATION: For two decades, some Israeli officials and partisans have worked to embed a new, Israel-focused definition of antisemitism in institutions around the world, from international bodies and national governments to small college campuses in heartland America. This effort is now snowballing rapidly. As a result, advocacy for Palestinian rights is well on the way to being curtailed and even criminalized as “hate.”
Robert Parry: Why Not a Probe of ‘Israel-gate’?
Consortium News: As Official Washington fumes about Russia-gate, Israel’s far more significant political-influence-and-propaganda campaigns are ignored… The October Surprise… In some European circles, the neocons are described as “Israel’s American agents”…
CounterPunch: An Accelerating Palestine Rights Movement Faces Uncertain Direction
Analyst Jack Dresser discusses the Israel connection to Mideast wars, the injustice of a “two-state solution,” Israel’s loss of full control, the role of Jewish organizations in the Palestine rights movement, JVP President Vilkomerson’s husband’s employment at Israeli security company Check Point, and to what degree such groups will embrace a “transformative vision”…