Billionaire Sheldon Adelson officially gives hundreds of millions of dollars to GOP politicians, plus untold sums in “dark money”; in addition, he bankrolls Benjamin Netanyahu through his right-wing newspaper. Bottom line: Adelson gives Netanyahu power in Israel through his own private news outlet, and in the US by buying off Congress and calling the shots on its Middle East policies.
Brandeis University Professor Len Saxe says he has fifteen years’ worth of research data showing that the vast majority of Jewish students feel some connection to Israel…
Three young Arab women, students from northern Israel, are suing El Al and Arkia Israeli Airlines over treatment during an airport security check. They say they were forced to undress and underwent humiliating, intrusive body searches. One fainted during the process.
A student at Hebrew University released a recording from a classroom lecture, in which Dr. Ofer Cassif compared new Israeli legislation to that of 1930s Nazi Germany. The Israeli Right is fighting back, but Cassif maintains, “I will not give in to the attempt to silence me.”
Pundits and politicians billed the special election race between two strong supporters of Israel, Jon Ossoff (D) and Karen Handel (R), as a major referendum on the first few months of the Trump administration. Tens of millions of Democratic dollars could not buy back Georgia’s 6th District in the most expensive US House race in history. Democrats have now lost all four special elections to fill vacancies left by Trump cabinet appointees.
Newly appointed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been hailed by some as a “modernizer” in the benighted, monarchy-plagued region. Rumors swirl that he is among a significant faction of Saudi royals who support the creation of a nominal, Israeli-dominated “Palestinian state.”
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.
The Intercept: Jared Kushner’s Pursuit of Middle East Peace Looks a Lot Like Total Surrender to Israel
While the young woman’s killing was the latest in a long series of tragedies, the description of the attack as terrorism overlooks the fact that she was in East Jerusalem as an armed officer responsible for enforcing Israel’s control over the captive population of an occupied territory. The use of that language by American officials also clashes with U.S. law, which clearly defines terrorism as “premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents.”
1951: David Ben-Gurion fought for the death penalty because some Israelis “think it’s a mitzvah [good deed] to kill Arabs…As long as they think that, the murders won’t stop.”
The Taylor Force Act, a bill to limit aid to the Palestinian Authority, is being peddled on both sides of the aisle by a nationwide grassroots network of pro-Israel activists—including Sheldon Adelson, Shawn Evenhaim, Haim Saban and Adam Milstein—as well as several powerful pro-Israel lobbying groups.