The Forward reports that Jewish groups successfully worked to prevent the Women’s March on Washington from officially including Palestine: “Jewish groups intensified their engagement with the platform-production process” and felt “very good with the results.” “The way to deal with it was by sitting around the table, talking and editing,” said Nancy Kaufman, CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women.
The agreement was an instrument in which Israel could pursue traditional objectives, including settling the “Whole Land of Israel.” Settlement building could accelerate, “security” in occupied Palestine was subcontracted to Palestinian “security forces” who protected Israeli settlers but not Palestinians, and many of the costs of the occupation were borne by other countries. Whitbeck gives an eye-witness analysis of what went wrong.
Philip Giraldi reports that the Israel-first, pro-war neocons and their affiliated think tanks aren’t having the power under Trump that they expected under Hillary. “That the defeat of Hillary was also a defeat of the neoconservatives and their alphabet soup of institutes and think tanks is sometimes overlooked.” Giraldi writes: Many of the Trump dissidents like…
RT and others have reported that former New York Times reporter Judith Miller tweeted about Chelsea Manning’s pardon: “How many people died because of Manning leak?” (Answer: one person.) In response, numerous people tweeted back that Miller’s promotion of falsehoods that led to the Iraq war cost the lives of at least a million Iraqis…
Israeli police claim they shot al-Qiyan dead after he committed a “car-ramming attack,” but witnesses, including Israeli Jewish activists who were in the village of a thousand inhabitants to protest the demolitions of their homes, say he lost control of his car after Israeli police shot at him. A police video appears to confirm the witnesses’ accounts.
The fervently Pro-Israel billionaire poured massive amounts of cash into Trump’s campaign [reportedly, $125 million]. He is already seeing his investment pay off. Those in the Jewish community who supported Bannon received massive Adelson money. The ZOA $1 million, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach $1.5 million, David Horowitz $50,000, the Republican Jewish Coalition is the biggest beneficiary.
Will Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson, Exxon CEO, advocate anti-war policies in the Middle East and elsewhere? Is that one reason he’s under attack? Contrary to the narrative that Big Oil was the driving force behind the Iraq war, the oil industry opposed the Iraq war, the economic sanctions that preceded it, and Iran sanctions.
Journalists, scientists, human rights activists and even a clown are among the Palestinians currently in Israeli jails. Since the Israeli occupation began in 1967, Israel has jailed between half a million and 800,000 Palestinians. The conviction rate is about 99 percent. Among the arrestees are also those in administrative detention, an Israeli speciality: over the previous year, 1,742 orders for detention without trial were served against Palestinians; some held year after year.
Israel and its American partisans played a major role – perhaps the decisive role – in pushing the U.S. to invade Iraq, because they considered Iraq a potential threat to Israel – an invasion that has resulted in the deaths of half a million Iraqis, 7,000 Americans, will cost Americans trillions of dollars, and led to the regional chaos we see today
Phil Giraldi criticizes those who place Israeli interests above American needs, e.g. Alan Dershowitz, John Krauthammer, John Bolton, Brookings, WINEP, JINSA, AIPAC, FDD, “and the rest of the alphabet soup that depend on the generosity of pro-Israel donors to keep the lights on.”
The Forward reports: “For the Jewish left, Friedman appointment has quickly emerged as a banner for rallying troops already concerned with the impact the Trump presidency will have on the Israeli – Palestinian conflict. On the right, Trump’s choice of a pro-settlement bankruptcy lawyer as chief envoy to Israel is seen as ushering in a new era of settlement expansion and changing the fundamentals of American policy toward the conflict.