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.
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…
Israeli expert says alienation of Jewish Americans could end US support for Israel, threatening Israel’s existence
A former Mossad senior official says Jewish Americans are central to US support for Israel and that alienating this population (as Netanyahu is doing) poses an “existential” threat to Israel. The Israel lobby would “lose its clout,” and it would diminish support from other countries “that cultivate ties with Israel because of its presumed influence in Washington”…
The progressive organization Moveon is featuring Ben & Jerry’s in its latest action alert, even though the ice cream company is being boycotted by three different social justice campaigns for its unethical practices in the Palestinian territories and its treatment of workers & the environment in Vermont.
An Israeli art historian discovered “war booty films” hidden by the IDF for decades. After a protracted legal struggle, she’s made a documentary that depicts a very different history than Israel claims, and shows the work of Palestinian filmmakers forgotten by history…
The Israel Lobby, especially AIPAC, is undeniably a foreign lobby, but it operates with complete impunity on Capitol Hill and also at state and local levels. Coincidentally, Congress has a peculiar pattern of brazen, bipartisan pro-Israel legislation and looking the other way on issues in which Israel may be culpable (e.g. USS Liberty). To put it succinctly, there is an Israeli hand in much of what the United States does internationally, and the involvement is not intended to do anything good for the American people.
Instead of commemorating a tragic death with legislation that will cut off funding to Palestinians and create more misery and, most likely, violence, Congress should enact a Rachel Corrie Act, a Brian Avery Act, an Emily Henoschowitz Act, a Tristan Anderson Act, a Tariq Abukhdeir Act, and an Orwah Hammad Act. See details of what they would contain…
Bill Moyers: “We are hostage to his fortune”: Sheldon Adelson, Benjamin Netanyahu and America’s dark money conspiracy
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.”