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”…

Israeli bomb hoaxer charged with trying to extort US Senator, threatening to kill ex-Pentagon official’s kids

Israel is refusing to extradite the man, who made threats to 2,000 different institutions around the world, schools, malls, police stations, hospitals and airlines… JVP’s Alissa Wise had earlier said that Trump’s suggestion that the JCC bomb threats could have been made by a Jew was “a truly disgusting form of victim-blaming…” Kaydar reported to have earned $240,000 from his threats…

UK Friends of Israel chair apologizes for burning New Testament

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) reports that Shneur Odze, a candidate for mayor of Manchester, found the New Testament in his synagogue. He took the offending volume outside and set it on fire, then posted photos of the book burning and wrote on Twitter: “Grateful to whoever put a missionary bible amongst our synagogue’s books. Was wondering what I’d burn my Chametz with…”

The True Cost of Israel: U.S. support goes far beyond the official numbers

Philip Giraldi in CNI: In 1992, the AIPAC President bragged how he “got almost a billion dollars in other goodies [for Israel] that people don’t even know about.” In 2012, Israel’s former commander-in-chief said that between 2009 and 2012 American taxpayers had paid for more of his country’s defense budget than had Israeli taxpayers. Other special interest groups have managed to skew foreign policy, but no lobby has managed to divert it as far from the national interest…