Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called in his budget for passing laws cutting off businesses from Texas pension plans that adhere to Israel boycotts and broadening laws banning state investments in Iran. He traveled to Israel on a jet supplied by pro-Israel megadonor Sheldon Adelson. Adelson has said he regretted serving in US Army, would have preferred being in Israeli army…
An undercover video shows an Israeli agent working to “take down” some UK officials and reveals AIPAC involvement. Israel partisans have previously taken down US Congressional representatives. Such lobbying on behalf of Israel is a global phenomenon with organizations like AIPAC existing in various forms in a number of other countries.
Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt repeatedly stated the “fact” of Iraq’s hidden WMD and mocked anyone who doubted it. Even after the U.S. government acknowledged that the WMD allegations were a myth – a classic case of “fake news” – almost no one who had pushed the fabrication was punished. The “fake news” stigma didn’t apply to Hiatt and other journalists who actually did produce “fake news,” even though it led to the deaths of 4,500 U.S. soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. To this day, Hiatt remains the Post’s editorial-page editor.
Maryland lawmakers and Jewish advocacy groups are putting the final touches on a bill that would ban companies that support the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel from doing business with the state.
Legislation was Introduced Jan 30, 2017 that would prohibit public contracts with companies that boycott Israel. 10 sponsors. The legislation had been pushed by Rabbi Zalman Mendelsohn, who oversees Chabad Wyoming, an affiliate of an orthodox Jewish organization, in Jackson.
Hundreds of Palestinian activists, ordinary citizens, and journalists have been arrested and imprisoned based on what they wrote or shared – particularly on Facebook. And Israel is pressuring Facebook to censor information. According to Israeli minister Ayelet Shaked. “A year ago Facebook removed 50 percent of content that we requested. Today Facebook is removing 95 percent of content we ask them to.”
Suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days while vetting procedures are revamped. Suspends admissions of people from “countries of particular concern” for 90 days. Bans Syrians until vetting is determined to be sufficient. Limits total refugees admitted in 2017 to 50,000. Some refugees may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
The US played both sides in Syria; completely took over Iraq, leading to the deaths of hundreds of thousands; helped stage a coup in Iran; invaded Libya and overthrew its leader; sent drones to Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen; and its buddy Saudi Arabia is currently bombing and starving the Yemeni population.
The ZOA said that Mattis’ remarks were “hostile to Israel.” Mattis also said he “paid a military-security price every day as CentCom commander because the Americans were seen as biased in support of Israel.” Mattis opposes torture, and President Trump says he will allow Mattis’ view to override him on this.
Michelle Flournoy, who was expected to be Hillary Clinton’s Defense Secretary, said that her worry was that Donald Trump would not consider Israel’s interests in forging a deal with Russia over Syria.
2016 was the deadliest year in the past decade for Palestinian children in the West Bank. Some were killed on their way to class, or coming home from. Several were shot dead while protesting the occupation. A brother and sister were killed in their home when their neighborhood was hit in an Israeli airstrike. See their photos and learn the details.
Moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would mark a reversal of almost seven decades of US policy. Presidents from both parties have consistently refused to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem because it would impede efforts for peace, quite likely lead to fatal, tragic violence, and create dangerous hostility to Americans. Congress, at…
Chaim Levinson reports in Ha’aretz that there is a “conspiracy of silence” about Israeli torture. The fact that Israel tortures prisoners has been exposed many times. In 1977 the London Sunday Times described it; award winning journalist and author Grace Halsell described it in her 1081 book Journey to Jerusalem and an article; Israeli torture of American…
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.