Texas Governor calls for passage of anti-BDS, anti-Iran laws (traveled to Israel on Adelson jet)

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…

How war propaganda keeps on killing

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.

How Israel polices Palestinian voices online – especially Facebook [VIDEO]

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.”

Full text of Trump’s executive order banning refugees for 90-120 days

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.

Torture, Israeli-style – as described by the interrogators themselves

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…

How Israel partisans kept Palestine out of the Women’s March

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.

A legal perspective on “Oslo”

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.