America’s Israel Hypocrisy
- 09.10.2017 An Al Jazeera Reporter Went Undercover with the Pro-Israel Lobby
- 14.12.2018 The Truth About Israel, Boycotts, and BDS
- 05.01.2019 Bipartisan Defense of the Israeli Government From Boycotts
- 17.01.2019 When Do We “Impeach the Motherfucker”?
- 24.01.2019 What You Can’t Say About Israel (with Marc Lamont Hill)
- 12.02.2019 There Is a Taboo Against Criticizing AIPAC ...
- 12.02.2019 Pro-Israel Lobby Caught on Tape ...
The PPP and CPI Issue a Joint Call about Trump’s Jerusalem Decision
The Palestinian People’s Party (PPP) and the Communist Party of Israel (CPI) severely condemn US President Donald Trump’s December 6 decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a decision which is both a blatant attack on the rights of the Palestinian people and a significant blow to the requirements for a just peace based on UN resolutions adopted by most countries and the overwhelming majority of peoples worldwide.
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Now American Jews Are Angry
When it comes to the Western Wall, suddenly U.S. Jews are liberals, criticizing Israel. Did they ever fight for the right of Palestinians to worship freely?
American Jews are hurt. They’re furious. They say that Jewish unity is imperiled, that the entire Zionist vision is about to implode. In urgent nighttime cables, Israel’s consuls in the United States were instructed to prepare for the growing protest and to address it “with an obliging spirit.” Never before have American Jews expressed such anger and protest against Israel.
What is causing American Jews to be so furious at Israel, the apple of their eye and a source of pride until now? Is it the antidemocratic legislation passed here in recent years, which shames Israel and casts doubt on its democracy? The witch hunt against left-wing civil society organizations? Its shameful treatment of African asylum seekers? Its withholding of electricity from two million people who’ve been caged up for 10 years? The massacre of civilians during Operation Protective Edge? The massacre of civilians in Operation Cast Lead? The executions of knife-wielding girls? The 50 years of occupation?
None of these has ever provoked any real anger from American Jews. They adored Israel blindly, even when it committed all this. They contributed to Israel generously even when they knew all this was going on. They sent their children here to visit the settlements and the army with armed escorts, to be brainwashed, and they ignored the occupation.
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France's Foreign Minister Bashes Trump's Plan to Move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem
Move would be a provocation with 'extremely serious consequences,' Jean-Marc Ayrault says on sidelines of Paris peace conference.
France's foreign minister said on Sunday a proposal by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to move the American embassy to Jerusalem would be a provocation with serious consequences.
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Kerry's Speech Was Superbly Zionist, pro-Israel, and Three Years Too Late
The outline presented by Kerry could have pushed Israel and Palestinians into an agreement, if he had put it on the table in 2014. But Netanyahu and Abbas' hypocritical responses showed why his peace efforts failed.
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Kerry Blasts Israeli Government, Presents Six Points of Future Peace Deal
Israel's PM Netanyahu fears Kerry's speech may form basis for more UN action on Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry strongly criticized Israel's government in a speech on Wednesday, saying that trends on the ground are leading to a one-state solution and defending the U.S. decision not to veto a UN Security Council resolution against the Israeli settlements. Netanyahu's office replied and accused the U.S. Secretary of State of obsessing about settlements.
"If the choice is one-state, Israel can either be Jewish or democratic, it cannot be both and it won't ever live in peace," Kerry said.
Kerry presented the principles of a future final status agreement: An Israeli and a Palestinian state based on the 1967 lines; full rights to all citizens; a solution to the Palestinian refugee issue; Jerusalem as the capital of both states; an end to the occupation, while satisfying Israel's security needs, with a demilitarized Palestinian state; an end to all claims by both sides.
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What Does Trump's Internationall Negotiator Really Think
About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?
Hint: Jason Greenblatt, Trump's special representative for international negotiations, is not a clone of David Friedman, the hardline Israel ambassador-designate.
When it came time to choose advisers on Israel during the election campaign, Donald Trump didn’t have to look far: He appointed his two Orthodox Jewish lawyers.
A week ago Friday, one of them, David Friedman, was tapped to become the next United States ambassador to Israel. This past Friday, the other lawyer, Jason Greenblatt, who also served as chief legal officer of the Trump Organization, was appointed special representative for international negotiations – a job that is expected to include Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
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Liberal Zionism in the Age of Trump
For weeks now, Jewish communities across America have been troubled by an awkward phenomenon. Donald J. Trump, a ruthless politician trafficking in anti-Semitic tropes, has been elected to become the next president, and he has appointed as his chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, a prominent figure of the “alt-right,” a movement that promotes white nationalism, anti-Semitism, racism and misogyny. Though Bannon himself has expressed “zero tolerance” for such views, his past actions suggest otherwise; as the executive chairman of Breitbart News for the past four years, he provided the country’s most powerful media platform for the movement and its ideologies.
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U.S. trade bill with EU includes landmark anti-BDS provisions
Obama signs Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) into law, leverages Europe's desire for free trade with U.S. to block 'politically motivated' boycotts of Israel.
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United Church of Christ Approves Divestment
to Aid Palestinians
The United Church of Christ, one of the largest Protestant denominations in the United States, overwhelmingly approved a resolution Tuesday calling for divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation or control of Palestinian territories, and a boycott of products from Israeli settlements.
AIPAC-backed legislation targeting BDS movement
advances in Congress
From the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955 to the anti-Apartheid campaigns in the 90s, Senator Ben Cardin has spent his life supporting boycotts as a tool for achieving racial, social and economic justice. That all apparently changed when Palestinian civil society decided to adopt boycotts as a tactic to challenge Israel’s brutal military occupation.
This past Tuesday Senator Cardin introduced an AIPAC-backed amendment to a trade bill that seeks to thwart the growing boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement. Although it’s not yet publicly available, the text of Senator Cardin’s amendment is reportedly similar to an amendment that was passed by the House Committee on Ways and Means on Thursday.
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The Irrelevance of Liberal Zionism
Frustrated by Israeli settlement expansion, excessive violence, AIPAC maximalism, Netanyahu’s arrogance, Israel’s defiant disregard of international law, various Jewish responses claim to seek a middle ground. Israel is criticized by this loyal opposition, sometimes harshly, although so is the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, and activists around the world. Both sides are deemed responsible in equal measure for the failure to end the conflict. With such a stance liberal Zionists seek to occupy the high moral ground without ceding political relevance. In contrast, those who believe as I do that Israel poses the main obstacle to achieving a sustainable peace are dismissed by liberal Zionists as either obstructive or unrealistic, and at worst, as anti-Israeli or even anti-Semitic.
The Political Scene:
Friends of Israel
The lobbying group AIPAC has consistently fought the Obama Administration on policy. Is it now losing influence?
Identity and Exile
Al Jazeera's Matthew Cassel examines why so many American Jews defend Israeli policies regardless of the issue or cost.
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Why America and Israel Are the Greatest Threats to Peace
It is not easy to escape from one's skin, to see the world differently from the way it is presented to us day after day. But it is useful to try. Let's take a few examples.
The war drums are beating ever more loudly over Iran. Imagine the situation to be reversed.
Who really controls US foreign policy in the Middle East?
Many Americans believe Israel has too tight a grip on US foreign policy. Whatever Israel wants Israel gets even if it’s bad for Americans.
Reciprocity, Lawfare, and Self-Defense: Targeted Killing
There is an emergent Israeli/American controversy on the lawfulness of targeted killing. Although the policy has not yet attained the status of being a national debate, there are signs that it may be about to happen, especially in light of the Attorney General, Eric Holder’s Northwestern Law School speech on March 5, 2012 outlining the Obama’s administration’s controversial approach to targeted killing in some detail. Lisa Hajjar convincingly narrates how the “legalization” of targeted killing has evolved over the course of the last twenty years. [Hajjar, “Lawfare and Targeted Killing developments in the Israeli and U.S. Contexts,” Jadaliyya, Jan. 15, 2012] She there calls attention to the analogy to the torture debate that, in many ways, defined the political and moral identity of the Bush presidency in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, and even caused moral and legal fissures to develop that divided the American people unto this day.
Why Israel lobby and neocons hate Ron Paul?
Texas congressman Ron Paul is campaigning to be the president of America.
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Newt, Mitt, Bibi and Vladimir
I have a simple motto when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I love both Israelis and Palestinians, but God save me from some of their American friends — those who want to love them to death, literally.
That thought came to mind last week when Newt Gingrich took the Republican competition to grovel for Jewish votes — by outloving Israel — to a new low by suggesting that the Palestinians are an “invented” people and not a real nation entitled to a state.
AIPAC's newest strategy
AIPAC is a useful tool when you want to predict the future of any peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.
Bush plan beat obstacle to Gaza assault
Until mid-2007, there was a serious political obstacle to a massive conventional war by Israel against Hamas in Gaza: the fact that Hamas had won free and fair elections for the Palestinian parliament and was still the leading faction in a fully legitimate government.
But the George W Bush administration helped Israel eliminate that obstacle, by deliberately provoking Hamas to seize power. That plan was aimed at getting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to dissolve the democratically elected Hamas government - something Bush had tried unsuccessfully to do for many months.
Amnesty International says U.S. response to Gaza 'lopsided'
Human rights group Amnesty International on Friday accused the United States of having a "lopsided" response to the crisis in Gaza and told the top U.S. diplomat to press all sides to reach an immediate cease-fire.
In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Amnesty's U.S. branch said the U.S. government must not ignore Israel's "disproportionate response" against Gaza and policies the group said had brought Hamas-ruled Gaza to the brink of "humanitarian disaster."
The Gaza Bombshell
After failing to anticipate Hamas’s victory over Fatah in the 2006 Palestinian election, the White House cooked up yet another scandalously covert and self-defeating Middle East debacle: part Iran-contra, part Bay of Pigs. With confidential documents, corroborated by outraged former and current U.S. officials, the author reveals how President Bush, Condoleezza Rice, and Deputy National-Security Adviser Elliott Abrams backed an armed force under Fatah strongman Muhammad Dahlan, touching off a bloody civil war in Gaza and leaving Hamas stronger than ever.