With even the Netanyahu government admitting that the so-called “price tag” settler attacks are acts of terrorism, it is time to examine the role the United States, and especially US citizens, plays in sustaining the settlement enterprise. One Israeli
group, Honenu, which has a fundraising arm in the US that enjoys tax-exempt status, has been revealed as aiding some of the most notorious terrorists on the West Bank.
The rabbinic human rights group, T’Ruah has filed a complaint in New York State calling for the revocation of Honenu’s tax-exempt status. In this issue brief, I explore the playing field for AMericans who wish to stop giving tax breaks to settlement supporters and what actions might credibly be taken in this vein. Read it here, on the FMEP web site.
Posted in Settlements | Tagged Central Fund ofIsrael, ECFR, Hebron Fund, Honenu, Price tag, Settlements, T'Ruah, West Bank, Yigal Amir, Yitzhak Rabin | Leave a Comment »
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed the Likud Party’s Danny Danon, currently the Minister of Science, to the position of UnitedNations envoy. Danon, a man who Netanyahu fired only last year because of his “loose cannon” actions, seems an odd choice for a diplomatic position of any kind.
Danon seems particularly ill suited for the role of UN Envoy due to his outspoken and uncompromising opposition to a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, something virtually the entire world supports. Danon is not afraid to make this clear either. Here are his own words in recent years. Read them and judge for yourself what message Netanyahu is sending by appointing Danon to this post.
Read more at the Foundation for Middle East Peace
Posted in United Nations | Tagged Benjamin Netanyahu, Danny Danon, East Jerusalem, Two-state solution, United Nations | Leave a Comment »
Ali Saad Dawabsheh was only 18 months old when Israeli settlers who entered his village of Douma to carry out a so-called “price tag” attack took his life away by setting fire to his home. The crime brought shock and horror to many, regardless of their views of the overall Israel-Palestinian conflict.
But the reality is that this death is very much a part of that conflict. It cannot be understood apart from it. It is not anomalous. Ali was far from the first baby killed in this conflict, on either side.
Is it possible for this tragedy to move us closer to resolving the conflict? Is it possible that, even without ultimately resolving the major political issues we can make it more difficult for an atrocity like this to occur? Perhaps it is, if we ask one important question and make sure we get all the answers to it.It is no surprise that such a horrifying act leads people to say “something more must be done.” But, of course, the conflict will not end over this incident. In a matter of weeks, Ali’s death will be just one more tragedy in a long list of tragedies in Israel-Palestine.
Why is Ali Dawabsheh dead? Read more at FMEP’s web site.
Posted in Settlements, Terrorism | Tagged Ali Dawabsheh, B'Tselem, Beit El, Benjamin Netanyahu, High Court in Israel, ICC, Jerusalem, Jewish Terrorism, Mahmoud Abbas, Noam Sheizaf, Price tag, Settlements | Leave a Comment »
I have been recently reminded of a truly admirable man whose wisdom was truly astounding. Professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz was a brilliant man who saw Judaism through a unique and often controversial lens.
A t-shirt depicting Leibowitz. The text says “I told you”
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Posted in Israel | Tagged 1967, Israel, Israel Prize, Judaism, Occupation, Yeshayahu Leibowitz, Yitzhak Rabin | 2 Comments »
Yesterday, FMEP’s President, and my friend and colleague, Matt Duss testified before the National Security subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. I helped Matt draft his written remarks, so I thought my readers might be interested in seeing the written testimony Matt submitted in advance of the hearing.
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This is just an outstanding messaging video. Produced by the good folks at Global Zero, it’s funny and it gets to the point. As I’ve pointed out, every alternative to the Iran nuclear deal is not just worse, it’s much, much worse than not only the deal itself, but the status quo as well. Please share this widely.
Posted in Iran | Tagged Ambassador Thomas Pickering, Congress, Global Zero, Iran, Iran nuclear deal, Jack Black, Morgan Freeman, Natasha Lyonne, Queen Noor, Valerie Plame | 1 Comment »