Posted in Gaza, Judaism, US-Israel Lobby, tagged AIPAC, Anti-Semitism, Ben Cardin, Conference of Presidents, Dennis Stephens, Ed Royce, Gaza, Hamas, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, ISIS, Israel, Jewish, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, John Boehner, Malcolm Hoenlein, National Leadership Assembly for Israel, Paul De Vries, Robert Sugarman, Ron Dermer, Susan Rice on July 31, 2014 |
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An edited version of this article originally appeared at LobeLog.
A protester from Code Pink outside the National Leadership Assembly for Israel.
On Monday, I attended the National Leadership Assembly for Israel. The gathering was more than a little disquieting.
The names in attendance were big ones. National Security Adviser Susan Rice, House Speaker John Boehner, Former Chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, current Chairman Ed Royce, Senator Ben Cardin, Ambassador Dennis Stephens of Canada, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer as well as leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations (COPJ), AIPAC, the Jewish Council on Public Affairs and others all spoke. One of the most troubling aspects of it was that they mostly all had the same thing to say.
Some speakers went farther than others. Paul De Vries, the evangelical preacher and president of the New York Divinity School, called Hamas “evil” and said that ISIS was Hamas’ “twin.” While most statements were not that stark, every speaker placed full blame for all the casualties in Gaza on Hamas. Israel was defended completely uncritically, with not a hint from anyone that maybe, just maybe, the deaths of hundreds of Palestinian children might mean that Israel is not quite taking enough care to avoid harming civilians. (more…)
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Posted in Anti-Semitism, Racism, tagged ADL, Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, Camp David II, Gaza, Islamophobia, Israel, Jewish State, Jewish Voice for Peace, Kidnapped Israelis, MEMRI, Middle east, murdered Palestinian, Occupation, pro-Israel, Second Intifada, West Bank on July 2, 2014 |
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The photo you see to the left was found by Jewish Voice for Peace on the Facebook page (since removed) of a group that named itself
“Hating Arabs Isn’t revenge–it’s values.” Hashtag reads Israel Demands Revenge!”
“Am Yisrael Doreshet Nekama,” in English, “The People of Israel Demand Revenge.” The hashtag on the sign is similar, though with an important difference–the word “Am” is removed and it is “Israel Demands Revenge.”
The photo has since gone viral, though not as its creators may have hoped. It has become a Twitter and Facebook symbol for Israeli racism. For me, personally, it is important that the hashtag removes the word “Am” because “Am Yisrael” commonly means the Jewish People, while “Israel” alone more commonly refers to the country.
But what’s really important that people understand in the image is the driving force behind Israeli policy. Yes, these girls or young women may not yet even be old enough to vote or to serve in the IDF. But it doesn’t take a very hard look to understand that they are not fanatical settlers. These are not orthodox young women, and just judging by their appearance and dress (which, it should be noted, is not conclusive), they are probably quite secular, mainstream Israelis, very much of the Tel Aviv culture. (more…)
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Posted in Anti-Semitism, tagged ADL anti-semitism survey, Anti-Semitism, Avigdor Lieberman, BDS, Benjamin Netanyahu, Brussels, Europe BDS, Joelle Milquet, Keshev, shooting at Jewish museum in Brussels on May 27, 2014 |
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This article originally appeared at LobeLog.
On May 24, an unidentified shooter opened fire at the Jewish museum in Brussels, killing four people. Two of the victims were Israelis, and the other two remain unidentified, other than being described as a volunteer and an employee of the museum, respectively.
Nothing is really known yet about the identity or motive of the shooter. A video of the incident offers very little in terms of defining the ethnicity of the murderer. But never fear, because Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman know very well who is responsible. (more…)
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Posted in Israel, Peace Plans, United States, tagged Anti-Semitism, B'Tselem, Barnea on Israel-Palestine, Benjamin Netanyahu, criticism of two-state solution, Gaza, Isaac Herzog, Israel-Palestine Talks, Israeli Settlements, John Kerry, Labor Party, Likud, Mahmoud Abbas, Nahum Barnea, Oslo Accords, Peace Now, Shelly Yachimovitch, West Bank, why did Israel-Palestine talks fail, Yediot Ahoronot, Yediot Ahoronot article on failure of Israel Palestine talks on May 5, 2014 |
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An edited version of this piece appeared at LobeLog.
On May 2 Israel’s most widely read newspaper, Yediot Ahoronot, published an article that blows the lid off of the failure of United States Secretary of State John Kerry’s attempt to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict. Nahum Barnea, one of Israel’s best known reporters, got several U.S. officials who were involved with the talks to open up to him, anonymously, about what happened.
Barnea says that the version the U.S. officials present “… is fundamentally different to (sic) the one presented by Israeli officials.” The implication from Barnea, and the way most will read the U.S. revelations, is that it was basically Israel’s fault that the talks failed. But a more sober and critical reading of what these officials say paints a different picture than the ones that the Israeli government, Barnea, or most of the initial reactions do.
In fact, what comes out is that Israel was not the primary culprit here. As has long been the case, the main reason for the failure of talks was and is the United States.
Combining amazing ignorance not only of the Palestinians but also of Israel and its politics, with a hint of anti-Semitism and a contemptuous attitude toward the Palestinians, tossing in some willful blindness to the realities on the ground and in the offices of politicians, the United States initiated a process that put the final nail in the two-state solution as it has been understood for years. Some, myself included, might consider that a good thing, as it raises the opportunity for re-thinking all the options, including other ways to conceive of two states (which I favor), as well as one state ideas. But the way this has come about has strengthened hard-liners in Israel, made the United States Congress even more myopic in its blind support for Israel and made it less likely that there will ever be a negotiated, rather than a violent, resolution to this conflict. In any case, this latest episode has quite likely kicked any resolution even farther into the future than it already was. (more…)
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