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  • For Michelle Alexander’s critics, Palestinians don’t deserve civil rights

    The uproar by Jewish establishment figures over Alexander's New York Times essay in support of Palestinian rights echoes the reactions of white Americans to the Civil Rights Movement decades ago. Michelle Alexander’s powerful New York Times essay on Saturday (“Time to Break the Silence on Palestine”), ahead of the commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, was arguably a milestone for the Palestine movement in the U.S. [tmwinpost] First, for who wrote it: Alexander, the author of the seminal book The New Jim Crow, is a renowned lawyer and public intellectual respected for her activism and scholarship on racism in the U.S.,…

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  • Why I got arrested at the ADL

    Jewish Voice for Peace activists are arrested protesting ADL exchange programs that bring together American law enforcement with Israeli military and police, a swapping of ‘worst practices’ that strengthens the repression of communities of color in both places. By Talia Baurer In my professional life, I teach workshops about healthy relationships and consent to middle and high schoolers. There is a point in each workshop when we explain that to abuse someone is a choice. This is a good thing, I tell them, because it also means we can choose to not hurt and control others. Abuse is never predestined,…

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  • Welcome to the Jewish American dissonance

    American Jews view a Muslim ban as a threat to the ideals they cherish, yet they also believe that too many Muslims in Israel is a direct threat to the Jewish people. In early December, just a month after the election of Donald Trump, American alt-right leader Richard Spencer sat down for an interview with Al Jazeera. Speaking to Kristen Saloomey, Spencer, who brought his white supremacist views along as he was catapulted into spotlight over the past year, railed against the "great erasure" of the "white world," diversity, and the underrepresentation of American whites in corporate America, among other things. Spencer…

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  • Pro-Israel and racist? Palestinians aren’t surprised in the slightest

    Though it may have sparked debate in the Jewish-American community, the idea that Israel can be a cause célèbre for white nationalists is hardly news to Palestinians, whose very existence vies with a state steeped in European, colonial racism. Since his appointment last week as chief White House strategist, sensationalist media maven Steve Bannon—whose editorial sensibilities have spawned such haute headlines as "Birth control makes women unattractive and crazy"—has become something of a lightning rod in the mainstream Jewish-American community. The Anti-Defamation League's Jonathan Greenblatt said his group opposed Bannon on grounds that the alt-right hero is "so hostile to core American values" while…

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  • Israel's biggest paper ignores anti-Semitism of senior Trump advisor

    News of white supremacist Stephen Bannon's appointment to a top job in the next White House has been roiling much of the Jewish press and anti-hate groups, including the ADL. Israel's most-read newspaper, 'Israel Hayom,' decided its readers don't need to know. Hundreds of thousands of Israelis will have no idea that a bonafide anti-Semite is going to be the next U.S. president's left-hand man. President-elect Donald Trump announced on Sunday he will be appointing Stephen K. Bannon, a white nationalist anti-Semite and one of the faces of the pro-Trump alt-right movement, as the new White House chief strategist. But you wouldn't know…

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  • ADL's Armenian genocide recognition sends powerful statement — to Israel

    A major Jewish-American organization breaking with Israeli policy, especially regarding Jewish universalism and the Holocaust, is a statement in and of itself. The Anti-Defamation League, American Jewry’s foremost civil rights organization, has made a powerful statement recognizing the Armenian genocide by the crumbling Ottoman regime in the early 20th century. Last Friday, CEO Jonathan Greenblatt posted a blog on the organization’s website in which he stated: “What hap­pened in the Ottoman Empire to the Arme­ni­ans begin­ning in 1915 was geno­cide.” He reviewed the methods, from death marches to tor­ture, mas­sacre and starvation, and then restated the point: “What hap­pened to the Armen­ian…

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  • 23 young Jews arrested in anti-occupation protests across U.S.

    Hundreds hold 'Liberation Seders' outside (and inside) major Jewish American institutions in five major cities, demanding that the Jewish community take a stand against Israel's occupation. 'The history of Jewish oppression is not an excuse to oppress Palestinians, but rather an imperative to fight for freedom for all people,' one arrestee tells +972. BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA — Twenty-three American Jews were arrested over the past week in a series of anti-occupation demonstrations across the United States. The protests, which took place in major American cities ahead of the weekend's Passover holiday, brought out over 500 members of the Jewish anti-occupation collective,…

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  • What critics of Bernie Sanders' Jewish liaison are missing

    Simone Zimmerman's appointment is great news for mainstream American Jews who are desperate for a real conversation on Israel/Palestine. Over the past few days, it has been difficult to watch the American Jewish establishment's attacks on my friend, Simone Zimmerman. Just three days ago Simone was appointed the Jewish outreach coordinator for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. Within hours of the announcement came a torrent of vicious attacks, both against her as well as the Sanders campaign for having the gall to appoint a critic of Israeli settlements and policies in the occupied territories. (Update: Just hours after publishing this post,…

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  • ‘Pallywood’: A particularly ugly ethnic slur

    And a very popular one among right-wing Israelis and Diaspora Jews. I've been writing for years against the "Pallywood" theory – the right-wing notion that videos showing Palestinians getting killed by Israelis are really elaborate fakes meant to blacken Israel's name. Yet it's only this morning I realized that the term "Pallywood," which was coined by Boston University Prof. Richard Landes, is an ethnic slur, and a particularly ugly one. It not only mangles the name of an entire people, it does so in the most contemptuous context – it links the name Palestinian with the telling of lies, and…

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  • 'Klinghoffer': New York’s Jewish right goes to the opera

    Now that 'The Death of Klinghoffer' has opened and people are learning what the opera is actually about, the outraged claims made against it are being exposed as hot air.     Until Monday night, when the “The Death of Klinghoffer” opened at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, people knew it was being attacked by many Jews for supposedly being anti-Semitic and for defending terrorists, and they didn’t know if the accusations were true or false. But now that the opera has opened, and it’s been widely reviewed, and audience members have been interviewed, it’s becoming clear to the mainstream public…

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  • Beyond a polarized discourse on Israel-Palestine on college campuses

    American universities will soon open their doors for the fall term. With the capacity to influence views on Israel-Palestine during this tense time of conflict, and mobilize future leaders on campus, it would be a shame to waste the opportunity with continued ineffective polarization. By Yasmeen Serhan Though Israel’s latest operation in Gaza seems worlds away for some, it feels closer to home for many within Palestinian and Jewish communities. This, too, rings true for many college students, for whom the conflict is often displayed in the form of mock-checkpoints, controversial speaker events and public demonstrations on their campuses. In the next few…

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  • No, Abe Foxman, America is not out to get the Jews

    The U.S. Jewish establishment is starting to say publicly that anti-Semitism is the reason Jonathan Pollard is still in prison. This is sickening slander that reflects a deep-seated psychological problem.   Abraham Foxman, long-time leader of the Anti-Defamation League, capo di tutti capi of the Israel lobby, scourge of all scourges of anti-Semitism (real or imagined), the U.S. Jewish establishment’s chief of language police, the J. Edgar Hoover of American Jewish macherdom, has flipped out completely this time. Earlier this month he said publicly that Jonathan Pollard’s continued incarceration for spying, now going on 29 years, is a “vendetta” against…

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  • Israeli racism and American Jewish hypocrisy

    On the U.S. Jewish establishment's double standard regarding what gentiles can say about Jews and what Israeli Jews can say about Arabs and blacks. The Anti-Defamation League and the rest of the American Jewish establishment owe Jesse Jackson an apology. They put the man through the wringer, they made him apologize in every possible forum for his “Hymie” and “Hymietown” remarks back in 1984. Yet look at the kinds of things Israeli leaders – senior government ministers, chief rabbis – get away with without ever having to apologize, without ever being punished in the slightest. A couple of weeks ago…

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