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  • 'White nationalism is killing us': Jews protest Trump, Fox ahead of Pittsburgh anniversary

    In the week leading up to the first anniversary of the white nationalist terror attack that killed 11 worshipers in a Pittsburgh synagogue, progressive Jewish groups take to the streets to send an unequivocal message to Donald Trump and Fox News. On the eve of the first anniversary of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, progressive Jews and their allies took to the streets in memory of the 11 killed, and to protest the white nationalism that led to their murder. [tmwinpost] Early Friday morning, several groups including Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ), IfNotNow, and Bend the Arc: Jewish Action marched…

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  • When white nationalists ask Jews to condemn anti-Semitism

    Two American-Jewish activists went to a Republican congressman's town hall and asked him if he would condemn his party's white nationalism and anti-Semitism. Instead, he pointed his finger at progressive women of color and touted his support for Israel. By Ezra Oliff-Lieberman On the first day of Sukkot, I drove an hour across the longest bridge in the U.S. to confront a white nationalist in the Deep South. My friend Elias and I had caught word that Republican Congressman Steve Scalise was hosting a town hall in Mandeville, Louisiana — a once-in-a blue-moon commitment for a congressman who fears protest at any…

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  • Israel's one-state reality is sowing chaos in American politics

    Until U.S. lawmakers and major Jewish organizations adjust to the current one-state reality, the acrimony that has marked the last several years under Netanyahu and Trump will only intensify. For decades, the two-state solution has been the central pillar of the bipartisan pro-Israel consensus in Washington. Since the signing of the Oslo Accords, every single U.S. administration has been committed, at least nominally, to the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel. [tmwinpost] Yet the expiration of the two-state paradigm under Prime Minister Netanyahu and the lack of a clear alternative to take its place has kicked that pillar away, disordering the politics of Israel-Palestine in…

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  • AIPAC can’t distance itself from Trump any more than the GOP can

    Considering the Israel lobby's history of confrontation with Obama and the roars of approval its members gave Donald Trump for bashing him, AIPAC's apology rings hollow, to put it mildly. In a strange twist to the theater that is the annual AIPAC conference, Donald Trump's attacks against President Obama during his speech on Monday brought the lobby's president to tears. Lillian Pinkus issued an emotional apology on Tuesday, the day after Trump celebrated onstage – with a “yay” – Obama's looming departure from office. “There are people in our AIPAC family who were deeply hurt last night and for that we are deeply sorry," she…

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  • America’s choice on Iran: Obama’s peace or Netanyahu's war

    If Bibi, the Israel lobby and the GOP stymie this historic nuclear deal, it will be very bad for Israel, America and America’s Jews. Anybody who thinks Obama has won, that Israel and the Israel lobby and the Republicans are just going to concede the Iran nuclear deal without a fight, could not be more wrong. For the Israeli and American Jews involved, this is the supreme cause of their lives – preventing another Holocaust, as they see it. The framework agreement announced last Thursday looks to them like Munich. These are the terms they use. For the American gentile…

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  • Blaming both sides reinforces the occupation

    Western liberals know Netanyahu is the problem and Abbas isn't, but their unwillingness to say so ends up achieving the opposite of their goal.   There it was again, this time at the end of today's (Thursday's) New York Times editorial on Kerry's "shuttle diplomacy." After making it clear for the nth time that the occupation is wrong, that settlements are wrong and that Netanyahu clearly intends to keep them going, it was time for the Times to weasel out. Along with Mr. Netanyahu, the biggest drag on serious progress seems to be the Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, who…

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  • Jewish nationalism lost in the election, Jewish humanism won

    Jewish nationalism, in its belligerence and paranoia, is watching the world pass it by - and the overwhelming majority of Jews in America, Israel and elsewhere do not want that to happen to them. The split between humanistic Judaism and nationalistic Judaism goes back a very long time, but in recent years, the complete takeover of both Israel and the Republican Party by nationalist radicals has obviously sharpened that split, nearly creating schism within Judaism. (By "Judaism," I don't mean just the religion but all of Jewish civilization.) Every Israeli election is a battle between these two opposing Jewish camps,…

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  • Bibi has no reason to fear an Obama victory

    A second-term President Obama wouldn't be beholden only to himself, but to the Democratic Party, which is scared stiff of taking on Israel.  I would love to share the hope that if Obama wins on November 6 - and at this point, going by the polls, it would take satanic intervention for Romney to beat him - he would "teach Bibi a lesson," and, more importantly, make good on his horribly failed promise to do everything in his power to forge the two-state solution. But I don't see it. After talking tough at the start of his presidency and getting…

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  • Romney uses Adelson’s free paper to criticize Obama

    Israeli press criticizes Netanyahu for "putting all his money" on the Republican candidate. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney gave two interviews to the Hebrew press prior to his visit to Israel: One to Haaretz, a low circulation paper read by the country’s liberal elite, and the other to Yisrael Hayom,the most widely read Israeli daily, owned by gambling billionaire and known Obama opponent Sheldon Adelson. Yisrael Hayom, which is distributed for free at considerable loss, is known for its unabashed support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Adelson is also one of the Romney campaign's biggest donors. In his Haaretz interview Romney was…

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  • Blame Israel and AIPAC for a U.S. war in Iran

    Israel and its Washington lobby have never dragged the U.S. into a war it didn't want to fight. Iran would be a first. And if today's talks fail, the countdown begins. I never went along with the argument that the Israel lobby, taking its directions from Jerusalem, pushed the United States to invade Iraq in 2003. Israel wanted the U.S. to knock over Saddam, of course, but it didn't make a lot of noise about it, and neither did its Washington lobbyists because Israel and AIPAC knew they didn't have to push against an open door. The Bush administration wanted to go to war against Saddam as…

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  • Florida's House joins Republicans in support of One-State solution

    On February 29th 2012 Florida’s House of Representatives surprisingly passed a bill supporting the one-state solution. The bill quotes the Bible to prove the Jewish right of the whole land spanning Israel and Palestine, ignores the Palestinians' historical connection to the land and omits their existence. However, the bill comes as surprise in the sense that it calls for one law for all people who live on the land. [T]he members of the Florida House of Representatives commend Israel for its cordial and mutually beneficial relationship with the United States and with the State of  Florida and support Israel in…

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  • Newt Gingrich: The most dangerous man in DC

    There won't be a real difference between another Obama term and a possible Romney presidency. But Gingrich - with his ties to the Israeli right, destructive track record from the 1990s and very personal connection to Netanyahu - could turn out to be a real nightmare Watching the American primaries makes for a mix of fun and moments of deep anxiety. Most of the time it's like a good sports match, but every now and then you are reminded that the identity of the winner might have a real and clear impact on your life. After all, Israel has stopped…

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  • Republican party appears to officially back one-state solution

    A brilliant piece of reporting from Mitchell Plitnick, former director of the US office of B'Tselem. According to Plitnick, the Republican National Committee has adopted a resolution supporting one state in Israel-Palestine. The text of the resolution can be found here. As Plitnick points out, the key passage that suggests that the Republican party is going one state reads as follows: BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the members of this body support Israel in their natural and God-given right of self-governance and self-defense upon their own lands, recognizing that Israel is neither an attacking force nor an occupier of the lands of others;…

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