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Without a Serious Middle East Peace Effort, Hatred Will Only Grow

I am convinced that it is in the vital interest of Israel to make peace with the Palestinian people, and with the Arab world at large, before the dangerous infection of extreme ideology engulfs the entire region.

Posted on Jul 17, 2016 READ MORE


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Trump’s VP Pick, Mike Pence, Doesn’t Know Anything About Israel’s Nuclear Weapons

In a video from several years ago, Pence attempted to deflect a question about Israel’s nuclear weapons by committing to the line “Israel is our most cherished ally.”

Posted on Jul 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Not-So Revolutionary Part of Bernie Sanders’ Political Revolution

Bernie Sanders’ fundraising techniques made him stand out in the primaries, but there was something very conventional about his campaign; the Democratic Party may be beyond saving by progressives at this point; meanwhile, is AIPAC’s influence in D.C. fading? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 READ MORE



‘Zero Days’ Film Review: When Warfare Goes Viral, Guess Who Loses?

Compared to the era-defining new infoweapon Stuxnet, Big Brother is the stuff of child’s play.

Posted on Jul 8, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Discusses Israeli Occupation With Israeli Journalist Amira Hass (Video)

By Chris Hedges

The Haaretz correspondent for the occupied territories and author of “Drinking the Sea at Gaza” has angered Israeli and Palestinian leadership with her uncompromising honesty.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Betraying Progressives, Democratic Platform Panel Backs Fracking, TPP and Israel Occupation

Drafting committee members appointed by Hillary Clinton and Debbie Wasserman Schultz resoundingly rejected numerous proposals by Bernie Sanders’ appointees.

Posted on Jun 25, 2016 READ MORE



Is Tel Aviv Mayor Right That Israel Is Unique in Occupation and Denying Civil Rights?

Ron Huldai, mayor of Tel Aviv, reacted with enormous sadness to last week’s terrorist attack on the Sarona Market area of his city, committed by a teenager from the occupied Palestinian West Bank, killing four. But he then went on to put the attack in context.

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 READ MORE



Has America Reached an Age of Sexual Experimentation?

Same-sex experiences are increasingly common among Americans these days; Paul Ryan wants to turn the GOP into Uber; meanwhile, American Jews are rethinking their relationship with Israel. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 READ MORE



Israel-First McCarthyism: Andrew Cuomo’s Vow to Spy On and Punish BDS Activists (Video)

After New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order directing the state to monitor activists in the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, critics called the order McCarthyism.

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 READ MORE



New York Governor Ends Public Funding for Sanctions Campaign Against Israel

“What Israel and its thuggish lobby can’t achieve by persuasion, they obtain via repression and coercion,” says one prominent campaigner for Palestinian rights.

Posted on Jun 5, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: History Professor Catherine Hall, Who Rejected Prize From Israel

The renowned British historian and activist in the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against the occupation of Palestine has made headlines recently for her refusal to accept a prestigious Israeli academic prize.

Posted on May 28, 2016 READ MORE


Robert Scheer and Sandy Tolan Confront the Grimness of Life in the West Bank

In this week’s edition of “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig’s editor in chief speaks to the author of the book “Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land” about music’s role in the life of children in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Posted on May 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Benjamin Netanyahu Ratchets Up the Conflict Between Israel’s Politicians and Military

It’s a dangerous inversion: In Israel, according to Ronen Bergman in his analysis for The New York Times, the relationship that Benjamin Netanyahu and other politicians are cultivating with their country’s military and intelligence leaders is one in which the wrong side is making the case for caution.

Posted on May 24, 2016 READ MORE



Believe It or Not, Hillary Clinton Wasn’t Always This One-Sided on Israel

The former secretary of state used to hold a more nuanced view on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in contrast to the fact that she now seems to blindly support Benjamin Netanyahu’s increasingly right-wing regime.

Posted on May 22, 2016 READ MORE



Netanyahu Responds to Officers’ Fascism Charges by Making a Far-Right Politician Their Boss

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bolstered his majority and rid himself of a troublesome voice of conscience by replacing his minister of defense with extremist Avigdor Lieberman.

Posted on May 22, 2016 READ MORE



How Not to Talk About the Nazi Era and Israel/Palestine

The fallout from a witch hunt in which British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters were accused of anti-Semitism reminds us that both sides flinging comparisons with Nazism at each other only distracts from the legitimate issue of Palestinian rights.

Posted on May 18, 2016 READ MORE



No, Bill Clinton Didn’t ‘Kill’ Himself Trying for a State of Palestine (Video)

Bill Clinton claims that as president “I killed myself to give the Palestinians a state” and maintains that he secured an agreement that the Palestinians turned down.

Posted on May 15, 2016 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton Denounces BDS Again in Letter to Jewish Leaders Before Methodist Conference

The Democratic presidential candidate is a lifelong Methodist, but she opposed a divestment resolution at the 11-day United Methodist Church General Conference, which began Tuesday in Portland, Ore.

Posted on May 11, 2016 READ MORE



The Democratic Party Must Listen to Millennials or Risk Losing More Than Just Votes

Dismissing young Bernie Sanders supporters’ concerns could have terrible consequences; two vegan restaurant owners are in deep water after it was revealed that they eat meat; meanwhile, brothers raised as Americans share the remarkable story of finding out their parents were Russian spies. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 11, 2016 READ MORE


‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Israeli Peace Activist Miko Peled Discuss the Devolution of Israel

Miko Peled, born in Jerusalem, is an author and advocate for peace between Israel and Palestine.

Posted on May 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



This Is the Only Way to Put an End to Israel’s Occupation

Haaretz writer Gideon Levy outlines the most effective method to stopping Israel’s occupation of Palestine; scientists may have found a battery that “lasts forever”; meanwhile, the anti-Semitism crisis in the U.K.‘s Labour Party may have actually been manufactured by the Israel lobby. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 4, 2016 READ MORE



Israeli Arab Lawmaker Refuses Holocaust-Day Invite, Saying Israel Today Is Like Germany in 1930s

Israeli lawmaker Haneen Zoabi declined to participate in a Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony, citing her inability to speak out against what she called the “frightening similarity” between Nazi Germany’s behavior and Israel’s policies in the occupied territories, reports the newspaper Haaretz.

Posted on Apr 23, 2016 READ MORE



In Passover Article, Hillary Clinton Implies Rival Bernie Sanders Is Betraying Jews

The Democratic presidential front-runner published a blog piece “doing what can only be described as ‘goysplaining,’ ” which, writes Ben Norton at Salon, is when a non-Jew condescendingly accuses “a Jew of betraying his own people for criticizing Israel.”

Posted on Apr 21, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton: The Palestinian Defender vs. the Israel Apologist

Some critics say Sanders’ fervent support of Palestinian rights is naive. But Clinton’s inflexible defense of all things Israel is no path to peace in the historical Holy Land.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 READ MORE



Top Seven Reasons Israel Must Give Back the Occupied Golan to Syria (Videos)

The far-right-wing government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pulled the stunt of holding a Cabinet meeting in the Occupied Golan Heights—a first—on Sunday, and Netanyahu engaged in some grandstanding, declaring that his country will never relinquish this patch of Syria.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 READ MORE



Prodded by Millennials, Bernie Sanders Reboots the Conversation on Israel and Palestine

The traditional American fealty to Israel does not compute for the candidate’s young supporters, who understand the lopsided brutality of the conflict and demand justice for the oppressed.

Posted on Apr 17, 2016 READ MORE



The Bernie Sanders Miracle: Brooklyn Debate Crowd Cheers Palestinian Dignity

The Democratic presidential debate last week took an unusual turn when a grumpy old Jewish man, Bernie Sanders, upbraided a slightly younger Methodist woman, Hillary Clinton, for not respecting the dignity of the Palestinian people.

Posted on Apr 17, 2016 READ MORE



On Israel, Bernie Sanders Is Right (and Hillary Clinton Knows It)

Pressed for a serious answer to Israel’s excessive use of force against the Palestinians in Gaza, Clinton pandered to the most conservative voters, Jewish and Christian, who mistakenly believe friendship with Israel means supporting any violence perpetrated by its government.

Posted on Apr 16, 2016 READ MORE



The ‘Grown-Up’ in the GOP Race: John Kasich Is Far From a Kindly Father Figure to the Palestinians

His ideas for “solving problems” in the Holy Land are stale, predictable and stamped with the Israel lobby’s seal of approval. Other than that, though, they’re great.

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 READ MORE



In America, Politicians Pay for Bucking Netanyahu

The Israeli prime minister’s hard-line, expansionist policies put Bernie Sanders’ “Jewishness” to the test.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 READ MORE



The Republican Party May Not Be Headed Toward the Demise Many Surmise

History shows that the GOP will probably survive Donald Trump; Ted Cruz once supported a ban on dildos; meanwhile, a New York Daily News writer argues vehemently against his paper’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 READ MORE



Are Sanders’ Criticisms of Israel’s Occupation Policies Unprecedented in a Presidential Campaign?

Bernie Sanders is being attacked for comments on the Middle East in his interview with the editorial board of the New York Daily News, but all he did was restate current U.S. government policy.

Posted on Apr 10, 2016 READ MORE



Giving Diplomacy a Chance in Syria and Iran Should Override Power of America’s War Machine

Peaceful compromise is often the last resort for the United States. An excerpt from David Swanson’s book, “War Is a Lie: Second Edition,” looks at how the U.S. foreign policy approach applies to two countries in the Middle East.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE



What’s at Stake for Israel in Killing of Prisoner? Officers Were Executed for Killing POWs in WWII

The Israeli military and security forces have a problem. They are fairly obviously being ordered to commit what international law defines as one of the more heinous war crimes.

Posted on Apr 5, 2016 READ MORE



Fight Israel in Self-Defense? You’re a ‘Terrorist.’ Boycott? You’re ‘Anti-Semitic.’

How are Palestinians and their allies supposed to resist oppression when critics deem every recourse available to them illegitimate? Glenn Greenwald poses the question at The Intercept.

Posted on Apr 4, 2016 READ MORE



What Happened to the Jews?

Suddenly I remembered where I had seen it before: The same kind of face. The same chin thrust forward, to produce an impression of force and determination.

Posted on Apr 2, 2016 READ MORE



A Kiss Was Just A Kiss: Hillary Clinton’s March to the Radical Right on Israel

Back in 1999, she air-kissed Yasser Arafat’s wife and dared to utter the word “Palestine.” Today, she is being embraced by billionaires and neoconservatives who help bankroll her campaign and believe Israel can do no wrong.

Posted on Mar 31, 2016 READ MORE



Israeli War Lies Unveiled as Corporate Media Crumbles

Israeli war propaganda, which has skillfully swayed U.S. public opinion in support of Israeli wars and occupations, has in fact been not so much a matter of skill as a matter of control. A new film, “The Occupation of the American Mind,” traces the rise of Israeli war propaganda in the United States.

Posted on Mar 30, 2016 READ MORE



What a Reporter Learned During Three Days Undercover at Israel Lobby’s Biggest Policy Conference

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is a cult, and like most cults, its followers would probably object to the characterization.

Posted on Mar 30, 2016 READ MORE


Glenn Greenwald: Hillary Clinton Has Embraced Some of the World’s Most Brutal Dictators (Video)

Speaking on “Democracy Now!” The Intercept journalist calls out the former secretary of state on her hypocritical statements regarding Bernie Sanders’ comments about Fidel Castro and Nicaragua’s Sandinista government when she has supported dictators and taken a war-hawk stance throughout her career.

Posted on Mar 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Sanders Wins Landslide Victory in Ex-Pat Primary

The Vermont senator won 69 percent of votes cast by Americans living abroad, adding nine delegates to his total.

Posted on Mar 22, 2016 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton Goes Full Neocon at AIPAC, Demonizing Iran and the Palestinians (Video)

I once heard Hillary Clinton give her AIPAC speech at a university. It doesn’t change much, just as U.S. policy toward the Middle East doesn’t change much.

Posted on Mar 22, 2016 READ MORE



Ted Cruz Today, the Rapture Tomorrow

The Texas senator’s measured pro-Israel comments mask the extremist views of “God’s candidate.” His Christian Zionist backers see Israel’s continued grip on Palestine as key to the second coming of Jesus.

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE



Nearly Half of Israeli Jews Want to Expel Palestinian-Israelis From the Country (Video)

A just-released Pew Forum poll reports a startling statistic about the current state of affairs in Israel.

Posted on Mar 9, 2016 READ MORE



Netanyahu’s GOP Policy in Tatters, He Snubs White House Invitation (Video)

The fact that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu functions as a U.S. Republican even as he heads a foreign state disturbs many prominent Democrats, including strong Israel supporters.

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 READ MORE



Farewell, Ben Carson—We’ll Always Have ‘Hummus’

The good doctor’s foreign policy gaffes made for some great political satire, but his ignorance on the Middle East made him a frightening presidential candidate.

Posted on Mar 7, 2016 READ MORE



Believe It or Not, Anti-Muslim Trump Is Campaign’s ‘Progressive’ on Israel/Palestine Conflict

The nativist candidate—a self-declared “neutral guy”—refuses to toe the pro-Israel lines of the U.S. and the GOP. His wayward stand may not be much, but it’s the only sparkle of light that any presidential candidate is offering on the intractable issue.

Posted on Mar 4, 2016 READ MORE



Marco Rubio Is Running Out of Time to Deliver Middle East Return on Investment for Big Donors

Can Marco Rubio win Florida to stay in the presidential race? Three billionaire supporters with hard-line views on Israel hope so.

Posted on Mar 3, 2016 READ MORE



Rubio’s Seven Fallacies on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

To please corrupt casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and other GOP donors of his ilk, Rubio immediately jumped into Thursday night’s Republican debate to make a series of completely false and contradictory pronouncements on the Palestinians, about whom he knows nothing at all.

Posted on Feb 26, 2016 READ MORE


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