Israel is no longer the bipartisan issue in American politics that it has been since its foundation. Prof. Dov Waxman tells Mitchell Plitnick, FMEP, what this means.
WAC-MAAN is a sort of trade union, its role enhanced to meet the peculiar conditions for workers divided by Israeli apartheid. It organises Arabs and Jews, it organises in the settlements, it sees itself as part of the regional move towards a democratic civil society that began with the 2011 Arab Spring. From In These Times.
Here’s an insight into how the US aid programme to the oPt works from the departing administrator of the programme. The aim is to build Palestinian infrastructure and free trade. The obstacles are a hostile Congress and Israeli state whose priority is to ensure no US dollar lands in the hands of Hamas or any militant group.
Two groups, Looking for Zion and the JPPI, have been asking questions about diaspora Jews – the ones with the long history. The surveys find that such Jews are far more critical of Israel than before, feel badly affected by Israel’s wars, think Israel has no interest in them, behave condescendingly towards them and expect all to abandon that history and move to Israel.
A: Because then, it would only have two senators. Jamie Stern-Weiner checks with Prof Finkelstein whether what we at this website have been saying for a week – that Naz Shah reposted the ‘antisemitic’ map from his website – is true. Unequivocally yes. And only the humourless don’t see it’s a joke. Those who have drummed up the Labour antisemitism crisis, and all those who have fallen into step are, QED, humourless as well as cynical. In a rich interview, he defends Naz Shah describes his direct family experience of the Holocaust and deplores any cynical misuse of that.
Roger Waters has been an active proponent of sanctions against Israel since 2006 because of the occupation. Supporters of Israel’s policies refuse to listen to the argument and call him an antisemite and a Nazi (always a sign the accuser has lost the argument). He says his fellow rock stars are so afraid of getting the same labels that they won’t speak up for Palestinians.
Israel’s actions in Operation Protective Edge is the first subject in the inbox of Fatou Bensouda, the new Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court. In this interview she steadfastly refuses to make any generalisations about Israel or Palestine but will look only at specific acts by specific people.
In 2015, Israel ushered in the most right-wing government in its history. But the same election produced another notable outcome: for the first time, Arab parties joined in a bloc with the sole Jewish-Arab party, Hadash, to form the Joint List, with 13 seats in the current Knesset, making it the third largest party and second largest in the opposition.
Ayman Odeh, Chair of the Hadash party and head of the Joint List, is interviewed on a wide range of issues by Mitchell Plitnick.
Ayman Odeh, Joint List leader, named as one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Global Thinkers, has just returned from a tour of the US. Although he won cheers from the Jewish Left he is convinced “US foreign policy is predicated on interests and not on morality. They shouldn’t be selling this democracy fiction to us. Americans are best friends with tyrants and primitive leaders in the Persian Gulf.”
In a long phone interview with Barak Ravid, Ben Rhodes, Pres. Obama’s chief aide and adviser on the MidEast, recounts the points at which an agreement to talk might have been reached. Despite intense US efforts, and insistence that Israel’s security would be enhanced by an agreement, neither leader could shift off his sticking point. A valuable insight.
The two axioms of PM Netanyahu – ‘our security above all’ and ‘there is no partner for peace’ have effectively destroyed the left suggests Nechama Duek – though why they haven’t found a response to this hegemon is not asked. A second Ynet article on the attitudes of the growing population of religious Jews leaves no hope for a two-state solution.
In this unchallenging interview with Al Monitor, the PLO’s Hanan Ashrawi sees little hope of change, and little to hope for from any of the PA’s recent initiatives. But she does think the recent UN report on Israeli attacks on Palestinians in 2014 (and the forthcoming UNHRC report) are acts that for the first time hold Israel accountable and dismiss its excuse of exceptional security needs.
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