The Israel government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has formally moved to restrict national rights in Israel to Jews alone. The law has passed the cabinet and if it passes parliament then the pretense of a pluralistic democracy is over – to be a true Israeli one must be Jewish, full stop. Undoubtedly longtime critics of Israel’s democratic posturing will say same as it ever was, but making such a policy law will put to rest all reasonable objections against Israel being defined as an ethnocracy.
|By: Ben Norton Sunday November 23, 2014 4:00 pm|
According to a new report by the independent, non-governmental, human rights organization the Palestinian Prisoners Club (PPC), at least 600 Palestinian children have been arrested in Jerusalem alone in the past five months. Of these, roughly 40% were sexually abused.
This horrific, grotesque abuse is not the only crime of which the Israeli military is guilty. Israeli Occupation Forces are not supposed to engage in night and predawn raids, but they regularly conduct them. Israeli law says that minors undergoing investigation are supposed to be accompanied by their guardians, yet Israel virtually never allows this.
|By: CTuttle Friday November 21, 2014 6:50 pm|
Columbia Prof. Rashid Khalidi is dead-on with his assertion that we’re the biggest enablers to Israel’s illegal occupation…!
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday November 10, 2014 6:00 pm|
Rasmea Odeh, a Palestinian American organizer who immigrated to the United States twenty years ago, was convicted of immigration fraud by a jury in Detroit. The judge held an afternoon hearing and decided to revoke her bond. She was taken into custody and will be in jail until her sentencing hearing on March 10.
Odeh could potentially serve up to ten years in prison before she is deported from the US.
|By: DSWright Monday November 10, 2014 3:53 pm|
Two billionaires – one aligned with the Democratic Party, one aligned with the Republican Party – had a surprisingly frank discussion Sunday before the Israeli-American Council. The billionaires, Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban, support different parties but both agree that the US must be closely aligned with Israel and feel President Obama has not done enough.
Billionaire Haim Saban has been a major supporter of the Democratic Party and is expected to be one of Hillary Clinton’s patrons should she decide to run for president in 2016. Billionaire Sheldon Adelson is a major supporter of the Republican Party and played a significant role in the 2012 Republican Party presidential primary and is expected to do so again this cycle.
|By: DSWright Friday October 31, 2014 4:40 pm|
The bitter back and forth between Israeli and US officials in the Obama Administration that spilled out into the open earlier this week has taken another twisted turn. After The Atlantic reported that a Senior Obama Administration official called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “chickenshit” Israeli officials began slamming US officials openly.
Now one of the leading Jewish publications in the US, The New York Jewish Week, has questioned Prime Minister Netanyahu’s grasp on reality.
|By: DSWright Thursday October 30, 2014 4:17 pm|
So much for cooler heads prevailing. In response to a story where an anonymous Obama Administration official called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “chickenshit”, an Israeli official has gone on the record to trash the United States under President Obama. Moshe Feiglin, one of the Deputy Speakers of the Knesset and head of the Manhigut Yehudit faction of the ruling Likud Party, said if President Obama did not “distance himself” from the negative comment about Netanyahu the US will become a third world country.
Feiglin represents the ascendent right wing of Israeli politics that is quickly gaining power more and more power. The real threat to Netanyahu’s leadership is from his right flank.
|By: DSWright Wednesday October 29, 2014 8:59 am|
According to Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, the US-Israeli relationship has entered a crisis period. The crisis is marked by distrust and disgust from both officials in the Obama Administration and Netanyahu government. One Obama Administration official reportedly characterized Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu as a “chickenshit” leader who is obsessed with staying in power at all costs.
|By: David Swanson Monday October 27, 2014 7:15 pm|
Danielle Yaor is 19, Israeli, and refusing to take part in the Israeli military. She is one of 150 who have committed themselves, thus far, to this position:
“We, citizens of the state of Israel, are designated for army service. We appeal to the readers of this letter to set aside what has always been taken for granted and to reconsider the implications of military service…”
|By: DSWright Monday October 27, 2014 1:37 pm|
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and hawks in Congress are reportedly lobbying hard to blow up a deal between the US and Iran regarding Iran’s nuclear program. Partnering with hawks in Congress, AIPAC is urging lawmakers to kill the deal and start a new round of sanctions in light of not getting the bombing campaign many had wanted.