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Israel & Palestine Undernews

Warren with rightists on Israel

Glenn Greenwald, Intercept - The last time Elizabeth Warren was asked about her views on the Israeli attack on Gaza – on July 17 – she, as Rania Khalek put it, “literally ran away” without answering. But last week, the liberal Senator appeared for one of her regularly scheduled “office hours” with her Massachusetts constituents, this one in Hyannis, and, as a local paper reported, she had nowhere to run.

One voter who identified himself as a Warren supporter, John Bangert, stood up and objected to her recent vote, in the middle of the horrific attack on Gaza, to send yet another $225 million of American taxpayer money to Israel for its “Iron Dome” system. Banger told his Senator: “We are disagreeing with Israel using their guns against innocents. It’s true in Ferguson, Missouri, and it’s true in Israel . . . The vote was wrong, I believe.” To crowd applause, Bangert told Warren that the money “could have been spent on infrastructure or helping immigrants fleeing Central America.”

But Warren steadfastly defended her “pro-Israel” vote, invoking the politician’s platitude: “We’re going to have to agree to disagree on this one.” According to the account in the Cape Cod Times by reporter C. Ryan Barber, flagged by Zaid Jilani, Warren was also asked about her Israel position by other voters who were at the gathering, and she went on to explain:

“I think the vote was right, and I’ll tell you why I think the vote was right. America has a very special relationship with Israel. Israel lives in a very dangerous part of the world, and a part of the world where there aren’t many liberal democracies and democracies that are controlled by the rule of law. And we very much need an ally in that part of the world.”

Warren said Hamas has attacked Israel “indiscriminately,” but with the Iron Dome defense system, the missiles have “not had the terrorist effect Hamas hoped for.” When pressed by another member of the crowd about civilian casualties from Israel’s attacks, Warren said she believes those casualties are the “last thing Israel wants.”

“But when Hamas puts its rocket launchers next to hospitals, next to schools, they’re using their civilian population to protect their military assets. And I believe Israel has a right, at that point, to defend itself,” Warren said, drawing applause.

Warren even rejected a different voter’s suggestion that the U.S. force Israel to at least cease building illegal settlements by withholding further aid: “Noreen Thompsen, of Eastham, proposed that Israel should be prevented from building any more settlements as a condition of future U.S. funding, but Warren said, ‘I think there’s a question of whether we should go that far.'”

In her defense, Warren has long been clear that this is what she would do. Her Senate campaign website still contains statements such as “it is a moral imperative to support and defend Israel” and “as a United States Senator, I will work to ensure Israel’s security and success.”

During her time in the national spotlight, Warren has focused overwhelmingly on domestic issues, rarely venturing into foreign policy discussions. Many of those domestic views, particularly her strident-for-D.C. opposition to banks, have been admirable, elevating her to hero status for many progressives.

But when Warren has spoken on national security, she has invariably spouted warmed-over, banal Democratic hawk tripe of the kind that she just recited about Israel and Gaza. During her Senate campaign, for instance, she issued wildly militaristic – and in some cases clearly false – statements about Iran and its nuclear program that would have been comfortable on the pages of The Weekly Standard.

Israel killed record number of Palestinians last year

Guardian - Israel killed more Palestinian civilians in 2014 than in any other year since the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip began in 1967, a UN report has said.

Israel’s activities in the Gaza Strip, West Bank and East Jerusalem resulted in the deaths of 2,314 Palestinians and 17,125 injuries, compared with 39 deaths and 3,964 injuries in 2013, according to the annual report by the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

More than 11,000 people were injured and about 500,000 Palestinians were internally displaced at the height of the conflict. About 100,000 remain so.

Why the right is so powerful in Israel

Daniel Kurtzer, Foreign Affairs - Bnnjamin Netanyahu's victory in Israel’s election last week has been declared a triumph of security over economics. Netanyahu exploited Israelis’ fears about terrorism and regional instability, virtually ignoring the growing economic and social problems in the country. His opponent, Isaac Herzog, fashioned himself as the candidate who would bring economic and social change. Although his message resonated with a part of the electorate—Herzog’s party increased its strength from 15 to 24 seats in the Knesset—the largest segment of the electorate (about 25 percent) ultimately opted for Netanyahu, seeing in him a leader who would keep the country safe.

But the election was about more than just Netanyahu. The ultimate victory belongs to the Israeli right wing, demonstrating that it has become something of a permanent majority—a strength that comes regardless of who leads it.

Several factors account for the right’s entrenchment in Israeli politics. First, the right has become synonymous with security. In a way, this evolution defies common sense, since a growing chorus of former military and security leaders are speaking out against Netanyahu and the right’s policies. But the Israeli right has been buoyed by the fact that the peace process—long identified with the left—has ground almost to a halt, undermining Israelis’ faith that the left can ever broker a peace agreement. The voters have responded by rationalizing: if no peace from the left, then at least security from the right.

The right has also benefited by exploiting long-standing contempt for the left among the Sephardim (Jews of Middle Eastern background), especially among those of North African ancestry—an animosity that stems from long-simmering resentment over past discrimination. In addition, by unequivocally supporting settlers, right-wing parties have acquired a reliable strong support base.

And finally, the Israeli right has taken advantage of the fact that a large part of the electorate has perceived coolness toward Israel from U.S. President Barack Obama. The right has translated this distancing into accusations that the United States is abandoning Israel. Differences of view over how to stop the Iranian nuclear program, for example, have been hyped by Netanyahu and right-wing leaders, further feeding the perception that Obama is not committed to the relationship.

The resultant toxic mix of factors have driven the Israeli electorate firmly to the right, making it extremely difficult for anyone on the left—no matter how compelling—to break through.

Obama's chief of staff calls for end of Israel's "occupation"

NPR - Through his chief of staff, President Obama is strongly countering rhetoric from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a two-state, Israeli-Palestinian solution.

"An occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end, and the Palestinian people must have the right to live in and govern themselves in their own sovereign state," Denis McDonough, President Obama's chief of staff, said Monday at the annual conference of J Street, a left-leaning pro-Israel group.

He added, "President Obama still firmly believes what he said in Jerusalem two years ago — that peace is necessary, just and possible. Peace is necessary because it is the only way to ensure that a secure state of Israel is both Jewish and democratic. Israel cannot maintain military control of another people indefinitely. That's the truth."

It's not the first time the word "occupation" has been used by an Obama official. In fact, in 2013, President Obama used it himself.

"The Palestinian people deserve an end to occupation and the daily indignities that come with it," Obama said in Ramallah during a joint appearance with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

McDonough's remarks continued the White House's pushback against Netanyahu's comments before his re-election that a two-state solution was off the table. Netanyahu has since walked back the remarks.

Israel spying on us again

Why Palestine could be sued in American courts but not Israel

More than 700 UK artists sign up to boycott Israel

Hundreds of rabbis protest Israel's demolition of Palestinian homes

2014

Palestinian president signs up to join international criminal court

Are the politics of Israel changing?

Isaeli apartheid hits a new peak

French MPs vote to recognize Palestine

Israeli president opposes proposed law to give ‘national rights’ to Jews only

The Israeli Cabinet on Sunday approved a bill to call Israel the nation-state of the Jewish people, a measure that critics say could further strain the state’s frayed relationship with its Palestinian population.

This is equivalent to the US cabinet declaring America a white state

Israel's president calls country a sick society

105 retired Israeli generals and intelligence commanders call for peace with Palestine

61% of Americans think we give too much aid to Israel

High Israeli official pushing for segregated bus lines in the West Bank

British parliament supports Palestinian state

Israel's segregation policies include apartheid housing

The sorry politics of Israel

US Jewish organizations funding US police officers' training In Israel

43 members of Israel's intellegence group rebel againt targeting Palestinians

Yale Episcoplian chaplain forced to resign for not being a Zionist

One third of Israelis are considering emmigrating

The dead Mid East journalists you don't hear about

Word:Jimmy Carter on Hamas

Israel flagged as top spy threat to US

Israeli spyng on US update

Leaked documents reveal US sees Israel as a spying threat

IS ISRAEL SPYING ON AMERICAN CITIZENS' PHONE CALLS?

ISRAEL TOOK BILLIONS IN U.S. AID WHILE SPYING ON AMERICA

American media coverage of Israel

Zionism in trouble

Word: Where the Palestinian crisis began

[The war crimes Israel and Obama are committing

How Israel helped to create Hamas

More on Israel's role in building Hamas

Israelis gather on hilltops to cheer assault on Gaza

Word: Ralph Nader's summary of the Gaza crisis

US Congress unanimously supports Israel's invasion of Gaza

Word: To my fellow American Jews

Word: Desmond Tutu to the Presbyterian Assembly

Jewish opposition to Israeli policies growing

Israelis even suppress Palestinian soccer

80,000 thousand Palestinians have water cut off for three months

When you say something right in Washington, you have to apologize for it

Kerry backs Israeli apartheid

Kerry pushes Israeli occupation of Palestine

Kerry supports Israeli land theft

UN rapporteur: Israeli policies have characteristics of apartheid, ethnic cleansing

South African Christian leaders take on Israeli apartheid

Israeli forces permanently injure Palestinian soccer players

How bankrolling Israel hurts Mid East peace

Chapters from the Ariel Sharon story

Declaring Israel a "Jewish state" is like declaring the US a "white state"

2013

Israel had Palestinian prisoners locked in outdoor cages during recent snow

NSA shares American citizens' phone calls & emails with Israel

Israel to pay college students as propagandists on Facebook et al

Ten reasons Netanyahu is full of it on Iran

Israelis turn prejudice towards Africans

Blll Clinton takes a half million bucks for speech to anti-Palestinian group in Israel

State Department names Israel lobbyist as special envoy on anti-semitism

News museum caves to Israel lobby

The split among Jews

Israel segregating some of its buses

NYC officials threaten funding of Brooklyn College over Israel event

Israel forces Ethopian women immigrants to have contraceptive injections

2012

US plans to spend up to $100 miillion for Israeli air facility

Israel poorly regarded around the world

Carter criicizes Netanyahu, Obama

Two thirds of Israeli Jews favor apartheid

Adelson harming Israel's progressive media

Obama pressures Europeans not to help Palestinians

Quakers divest from Hewlett Packard over Palestine

Great Israeli predictions

Former top Israel defense official reveals US spends more on his country's defense than taxpayers do

Democratic think tanks dump Israel critics

Israeli officials simmer down about Iran after meeting with US aides

America and Israel

Democratic platform removes some pro Israel language

Five top Israeli figures who don't want to bomb Iran


Israeli police torture handcuffed Palestinian

South Africa tells citizens to boycott Israel

Israeli PM wants to attack Iran but lacks cabinet and military support

Word: Israel's fading democracy

US anti-prostitution provision hurts AIDS effort

Israeli politicians censor intelligence chief's warning on Iran

Israel IDF chief goes off reservation on Iran

Nearly half of Israeli youth oppose equal rights for Israeli Arabs

The billboards CBS removed

Road to Apartheid: a new documentary by a South African and a Jewish Israeli

Israel's seige of Gaza enters 6th year

Israeli diplomat urges intimidation of critics

Ex-Israeli spymaster worried by country's leadership

Haaretz article: Tourists should get a warning before coming to Israel

Israeli air force gearing up for attack on Iran

The not so secret services of Colombia

Israel demands tourists not deal with pro-Palestinians

States face legal issue over buying Israeli bonds. . .

Israel won't warn US before Iran strike

Israel's discrimination against women becoming big issue

Obama's new chief of staff is big Israel supporter

Israel unfreezes Palestinian Authority tax millions

Haaretz says Peres is only politician who can stop Iran attack

Plurality of Americans support Palestinian state

Obama headed for Mid East disaster over Palestine

NYC ads call to end US military aid to Israel

Absent an Obama peace plan, Jimmy Carter supports Palestinian UN recognition

Israel okays 1500 new settlements in West Bank

Turns out the U.S, has guaranteed Israeli bonds

Israel to attack Iran?

Israel: A dysfunctional relative, not an ally

Obama declares war on UN over Palestine

Israel & U.S. have repeatedly lied over Palestine's willingness to make concessions

How Israel abuses Palestinians

Budrus is an award-winning documentary film about a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites local Fatah and Hamas members along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier.

Israel to hire Internet trolls

Obama offers Israel 20 jets to do right for just 90 days

HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR ATTACKS ISRAEL'S TREATMENT OF PALESTINE

ISRAEL MOVES TO EXPAND APARTHEID

OBAMA SELLS OUT BIG TIME TO ISRAEL

ISRAELI SPIES POSING AS ARTISTS BACK AGAIN

HOW TO CLOSE THE DOOR ON PEACE

WHY HAMAS SHOULD BE AT THE TABLE

THE MOST UNDEMOCRATIC SENATOR

ISRAEL'S TERRORIST ATTACK ON FLOTILLA WAS INTERNATIONAL CRIME

HAMAS AND HEZBOLLAH TURN TO NON-VIOLENCE

CAMERON CALLS GAZA STRIP A 'PRISON CAMP'

SIGNS OF DEMI-SEMITISM

TWO STORIES ISRAEL DOESN'T WANT YOU TO REMEMBER

FIRST DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE OF ISRAEL NUCLEAR STOCKPILE: OFFERED TO SELL BOMBS TO SOUTH AFRICA'S APARTHEID REGIME

US FUNDS ISRAEL'S APARTHEID ROADS PLAN

ISRAELI SEIZURES TAKE 42% OF PALESTINE'S WEST BANK

JAILING OF FBI LEAKER WILL MAKE ISRAEL HAPPY

ISRAELI DEMOCRACY BY THE NUMBERS MAKES ARIZONA LOOK LIKE HEAVEN

DESMOND TUTU ON BOYCOTTING ISRAEL

ISRAELI APARTHEID HITS THE COURTS

THE CASE FOR TALKING WITH HAMAS

BIN LADEN: PALESTINE IS THE KEY ISSUE

CIA REPORTED INVOLVED IN TORTURE OF PALESTINIANS

OBAMA JOINS ISRAEL NUKE COVERUP

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF PALESTINE

RUSSIAN PRESIDENT SAYS ISRAEL PROMISED HIM NO ATTACK ON IRAN

MAJOR BRITISH TRADE UNIONS CALL FOR PARTIAL BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL

UN REPORT: ISRAEL SHOULD FACE WAR CRIMES PROSECUTION

RED CROSS ATTACKS ISRAEL'S TREATMENT OF GAZA

MADOFF MAY HAVE BEEN MOVING FUNDS TO ISRAEL

ISRAEL GETTING NEARLY $3 BILLION FROM U.S. TO CONTINUE INTERNATIONAL LAW BREAKING

NEW BOOK: ISRAEL DELIBERATELY ATTACKED
AMERICAN SHIP IN SIX DAY WAR

NETANYAHU CALLED FOR 'LIMITED PALESTINIAN STATE' 6 YEARS AGO

ISRAELI MINISTER'S WEIRD THREATS AGAINST THE U.S.

JEWISH EXTREMISTS TARGET BERKELEY PAPER

ISRAEL GIVES JEWS A BAD NAME

HOW ISRAEL SPIES ON THE U.S.

SEGREGATION IN ISRAEL

ISRAELIS USE GAZA FOR ILLEGAL & UNTESTED WEAPONS

ISRAELI AMBASSADOR CAUGHT CALLING GAZA A "PREINTRODUCTION" TO DEAL WITH IRAN

ISRAEL'S DETACHMENT FROM REALITY OOO

GAZA A BIG FAILURE FOR ISRAEL

UN CHIEF APPALLED BY GAZA DAMAGE

TOM FRIEDMAN BACKS ISRAELI WAR CRIMES

ISRAEL DITCHES ALL PRETENSE OF DEMOCRACY; BANS ARAB PARTIES

THE HIDDEN REASON ISRAEL WANTS GAZA UNDER ITS CONTROL

ISRAEL LOSING SUPPORT AMONG THE JEWISH YOUNG

TIME TO STOP BEING AFRAID OF ISRAEL

ISRAELIS KILL 20 TIMES AS MANY IN THREE DAYS
AS HAMAS HAS IN SIX YEARS

LONELY POLITICAL VOICES FOR DECENCY IN GAZA: KUCINICH & MCKINNEY

AHMADINEJAD WOULD ACCEPT ISRAEL IF PALESTINIANS AGREE

UN BILLS ISRAEL $1 BILLION FOR DAMAGES DONE IN LEBANON WAR

ISRAEL: THE COUNTRY THAT WOULDN'T GROW UP

ISRAEL'S BLOCKADE CAUSES ONE MILLION PALESTINIANS TO DEPEND ON INTERNATIONAL AID

POLL FINDS ISRAELIS DEEPLY PREJUDICED AGAINST ARABS

ISRAELIS USE THE WORD 'APARTHEID' TOO

WHAT THE MEDIA FORGOT TO TELL YOU: 64% OF ISRAELIS WANT TALKS WITH HAMAS

THE HAMAS STATEMENT BUSH & ISRAEL WANT EVERYONE TO IGNORE

ISRAELI COURT SAYS IT'S FINE FOR GOVERNMENT TO HARM RESIDENTS OF GAZA STRIP

ISRAEL: ECHOES OF AMERICA'S ONCE SEGREGATED SOUTH

ISRAEL: WHY OCCUPATION BREEDS TERROR

ONE STATE SOLUTION ATTRACTS SCHOLARS, ACTIVISTS

PALESTINIANS LEFT WITH LITTLE ELSE TO LOSE

PSYCHOLOGIST FINDS ISRAELI TROOPS ENJOYING BRUTALITY AGAINST CIVILIANS

JEWISH AMERICAN TEENS INDOCTRINATED AT ISRAELI MILITARY CAMP

TOP JOHNSON ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS THOUGHT ISRAEL'S ATTACK ON USS LIBERTY WAS DELIBERATE

ISRAEL HAS COST U.S. $1.6 TRILLION - $5700 PER AMERICAN

TOPICS
AIPAC
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MEDIA
MIDEAST NEWS
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Mid East paradigms
 

Stats
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Harper's Magazine Percentage of Benjamin Netanyahu’s 2014 primary-campaign contributions that came from the United States: 90.... That came from three U.S. families: 30

Israeli apartheid: the numbers 

2014


TIKUN OLAM

Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of US foreign assistance since World War II. According to a Congressional Research Service report, Israel has received to date $121 billion (current, or non-inflation-adjusted, dollars) in bilateral assistance from the United States. - Ynet

2013


PEW RESEARCH

Boycott
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Phone app to boycott Israel

2014

Over 250 anthropologists join the call for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions

Israel's assault on Palestine motivated by far more than religion

Interview with a founding member of Israel's Boycott from Within

Kerry backs Israeli apartheid

Kerry pushes Israeli occupation of Palestine

Kerry supports Israeli land theft

Two Harvard presidents, past and present, refuse to boycott Israeli apartheid

EU noving towards sanctions against Israel apartheid

Roads to ending Israeli apartheid

Pink Floyd legend joins boycott Israel campaign

Israeli apartheid: the numbers

Gaza, West Bank

How America is part of the war on Palestine

Israel planning more ethnic cleansing

Google declares Palestine a country, not a territory

UN report rules Israel's West Bank settlements illegal

2012

Israel destroying Palestinian water supply

Israel Seizes $120m in Palestinian Funds Over UN Vote

In Wake of Palestinian Statehood Vote, Netanyahu Orders New Settlements

Truth and Trauma in Gaza

Israel launches segregated buses

Palestine update

The hidden factor behind Israeli apartheid

Word: Misreading Israel and Palestine

What really happened with the cease fire

Nader: The Israelis as provocateurs

Israeli myths about Gaza

More myths about Gaza

Department of Hmm...

Polls: Palestinians have little American support

Israelis attack two media offices, injury at least eight journalists

Obama supports Israeli invasion of Gaza

Palestine over time

Israel's war on Gaza: nearly 200 airstrikes

Israel destroys Gaza prime minister's office

What Israel is really up to

Israeli foreign minister threatens to destroy Palestinian Authority

ESSAYS

TIME TO STOP BEING AFRAID OF ISRAEL

OUTSOURCING FOREIGN POLICY TO ISRAEL

ISRAELI OCCUPATION BOYCOTT

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END THE OCCUPATION
JEWISH VOICE FOR PEACE
Jewish Voices Against The Occupation
OCCUPATION WATCH CENTER
PALESTINIAN SOCIETY FOR PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS &

STUDENTS FOR JUSTICE IN PALESTINE
VISIONS OF PEACE WITH JUSTICE IN ISRAEL/PALESTINE

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ARAB NEWSPAPERS
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SAM SMITH

Imagine if we had told Israel and Palestine a few years ago that if they would just make nice we would give them enough money to equal Israel's GDP for one year and Palestine's for three. Take the time off, go to the Riviera or the Catskills, forget about productivity, and just party on thanks to the American taxpayer. Or if Israel and Palestine wanted to be really sensible, they could have invested in their countries' future instead. Think how much safer we would be today. . . But where would such a large sum of money come from? Well, all we would have had to have done was to cancel the invasion of Iraq and used the money as a carrot rather than as a bludgeon. For that is just what it has cost us so far. (2007)

God appointed America to save the world in any way that suits America. God appointed Israel to be the nexus of America's Middle Eastern policy and anyone who wants to mess with that idea is a) anti-Semitic, b) anti-American, c) with the enemy, and d) a terrorist." - John le Carr, London Times, 2003