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    Democratic voters support cutting aid to Israel, so why have only two candidates even mentioned it?
    https://mondoweiss.net/2019/09/democratic-candidates-mentioned
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    A new report shows that a net majority of Democratic voters support cutting aid to Israel based on the country’s human rights violations. Nonetheless, only two Democratic presidential candidates have floated the idea during this campaign and neither has provided much in way of details.

    YouGov Blue conducted a poll for the progressive think tank Data For Progress between August 15th–21st. 1,380 voters were asked a question about reducing U.S. military aid to Israel over its human rights abuses and a broader question about reducing aid to other countries for the same reason. The poll’s accompanying report was authored by Data For Progress Senior Fellow and IfNotNow co-founder Emma Saltzberg.

    Saltzberg found that 45% of voters support reducing Israel’s military aid for human rights violations, while 34% oppose such a policy. When that idea is expanded to countries more broadly, the numbers go way up: 61% support it, while only 12% are against it.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/802291 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • It’s fine to criticize Israel (so long as you say it’s a vibrant democracy and leave out the oppression of Palestinians) | Donald Johnson
    https://mondoweiss.net/2019/08/democracy-oppression-palestinians

    Israel’s defenders explain to Rashida Tlaib that it’s not anti-Semitic to criticize Israel, so long as you say it’s a vibrant democracy. So the oppression of millions of Palestinians is a golden opportunity for Israelis to show off their country. The bigotry is the same as justifying slavery by the fact that Lincoln and Douglas debated it, and Frederick Douglass was able to get in one word edgewise. Source: Mondoweiss

    https://seenthis.net/messages/798127 via Rezo



  • The Israel lobby is built on the biggest guilt trip in the world – Mondoweiss

    https://mondoweiss.net/2019/02/israel-lobby-biggest
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    I’ve been reading Amos Oz’s books since his death, and one of the feelings he leaves me with is: Self-contempt. Many of Oz’s characters look on American Jews with disdain. “To be without power is, in my eyes, both a sin and a catastrophe. It’s the sin of exile, and Diaspora,” says one. Another says that Diaspora Jews “shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of… life.”

    The message is clear. Jews in the west are half-made because they never had to fight. They haven’t served in the Israeli army, at the front line of reborn Jewish sovereignty. But those exiled Jews derive pride and strength from the armed Jewish nation; Israel has given them international prestige. Because once Jews went like sheep to slaughter, we formed lines to get on the cattle cars. Now we are a proud nation.

    But those exiled Jews have no skin in the game. They are living comfortable idle existences. Getting up like me this morning and going to my desk.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/761635 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • ’Combating BDS Act’ passes Senate, 77-23, as Dem presidential hopefuls vote No, and Paul slams ’paranoia’ of ’the lobby’
    US Politics Philip Weiss on February 5, 2019

    https://mondoweiss.net/2019/02/combating-presidential-paranoia
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    This afternoon the Senate by a vote of 77-23 passed S.1, which contains the Combating BDS Act, encouraging states to pass laws that authorize economic punishments against those who support boycott of Israel. Faiz Shakir, national political director of the ACLU, says:

    The Senate just passed a bill that tramples on the 1st Amendment rights of Americans. The House should refuse to take it up.

    The ACLU led opposition to the bill and is already moving on to the House. It reports:

    Should the House take up similar legislation, we urge members to remove the Combating BDS Act from the package of bills due to the threat it poses to all Americans’ First Amendment right to boycott…

    Senators who voted for the bill: we encourage you to read the Constitution, which protects against the McCarthy-era tactics this bill endorses.

    I am told there is real hope that the Democratic House will reject the measure.

    The 23 Senators who voted against include all likely or announced presidential candidates with the exception of Amy Klobuchar — who reportedly said she opposed the BDS provision but approved other parts of the bill. All the Nays were Democrats except for one Republican, Rand Paul, who warned that the majority is “paranoid” about the Israel lobby. The roll of honor:

    Tammy Baldwin, Cory Booker, Sherrod Brown, Tom Carper, Dick Durbin, Dianne Feinstein, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Martin Heinrich, Mazie Hirono, Tim Kaine, Patrick Leahy, Ed Markey, Jeff Merkley, Chris Murphy, Rand Paul, Jack Reed, Bernie Sanders, Brian Schatz, Jeanne Shaheen, Tom Udall, Chris Van Hollen, Elizabeth Warren

    The bill is a landmark in anti-Palestinianism. The IMEU relates: “‘It’s disappointing that the Senate has voted to undermine the free speech rights of advocates for Palestinian freedom.’ – Rebecca Vilkomerson, Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace.”

    J Herbert Nelson II of the Presbyterian Church’s Israel Palestine Mission Network called the bill “unjust” for limiting what more and more people wish to do for Palestinian rights:

    A growing number of churches and other faith groups, including the Presbyterian Church (USA), have endorsed time-honored tools like boycotts to avoid profiting from Israel’s abuses of Palestinian rights. In passing the CBA, the Senate is condoning attempts by politicians at the state level to suppress our efforts to be true to our faith and avoid being complicit in the suffering of others.

    There was an upside to the vote. “Ugly day for the Senate, but something important happened here: All serious 2020 candidates (Harris, Sanders, Warren, Gillibrand and Booker) bucked AIPAC and voted against this anti-BDS bill,” Ryan Grim tweets. “That tells you a LOT about the politics of Israel in the Democratic Party.”

    The Jewish establishment was all for this bill. AIPAC urged its passage. So did Jewish Federations, the leading Jewish philanthropic organizations:

    https://seenthis.net/messages/758217 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Le calvaire d’une musicienne palestinienne à l’aéroport de Tel Aviv
    Par Nai Bargouti (Traduit par Lionel R. pour CAPJPO-EuroPalestine)
    https://www.change.org/p/urgence-humanitaire-%C3%A0-gaza-lev%C3%A9e-du-blocus-opengaza/u/23886874
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    (...) L’un des aspects les plus dangereux des régimes d’oppression coloniale est qu’ils s’efforcent d’occuper l’esprit des opprimés, pas seulement leur pays.
    Nous sommes arrivés à l’aéroport et j’essayais de convaincre ma mère de ne pas attendre que j’en aie fini avec le test de « sécurité » déshumanisant, comme elle le fait toujours. Bien que j’aime toujours voir son visage de loin, derrière l’épaisse vitre, je décidai de renoncer à sa main rassurante, car je ressens tant de peine et de rage en la voyant débordant de colère et si impuissante lorsqu’elle voit tous ces agents de sécurité israéliens racistes qui tentent de m’humilier juste à cause de qui je suis, de ce que je suis, une Palestinienne... Je l’ai suppliée de partir, mais elle a insisté : « Je ne peux pas te laisser dans cet endroit horrible. On ne sait jamais ce qui se passe. » Elle avait raison !
    Mon nom arabe sur mon passeport a immédiatement révélé mon identité, les invitant à me réserver leur traitement « royal ». Lorsque l’agent de sécurité m’a demandé si je parlais hébreu et que j’ai dit non, sa colère était visible. Quand elle m’a demandé ce que je faisais à Amsterdam et que j’ai répondu que j’y étudiais le jazz, elle ne pouvait plus retenir son racisme. Comment pouvais-je avoir l’outrecuidance de ne pas satisfaire point par point au stéréotype raciste de la « femme arabe » ? Elle m’a dit que je devais subir une « fouille corporelle ».
    Je l’ai immédiatement accusée de racisme, de profilage racial et de vengeance contre moi à cause de qui je suis, de ce que je suis et de ce que je fais. Elle a alors répondu en me criant qu’elle faisait son travail. Je lui ai rappelé que des réponses de ce genre avaient servi à excuser de nombreux crimes innommables de l’Histoire.
    Elle s’est vengée en affirmant que mon ordinateur portable n’avait pas passé son contrôle de sécurité et ne pouvait donc rester dans mes bagages. Ceci en dépit du fait qu’elle m’avait déjà demandé de l’ouvrir et de l’allumer. Elle a dit qu’ils me l’enverraient plus tard, par colis postal à mon adresse à Amsterdam. Je ris de son audace et objectai fortement. De par ma propre expérience comme celle d’autres Palestiniens, je sais que laisser son ordinateur portable à la sécurité de l’aéroport Ben Gourion signifie inévitablement qu’il sera piraté, endommagé, voire carrément "perdu".
    Je lui ai dit que je ne pouvais pas voyager sans mon ordinateur portable car toutes mes notes de musique et de cours y étaient, et qu’à défaut je ne pouvais assister à aucun de mes cours.
    Son supérieur hiérarchique sur place a soutenu sa décision vindicative, avec pour conséquence de me faire rater mon vol. J’ai pris mon ordinateur portable et me suis dirigée vers l’endroit où ma mère m’attendait avec anxiété. Elle m’a saluée avec le plus chaud des câlins et quelques larmes, puis m’ a dit : « Ne t’ inquiète pas, nous allons trouver une solution. Je suis si fière de toi !"
    Le lendemain, elle m’a conduite au poste frontière avec la Jordanie. Après avoir passé une nuit agréable en famille à Amman, savourant les fameuses tartes au fromage blanc et aux épinards de ma grand-tante, j’ai traversé l’aéroport accueillant d’Amman et suis arrivée à Amsterdam en toute sécurité, avec mon ordinateur portable et ma dignité intacte. (...)

    https://mondoweiss.net/2019/01/defying-palestinian-musicians
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    https://seenthis.net/messages/752505 via Loutre


  • Are U.S. newspapers biased against Palestinians ? Analysis of 100,000 headlines in top dailies says, Yes – Mondoweiss

    https://mondoweiss.net/2019/01/newspapers-palestinians-headlines
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    A study released last month by 416Labs, a Toronto-based consulting and research firm, supports the view that mainstream U.S. newspapers consistently portray Palestine in a more negative light than Israel, privilege Israeli sources, and omit key facts helpful to understanding the Israeli occupation, including those expressed by Palestinian sources.

    The largest of its kind, the study is based on a sentiment and n-gram analysis of nearly a hundred thousand headlines in five mainstream newspapers dating to 1967. The newspapers are the top five U.S. dailies, The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times.

    Headlines spanning five decades were put into two datasets, one comprising 17,492 Palestinian-centric headlines, and another comprising 82,102 Israeli-centric headlines. Using Natural Language Processing techniques, authors of the study assessed the degree to which the sentiment of the headlines could be classified as positive, negative, or neutral. They also examined the frequency of using certain words that evoke a particular view or perception.

    Key findings of the study are:

    Since 1967, use of the word “occupation” has declined by 85% in the Israeli dataset of headlines, and by 65% in the Palestinian dataset;
    Since 1967, mentions of Palestinian refugees have declined by an overall 93%;
    Israeli sources are nearly 250% more likely to be quoted as Palestinians;
    The number of headlines centering Israel were published four times more than those centering Palestine;
    Words connoting violence such as “terror” appear three times as much as the word “occupation” in the Palestinian dataset;
    Explicit recognition that Israeli settlements and settlers are illegal rarely appears in both datasets;
    Since 1967, mentions of “East Jerusalem,” distinguishing that part of the city occupied by Israel in 1967 from the rest of the city, appeared only a total of 132 times;
    The Los Angeles Times has portrayed Palestinians most negatively, followed by The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, and lastly The New York Times;
    Coverage of the conflict has reduced dramatically in the second half of the fifty-year period.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/752562 via Nouvelles d’Orient