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Philip Weiss is a longtime writer and journalist in New York. He co-edits a website on Israel/Palestine, Mondoweiss.net, which he founded in order to foster the movement for greater fairness and justice for Palestinians in American foreign policy. He is currently working on a novel about the US in Australia during WW2.
SHARE Tuesday, October 8, 2019 Lose Netanyahu and Dems will love Israel again -- liberal Zionist mantra
There's been a tectonic shift in the progressive camp, the human rights issue is now important because of Israel's conduct. A majority of Dems support sanctions to end the settlement expansion. It will be interesting to see how much oxygen the J Street conference gives to these critics.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 6, 2019 Bernie Sanders links Hitler's murder of his family to his fight against occupation of Palestinians
Joe Biden went after the Palestinians. Kamala Harris embraced Israel. No candidate has mentioned the occupation or Palestinian human rights with any specificity. Till now, that is. Bernie Sanders weighed in yesterday with a forceful message that connects the murder of his own family by the Nazis to his fight against the crushing, humiliating military occupation by Israel of Palestine.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 3, 2019 "Send a message to Bibi, I love him" -- Joe Biden's long ties to Israel
"I'm a Zionist," Biden has said on many occasions. He has bragged about raising money from AIPAC and of knowing every Israeli prime minister since Golda Meir, and dismissed the idea that Israel hurts U.S. foreign policy. "Israel is the single greatest strength America has in the Middle East," Biden has said. Israel is a "security necessity" for the U.S.
SHARE Saturday, March 16, 2019 Don't accept the rules for how to criticize the Israel lobby
The Israel lobby is essentially the foreign ministry of Israel in the capital of the most powerful country in the world and it exists, as it has stated itself, to make sure that there is no daylight between the US government and Israel. And if you think that has ever meant changing Israeli policy, I have a bridge to sell you. It means shifting U.S. policy.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 25, 2018 New nation-state law shows "strength" of Israeli democracy, Netanyahu aide tells US Jews
The Israeli parliament adopted a basic law defining Israel as "the nation state of the Jewish people," with more rights for Jews than other groups: including that Arabic was no longer an official language, that "Jewish settlement" was a national value, and that the right of "national self-determination" in Israel was "unique" to Jews.
SHARE Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Beinart's detention at airport is said to signal new Israeli policy re American Jewish dissenters
Beinart is a Zionist Jewish writer who has become more and more critical of Israel in the last 10 years, and his detention is causing alarm in American Zionist circles about the political culture of the country they love. "This is crazy,"writes a prominent neoconservative. J Street says the Beinart treatment is part of an Israeli government pattern of targeting American Jews, which is politically dangerous for Zionism.
SHARE Saturday, July 14, 2018 "Killing Gaza" gives faces to statistics of 2014 massacre, echoing Goldstone
From the time of its birth, Israel's leaders have believed that if they caused enough violence the Palestinian problem would go away, or at least be kept at a distance, subject to the occasional two-month long war -- variations on the famous iron wall doctrine. This film shows us the spiritual dead-end of such thinking.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Dems have four congressional candidates willing to criticize Israel -- and "reap political rewards"
The Israel issue is heating up in American politics, with ABC News publishing a report that progressive Democrats are increasingly willing to criticize Israel and may "reap political rewards" by doing so. The report cites four congressional candidates, in Pennsylvania, NY, Minnesota and Virginia. And it shows that Republicans are publicizing the trend, in an effort to peel away Jewish voters from Democratic ranks.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 23, 2018 Democrats are losing their fear of AIPAC and Haim Saban
There's been a reluctance even in the Democratic establishment to defend Israel during the Gaza slaughter. Trump's embrace of Netanyahu has opened the door for formerly-silent Democrats to be critical of Israel. Trump's embrace of Netanyahu has opened the door for formerly-silent Democrats to be critical of Israel. Senator Bernie Sanders has released videos about Gaza and condemned Israeli killings of unarmed protesters.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, April 2, 2018 A brief, unhappy history of Israeli massacres
You'd think that the killings of 17 unarmed protesters in Gaza by Israeli riflers across a security fence on Friday would cause the world to sanction Israel for its conduct. But if you look over Israel's history, you find that the massacre has been a ready tool in the Israeli war-chest; and Israelis have not been prosecuted for carrying them out. Indeed, a couple of those responsible later became prime minister!
SHARE Monday, February 26, 2018 The case for liberal anti-Zionism
Palestinian solidarity will not sweep to victory in this fashion. There are too many stops on it inside mainstream culture. Maybe the Ahed Tamimi case is what Ferguson was for Black Lives Matter, vaulting the movement to a wider following inside the Democratic left. I hope so. But we are not going to win the battle over Israel and Palestine in the U.S. without Zionists shedding their Zionism.