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Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump shake hands at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, May 23, 2017. (AP/Sebastian Scheiner)

In the wake of the January 6 insurrection, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would have us believe that the United States and Israel have a common enemy.

Pelosi implies that the American insurrectionists whose ideologies are rooted in racism, xenophobia and supremacy represent a threat to both the US and Israel — i.e., she believes antisemitism threatens the well-being and sanctity of the apartheid Jewish state, just as its existence among the ranks of the insurrectionists threatens American democracy.

That’s a big lie. What helped create Israel is the antisemitic motivations of British politicians. What poses a threat to Israel is anti-Zionism not antisemitism.(See: How Anti-Semitism Helped Create Israel: At a desperate moment in World War I, British elites appealed to what they saw as the monolithic, all-powerful forces of “international Jewry” to turn the tide of the conflict — and promised them Palestine.) …


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June 2020: Palestinians raised photos of Iyad al-Hallaq, an autistic Palestinian shot by Israeli police, and George Floyd to make a comparison between racism against black people and Palestinians.

Many are noting happily that Joe Biden’s flurry of executive orders are “surprisingly” progressive … and decent. In an essay in Jacobin titled ‘If Joe Biden Moves Left, You Can Thank the Left’, Lisa Featherstone acknowledges that, though “deeply implicated in much of what is wrong with America and the world today,” Biden nevertheless appears to be doing the right thing. She assigns credit for Biden’s decisive departures from the old to: “the organized left, which has helped transform US politics.”

No such transformation appears to be on the horizon for Palestine and the “Middle East” in general. …


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Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump shake hands at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, May 23, 2017. (AP/Sebastian Scheiner)

In the wake of the January 6 insurrection, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would have us believe that the United States and Israel have a common enemy.

Pelosi implies that the American insurrectionists whose ideologies are rooted in racism, xenophobia and supremacy represent a threat to both the US and Israel — i.e., she believes antisemitism threatens the well-being and sanctity of the apartheid Jewish state, just as its existence among the ranks of the insurrectionists threatens American democracy.

That’s a big lie. What helped create Israel is the antisemitic motivations of British politicians. What poses a threat to Israel is anti-Zionism not antisemitism.(See: How Anti-Semitism Helped Create Israel: At a desperate moment in World War I, British elites appealed to what they saw as the monolithic, all-powerful forces of “international Jewry” to turn the tide of the conflict — and promised them Palestine.) …


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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

An open letter addressed to House Speaker Pelosi regarding her remarks (quoted below the letter) on national security, Auschwitz and Israel during the press conference she gave on Jan 15, 2021:

To House Speaker Nancy Pelosi:

By linking the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp in your speech today to Israel and thus implicitly legitimizing the dehumanization of Palestinians at the hands of the Jewish state, you are in fact defiling the invocation of the Holocaust “never again”, which has been expanded since to call for peace and justice honoring the full humanity of all people, not only Jews. Your precious Israeli state is an apartheid state perpetrating a crime against humanity on a daily basis and as you speak. …


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Heather Boushey, incoming member Council of Economic Advisers in the Biden administration

It’s always interesting to see what people, and in particular experts who are being interviewed on Zoom or Skype, choose to prop up behind them in order to send subliminal messages to viewers.

Some props (especially books) are germane to the topic at hand but some are not. In the latter case, the interviewee is usually pushing some other cause.

For example on the Jan 15, 2021 broadcast of PBS News Hour, the book Heather Boushey propped up prominently behind her was one she herself had edited with two others: Recession Ready: Fiscal Policies to Stabilize the American Economy.


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An open letter addressed to House Speaker Pelosi regarding her remarks (quoted below the letter) on national security, Auschwitz and Israel during the press conference she gave on Jan 15, 2021:

To House Speaker Nancy Pelosi:

By linking the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp in your speech today to Israel and thus implicitly legitimizing the dehumanization of Palestinians at the hands of the Jewish state, you are in fact defiling the invocation of the Holocaust “never again”, which has been expanded since to call for peace and justice honoring the full humanity of all people, not only Jews. Your precious Israeli state is an apartheid state perpetrating a crime against humanity on a daily basis and as you speak. …


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Image: Young Jews rally in support of Israel in New York, July 20, 2015
(photo credit: EDUARDO MUNOZ / REUTERS)

The criminal political reality of Israel has now been detailed in unambiguous language that pairs “Jewish” with “supremacy” by B’Tselem, the largest human rights organization within Israel itself: “One organizing principle lies at the base of a wide array of Israeli policies: advancing and perpetuating the supremacy of one group — Jews — over another — Palestinians.”

The slow, agonizing and ongoing transformation of Jerusalem into a predominantly Jewish city at the expense of its Palestinian Muslim and Christian inhabitants is perhaps the most dramatic example of how Israeli Jewish supremacist policies and practices manifest themselves, an anathema to the very soul of this magnificent city. …


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Israelis rioting at a wedding of a Jewish woman and Muslim man, shouting “death to the Arabs” Ammar Awad/Reuters (2014)

The criminal political reality of Israel has now been detailed in unambiguous language that pairs “Jewish” with “supremacy” by B’Tselem, the largest human rights organization within Israel itself: “One organizing principle lies at the base of a wide array of Israeli policies: advancing and perpetuating the supremacy of one group — Jews — over another — Palestinians.”

The slow, agonizing and ongoing transformation of Jerusalem into a predominantly Jewish city at the expense of its Palestinian Muslim and Christian inhabitants is perhaps the most dramatic example of how Israeli Jewish supremacist policies and practices manifest themselves, an anathema to the very soul of this magnificent city. …


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Israeli flag flies in Washington DC on 6 January (MEE/Ali Harb)

Truth and accountability. That seems to be the rallying cry of mainstream media in the United States across the board regarding the mob that attacked the legislature and the results of a democratic election.

But truth, sadly, remains in the eyes of the beholder.

When Governor Andrew Cuomo or the host of MSNBC’s ‘The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell’ see grown men rioting in the nation’s Capitol and parading the Confederate flag or wearing t-shirts that spout antisemitism or going about unmasked, they are clear-eyed about the moral compass that propels them to denounce such gestures. …


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Image: “Jewish paramedic Avraham Mintz faces Jerusalem, his prayer shawl hanging off his shoulders. Muslim paramedic Zoher Abu Jama kneels facing Mecca, his prayer rug unfurled before him.”

CNN’s story extolling the image above of a Muslim and a Jew praying in opposite directions (one toward Mecca and one toward Jerusalem) beside an ambulance marked with the Star of David and portraying the action as “one of many inspiring moments in the coronavirus crisis” would have made more sense to me in what it is trying to project had it shown, instead, an Evangelical Christian praying alongside a Muslim.

To Evangelical Christians, the ultimate “other” through which to understand all difference has always been the Muslim and/or Arab. …

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Rima Najjar

Palestinian and righteously angry

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