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Trump and Netanyahu Scramble the Board

by Allan C. Brownfeld AT HIS MEETING with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week, President Trump abandoned decades of bipartisan U.S. policy and declared that the U.S. would no longer insist on the creation of a Palestinian state as part of a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. In Trump’s words, either a […]

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Is the Israeli Occupation Moving Towards Apartheid?

by Allan C. Brownfeld Discussed in this essay: Apartheid In Palestine, edited by Ghada Ageel. University of Alberta Press, 263 pages, 2016. ISRAEL’S OCCUPATION of the West Bank and East Jerusalem has come under increased scrutiny since December, when the UN Security Council adopted a resolution that condemned Israeli settlement building. The Obama administration chose to […]

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David Friedman’s Embrace of the Occupation

A GREAT RECRUITING TOOL FOR ISIS by Allan C. Brownfeld DURING THE PRESIDENTIAL campaign, Donald Trump took a strong stand against ISIS, which he pledged to defeat. Now he has announced his choice for ambassador to Israel, his bankruptcy attorney, David Friedman. Friedman has strong ties with Israel’s extreme rightwing and is a vocal opponent […]

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$38 Billion More for Israel

WHY THE PACKAGE IS HARMFUL TO BOTH COUNTRIES by Allan Brownfeld IN SEPTEMBER, the U.S. signed an unprecedented pact with Israel that will provide it with the largest amount of military aid ever awarded to any country — $3.8 billion annually for ten years, with promises of the latest in fighter jets, missile defense systems […]

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AIPAC: Harmful to Israel, Harmful to the U.S.

by Allan C. Brownfeld THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE of the American Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has attracted almost 20,000 people to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the nation’s capital. Every presidential candidate — except Bernie Sanders — is appearing as speaker, along with Vice President Joe Biden. As a result of AIPAC’s influence (it […]

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The Conference of Presidents Meets with Pollard

by Allan C. Brownfeld JONATHAN POLLARD, the convicted American spy for Israel, who served thirty years of his life sentence, was released from prison on November 21. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu personally appealed to President Obama to lift the standard prohibition on parolees leaving the U.S. for five years. Pollard should, Netanyahu urged, be […]

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Jonathan Pollard: He’s No Victim

by Allan C. Brownfeld JONATHAN POLLARD the U.S. intelligence analyst who spied for Israel and was sentenced to life in prison, is scheduled for release on November 21st, according to the Justice Department. Although Pollard was ordered to serve life in prison after being convicted of selling U.S. secrets to the Israeli government, the terms […]

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The Neocons Lobby to Go to War — Again

by Allan Brownfeld THE SAME neo-conservatives who successfully pushed the nation to war with Iraq, a country that never attacked us and never possessed the “weapons of mass destruction” that the Bush administration promoted as a basis for war, are now back promoting war with Iran, a country more than three times the size of […]

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Pro-Palestinian: An Exception to Free Speech?

by Allan C. Brownfeld FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND ACADEMIC FREEDOM ARE LONG-ESTABLISHED, respected pillars of our free society. Presently, however, we seem to be in the process of creating a “Palestinian exception.” If you express views critical of the Israeli government and its policies, or are sympathetic to Palestinians and their efforts to achieve a […]

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