US Politics in Trump era Public date: 03.10.2019 13:07:34

Publisher: NYTimes

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20 Sep 2019

U.S. Orders Duke and U.N.C. to Recast Tone in Mideast Studies

The Education Department has ordered Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to remake the Middle East studies program run jointly by the two schools after concluding that it was offering students a biased curriculum that, among other complaints, did not present enough “positive” imagery of Judaism and Christianity in the region.
The Education Department has ordered Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to remake the...

Publisher: Al Jazeera

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25 Jun 2019

Kushner: Israel-Palestine deal won’t follow Arab Peace Initiative

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner has said it will not be possible to solve the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a deal "along the lines of the Arab Peace Initiative".
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner has said it will not be possible to solve the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian...

Publisher: The Intercept

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21 Jun 2019

Steny Hoyer Makes Sure AIPAC’s Israel Junket Is Well Attended

AIPAC, which for years had strong support from both political parties, has seen its influence dip in the Democratic Party as its increasingly hard-line approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict pushes it in an ever more aggressive direction.
AIPAC, which for years had strong support from both political parties, has seen its influence dip in the Democratic...
9 Jun 2019

Pompeo pledges not to wait for Britain’s elections to ‘push back’ against Corbyn and anti-Semitism

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo weighed in on British politics during a closed-door meeting with Jewish leaders, saying he would not wait for Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to become prime minister of Britain to “push back” against him or any future actions he might take against Britain’s Jews.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo weighed in on British politics during a closed-door meeting with Jewish leaders, saying...

Publisher: The Intercept

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3 Jun 2019

God, Gas, and Cash: How Texas Fell in Love With Israel

As the Trump administration maintains the friendliest U.S. relationship with the Israeli right in history, Texas has become one of the most pro-Israel states in the country. It has forged ties with Israeli settlements and aggressively enforced a law targeting advocates of boycotting Israel. Its exports to Israel last year topped $900 million, and its imports from Israel are valued at $1.5 billion, according to the Texas Economic Development Corporation.
As the Trump administration maintains the friendliest U.S. relationship with the Israeli right in history, Texas has...

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26 Mar 2019

Adam Milstein Has Spent Millions to Stifle BDS and Attack Critics of Israel

Adam Milstein, a real estate millionaire and prolific donor to right-wing, pro-Israel causes, had a busy few days on Twitter this month. In one tweet, he accused Rep. Ilhan Omar of being a “terrorist.” In another, he questioned Omar’s and Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s loyalty to the United States. He also accused Tlaib and Omar, the first two Muslim-American women elected to Congress, of having links to the Muslim Brotherhood, indulging a tired trope popular among anti-Muslim bigots.
Adam Milstein, a real estate millionaire and prolific donor to right-wing, pro-Israel causes, had a busy few days on...
25 Mar 2019

Steny Hoyer Condemned for ‘Shameful’ and ‘Unhinged’ AIPAC Speech

Rep. Steny Hoyer, the number two Democrat in the House, came under fire from progressives Sunday night after he used his address at AIPAC's policy conference to attack left-wing members of his caucus and throw his full support behind a resolution condemning the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement.
Rep. Steny Hoyer, the number two Democrat in the House, came under fire from progressives Sunday night after he used his...
22 Mar 2019

Trump says US will recognize Israel’s sovereignty over Golan Heights

Donald Trump has announced that the US will recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, captured from Syria in 1967, in a dramatic move likely to bolster Benjamin Netanyahu’s hopes to win re-election, but which will also provoke international opposition. Previous US administrations have treated Golan Heights as occupied Syrian territory, in line with UN security council resolutions. Trump declared his break with that policy in a tweet.
Donald Trump has announced that the US will recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, captured from Syria...

Publisher: The Intercept

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13 Mar 2019

Intercept Investigation Leads to Record FEC Fines

It is illegal for foreign nationals to contribute money in connection with U.S. elections. However, APIC and Right to Rise USA attempted to use an odd loophole created by the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision to funnel overseas cash into American politics.
It is illegal for foreign nationals to contribute money in connection with U.S. elections. However, APIC and Right to...
16 Feb 2019

Pro-Israel donors spent over $22m on lobbying and contributions in 2018

Pro-Israel lobbyists and donors spent more than $22m on lobbying and campaign contributions during the 2018 election cycle. The same or similar Israel-aligned groups and donors have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in recent decades, and that money poured into American politics through a variety of channels, according to the non-profit, non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics. The CRP uses federal election records to track campaign finance spending and makes its data available on the Open Secrets site.
Pro-Israel lobbyists and donors spent more than $22m on lobbying and campaign contributions during the 2018 election...

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12 Feb 2019

Pro-Israel Lobby Caught on Tape Boasting That Its Money Influences Washington

A debate about the power in Washington of the pro-Israel lobby is underway, after Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., responded sharply to reports that Republican leader Kevin McCarthy was targeting both Omar and fellow Muslim Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat from Michigan. Omar quoted rap lyrics — “It’s all about the Benjamins baby” — to suggest McCarthy’s move was driven by the lobby’s prolific spending. Asked specifically who she was referring to, Omar responded, “AIPAC!”
A debate about the power in Washington of the pro-Israel lobby is underway, after Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., responded...

Publisher: Common Dreams

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11 Feb 2019

Senate Guts First Amendment to Guard Israel from Boycott, But Ilhan Omar Can’t Bring Up AIPAC?

lhan Omar (D-MN) has stirred controversy by replying to scurrilous statements of her Republican opponents in Congress by suggesting that they are shilling for anti-Palestinian and anti-Muslim lobbies that back the right wing Likud government of Israel to the hilt because they receive campaign contributions from the Israel lobbies.
lhan Omar (D-MN) has stirred controversy by replying to scurrilous statements of her Republican opponents in Congress by...
9 Feb 2019

Why Won’t Democrats Call Israel’s Occupation an Occupation?

Here’s a riddle any Democrat hoping to be elected president at the crest of a progressive wave in 2020 should be able to solve: what do you call Israel’s military rule over millions of disenfranchised Palestinians in the territories it seized by force in 1967?
Here’s a riddle any Democrat hoping to be elected president at the crest of a progressive wave in 2020 should be able...
24 Jan 2019

Bill Would Label Criticism of Israel in Florida Schools “Anti-Semitic”

In May 2018, the state of South Carolina passed a bill lawmakers said was aimed at fighting anti-Semitism in the state's public school system. But many critics were instead alarmed: Rather than simply cracking down on speech critical of Jewish people, the law instead banned criticism of the state of Israel.
In May 2018, the state of South Carolina passed a bill lawmakers said was aimed at fighting anti-Semitism in the state's...
6 Jan 2019

U.S. Senate’s First Bill, in Midst of Shutdown, is a Bipartisan Defense of the Israeli Government from Boycotts

In the 2019 GOP-controlled Senate, the first bill to be considered – S.1 – is not designed to protect American workers, bolster U.S. companies, or address the various debates over border security and immigration. It’s not a bill to open the government. Instead, according to multiple sources involved in the legislative process, S.1 will be a compendium containing a handful of foreign-policy related measures, a main one of which is a provision, with Florida’s GOP Sen. Marco Rubio as a lead sponsor, to defend the Israeli government. The bill is a top legislative priority for AIPAC.
In the 2019 GOP-controlled Senate, the first bill to be considered – S.1 – is not designed to protect American...
18 Dec 2018

School Contractor in Texas Denied Work Over Pro-Israel Loyalty Oath

A children’s speech pathologist who has worked for the last nine years with developmentally disabled, autistic, and speech-impaired elementary school students in Austin, Texas, has been told that she can no longer work with the public school district, after she refused to sign an oath vowing that she “does not” and “will not” engage in a boycott of Israel or “otherwise tak[e] any action that is intended to inflict economic harm” on that foreign nation. A lawsuit on her behalf was filed early Monday morning in a federal court in the Western District of Texas, alleging a violation of her First Amendment right of free speech.
A children’s speech pathologist who has worked for the last nine years with developmentally disabled, autistic,...

Publisher: The Intercept

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5 Dec 2018

Senators Working to Slip Israel Anti-Boycott Law Through in Lame Duck

Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin is making a behind-the-scenes push to slip an anti-boycott law into a last-minute spending bill being finalized during the lame-duck session, according to four sources familiar with the negotiations. The measure, known as the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, was shelved earlier amid concerns about the infringement of free speech, after civil liberties groups argued that the original version would have allowed criminal penalties for Americans who participate in a political boycott of Israel.
Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin is making a behind-the-scenes push to slip an anti-boycott law into a last-minute spending...
2 Nov 2018

Midterm Scoreboard Reveals Massive Influence of Pro-Israel PACs on Congressional Candidates

A just-released Midterm Elections Scoreboard shows that Israel partisans have dominated Congress over the past 10 years, despite the preference of American voters, who consistently wish evenhanded policies and feel the U.S. gives Israel too much money. The detailed scoreboard on candidates for the Senate and House of Representatives* shows that 28 pro-Israel PACs and numerous pro-Israel individuals have given candidates millions of dollars in campaign contributions. There are currently no pro-Palestine PACs (although one of the pro-Israel PACs supports some Palestinian positions).
A just-released Midterm Elections Scoreboard shows that Israel partisans have dominated Congress over the past 10 years,...
6 Aug 2018

Trump and Allies Seek End to Refugee Status for Millions of Palestinians

Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, has quietly been trying to do away with the U.N. relief agency that has provided food and essential services to millions of Palestinian refugees for decades, according to internal emails obtained by Foreign Policy.
Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, has quietly been trying to do away with...
8 Jan 2018

Bannon: Adelson drove Jerusalem embassy move

Candidate Donald Trump claimed that he wouldn’t be beholden to campaign  donors and slammed his Republican primary opponents as puppets of their wealthy patrons. “Sheldon Adelson is looking to give big dollars to Rubio because he feels he can mold him into his perfect little puppet. I agree!” Trump tweeted in October 2015. But an excerpt from Michael Wolff’s upcoming book Fire and Fury quotes Steve Bannon, who served as CEO of the Trump campaign and went on to become White House chief strategist, effectively confirming that Adelson has been a driving force behind the Trump administration’s foreign  policy decision-making.
Candidate Donald Trump claimed that he wouldn’t be beholden to campaign  donors and slammed...

Publisher: NYTimes

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7 Jan 2018

Kushner’s Financial Ties to Israel Deepen Even With Mideast Diplomatic Role

Last May, Jared Kushner accompanied President Trump, his father-in-law, on the pair’s first diplomatic trip to Israel, part of Mr. Kushner’s White House assignment to achieve peace in the Middle East. Shortly before, his family real estate company received a roughly $30 million investment from Menora Mivtachim, an insurer that is one of Israel’s largest financial institutions, according to a Menora executive.
Last May, Jared Kushner accompanied President Trump, his father-in-law, on the pair’s first...
13 Oct 2017

US withdraws from Unesco over ‘anti-Israel bias’

The United States has withdrawn from Unesco over what it claims is the organisation’s “continuing anti-Israel bias” – a move that has just been followed by Israel itself.  The US State Department recently announced its intention to withdraw from the UN’s cultural, scientific and educational organisation and become a permanent observer instead.
The United States has withdrawn from Unesco over what it claims is the organisation’s “continuing...

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27 Apr 2017

President Trump’s son-in-law, a top adviser, had help building a real estate empire from a member of one of Israel’s wealthiest families.

President Trump’s son-in-law, a top adviser, had help building a real estate empire from a member of one of Israel’s wealthiest families the Raz Steinmetz. Raz's uncle, and the family’s most prominent figure, is the billionaire Beny Steinmetz, who is under scrutiny by law enforcement authorities in four countries. In the United States, federal prosecutors are investigating whether representatives of his firm bribed government officials in Guinea to secure a multibillion dollar mining concession. In Israel, Mr. Steinmetz was detained in December and questioned in a bribery and money laundering investigation. In Switzerland and Guinea, prosecutors have conducted similar inquiries.
President Trump’s son-in-law, a top adviser, had help building a real estate empire from a member of one of Israel’s...
25 Dec 2016

Israel rejects ‘shameful’ UN resolution amid criticism of Netanyahu

According to this report the resolution passed by the UN has significant remifications and paves the way for future sanctions against the occupied territories in Israel. Israel has reacted sharply by recalling ambassadors from 2 of the sates that voted against Israel.
According to this report the resolution passed by the UN has significant remifications and paves the way for future...
24 Dec 2016

Obama Allows Toothless UN Resolution Against Israeli Settlements to Pass

The article states that Obama has done more to shield Israel than any other of his predecessors. During the George W Bush years 6 of these resolutions passed UN resolutions. Additionally this resolution doesn't call for any sanctions to enforce this illigal activity.
The article states that Obama has done more to shield Israel than any other of his predecessors. During the George W...

Publisher: Mondoweiss

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9 Oct 2016

Emails show Clinton crafted BDS letter for pro-Israel donors, as counter to her support for Iran deal

Latest Democratic Party emails published by Wikileaks show Clinton campaign aides bending over backwards to please the Israel lobby and big pro-Israel donors, to balance her support for the Iran deal.
Latest Democratic Party emails published by Wikileaks show Clinton campaign aides bending over backwards to please the...

Publisher: Haaretz

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19 Apr 2016

If You Lose Simone Zimmerman, You Lose the Best of Jewish Millennials

Bernie Sanders fired Simone Zimmerman because of comments she made on Facebook regarding Netanyahu. Article breaks down the American Jewish sentiment towards Israel. The author concludes "I’m not worried about Simone Zimmerman. She’ll do fine. I’m worried about a community that punishes its children for challenging its lies."
Bernie Sanders fired Simone Zimmerman because of comments she made on Facebook regarding Netanyahu. Article breaks down...

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