Michelle Alexander explodes an open secret in the ‘NYT’: progressives keep quiet about Palestine out of fear for their careers

Progressive politicians are silent about Palestinian human rights because of the power of the Israel lobby, and "civil rights activists and organizations have remained silent as well... because they fear loss of funding from foundations, and false charges of anti-Semitism," Michelle Alexander writes in a groundbreaking piece in the New York Times. Guided by MLK, she says she will be silent no longer.
| Islamophobia, Israel Lobby, Media |

Adelson has ‘more influence’ than Pompeo, ‘controlling’ State Dep’t on Israel, says ‘NYT’ columnist Egan

"Sheldon Adelson now has more influence on American foreign policy than even the secretary of state... controlling the State Department’s view of Israel," writes Timothy Egan, NYT columnist. Egan is plainly emboldened by the politicization of support for Israel to take a crack at the Israel lobby.
| American Jewish Community, Election 2016, Islamophobia |

Why do Muslim women wear a hijab?

For many Muslim women, a hijab is a way of expressing resistance. AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty Nazma Khan, who immigrated to the United States from Bangladesh at age 11, faced years of shaming over wearing a headscarf in New York. So, in 2013, she started World Hijab Day – a day for both Muslim and non-Muslim women to experience wearing a headscarf. Celebrated on Feb. 1, the
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After Gaza slaughter, Obama officials met with Israeli generals to counter ‘poisonous’ Goldstone Report and get ‘Israeli story out’

The 2009 Goldstone Report accused Israel of war crimes in Gaza when it killed more than 300 children, but the only trial Israeli generals had was a meeting with an American State Department official under Obama who pressed them to counter the p.r. damage of the report by telling the "Israeli story" better and announcing "lessons learned."
| American Jewish Community, Islamophobia, Israel Lobby |

Where is Jeffrey Goldberg?

Jeffrey Goldberg, Jennifer Rubin, David Frum, Bret Stephens and the other American Bibi-ists went from All Netanyahu all the time to No Netanyahu ever, Yakov Hirsch explains. Because they can’t be leading the moral charge against Trump's “evil plan to crush the press," while offering obfuscation about Netanyahu’s actual evil plan to crush the press, as they once did, when they were empowering the now-run-amok prime minister.
| American Jewish Community, Election 2016, Islamophobia |

Angela Davis and the Jewish Civil War

Marc Ellis writes that the rescinding by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute of an award to Angela Davis raises issues about the Black-Jewish alliance and the ability of Jews to set parameters for African Americans to speak on Jewish questions, including Israel. There is a war over that question. The Jewish establishment sees Angela Davis as an enemy. Jews of Conscience see her as an ally.
| American Jewish Community, Islamophobia, Israel Lobby |

Tom Friedman says he would have demanded something from Palestinians in return for moving the embassy to Jerusalem (!)

"I wouldn't have just moved the embassy to Jerusalem and not asked for something in return from Netanyahu or, or the Palestinians," Tom Friedman says on CNN. Really? The embassy move was a kick in the gut to Palestinians, and the gaffe just reveals the reflexive need of a mainstream pundit to blame Palestinians for the conflict, even when they are blameless.
| Islamophobia, Israel Lobby, Media |

The Birmingham Holocaust Education Center must apologize to Angela Davis

The Birmingham Holocaust Education Center has trampled on the credo, Never Again, by objecting to Angela Davis's humanitarian award because she supports Palestinian rights. Dr. Hatim Kanaaneh calls on the Education Center to apologize for the damage it has done to Palestinian human rights.
| American Jewish Community, Islamophobia, Israel Lobby |

‘Israel has never been so divisive in modern political history’ — anti-BDS bill fails again in Senate

The Senate bill punishing support for BDS against Israel failed again yesterday. Israel has never been so openly politicized before, and many Democratic supporters are expressing the fear that the issue is going to divide the party leading up to the 2020 election.
| American Jewish Community, Islamophobia, Israel Lobby |

WATCH: Fiona Bruce reboots Question Time by humiliating James Cleverly

And then Owen Jones took down Andrew Neil. Oh Auntie, you are really spoiling us. Your mole, in all honesty, is not the greatest fan of the BBC’s Thursday night politics shows. After having for a number of years watched them religiously – in roughly the same way that members of certain Catholic sects tie spiked chains around their thighs religiously
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Birmingham Institute’s recission of Angela Davis award over BDS becomes an embarrassment to pro-Israel groups that applied pressure

The decision by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute to withdraw an award to Angela Davis because of her support for BDS has become a giant embarrassment to the Institute and the Jewish groups that put pressure on it to reconsider. Both the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center and the Birmingham Jewish Federations have tried to walk back statements critical of the award.
| American Jewish Community, Islamophobia, Israel Lobby |

An open letter to Rabbi David Stern

Rabbi Michael Davis writes to Rabbi David Stern, a leader of Reform rabbis in America: A year has passed since you returned "shaken" from a visit to the "prison" of the West Bank. I have a collegial challenge. Invite a Palestinian to speak from the same Dallas pulpit from which you gave a sermon that has been widely circulated. And call on your congregants to oppose Congressional legislation that would punish advocacy for BDS.
| American Jewish Community, Islamophobia, US Policy in the Middle East |

Senate is unlikely to debate BDS — so long as gov’t remains shut down

Something that has never happened before is about to happen in the U.S. Senate: there's going to be a wide-open battle over Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), as part of efforts to end the government shutdown, no less! The Senate is due to debate S.1, the first Senate bill of the new session, and Marco Rubio claims that a "significant" number of Democrats support BDS.
| American Jewish Community, Islamophobia, Israel Lobby |

The Ugly, Illiberal, Anti-Semitic Heart of the Yellow Vest Movement

Just days before Christmas, Thibaut Chevillard, a journalist with the French newspaper 20 Minutes , observed a harrowing scene on the Paris metro. A group of drunken gilets jaunes —“yellow vests”—on their way back from protests that have gripped France for the past two months, entered the train and began making the quenelle with their arms. A sort of inverse Nazi salute—one arm pointed towards the ground at
| Politics, France, Yellow Vests |

‘NYT’ runs article about US Jews abandoning Israel that calls two-state solution ‘a cruel joke’

Jonathan Weisman, deputy Washington editor of the New York Times, dares to say that the two-state solution looks like "a cruel joke," that some Jews regard equality in one state as a possible solution, and that BDS is gaining traction in the U.S. His article on the schism between US and Israeli Jews goes along with Michelle Goldberg's column saying anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism.
| American Jewish Community, Islamophobia, Israel Lobby |

The Limits of Liberal Multiculturalism: Islamophobia and Bill Maher

By Evelyn Alsultany | – ( Mizan) – On the October 3, 2014 episode of the HBO talk show Real Time with Bill Maher, the panel included New York Times bestselling author (and key figure in the New Atheism movement) Sam Harris; actor/filmmaker Ben Affleck; Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof; and former chairperson of the […]
| Islamophobia |

Can Online anti-Muslim Hate Speech be Combated? There’s an App for that

By Bertie Vidgen and Taha Yasseri | – In a landmark move, a group of MPs recently published a working definition of the term Islamophobia. They defined it as “rooted in racism”, and as “a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness”. In our latest working paper, we wanted to better […]
| Islamophobia |

Don’t talk about Israel with the black community, former diplomat advises US Jewish groups

"Israel should not be the main thing that you rally around in your conversation with the African-American community," former Israeli diplomat Ido Aharoni advises American Jewish groups. Because for American blacks, Israel is "defined by its problem" -- its treatment of Palestinians. So -- change the subject!
| American Jewish Community, Islamophobia, Israel Lobby |

Germany: Mosque in Duisburg vandalised with racist slurs

An under-construction mosque in western Germany’s Duisburg city was attacked by unidentified assailants who defaced the building with racist slogans, according to a mosque official on Sunday. The attackers painted star of David — which is the symbol of Judaism — on the wall of Mevlana mosque, affiliated with the Turkish-Islamic Community National View (IGMG), head of the mosque foundation Hulusi Yuksel told Anadolu Agency. Yuksel said they informed local security authorities about the attack as police launched an investigation
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Reform rabbi won’t host BDS speakers because they advocate ‘violence’ and ‘abuse’

Rabbi Wendi Geffen, senior rabbi of one of Chicago's leading Reform temples, says she does not invite pro-Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions speakers to her temple because they support physical "violence," equivalent to rightwingers who say Palestinians should die for opposing Israel. The issue is dividing her temple, Geffen acknowledges.
| American Jewish Community, Islamophobia, Israel Lobby |

Marketing the Muslim Woman: Hijabs and Modest Fashion Are the New Corporate Trend in the Trump Era

The retail and fashion industry grants visibility to certain Muslim women, in effect further marginalizing those most impacted by structural Islamophobia. The post Marketing the Muslim Woman: Hijabs and Modest Fashion Are the New Corporate Trend in the Trump Era appeared first on The Intercept .
| Justice, Politics |

My Judaism is anti-Zionism

Being intermarried and assimilated, Phil Weiss wonders at Christmas what makes him Jewish; and he embraces the Birthright walkout and the great spiritual challenge his tribe faces today, to free itself from Zionism and the evils that ideology has generated in Israel and Palestine.
| American Jewish Community, Islamophobia, US Policy in the Middle East |

Three young Jews are kicked off ‘Birthright’ trip for asking questions about separation wall in Palestine

Three young Jews were reportedly kicked off their free trip to Israel sponsored by the pro-Israel Birthright program today because they asked questions about the separation wall Israel has erected on occupied Palestinian territory.
| American Jewish Community, Islamophobia, Israel Lobby |

Islamophobia and the Misuse of History: Iran, Alexander the Great and the Qur’an

As I mentioned earlier, an anonymous troll going by “Kirby” has attacked my new book Muhammad: Prophet of Peace amid the Clash of Empires I have begun by addressing some of his substantive critiques ( here and here) – even though they may appear to be minor, because it is an opportunity to talk about […]
| Qur'an |

The foreign policy ‘blob’ is horrified by Trump’s Syria move– though not the voters

Trump's decision to pull troops from Syria is "foreign policy malpractice," says Michele Flournoy, Hillary Clinton's would-be defense secretary, echoing the D.C. establishment's horror at Trump's fulfillment of a campaign promise. Sadly, the realists and leftwingers who have an alternative vision for US foreign policy in the wake of the Iraq disaster and the Syrian civil war have been exiled by the media.
| Election 2016, Islamophobia, Media |

Israel got delegitimized last week

Israel had its worst week in a long time in the US discourse. The two-state consensus is now in a complete shambles, with many Americans on both right and left beginning to advocate for one democratic state in Israel and Palestine, which of course would mean the end of what Benjamin Netanyahu calls "the one and only Jewish state."
| American Jewish Community, Islamophobia, Israel Lobby |

Defund Islamophobia Now

by Donna Nevel and Elly Bulkin Imagine a scenario in which the communal fund of a major U.S. religious or cultural organization gave money to virulently anti-Semitic, neo-Nazi groups. Imagine the totally justified outrage that would accompany those revelations. Imagine… Continue Reading  
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Nigel Farage has quit Ukip. What is he up to?

Ukip's former leader and founder has quit the party.  Ukip insiders always used to say that while their party’s constitution had plenty of articles, it only had one rule: “Nigel always wins”. But now Nigel Farage, the party’s founder, leader and biggest media asset has quit the party over citing irreconcilable disagreements with its new leader , Gerard Batten. The
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The bigotry and lies behind Fox Nation, Fox News' streaming service

Melissa Joskow / Media Matters On November 27, Fox News launches Fox Nation, a 24/7 streaming service for the “ Fox News superfan .” In addition to historical specials and apolitical cooking shows, the streaming service -- which shares a name with a defunct Fox website -- will provide unlimited right-wing misinformation to millions of homes across the United States. Many Fox Nation hosts are also on Fox News or Fox Business, where
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Theresa May urged to sack Roger Scruton over comments on eugenics

In separate letters to the prime minister, Labour and the Liberal Democrats have urged May to reconsider the philosopher’s appointment as housing tsar.  Theresa May is under increasing pressure to reconsider the appointment of conservative philosopher Roger Scruton to a government advisory role over comments he made about of the “once respectable subject of eugenics”. In separate letters to the Prime
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British politics is being destroyed by a total lack of shame

As ever, the first victims are those least able to defend themselves.  Shame is one of the most underrated forces binding together and protecting our political norms. Take the case of Amber Rudd, in what may turn out to be the last time someone resigns after doing something wrong: Downing Street wanted to keep her in post, but she thought, rightly, that
| News |

Will Roger Scruton be sacked for his comments on date rape?

The conservative philosopher's appointment to a government job is under fire. Labour and the Liberal Democrats are piling in on Roger Scruton, the conservative philosopher who has been given an unpaid gig as chair of a new commission on housing and the built environment by James Brokenshire. In scenes that are more than a little reminiscent of those which saw the
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“Wild West Britain”: Is the right’s focus on knife crime a fig leaf for racism?

“London BLOODBATH”, “Wild West Britain” and “No-go zones”: from the mainstream press to election leaflets to far-right memes, knife crime has been weaponised. If you live in or around a big city in Britain, you’ve probably seen one yourself. A leaflet – from the Conservatives or Ukip or some other right-wing party or candidate warning you about crime in your area –
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OIC chief stresses need for additional instruments to tackle Islamophobia

The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen has stressed that the international community has to adopt a unified stance in combating religious intolerance and discrimination with a view to isolate extremi
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Pakistan calls for actions against rising tide of Islamophobia

Pakistan has reiterated its call for strengthening the legal and judicial framework for addressing the rising phenomenon of Islamophobia and hate crimes against Muslims globally.
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Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour conference speech: “We represent the new common sense of our time”

The Labour leader declared that “where the Tories have divided and ruled, we will unite and govern”. Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, speaking at Labour Party Conference today, said: Thank you for that welcome. I want to start by thanking the workers, the fantastic staff at the Conference Centre and hotels, the Labour Party staff who make this
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Katie Hopkins and Muslim-only prisons: it’s far-right conference season, too

Ukip looks increasingly close to embracing the politics of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, aka Tommy Robinson. While much of Westminster has been focused on the Labour and impending Tory conference, over the weekend the radical right also gathered its troops to try and stoke further resentment over Brexit “betrayals” and throw fuel on the already-raging fires propelling anti-Muslim prejudice and bigotry in the UK.
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Fat activists want to reclaim their bodies but it is not “fatphobia” to recognise the risks of obesity

How ridiculous, how self-deluding to suggest that any problem with fat is irrational and not because being fat is objectively bad. A sneaking linguistic drift in the way we talk about prejudice has turned isms into phobias over the past few decades. Sometimes this makes sense: homophobia, the model for these coinages, really is driven by illogical disgust. Sometimes, it’s complicated: a
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‘What I gave America and what America gave me’ — an interview with the incredibly charming Reja-e Busailah

Palestinian author Reja-e Busailah says he loves the United States although he has witnessed Islamophobia here for 60 years, going back to an ad on a NY radio station, "Give a dollar and kill an Arab." At 89, retired in Indiana, he reflects on the Nakba that deprived him of his home, and on what terms he would return to the land of his birth. Spoiler alert: Equality.
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The Politics of Pointless Burqa Bans

When former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson spoke out against  Denmark’s burqa ban earlier this month, he made it clear he still wasn’t a fan of the veils; the women who wear the “oppressive” garments look like “letter boxes“ or “bank robbers,” he wrote in his Telegraph column, and businesses should be allowed to “enforce a dress code” on their own. Critics denounced the “ Islamophobic ” comments from the pages of rival publications. Veiled women
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Muslim Council of Britain urge PM to launch an inquiry into Tory Party Islamophobia

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), has urged British Prime Minister Theresa May to launch an independent inquiry into Islamophobia in the Conservative party after several MPs supported “dehumanizing comments” made by Boris Johnson.
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American Islamophobia’s Fake Facts

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Anti-Muslim activists in the United States were operating in a “post-truth era” and putting out “alternative facts” long before those phrases entered the language. For the last decade they have been spreading provable falsehoods through their well-organized network of publications and websites. A major theme of those falsehoods is telling the … Continue reading "American Islamophobia’s Fake Facts" The post American Islamophobia’s Fake Facts appeared first on Antiwar.com Original
| Uncategorized |

Calls for France to end xenophobia, Islamophobia as migrant, Muslim players clinch World Cup win

As France clinched its second-ever World Cup win over Croatia thanks to goals by migrants and a Muslim, fans, and onlookers quickly pointed out the need for the country to apply its victories on the field to life off the field.
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MCB: British Conservative Party accused of turning a blind eye on Islamophobia amid fresh revelations

Amid fresh new revelations of Islamophobia, the Conservative Party is accused of turning a blind eye on the issue as it ignores widespread calls for an independent inquiry.
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Jews, Muslims rally to highlight fight against anti-Semitism and Islamophobia

Jews and Muslims teamed up on tandem bikes in Germany, to protest growing anti-Semitic and Islamophobic violence. This step comes amid ongoing concerns over migration and the rise of Germany's nationalist AfD party.
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Promoting Islamophobia in America

Honestly, if you’re trying to grasp our strange new world, this Washington Post headline gets you at least part of the way there: “New NSC Chief of Staff Is From Group That Believes Muslims Are Plotting to Take Over U.S.” No, that NSC isn’t the National Student Clearinghouse or the Norfolk Southern Corporation or the … Continue reading "Promoting Islamophobia in America" The post Promoting Islamophobia in America appeared first on Antiwar.com Original
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British Muslim baker challenges Islamophobia with one cake at a time

A British Muslim baker called Ali Imdad challenges Islamophobia by backing one cake at a time every time there is an Islamophobic attack, according to meida reports.
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A surge in Islamophobia in Paris and London in recent years: Report

There has been a surge in Islamophobia in both Paris and London over recent years, but anti-Islam behavior shows itself very differently in the two capital cities, according to the French media outlet 'The Conversation'
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