False equivalence, Orwell-style: NYT now says James Baker gave out the White House switchboard number and told Israelis "and Palestinians" to "call us when you are serious about peace" in 1990. As +Ali Abunimah clearly shows and the NYTimes reported then, Baker was addressing only Israel.
13 Democratic Senators, including Schumer, Gillibrand, Booker, Menendez, Blumenthal and Casey, are betraying their party, president, country and their own voters with an Israeli-dictated bill to destroy chances for a nuclear deal with Iran. Their bill obligates the US to provide military support if Israel decides to attack Iran.
This past weekend, American Studies Assn. members held our annual conference in Los Angeles, with the theme "The Fun and the Fury." Those familiar with the ASA mainly because of news about our year-old academic boycott of Israel might be surprised by our sessions ranging from "Vanguardist Jazz in the Seventies" to "Selfie Nation" -- all engaging topics that are intrinsic to the field of American studies.
The Gaza war and collapse of the peace process destroyed liberal Zionists' cherished vision of an egalitarian Jewish democracy, forcing many of Israel's defenders to embrace the raw Islamophobia of ex-AP reporter Matti Friedman's Tablet essay that blamed coverage of Operation Protective Edge in the media on ant-Semitism.
+Pete Seeger sings "Over The Rainbow" by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg, backed by Congressman John Hall, Dar Williams and Peter Yarrow at a Hall fundraiser at Arcadia Farms, Yorktown Heights, NY on Oct. 10, 2010.