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Bernie Sanders: “U.S. is complicit in Israel’s occupation of West Bank”

Bernie Sanders Says He Would Consider Cutting U.S. Military Aid to Israel, Improve Ties With Iran
by Amir Tibon
September 23, 2017

Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said in an interview published Friday that the United States should “play a much more evenhanded role” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and that, under certain circumstances, he would consider reducing the yearly $3.1 billion in military aid provided by the U.S. to Israel, part of a record $38 billion package over the coming decade. Sanders made the comments during an interview on foreign policy to the left-wing website The Intercept. Commenting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Sanders said that “the United States is complicit” in Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, but immediately added that “it’s not to say that Israel is the only party at fault.” READ MORE

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“Emmanuel Macron has warned the world needs to crack down on Iran’s nuclear ambitions amid fears Tehran could follow in North Korea’s footsteps”

Is Iran the next North Korea? Macron warns world needs to stop Tehran’s nuclear ambitions
by Romina Mcguinness
September 21, 2017

The French President said the Iran nuclear deal “was not enough” in light of Tehran’s increased influence in the region and unwavering determination to press ahead with ballistic missile tests.  Mr Macron, who has gained the international community’s respect for his unbending stance on aspiring nuclear powers, including Iran and North Korea, added that it would be an error to scrap the landmark deal. Mr Macron told reporters in New York on the sidelines of the UN general assembly: “Is this agreement enough? No. It is not, given the evolution of the regional situation and increasing pressure that Iran is exerting on the region, and given the increased activity by Iran on the ballistic level since the accord.” READ MORE

FREE BEACON Tillerson, Haley Clash Over Iran Nuclear Deal

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#BDSFail “For the Democrats to respond to events quickly and decisively was crucial”

Illinois Democrats Take Stand against Anti-Israel Boycott Campaign
by Josh Block
September 19, 2017

The Democrats scored an important victory against hatred and intolerance earlier this month when State Senator Daniel Biss announced that he had dropped his running mate, Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, in his bid for the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor. A week earlier the Evanston Democrat had selected Ramirez-Rosa to run alongside him in the Democratic primary. But the relationship quickly soured over Ramirez-Rosa’s support of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, a fringe anti-Semitic group that calls for the ostracization of companies and institutions that do business with Israel. Within hours of Ramirez-Rosa’s nomination, Illinois Democrats launched a campaign of protest, expressing a zero-tolerance stance against BDS and anti-Semitism in Democratic Party ranks. READ MORE

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#UniversityOfMaryland “Melissa Landa says she began feeling antagonism from her superiors days after joining campus activist groups”

University of Maryland professor says she was fired for being pro-Israel
by Ben Sales
September 21, 2017

Days after joining a pro-Israel group, Melissa Landa knew something had gone wrong: She said her mentor stopped working with her, pulling out of a conference presentation just days in advance. Landa didn’t know that her mentor, John O’Flahavan, would then stop taking her calls. Or that O’Flahavan would soon dismiss her from teaching the education course she designed. Or that one year later, she would be fired from the college where she had taught for more than a decade. But in the late spring, with little warning, Landa found herself packing up her office at the University of Maryland. READ MORE

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Conan in Israel “Viewers who watched Conan’s Israel special at preview stunned to find whole segment dedicated to the death of a Palestinian teen”

Comedian Conan O’Brien edits Israel travel special after controversy over contents
by Amy Spiro
September 21, 2017

The Israeli travel special Conan O’Brien aired for audiences around America Tuesday night showcased the fun, frivolous and routine side of life in Israel. What most viewers were unaware of, however, was that after a preview screening on Monday night, the team behind the TBS show edited out portions filmed in Bethlehem and added a disclaimer to another segment. The original version of the show – screened for 200 people in Los Angeles on Monday – included a scene filmed in a home in Bethlehem where a father discussed his son, who he said was killed by IDF soldiers during a riot…But in the post-screening Q&A, some audience members expressed their discomfort with the footage…when it came to the show aired Tuesday night, the footage of the grieving father was nowhere to be found – not even in the online exclusives. READ MORE

TBS Special Conan Without Border: Israel

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“For #Plame, a former CIA operative, to claim that she was unaware of the anti-Semitic content of Giraldi’s article is to blink reality”

Plame Knew What She Was Tweeting
by Alan M. Dershowitz
September 22, 2017

Valerie Plame had to know what she was tweeting. Plame retweeted a virulently anti-Semitic article by a well-known bigot, which she characterized as “thoughtful.” Now she’s trying to make excuses, but they don’t wash. The article by Phillip Giraldi itself contains the usual anti-Semitic tropes: Jews are guilty of dual loyalty; they control politicians, the media and entertainment; they want the US to fight wars for the country to which they have real allegiance– Israel; they are dangerous to America. Giraldi has been pushing this garbage for years and Plame is one of his fans. But this particular article goes much further in its neo-Nazi imagery. READ MORE

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