pro-Israel activism

Obama to Address AIPAC

05/15/2011 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama will address this year's AIPAC conference.

Obama's decision to keynote the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual policy conference, rumored for days, was confirmed Monday by Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, to reporters traveling with the president aboard Air Force One. AIPAC confirmed the news.

The Associated Press quoted Carney as saying that Obama will not outline policy in his speech but instead will focus on the "deep bond" with Israel.

The pro-Israel credibility gap on Iran starts with Pakistan

A nuclear Iran is clearly a danger to the world and a particular threat to Israel, but I've always wondered: how much of the intense focus on Iran among pro-Israel groups here is the result of a sober analysis of the threat, and how much is about finding a good organizing and fundraising focus for groups that do the best when they confront a dire menace and a clear cut villain?

May I suggest a test?

The Kushner affair: what kind of pro-Israel movement do we want?

In view of the furor over CUNY's decision to revoke an invitation to playwright Tony Kushner to receive an honorary degree, first reported in the Jewish Week, I would just ask this: what kind of pro-Israel movement do we want?

Reform Rift Over Zionist Credentials of Incoming Chief Rick Jacobs

04/28/2011 - 20:00

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) – Ads questioning the Zionist credentials of the leader-designate of the Reform movement are a distortion, Reform leaders said.

The ad attacking Rabbi Richard Jacobs for not being sufficiently pro-Israel appeared in a number of Jewish newspapers this week. It was placed by a group of Reform Jews calling themselves Jews Against Divisive Leadership.

Some Are Abusing Title VI Protections, AJC Charges

04/26/2011 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The American Jewish Committee said a government decision to classify campus anti-Semitism as prohibited discrimination is being abused by those seeking to silence criticism of Israel.

Helen Thomas bows out of anti-AIPAC conference, and is Code Pink 'shrill?'

 Some followups on my pre-Passover blog on the upcoming "Move Over AIPAC" meetings planned to coincide with the lobby group's annual policy conference in Washington:

A Code Pink supporter wrote that “I object to using the word "shrill" to characterize women activists. It's old school sexism and I think you can do better.”

'Move over AIPAC': Preaching to the extremist choir?

JTA is reporting that plans are underway for a “pro-Palestinian conference aiming to counter AIPAC's annual gathering” in late May, featuring retired journalist Helen Thomas, Code Pink and scholars/ AIPAC critics Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer.

I'm guessing AIPAC officials aren't losing much sleep over the planned “Move Over, AIPAC” conference.

Thomas, Walt-Mearsheimer to Address ‘Move Over AIPAC’ Conference

04/16/2011 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Helen Thomas, Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer are scheduled to speak at a pro-Palestinian conference aiming to counter AIPAC's annual gathering.

A coalition of about 100 leftist and pro-Palestinian groups, led by Code Pink and the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, will run "Move Over AIPAC" in Washington from May 21 to 24, coinciding with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference.

Pro-Israel hawk Shelley Berkley throws hat in Senate ring

One of the most hawkish pro-Israel voices in the U.S. House has announced that she thinks it's time for a promotion.

Rep. Shelley Berkley – who is Jewish - announced today that she will see the Democratic nomination to run for the seat being vacated by Sen. John Ensign, a Republican, who is retiring.

Huckabee v. Obama and the (divided) Jewish vote

 Over at his Spiritual Politics blog, Professor Mark Silk looks at the unannounced candidacy of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

“Amidst all the hand-wringing about the state of the Republican presidential field, one potential candidate seems to be sailing blithely along--undeclared, familiar, discounted, and atop the polls,” Silk writes. “It's Mike Huckabee, of course.”

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