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Netanyahu’s speech to Congress

Well, I never doubted for a moment that Netanyahu would deliver a powerful and rousing speech to Congress. (As I’m sure most Israelis would agree, he’s far more eloquent in English than in Hebrew.)
He even managed to say some nice things about Obama and his support for Israel at crucial moments, some of which “might [...]

Boehner’s and Netanyahu’s bad idea

Jan Schakowsky, a member of the US House of Representatives from Illinois, has announced that she will not attend Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress on Tuesday.
What makes this significant is that Schakowsky has been one of Israel’s strongest supporters on Capitol Hill since her election to Congress in 1998.
She wrote:
As a Jew, [...]

British artists respond

In a brave response to the anti-free expression and antisemitic murders in Paris and Copenhagen, the Assad regime’s indiscriminate slaughter of Syrians (read this heartbreaking interview), the Chinese government’s persecution of the artist Ai Weiwei, the Iranian government’s ban on filmmaking by the director Jafar Panahi (he manages to make them anyway) and innumerable other [...]

“Real Zionism is solidarity. Not only in battle, but in the day to day”

My favorite Israeli politician is Stav Shaffir, the youngest (29) female Knesset member and one of the leaders of movement for social and economic justice that brought hundreds of thousands of Israelis into the streets in 2011.
Shaffir was elected to the Knesset on the Labor party list in 2013 and is one of the leading [...]

Pro-peace campaigners in British unions begin the fightback

Cross-posted from Trade Unions Linking Israel and Palestine
It was an extraordinary event — nearly 50 trade unionists from 15 different unions gathered in London at the end of January to discuss how to turn the tide in British trade unions.
They committed themselves to challenging the pro-Hamas narrative of the “Palestine Solidarity Campaign” which is supported [...]

Netanyahu-Boehner vs. Herzog-Livni

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu recently appeared in this campaign video in which he is depicted as the only adult in a room of misbehaving children– all of whom happen to represent the Likud’s former coalition partners.
The Central Election Committee has banned the ad for violating a rule against using children in campaign ads. But [...]

Many Arabs cheer Israeli attack on Hezbollah in Syria

Abdulrahman al-Rashed writes at al-Arabiya:
Many have cheered for the sudden Israeli strike which on Sunday killed six Hezbollah members and a general in the Iranian revolutionary guards who, for some reason, were secretly present in Syria’s Quneitra.
The cheering expresses anger and indignation and many expressed frankly those feelings via social networking websites and we’ve even [...]

London seminar for trade union supporters of Israel

Guest post by Eric Lee
We Believe in Israel, along with Trade Union Friends of Israel, is hosting a special seminar in London on Sunday 25 January 2015 from 11.15am to 5.30pm.
This is aimed at trade union members who support Israel, with the objective being to help you network with each other, to give you the [...]

Why are these a**holes smiling? reports:
The Shin Bet and police arrested three radical right-wing activists for their role in a suspected hate-crime attack on a Jerusalem school in which both Jews and Arabs study, it was cleared for publication Thursday.

Reading about the mother of one of them may give you some idea.

We need the Abraham Fund now more than ever

This is a guest post by Stephen Hoffman
As a Zionist I have always believed in the ideals outlined in Israel’s declaration of Independence – that Israel should be a Jewish and democratic state, with the rights of minorities protected and discrimination against them outlawed both in law and practice.  Due to this I am a [...]