Are Journalists Enabling A Smear Campaign Against Keith Ellison?

Daniel Marans writes a stirring apologia for Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who has been the subject of claims of anti-Semitism. The column ends with this quote from Ellison:
[Israel] has mobilized its Diaspora in America to do its bidding in America.
“Do its bidding”? Really?

Source: Journalists Are Enabling A Smear Campaign Against Keith Ellison | The Huffington Post

Democrats might skip Benjamin Netanyahu speech

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scheduled a speech before the US Congress with House Speaker John Boehner, the shit hit the fan.

It was a brazen political end-run around the US President, designed to help Netanyahu raise his profile before the upcoming Israeli elections and position Boehner as the go-to guy on foreign policy, in place of Obama.

The White House pushed back — and hard. Now the question is whether Democratic members of Congress should attend the event. If they go, they’re boosting Boehner; if they boycott, they’re disrespecting Israel.

The Bitemaster isn’t sure what he’d do were he a member of Congress. Maybe attend the speech and heckle the PM in the best Joe Wilson style.

Democrats might skip Benjamin Netanyahu speech – Edward-Isaac Dovere and Jake Sherman – POLITICO.

Starbucks closed their stores in Israel but continues to support countries with awful human rights records.

Yeah, Starbucks got out of Israel but they’re still in Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. Click the links to read about the peoples’ paradises that Starbucks condones.

via Starbucks: We Don’t Give Money To Israel.

Oxfam pulls a Komen, ScarJo steps down as “Ambassador”

Scarlett Johansson, the actress, model, singer and political activist, has served as a Global Ambassador for Oxfam International since 2007. In her role as an Oxfam ambassador, she raised funds, promoted awareness about global poverty, and traveled to India, Sri Lanka and Kenya to highlight the impact of traumatic disasters and chronic poverty.

Earlier this month, Johansson signed on as the first global brand ambassador of SodaStream International Ltd., an Israeli company that operates in the West Bank.

When the inevitable anti-Israel backlash began, Johansson stood firm, saying she was a “supporter of economic cooperation and social interaction between a democratic Israel and Palestine.” Good for her.

Oxfam, it turns out, has a strong policy on Israel: they oppose all trade from Israeli settlements, saying they are illegal and deny Palestinian rights. Oxfam declared that it was “considering the implications of her new statement and what it means for Ms. Johansson’s role as an Oxfam global ambassador.”

ScarJo responded that she has “respectfully decided to end her ambassador role with Oxfam after eight years . . . She and Oxfam have a fundamental difference of opinion in regards to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. She is very proud of her accomplishments and fundraising efforts during her tenure with Oxfam.”

I used to think that Oxfam was a politically neutral charity, just like I used to think that Susan G. Komen for the Cure was. I was so naive.

Scarlett Johansson Stepping Down As Oxfam Ambassador days after Super Bowl ad pulled  – NY Daily News.

Israelis claim new documentary as their own; directors start whining

In a genius PR move, the Israeli embassy has announced that “5 Broken Cameras, ” an Oscar-nominated documentary on Israel’s settlement expansion on the West Bank, is an Israeli film. In response, directors Emad Burnat (a Palestinian, whatever that means) and Guy Davidi (Israeli) claim “This is a Palestinian documentary” and that Israel is trying to use it “to show the good face of Israel.”

Those who demonize Israel can just Bite Me already.

‘5 Broken Cameras’ Directors: ‘This Is A Palestinian Film’ (VIDEO).

I don’t think this will end well . . .

From the NY Daily News 11/19/2012:

“We will not accept a ceasefire until the occupation meets our conditions,” said Izzat Rishaq, a senior Hamas official. Ziad Nakhleh, deputy leader of Islamic Jihad, told the Al Hayat daily it was time to teach Israel a lesson. “We don’t fear them. The resistance is too strong  and capable of confronting them,” said Nakhleh. “We hit the belly of Israel.”

It’s the kind of chutzpah you expect from a sabra.

Author Alice Walker slams Israel; Commentary mag goes batshit

Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple has withheld permission for a Hebrew translation because she believes that Israel is guilty of apartheid. Big whoop. But Commentary magazine called her refusal “among the most egregious acts of discrimination against Israel by leftist intellectuals.” Why not just say that Walker is full of crap and leave it at that?

For losing all sense of proportion, Commentary can bite me.

Source: NY Daily News 6/20/2012

Efraim Halevy, Ex-Mossad Director, Says Romney is Making the Iran Situation Worse

Efraim Halevy, former head of Israel’s Mossad and of Israel’s National Security Council, says that Romney’s telegraphing of his plans for Iran has made things worse for Israel.

“I think people have to be extremely careful with the way they speak,” Halevy said. “I don’t have any bones about who wins the election, but what Romney has done is a serious problem here. It causes serious issues here.”

Nice job, Mitt. Bite Me!

Iran Crisis: Efraim Halevy, Ex-Mossad Director, Says Romney Op-Ed ‘Making The Situation Worse’.