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Israel and the Issue of Delegitimization

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On 24 June 2011 MJ Rosenberg published an interesting piece entitled “Netanyahu Is the One ‘Delegitimizing’ Israel.” Deligitimization as used here is, according to Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, a “buzzword in the world of pro-Israel activism.” Rosenberg tries to turn the concept back on the Zionists by claiming it is their own actions that are actually eroding Israel’s legitimacy. He is correct but there is more to be said on this topic. First, some additional background information.

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Arthur Billy: Requiem for the Dead of Gaza

cast-leadThis is a pretty extensive and devastating presentation of the Israeli crime in Gaza. I met Arthur Billy  last month in San Francisco. Billy, born in pre 1948 Palestine  is a nuclear scientist and an incredibly kind human being.

The combination of the music and the images is very powerful, yet, bear in mind that Billy is not a film maker. As far as I am aware he  assembled this presentation using Power Point. He had a very limited editing capacity. Yet, the spirit is there, the aesthetic is there and the impact of Israeli barbarism is there all the way through.

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Israeli Anti-Freedom Flotilla II Propaganda

flotillaOn June 27, its press release headlined, "GAZA, WE ARE COMING. Despite pressure and threats of violence, flotilla will sail."

On June 27, A US Boat to Gaza Audacity of Hope press conference reiterated a determination to sail despite threats, pressure and other measures used to stop it.

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And What About Jewish Anti Gentile Studies?

israeAmerican Jewry won a victory last week: Yale University bowed to pressure - it is now starting yet another initiative to study anti-Semitism, after a decision to cancel an earlier programme had sparked criticism.

The earlier programme created in 2006 was cancelled because it had produced  "little scholarly work,” and the institute's courses had not attracted large numbers of students, according to Donald Green, the director of Yale's Institution for Social and Policy Studies.

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'A Perfect Product of the Religious Right'

Michele BachmannDeconstructing Michele Bachmann’s GOP Presidential Bid

The rising star of the Tea Party movement, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has launched her bid for the Republican 2012 presidential nomination. On the eve of her announcement, Bachmann was tied with Mitt Romney in the Des Moines Register’s Iowa poll, the first survey of voters who plan to attend the Republican caucuses. The former tax lawyer identifies as a conservative Christian and is a fierce opponent of abortion and gay marriage. Bachmann also supports teaching intelligent design in public schools, and she’s claimed that global warming is a hoax. She has largely built her campaign around accusing Obama of favoring government intervention, pushing the U.S. toward socialism, and having “anti-American views,” and is a particularly fierce critic of Obama’s healthcare overhaul. While Bachmann is known for advocating a limited government, she has recently come under scrutiny for allegedly accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in agricultural subsidies for her family farm in Wisconsin. We are joined by journalist Karl Bremer, who has covered Michele Bachmann’s political career for the last decade from Stillwater, Minnesota, which is where the Bachmanns currently reside. We also speak with journalist Michelle Goldberg, author of the book "Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism.”

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