Tag: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)

Mr. Trump, Stop Questioning the Loyalty of American Jews

In the bloody history of modern anti-Semitism, one of the most common justifications for violence is the inflammatory canard that the loyalty of Jewish citizens is suspect. President Trump has repeatedly employed that libel in recent days as part of a verbal assault on the Democratic Party. Such language is traditionally used to incite anger […]

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Donald Trump and the ‘Disloyal’ Jews

The major debate tearing apart the American Jewish community on this particular Wednesday is whether or not the 45th president of the United States just accused them — us — of disloyalty to Israel and the Jewish people or of disloyalty to the Republican Party and the man who has remade it in his image. […]

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How the Palestinian-Israeli Peace Process Became a Farce

Last week’s ugly mess involving the abortive visit to Israel of two Democratic congresswomen was useful for only one reason: It exposed how much the Palestinian-Israeli peace process has become a pathetic festival of magical thinking, performance art, reality denial, political fund-raising and outright political fraud. It’s become about everything except what it needs to […]

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Trump Accuses Jewish Democrats of ‘Great Disloyalty’

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Tuesday that any Jewish person who votes for a Democrat is guilty of ignorance or “great disloyalty,” intensifying his efforts to drive in a partisan wedge over religion and support for Israel even as he appeared to draw on an anti-Semitic trope. Mr. Trump did not go into specifics […]

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Israel Advocates Are Afraid of Losing Bipartisan Support in the U.S.

WASHINGTON — The decision by Israel to bar two Muslim members of Congress from an official visit to the Jewish state is raising deep concerns in both parties that the hard-line views of President Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are endangering the longstanding ties between the United States and Israel. Mr. Trump has spent […]

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If You Think Trump Is Helping Israel, You’re a Fool

I am going to say this as simply and clearly as I can: If you’re an American Jew and you’re planning on voting for Donald Trump because you think he is pro-Israel, you’re a damn fool. Oh, don’t get me wrong. Trump has said and done many things that are in the interests of the […]

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Rashida Tlaib Says She Won’t Visit West Bank Under Israel’s Conditions

JERUSALEM — A day after barring Representative Rashida Tlaib under pressure from President Trump, Israel said on Friday that she could visit her 90-year-old grandmother, who lives in the occupied West Bank, but only after she agreed in writing not to “promote boycotts against Israel” during her trip. But after being criticized by some Palestinians […]

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Israel Says Rashida Tlaib Can Visit to See Her Grandmother

JERUSALEM — A day after Israel, egged on by President Trump, refused entry to two members of Congress, the Israeli government said on Friday that it would allow one of the lawmakers, Representative Rashida Tlaib, to enter on humanitarian grounds so that she could see her 90-year-old grandmother, who lives in the occupied West Bank. […]

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The Law Israel Used to Keep Omar and Tlaib Out

Israel’s decision on Thursday to bar two American Democratic congresswomen, Representatives Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, from visiting the country rests on a law passed just two years ago. Aimed at Israel’s critics, the law has been used to deny entry to outspoken foreign supporters of a global movement to boycott […]

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What Are Trump and Netanyahu Afraid Of?

It is difficult to stomach the notion that an American president would put pressure on Israel to deny entry to two members of the United States Congress. There are not many traditions of decorum that President Trump has not trampled on since entering the White House. But to put at risk, so cynically, America’s special […]

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Does Anyone Take the B.D.S. Movement Seriously?

In recent years, the debate surrounding the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel over its treatment of Palestinians has expanded from food co-ops and university department meetings to the House of Representatives. Alas, it has not improved in clarity — if anything, this latest round shows that for both sides, the Boycott, Divestment […]

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Is B.D.S. Anti-Semitic? A Closer Look at the Boycott Israel Campaign

JERUSALEM — In a matter of months, a campaign to boycott Israel has moved from the margins of politics — liberal college campuses and protest marches — to Congress, where the freshman representatives Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan have become its most vocal backers, drawing fire from the White House. On […]

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House Overwhelmingly Condemns Movement to Boycott Israel

WASHINGTON — The House, brushing aside Democratic voices of dissent over American policy in the Middle East, on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan resolution condemning the boycott-Israel movement as one that “promotes principles of collective guilt, mass punishment and group isolation, which are destructive of prospects for progress towards peace.” The 398-to-17 vote, with five […]

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