APPAF Newsletter 01-01-2016

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The Latest News from the US, Israel and Palestine

A well-educated and informed public is best equipped to practice democracy and to hold its representatives responsible and accountable.

This newsletter provides what is missing in the US mainstream media and what the American public needs to learn about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

Note: Opinions and views expressed by the authors of the articles in this newsletter do not necessarily reflect those of APPAF

From The USA

Tomdispatch: Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single Superpower World


Mother Jones: BREAKING, The United States spies on Israel by Kevin Drum


US spying on Israel reveals cynical heart of the ‘special relationship’. A new Wall Street Journal scoop details how a NSA wiretap trained on the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu led to intercepts of conversations with U.S. lawmakers and American Jewish groups. While the possibility of illegal spying on Congress will dominate public discussion of the story, the monitoring of Netanyahu and his staff, and the blunt way American officials reportedly discuss it in private, completely belies the public presentation of a relationship based on “shared value by Eamon Murphy


MONDOWEISS: Obama wiretapped a cunning and dishonest foreign leader, for the sake of world peace by James North and Philip Weiss


MONDOWEISS: US university defeated BDS by hiring three Israeli soldiers to talk up ‘love’ for Israel by Philip Weiss.


JTA: Ted Cruz aims to liberate GOP from ‘crazy’ neoconservatives By Ron Kampeas          {Jeff Blankfort: There is no more ridiculous a myth than the notion that the neoconservatives were interested in bringing democracy to the Middle East or anywhere on the planet. The Jewish neocons, Perle, Feith, and the two Wurmsers, who co-authored the Clean Break program for Netanyahu in 1995 and then moved on to PNAC, led the call for the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, their primary interest being in getting rid of Israel’s enemies. There is nary an indication that “democracy” was anywhere on the agenda. In fact, Wolfowitz was the first to condemn Turkey for its refusal to allow US planes to attack Iraq from Turkish air space in response to polls that showed that 96% of its population opposed doing so.}.


Electronic Intifada: Why is Obama rewarding Israel for spying on the US?


ZeroHedge: In Latest NSA Spying Scandal, World Learns Obama Lied Again; Congress Furious it Was Spied On
By Tyler Durden.


Youtube: Here’s Why Israeli Propaganda Is The BEST! AIPAC is the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and it recently suffered a series of losses that have left it in a less than powerful position. What happens when an organization like AIPAC beings to suffer public losses? Correspondent John F. O’Donnell has the breakdown.

From ISRAEL

***** Youtube: RT: Birobidzhan Jewish autonomous region


MONDOWEISS: Settler group publishes anti-Palestinian children’s book titled ‘Occupation Shmuccupation’ Ben Norton


Y-Net: New hasbara booklet for kids: ‘There’s no such thing as Palestine’. With illustrated booklet titled ‘Occupation Shmuccupation,’ Yesha Council teaches its dogma to settler children at young age; ‘it’s important to us that the younger generation knows the right facts and doesn’t rely on stigmas left-wing organizations are trying to disseminate.’
Elisha Ben Kimon.


Mondoweiss: Israeli forces killed 142 Palestinians and injured 15, 620, since October 1 by Kate


MONDOWEISS: Novel featuring Palestinian-Jewish romance threatens ‘Jewish identity,’ Israeli gov’t rules by Phillip Weiss

From PALESTINE

MONDOWEISS: The BDS Movement: A 2015 year in review by Palestinian BDS National Committee. ? ? ? ?. 2015 was a landmark year for the BDS movement. The list below is a detailed round-up of victories over the past year. Not only did the movement demonstrate BDS can have a real economic impact on Israel, Justice for Palestine has become a key issue for students and youth across the world and Israel’s reaction has shown this “soft” power is having a real impact. For the full report published by the Palestinian BDS National Committee visit


MONDOWEISS: Why I sold my stock in General Electric (and donated the proceeds to the BDS movement) by Faryn Borella


MONDOWEISS: ‘Israel is ours’– Dermer’s settlement gift puts spotlight on Ahava by Philip Weiss


HAARETZ: The Brazil Crisis: The Minister Who Refused to Talk to Ya’alon, the Palestinian Campaign and Israel’s Naiveté
Palestinian diplomats pressure Brazil not to accept former settler leader Dani Dayan’s ambassadorship; meanwhile, Brazil’s defense minister stopped taking Ya’alon’s calls.
Barak Ravid


MAAN News: Israeli forces raid charity, shut down prisoners’ rights group

COMMENTARIES

Youtube: Americans Against Genocide in GAZA, AAGG. Richard Boyd challenging the Israeli Ambassador and shocked everyone in the hall.

 JPost: Report: US was spying on Netanyahu during Iran deal negotiations By REUTERS Despite promises not to spy on friendly world leaders, Obama reportedly continued to monitor Netanyahu on the grounds it served a “compelling national security purpose.” {Jeff Blankfort: Does anyone, not an agent (paid or unpaid) of Israel, really consider Netanyahu to be “friendly” to the US? But again, what is most revealing are the comments of those, apparently American born, who, for the most racist of reasons, have betrayed their birthplace for the Israeli Reich.    Michael Gillespie: Thieves and thugs, militant Zionists, the lot of them. And their nominally American supporters (whether Jewish or Christian) are almost by definition traitors, so un-American and antithetical to traditional American values are their goals, methods, and policies.   Joellen Lang Aviza: No matter what anyone says America’s interests are not Israel’s. Why is the US protecting the Israel’s WMD so fiercely. How many Zionists are there in America? Percentage wise?}


Islamic Commentary: WATCH: Rashid Khalidi on the Historian’s Role, Violence in the Middle East, and Palestine.

***** SALON: Behind the Ronald Reagan myth: “No one had ever entered the White House so grossly ill informed”. Reagan embarrassed himself in news conferences, Cabinet meetings. Recalling how GOP cringed at his lack of interest by William Leuchtenburg      {Did Reagan set the stage for his likes to climb up the ladder to the US presidency by deceiving the American public?}


Wash Post: How the battle against the Islamic State is redrawing the map of the Middle East


Counterpunch: Syria Rebel Leader’s Assassination a Major Blow to US Agenda Posted By Eric Draitser


MONDOWEISS: Israel and its lobby lose the Iran Deal all over again, in news of damning wiretaps – James North and Philip Weiss


Antiwar: No, ISIS Isn’t Worth Sacrificing the First Amendment Over Posted By Lucy Steigerwald


Truthdig: The Most Important Neglected Middle East Stories of 2015 By Juan Cole


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