Policing Democrats for Israel

Mark Mellman

by Mitchell Plitnick On Wednesday, after days of cajoling and political arm-twisting from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Jewish Home party agreed to enter into coalition with an extremist party, Otzma Yehudit, or “Jewish Power.” As the name implies,… Continue Reading  

Voices of Dissent on Israel and Palestine Can’t Be Silenced

Ilhan Omar (Phil Pasquini via Shutterstock)

by James J. Zogby Hard-line supporters of Israel are in panic mode. It was in evidence earlier this week with the all-out assault on the first Somali, African-born immigrant, refugee, Muslim woman elected to serve in Congress. Her crime was… Continue Reading  

Ilhan Omar, AIPAC, and Denial

Ilhan Omar (Lorie Shaull via Flickr)

by Mitchell Plitnick Discussing the role of the pro-Israel lobby in forming US Middle East policy is perilous. I’ve heard hundreds of stories from fellow advocates, colleagues on Capitol Hill, and journalists who have learned that lesson the hard way.… Continue Reading  

Connecting Palestinian Rights to U.S. Civil Rights

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by Mitchell Plitnick Earlier this month, New York Times columnist Michelle Alexander ignited a controversy by stating her support for Palestinian rights. In her piece, “Time to Break the Silence on Palestine,” Alexander used the act of confronting her own… Continue Reading  

Michelle Alexander Opened a Door

Michelle Alexander (Wikimedia Commons)

by James J. Zogby This past Sunday, The New York Times featured on the front page of its “Week in Review” section a major column by Michelle Alexander: “Time to Break the Silence on Palestine.” It was, by any measure,… Continue Reading