Ilhan Omar, AIPAC, and Denial

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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  

Drama Starts Early in Israeli Elections

Ayelet Shaked and Naftali Bennett (Roman Yanushevsky via Shutterstock)

by Mitchell Plitnick Israeli elections always feature a lot of political drama. But when the Knesset was dissolved on December 24, it set off a flurry of action that was furious even by Israeli standards. The drama is likely to… Continue Reading  

The Danger of Trump’s Hasty Exit from Syria

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by Mitchell Plitnick When Donald Trump announced that he was immediately removing all U.S. troops from Eastern Syria, I was surprised by the reaction. There was near glee in anti-war corridors. The initial response is understandable; the United States should… Continue Reading  

Double Standards Key to Attacks on Marc Lamont Hill

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by Mitchell Plitnick On Wednesday, Marc Lamont Hill, a professor of cultural studies at Temple University and commentator at CNN, addressed the United Nations as a representative of civil society on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.… Continue Reading