Op-Eds & Analysis

Angela Davis Is Beloved, Detested, Misunderstood…
Lavanya Ramanathan, The Washington Post

Angela Davis Is Beloved, Detested, Misunderstood…

A prominent civil rights institution decided to honor Angela Davis, and Birmingham’s well-heeled prepared to celebrate in the town where the seeds of her legendary activism were first sown.

about 3 weeks ago
How a Private Israeli Intelligence Firm Spied on Pro-Palestinian Activists in the U.S.
Adam Entous, The New Yorker

How a Private Israeli Intelligence Firm Spied on Pro-Palestinian Activists in the U.S.

Hatem Bazian, a veteran pro-Palestinian activist in his fifties, lives with his family on a quiet street in North Berkeley, near the campus of the University of California, where he lectures.

about 3 weeks ago
Verizon. Pfizer. Bank of America. U.S. Corporations Are Funding Israeli Settlements.
Alex Kane, In These Times

Verizon. Pfizer. Bank of America. U.S. Corporations Are Funding Israeli Settlements.

Tax records show that the foundations of well-known corporations are funding settlements that are considered illegal under international law.

on February 25, 2019
The Escalation of Israeli Collective Punishment of Palestinians
Nada Awad, Al-Shabaka

The Escalation of Israeli Collective Punishment of Palestinians

"The Israeli authorities forcibly transferred Palestinian Nadia Abu Jamal from Jerusalem in 2017, following the demolition of her family home in 2015."

on February 25, 2019
How (and How Not) to Talk About the Israel Lobby
Stephen M. Walt, Foreign Policy

How (and How Not) to Talk About the Israel Lobby

There’s a difference between fair and unfair criticisms of AIPAC—and it’s time everyone, including AIPAC, acknowledges it.

on February 18, 2019
Ilhan Omar, AIPAC, and the 2020 Democratic Presidential Contenders
Akela Lacy, The Intercept

Ilhan Omar, AIPAC, and the 2020 Democratic Presidential Contenders

Last Week, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., ignited a controversy by tweeting a song lyric implying that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the flagship Israel lobby group in the U.S., leveraged the financial means at its disposal to enforce Washington orthodoxies about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

on February 18, 2019
The Democrats Have An Israel Problem — And It’s Not Ilhan Omar
Jackson Diehl, The Washington Post

The Democrats Have An Israel Problem — And It’s Not Ilhan Omar

The Democratic Party has problems with Israel. But Reps. Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), the new members of Congress who have attracted attention with toxic tweets and support for boycott, are not the main protagonists. They represent a minority of Americans and are isolated in the Democratic caucus.

on February 18, 2019
Who Will Stand Up for Ilhan Omar?
Nora Barrows-Friedman, In These Times

Who Will Stand Up for Ilhan Omar?

Over the weekend, Democratic Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar exposed a long-held open secret when she inferred that the financial influence of AIPAC, a top pro-Israel lobby group, is a significant player in lawmakers’ key policy decisions that support Israel’s interests.

on February 18, 2019
Pro-Israel Group Lobbies for U.S. Aid, Funds Congressional Trips
Julie Bykowicz and Natalie Andrews, The Wall Street Journal

Pro-Israel Group Lobbies for U.S. Aid, Funds Congressional Trips

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee has drawn criticism from several progressive new lawmakers, including Rep. Ilhan Omar, who said in tweets this week that the lobbying group holds financial sway over Congress.

on February 18, 2019