U.S. Role

U.S. Role

Since the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, the United States has played an important role in the Arab-Israeli dispute. For the last forty years, that role has been as Israel’s closest ally and supporter, providing it with enormous amounts of military and economic aid, as well as diplomatic cover, while at the same time presenting itself as a third-party “honest broker” in peace negotiations between Israelis and the Palestinians.

Bernie Sanders Escalates Attacks on Israel’s ‘Racist’ Netanyahu News Roundup
Paul D. Shinkman, U.S. News and World Report

Bernie Sanders Escalates Attacks on Israel’s ‘Racist’ Netanyahu

Senator Bernie Sanders said this during December's Democratic primary debate: "We must be pro-Palestinian as well...Right now in Israel we have leadership under Netanyahu, who has recently, as you know, been indicted for bribery, who in my view is a racist. What we need is a level playing field in terms of the Middle East which addresses the terrible crisis in Gaza, where 60 or 70 percent of the young people are unemployed."

on December 20, 2019
Trump’s Executive Order to Stifle Israel Critics Probably Violates the Constitution News & Analysis
Jesse Singal, New York Magazine

Trump’s Executive Order to Stifle Israel Critics Probably Violates the Constitution

Americans have an ironclad right to protest against any country they want, for any reason they want, however they want, without the government interfering. But that hasn't stopped right-wing lawmakers from pushing bills that would make certain boycotts of Israel a federal felony.

on December 13, 2019
With an eye on 2020, new Palestinian platform takes aim at U.S. funding to Israel News & Analysis
Alex Kane, +972 Magazine

With an eye on 2020, new Palestinian platform takes aim at U.S. funding to Israel

"Freedom is the Future," a new platform launched by Palestinian organizers in the U.S. and backed by diverse coalition of groups, seeks to influence the debate on Israel-Palestine in the run-up to the 2020 election.

on December 12, 2019
The administrative detention of Ubai Aboudi Op-Eds & Analysis
Assaf Kfoury, Haynes Miller, Nasser Rabbat, Raid Suleiman, and Franz-Josef Ulm, Boston Globe

The administrative detention of Ubai Aboudi

Israel’s arbitrary arrests and imprisonment of Palestinians in the occupied territories deters individuals such as Palestinian-American Ubai Aboudi from working toward the development of a Palestinian civil society.

on December 12, 2019
US settlement announcement prompts Israeli calls for takeover News & Analysis
Oliver Holmes, The Guardian

US settlement announcement prompts Israeli calls for takeover

Israeli extremists want to exploit the Trump administration's bogus attempt to rewrite international law by annexing Jewish-only settlements in the occupied West Bank. Here's Palestinian analyst Diana Buttu's reaction: "This isn’t just about Trump...We saw this all happening through the negotiations; there was a continued attempt to water down the illegality of settlements. Israel got the message that might is right.”

on November 19, 2019
Bernie Sanders Just Proved It’s A New Era For How Democratic Candidates Talk About Israel News & Analysis
Akbar Shahid Ahmed, HuffPost

Bernie Sanders Just Proved It’s A New Era For How Democratic Candidates Talk About Israel

The presidential candidate's message to Israel: "If you want military aid, you’re going to have to fundamentally change your relationship to the people of Gaza."

on October 29, 2019
Americans of color find common cause with Palestinians News Roundup
Cristina Maza, The National

Americans of color find common cause with Palestinians

Americans of color and Palestinians are building on a decades-old connection to create a modern solidarity movement.

on October 18, 2019
Revealed: right-wing push to ban criticism of Israel on US campuses News Roundup
Ed Pilkington, The Guardian

Revealed: right-wing push to ban criticism of Israel on US campuses

Right-wing activists are attempting to spread new laws across Republican-controlled states that would ban criticism on public university campuses of Israel and its occupation of Palestinian territory.

on October 18, 2019
Trump wants to shoot asylum seekers in the legs Infographics
IMEU

Trump wants to shoot asylum seekers in the legs

Trump's brutal fantasy is Gaza's wretched reality. Israeli snipers target the legs of Palestinians marching for their rights in Gaza. At least 6,392 Palestinians have been shot in their lower limbs by Israeli forces since March 2018, the start of the Great Return March.

on October 3, 2019