Category Archives: Writings

Israel’s Tlaib-Omar ban is an affront to all Americans and an assault on all Palestinians

Surprise, surprise. The racist Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blocked two Members of Congress–Representatives Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN)–who are Muslim women of color, outspoken advocates for social and racial justice, and unabashed supporters of Palestinian rights, from entering … Continue reading

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Republican lawmaker seeks to muzzle students critical of Israel

 Josh Ruebner Rights and Accountability 9 August 2019 The misleadingly-named Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2019 has been introduced to the US House of Representatives shortly before its summer recess. Republican lawmaker Doug Collins, who proposed the bill, is portraying it as “an … Continue reading

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Hoyer and 41 Democrats visit Israel on AIPAC-affiliated junket that violates ‘spirit as well as the letter of the law’

Josh Ruebner on August 5, 2019 House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) landed today in Israel with 41 other Democratic Representatives for a week-long, all-expenses-paid junket sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF), the educational branch of the … Continue reading

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Israel’s Treatment of US Citizens: Case Studies and Policy Recommendations

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Tlaib decries Israel’s ‘racist policies’ during Capitol Hill briefing examining abuses of US citizens

 Josh Ruebner July 25, 2019 Approximately 75 people filled a room in the Longworth House Office Building yesterday for a lunchtime briefing on Israel’s abuse of US citizens. The briefing, organized by American Muslims for Palestine, featured testimony from US … Continue reading

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US House of Representatives condemns boycotts for Palestinian rights

Josh Ruebner Activism and BDS Beat 24 July 2019 The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a nonbinding resolution Tuesday evening condemning people for exercising their constitutional right to engage in boycotts in support of Palestinian rights. The resolution, H.Res.246, passed … Continue reading

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Is Trump envoy Jason Greenblatt helping Israel violate US law?

Josh Ruebner Power Suits 19 June 2019 Jason Greenblatt, the Trump administration’s “peace process” envoy, met last week with Gilad Erdan, Israel’s minister of strategic affairs and public security who oversees Israel’s global operation to combat BDS – the boycott, divestment … Continue reading

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Bipartisan bill complements Kushner’s plan to try to buy off Palestinians

Josh Ruebner June 7, 2019 On Wednesday, six members of Congress introduced a bipartisan, bicameral bill to create a $50 million annual fund to “facilitate and finance joint economic ventures and people-to-people exchanges between Palestinians, Israelis, and Americans,” according to … Continue reading

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Will new Black-Jewish caucus in Congress advocate for Israel?

Josh Ruebner  Lobby Watch 6 June 2019 Five members of the US House of Representatives announced earlier this week the formation of a bipartisan Congressional Black-Jewish Caucus at the annual global forum of the American Jewish Committee. The initial members of the … Continue reading

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‘Blind Spot’ on Palestine is consistent feature of US policy for past century

  Josh Ruebner June 5, 2019 BLIND SPOT America and the Palestinians from Balfour to Trump by Khaled Elgindy 345 pp. Brookings Institution Press $25.99 The Trump administration’s often delayed and much hyped “deal of the century” to broker Israeli-Palestinian peace may never … Continue reading

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