Phil Weiss of Mondoweiss.net talks Israeli occupation of Palestine and why so many American Jews, particularly on the political left, are willing to go along with it. In large part, he explains, it’s because the collective memory of Jewish persecution is too raw to conceive of Israel as an aggressor. There’s also a lot of influence from the Israel lobby in the democratic party, so average voters just toe the line. Weiss sees reason for optimism in Trump’s presidency, however, because it may allow liberals to credibly oppose his policies in support of Israel.
Discussed on the show:
- “Jewish Nation State Law: Q&A with Adalah’s Hassan Jabareen” (Mondoweiss)
- American invasion of Canada
- “Birthright walkout is met with vitriolic rage in Israel — ‘Radicals’ ‘You will get raped’” (Mondoweiss)
- Law of Return
- Begin: “Hitler in his bunker”
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