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Gideon Levy, Israel’s most well-known journalist outside of Israel, and the most controversial inside of it, was referring to the royal welcome given to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by a joint session of the US Congress a month earlier and to his announced plans to pressure the US Congress to kill any deal that... Read More
Workers Seen as Reflection of Israeli Society
On the Morning of May 20, 1990, Israeli Ami Popper, who would quickly be described as a “madman” by Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, murdered seven Gaza workers and wounded 11 others in the “slave market” of Rishon Lezion, an Israeli town on the outskirts of Tel Aviv. As word of the massacre spread, protests broke... Read More
On Eve of Protest, a Betrayal Remembered
Over the years there have been scores of demonstrations in front of Israel’s San Francisco consulate and dozens of marches and rallies in the city’s streets protesting Israel’s recurring, pre-planned, episodes of bloody suppression of Palestinian resistance and its devastating wars on Lebanon. None, however, have been as memorable as the one that took place... Read More
Confronting Your Member of Congress
In Italy, France, Spain, and much of Western Europe, August is vacation time. That is one of the few customs that members of the US Congress might admit sharing with what they see as “dead and dying Europe.” It also provides an unparalleled opportunity for those justifiably frustrated by the limited effects of protests in... Read More
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The Palestinians' Munich
It is two months shy of 20 years since Shlomo Gazit made that telling comment after a near hysterical member of San Francisco’s Congregation Beth Shalom ran down an aisle towards him, shouting, “Munich!, Munich!,” implying that he and the Israeli government had participated in a Munich-type sellout by signing the Oslo Agreement with the... Read More
Alice Walker’s New Book Makes Her the Zionists’ Target
In the comments section of a recent online article in the right wing New York Jewish publication, Algemeiner, not to be confused with the Frankfurter Allgemeine but conceivably with Der Sturmer, there was an argument over whether or not the “Mossad should deal with” Alice Walker as punishment for the critical comments directed towards Israel... Read More
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The Strange History of the Anti-Defamation League
Those were the days when snooping usually meant digging through garbage cans, checking other people’s mailboxes, and primitive phone tapping. How the Anti-Defamation League is doing it today one can only imagine. Over the last three days of April, the ADL celebrated its 100th anniversary in Washington DC in high style with Vice President Joe... Read More
Support the Israeli Occupation; It's Tax Deductible!
It isn’t every day or night that a tax-exempt non-profit American charity rakes in $27 million in the space of a few hours. When it happens in New York at such a well known landmark as the Waldorf-Astoria, arguably the city’s most famous hotel, it should be news, right? Wrong, apparently, since not a single... Read More
These are the Class War Dead
Listening to Linda Wertheimer on NPR this morning gushing over the selection of Paul Ryan as Romney's running mate, I thought of another Paul Ryan, a radical, communist poet and labor reporter for the People's World, who wrote under the name of Mike Quin. Following the murder on July 5, 1934 of two dockworkers, Nick... Read More
Let's Have the Whole Truth
There has been a spate of recent articles concerning Israel’s involvement in the death of the former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. I suggest that this is less important than analyzing the role actually played by Arafat in the Palestinian struggle for liberation while he was alive and how it set the stage for the desperate... Read More
The Washington Farce
This coming week we will witness the latest challenge for the man who is arguably the most extraordinary double agent in the Middle East. What is unusual about Mahmoud Abbas, or Abu Mazen, as he was known when his fellow Palestinians had yet to take his measure, is that most of what he does for... Read More
Poster Boy for "Dual Loyalties"
Israel appears to be in more serious trouble diplomatically than at any time in its history following the botched attack by an “elite” commando squad on the Mavi Marmara in the early morning hours of June 1 that left at least nine dead and scores wounded. Thanks to Al-Jazeera and Iran’s PressTV, whose reporters were... Read More
No Cause for Celebration
Readers who are already celebrating the long overdue departure of Arlen Specter from the the US Senate should be advised, to borrow a phrase from noted plagiarizer, Joe Biden, that there was “no space between” the foreign policy positions of long-time Pennsylvania Senator and the ex-Navy admiral, Rep. Joe Sestak who defeated him in Tuesday... Read More
Harman vs. Winograd
What may be the last Democratic primary race worth paying attention to is taking place in the 36th Congressional District along the Southern California coastline where incumbent Jane Harman is facing a serious challenge from Los Angeles school teacher, Marcy Winograd, with the candidates’ widely separated positions on the Israel-Palestine conflict dominating a critical section... Read More
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A Crisis in U.S. / Israeli Relations? Sure. But ...
If the State Department had issued travel advisory warnings to US government officials about to travel to Israel, Vice President Joe Biden would have no doubt ignored them. A better friend to Israel could not have been found in the 36 years that Biden represented Delaware in the US Senate and there was speculation that... Read More
Surprising Results of CFR Survey
The Council on Foreign Relations is always near the top of the Left's list of bogeymen that stand accused of pulling the strings of US foreign policy. It is right up there with the Bilderberg Group and the Trilateral Commission, right? Wrong. If that was the case, those arguing that US support for Israel is... Read More
As'ad Abu Khalil Among the Missing
It appeared that all but a handful of the 300 seats were filled in Room 250 of University of San Francisco's McClaren Conference Center on a rainy Thursday night for what was probably the first debate on the power and influence of the Israel Lobby held between critics of Israel. And it almost didn't happen.... Read More
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Jewish-American anti-Zionist journalist
Jeffrey Blankfort A few weeks before Israel's latest assault on Lebanon, SF-IMC interviewed local journalist, historian, photographer, radio producer, and anti-Zionist activist, Jeffery Blankfort. For a variety of reasons, technical and other, we are only just now getting around to publishing it. We apologize for the delay. SF-IMC: Tell us how your personal history shaped... Read More
A Tale of Two Members of Congress and the Capitol Hill Police
It's another tale of two members of Congress, of racism and hypocrisy, and it serves as a reminder, as if one was needed, that Washington, D.C., is in the heart of the old Confederacy. Rep. Tom Lantos and Rep. Cynthia McKinney are members of the Democratic Party, but there the similarities end. Lantos represents South... Read More
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AIPAC Hijacks the Roadmap How Israel's US Lobby is Stacking the Deck
It would be a mistake to view the Israeli cabinet's narrow approval of the Bush administration's "road map" on Sunday, (or Sharon's use of the word "occupation") as steps towards resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict or as a victory for President Bush. If there is any gloating to be done, it will be by Israel's domestic... Read More
Plaintiffs in the of ADL Spying Case
In 1993, the District of Attorney of San Francisco released 700 pages of documents implicating the Anti-Defamation League, an organization that claims to be a defender of civil rights, in a vast spying operation directed against American citizens who were opposed to Israel's policies in the Occupied West Bank and Gaza and to the apartheid... Read More
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Jeffrey Blankfort
About Jeffrey Blankfort

Jeffrey Blankfort is a journalist and radio host currently living in Northern California. He can be contacted at jblankfort@earthlink.net


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The Strange History of the Anti-Defamation League
A Crisis in U.S. / Israeli Relations? Sure. But ...
AIPAC Hijacks the Roadmap How Israel's US Lobby is Stacking the Deck