Richard Silverstein

University of Washington to Host Right-Wing Israel Lobbyist for 'Social Justice' Forum

The University of Washington law school hosted a controversial lecture this week by Kenneth Marcus, director of the Brandeis Center for Human Rights.  He is a former Department of Education lawyer who pioneered the concept that criticism of Israel on campus is anti-Semitism, and sought to transform it into a federal civil rights violation.  Marcus has filed spurious complaints under Title VI of Civil Rights Act against major universities like Barnard College, UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz, accusing the administrations of turning their campuses into places where Jewish students feel unwelcome and even intimidated and physically endangered.  Marcus was consulted by a University of California Board of Regents working group which sought to craft a statement which would transform political criticism of Israel into religious discrimination.  Among his legal novelties is coining the term “anti-Israelism” and equating it with anti-Semitism.  All of his legal stratagems have failed.  The Department of Education has dismissed every complaint he’s filed.

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Report: Israeli Tech Company Is ‘Outside Source’ Offering to Hack San Bernardino Attacker iPhone for FBI

In an exclusive story, Yediot Achronot reports (Hebrew) that the Israeli high-tech company, Cellebrite, is the “third party” referred to by the FBI in a court filing, which offered to hack Syed Rizwan Farouk’s iPhone, so that the agency doesn’t need to compel Apple to do it.  The report doesn’t make clear whether the Israeli company has succeeded in cracking the phone’s encryption.  But it seems likely the FBI would not have announced a postponement in its case against Apple unless it was fairly confident it had a solution to the problem.

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Roseanne Barr, Who Ridiculed Holocaust, Headlines Israeli Anti-BDS Conference

Ex-Hollywood TV star Roseanne Barr, who’s undergone a conversion from being a rabid anti-Zionist to an Arab-hating Israel supporter will perform at an Israeli anti-BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) conference in March. She’s been invited to Israel by the Israel advocacy group, StandWithUs (SWU), for whom she’s headlining a fundraising gala at Temple Bnai Abraham in Oakland, CA on February 27. During her two-week visit to Israel, she plans to travel around the country “collecting material which will help her in her hasbara efforts in Hollywood for Israel and against BDS.”

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Roseanne Barr's Bizarre Evolution From National Comic Sensation to Racist Twitter Troll

When Roseanne Barr performed her first gig on the Johnny Carson Show in 1985, America was electrified. They’d never seen anything like her on television. A smirking, profane, suburban housewife trampling middle-class values with glee, she was the id, the Domestic Goddess turned Avenger. She said things women couldn’t say on stage. She delved into the nether recesses and spoke barely understood truths about the absurdity and unfairness of domestic drudgery.

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How Former Very Influential Revolving-Door Senators Give Corporate Propaganda Extraordinary Clout

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), says its website, “drives principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiation and respectful dialogue,” and “combines politically-balanced policy making with strong, proactive advocacy and outreach.” The BPC, which is often described in press accounts as a “centrist think tank,” is highly influential and the media and Congress treat its reports and pronouncements as consequential and weighty.

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The Secret Donors Behind the Center for American Progress and Other Think Tanks

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Giuliani to Keynote Anti-Ahmadinejad UN Rally

Rudy Giuliani, potential future Republican candidate for governor of New York, agreed this morning to keynote the Stand for Freedom in Iran rally tomorrow at the UN.  Like a similar rally last year during the presidential campaign, when the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations invited Sarah Palin to keynote an anti-Iran UN rally, Giuliani confirms that tomorrow's event, sponsored by the New York Jewish community, represents a hardline neocon agenda.

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Controversy Over Israel Waylays Toronto Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the world's foremost film events. It features starlets, klieg lights, red carpets and all the hoopla that goes along with the world of cinema.

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