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  • How Congress plays by different rules on sexual harassment and misconduct

    10/29/2017 11:19:59 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 27, 2017 | Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Elise Viebeck
    Briony Whitehouse was a 19-year-old intern in 2003 when she boarded an elevator in the Russell Senate Office Building with a Republican senator who, she said, groped her until the doors reopened. She never reported the incident to her bosses for fear of jeopardizing her career. But she recently tweeted about her experience on Twitter as part of the #MeToo campaign, a social-media phenomenon that has aired thousands of complaints about sexual harassment. Some of the accounts have called out by name Hollywood moguls, media stars, even a former U.S. president. Other women such as Whitehouse have stopped short of...
  • PA Politician: There Are Settlers in the White House

    04/17/2017 4:29:31 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 18 replies
    BIN ^ | 4/16/17 | Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz
    Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, said on Saturday night that the White House is now dominated by right-wing pro-Israelis. It should be noted that she intended this to be a negative comment on the new administration Ynet, a Hebrew language Israeli news service, reported that Ashrawi bemoaned the right-wing, pro-Israel stance of President Trump’s administration. “We used to say there were settlers in the Israeli coalition borne of the far right that detests Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims. But today we say there are settlers inside the White House,” she said. “The administration has adopted the extreme...
  • The Latest: Attorney calls for investigation of Fox News

    04/03/2017 8:24:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    The Wires (Breitbart) ^ | April 3, 2017 | Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on sexual harassment allegations at Fox News (all times local): An attorney for a former Fox News contributor is calling for an independent investigation of sexual harassment allegations against host Bill O’Reilly. Lisa Bloom represents Wendy Walsh, a former Fox News contributor who says she lost a segment on “The O’Reilly Factor” after she refused to go to O’Reilly’s bedroom following a 2013 dinner in Los Angeles.
  • UN: Israel didn't comply with UN call to stop settlements

    03/25/2017 3:30:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 25, 2017 2:02 AM EDT
    Israel took no steps to comply with a Security Council call to stop all settlement activity in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, and instead authorized “a high rate” of settlement expansions in violation of international law, the United Nations said Friday. U.N. envoy Nickolay Mladenov told the council the large number of settlement announcements and legislation action by Israel indicate “a clear intent to continue expanding the settlement enterprise in the occupied Palestinian territory.” […] Mladenov, the U.N. special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, reiterated that the United Nations “considers all settlement activities to be illegal under...
  • Hollywood savant demands: Divide Jerusalem, end 'occupation' [Richard Gere]

    03/07/2017 8:44:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    INN ^ | 03/07/17 12:29 | David Rosenberg
    Hollywood A-lister Richard Gere, who portrayed King David in the eponymously titled 1985 film and is perhaps best remembered for his lead roles in An Officer and a Gentleman, Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride, is set to land in Israel later on Tuesday. But while the actor’s past visits to the Jewish state received warm welcomes, Gere, whose expertise and qualifications justifying his telling Israel what to do consist of his being a movie actor, may be greeted by a far chillier reception, following political comments made on the eve of his trip. Gere’s visit, planned ostensibly for the premiere...
  • Obama names aide Ben Rhodes to Holocaust Memorial Council

    01/19/2017 11:10:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | January 17, 2017, 8:32 pm | Eric Cortellessa
    Wiith three days left in his presidency, Barack Obama made his final appointments to administration positions, including adding 10 members to the Holocaust Memorial Council. Most notable on that list is Ben Rhodes, a long-time Obama aide and speechwriter who managed the White House messaging on selling the Iran deal and explaining the US decision to abstain on a United Nations Security Council resolution last month that condemned Israeli settlements as illegal. Rhodes, whose official title is deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, was a source of controversy after a New York Times Magazine profile portrayed him as bragging...
  • Trump to Netanyahu ‘I’d Like to See You Hold Back on Settlements a Little Bit’

    02/15/2017 11:27:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    NBC News ^ | 02/15/2017 | ANDREW RAFFERTY
    President Donald Trump said he would support the peace agreement Israel and Palestinians "like the best" in a joint press conference during which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu railed against Palestinian efforts to reach a deal. "I'm looking at two state and one state. And I like the one that both parties like," Trump said when asked about a peace agreement. Trump's meeting with Netanyahu on Wednesday was an initial test of Trump's campaign pledge to go further than President Obama in strengthening the relationship with Israel. By the end of Obama's tenure in office, his relationship with Netanyahu was...
  • TRUMP WARNS ISRAEL: STOP ANNOUNCING NEW SETTLEMENTS

    02/02/2017 2:08:17 PM PST · by GIdget2004 · 66 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 02/02/2017 | Michael Wilner
    e warned Israel on Thursday - in a surprising statement - to cease settlement announcements that are "unilateral" and "undermining" of President Donald Trump's effort to forge Middle East peace, a senior administration official told The Jerusalem Post. For the first time, the administration confirmed that Trump is committed to a comprehensive two-state solution to the Israeli- Palestinian conflict negotiated between the parties. The official told the Post that the White House was not consulted on Israel's unprecedented announcement of 5,500 new settlement housing units over the course of his first two weeks in office. "As President Trump has made...
  • Canadian school bans Israelis because of 'settlements'

    01/31/2017 8:39:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    INN ^ | 02/01/17 04:16 | Elad Benari
    A trade school in Canada which banned Israeli applicants due to Israel’s alleged “illegal settlement activity” rescinded the ban on Tuesday following an intervention by B’nai Brith Canada and members of the Canadian Jewish community. Stav Daron, an Israeli engineering student and amateur carpenter, had hoped to take a course at the Island School of Building Arts (ISBA), located on Gabriola Island in the province of British Columbia. However, when he tried to confirm his registration in January, he was told via email that, “Due to the conflict and illegal settlement activity in the region, we are not accepting applications...
  • Erekat 'shocked' at Trump's silence on Israeli construction [PLO secretary general]

    01/26/2017 5:21:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    INN ^ | 01/26/17 03:09 | Elad Benari
    Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Secretary-General Saeb Erekat on Wednesday said he was “shocked” by the White House’s silence on Israel’s construction in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem, and called on President Donald Trump’s administration to clarify its policy. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman announced the approval of 2,500 housing units in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, in order to accommodate the housing needs of the residents and to return their daily routine to normal. The announcement followed the approval earlier this week of 566 new housing units in the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Ramat...
  • Israel approves 2,500 West Bank settlement homes

    01/24/2017 8:09:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 24, 2017 9:50 AM EST | Tia Goldenberg
    Israel said Tuesday it approved 2,500 new settler homes in the West Bank, signaling a major ramp-up of construction just days after the swearing-in of U.S. President Donald Trump, whose election has emboldened the settlement movement. Trump is widely expected to be more sympathetic to Israel’s settlement policies than the fiercely critical Obama administration, and has also vowed to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to contested Jerusalem. Israel’s nationalist government has welcomed the prospective change in policy, but it also risks igniting Palestinian or even regional unrest. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a statement that he and...
  • White House: Obama will veto any other UN resolution critical of Israel

    12/30/2016 6:43:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 71 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 29, 2016, 1:19 am | Eric Cortellessa
    President Barack Obama will not allow any further United Nations measures critical of Israel to pass during the remainder of his term, deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes promised on Wednesday. When asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper if secretary of state John Kerry had indicated in his speech earlier Wednesday that the US would veto any other potential UN resolution that may come forward during the rest of Obama’s presidency, Rhodes said “yes.” Since the anti-settlements resolution passed in the Security Council last Friday, Israel has expressed concern that another measure may come up before the international body for a...
  • British government slams Kerry's speech

    12/29/2016 7:41:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    INN ^ | 12/29/16 21:08 | Gary Willig
    … A spokesman for the British Prime Minister issued a statement criticizing Kerry’s focus on the Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem. “We do not… believe that the way to negotiate peace is by focusing on only one issue, in this case the construction of settlements, when clearly the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is so deeply complex.” The spokesman also criticized Kerry’s description of the current government in Israel as “the most right-wing government” in Israeli history. “And we do not believe that it is appropriate to attack the composition of the democratically-elected government of an...
  • How the U.S. came to abstain on a U.N. resolution condemning Israeli settlements

    12/28/2016 7:07:55 PM PST · by Innovative · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Dec. 28, 2016 | Karen DeYoung
    On Dec. 21, amid his morning workout, an afternoon round of golf and a family dinner with friends, President Obama interrupted his Hawaii vacation to consult by phone with his top national security team in Washington. Egypt had introduced a resolution at the U.N. Security Council condemning Israeli settlements as illegal, and a vote was scheduled for the next day. The idea had been circulating at the council for months, but the abrupt timing was a surprise. Obama was open to abstaining, he said on the call, provided the measure was “balanced” in its censure of terrorism and Palestinian violence...
  • UN Approves Funding for First Anti-Israeli ‘Settlement’ Blacklist

    12/28/2016 6:44:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 27, 2016 | 11:30 PM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    On the same day as the U.N. Security Council passed a controversial resolution condemning Israel, the 193-member U.N. General Assembly on Friday approved a budget that includes $138,700 to fund the compilation of a first-ever U.N. blacklist of private companies doing business in territories disputed between Israel and the Palestinians. Defined in U.N. documents as a “database,” the blacklist will cover companies of any nationality that do business in Israeli “settlements” located in areas claimed by the Palestinians, including Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter. The move, which was mandated by the U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC) last March, is expected to benefit...
  • Dem lawmaker: Israel waging 'war on the American government'

    12/26/2016 2:10:55 PM PST · by kevcol · 50 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 255, 2016 | Kelly Cohen
    Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., made the comments Monday in an interview with MSNBC when asked to react to accusations that the Israeli government has proof that the Obama administration helped influence the U.N. Security Council's vote to condemn Israeli settlements. . . . Israel is now "running their own war against us and our policies" because they are angry that Obama has pushed back against telling them to stop with settlements, McDermott said.
  • Netanyahu: "Israel has national pride. We do not turn the other cheek"

    12/26/2016 2:08:45 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 11 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | 12/25/2016
    Netanyahu: "Israel has national pride. We do not turn the other cheek" NEW YORK - With President Barack Obama's direction, last Friday the United States departed from its long-held position of vetoing a United Nations resolution that condemned Israel's settlements. The action outraged lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Prime Minister Netanyahu strongly condemned the United Nations resolution and expressed disappointment that the United States abandoned its previous support. Monday he said "Israel has national pride. We do not turn the other cheek." He suggested over the weekend that Israel may consider pulling out of the U.N. U.S. Senator...
  • Sweden welcomes UN vote denouncing Israeli settlements

    12/26/2016 10:58:14 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 24 December 2016 09:34 CET+01:00
    The Swedish government has welcomed Friday’s UN resolution calling for Israel to end illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, with Foreign Minister Margot Wallström calling the decision “very positive”. […] In a statement, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the resolution “shameful”. Sweden is scheduled to join the security council for two years starting in January 2017, and will chair the council during that month. …
  • Bolton: Obama Rejected Israel Resolution to 'Box Trump In'

    12/24/2016 12:55:54 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 97 replies
    NewsMax ^ | December 24, 2016 | By Sandy Fitzgerald
    The United States could have killed a key United Nations resolution that condemned Israel for its West Bank settlements by voting against it rather than abstaining, former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said Friday night, but he thinks President Barack Obama took the action to "box the incoming Trump administration in." "This was a stab in the back against the Israelis," Bolton told Fox News' "Hannity" show Friday night. "It was entirely predictable. I would say this for people in the pro-Israel community in the United States who defended Obama's Middle East policy over these last eight years: You should have...
  • Hannity, Fox News, December 23 2016

    12/24/2016 10:18:00 AM PST · by malvor
    Hannity, Fox News, December 23 2016