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Lobby Watch

An eye on the groups that try to stifle free debate about Palestine

France's main Jewish group fined for defaming Palestine charity

France’s highest appeal court has ordered the country’s major Jewish organization to pay damages for falsely claiming that a charity supporting Palestinians collected money for Hamas.

Former Israel lobby spin doctor aims for seat in UK parliament

Campaigning to be a Labour party candidate for the next election, Ruth Smeeth promotes her credentials as a “proud anti-fascist,” but buries her history with Israel lobby BICOM.

Why is the Jewish Agency's Avi Mayer obsessed with race?

Claims that Israel is a “shining city on a sand dune” echo the prejudice of Zionism’s founding father Theodor Herzl.

ACLU condemns Illinois senate resolution on academic boycott

ACLU says “boycott is an important and powerful form of protected expressive association protected by the First Amendment.”

Is AIPAC trying to stop you from seeing this video?

The anti-war campaign group CODEPINK says the Israel lobby group AIPAC is threatening to sue it over a satirical video clip.

Anti-divestment UCLA rep went on ADL Israel junket

Sunny Singh, who voted against the recent UCLA divestment resolution, went on an all-expense paid trip to Israel organized by the ADL.

J Street attacks Presbyterians over study guide questioning Zionism

“It is time for us all to face up to the dangerous tendencies within political Zionism and the Christian Zionists who prefer to excuse the human rights abuses perpetrated on Palestinians daily.”

Evaluating Abraham Foxman

No evaluation of Abe Foxman’s legacy is complete without mention of the harm he committed to Jews and other minorities.

New US bill to punish academic boycott inspired by Israeli ambassador

The so-called “Protect Academic Freedom Act” would deny federal funding to any institution that participates in a boycott of Israeli universities or scholars.

Legislating academic (un)freedom

New York anti-boycott bill shows that, for some, commitment to Israel overrides traditional American legal protections.

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