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  • Park Slope Food Co-op Votes Against Israeli Hummus Boycott

    If the next few editions of the New York Times are thinner than usual, there's a simple explanation. When the universe conspires to let New York journalists write about the grocery shopping habits of Brooklyn yuppies and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the very same article, there are bound to be casualties — few editors can survive the orgasm caused by that kind of confluence.

    The story of the century, if you live in an alternative universe where health care reform isn't before the Supreme Court and security forces aren't cracking down on rebels in Syria, is last night's Park Slope Food Co-op vote on whether the grocery cooperative should have a separate vote to decide whether to boycott Israeli products by joining the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction movement…

    The vote, conducted by paper ballot, came during the Brooklyn co-op's monthly general meeting, with 1,005 people voting against the motion to hold a referendum on a boycott, and 653 in favor…

    Tensions at the co-op, on Union Street, had been climbing to a breaking point in recent weeks as the members, numbering about 16,300, weighed the matter. Reporters and television trucks had become a common site outside the co-op's doors. Advocates passed leaflets with increasing urgency. Politicians and pundits weighed in. And emotions, in at least one instance, spilled over into fisticuffs.

    Prior to the vote, names of Co-op volunteers were drawn at random. Sadly, and despite the aforementioned brawl, the winners of the lottery would not be asked to engage in Hunger Games-style gladiatorial combat to secure organic, local, free-range produce for their families. Instead, they'd be allowed to speak and remind us why rising sea levels cannot come to Brooklyn soon enough…

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    Tags: Food, Israel, Jewish, New York, New York Times, Palestine
  • The Daily Show on the U.S. Cutting Off Funding for UNESCO

    Hey, if this U.N. agency — that is dedicated to improving education, science, and culture conditions in developing nations — didn't want to lose all of its funding and ability to help people at a global level, it shouldn't have acknowledged that Palestine is a place that exists. So, who's really at fault here?

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    Part two of this "epic" investigative piece from John Oliver after the jump.

    The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11/10c.

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    Tags: Afghanistan, Gabon, Israel, John Oliver, Jon Stewart, Natural Disasters, Obama Administration, Palestine, Poverty, Robert Wexler, The Daily Show, UNESCO, United Nations, Video
  • Newt Gingrich Falls Asleep Listening to Newt Gingrich

    After losing almost every primary on Super Tuesday, Newt Gingrich's nomination prospects are looking pretty dim. At this point, the only place Newt has a chance of winning the presidency is his dreams.

    Which explains why the candidate drifted off to his own little sleepy fantasyland right before addressing an AIPAC audience yesterday.

    You can see the embarrassing footage here

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    The best part of the video is when Newt abruptly wakes up and asks for questions from a non-existent panel. "Uh, yes, now I'll take questions from the moon man, ghost of Winston Churchill, my first wife, and guy I vaguely remember from middle school."

    Forget Iran. Newt needs a fundamental reassessment of his entire understanding of nappy nap time. Has Newt learned nothing from his hero Ronald Reagan? You're supposed to wait until you're actually president before you start snoozing on the job.


    Tags: Israel, Jewish, Newt Gingrich, Republicans, Video
  • Quote Unquote: An Invented People

    Newt Gingrich discusses the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    "Remember there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire. And I think that we’ve had an invented Palestinian people, who are in fact Arabs, and were historically part of the Arab community. And they had a chance to go many places."

    An "invented Palestinian people." Well put. We, as an American people — with our long and storied two-hundred-(and-some-change)-year history — need a leader who's not afraid to take strong stands and point out historical truisms like that.

    And besides, everybody knows that there's no more proof for the existence of Palestinians than there is for shoe elves, mermaids or people who are genuinely excited for a Gingrich presidency.


    Tags: Israel, Newt Gingrich, Palestine, Primaries, Quote Unquote, Republicans
  • Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy's Open Mic

    Last week's G20 meeting gave world leaders the opportunity to find common ground. For instance, President Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy found out that they both love to complain about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

    "I cannot bear Netanyahu, he's a liar," Sarkozy told Obama, unaware that the microphones in their meeting room had been switched on, enabling reporters in a separate location to listen in to a simultaneous translation.

    "You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you," Obama replied, according to the French interpreter.

    While this has promised to be an embarrassment to both leaders, there's a variety of ways the two could have dismissed this gaffe. First of all, improv. The two men could have been doing an improvisational exercise for their Netanyahu roast. You know, the super secret one they were planning for that very night? Well, not anymore now that the stupid media ruined everything!

    If that didn't work, they could have flown Ashton Kutcher over to tell Netanyahu he'd just been punk'd. Heck, Kutcher probably has a direct portal from his home to Cannes. And after all, everyone knows that Obama is the George Clooney of world leaders.

    While both of these ideas are undeniably genius and completely foolproof, Obama and Sarkozy have decided to take the "no comment" route. Netanyahu also said mum, leaving Vice Premier Silvan Shalom to explain it this way…

    "Everyone talks about everyone. Sometimes even good friends say things about each other, certainly in such competitive professions," Shalom, a former foreign minister and rival of Netanyahu in the rightist Likud party, told Israel's Army Radio.

    "So you have to consider the main things. Is Obama a friend of Israel? Is Sarkozy a friend of Israel? Is their policy a consistent policy of support for Israel? The answer to all of these questions is affirmative and, as far as I'm concerned, that is what's important."

    *Swish* Perfect diplomatic save. With friends like these, there's no such thing as enemies.

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, G-20, Israel, Nicolas Sarkozy, Palestine