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Josh Ruebner
Josh Ruebner is the National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a national coalition of more than 400 organizations working to change U.S. policy towards Israel/Palestine to support human rights, international law, and equality.

He is a former Analyst in Middle East Affairs at Congressional Research Service and the author of the upcoming book tentatively entitled Shattered Hopes: Why Obama Failed to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace (Verso Books, 2013).

Entries by Josh Ruebner

Why Netanyahu Became a Holocaust Revisionist

(7) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 3:57 PM

Palestinians have "no right whatsoever" to establish a state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip declared a brash, cocksure 28-year-old Israeli economic consultant by the name of Ben Nitay during a 1978 debate in historic Faneuil Hall in Boston. The debate, episode #502 in WGBH's series "The...

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Democratic Support for Israel Is Withering Rapidly

(247) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 8:56 AM

More troubling news emerged this past weekend for those trying to prop up the once solid, now faltering, bipartisan backing for Israel. GOP pollster Frank Luntz worriedly concluded that "Israel can no longer claim to have the bipartisan support of America" after finding "blatant" and "deep" animosity among...

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Israel's Last Election?

(16) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 3:40 PM

Defying all pre-election polling, which showed Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party at best in a dead heat with its main electoral rival, the Zionist Union, the Israeli prime minister romped to a comfortable victory in Israel's election Tuesday, garnering 30 seats against the Zionist Union's 24. The results chart a relatively...

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ICC Only Option Left for Palestine

(27) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 3:25 PM

Palestinians rang in New Year's Eve by deploying what Israel has called their legal and diplomatic "nuclear option." Mahmoud Abbas, chair of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), signed the Rome Statute on behalf of the State of Palestine, which has been recognized by the UN as non-member observer state since...

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U.S. Complicity in Israel's Deadly Actions in Gaza

(242) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 9:48 AM

On November 18, an Israeli air force pilot flying a U.S.-made F-16 fighter jet fired a missile at the four-story home of the al-Dalu family in Gaza City, killing ten members of the family and two from the al-Muzannar family next door.

An on-site investigation...

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45 Years of Israeli Military Occupation and No End in Sight

(342) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 12:25 PM

In the aftermath of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, President Lyndon Johnson, in a clear nod toward countering Israeli territorial aggrandizement, stated that "no nation would be true to the United Nations Charter, or to its own true interests, if it should permit military success to blind it to...

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Will The Holy Cow Of Aid To Israel Survive The Dull Blade Of Across-the-Board Budget Cuts?

(329) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 10:52 AM

The Israel lobby can breathe a sigh of relief now that Congress has agreed to fund the government through next fall, including a record-breaking $3.075 billion in military aid to Israel. This earmark may have emerged unscathed in this year's budget battle, but because the super committee failed to produce...

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Combat HIV/AIDS or Protect Israel's Denial of Palestinian Rights?

(50) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 12:29 PM

Now that Palestine has become a full member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) after an exuberant 107-14 vote in its favor, two obscure sections of U.S. law may force the United States to rethink whether its unconditional support of Israel is in its best interests.

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Obama Enables Israeli-Palestinian Status Quo He Claims Is Unsustainable

(10) Comments | Posted May 23, 2011 | 4:57 PM

For all of President Obama's repeated insistence that the status quo in Israeli-Palestinian relations is unsustainable, recent developments make clear that his administration has no new ideas or strategies to achieve a breakthrough toward peace.

His statements during three recent high-profile events -- last Thursday's address at the State Department...

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The "Only Democracy in the Middle East"? Hardly.

(150) Comments | Posted March 9, 2011 | 8:58 AM

As pro-democracy and freedom movements sweep the region, Israel's policies look more retrograde.

Ever since Israel began to transition from a charity case to a strategic partner of the United States--an evolutionary process from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s--its supporters in the U.S. political arena have brandished a variety...

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U.S. Veto on Israeli Settlements Resolution Would Be Nadir for Obama

(187) Comments | Posted February 10, 2011 | 9:56 AM

Illustration: Israelis at UN headquarters

The United Nations Security Council is expected to vote, possibly this month, on a resolution reaffirming that Israel's 150 settlements in the Palestinian West Bank and East Jerusalem "are illegal and constitute a major obstacle...

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Less Lethal? Ask the Abu Rahmah Family

(4) Comments | Posted January 25, 2011 | 10:49 AM

Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank village of Bil'in had no cause to ring in the New Year as tragedy struck the Abu Rahmah family for the fourth time in three years.

After inhaling tear gas fired by the Israeli military at a December 31 demonstration, 36-year-old villager Jawaher...

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Settlement Reversal Threatens Obama's Israeli-Palestinian Peace Efforts

(15) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 11:23 AM

The United States missed a major opportunity to reassess its unrealistic strategy to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the invitation-only crowd assembled at the Brookings Institution's Saban Center Annual Forum last Friday.

Hyped by pundits as a major policy statement on Israel/Palestine,...

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WikiLeaks: Israel's Security Concerns Often Clash With U.S. Interests

(234) Comments | Posted November 30, 2010 | 9:43 PM

In an explosive WikiLeaks revelation, Maj. Gen. Amos Gilad, the head of the Political Military Bureau of Israel's Ministry of Defense, while discussing Israeli requests for U.S. military aid, "acknowledged the sometimes difficult position the U.S. finds itself in given its global interests, and conceded that Israel's security...

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The Organization That Cries Wolf

(39) Comments | Posted October 22, 2010 | 12:09 PM

My late grandfather was a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp. Many other members of my extended family were not so fortunate and perished in the Holocaust.

Organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), established in 1913, were designed to fight against this scourge of anti-Semitism in particular, and racism...

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Obama's Misplaced Missive

(4) Comments | Posted October 1, 2010 | 5:47 PM

As the clock ticks closer toward an ignominious end to the Obama Administration's ill-conceived gambit to reconvene direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, President Obama appears desperate to keep the talks alive, as revealed on Wednesday in accounts of a letter he purportedly sent to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

To date,...

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Top 10 Reasons for Skepticism on Israeli-Palestinian Talks

(10) Comments | Posted August 26, 2010 | 6:10 PM


On August 20, the Obama Administration announced that it will reconvene under its auspices direct Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations beginning on September 2.

While a just and lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace is in everyone's interest, there are profound reasons to be skeptical about the...

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Justice for All? A Tale of Two Victims: Leon Klinghoffer and Furkan Dogan.

(20) Comments | Posted June 4, 2010 | 2:53 PM

In October 1985, four Palestinian gunmen from the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF) stormed an Italian cruise ship on the Mediterranean, holding its approximately 700 vacationers hostage while demanding the release of their comrades-in-arms from Israeli prison.

The hijacking of the Achille Lauro, during which the hijackers killed an elderly, wheelchair-bound...

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U.S. Can't Afford Military Aid to Israel

(61) Comments | Posted February 26, 2010 | 9:41 AM

In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama pledged to "go through the budget line by line to eliminate programs that we can't afford and don't work." One week later, he sent his FY2011 budget request to Congress, which included a record-breaking $3 billion in military aid to...

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