The NY Times vs. Israel -- Again
The New York Times' editorial board has demonstrated liberal ignorance once again in today's edition.
An editorial decries a bill introduced in the New York State Legislature which would deny public funds (read your tax dollars) to academic organizations which advocate or participate in boycotting Israeli universities. The writers cast this as a "free speech" issue, demonstrating their usual refusal to distinguish between permitting the speech and financially or otherwise supporting the speakers.
Elsewhere in the paper, reporter Mark Landler describes the pressure being brought to bear against AIPAC and the many pro-Israel members of Congress who would pass legislation increasing the sanctions on Iran should that Islamic Republic fail to meet the terms of its recent agreement regarding its nuclear programs.
Landler mentions, with obvious delight, many of the Israel supporters, within AIPAC and in other roles, who are choosing to place the their cultish loyalties to Obama above what they originally proposed as proper policy for the prevention of Iran from building nukes, among them the likes of Senator Blumenthal (D-Conn) and New York City's mayor De Blasio.
The Times, attitude isn't very surprising, but it is dismaying to read reports of the cave-in to Obama's anti-Israel attitudes of many among the 59 senators and representatives who started out supporting the legislation, and the position of Jewish DNC chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who won't even take sides on the issue.