September 22, 2009 at 12:22 pm (Barack Obama, Chutzpah, Extremism, Ignorance, Illegal Settlements, Israel, Occupation, Racism, Videos)
Clayton Swisher, working for Al Jazeera in Jerusalem, filed a new report on Israeli opinions of Obama yesterday. It is wonderful to see the model that Max Blumenthal and I recently began using to explain the Israeli mindset make it into mainstream press outlets. I hope to see more videos like this from Clayton during his stay.
Barack Obama, the US president, is getting ready to host Israeli and Palestinian leaders for a meeting he hopes might get peace talks started again. But Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, has made his position clear, saying he will defend settlement expansion, which is the big sticking point. Al Jazeera’s Clayton Swisher has been out on the streets of Jerusalem to find out what Israelis think about Obama and his plans.
Below is a video about settlement opinion on the same streets as the one above. I made it with Antony Loewenstein and David Jacobus this past July.
With all the current rhetoric out of Washington regarding an Israeli settlement freeze in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, we wanted to gauge public opinion on the streets of Jerusalem on a sunny, Sunday afternoon last weekend. What we found was shocking but unsurprising. By Joseph Dana (www.josephdana.com) and Antony Loewenstein (www.antonyloewenstein.com).
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