Sojourners about to be illegal in their own land

What to make of this from Ha'aretz?"IDF order will enable mass deportation from West Bank"A new military order aimed at preventing infiltration will come into force this week, enabling the deportation of tens of thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank, or their indictment on charges carrying prison terms of up to seven years."When the order comes into effect, tens of thousands of Palestinians will automatically become criminal offenders liable to be severely punished." 12: Here is the Times's version of the story (note the military's defense of the "amendment" to a 1969 ruling): We've had a back and forth previously about Daniel Pipes and the mission of his Middle East Forum; here is news about another think tank, Washington Institute on Near East Policy, that shares those pro-Israeli views. This account by MJ Rosenberg of WINEP tells us about its origins (he was there) and orientations. Rosenberg links to recent criticisms of WINEP and a defense by its current director."There was no question that WINEP was to be AIPAC's cutout. It was funded by AIPAC donors, staffed by AIPAC employees, and located one door away, down the hall, from AIPAC Headquarters (no more. It has its own digs). It would also hire all kinds of people not identified with Israel as a cover and would encourage them to write whatever they liked on matters not related to Israel. "Say what you want on Morocco, kid." But on Israel, never deviate more than a degree or two."So why does it matter?"It matters because the media has totally fallen for this sleight of hand and WINEP spokespersons appear (especially on PBS) as if WINEP was not part of the Israel lobby. David Makovsky is a terrific commentator but he is an American who emigrated to Israel and is now back at WINEP which is an AIPAC cutout. As much as I like David, and as much as I think his voice is worth hearing, some truth-in-labeling is necessary."

Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.

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