Who says there's no pro-Israel lobby?

In South Africa, Richard Goldstone can't attend his grandson's bar mitzvah.

It seems that Judge Richard Goldstone, the respected South African jurist, self-professed Zionist and much-maligned author of the UN's fact-finding report on Israeli war crimes in Gaza, has been barred by the South African Zionist Federation from attending his own grandson's bar mitzvah in Johannesburg next month. The SAZF had threatened to protest outside the synagogue, thereby wrecking the child's ceremony. How nice of them.

Jewish blogger Richard Goldstein can't control his rage, and I don't blame him:

What have these people come to? What sort of Judaism is this? Do these people even care about religious values? Do they know what it means to be a Jew? Of course they don't have a religion in that sense because their real religion is Israel.

[Hat-tip Common Dreams]

 

Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12.

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The section on climate change has already disappeared from the White House website

As soon as Trump was president, the page on climate change started showing an error message.

Melting sea ice, sad photographs of polar bears, scientists' warnings on the Guardian homepage. . . these days, it's hard to avoid the question of climate change. This mole's anxiety levels are rising faster than the sea (and that, unfortunately, is saying something).

But there is one place you can go for a bit of respite: the White House website.

Now that Donald Trump is president of the United States, we can all scroll through the online home of the highest office in the land without any niggling worries about that troublesome old man-made existential threat. That's because the minute that Trump finished his inauguration speech, the White House website's page about climate change went offline.

Here's what the page looked like on January 1st:

And here's what it looks like now that Donald Trump is president:

The perfect summary of Trump's attitude to global warming.

Now, the only references to climate on the website is Trump's promise to repeal "burdensome regulations on our energy industry", such as, er. . . the Climate Action Plan.

This mole tries to avoid dramatics, but really: are we all doomed?

I'm a mole, innit.