News Release

Netanyahu in D.C.

With Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in the U.S., the following analysts are available for interviews:

Rev. GRAYLAN S. HAGLER,  gshagler at verizon.net
Hagler is with the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C. Earlier this year, Hagler successfully helped worked towards the UCC Church passing a divestment and boycott resolution on Israel. Hagler today said: “It’s ironic that so many are focusing on Palestinian knives given the massive scale of Israeli attacks on Palestinians.” See: “Video: Israeli soldiers fire at car, killing elderly woman.”

South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu wrote to the UCC, urging passage of the resolution, writing that South Africans “recognize institutionalized racism when we see it. We have experienced the corrosive effects of segregation — and have witnessed the healing power and joy of reconciliation. … We grieve over Israel’s decades long oppression of Palestine and Palestinians: The illegal occupation; the expanding West Bank settlements; the separation wall; the siege of Gaza; the manipulation of water rights; the network of checkpoints and settler bypass roads; the detention of people without charges; the travel restrictions, identity cards, and disruption of every aspect of daily life for Palestinians.”

The neoconservative American Enterprise Institute will be giving Netanyahu an award this evening at the National Building Museum; Hagler will be among the protesters outside.

ZAID JILANI, Areo64 at gmail.com, @ZaidJilani
Last month, Jilani wrote the piece “Israel’s Netanyahu Makes One of the Most Absurd Claims About the Holocaust Imaginable.” He recently tweeted that Hillary Clinton “continues campaign to distance herself from Obama by giving Netanyahu a big kiss,” referring to recent statements by Clinton.

Glenn Greenwald recently wrote: “Leaked Emails From Pro-Clinton Group Reveal Censorship of Staff on Israel, AIPAC Pandering, Warped Militarism,” about the Center for American Progress. Jilani worked as a writer at CAP for a time and has followed the recent leaks closely.