israel http://michiganradio.org en Academic group boycotts Israeli academic institutions http://michiganradio.org/post/academic-group-boycotts-israeli-academic-institutions <p>Members of the group American Studies Association have voted to boycott Israeli academic institutions. It's to protest &nbsp;alleged Israeli human rights violations against Palestinians. To say this boycott is controversial is an understatement. We spoke with a member of the American Studies Association.</p><p><em>*Listen to our interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 20:59:07 +0000 Stateside Staff 15861 at http://michiganradio.org Academic group boycotts Israeli academic institutions Michigan congressman Dan Kildee part of delegation traveling to the Middle East http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-congressman-dan-kildee-part-delegation-traveling-middle-east <p>FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Michigan U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee is traveling to the Middle East this week for a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.<br><br>The Flint Democrat is one of 37 members of Congress participating in the trip, which begins Monday and runs through Aug. 11. It's an independent trip and not taxpayer-funded.<br><br>Kildee's office says his trip to Israel and the West Bank will include meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.<br> Sun, 04 Aug 2013 20:01:09 +0000 The Associated Press 13822 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan congressman Dan Kildee part of delegation traveling to the Middle East In this morning's news: Governor pushes Medicaid, teachers rally in capitol, GM receives top score http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-governor-pushes-medicaid-teachers-rally-capitol-gm-receives-top-score <p><strong>Governor cuts trip short</strong></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder will return early from his trip to Israel today in order to lobby for Medicaid expansion. Snyder will encourage fellow Republicans to pass the legislation. “Today is the last day for lawmakers to pass Medicaid expansion before their two-month summer break,” reports Jake Neher.</p><p><strong>Teachers protest education legislation</strong></p><p>Michigan<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/teachers-rally-lansing-more-support-public-education"> teachers rallied</a> in Lansing yesterday to protest legislation that would allow state officials to close struggling school districts.&nbsp; According to the Associated Press, “the legislation lets the state superintendent and treasurer dissolve a district with 300 to 2,400 students if certain criteria are met.”</p><p><strong>General Motors receives high ratings</strong></p><p>For the first time ever, General Motors topped the Initial Quality Survey released by automotive tracking firm J.D. Power.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Tracy Samilton <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/general-motors-vehicles-have-fewest-problems-first-90-days">reports</a> that GM received a better score than any other corporation in the study.&nbsp; She says "people are reporting very few mechanical problems.&nbsp; Most automakers have drummed out serious engine and transmission&nbsp;defects from their cars."</p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:53:25 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13153 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Governor pushes Medicaid, teachers rally in capitol, GM receives top score This week in Michigan politics: Medicaid in the Senate, Snyder in Israel, Mike Duggan off the ballot http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-medicaid-senate-snyder-israel-mike-duggan-ballot <p>This week in Michigan politics, Jack Lessenberry and Emily Fox discuss the state of <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/medicaid-expansion-tops-do-list-legislature-s-summer-break">Medicaid expansion</a> in the Michigan Senate, Governor Snyder's <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-meets-israeli-pm-trade-mission">trade mission to Israel</a>, and the political future of <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/court-decision-keeps-mike-duggan-detroit-mayoral-ballot">Mike Duggan</a> in Detroit.</p><p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:37:37 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Emily Fox & Michigan Radio Newsroom 13125 at http://michiganradio.org This week in Michigan politics: Medicaid in the Senate, Snyder in Israel, Mike Duggan off the ballot Governor Snyder meets with Israeli PM on trade mission http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-meets-israeli-pm-trade-mission <p>Governor Rick Snyder sat down with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday.</p><p>Snyder believes the talks could lead to new partnerships between companies in Michigan and Israel.</p><p>The governor is on a nine-day investment mission to Israel. He says the two states already have strong economic and cultural ties. But he says there’s lots of room for new partnerships and investment.</p><p>Snyder Spokesperson Ken Silfven says Prime Minister Netanyahu was “very receptive” to the governor’s ideas.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 14:56:45 +0000 Jake Neher 13104 at http://michiganradio.org Governor Snyder meets with Israeli PM on trade mission Snyder leaves for Israel on a trade mission http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-leaves-israel-trade-mission <p>Governor Rick Snyder leaves today for a nine-day trade mission to Israel. He’s hoping to create business connections and encourage Israeli investment in Michigan.</p><p>But Snyder says he won’t be starting from scratch when he gets there.</p><p>“We already do a fair amount of business with Israel. We’re one of the top-20 states for both imports and exports going on with Israel. So I think it’s a great opportunity to build stronger economic ties and cultural ties given all the historical connections between our state and Israel.”</p><p>Additionally, the Governor says that Israel is looking to expand its marketplace globally.</p><p>“And if you look at Detroit’s role and the strong Jewish community here and the great business environment we’ve created over the last few years, Michigan should really be a gateway – in particular the Metro Detroit area should be a gateway – for Israeli businesses to do business in the United States.”</p><p>The governor also plans to speak with Israeli education officials. He says he’s especially interested in learning about their early childhood education programs.</p><p>This is Snyder’s fifth corporate-sponsored trip oversees, and his first to the Middle East.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 20:38:20 +0000 Jake Neher 13067 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder leaves for Israel on a trade mission Helen Thomas tells Anti-Defamation League to back-off http://michiganradio.org/post/helen-thomas-tells-anti-defamation-league-back <p>The <a href="http://www.adl.org/?s=topmenu">Anti-Defamation League</a> called Helen Thomas anti-Semitic after <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/helen-thomas-dearborn-defends-controversial-comments">some comments she made last week</a> at a speech in Dearborn.</p><p>On a radio interview last night, Thomas shot back at Abe Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League:</p><blockquote><div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">I'm getting tired of his intimidation. I'm going to report him to President Obama and all the proper authorities. He better stop intimidating me.</div></div></blockquote><p>Thomas was interviewed by Scott Spears on <a href="http://www.wmrn.com/pages/scottspears.html">WMRN radio</a> in Marion, Ohio. Here's a clip:</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-939032.mp3</p><p>No comment yet from the ADL. Wed, 08 Dec 2010 19:55:49 +0000 Mark Brush 510 at http://michiganradio.org Helen Thomas tells Anti-Defamation League to back-off Helen Thomas fires back at Wayne State University http://michiganradio.org/post/helen-thomas-fires-back-wayne-state-university <p>Detroit native and a longtime journalist Helen Thomas is outspoken when it comes to defending her controversial comments.</p><p>Last week, Thomas <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/helen-thomas-dearborn-defends-controversial-comments">defended the comments</a> that got her fired over the summer. In that defense Thomas said that many American institutions are controlled by Zionists.</p><p>Here are her comments posted by <a href="http://www.politico.com/blogs/onmedia/1210/ADL_slams_Helen_Thomas_as_vulgar_antiSemite.html">Politico</a></p><blockquote><p>"Congress, the White House and Hollywood, Wall Street, are owned by the Zionists. No question in my opinion. They put their money where their mouth is. ... We’re being pushed into a wrong direction in every way."</p></blockquote><p>The <a href="http://www.adl.org/PresRele/ASUS_12/5929_12.htm">Anti-Defamation League</a> said Thomas has "revealed herself as a vulgar anti-Semite."</p><p>After her remarks last Thursday, the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20101206/NEWS02/101206012/1001/news">Detroit Free Press</a> reports that Wayne State University ended the Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity Award. When the paper called for a comment, Thomas had this to say:</p><div><blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">"The leaders of Wayne State University have made a mockery of the First Amendment and disgraced their understanding of its inherent freedom of speech and the press." Mon, 06 Dec 2010 16:50:02 +0000 Mark Brush 474 at http://michiganradio.org Helen Thomas fires back at Wayne State University Helen Thomas in Dearborn; defends controversial comments http://michiganradio.org/post/helen-thomas-dearborn-defends-controversial-comments <p><a href="http://helenthomas.org/">Helen Thomas</a> had worked for United Press International for 57 years. She was an opinion columnist for Hearst Newspapers from 2000 to 2010. She spent much of her career covering the White House.</p><p>She was let go earlier this year after she was briefly interviewed by Rabbi <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Nesenoff" title="David Nesenoff">David Nesenoff</a> of <a href="http://rabbilive.com/RabbiLIVE/Home.html">RabbiLive.com</a>. After asking Thomas whether she had any comments on Israel, Thomas said, "tell them to get the hell out of Palestine."</p><p>The Detroit News <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20101202/POLITICS03/12020480/Helen-Thomas-stands-by-remarks-about-Israelis">reports </a>that Helen Thomas, who grew up in Detroit, gave a speech saying:</p><div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;"><blockquote><p>"I stand by it. I told the truth," the 90-year-old Thomas told reporters shortly before a speech at a diversity conference Thursday. "I paid a price but it's worth it to speak the truth." During a speech that drew quick condemnation from Jews, Thomas took her remarks further. "Congress, the White House and Hollywood, Wall Street are owned by the Zionists," Thomas said. "No question."</p></blockquote><p>Thomas spoke at the eighth-annual "Images and Perceptions of Arab American" conference in Dearborn. Fri, 03 Dec 2010 16:04:39 +0000 Mark Brush & Zoe Clark 452 at http://michiganradio.org Helen Thomas in Dearborn; defends controversial comments