AIPAC in Focus

Sitting between Bibi and Obama, AIPAC criticized by left and right

http://jta.org/news/article/2009/05/07/1004999/navigating-obama-and-netanyahu-difference-aipac-gets-it-from-both-sides
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Picking on AIPAC? (Snips)

… AIPAC is generally regarded as one of the three most powerful lobbies in Washington. Unlike most other major lobbies, which engage on a variety of issues, AIPAC has only one objective: strengthening American support for the state of Israel through creation of a “special relationship” between the two countries. AIPAC’s support is uncritical, no matter what Israel does and no matter what the impact on the U.S. might be. Because Congress and the White House are fearful of confronting AIPAC, it enjoys a unique status. Even though it acts as a foreign lobby, it has not been required to comply with the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Not having to register is significant, as it means that AIPAC’s sources of income and its disbursements are not a matter of public record. …

The third reason to oppose AIPAC is the corruption of the U.S. political system by the Lobby’s money and power, resulting in a bought-and-paid-for Congress and a rule of law for everyone except those guilty of crimes on behalf of Israel. Even when one is caught red-handed and confesses to spying for Israel, it is apparently no big deal, aside from the cost of a lawyer. Israel runs an extremely aggressive espionage program inside the United States involving hundreds of operatives and agents

http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2009/05/18/picking-on-aipac/

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More the three-quarters of Senate sign AIPAC-backed letter.

Letter Text:

http://blogs.jta.org/politics/article/2009/05/20/1005305/more-the-three-quarters-of-senate-sign-aipac-backed-letter

Signators

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Obama-Bibi: The Preview

http://www.jewishjournal.com/israel/article/obama-bibi_the_preview_20090518/

LA Times: I cannot recall a more important meeting between an American president and an Israeli prime minister than today’s meeting between President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Will the Obama administration have the courage to challenge Netanyahu, or will all the talk of change dissolve in the face of a concerted one-two punch from Netanyahu and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee? I am increasingly convinced that if Obama fails to speak out now, it will doom the two-state solution forever. ….

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Netanyahu in U.S.: AIPAC on Sunday and Obama on Monday.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1086089.html

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12 Responses to “AIPAC in Focus”

  1. euandus2 Says:

    In my view, when a sacred cow lobbies for another country, something is wrong. I recommend the following post on the blog: http://euandus3.wordpress.com/

  2. worzzz Says:

    AIPAC – We’ll take over the UC Berkeley student government. – Video.

    … This is how AIPAC operates in our nation’s capital. This is how AIPAC must operate on our nation’s campuses.” …

    http://www.muzzlewatch.com/2010/04/07/aipac-well-take-over-the-uc-berkeley-student-government/

    http://www.muzzlewatch.com/

    http://www.thephora.net/forum/showpost.php?p=853786&postcount=37

    http://www.cnionline.org/issues/

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    “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.”
    – Marcus Tullius Cicero

  3. worzzz Says:

    AIPAC Spy Trial – Update: http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/20110111/pl_usnw/DC28553_1

    … growing claims that AIPAC is still liable for hundreds of millions in economic damages suffered by 74 organizations that provided the confidential business information circulated by AIPAC. …

    http://cc.bingj.com/cache.aspx?q=USTR+-+AIPAC&d=4642851217211633&mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US&w=126c5cab,1c71cadc

    SPY TRADE: How Israel’s Lobby Undermines America’s Economy

    http://www.irmep.org/st.htm

    http://www.irmep.org/ILA/economy/default.asp

    Israeli Lobby Archive: http://www.irmep.org/ILA/default.asp

    Pollard Indictments:

    http://www.irmep.org/ILA/pollard/06041986_pollard_indictment.pdf

    http://www.irmep.org/ILA/pollard/default.asp

  4. worzzz Says:

    Transforming America’s Israel Lobby.

    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which holds its annual policy conference in Washington next week, could face its toughest battle with an administration in more than a decade, depending on the proposals Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brings to Washington later in May. …

    last week’s assertion that Israel will not engage with the Palestinians until Washington deals with Iran, prompted stern responses from the administration and a reiteration of U.S. support for a two-state solution and an Annapolis peace process Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman publicly rejected. … Iran will once again be a dominant theme at the policy conference. …

    Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), who was reportedly taped in a federal wiretap offering to intervene on behalf of two former AIPAC officials awaiting trial for passing along government secrets. …

    .. new challenger on the scene — J Street, the pro-peace process lobby and political action committee

    http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/national/aipac_could_face_first_real_test_decades

    http://vodpod.com/watch/3524602-dan-fleshleramericas-israel-lobbybook-tv-pt-1-of-4

    http://www.jewishpolicycenter.org/935/transforming-americas-israel-lobby

  5. worzzz Says:

    AIPAC Woes. http://www.thejewishweek.com/News/c24/News.html?page=650

    Wrist Slapping On Cluster Bombs.

    Six months after the shooting stopped, Israel’s less than fully successful war in Lebanon continues to have diplomatic repercussions.
    This week the State Department sent Congress a report saying that Israel “may have” violated restrictions placed on the use of cluster bombs during the war.

    Growing Jewish Woes Seen For Sen. Clinton.

    Fresh data showing heavy Jewish opposition to the Iraq war may signal trouble ahead for Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign for Jewish support in her presidential drive while seeking a middle ground on the issue.
    According to a new analysis of Gallup poll data over a two-year span, 48 percent of Protestants and 53 percent of Catholics surveyed said the Iraq war was a mistake —compared to 77 percent of Jews. The Jewish figure was second only to African American Protestants in opposition to the conflict.

    AIPAC Could Face First Real Test in Decades.

    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which holds its annual policy conference in Washington next week, could face its toughest battle with an administration in more than a decade, depending on the proposals Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brings to Washington later in May.

  6. worzzz Says:

    Thomas, Walt-Mearsheimer to address ‘Move Over AIPAC’ conference.

    …. The thrust of the “Move Over AIPAC” event will be “to learn about the extraordinary influence AIPAC has on U.S. policy and how to strengthen an alternative that respects the rights of all people in the region …

    The conference will include protests outside the Washington Convention Center, the site of the AIPAC forum. … the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, will run “Move Over AIPAC” in Washington from May 21 to 24, coinciding with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference. ….

    http://www.jta.org/news/article/2011/04/17/3086913/thomas-walt-mearsheimer-to-address-move-over-aipac
    MOVE OVER AIPAC: The National Gathering You Don’t Want to Miss! Register Today!

    CODEPINK: Women for Peace, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, and the US Palestinian Community Network (USPCN) together with over 100 peace and justice groups, are organizing Move Over AIPAC, a gathering in Washington, DC from May 21-24, 2011, to expose the AIPAC lobby and build the vision for a new US foreign policy in the Middle East. Timed to coincide with the annual policy meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), activists and concerned citizens from around the country will convene in the nation’s capital to learn about the extraordinary influence AIPAC has on U.S. policy and how to strengthen an alternative that respects the rights of all people in the region. You’re invited to be a part of this important national happening! Register today!

    Move Over AIPAC is endorsed by changemakers including: writer Alice Walker, journalist Helen Thomas, consumer advocate Ralph Nader, Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein, The Israel Lobby authors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, past American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee President Abdeen Jabara, authors Nadia Hijab and Naomi Klein, Jewish Voice for Peace ED Rebecca Vilkomerson, former US Senator James Abourezk, Israeli activist and researcher Dalit Baum, blogger/writer Laila El Haddad, clown doctor Patch Adams, Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, union organizer Bill Fletcher, analyst Phyllis Bennis, human rights advocate Anna Baltzer, and many more.

    http://www.moveoveraipac.org/2011/04/hello-world/

  7. worzzz Says:

    Congress passed a budget bill authorizing military aid to Israel this week

    … Congress passed a budget bill authorizing military aid to Israel this week, AFP reported.

    The stipulation gives an additional USD 205 million in aid to Israel for the acquisition of four new batteries of the Iron Dome missile system.

    Two batteries, each holding twenty missiles, were deployed last week during Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip.

    Last week, thousands of peace, labor and community activists took to the streets of New York to voice concerns over the funding of wars abroad. They expressed their concern over the struggling US economy and reduction in social programs.

    Since 2007 Washington has been giving Tel Aviv USD three-billion in aid every year. The money is spent almost entirely on purchasing American weapons as part of a ten-year agreement. ….

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/175139.html

    >>> They ignored: We are $14 trillion in debt !!!!!

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    Israel seeks 6th German sub at steep Discount. Apr 15, 2011

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is pressing Germany to sell Israel a sixth Dolphin-class diesel-electric submarine at a hefty discount to boost the strategic reach ….

    The Germans, increasingly burdened with budgetary constraints and less inclined to help the Israelis as they were in the years following the Holocaust, have been reluctant to underwrite the submarine proposal. …. using nuclear-tipped cruise missiles. …
    equipped to carry special operations teams for clandestine missions …

    http://www.spacewar.com/reports/Israel_seeks_6th_German_sub_to_boost_navy_999.html?

    >>> Submarines serve aggressive purposes of a clandestine nature. – Cancel the order!

  8. worzzz Says:

    AIPAC 101 — What Every American Should Know.

    The AIPAC circus is coming to town, Washington, May 22nd to May 24th, 2011. “The AIPAC Policy Conference is the pro-Israel community’s preeminent annual gathering.

    http://mycatbirdseat.com/2011/05/aipac-101-%e2%80%94-what-every-american-should-know/

  9. worzzz Says:

    AIPAC’s Agenda is Not America’s

    http://www.antiwar.com/rep/AIPACs-Agenda.pdf

    http://www.aipac.org/Publications/AIPACAnalysesMemos/AIPAC_Briefing_Book92910.pdf

    AIPAC’s Secret Strategy.

    …. AIPAC prepares for its annual conference (May 22-24) ….

    http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/11/aipacs_secret_strategy/

    http://mycatbirdseat.com/2011/05/alan-hart-netanyahu-v-obama-the-next-round/

    AIPAC: The Voice of America

  10. worzzz Says:

    AIPAC Protest Rallies in Washington. (May 20-24) http://www.moveoveraipac.org/

    All Move Over AIPAC demonstrations (Friday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, May 20-24) are FREE and OPEN to the public and we encourage you to join us to take a stand for justice and peace in the Middle East! …

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    Challenging AIPAC’s Abuse of Taxpayers Money.

    http://www.cnionline.org/

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    ZOA to AIPAC: Withdraw Obama invite. http://tiny.cc/gh9i8

    The Zionist Organization of America urged AIPAC to rescind its invitation to President Obama after he called for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on the basis of 1967 lines, saying Obama is the most hostile U.S. president ever to Israel. …

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    Obama at AIPAC: Let the Fun Begin. http://tiny.cc/phrsn

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    VIVA Creative Produces AIPAC Policy Conference 2011 in Washington, D.C.

    The conference is held May 22-24 in Washington, D.C. and is expected to draw more than 10,000 delegates from all 50 states, more than half of the Senate, a third of the House of Representatives and many Israeli and American policymakers and opinion leaders. President Barack Obama has confirmed that he will speak at the AIPAC Policy Conference on Sunday, May 22nd.

    Other confirmed speakers include: The Honorable Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister, State of Israel; The Honorable John Boehner (R-OH), Speaker of the House, U.S. House of Representatives; The Honorable Harry Reid (D-NV), Majority Leader, U.S. Senate; The Honorable Robert Casey (D-PA), U.S. Senate; The Honorable John Thune (R-SD), U.S. Senate; The Honorable Eric Cantor (R-VA), Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives; The Honorable Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and many others.

    Lorne Greene, VIVA Creative’s internationally recognized producer and director of large scale live events, has served as the Executive Producer for the AIPAC Policy Conference for several years.” ….

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    The president seems to be going out of his way to make sure everyone understands why he is doing what he’s doing. It is as if he were saying: “what choice do I have between AIPAC donors and Democrats in Congress who get their marching orders from AIPAC. I’m boxed in.” http://tiny.cc/6hnji

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    Obama – AIPAC Petition

    I was shocked to learn that you will be giving a key speech at the AIPAC policy conference this weekend. AIPAC spreads confusion and lies about the conflict in Israel and Palestine, blackmails Congress to sign its legislation and fund Israeli war crimes, and is embroiled in treason and espionage. AIPAC demands unquestioning support of Israel, which severely undermines American legitimacy in the region. By speaking at the AIPAC’s policy conference, you are strengthening AIPAC and hurting America.

    Over the past decades, the Israeli leaders have time and again found ways to avoid negotiations. The latest excuse is the Fatah-Hamas unity agreement. The US should insist that Israel’s leadership stop making excuses and engage directly with the newly-reunited, democratically-elected Palestinian leadership.

    Our government should be supporting the spread of democracy in the Middle East, bringing our tax dollars home instead of giving Israel $3 billion a year, and distancing ourselves from human rights abuses wherever they occur, including Israel. It is time for a foreign policy that serves the American people, not a foreign lobby group like AIPAC.

    Sincerely,

    http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/424/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6845

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    Stinkfinger to Obama: >>>>

    Israel approves 1,500 settler homes in east Jerusalem. May 19, 2011 http://tiny.cc/5tj34

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    Israel’s Netanyahu rejects Obama proposal on borders. http://tiny.cc/xpr5c

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