10% of US Congress travels to Israel to get “Educated” and “Funded”.

10% of US Congress travels to Israel to get “Educated” and “Funded”.

The names of the 56 US congressmen who traveled to Israel this month for “educational purposes’” are under wraps.  – I have tried my ‘darndest‘ to find them.  — 

No other country receives such a massive entourage from the US Congress.   —  Should the voters not know what’s going on?
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http://atheonews.blogspot.com/2009/08/visiting-us-congressmen-pledge-support.html?showComment=1249770641828#c4685641283956551825

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25 Responses to “10% of US Congress travels to Israel to get “Educated” and “Funded”.”

  1. worzzz Says:

    Branded as ‘educational,’ these trips offer Israeli propagandists an opportunity to expose members of Congress to only their side of the story ….

    The pro-Israel lobby does most of its work without publicity. But every member of Congress and every would-be candidate for Congress comes to quickly understand a basic lesson. Money needed to run for office can come with great ease from supporters of Israel, provided that the candidate makes certain promises, in writing, to vote favorably on issues considered important to Israel. What drives much of congressional support for Israel is fear — fear that the pro-Israel lobby will either withhold campaign contributions or give money to one’s opponent.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0126/p09s01-coop.html

    http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1249418542059&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

    http://jta.org/news/article/2009/08/03/1006984/gop-lawmakers-start-mission-in-israel

    http://jta.org/news/article/2009/08/07/1007106/ros-lehtinen-traveling-to-israel

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ileana_Ros-Lehtinen

    http://www.nj.com/reporter/index.ssf/2009/08/nj_congressman_leonard_lance_i.html

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-07-15-privatetrips_N.htm?csp=34

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-07-15-publictrip_N.htm

    http://www.jewishexponent.com/article/2162

    http://www.forward.com/articles/6712/

  2. worzzz Says:

    The long travel roster of our Government officials’ visiting Israel. —- (Click on URL below)

    Implementing Israel’s Agenda.

    American Israel Education Foundation – Sponsor of Congressional Travel

    http://www.legistorm.com/trip/list/by/sponsor/id/4922/name/American_Israel_Education_Foundation.html

  3. worzzz Says:

    Next election – unelect the officials on this list. They have been “Educated” and “Funded” by Israel and serve Israel’s agenda. They cost US taxpayers dearly and do not have America’s best interest in mind. ….

    … The pro-Israel lobby does most of its work without publicity. But every member of Congress and every would-be candidate for Congress comes to quickly understand a basic lesson. Money needed to run for office can come with great ease from supporters of Israel, provided that the candidate makes certain promises, in writing, to vote favorably on issues considered important to Israel. What drives much of congressional support for Israel is fear — fear that the pro-Israel lobby will either withhold campaign contributions or give money to one’s opponent.

    http://www.legistorm.com/trip/list/by/sponsor/id/4922/name/American_Israel_Education_Foundation.html

  4. worzzz Says:

    Massive funding of political candidates who support Israel’s agenda is [b]pervasive in most western democracies[/b]. Once in office, the winners steer large benefits from the public coffers towards Israel, often skillfully camouflaged from public scrutiny.

    Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called Israel’s [b]“visible benefits only the tip of the iceberg”. [/b]Our media lack the backbone to investigate this phenomenon, fearful of being hounded for anti-Semitism.

    Israel’s cost of funding our elections seems miniscule compared to the largesse Israel derives from governments. – [b]It is called leverage. [/b]

    The elected office holder benefits, — Israel benefits — the uninformed citizen gets shafted.

  5. worzzz Says:

    Israel is unique in one respect: It extracts tributes from nearly all western democracies. No other country can compare. Israel thinks it is entitled to such reparations because it sees itself as a victim of history. It fails to take into account that the present generation is not guilty of any crimes, and yet it is expected to pay. –

    Politicians who frequently travel to Israel are suspect of being facilitators in this duplicity. “Educating” and “Funding” them undermines the spirit of a democracy because it favors dual-loyalists.

    Israel has constructed a finely-tuned machinery to promote its goals from shadowy cloak rooms. – It avoids transparency.

    http://www.legistorm.com/trip/list/by/sponsor/id/4922/name/American_Israel_Education_Foundation.html

    http://www.lrb.co.uk/v28/n06/print/mear01_.html

  6. worzzz Says:

    I note that none of our media publish the fact that 10% of our Congress members are visiting Israel this month to be “educated” and “funded for re-election”.

    Voters would like to know their names. – Why the camouflage???

    http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0126/p09s01-coop.html

  7. worzzz Says:

    Video: ‘Hasbara’ – Explaining the Israeli position.

    http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1249418609516&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

  8. worzzz Says:

    Huckabee also in Israel – to be “educated’ and “funded”.

    Former US presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was in Israel this week as the guest of a Jewish organization that is working to reclaim Arab-dominated parts of Jerusalem.

    During a visit to several small nascent Jewish neighborhoods on the eastern side of the capital, Huckabee told reporters that from a historical, legal and logical viewpoint, Jerusalem must remain undivided under Israeli rule. … Many in Israel saw Huckabee’s visit as the first step in a bid to be chosen as McCain’s running mate ….

    http://www.israeltoday.co.il/default.aspx?tabid=178&nid=16949

  9. worzzz Says:

    Congressman Travis Childers (D-MS) will travel to Israel next week to learn more about U.S.-Israel relations, Middle East peace talks, Israel’s security situation, and to meet with important business and government contacts in Israel. ….

    The American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF), the charitable organization affiliated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), is sponsoring the trip ….

    http://yallpolitics.com/index.php/yp/post/no_town_hall_next_week_for_childers_hes_off_to_israel/

  10. worzzz Says:

    How the Israel Lobby Took Control of U.S. Foreign Policy. (Snips)

    … The influence-peddling process works like this. Candidates are summoned for in-depth AIPAC interviews. Those found sufficiently committed to Israel’s agenda are provided a list of donors likely to “max out” their campaign contributions. Or the process can be made even easier when AIPAC-approved candidates are given the name of a “bundler.”

    Bundlers raise funds from the Diaspora and bundle those contributions to present them to the candidate. No quid pro quo need be mentioned. …

    The US system of government is meant to ensure that members of the House represent the concerns of Americans who reside in Congressional districts—not a nationally dispersed network (a Diaspora) committed to advancing the agenda of a foreign nation. ….

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article23098.htm

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
     

    AIPAC sends in the clowns.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0908/S00156.htm

  11. worzzz Says:

    American Israel Education Foundation – Sponsor of Congressional Travel

    http://www.legistorm.com/trip/list/by/sponsor/id/4922/name/American_Israel_Education_Foundation.html

  12. worzzz Says:

    Founded in 1989, The American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF) is an organization established to maintain and further the understanding of the issues affecting relations between the United States and Israel through information and education provided to public and private parties interested in such relations. Programs include educational programs such as policy conferences, internships, campus newsletters and other materials; educational travel programs to Israel; and funding publications of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and Near East Research, Inc.

    http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=3265

  13. worzzz Says:

    US: Congressional/Senatorial or other US politician trips to Israel paid for by AIPAC (or affiliated groups).

    http://cosmos.ucc.ie/cs1064/jabowen/IPSC/php/topic.php?tid=1827

    15) »One of the vehicles used by the Lobby to influence or buy the loyalty of legislators and US officials are paid junkets to Israel, where they are indoctrinated and propagandized by a bevy of Israeli politicians, and advocates of the Zionist state. Legislation to outlaw paid propaganda and vote buying junkets came before Congress but was stopped largely through the efforts of the Jewish Lobby. Clearly this is an area where corruption and foreign control over our foreign policy converge and is strongly susceptible to a campaign to moralize public policy.«

    http://cosmos.ucc.ie/cs1064/jabowen/IPSC/php/art.php?aid=46912

  14. worzzz Says:

    Congressional travel data:
     
    http://www.opensecrets.org/travel/search_results.php?type=D&srchterm=israel

    Congressional travel regulations.

    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Congressional_travel_regulations

    http://www.cleanupwashington.org/lobbying/page.cfm?pageid=41#_ednref22

    Ethics pinch U.S. congressional travel.

    … AIPAC is a pro-Israel force that spent $2.5 million to lobby Congress last year.

    Ethics rules approved in 2007 forbid lawmakers from taking trips of more than two nights at the expense of corporations, unions and others that employ lobbyists. However, Congress set fewer limits on travel paid for by non-profits, such as AIPAC’s American Israel Education Foundation. …

    he criticized “loopholes” that let non-profits with ties to lobbying groups continue underwriting longer trips. Those non-profits “can have enormous influence,” he said.

    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/07/16/Ethics-pinch-US-congressional-travel/UPI-62491247768883/

    New Study Details Contacts Between Foreign Interests and Lawmakers.

    Foreign interests spent $87 million lobbying Congress and executive branch officials last year, according to a new analysis compiled by the Sunlight Foundation and ProPublica.

    The money helped finance an estimated 22,000 contacts directly with federal officials, lawmakers and their staffs, and even the media — all in the interest of influencing legislation, regulations and U.S. policy abroad. …

    http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?parm1=5&docID=news-000003192435

    http://foreignlobbying.org/

    http://www.propublica.org/

    http://www.sunlightfoundation.com/

    http://www.opencongress.org/

    http://maplight.org/

    http://www.opensecrets.org/

    The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) was enacted in 1938. FARA is a disclosure statute that requires persons acting as agents of foreign principals in a political or quasi-political capacity to make periodic public disclosure of their relationship with the foreign principal, as well as activities, receipts and disbursements in support of those activities.

    http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/fara/

  15. worzzz Says:

    US politicians flock to visit Israel ….. To get “educated” and “funded”.

    http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1251145115981&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

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    An updated list of brown-nosers’ traveling to Israel:

    http://www.legistorm.com/trip/list/by/sponsor/id/4922/name/American_Israel_Education_Foundation.html

  16. worzzz Says:

    Congressional Travel to Israel – To get “Educated” and “Funded”. (up-dated 8/2009)

    http://www.legistorm.com/trip/list/by/sponsor/id/4922/name/American_Israel_Education_Foundation.html

  17. worzzz Says:

    The Best Congress AIPAC Can Buy

    …. Fully 13% of the entire US House of Representatives, 56 members, traveled to Israel in the largest AIPAC-sponsored fact-finding visit by American politicians ever conducted. ….

    …. The August congressional junkets were paid for by the American Israel Education Foundation, which is a non-profit foundation that is part of AIPAC. The non-profit foundation part means that the trip to convince already acquiescent congressmen that Israel needs more aid and special treatment was more-or-less subsidized by the US taxpayer. …

    Words like “disloyalty” come to mind immediately, but the AIPAC trips targeting congress are signs of a deeper problem. Many congressmen undoubtedly display knee-jerk support for Israel either because it is career enhancing or because they are afraid not to. ….

    http://america-hijacked.com/2009/09/02/the-best-congress-aipac-can-buy/

    http://www.legistorm.com/trip/list/by/sponsor/id/4922/name/American_Israel_Education_Foundation.html

  18. worzzz Says:

    The Lesson learned: Keep a close eye on our elected representatives’ travel to Israel. It is an good indicator of their servitude to AIPAC. AIPAC has had a major influence in goading America into the war on Iraq. It now urges a war on Iran.

    Israel’s belligerence in the Middle-East is very costly to America. – Many of our elected representatives supported this belligerence in word and deed. – The result: Our present economic woes are partly the result of the high cost of the un-necessary Middle-East wars. –

    Here is a guide:

    http://www.legistorm.com/trip/list/by/sponsor/id/4922/name/American_Israel_Education_Foundation.html

    http://www.lrb.co.uk/v28/n06/print/mear01_.html

    http://www.stopaipac.org/perspectives.htm

    http://dissidentvoice.org/Sept06/Petras28.htm

  19. worzzz Says:

    Israel Lobby – Videos

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2894821400057137878# …….

  20. worzzz Says:

    Pro-Israel – The Money Trail. http://www.opencongress.org/money_trail

    Name Amount Received
    Sen. Hillary Clinton [D, NY] $593,175
    Sen. John McCain [R, AZ] $585,613
    Sen. Richard Durbin [D, IL] $245,712
    Sen. Carl Levin [D, MI] $244,468
    Sen. Mitch McConnell [R, KY] $218,900
    Sen. Frank Lautenberg [D, NJ] $188,815
    Sen. Mary Landrieu [D, LA] $179,473
    Sen. Joseph Biden [D, DE] $167,050
    Sen. Mark Udall [D, CO] $123,655
    Sen. John Rockefeller [D, WV] $101,307

    Rep. Mark Kirk [R, IL-10] $315,709
    Rep. Steve Israel [D, NY-2] $109,900
    Rep. Eric Cantor [R, VA-7] $106,290
    Rep. Steny Hoyer [D, MD-5] $97,900
    Rep. Ron Klein [D, FL-22] $86,150
    Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R, FL-18] $85,436
    Rep. John Boehner [R, OH-8] $83,950
    Rep. Shelley Berkley [D, NV-1] $81,121
    Rep. Nita Lowey [D, NY-18] $73,300
    Rep. Rahm Emanuel [D, IL-5] $71,205

    http://www.opencongress.org/

    http://www.legistorm.com/trip/list/by/sponsor/id/4922/name/American_Israel_Education_Foundation.html

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2894821400057137878#

  21. worzzz Says:

    The Israel Lobby – Mearsheimer at MIT — Video

    http://mitworld.mit.edu/video/488

    http://csis.org/region/israelpalestine

  22. worzzz Says:

    I wrote this letter to my local newspaper a week ago. – They must have agonized over its publication in fear of “The Lobby”. But they published it today leaving out two important words (in brackets) and changing the headline.

    Attaboy .. finally an Editor with backbone. >>>>>>>

    ——————————————-

    Voters deserve to know about Israeli influence.

    Thirteen percent of Congress travels to Israel; (Last month), 56 U.S. Congressmen traveled to Israel under the sponsorship of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a powerful lobby in Washington.

    Israeli news reported this event broadly, but our own media avoided nearly all coverage. After much searching, I found this Web site:

    http://www.legistorm.com/trip/list/by/sponsor/id/4922/name/American_Israel_Education_Foundation.html.

    It lists the congressmen’s itinerary by name and date. The purpose of the trip is listed as “educational.”

    AIPAC is highly effective in influencing U.S. foreign policy. It is claimed that without AIPAC’s determination, the Iraq war would not have taken place. Presently, AIPAC is urging war on Iran.

    I assume that the visiting congressmen underwent a strong measure of “indoctrination” in support of war and of Israel’s aggressive settlement policy. Compliance is usually rewarded with generous funding during elections.

    Billions of taxpayer dollars flow to Israel every year because Congress is stacked with members favored by AIPAC.

    Voters deserve to know.

  23. worzzz Says:

    The Power of Israel in the United States – by James F. Petras. (Book Reviews)

    http://www.amazon.com/Power-Israel-United-States/dp/0932863515

    http://www99.epinions.com/content_415436738180

  24. worzzz Says:

    The first congressional junket to Israel.

    …. AZC folded lobbying efforts into AIPAC, which continues to resist registering as an Israeli foreign agent, despite its office in Jerusalem and close coordination with the Israeli government. After the AZC showdown, there was a movement to toughen FARA to encompass offshore lobbying activities directed at Congress members.

    FARA instead gradually fell into malaise. The DOJ prosecutes only the most blatant violations and disenfranchised violators. Soon, the FARA enforcement unit marketed itself not as a key public nexus of foreign lobbying disclosure but as a “solution provider” helping to keep foreign lobbyists out of trouble.

    Today, AIPAC’s nonprofit affiliate conducts lobbying tours much in the style of Isaiah Kenen — no scrutiny, no accounting for funds spent or promises made, and completely beyond the reach of American constituents sitting patiently in town halls across the nation, eagerly awaiting the return of their representatives. ….

    http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_5042.shtml

    http://www.ips.org/blog/jimlobe/?p=285

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