AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, is a powerful Washington DC lobbying organization; as of 2008 AIPAC had a $100 million endowment. In this 2016 video, AIPAC describes how it has successfully worked to create U.S. laws against boycotting Israel over Israel’s multitudinous violations of human rights and international law.
The video, made a year ago, doesn’t include the 2017 anti-boycott legislation currently working its way through Congress (S.720 / H.R. 1697) that AIPAC helped draft.
Such anti-boycott laws hurt everyone.
* They interfere with Americans’ fundamental rights, including freedom of speech; often harm American businesses and thereby the U.S. economy; and damage American international relations.
* They prevent peace and perpetuate tragic violence, injustice and suffering in the Middle East. By helping to sustain Israel’s enormous power over Palestinians, they cause Israeli leaders to believe two things: they can ignore international law, and they don’t need to negotiate with Palestinians in good faith to reach a fair and lasting peaceful resolution.
Ultimately, AIPAC’s actions have hurt Palestinians, Israelis, Americans, and the many of others impacted by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and by Israel’s various wars against its neighbors.