Democratic Senator and 2020 presidential contender Kamala Harris is getting cozy with AIPAC and Netanyahu, letting them know she favors an eternal, strong, bipartisan US-Israel relationship – this in a climate in which Democrats are beginning to care about Palestinian human rights.
Historian Doug Rossinow discusses the creation of AIPAC, originally formed to spin positive PR after the 1953 Qibya Massacre (wiping out over 60 Palestinians in revenge for the killing of 3 Israelis). The organization has proven that nothing Israel can do can’t be spun to deflect the blame or attention elsewhere.
Israel doesn’t need to control everything in the US, just the important things: the Israel lobby controls Middle East policy and aid money by controlling all branches of government; the label “anti-Semite” is used as a weapon; media is kept from any meaningful criticism of Israel; and “exceptionalism” allows the Jewish State to waive rules that every other country must obey.
Israel partisans are prominent in the campaign for governor of Georgia, pressuring and enticing candidates to support Israel…
AIPAC is targeting high school students for a new generation of political activists and Israel advocates
The Forward reports: Each week, AIPAC sends out two prewritten sermons to rabbis across the U.S., pushing AIPAC’s legislative agenda and policy goals –
and reminds rabbis that they shouldn’t tell congregants where they got the pre-written texts…
A select group of Washington D.C. heavy hitters attended a Rosh Hashanah event at which the Israeli Ambassador laid out a rationale for another Israeli war. The attendees included Wolf Blitzer, Jason Greenblatt, Abe Foxman, Mort Klein, Eli Lake, White House insiders, Congressmen, political operatives, philanthropists, etc (detailed list)…
State Sen. Daniel Biss, Democrat running for governor of Illinois, dropped his running mate Chicago Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa because Ramirez-Rosa mildly supports BDS.
Satterfield, who leaked classified info to AIPAC, named to highest diplomatic position for Middle East
David Satterfield, a pro-Israel diplomat who provided classified information to AIPAC that resulted in espionage charges, has been named assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs…
Philip Giraldi reports: ‘The most powerful and effective foreign-government lobby in Washington is so dominant that it has been able to avoid registering for the past 55 years… The unrelenting pressure to make criticism of Israel illegal is particularly dangerous as it is international…’
AIPAC helped craft a bill making BDS a felony, subject to a minimum civil penalty of $250K and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison; many of its cosponsors have no idea what the bill contains.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill giving Israel $705 million for Israeli rocket defense systems, representing a $558 million increase above President Trump’s budget request for these programs and $105 million over last year’s adopted funding level…
The Israel Lobby, especially AIPAC, is undeniably a foreign lobby, but it operates with complete impunity on Capitol Hill and also at state and local levels. Coincidentally, Congress has a peculiar pattern of brazen, bipartisan pro-Israel legislation and looking the other way on issues in which Israel may be culpable (e.g. USS Liberty). To put it succinctly, there is an Israeli hand in much of what the United States does internationally, and the involvement is not intended to do anything good for the American people.
Grant Smith of IRMEP reports that a poll reveals the disconnect between the American public and Congress on the issue of Israel. Both major US political parties are overwhelmingly Zionist, while their constituents, according to the poll, are only 24.9% Zionist.
IAK INVESTIGATION: For two decades, some Israeli officials and partisans have worked to embed a new, Israel-focused definition of antisemitism in institutions around the world, from international bodies and national governments to small college campuses in heartland America. This effort is now snowballing rapidly. As a result, advocacy for Palestinian rights is well on the way to being curtailed and even criminalized as “hate.”