Today, I’m asking my readers to please support the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). The group has been working hard on some new legislation and it’s really important to help get this bill to the floor of the Senate and the House. Read more at LobeLog
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Posted in Gaza, Judaism, US-Israel Lobby, tagged AIPAC, Anti-Semitism, Ben Cardin, Conference of Presidents, Dennis Stephens, Ed Royce, Gaza, Hamas, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, ISIS, Israel, Jewish, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, John Boehner, Malcolm Hoenlein, National Leadership Assembly for Israel, Paul De Vries, Robert Sugarman, Ron Dermer, Susan Rice on July 31, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
An edited version of this article originally appeared at LobeLog.
On Monday, I attended the National Leadership Assembly for Israel. The gathering was more than a little disquieting.
The names in attendance were big ones. National Security Adviser Susan Rice, House Speaker John Boehner, Former Chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, current Chairman Ed Royce, Senator Ben Cardin, Ambassador Dennis Stephens of Canada, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer as well as leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations (COPJ), AIPAC, the Jewish Council on Public Affairs and others all spoke. One of the most troubling aspects of it was that they mostly all had the same thing to say.
Some speakers went farther than others. Paul De Vries, the evangelical preacher and president of the New York Divinity School, called Hamas “evil” and said that ISIS was Hamas’ “twin.” While most statements were not that stark, every speaker placed full blame for all the casualties in Gaza on Hamas. Israel was defended completely uncritically, with not a hint from anyone that maybe, just maybe, the deaths of hundreds of Palestinian children might mean that Israel is not quite taking enough care to avoid harming civilians. (more…)
Posted in Gaza, US-Israel Lobby, tagged AIPAC, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Code Pink, Conference of Presidents, Gaza, Hamas, John Boehner, John Kerry, Robert Sugarman, Ron Dermer, Susan Rice on July 30, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Congress, US-Israel Lobby, tagged AIPAC, Arab-Americans, Congress, Gaza, Israel, Lindsey Graham, Operation Protective Edge, Palestinian-Americans, Palestinians, Senate, U.S. House of Representatives on July 15, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
It may be just a footnote to the current violence in Gaza and Israel, but it’s important for Americans to see what is being said in our names. The AIPAC-crafted bills in Congress reflect the very ugly sense of valuing Israeli lives and not Palestinian ones at all. I can only wonder how that feels to Arab-Americans, especially Palestinians. I explore at LobeLog.
A group of prominent Jewish leaders in New York have sent a letter to the city’s new mayor, Bill De Blasio sharply criticizing him for the fawning and kowtowing speech he secretly made to AIPAC. It’s short and to the point–AIPAC doesn’t speak for these Jews and, I’ll add, AIPAC doesn’t speak for most Jews or Israelis. It’s high time these people, who are not only causing immense harm to Palestinians but are also determined to lead Israelis over a cliff and US Jews to the end of the era of our history most free of anti-Semitism were confronted in no uncertain terms. They have money and hate, and nothing else. They represent no one but themselves.
Here is the letter: (more…)