AIPAC punked by false press release saying it pressures Israel on settlements

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Screen shot of C-Span announcing the fake news.

Is J Street finally getting traction? Brilliant fake AIPAC press release showed up on Al Jazeera and all over CSPAN during Hillary’s speech to the policy conference. We bought it! This just drives the wedge between AIPAC and J Street and gives AIPAC a stinko headline when it’s trying to affirm the special relationship and attack Iran. At TPM, Justin Elliott says settlements aren’t even on AIPAC’s issues page.

Update: Medea Benjamin has contacted us to let us know that Code Pink sent out the release. Here is the announcement the fooled nearly everyone (including us!):


35 Responses

  1. potsherd
    March 22, 2010, 10:35 am

    This is delightful, as in denying the statement AIPAC is forced to say openly that they do not call for a settlement freeze, to admit that they are pro-settlement, which the majority of Jews in this country oppose.

  2. dalybean
    March 22, 2010, 10:50 am

    I fear Mossad will come looking to carry out a targeted assassination on whoever did this. Does that make me paranoid?

    • dalybean
      March 22, 2010, 1:11 pm

      Well Medea Benjamin is probably safe. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if AIPAC sued her, though, for Code Pink’s false flag attack.

  3. America First
    March 22, 2010, 10:52 am

    What wedge? Where are all the “Obama Jews” Phil used to talk about? Reminds me of this:

    The prominent American Jewish leader, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise (1874-1949), likewise declared: “I am not an American citizen of Jewish Faith. I am a JEW! I have been an American for 63 years, but I have been a Jew for 4000 years. Hitler was right in one thing. He calls the Jewish a race, and we are a race.”

    link to

    And they’ve only been pals with Obama for a couple of years.

    • Mooser
      March 22, 2010, 12:51 pm

      “but I have been a Jew for 4000 years. “

      Suck on that, Mel Brooks! On the other hand, you call that livin’ when no gal’ll give in, to a man who’s 4000 years?

      Gosh, the Jews sure suck, don’t they America Fust-Cless? Can’t trust the bastards, singly or en masse! Yeah, we get it. And each of your comments, containing as it does new, yet proven allegations of Jewish perfidy get’s all excited.
      And of course, looking to you to lead us in the fight against Philo Semite and his pals.
      But believe me, I get it! It’s those secular-humanist Jews what corrupted our morals with rock-and-roll what makes Yonira sleep with his non-Jewish girlfriend!

      • Citizen
        March 22, 2010, 12:58 pm

        So,exactly where do you differ from Rabbi Weis, Mr Mooser?

      • VR
        March 22, 2010, 4:45 pm

        Can we get off the Jewish monolithic blob thing? And god bless America…lol

  4. Chaos4700
    March 22, 2010, 10:59 am

    I disagree with falsified press releases like this on principle, but in practice, we live in a country where our media is corrupt and untrustworthy. I think perhaps this was the only way to force AIPAC to show its true colors.

    • VR
      March 22, 2010, 4:51 pm

      Actually the AIPAC turds do this all the time, by telling others what “we say” about whatever given subject. So, we have one shot fired like this from Medea, and ten million from AIPAC and company with all their bullshit. Lets not forget all of the media which always tell people what “anti-Zionism” really is. We should have had in this release that “if we go back on this commitment, we will eats some bugs.”

  5. marc b.
    March 22, 2010, 11:13 am

    Bad idea. AIPAC provides enough ammunition on its own without engaging in ‘guerilla’ tactics. If dishonesty and dissembling are to be weapons in this war, AIPAC and its ilk will always win.

    • Chaos4700
      March 22, 2010, 11:18 am

      They don’t seem to be winning this particular battle.

      • marc b.
        March 22, 2010, 11:33 am

        This battle isn’t over, and it’s the war I’m concerned about. But don’t get me wrong: any egg on AIPAC’s face is usually egg well spent.

      • Citizen
        March 22, 2010, 1:01 pm

        Only in US taxpayer money and the blood of US families in the Middle East, and in the US vetoes at the UN where it counts. Nothing to worry about, right?

      • Chaos4700
        March 22, 2010, 1:59 pm

        The sad thing, Mooser, is the Zionist lobby will happily break the “toy” they’ve made out of the US government — if they can’t play with it, no one can.

        And the US has passed a critical mass of economic (and perhaps social) decay from which we can no longer backtrack. So sooner or later that UN veto isn’t going to be worth anything to anyone. We’ll be too busy burning dollar bills for heat to figure out who to send to the UN to represent us.

      • Chaos4700
        March 22, 2010, 1:59 pm

        Er. Citizen, I mean, not Mooser. Heh. :)

      • Citizen
        March 22, 2010, 5:45 pm

        Hey, no sweat, I am waitng for the US to pass a bill, based on the Commerce Clause, that requires all Americans to buy Israel bonds, same as we now have to buy health insurance. Er, actually, we already do in a sense, that 30 billion
        Israel is set to get; has Obama signed it yet as part of our budget? Only fitting since we have such budget surplus.

  6. LeaNder
    March 22, 2010, 12:21 pm

    potsherd: This is delightful.

    It is, let us publish it here too:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Josh Block March 22, 2010


    With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveling to the United States to speak at the AIPAC 2010 Policy Conference and meet with President Barack Obama, AIPAC reaffirms the U.S-Israel relationship rooted in mutual strategic interest, shared democratic values, and a commitment to peace in the region. To further solidify this relationship, AIPAC calls on the Netanyahu government to make a conscious effort to move away from actions that create tensions between the two governments and undermine prospects for Israel-Palestine peace. AIPAC therefore calls on the Israeli government to immediately freeze new settlement projects, both in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

    AIPAC agrees with Vice President Joe Biden that the Israeli government plan for new housing units in East Jerusalem “undermines the trust that we need right now in order to begin … profitable negotiations.” It also seconds the position of AIPAC keynote speaker Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who said that the U.S. government wants to see a freeze on settlements – “not some settlements, not outposts, not ‘natural growth’ exceptions.”

    AIPAC applauds the Israeli government’s recent announcement that it will ease the restrictions on materials allowed into Gaza, especially materials needed for rebuilding the sewage system and buildings destroyed during Operation Cast Lead.

    AIPAC believes that an easing of the tensions between the United States and Israel is critical to move forward with the substantive work that needs to be done to thwart Iran’s dangerous pursuit of nuclear weapons, and to move forward in the peace process between Israel and all of her Arab neighbors. It strongly urges Israel to work closely and privately with the Obama administration, in a manner befitting strategic allies, to address a wide range of critical issues, including settlements, the status of East Jerusalem and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

    “With the good faith gesture of freezing settlements, Israel can generate a new equilibrium in the Middle East that assures,” said AIPAC executive director Howard Kohr.

  7. LeaNder
    March 22, 2010, 1:02 pm

    sorry, I didn’t notice it was up there already.

    Brilliant Medea and Code Pink!

  8. Chu
    March 22, 2010, 1:47 pm

    nice job Code Pink. The plumbers are going to work to dismantle the wicked system. AIPAC is gonna try real hard to make this weekend events go smoothly. Can people get inside to protest, or is that impossible?

    • dalybean
      March 22, 2010, 3:13 pm

      At last year’s AIPAC, Medea Benjamin climbed up on a chair and started protesting and they hauled her out.

      • Chaos4700
        March 22, 2010, 3:15 pm

        There was some playful talk among my local peace group of getting tickets to attend a local AIPAC event, though mostly just to get the dirt on what they’re telling themselves behind closed doors. Ultimately, though, none of us could bring ourselves to send any money AIPAC’s way.

  9. DICKERSON3870
    March 22, 2010, 3:04 pm

    RE: “Medea Benjamin has contacted us to let us know that Code Pink sent out the release.” – Weiss
    MY COMMENT: Such incitement! (channeling Avigdor)

  10. Richard Witty
    March 22, 2010, 4:33 pm

    I was hopeful from reading it.

    I am now very angry that Code Pink would plagiarize. It makes them just “ruckus”.

    They should be ashamed of this, as hopeful as it is.

    • Chaos4700
      March 22, 2010, 4:34 pm

      So… you’re not upset at all at AIPAC, huh? Not a bit? For, you know, tacitly supporting the settlements?

      Do you honestly think you can successfully divert attention?

    • Chaos4700
      March 22, 2010, 4:36 pm

      Also, have you even bothered to read the other topics that came out today? You know, like this one or that one? Or do you not really care about that?

    • Citizen
      March 22, 2010, 5:49 pm

      Yep, Witty, and let’s hang Swift’s decayed skeleton too. Americans of Irish descent will appreciate us. Oh, I forgot, the early zionists viewed themselves too as Ulster in the grand scheme of Britannica colonialism.

  11. VR
    March 22, 2010, 4:53 pm

    Maybe we should launch a group called the Zio-men, particularly for this purpose.

  12. Avi
    March 22, 2010, 5:18 pm

    This basically boils down to “disinformation”. But, it sure drives the point home.

    I’m hesitant to say that I like it, but I do find its use to be creative and refreshing.

  13. Citizen
    March 22, 2010, 6:09 pm

    FOX News just trotted out their go-to-jew, Krauthammer, to explain the truth, and all the usual crew backed him up with their lame hasbara goy patter; just to cinch the thing,
    Bill Krystol was shown on the flat screen; so there you have it, all the news good for yuze and the pundits groomed for you, couch potatotes across the USA who actually tuned away from ESPN for a moment.

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