AIPAC: We make sure that pro-Israel candidates ‘take over’ government

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Ben Harris of JTA has a good video on the student outreach effort by AIPAC. He quotes Jonathan Kessler, longtime AIPAC operative and now leadership development director, on how and why AIPAC cultivates young people: 

Every future senator will pass through an American campus. Every future member of the House of Representatives will pass through an American campus. AIPAC’s job is to identify, engage and educate those individuals that are already self-defining and self-actualizing as campus political leaders… We simply have to find a way of identifying those most likely to emerge as America’s future policy makers, specifically foreign-policy makers…

[So it is a conspiracy? Or just a network?]

How are we going to beat back the anti-Israel divestment resolution at Berkeley? We’re going to make sure that pro-Israel students take over the student government and reverse the vote. This is how AIPAC operates in our nation’s capital. This is how AIPAC must operate on our nation’s campuses.

64 Responses

  1. James Bradley
    April 2, 2010, 10:55 pm

    As this site documents rather well – there is no conspiracy.

    None, zilch, nada.

    The way AIPAC and other organizations like it have maintained such a heavy influence in Washington is no conspiracy.

    The real conspiracy is why no one is willing to tell these assholes that Israeli foreign policy does not mirror American foreign policy.

    • bob
      April 2, 2010, 11:11 pm

      Well, Kennedy and Fulbright tried to.

      • Avi
        April 2, 2010, 11:54 pm

        What goes through a Christian American student’s head when he/she decides that joining an organized crime mafia like AIPAC and working for them is good for America, good for his career and good for his future?

      • Pamela Olson
        April 3, 2010, 4:47 pm

        It’s pretty simple. The atmosphere in the political science department at Stanford was one of power worship. Everyone wanted to get to Washington and start influencing people — the common unexamined mythology being that after selling out for a while and getting enough power, then you can start thinking for yourself and making the world a better place. AIPAC smelled like power, so it’s no wonder people gravitated toward it. When it loses power, people will go elsewhere.

        There’s very little principle among our wannabe politicians on major American campuses. It’s a greasy pole, and everyone knows it — everyone who ‘succeeds’ anyway. Standing on principle is an excellent way to be sidelined, marginalized, called naive or idealistic (horrible curse words in Washington), and denied positions and promotions. Look at Chas Freeman.

        Walt and Mearsheimer were smart to couch their argument in terms of “American interests.” Nothing else gets a hearing.

  2. sherbrsi
    April 2, 2010, 11:23 pm

    “Dershowitz was amazing…he blew everyone’s mind off”

    I always felt that the words of Dershowitz had more of a brain-rotting effect. Apparently he has sharpened his skills.

  3. Chaos4700
    April 2, 2010, 11:35 pm

    Stealing America from Americans, one student at a time!

    • sherbrsi
      April 2, 2010, 11:44 pm

      Meh, did you look at the students highlighted? Dershowitz a rock star? Their stupidity virtually guarantees them a position in American politics. These sheep are practically calling out to be lead.

      • Avi
        April 3, 2010, 12:02 am

        Meh, did you look at the students highlighted? Dershowitz a rock star? Their stupidity virtually guarantees them a position in American politics. These sheep are practically calling out to be lead.

        They’re young, inexperienced and impressionable, or in other words, dumb.
        Note how the speakers do not hide the fact that AIPAC’s modus operandi is to simply take over whichever organization with which they disagree. Might makes right. These are the same maniacs that will bring nothing but doom and destruction on the US, and Israel in particular.

        No one likes a bully.

      • yonira
        April 3, 2010, 12:14 am

        I’d love to do a comparison on the success of these students and those that attend a BDS conference.

      • Cliff
        April 3, 2010, 12:23 am

        Yea, I know right? Because ‘success’ = truth. Hence, George W. Bush winning a popularity contest = best President, most honest, most hard working, most moral, etc.

      • Avi
        April 3, 2010, 12:32 am

        Cliff, how’s it going?

        I wouldn’t waste my time on what’s-his-name. I’d hate for that stench and manure to stick on the bottom of your shoes. Don’t tread in it, my friend. It’s easier to remove gum from the bottom of one’s shoes that to remove that.

      • sherbrsi
        April 3, 2010, 3:11 am

        They’re young, inexperienced and impressionable, or in other words, dumb.

        The high school students? Undoubtedly.

        But do you your description fitting the student government presidents? The college students?

        This organization is blatantly politically oriented, and its goals are remarkably simple: promote Israel through any means necessary, with a specific goal of conditioning political leadership among the youth. I have a hard time believing that much of the attendees weren’t politically or religiously motivated; the atmosphere seems thick and rife with political advocacy of Zionism and its attendees knew what they were there for, and what messages to depart with. We should call this for what it is: a Hasbara camp with lavish trappings.

        As far as AIPAC indoctrination goes, it’s definitely not a one-way street, for these are not kids lost on their way to a party, they know what affairs they are involving themselves in.

      • Colin Murray
        April 3, 2010, 7:48 am

        How do you define success?

      • Psychopathic god
        April 3, 2010, 10:29 am

        Liberty University has the same agenda from the fundamentalist Christian side; so do a string of other fundamentalist Christian colleges — Franciscan U of Steubenville (aka Stupidville), Christendom College in Front Royal, VA, Ava Maria college (I think?), founded by Domino Pizza founder to eddicate lawyers in a fundamentalist Catholic tradition.

        I really hate to pile on to Christians (tarnishes my antisemitic creds, don’t ya know), but what AIPAC is doing is not new, not rocket science. In fact, its more of what zios do best: steal the best of what others struggle to accomplish, (who’s running Buckley’s National Review?) even if that ‘best’ is the worst that should happen.

      • yonira
        April 3, 2010, 12:13 pm


        i’ve owned you one too many times on here huh?


      • aparisian
        April 3, 2010, 3:12 pm

        hey yonira so if i understand well your message you mean that only pro-Israel and Jewish students are successful?

        BTW: Do you teach you at AIPAC how to use white phosphorus spray? and do they offer free bulldozers course?

        WOW AIPAC is a cancer, America has to remove it all.

      • yonira
        April 3, 2010, 3:27 pm

        read it again, put it through google translate, i think you are missing something.

      • yonira
        April 3, 2010, 3:32 pm

        why don’t u read the entire thread, instead of seeing my name on the sidebar and responding to every post I have w/ out reading what context I am posting in.

        it makes you look like an idiot.

      • aparisian
        April 3, 2010, 8:18 pm

        i put it in google translator and it says “Only Jews and her supporters rocks”, and “Muslim students sucks” yonira why do you hate Arabs that much?

      • aparisian
        April 3, 2010, 8:20 pm

        exactly i read the entire thread and suddenly oops the idiot yonira comes to spit crap.

  4. Avi
    April 2, 2010, 11:45 pm

    Although it’s not a scientific sample, I find it rather interesting that all those students who stated their school’s name to the camera were from the midwest or the south, none from the northeast, New England specifically, or the pacific northwest.

    • Duscany
      April 3, 2010, 12:09 am

      What conclusions do you draw from that?

    • yonira
      April 3, 2010, 12:11 am

      Wow, that is a bigoted thing to say, surprised you didn’t have anything derogatory to say about the black students.

      also it was probably split between students from the midwest and south and those from other areas. the point of the video was to show the diversity of the students there, perhaps they left those out from NE and Pacific NW (although one of the students said he was from Washington)

      In fact, there are more campus delegates at Policy Conference 2010 than at any other conference in AIPAC’s history. The students come from 370 campuses in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Among them are a record 397 high-school students and 213 elected student government presidents. The student government presidents hail from a variety of campuses, including Adams State College, Boise State University, St. Catharine College, Stanford University, Yeshiva University, Cal State San Marcos, Johnson Bible College, Mississippi State University, The George Washington University, Louisiana State University, Miles College and the University of Montana Western. There are at least two student government presidents from every state.

      link to

      • Avi
        April 3, 2010, 12:18 am

        What conclusions do you draw from that?

        I think that AIPAC preys on the weak and unlucky, the same students who have little access to the centers of power in their respective middle-America schools. So, those students are more than happy and excited to line up behind a big organization that promises them big fancy things like jobs, influence and financial support. It’s kind of like the kid from the projects who’s promised a career on Wall Street with a Lamborghini to match. That’s just my opinion, though.

      • yonira
        April 3, 2010, 12:20 am

        There are at least two student government presidents from every state

        not exactly the week and unlucky…….

      • Chaos4700
        April 3, 2010, 12:49 am

        Oh yes. Those are the “haves,” yonira. The so-called “chosen ones.” They’re the ones who are being groomed to do the preying. What do you think your playing dumb act accomplishes, exactly?

      • Psychopathic god
        April 3, 2010, 10:32 am

        I’d be willing to bet there is a building on each of those campuses that has a Jewish name attached to it.
        zios do not make contributions, they make investments.
        AIPAC is another way of saying, collecting dividends.

      • yonira
        April 3, 2010, 12:16 pm

        Sorry Chaos, the real ‘have’s must be the college students sitting in their dorm rooms and parents basements playing MMORPGs huh?

        should we address you as Mr. President, or Sir?

      • eGuard
        April 3, 2010, 8:20 am

        Wow, that is a bigoted thing to say, surprised you didn’t have anything derogatory to say about the black students.. No baby reader. He was just tallying. Here’s a tally about black students: the first scene only had black students. Now go explaining what is your mental problem with the figure “100%”.

  5. Keith
    April 3, 2010, 12:09 am

    Money plus organization equals power. Power is seductive. This is why AIPAC is so successful.

    • Taxi
      April 3, 2010, 12:30 am

      I wonder if the African American students attending know that billboards of Obama with a Hitler mustache are currently standing tall on Israeli highways for Jews only.

      • Les
        April 3, 2010, 2:30 pm

        Take note that the cartoons we see everyday in our media of swarthy big nosed angry Middle Eastern mullahs complete with ragged beards, first saw light as cartoons though with those same figures in the dress of Eastern European Jews during the advent to World War I.

    • Psychopathic god
      April 3, 2010, 10:34 am


      does AIPAC have an endgame in mind? have they thought about what Madoff-figure they will throw to the wolves when the bubble pops?

  6. Taxi
    April 3, 2010, 12:20 am

    Young Frankenstein comes to mind.

  7. Cliff
    April 3, 2010, 12:24 am

    How are we going to beat back the anti-Israel divestment resolution at Berkeley? We’re going to make sure that pro-Israel students take over the student government and reverse the vote. This is how AIPAC operates in our nation’s capital. This is how AIPAC must operate on our nation’s campuses.

    Jews manipulating democracy to further their own interests? Antisemitism!

    • Chaos4700
      April 3, 2010, 12:42 am

      Yeah really. It’s like Zionism is trying to make every single awful false stereotype that’s ever been flung at the Jewish people actually true.

      • Cliff
        April 3, 2010, 2:00 am

        Its that AND the fact that when you criticize Zionism, they say it’s Judaism and Jewishness you’re criticism. Zionism = antisemitism.

      • Cliff
        April 3, 2010, 2:00 am


        criticizing *

  8. southernobserver
    April 3, 2010, 2:21 am

    Is it troubling that the hard line representative of another country that is doing this?

    • Psychopathic god
      April 3, 2010, 3:35 pm

      when you consider, as Citizen mentioned, that it’s likely most of these students are going to school on borrowed money,
      what if US is guaranteeing their loans, or even paying their tuition?
      How about, if their schools receive federal grants…

      should those schools or those students who are functioning courtesy of Uncle Sam, be shilling for Cousin Bibi?

      How about some lawsuits to get these zionists to register as the foreign agents they clearly are. Let’s start there.
      Let’s demand that these 1300 kids either return the money US taxpayers are providing to them to go to college, or renounce their affiliation with a foreign entity.
      time for some reality checks, people.
      I’ll be damned if I’ll write a check to IRS that zionists will use to destroy the US as well as Iran as well as Palestine.

  9. otto
    April 3, 2010, 2:52 am

    I am still staggered by the amount of money that must be going into this.

  10. Citizen
    April 3, 2010, 6:16 am

    Here’s an article showing who AIPAC targets and why AIPAC is so effective:
    link to

    Otto is correct; there’s a lot of money, time, and effort going into this campaign to
    enlist young, politically interested students into the cause. It appears few of the
    non-jewish enlistees knew much or indeed anything at all about AIPAC or the Middle East when they got their first call from AIPAC, or were invited to join a local campus AIPAC event by, e.g., a college roomate. AIPAC finances and extends it political
    contacts to these naive, and not-well-connected-nor wealthy, but politicaly ambitious
    kids, many apparently memebers of the Young Republicans or Young Democrats.

    • Citizen
      April 3, 2010, 6:35 am

      Here’s another article that says the campaign started as an antidote to pro-Palestinian student groups on campuses where most students were/are apathetic; the goal is to “retake” the campus in behalf of Israel–viewed as being a model for
      civil rights and American patriots. Behind the movement are jewish kids who
      felt/feel threatened by the pro-Palestinian group on campus–now once again, the
      jewish kids can proudly wear, e.g., their Israeli sports t-shirts and sweatshirts, eg., at Berkely.
      link to

      It would be interesting to interview some “pro-Palestinian” group leaders and members on some campuses about the effect of this tremendous organizational
      manipulation by AIPAC. I’m sure they don’t get offers to, e.g., go to DC for an all-expense paid 4 day trip to listen to AIPAC trainers.

      • Colin Murray
        April 3, 2010, 8:12 am

        … the goal is to “retake” the campus in behalf of Israel …

        AIPAC’ers will have the same trouble on campus that they have on Capitol Hill. Co-opting elites and attempting to stifle debate within formal political and social institutions does slow the spread of information. However, discussion continues elsewhere, with the added dubious benefit of a gradual cultivation of resentment and hostility. Where and how will it end?

        Such a strategy is fundamentally predicated on deceit. At best it will work for a while, but it is human nature to be angry at being lied to, and it contains within it the seeds of its own destruction.

      • Colin Murray
        April 3, 2010, 8:31 am

        We need pro-American student groups. Why should Americans have to go through Palestinian proxies, no matter how worthy or justifiable their cause, to protest the malign influence of the Israel Lobby on our nation?

        Rebuild America!
        calls for …
        1. reconstruction of the US economy to provide good-paying jobs for Americans
        2. the spending of all American tax dollars in America
        3. better schools and affordable universities
        4. investments in communications, transportation, and energy infrastructure
        5. strict enforcement of American laws on all foreign lobbyists
        6. an end to any and all foreign aid that has to be financed with deficit spending

      • Psychopathic god
        April 3, 2010, 10:38 am

        American kids are too busy to advocate for American causes. My guess is that most Jewish kids are NOT in debt for their college education, NOT working 2 part-time jobs while taking 5 courses. The richest Jews I know take advantage of the fattest scholarship packages around — that sucks, right there. ‘social justice’ my ass; zios are out to grab everything they can from the US for the benefit of zios.

      • Citizen
        April 3, 2010, 12:50 pm

        I’d bet that every non-Jewish kid interviewed on that video clip does not have
        parents who can afford to pay for their whole college education.

  11. Citizen
    April 3, 2010, 6:55 am

    On a related note; here’s an article detailing how Zionists patrol the internet, killing entries they find offensive, e.g., on Wikipedia, YouTube, Facebook, and blogging sites:
    link to

    • Psychopathic god
      April 3, 2010, 10:52 am

      the fascinating thing is, Citizen, if one read Torah without the 3-d glasses of judeo-christian Sunday-school pietism, the playbook is in front of you.

      look at how American kids are indoctrinated to think spying and slaughtering is a good thing: <Joshua 6 1-23

      The story of Joshua’s destruction of Jericho is a tale of treason, deception, and slaughter. American Christian Sunday schools teach that these are all good things, favored by god. So do Jews, who celebrate the destruction of the oldest agrarian village known, Jericho.

      Rahab, the prostitute is a good person because she spied on her own people.

      Look at the plan Joshua followed, and look at how zios overtake the US: everybody masters the same script, remains quiet until they all shout at once, drowning out every opposing voice, and, having suborned the prostitute, they have the inside track, they’re protected from the inside as well as by the stealth of their own plan.

      I see Hillary Clinton as Rahab; her john is Haim Saban.
      There are other Rahabs out there; several ply their trade on the DailyKos website. They don’t even know they are prostituting their nation for a piece of zionist cock.

      • Citizen
        April 3, 2010, 12:54 pm

        No question the story of the fall of Jericho is instructive in terms of strategy and tactics. Obviously it’s not a moral tale; pretty interesting since so many true believers
        the bible is a moral book written by people with a special ear for God’s voice.

  12. Citizen
    April 3, 2010, 7:56 am

    There is not the slightest hint that some of the students contacted by AIPAC zealots, whether fellow students, Israel liason minions on campus, or by top AIPAC “father figures,” ever have been curious enought to google the I-P history and situation on the internet. I guess that’s called “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.” If student union presidents and young political activists don’t even bother to double-check AIPAC facts
    and narratives, but instead, just sign on to further their own flegling careers in politics and get their egos patted, and funded, what does this mean about American character?

    • Citizen
      April 3, 2010, 7:59 am

      Well, Kessler actually answered my question in the video clip–by saying the job is to spot “self-actualizing” young politicians on campus in the same way AIPAC spots future or new congress people, and then “educate” them on how great Israel is for the USA–and btw, we can help you finance your endeavours and give you some good political contacts–because we think the world of you!

  13. Citizen
    April 3, 2010, 8:05 am

    In a way, these students being recruited for AIPAC all remind me of Albert Speer–he wanted to develop rockets as a kid, and so he always went wherever his personal agenda would be funded and otherwise supported the most–it turned out to be his eventual
    sponsor was the German military. Not all student peers of his at the time with similar
    interests and ambitions made that choice. Their professional careers suffered according.

  14. VR
    April 3, 2010, 9:22 am

    AIPAC is merely the instrument by which an elite ensues their iron grip of control so that they receive their “moneys worth.” It is endemic to a system by which the few, who have always “ruled” in reality (no matter who over time) get what they want. The organization merely flouts their power which is evident to all who merely wish to catch a ride on the enfranchised train.

    They already have the reality of a dumbed down population in regard to the I-P conflict, that has been raised on the motto of self-interest at any cost – when they speak of “self-actualization” they merely put themselves in the position of being a key to their (the students) personal aspirations. They come from groups of the status quo (like Young Republicans or Democrats) which is in itself a limited two party system of strangulation which is merely two sides to the same coin.

    In reality, if you really want to address this you offer nothing here, because you portray this process as abnormal, or merely something that has to be adjusted or reformed – when it is not. So in the main, what do you have to offer these young people? All AIPAC does is marry the idea of self-actualization of these students to the lobby’s self-perpetuation. The political process is nothing but preying on the people, by an “official group” of politicians which merely serve the few, and a government which has been nothing since the beginning but a franchise of the elite.

    Unless you are willing to break from this fold I see no chance of anyone doing anything of import that will bring substantive change. All these students are merely like a duped crowd which says “I will survive” in this jungle, or, “I will hit the jackpot” in this casino with the odds stacked against me. They are already learning to sell out at a young age in order to survive at any cost.

    This is what we are up against, but why do I even use the word “we?” You are doomed to perpetually complain to no avail, because you will not recognize reality, and hence are not willing to do what is necessary to change anything on this current course. Time to wake up and realize what is going on –


    • Psychopathic god
      April 3, 2010, 11:04 am

      is anybody beginning to understand what happened in/to Germany in the 1920s-30s-40s? any lights blinking on? figuring out why it is so extremely important that holocaust “research” be strictly limited to exactly what zionism says happened, with no causal factors, no antagonisms permitted to be described or even hinted at?

      Colin Murray said, above:

      Such a strategy is fundamentally predicated on deceit. At best it will work for a while, but it is human nature to be angry at being lied to, and it contains within it the seeds of its own destruction.

      Notice the exquisitely obscure pattern, so secret, so highly intellectual, so nobel prizeish: first comes the lie, then comes the anger.

      zios, of course, exploit the anger for all it’s worth: ANTISEMITISM! JEW HATRED! but never may one mention the lie that set the anger in motion.

      sputter sputter sputter! Do you dare to say that Jews caused their own victimization!! ANTISEMITE! HOLOCAUST DENIER!

      ya, tell it to someone who cares.

      you really want for “Never again” to be “Never again?”
      Stop the fucking lies.

      (no, Colin, I am not implicating you in holocaust denial. I take full responsibility for my own words.)

    • Citizen
      April 3, 2010, 12:59 pm

      What do you suggest anyone do to change the current course? VR? I contact my congress people all the time, and I make comments on blog such as this one, and I’ve given money to Ron Paul and signed petitions by various pro-Palestinian groups. What should I do additional? Be specific.

      • VR
        April 4, 2010, 2:13 am

        Like I said Citizen you have to get past the first rung, and recognize what you are up against. If you think appealing to a defunct system by insufficient means will accomplish anything than keep doing what you are doing. The very nature of your reply is banal, if you do not know what I am talking about by this time than there is not much more I can say –


      • Citizen
        April 5, 2010, 7:25 am

        What, listen to bad music extolling violence in the streets? Watch the fake blood splatter across the video clip?

  15. VR
    April 3, 2010, 9:39 am

    Or, put another way with the same message –


    • Citizen
      April 5, 2010, 7:28 am

      “Rage against the machine?”
      Is that what you do?
      Ever get arrested for causing a public disturbance?

  16. Psychopathic god
    April 3, 2010, 11:51 am

    group should be called BIGGEST LOSERS. think about it: at Israel’s 50th anniv, Atlantic Monthly published articles about Israel’s history. One began, “zionism was born in 70 AD when Rome destroyed the Jewish temple.”
    In 70 AD, a small band of hotheaded Jews rebelled against Rome (which had previously granted Jews exceptional privileges).
    The Jewish rebels LOST. They were obliterated. Destroyed, some say by their own hands. The imperial power that had been indulgent and patient with the Jews and the rebels among them finally reached a point where they said, Enough, and they swatted the thugs like so many flies.
    These 1300 kids are signing on to the 2000 year old hangers-on of Worlds Biggest Losers, the Kosher diet.
    Where will those kids go when the imperial power reaches its Enough moment? It is inevitable, you know.

    • Citizen
      April 3, 2010, 1:03 pm

      Was that a repeat of how the Jewish tribes acted during the reign of Egypt, when they held special privilege as a warrior border guard for Egypt, but then, when Egypt treated them like other conquered groups–making them municipal construction workers (with fringe benefits), the Jewish tribes reacted by stealing Egyptian provisions and riches after mudering the Egyptians in the provision towns, and hatting out of the territory–at which point the Pharoah changed his mind, and sent his troops after them instead of just letting them go peacefully?

      • Psychopathic god
        April 3, 2010, 3:40 pm

        hmm, looks like a pattern emerging. “why do they hate us”

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