Bowing to AIPAC, Senate unanimously passes resolution supporting Israel

Israel/Palestine
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Senator Al Franken of Minnesota

Senator Al Franken of Minnesota

The Senate yesterday unanimously passed a resolution backed by the Israel lobby group AIPAC expressing support for Israel’s attack on Gaza and saying not a word about Palestinian deaths.

The Hill says that the resolution passed “through a unanimous consent agreement.”

“The United States Senate is in Israel’s camp,” [South Carolina Senator Lindsey] Graham said on the Senate floor Thursday.

The resolution describes Palestinian attacks on Israel as “unprovoked” and says not a word about Palestinian deaths, but speaks of the survival of Israel in urging the dissolution of the unified Palestinian government:

Reaffirms the United States’ support for Israel’s right to defend its citizens and ensure the survival of the State of Israel…

Calls on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to dissolve the unity governing arrangement with Hamas and condemn the attacks on Israel.

NJ Senator Cory Booker blamed Hamas for the violence:

“I strongly condemn the heinous attacks being perpetrated by Hamas and other terrorist groups against Israel. No country should have to live under a constant threat of aggression against its people, and I stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel as it defends itself against this shocking violence. My heart goes out to the citizens of Israel and the countless civilians in Gaza caught in this Hamas-initiated violence.”

MJ Rosenberg says it’s all about pro-Israel money, and that Senators have a double standard for US military actions and Israeli ones:

Note that even progressive saints Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken, Sherrod Brown, and Bernie Sanders found nothing in this to object to.

For the record, no U.S. military adventure has had the support of all hundred senators in decades. But, hey, this is Israel. And, more important, this is AIPAC. And cash. 

Here’s more about the money from the Israel lobby. The Nation is reporting that the “anti-Iran lobby machine dominates Capitol Hill.” Reporter Eli Clifton is frank about “The Money Behind the Lobby”:

Sheldon Adelson
Chairman and CEO, Las Vegas Sands Corporation
Estimated worth: $36.8 billion
Iran-related contributions:
Over $1.5 million to the FDD [Foundation for the Defense of Democracies] between 2008 and 2011;
at least $1.04 million to AIPAC since 2007

• In October 2013, Adelson—who along with his wife, Miriam, was the GOP’s biggest donor during the 2012 presidential campaign—said the United States should drop a nuclear bomb in the Iranian desert to persuade Tehran to abandon its nuclear program.

Paul Singer
Founder, Elliot Management hedge fund
Estimated worth: $1.5 billion.
Iran-related contributions:
$3.6 million to the FDD between 2008 and 2011;
$1.5 million to AIPAC between 2010 and 2011

• Singer was listed as the American Enterprise Institute’s second-largest donor in 2009, giving $2.31 million to the organization between 2009 and 2011. He was also a major fundraiser for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.

Bernard Marcus
Co-founder, Home Depot
Estimated worth: $3.6 billion
Iran-related contributions:
$10.7 million to the FDD between 2008 and 2011,
making him its biggest donor in that period;
$2.1 million to the FDD in 2012;
$650,000 to the AEI between 2007 and 2012;
$2.45 million to AIPAC between 2007 and 2012

• In the 2012 presidential campaign, Marcus contributed $60,000 to the Republican National Committee and $20,000 to a Mitt Romney Super PAC; he also maxed out his personal contributions to the Romney campaign.

The contributions to AIPAC from all three donors were directed to the American Israel Education Foundation, which calls itself “the charitable organization affiliated with AIPAC.”

That last organization, AIEF, is what sent Florida Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor to Israel. And Castor refused to say anything publicly on behalf of her Palestinian-American constituent Tarek Abu Khdeir, who was brutally beaten by Israeli police.

Let’s be clear about this. Democrats are getting support from an organization backed by Republican high-roller Sheldon Adelson, who called on Obama to nuke Iran. Support for Israel transcends American politics. It has not been politicized. Even Rand Paul supported the Gaza resolution yesterday.

30 Responses

  1. justicewillprevail
    July 18, 2014, 12:44 pm

    It won’t even occur to these shallow, callous people how they have demeaned their office, performing tricks for cash. They act like they are all on drugs, their responses triggered automatically by their handlers.

  2. Boomer
    July 18, 2014, 12:52 pm

    Depressing news. Not one senator willing to stand up. Not one. I feel as if I had been hit by an iron fist. Which, of course, is the Zionist’s objective, whether in Gaza or in the U.S.A.

    • Kris
      July 18, 2014, 1:15 pm

      @Boomer, when I called Senator Patty Murray’s office just now, her phone answerer didn’t even want to say whether or not Murray had voted for this, and pretended that it was too hard to find the record of the vote.

      • Kris
        July 18, 2014, 10:58 pm

        Now I see that Senator Patty Murray even co-sponsored this!

        link to thomas.loc.gov

        At least I don’t see Senator Maria Cantwell’s name on the list of co-sponsors.

  3. Krauss
    July 18, 2014, 1:01 pm

    Honest question, Phil: why do you keep giving oxygen to a racist bigot like MJ Rosenberg? Why do you keep giving him space for quotes? Have you not seen the things he has written about Abiminah, Blumenthal and this site as well? You’re tendency to look it all over looks almost like Stockholm Syndrome.

    The Nation is reporting that the “anti-Iran lobby machine dominates Capitol Hill.

    The Nation mumbles on, as usual scared of calling things what they are. It’s the Israel lobby not “anti-Iran lobby machine”. They’re scared of calling it what it is. Clifton’s doing a better job in the actual article but he doesn’t connect the dots(I’m guessing its his editors, not Eli himself) and talk frankly about Jewish conservative donor networks in a broader context.

    • Keith
      July 19, 2014, 5:16 pm

      KRAUSS- “Honest question, Phil: why do you keep giving oxygen to a racist bigot like MJ Rosenberg?”

      Probably because Rosenberg shares Phil’s laser-like focus on “The Lobby.” Please note that the roll call of “anti-Iranian” Jewish billionaire funders describes them as part of AIPAC, the Israel Lobby. But are they lobbyists for Israel whose actions are directed from Tel Aviv, or do they represent domestic concentrations of power with a strong pro-Israel bias? The answer is significant. If they are lobbyists, then they are foreign to the body politic and can be removed without disturbing the underlying foundations of power. If, however, they, along with the military industrial complex, the main stream media, et al, are part of a biased domestic power structure, then change would require a challenge to the very foundations of empire, something Phil has no intention of undertaking.

  4. Marnie
    July 18, 2014, 1:15 pm

    I’m so ashamed of the senator from Minnesota, my home state.

  5. amigo
    July 18, 2014, 1:21 pm

    anyone here have any knowledge of Livefyre or it,s Ceo, Jordan Kretchmer???.

    One of our lead News papers is using Livefyre to power it,s discussion /comments section.

    The site is rife with trolls insulting Irish people and there are endless accusations of antisemitism.Providing links or comments from other media sources are not allowed , so it is almost impossible to defeat the trolls.

    Most frustrating.

    My cynical side tells me Livefyre is a quasi information gathering op.It,s Hq is in SF.

  6. ThorsteinVeblen2012
    July 18, 2014, 1:41 pm

    You don’t need any more proof than this that we don’t live in a functioning democracy.

  7. upsidedownism
    July 18, 2014, 1:56 pm

    Does anyone realize that this kind of resolution and all the money and support the USA gives Israel means that more Americans will die in terrorist attacks? Does anyone understand that Ramzi Yusef and his Uncle Khalid Sheikh Mohammed attacked the Twin Towers and The Pentagon precisely because of US support for Israel?

    • can of worms
      July 18, 2014, 4:15 pm

      No, we didn’t ‘realize’, because they confessed behind closed doors in Guantanamo after being tortured. And if ‘Uncle Khalid’ attacked anyone, then Uncle Sam went round the back way to help him. Architects and engineers say skyscrapers don’t just melt and vaporize. To summarize, it is a little loutish of you to say that “this kind of resolution and all the money and support the USA gives Israel means that more Americans will die in terrorist attacks.” It is not “Americans” but Palestinians who are mainly dying.

      • Kris
        July 18, 2014, 4:59 pm

        @can of worms, we do know that our support of Israel has earned us the well-deserved hatred of millions of people worldwide. You’re right that the Palestinians are the ones who are dying. And that skyscrapers don’t just melt and vaporize.

      • RoHa
        July 18, 2014, 7:47 pm

        If I remember rightly, the CIA was holding Khaled’s wife and sons at the time he confessed.

        He probably confessed to being Jack the Ripper and sinking the Titanic, too.

    • Citizen
      July 18, 2014, 6:03 pm

      The deception that changed the world:
      link to theinfounderground.com

  8. American
    July 18, 2014, 2:26 pm

    O.K. We all know we dont a have single American in the US Senate–actually we have known this for some time.

    So what we gonna do about it?
    What do other countries do when their country and goverment has been taken over?
    We are as occupied as the Palestines now , we just havent felt the full brunt of it yet but no doubt I-First will clamp down on us even more soon.

  9. James Canning
    July 18, 2014, 2:39 pm

    One wonders if Lindsey Graham actually believes that Israel’s illegal colonization programme in the West Bank is not a huge part of the problem? Or he knows this, but suppresses any comment regarding it for his own political benefit.

  10. jon s
    July 18, 2014, 2:52 pm

    I could have sworn that according to numerous Mondoweiss reports, support for Israel is plumetting.
    So , in reality, at least regarding the present operation ,there’s unanimous (!) support in the Senate, and from the President. Today there were also statements supporting Israel’s right to self-defense from Chancellor Merkel and the Foreign Minister of Australia. Egypt is also blaming Hamas.

  11. American
    July 18, 2014, 3:09 pm

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  12. just
    July 18, 2014, 3:51 pm

    Unanimous vote for destroying our national security, endorsement of mass murder, collective punishment, incitement to violence, shattering of lives, blowing up babies,
    disproportionate violence against the indigenous people of Palestine………

    Israel first, US way down the list.

    Flush them.

  13. Citizen
    July 18, 2014, 5:54 pm

    Krauthammer on Fox News just said HAMAS is to blame for Palestinian civilian deaths. The Five panel says HAMAS is “on their own.”
    And Israel calls it “mowing the grass.” And “Israel is not trying to take Gaza back.”
    Israel “dropped leaflets, went door to door–what were those boys doing on the beach?”
    And “Why does a tweeter call Israelis ‘scum'”?
    “Israel is a proxy for US when HAMAS can’t get to US.”
    “Israelis go out of their way to prevent civilian casualties. Palestinians are disgusting.”

  14. An American Critic
    July 18, 2014, 7:27 pm

    Disgraceful. As an American, I feel so disgusted, ashamed, indignant, but sadly, not at all surprised, that my government could be so myopic, one-sided, and without values. Compare these voices from 22 members of the Biritish Parliament earlier this week (from both sides of the aisle — by my count- 15 Labour, 1 Labour Cooperative, 2 Liberal Democrats and 4 Conservatives). link to youtube.com But here in the great USA, nothing about the slaughter of innocents, nothing about the root causes of the conflict, no balance whatsoever. According to the US Senate, and far too many voices in the US Media, this conflict seems to have sprung sui generis from Hamas rocket fire, without any acknowledgement or consideration that (i) Israel has instituted a years-long siege against Gaza and her people; (ii) Israle still occupies Gaza by its stranglehold on her people, resources, and borders, (iii) as such, Gaza Palestianians have the right under international law to use armed resistance to resist such cruel and ongoing deprivations of her peoples’ rights and (iv) Israel, as an occupying power, has clear duties under international law to safeguard her people and use only PROPORTIONAL force in the exercize of any arguable “self-defense. ” Although I find the rockets from Gaza to be both immoral (as they are directed haphazardly and without regard to the safety of Israeli civilians) and amazingly stupid tactics (as they have no hope of accomplishing anything but giving the Israelis excuses for attack that in too many cases are sufficient to beguile the uninformed in the US political culture based on sound-bite analysis and knee-jerk reflexive support for Israel), the appaling myopia and callous disregard by US politicians and media of the tragedy being visted on Palestianan civilians is so shocking, so saddening, and completely unacceptable.

  15. Rusty Pipes
    July 18, 2014, 7:56 pm

    What exactly is a “unanimous consent agreement?” Does that mean that 100 senators were present and each registered an “aye” vote? Did 100 senators give a voice vote of “aye” and none said, “nay?” Did a quorum of Senators present all vote “aye” and none “nay” by individually registered or collective voice vote? Did a quorum of senators present vote “aye” in the majority for an agreement phrased as “unanimous consent” with a minority voting “nay” or abstaining? If the reporter for the Hill is as slanted in covering the Senate as covering Israel’s ground invasion, we’ll never know.

    • TdBerg
      July 18, 2014, 8:30 pm

      I am wondering the same. Apparently Corker Objected: link to democrats.senate.gov

      • TdBerg
        July 18, 2014, 8:45 pm

        I see. Thats a different Bill- this is a new resolution.

    • Inanna
      July 19, 2014, 12:35 am

      Rusty, it’s a feature of the Westminster system. It usually means that it’s passed unanimously because noone objects to it. There’s no roll call or division of the house which are time consuming and it makes for more efficient functioning. So the chair/speaker etc will usually ask the parliament if there any objections before stating that it’s been passed by unanimous consent.

  16. TdBerg
    July 18, 2014, 8:48 pm

    78 co-sponsors. Here they are: link to thomas.loc.gov

  17. Qualtrough
    July 18, 2014, 10:10 pm

    Just watched Elizabeth Warren run away from a question on Gaza as if she had just been asked to hold a snake.

  18. dbroncos
    July 19, 2014, 12:17 am

    When Zionism is swept from the pages of history Senators will say, “Hey, fellating the donkey wasn’t my idea. I just did it for the money.”

  19. Citizen
    July 19, 2014, 3:00 am

    Latest Bill Maher episode covers Gaza and Israel Lobby and is a Zionist love fest. Get ready to puke: link to hbo.com

  20. Boomer
    July 19, 2014, 9:30 am

    Here’s an interesting and informative commentary on Rand Paul’s transformation re Israel. Among other things, near the end we learn that he has purged from his website a reference to something his father wrote. Rand does not equal Ron:

    link to salon.com

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