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  • Everyone's kicking AIPAC now that it's down
  • Supreme Court slam dunks the Israel lobby on Jerusalem, 6-3 (and Rubio, Oren, and Engel are angry)
    • "And in his dissent, Justice Roberts noted that the 2012 Democratic platform contradicted the executive’s position, recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital"

      Brilliant inclusion, especially as the video clearly reveals what a fraud the voice vote was.

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  • Scott Walker's foreign policy education begins w/ lesson: East Jerusalem is not occupied
  • AIPAC behind new US/EU trade legislation designed to thwart BDS
    • Great report.

      30 years ago AIPAC received stolen industry data on 70 US organizations lobbying against the US-Israel FTA via an Israeli intermediary with diplomatic immunity.

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      That agreement has produced a $7-10 billion a year US deficit.

      AIPAC, always at work.

  • Caltech prof says Israeli scientist passed NASA rocket secrets to his government
    • A 1987 report for the DoD alleged that Technion is a vital node of Israel's nuclear weapons research and development network.

      On November 19 DoD has to tell a federal court judge why it won't released the several hundred page long unclassified report.

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  • Does 'the thief of Jerusalem' deserve US aid? (Update)
    • It was. Both statistically significant and in terms of avoiding "baseless opinions" of the kind that plague such polls as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

  • Blitzer and Rudoren pump Israeli tunnel fears (and AIPAC cashes in)
    • The donors who matter to AIPAC, and pay for most of its program, all contribute more than $5k. To make a tax-deductible donation to a lobby (501 c 4) many pay it out of their law firm/corporate checkbook.

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      AIPAC's trajectory is to raise $100 million by 2015.

      Therefore, a more honest AIPAC appeal would be:

      "Wolf Blitzer used to work at the Near East Report, a conduit for laundering Jewish Agency money to AIPAC through founder Isaiah Kenen. So when Blitzer shouts 'Israel is in Danger', he MEANS it! Can't you contribute $5,000, $50,000 or $65,000 today so we can make sure American's polled desire not to choose sides is never reflected in Congress?"

  • ‘Lone soldiers’ and young ideologues from around the world contribute to Israeli war crimes
    • Since it's Israel, it's probably too much to ask the State Dept. to follow U.S. law and revoke the citizenship of any American serving in Israel as a commissioned or non-commissioned officer.

      "Although a person's enlistment in the armed forces of a foreign country may not constitute a violation of U.S. law, it could subject him or her to the provisions of Section 349(a)(3) of the INA [8 U.S.C. 1481(a)(3)] which provides for loss of U.S. nationality if a U.S national voluntarily and with the intention of relinquishing U.S. nationality enters or serves in the armed forces of a foreign state engaged in hostilities against the United States or serves in the armed forces of any foreign country as a commissioned or non-commissioned officer."

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  • Obama raises big bucks at home of man who said president and Netanyahu are on 'the same page'
  • After ADL says opera is 'biased' toward Palestinians, Met cancels broadcast, citing rising anti-Semitism
    • The National Conference on Jewish Affairs (no IRS form 990) and Advocates for Israel, ($5,500 filing in 2006, none since) appear to be bogus astroturf pressure groups.

      It continues to amaze that after all the revelations of graft, spying, abuses and infiltration the ADL is still a going concern.

  • Why a false understanding of the 'Six Day War' still matters
  • Israel spies on U.S. more than any other ally
    • Jeffrey Goldberg and Haaretz diplomatic correspondent Ravid David are trying to paint the article as antisemitic. David: "The claim that spying on the US is an Israeli tradition like eating Matzo on passover. This is antisemitic." Goldberg is wounded too, or trying to be: "A story about "aggressive" Jews that contains weird references to matzo is a little strange."

      Of course, Stein wrote about Israel, not "Jews." To get a bona fide weird reference, you'd have to watch Jeffrey Goldberg's farewell address to Abraham Foxman at the ADL last week, when he made the curious preface that "Jewish people can sometimes be annoying, sometimes be exasperating."

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      Wow. Not a double standard. No standards at all.

  • Fiddler on the Nakba
    • "No one is stopping them."

      Fiddler on the Roof is great stuff. However, an integral part of the AIPAC/Jewish Agency public relations plan to promote all things Israel has been "counteraction of all activities carried out here by the Arabs..."

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      The cited plan is from 1962-1963, but it is reasonable to assume the same "counteraction" program is underway. Be interesting to compare the current "counteraction" budget with the "spreading Islamophobia" budget.

  • It's time to reveal the Israeli role in the US surveillance machine
    • " the WaPo diagram, labeled “Top Secret … NoForn” and apparently blasted on the front pages even despite all the governments “men” Stuxnet? Flame? HeartBleed? — Intelligence?"

      Nah. That particular PPoint slide, of data and findings from Telegeography, could have been found in the deck of any telecom consultant for the last 20 years. There's utterly nothing remarkable about it, except that apparently NSA "geniuses" need to be trained on the basics of modern telecom.

      The NSA shipping data wholesale to Israel, after Obama approved it (while simultaneously quashing the AIPAC espionage prosecution) on the other hand is alarming, especially if the MOA is in place right now...

      There has to be new reasons the U.S. is starting to deny visas to Israeli intel/defense people trying to enter the country.

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      Imagine how frustrating it is to a Mossad case officer not to automatically be granted a visa for extended stay in the U.S.

  • Dershowitz plays McCarthy, and John Dingell is labeled 'anti-Israel'
    • John Dingell was relentless investigating the Israeli/ZOA theft and diversion of weapons-grade uranium from the NUMEC plant in Apollo, PA. That would be a very hard thing for the Conference of Presidents to forget.

      Although he was never able to get warranted prosecutions/consequences for the Israelis, he did state unequivocally that he believed the Zionists in charge of the plant, including smuggler for Israel, David Lowenthal, looted the plant.

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      Today, Congress is scrambling to transfer the $500 million cleanup costs and health bill of the undercapitalized smuggling front to U.S. taxpayers, as the Obama adminstration works to keep LBJ-era CIA files out of the public domain.

  • Let Pollard go. But first get answers from Tel Aviv
    • Chime.

      North and Weiss set up a list of conditions that cannot be met. So I add two more:

      Pollard was tasked to collect highly sensitive information by file number, so the Israelis should be also required to hand over the name of the other spy embedded much higher up in the U.S. national security infrastructure.

      Oh, and turn over for prosecution Israeli spymaster Rafi Eitan who ran Pollard (and also penetrated the NUMEC facility in PA for the uranium)...

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  • Not an April Fool's joke: U.S. weighs releasing Pollard to keep Israelis at negotiating table
    • It is unacceptable to Pollard that he be released into the U.S.

      He has been eligible for parole for years, but has never applied. He would rather be a prisoner or rock star in Israel, than a cad in the U.S.

      He is essentially an inmate within his own prison.

    • How about a trade for the mole who was never caught? The guy who was passing Pollard the espionage material requisition list?

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    • Israel apparently wants a pardon for Pollard (like Charles Winters, Hank Greenspun, Al Schwimmer) so that it can claim "no harm."

      It is not surprising that no mainstream media has picked up the recent statements of M.E. "Spike" Bowman, the counter intel guy who wrote SecDef Weinberger's memorandum in aid of sentencing that got Pollard life.

      On March 7, Bowman characterized Pollard in the "top four" rank of spies against the U.S. in terms of total damage.

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  • Is the U.S. quietly imposing travel sanctions on Israeli officials?
    • If any American dares complain to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on counterfeit Chinese-made soap entering the U.S. under the U.S. - Israel trade agreement, they will be told they "lack standing" and given the run-around.

      Perhaps such "enforcement" is what makes it the worst performing bilateral agreement (by one metric) ever signed.

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      All part of that awesome "special relationship"

    • It is fairly routine for State Department findings to be utterly ignored by Congress on matters relating to Israel.

      In preambles to AIPAC-sponsored legislation to confer "Major Strategic Ally" status on Israel its record as not proliferating or misusing U.S. supplied arms is stated—refuting Israel's documented misuse in many State Department Inspector General audits such as:

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  • National summit to re-assess the special relationship -- Friday in D.C.
    • Professionally recorded embed-capable video of all panels/speeches will be posted at after the event. Nobody will miss anything.

      We're kinda hoping attendees, rather than doing only "social media", actually do some "socializing." Many interesting attendees signed up...

  • AIPAC is losing influence in US politics because it is too tied to Israeli government -- Judis
    • When AIPAC was the unincorporated lobbying division of the American Zionist Council, the quasi-governmental Jewish Agency (which had access to tax exempt American donations and Israeli government funding) laundered money to AIPAC founder Isaiah Kenen for AIPAC through his privately owned lobbying newsletter "Near East Report." But the Jewish Agency also paid Kenen/proto AIPAC on occasion directly. See the payment voucher below:

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      It's hard to claim, with all that foreign start-up funding, AIPAC never received foreign funding. The Jewish Agency, by the way, also funded the JPPPI, which funded Dennis Ross. That's not to mention the Jewish Agency's role funding the illegal smuggling of arms from Nahum Bernstein's office in New York, also well-documented, but unfortunately not well-prosecuted.

      AIPAC incorporated just six weeks after its parent, the AZC, was ordered to register as a foreign agent. Hard to see it—with all the foreign seed money— as anything but a continuation organization that should also register as a foreign agent.

  • Outsource Thomas Friedman's column to India
    • Back in the day when the Jewish Agency was funneling overseas payola to AIPAC founder Isaiah Kenen and the New York Times, in the latter case presumably it was to pump out propaganda to sell Israel to Americans.

      However Friedman is paid, the content of much of his writing indicates that's his job as well. How the heck would any of those proposed replacements possibly tell Americans that the nuclear triggers Arnon Milchan smuggled from California to Israel were "cholent heaters". They couldn't possibly, hence, no outsourcing.

  • Thomas Friedman occupies BDS
    • The cat is out of the bag. Back in the day, Arnon Milchan claimed (and Friedman helpfully wrote up) that all of those nuclear triggers he smuggled to Israel could be used as "cholent warmers."

      see: link to

      Now Milchan wants overdue credit as an arch nuclear smuggler. How can Friedman spin that? Apparently he can't, and has moved on to other projects.

  • Don't expect this NYT ethicist to talk about the Nakba
    • Gotta wonder if they will give creative credit to Harry Shearer, who has been doing the "apology of the week" segment for decades as a copyrighted feature of "le show".

  • New York Assembly pressured to reject bill targeting Israel boycotters
  • Foxman says US gov't is conducting 'vendetta' against American Jews with Pollard case
  • 'Throwing gasoline on bystanders' -- school presidents' condemnations of boycott ignore Palestinian rights
    • Great observation of standard lobby practice to conflate elite approval with those of their institutions, parties, congregation whatever. That and carefully-worded public opinion polls.

  • Should dual citizen of US/Israel be vice chair of our Federal Reserve Bank?
    • If he does renounce Israeli citizenship, it will look as though he thinks it is some sort of "flag of convenience" like in the cargo shipping industry. US citizenship is not a flag of convenience.

      Also, the Fed actually wants its bank examiners to be U.S. citizens, for sound reasons. See the Antiwar piece for their wording. How is it the same does not apply to the top positions?

      Unmentioned by the article is the Foreign Agents Registration Act angle. Fischer worked with U.S. officials on behalf of a foreign government, in a foreign central bank, but in a non-diplomatic capacity.

      Why didn't he file FARA declarations?

  • Rage over ASA boycott shows, world has never punished Israel for human rights violations --Derfner
    • Consider this:

      Stanley Fischer, while at the IMF, was king of punishing developing economies with harsh austerity measures.

      Stanley Fischer, while on the Reagan administration's U.S. Israel Joint Economic Discussion Group transformed U.S. aid by tripling it, and turning it into outright grants rather than loans, while unilaterally lowering US trade barriers to Israel (producing a chronic deficit).

      Fischer, freshly back in the US after a stint as governor of the Bank of Israel, wants the #2 seat at the Fed. See why at:

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      With people like Fischer running around all levels of the U.S. government shoveling immunity and largesse at Israel, is it any wonder a simple academic boycott would seem like a major thing?

  • In '50s, CIA secretly funded anti-Zionist lobby group in US
    • "Counterbalance" is an interesting way to put it.

      If the quasi-governmental Jewish Agency laundered the equivalent of $35 million to the AZC and to AIPAC's founder news via the Near East Report to buy politicians and PR:

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      It would be interesting to know how much the CIA paid, and whether it was as skillfully deployed (apparently it was not).

  • Obama and Kerry drop talk of Palestinian state for 'state institutions' and 'transition'
  • Israeli ambassador's present to Obama -- settlement cufflinks!
    • I wonder if the cuffs or plaque were forged from depleted uranium from NUMEC?

      Perhaps the gift department of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs is suffering the effect of watching too many episodes of "Revenge."

  • Following 'a great deal of consultation,' NYT corrects itself on the Apartheid Wall
    • Such corrections demand tremendous stamina. Here are a couple of others, involving WAPO reporter Walter Pincus.

      His report that the USACE knowingly built "nuclear weapons handling facilities in Israel" now corrected at: link to

      His assertion that the 1917 Espionage Act was narrow, rather than broad, as applied to AIPAC lobbyists, corrected:

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      There are too many such mistakes to either correct, or assume that they are innocent.

  • The country that cried wolf
    • When Netanyahu's face appears on television, constantly prattling on Iran's alleged nukes and rattling his saber, the Twilight Zone version of "It's a good life!" by Jerome Bixby comes to mind.

      American news anchors to Netanyahu "...But it's good you're making these threats! A real good thing. And tomorrow... tomorrow's gonna be a... real good day!"

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  • Sydney Pollack, gunrunner
    • "I wonder how many folks in Hollywood knew of the allegations regarding Pollack? And approved."

      Actually, the FBI knew in 1992 according to files released under FOIA.

      "Record of a phone call between a supervisory special agent in Los Angeles and a special agent in Portland classified as "secret." The special agent notifies LA of impending news media coverage of "an extremely successful movie producer in Hollywood" [Arnon Milchan] noting his ties to "Oliver Stone, Sidney Pollack, Barbara Streisand, Tom Cruise, Richar Dreyfuss and Robert DeNiro. The subject's likely location and wealth "close to $1 billion" and close ties to "Labor Party officials in Israel" is noted. Milchan's arms dealing through MILCO and ties to another American are explored in the heavily redacted file.

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    • Sure, they know. But US mainstream media still always qualifies its existence with the words "suspected", "alleged, " "unacknowledged," etc, as if, after Vanunu's pictures and Jimmy Carter's confirmation, "Israel and the Bomb" "The Samson Option", etc. there's any legitimate doubt.

      I think the MSM headlines will be real stunners like, "US Officials Gasp in Disbelief as Israel Confirms Nuclear Arsenal, "

    • Netanyahu was working in a node of the Milchan smuggling network, Heli Trading, which placed the orders for the Krytrons.

      None of the US MSM is mentioning the Netanyahu connection, which was well publicized in July of last year including here and some Israeli press. Not "on message" enough for American news.

      Can't wait to see what MSM does when Israel finally declares its a nuclear power. Fall all over themselves. Treat it as day one of a new era? Holding breath.

  • Jews who protest settlements are 'mutants' who should have been aborted, says ZOA leader
    • It is also interesting to note that ZOA's foreign principal, the World Zionist Organization, was found by Israeli prosecutor Thalia Sasson to be up to its elbows in illegal settlement coordination.

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      The Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations used to list the American Section of the WZO as a constituent among its 50 member orgs. It has now dropped WZO from its illustrious rolls (yet curiously still shares an office with the WZO American Section in New York).

      WZO and ZOA: Israel's illegal settlements in America:

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    • "ZOA was NEVER ordered to register as an Israeli foreign agent."

      ZOA was ordered to register as a foreign agent of the World Zionist Organization, an Israeli entity.

      Sample order: link to

      Of course, like the order to register the AZC / AIPAC, and Jewish Agency's American Section, the DOJ did not uphold its duty to enforce the order, and left the American people (true beneficiaries of FARA transparency) hung out to dry.

    • The ZOA is an organization that was ordered to register as an Israeli foreign agent seven times. link to

      ZOA provided two executives (Ivan Novick and Zalman Shapiro) to the tiny plant that "lost" the most u-235 in American history (investigated for diversion to Israel).
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      Although ZOA was required to publicly declare a social welfare purpose concordant with past activities in order to reinstate its recently lost tax-exempt status over failure to file tax returns, it has apparently regained such status without complying with IRS requirements. (The IRS cannot find an application form 1024 or 2010 tax return).

      Just another rogue Israel lobby organization undermining America through the acquiescence of regulatory and law enforcement agencies.

  • ADL rebukes Kerry, and -- Ambassador Power embraces ADL
    • If it's not abundantly obvious, if I link to *official court documents* on a website, it is a reflection of the value of the *the official court documents*, not the entire website.

      Similarly, none of my previous links to the Washington Post in any way endorse the website's opinion page endorsements of U.S. attacks on Iran, Syria, Iraq, etc.

      ...again, if that's not abundantly obvious.

    • ADL's entire backstory, like AIPAC's, is rather shaky.

      In it's official history, ADL was born of B'nai B'rith's (a Jewish fraternal organization's) horror about the unjust conviction of Leo Frank and his lynching by an anti-semitic mob.

      The documentary record seems to reveal that Leo Frank murdered his employee Mary Phagen, tried to frame a worker at his factory, and at the time of the lynching was the beneficiary of behind-the-scenes manipulations of the judiciary that were on the verge of unwinding his case.

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      If Frank was guilty, it raises the question, what is the true purpose of the ADL? Preserving the invulnerability of B'nai B'rith, similar groups and later the infallibility of Israel through espionage and covert action (some of it apparently in coordination with the FBI)? Certainly what it seems to fit the pattern of 100 years of strange ADL activities and incredible attempts to penetrate the FBI.

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  • Boston ad agency pulled ads about Palestinian land loss after ADL complained, 'Globe' reports
    • It's good to see the ADL pulled out into the light of day.

      In reading decades of FBI records about the group's (often illegal) tactics, the only thing that seemed to have a positive impact was widespread publicity.

      When the ADL went after Senator Rufus Holman, he could not find any venue to clear his name after they smeared his reelection campaign and boycotted his business. The FBI was reluctant to do anything since the head of the Portland FBI office carried David Robinson, head of the ADL Oregon office, as Confidential Informant #7 "on the Bureau's records.... A toxic mix for impunity.

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  • 'NPR' whitewashes Israeli rabbi the 'Forward' calls a 'provocative bigot'
    • There are times when broadcasting at NPR seems like a concerted effort of studied ignorance. The stream of WINEP pundits are never identified as working for an AIPAC think tank, b/c that might raise questions about why they are so prominently featured.

      I guess you have to have special investigative powers to figure it all out. e.g.:

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  • Backlash against Netanyahu: He gets 2-1/2 hours with Obama during shutdown, trying to thwart Iran opening
    • Pincus news articles about foreign agents triggered the Fulbright hearings in the early 1960s. He openly accused various Jewish Agency funded operatives of buying and manipulating Congress, documenting it with subpoenaed files as a Senate investigator.

      He knows a lot.

  • Israeli Embassy publishes fake LinkedIn profile of Rouhani as a con artist who seeks nukes and supports terrorism
  • Obama's greatest achievement-- blinking on Syria
    • Great observations. Now why would a smart guy like Obama throw Syria to the most dysfunctional Congress ever....?

      Americans had yet another chance to see the mainstream media invite the usual parade of war-mongers and pseudo-analysts, the minority yet pro-war, onto the Sunday yack shows, NPR, CNN, Fox etc, as if Iraq never happened. In DC, the Diane Rehm show dripped non-stop with liberal interventionist and neocon war venom, from the usual sources.

      If a poll were taken, it is likely that viewer contempt for how big media performed, would show huge disappointment. Big media, with a few exceptions, failed again. Thankfully, the Internet was there to provide a venue for intelligent rebuttal, educated debate, informed comment, and ridicule.

      Of course, it's never over, and always too soon to celebrate.

  • Biden to keynote J Street conference, and Indyk to speak
    • Kenney has an eclectic weekly podcast called Electric Politics. Hope he interviews Mondoweiss crew members sometime.

    • In 2001, then-Sen. Joe Biden urged the Zionist Organization of America's leadership and Israel's government to keep disagreements with the U.S. government private, and never argue publicly for all the world press to hear at a ZOA event.

      Wonder what sage (and vaguely conspiratorial) advice Biden will unfurl at this one. Hopefully he'll again speak extemporaneously and someone will deliver a transcript to the unwashed masses gathered outside.

  • More mainstream snark over NSA sharing info with Israel
    • "As we noted yesterday, the New York Times doesn’t think it’s news that the National Security Agency is sharing intelligence data it collects on Americans with Israel. "

      There are other Israel-related subjects the NYT doesn't cover:

      1. The Israeli nuclear weapons program (including clandestine funding, proliferation, waste issues).
      2. Misuse of U.S. foreign aid to Israel, including loan guarantees, funds to the Jewish Agency.
      3. Israel payola to U.S. journalists and academics (including the NYTimes).

      A careful review of many New York Times stories reveals that often, when they break a story, it is incredibly misleading, yet never corrected. Other times, they have been more truthful overseas than to U.S. readers (not so much these Internet days). Consider the NUMEC diversion to Israel story:

      9/18/1966 Paris Edition, New York Times "US Plant Loses 100 kilos of U-235"
      9/17/1966 US Edition, New York Times "Uranium Losses Spur Drive for Tighter US Control of Fissionable Materials"

      It's simply not in the NYT's DNA to provide straight coverage about Israel.

  • Major 'NYT' piece calls two-state negotiations 'phony'--and catastrophic
  • National Security Agency gives data on Americans to the Israeli government
    • Greenwald cites a top secret NSA memo dated September 2007 with this gem:

      "The survival of the state of Israel is a paramount goal of US Middle East policy."

      ....slotting in the definition of "paramount" it reads:

      "The survival of the state of Israel is more important than anything else; the supreme goal of US Middle East policy."

      Sure explains a lot. However, most Americans would probably be unpleasantly surprised at that such a secret "Prime Directive" is being taken for marching orders in key federal agencies. There's no accountability, and no effort can be too great if that's the policy.

      Wonder when we all got to vote on that.... Musta missed it.

  • Rep. Alan Grayson: '[AIPAC] falls to the wayside when the public weighs in'
    • Not aware of any rising public awareness about AIPAC. The polls seem to all indicate overall public "war weariness" is the key factor driving opposition. Rare is the polling question that ever comes anywhere near the Israel lobby.

      It's optimistic at this point to judge widespread opposition to Syria strikes says much about the key issues discussed on MW.

    • Dunno. Think of how valuable he'll become to AIPAC if he has a sudden-and timely- "change of heart" and decides suddenly that there are vital U.S. interests at stake. Prodigal son fable and all that. Again, we know he's an avid-learner open to AIPAC coaching. And just a politician. And he's now cornered the market on opposition.

    • Hayes had a chance to ask John Kerry whether the majority of intelligence on the Syrian gas attacks came from Israel.

      He didn't take it, and overall seemed all starry-eyed and deferential.

    • It's a mistake to think Grayson is taking on the Israel lobby or the "special relationship." He's not, and as noted by Blumenthal, regularly spouts the approved AIPAC talking points.

      Grayson's current position is somewhat like Ron Paul's opposition to foreign aid to Israel, derived from an overall principled opposition to any foreign any country.

      Course, Ron's not around anymore either.

    • Grayson is educated, eloquent and effective, but he apparently doesn't know anything about AIPAC.

      He may think that by over-generalizing AIPAC into just another lobby, along with the nebulous military-industrial complex, he's has carved out a position that's defensible against an Israel-lobby orchestrated attack.

      But think of the other effective members of Congress who had such defensible, principal-based positions. Fulbright, Findley, Percy, McKinney... Sooner or later, their weaknesses were probed and they were pounded. They're only politicians, with all the vulnerabilities.... Gotta wonder if Grayson plans to run for re-election, because many in Florida will remember his media blitz.

  • AIPAC on an island: 'Politico' report says Israel lobby alone in pushing for war in Syria
    • The last time AIPAC faced odds this bad was 1984. The Israeli government wanted tariff-free access to the American market, in exchange for basically nothing. 74 US industry groups were lobbying hard against trade concessions. 22 relatively small groups and AIPAC were lobbying for it.

      AIPAC obtained the classified compendium of US industry negotiating points from the ITC, via Israeli Minister of Economics Dan Halpern, and used their data against them in a lobbying and PR campaign. The FBI investigation (espionage/theft of government property) went nowhere. AIPAC lobbyists swarmed Capitol Hill.

      Some, like Ester Kurz, who handled the classified info in 1984, will be lobbying for war on Syria.

      It is reasonable to expect any and all AIPAC dirty tricks will be unleashed to make sure Congress defies American public opinion on the war resolution.

  • Former AIPAC official warns against US 'retreat' from Israel's 'permanent reality'-- conflict
    • It kind of set the table for zero AIPAC accountability.

    • Rosen owes the Obama administration his freedom. Absent DOJ political appointees that reigned in his Espionage Act prosecution, there's a good possibility that he and his coworker would be sitting in a jail cell after they passed purloined classified information to their Israeli "diplomat" friends.

      Obama can rest assured that, just like the Reagan administration after the sordid Iran-Contra affair went south, Rosen will always be there with unsolicited advice to further the interests of his Israeli principals.

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  • Kerry shouldn't worry about 'armchair isolationists'-- but 'armchair warriors'
  • Mainstream press openly addresses Israel lobby's role in US policy re Syria
    • Thanks to the Syria Accountability Act, a law courteous of AIPAC and sponsor Eliot L. Engel, most relevant US ties to Syria were cut off in 2003. All room for maneuver and actually getting some perceivable benefit out of the US State Department was simply legislated out of existence.

      So it's not very credible to suddenly "discover" and then wonder how Israel's lobby might "help the president in his" initiative. In the big picture, this is not Obama's initiative, but rather a decades old Israel lobby drive to to ultimately tripwire the U.S. into conflict with Syria and Iran.

  • Obama lost his English poodle, but it looks like he'll get a French one
    • If that's the product of a $53 billion intelligence industry, we should demand an immediate and full refund.

  • The burgeoning left-right antiwar coalition on Syria (and what it means for Iran)
  • Israel lobby wields influence on US use of force because it is connected across aisles -- Politico
  • Segregated kindergartens -- for Tel Aviv, 2013
  • Smarting at Israeli's reception, Florida school says students must not interrupt a 'lawfully invited' speaker
  • Israel and AIPAC keep up efforts to save aid for Egyptian military
    • ...or is it three? (that AIPAC is a foreign agent of the Israeli government...)

    • AIPAC appears to have blocked two no-brainer legal determinations. Classified US government publications are full of evidence that Israel is a nuclear weapons state. But legally determining that would mean cutting *direct* aid to Israel under the Symington and Glenn Amendments (or force presidents to publicly issue a "waiver" as with Pakistan, which might embarrass Israel).

      It is also abundantly clear that Egypt underwent a coup d'état. But legally determining that would mean cutting what is essentially *indirect* aid to Israel.

      Hence, AIPAC, which often engages in illegal activity directly and through surrogates (such as Michael Goldan) link to demands that laws passed by Congress not be enforced if it inconveniences Israel. Essentially, under AIPAC's guidance, the U.S. must break some of its most sensible laws.

  • Pro-Israel efforts on US campuses have failed, Jewish Agency fundraiser says
    • The Jewish Agency has faced fierce opposition to US meddling in the past. Consider it was the Jewish Agency that:

      a) helped set up a massive illegal weapons-smuggling network when David Ben-Gurion visited American Zionists in the 1940s; Most of the hundreds of smugglers and their backers became known to federal law enforcement.

      b) funded the American Zionist Council (until ordered to register as a Foreign Agent by Kennedy) and its research division AIPAC (which spun off 6 weeks after the order) through hidden funding;

      c) fought properly registering its American Section as a foreign agent of the Israeli government until law professor William Mallison forced DOJ scrutiny in the 1970s;

      The Jewish Agency has siphoned $534 million from US taxpayers for "refugee resettlement" since the year 2000, but the spending is untraceable. So this latset move may essentially be making an (unwitting) U.S. taxpayer propagandize himself through dollars that never should have gone to the Jewish Agency in the first place.


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  • Leader of Zionist Organization of America accuses it of 'weakness and cowardice'
    • Goldberg doesn't appear to know very much about the ZOA's history. Two of its high executives, Zalman Shapiro and Ivan Novick, delivered enough stolen US weapons-grade uranium for Israel to irradiate the planet (or perhaps create a nuclear winter).

      Perhaps he needs some of these slides: link to

      ZOA's made its bones.

  • The Art Of (Ineffectual) Diplomacy: Kerry says all Israeli settlements are 'illegitimate' but shouldn't hamper peace process
    • New settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem "were to some degree expected" but "the United States of America views all of the settlements as illegitimate." - John Kerry.

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      One definition of illegitimate is "not authorized by law."

      So it is quite likely that U.S. headlines in the New York Times, etc will soon pick up on that and read "Kerry: US Views Israeli Colonies as Illegal"


  • Andrea Mitchell says Rand Paul is 'isolationist,' like those who wouldn't take on Hitler
    • The Anti-Defamation League disrupted an America First rally in Madison Square Garden using illegal means. Arnold Forster used stolen press credentials to infiltrate the meeting. When caught, they first offered a bribe, and then the Andrea Mitchell of the day, Walter Winchel wrote some press that the division that busted Forster would be "shaken up"

      The campaign worked, and no charges were filed. Israel Lobby Archive link

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  • Was it 'jihad' when Henry Crown smuggled plane parts to Israel?
    • The reason only a handful of America Zionists smugglers were ever punished, is that they got above the Justice Department to quash pending indictments. Or, as it reads in the Abraham Feinberg file: link to

      "...there were a lot of people involved in this affair [the Haganah/Sonneborn arms theft and smuggling network] and the Department of Justice knew it. He further pointed out that there were 70 people involved on the West Coast. Crum went on to state that it was necessary to have a group working rather than Feinberg and that it would be necessary to have a war chest. This group should include Feinberg who would act as chairman and be responsible for the disbursement of funds."

      People wonder what all those millions of Israel lobby dollars buy. If you ask Marc Rich, Zalman Shapiro, Ben Ami-Kadish and Crown, and they were honest, they'd say "immunity."

  • How fair is Martin Indyk, who says he was motivated by 'my... connection to Israel'?
    • Indyk is the wrong guy because he subverts American interests in favor of Israeli interests when the chips are down.

      Case in point: in 1984 his AIPAC research team received confidential business secrets purloined by Israeli Economic Minister Dan Halpern, and turned them against US organizations lobbying against trade preferences for Israel.

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      If espionage hadn't been a factor, Americans opposed to the one-sided agreement might have had a chance for advice and consent. Indyk and AIPAC stole that from them.

      Here is the ever-so-diplomatic Indyk dodging direct questions about AIPAC espionage on the Diane Rehm show.

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  • If Kerry fails, Israel will be an apartheid state 'and that didn't work too well the last time,' CENTCOM general warns
    • The general would be more compelling if he stripped out all of the weasel-word qualifiers:

      "I paid a military security price every day as a commander of CENTCOM because the Americans were seen as biased in support of Israel" s/b

      "Because Americans are biased in support of Israel, I paid a military security price every day as a commander of CENTCOM" and

      "all the moderate Arabs who want to be with us because they can't come out publicly in support of people who don't want to show respect for the Arab Palestinians." s/b

      "moderate Arabs won't be with us until there is respect for Palestinians."

      I bet, in battle and under heavy fire, he wouldn't tell his platoon, "Let's be publicly seen taking hill Alpha-6. Do you want to be with me?" Whether he knows it or not, he's just joined the biggest battle in Washington, and better bark clear commands and objectives.

  • Anthony Weiner: BDS movement 'unwise,' Israel surrounded by 'terrorist states'
    • “...a democracy in an oasis of terrorist states and terrorist organizations” simply doesn't make any sense as rhetoric.

      Wiener probably meant to say, "a democratic oasis in a desert of terrorist states and organizations" or perhaps even "a rising pillar of democracy within stifling boxer-shorts of oppression."

  • Hamas and Iran have vowed 'to wipe out the Jews' just as Nazis did, AIPAC says
    • In 1941, future ADL General Counsel Arnold Forster was infiltrating and disrupting an America First rally to keep America out of war in Madison Square Garden, and then wriggling out of warranted criminal prosecution for his using a stolen press credential.

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      Since you ask.

      Future AIPAC leader Isaiah Kenen also incessantly lobbied for war at the time. See:

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  • What’s in a tweet? Islamophobe Emerson brings frivolous lawsuit over a joke
    • Taking a page from the Rosen v AIPAC defamation case, apparently a plaintiff to a suit must prove:

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      "1. that the defendant made a false and defamatory statement concerning the plaintiff;
      (2) that the defendant published the statement without privilege to a third party;
      (3) that the defendant’s fault in publishing the statement amounted to at least negligence; and
      (4) either that the statement was actionable as a matter of law irrespective of special harm or that its publication caused the plaintiff special harm.

      A publication is defamatory 'if it tends to injure plaintiff in his trade, profession or
      community standing, or lower him in the estimation of the community.' However, an allegedly defamatory remark must be more than unpleasant or offensive; the language must make the plaintiff appear ‘odious, infamous, or ridiculous.’"

      Emerson is probably pretty familiar with defamation laws. And no matter how absurd his smears of Muslim communities are, he is careful to always try to tie an accusation to a source, leaving open the defense that he was mistaken, but not malicious in his research. While Emerson appears 'odious infamous and ridiculous' on the basis of these smear efforts to many, he undoubtedly takes his work very seriously, as do many nodes of the Israel lobby and their financial backers. And his work won't be on trial. The entirely made-up statement that he's tied to a "child pornography case" will be. And if he wins, which is entirely likely, it'll be trumpeted as a win against his arch-enemy CAIR which is not a even a party to the suit.

  • How Israel and Zionism penetrate my little corner of rural America
    • Preachy lessons from "Dry Bones" strips:

      The "anti-Israel machine" has more money than the Israel lobby.

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      Netanyahu reveals how to withdraw from US occupied territory.

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      Islamist terrorists explain their violent two-step plan.

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      Can't deter Iran because mullahs are "crazy"

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      Quiz about (obviously fictitious) "state of Palestine"

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      Two thoughts.

      1. Once you've read 10 of these, you've pretty much read them all.

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      2. If a comic strip of the same format, but in which the subject matter was Israel and its supporters, with all of the stereotypes reversed, were drawn weekly the newspapers, blogs/whatever that syndicated it would be boycotted and the ADL would probably condemn the strip and its cartoonist as "anti-Semitic."

    • Interesting story. Wonder if there's any "follow the money" angle.

      In 1974, a 515 Park Avenue organization, HQ of the Jewish Agency, WZO, etc. promoted him:

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      Be interesting to know if, like AIPAC's Near East Report, Kirschen received any start-up funding from the Jewish Agency to send the right messages through his comic strip.

  • American-Arab group calls on MLB to fire Jonathan Mael for smearing Jets' Oday Aboushi
  • Startup 'Jewish News Service' peddles neocon propaganda as news
    • Excellent piece.

      However, it is useful to recall that Jewish Telegraphic Agency hasn't been considered "neutral and well-respected" in all quarters, for good reason.

      The US State Department once banned JTA from covering backgrounders. JTA was funded/founded by the Jewish Agency, which also laundered charitable donations into the conventional arms smuggling in the United States in the 1940s, writing checks for the illegal export of aircraft for the War of Independence through its agent Nahum Bernstein. The ring-leader of the illegal arms smuggling ring, Rudolph Sonnenborn, ran the JTA.

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      JTA was investigated during the 1963 Fulbright hearings as an Israeli government trumpet in the United States.

      The fact that a more militant upstart now wants to knock JTA off its perch is interesting. Maybe the JTA staff should start running guns again...

  • Clinton and Israel-- the Marc Rich story
    • Why no, Kathleen. It's just you....whoops, feel good story alert.

      Sphinx in Israel story.
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    • There's no presidential pardon like an Israel presidential pardon. Clinton also pardoned Adolph Schwimmer, convicted smuggler and Iran-Contra operative.

      The Rich pardon communicated to alert Americans that rule of law can be bought and sold by the Israel lobby. If Israel and its US lobby want a president to turn a blind eye, or rectify a "historical injustice" it's not a matter of "if" but "how much" and "when."

      Presidential pardon files for Charles Winters that became available recently reveal how broad an effort can be. In this case, it was to wipe the record clean of an already deceased smuggler and again communicate that illegally smuggling US weapons to Jewish fighters in Palestine in the 1940s (which occurred at the margin of many Zionist orgs) was "on the wrong side of the law, but right side of history" as one fawning smuggler obit put it.

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      Even if Pollard were released in 2015 and not obtain any sentence reduction, it is still likely that Obama will pardon Pollard his last day in office to "close a painful chapter" in US-Israel history. (The chapter in which the U.S. seriously investigated and even prosecuted Israeli espionage and covert actions in the U.S.).

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