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Members attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual policy conference in Washington on March 3, 2013. Photo by AFP

The 2013 American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference in Washington, D.C. (Photo: AFP)

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is still one of the most powerful lobby organizations in the country, but fortunately, it is starting to lose its iron-clad grip on our policymakers. AIPAC lost the fight to stop Chuck Hagel from being confirmed as Secretary of Defense; it lost the push for the US military to attack Syria, and it is losing its effort to derail nuclear talks with Iran. In the old days, AIPAC bragged that it could, within 24 hours, get the signatures of 70 Senators on a napkin if it really wanted to. This year, AIPAC got stuck at 59 cosponsors for its S.1881 sanctions bill–not enough support to force Senator Harry Reid to bring the bill to the floor or to override a threatened presidential veto.

Another sign of AIPAC’s waning influence is the fact that this year, at their March 2-4 Policy Conference in Washington DC, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will attend but not President Obama or Vice President Joe Biden—both of whom have spoken in past years.

But it’s certainly not time to sound the death knell. AIPAC still has a lot of muscle and will keep trying to flex it. Here’s what we have to look forward to coming out of AIPAC 2014:

1. AIPAC continues to gun for a military confrontation with Iran. AIPAC has been pushing for increased sanctions during these delicate international nuclear talks, a move that would violate the terms of the agreement, signal to Iran that the US negotiating team cannot deliver on its commitments, divide the US from its international negotiating partners, and embolden Iranian hardliners. AIPAC is still pushing for this, but as a backup is trying to set the conditions for the talks. AIPAC’s policy would lead us down a path to yet another disastrous war in the Middle East (AIPAC was a big promoter of the war in Iraq–and look how that one turned out!).

2. AIPAC’s call for unconditional support for the Israeli government undermines a possible negotiated solution between the Israelis and Palestinians. AIPAC promotes Israeli policies that are in direct opposition to international law, including the establishment of settlements in the Occupied West Bank and the confiscation of Palestinian land in its construction of the 26-foot high concrete “separation barrier” running through the West Bank. On February 27 Amnesty International published a report called Trigger Happy providing chilling detail of Israel’s use of excessive force in the West Bank. AIPAC’s support of these illegal practices is in direct opposition to a negotiated solution to the Israel/Palestine conflict. AIPAC has also been pressuring Secretary of State Kerry to keep the political representatives of Palestinians in Gaza–Hamas–completely out of the peace talks. How can you come to a negotiated solution if 40 percent of all Palestinians are not represented?

3. AIPAC’s influence on US policy–pushing it in the direction of unconditional support for Israel–increases anti-American sentiment around the world, sowing the seeds of more possible terrorist attacks against us. Even General David Petraeus admitted that the U.S./Palestine conflict “foments anti-American sentiment, due to a perception of U.S. favoritism for Israel.” He also said that “Arab anger over the Palestinian question limits the strength and depth of U.S. partnerships with governments and peoples in the [region] and weakens the legitimacy of moderate regimes in the Arab world. Meanwhile, al-Qaeda and other militant groups exploit that anger to mobilize support.”

4. AIPAC makes the U.S. a pariah at the UN. AIPAC describes the UN as a body hostile to the State of Israel and has pressured the U.S. government to oppose resolutions calling Israel to account. Since 1972, the US has vetoed 44 UN Security Council resolutions condemning Israel’s actions against the Palestinians. President Obama continues that practice. Under Obama, the US vetoed UN censure of the savage Israeli assault on Gaza in January 2009 in which about 1400 Palestinians were killed; a 2011 resolution calling for a halt to the illegal Israeli West Bank settlements, even though this was stated U.S. policy; a 2011 resolution calling for Israel to cease obstructing the work of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees; and another resolution calling for an end to illegal Israeli settlement building in East Jerusalem and the occupied Golan Heights.

5. AIPAC attacks politicians who question unconditional support of Israel. AIPAC demands that Congress rubber stamp legislation drafted by AIPAC staff. It keeps a record of how members of Congress vote and this record is used by donors to make contributions to the politicians who score well. Members of Congress who fail to support AIPAC legislation have been targeted for defeat in re-election bids. These include Senators Adlai Stevenson III and Charles H. Percy, and Representatives Paul Findley, Pete McCloskey, Cynthia McKinney, and Earl F. Hilliard. AIPAC’s overwhelmingly disproportionate influence on Congress subverts our democratic system.

6.  AIPAC attempts to silence all criticism of Israel. Journalists, think tanks, students and professors have been accused of anti-Semitism for merely taking stands critical of Israeli government policies. These attacks stifle the critical discussions and debates that are at the heart of democratic policy-making. Most recently, AIPAC has been attacking supporters of the movement that calls for the boycott, divestment, and sanctions on Israel (BDS), a movement that has gained rapid momentum and multiple victories to put pressure on Israel to end the occupation. In December, the American Studies Association passed a measure supporting BDS. In direct response, AIPAC is trying to push a bill through Congress that would cut federal funding to American academic institutions that advocate a boycott of Israel. Several state-level bills are also in the works. Seems like AIPAC has a hard time with the First Amendment!

7. AIPAC feeds U.S. government officials a distorted view of the Israel/Palestine conflict. AIPAC takes U.S. representatives on sugar-coated trips to Israel. Every year, AIPAC takes dozens of members of Congress—and many of  their spouses—on a free junket to Israel to see precisely what the Israeli government want them to see. It is illegal for lobby groups to take Congresspeople on trips, but AIPAC gets around the law by creating a bogus educational group, the American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF), to “organize” the trips for them. AIEF has the same office address as AIPAC and the same staff. These trips help cement the ties between AIPAC and Congress, furthering their undue influence.

8. AIPAC lobbies for billions of U.S. taxdollars to go to Israel instead of rebuilding America or funding the truly needy. While our country is still suffering from a prolonged financial crisis, AIPAC is pushing for no cuts in military funds for Israel. With communities across the nation slashing budgets for teachers, firefighters and police, AIPAC pushes for over $3 billion a year to Israel.

Israel is the 27th richest country in world, but thanks to AIPAC, it gets more U.S. taxdollars than any other country. At a time when the foreign aid budget is being slashed, keeping the lion’s share of foreign assistance for Israel means taking funds from critical programs to feed, provide shelter and offer emergency assistance to the world’s poorest people.

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The bottom line is that AIPAC, which is a de facto agent for a foreign government, has influence on U.S. policy out of all proportion to the number of Americans who support its policies. When a small group like this has disproportionate power, that hurts everyone—including Israelis and American Jews. From stopping a catastrophic war with Iran to finally solving the Israel/Palestine conflict, an essential starting point is breaking AIPAC’s grip on U.S. policy. Join us by sending a message to AIPAC today.

Medea Benjamin
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Medea Benjamin, cofounder of CODEPINK for Peace, is the author of The Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the US-Saudi Connection.

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  1. Krauss
    Krauss
    February 28, 2014, 3:39 pm

    The snub by both Obama and Biden is, of course, hardly an accident(nothing is at these levels). It’s a nice play, just a nudge to continue the perception that AIPAC is in decline.

    There is a latent danger here of overestimating their decline. People did the same thing with the neocons once the Reagan administration was over. We all know what happened next. AIPAC can’t always be on top but until the organization is so discredited that not even seding an undersecretary would be a thought, we cannot rest.

    • March 1, 2014, 12:55 am

      “they failed in stopping hagel from being confirmed for secretary of defense”.
      so what!
      thats got to be the stupidest comment i’ve ever read in an article in mondo in my life.
      hagel has become a pitiful subservient little puppet of israel.

    • lysias
      lysias
      March 3, 2014, 10:07 am

      Why does neocon Victoria Nuland (formerly of Cheney’s vice presidential office, and married to Robert Kagan) occupy such a powerful position in the State Department? As we know from her intercepted phone conversation, it cannot be because she has any diplomatic skills.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        March 3, 2014, 10:59 am

        Nuland is useless. A very good example of the Beinart problem- it doesn’t matter how smart you think you are, you can’t triangulate between justice and realpolitik in the case of the Palestinians.

        Either you come straight out and say you could care less about rights, something along the lines of “we make our own reality” or you shut up. Matt Lee is there , waiting to pounce.

        http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2011/10/176434.htm

      • ritzl
        ritzl
        March 3, 2014, 11:04 am

        You impertinent rascal, you. ;)

        It’s pretty amazing. The Obama Presidential Library is going to be a really special place to camp out and gleen answers to those questions … assuming he doesn’t classify his whole presidency, including what we see with our own eyes… :P

  2. seafoid
    seafoid
    February 28, 2014, 3:58 pm

    When a small group like this has disproportionate power..the only way is down.
    It never lasts. They have no popular base.
    They should enjoy it while they can.

    • ivri
      ivri
      February 28, 2014, 5:56 pm

      That`s actually correct seafood. It is impossible to stay on top forever – never happened. But then, down from the top can be still high enough… And that is indeed the likely scenario. After all, the functioning apparatus is intact and the many connections and perfected political mechanisms over a long time don`t just vanish.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        February 28, 2014, 10:27 pm

        The fear, Ivri. Can they keep the fear going?
        I bet they can’t.
        I think it’s the News of the World redux.
        Overstretch, public disgust, elite turn on them.
        Do you think ordinary goy journos at the NYT really love Israel?

      • Ellen
        Ellen
        February 28, 2014, 10:37 pm

        Does the NYT have goy Journalists? A court goy or two?

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        February 28, 2014, 10:52 pm

        I bet the Reform journalists at the NYT don’t even like Israel

  3. just
    just
    February 28, 2014, 4:00 pm

    Many thanks for this Medea.

    Enormous thanks for all you & CODEPINK have done, and continue to do.

    • Justpassingby
      Justpassingby
      February 28, 2014, 4:14 pm

      I can only agree with you.

      Thank you Medea and Codepink for your work, I wish I had the same energy.

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      March 1, 2014, 3:25 am

      Ditto here, Medea Benjamin –your article most precisely, concisely, and convincingly puts forth the case against AIPAC & its matrix. AIPAC is licking its wounds, and, more determined than ever, has now put out invitation to become its first Outreach Director to better defeat outfits like CODEPINK.

  4. hophmi
    hophmi
    February 28, 2014, 4:13 pm

    As usual, Medea Benjamin isn’t remotely telling the truth.

    AIPAC does not promote Israeli settlement policy. That’s nonsense.

    The separation wall is not a 26 foot tall concrete barrier. 10% of it is that. http://972mag.com/the-wall-10-years-on-the-great-israeli-project/40683/

    AIPAC is not making the US a pariah at the UN. LOL.

    AIPAC is not the force behind the bills to cut funding to institutions that honor the ASA boycott. That’s a lie. They opposed the federal bill. http://freebeacon.com/jewish-groups-split-on-anti-boycott-bill/

    The notion that because Israel receives loan guarantees, we can’t pay government salaries, is abject nonsense. $3 billion goes to Israel, not $3 trillion. This is a demagogue’s argument, and Medea knows it.

    ” keeping the lion’s share of foreign assistance for Israel means taking funds from critical programs to feed, provide shelter and offer emergency assistance to the world’s poorest people.”

    Just pure and utter nonsense. The US has more than enough to increase the aid budget to these people. This is more dishonest demagoguery, Medea.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      February 28, 2014, 4:29 pm

      “Just pure and utter nonsense. The US has more than enough to increase the aid budget to these people. This is more dishonest demagoguery, Medea.”

      The US is running a massive deficit, Hoph.
      Israel is not a poor country. It is taking the money that places like Haiti need.

    • Ellen
      Ellen
      February 28, 2014, 9:55 pm

      Hophmi, where did Benjamin say AIPAC is promoting Israel’s settlement policy? Where did she write that AIPAC is the force behind the ASA boycott? Where dis she state 3 trillion per year? (With all the grants and interest free “loans” it is much greater than the three billion in aid to Israel per year.)

      Did you read her post or are you just shooting?

      • Talkback
        Talkback
        March 1, 2014, 4:48 am

        @ Ellen

        But you have to agree that Medea Benjamin was not telling the truth about Hophmi’s miserable reading comprehension.

      • Mayhem
        Mayhem
        March 1, 2014, 8:30 am

        @Ellen & Talkback, the report did falsely claim:
        “AIPAC promotes Israeli policies that are in direct opposition to international law, including the establishment of settlements in the Occupied West Bank” and
        “AIPAC is trying to push a bill through Congress that would cut federal funding to American academic institutions that advocate a boycott of Israel.”
        Hophmi got the $3 trillion number wrong but Ellen and Talkback’s ripostes were way off key, the usual we have come to expect from pro-Palestinian knee jerkers.

      • Ellen
        Ellen
        March 1, 2014, 10:08 pm

        Ok, Mayhem, I understand why you can read that into Benjamine’s statements. But the statements are truthful and not dishonest as hophmi claims. Just the statement on the ASA topic is an error perhaps as hop’s on the three trillion dollar aid line.

        AIPAC completely refuses to back dismantling of the illegal settlements. In fact it won’t even go there publicly. And at the same time it supports maintaining control over the occupied territories for “security” reasons. So it is quite correct to state “AIPAC promotes Israeli policies that are in direct opposition to international law, including the establishment of settlements in the Occupied West Bank”

        Yes, neither AIPAC nor the ADL is supportive of the bill introduced by Roskam and Lipinski in response to the ASA resolution.

        But we covered that dynamic where AIPAC has lost control of their stooges on this here:

        http://mondoweiss.net/2014/02/revealed-standwithus-apartheid.html#comment-638889

      • just
        just
        March 2, 2014, 5:48 am

        Mahane– So why are you always writing that you support Palestinians’ rights and are a real humanitarian when it is clear that you DON’T and aren’t?

        (Your use of the word ‘riposte’ was good, if totally wrong and misplaced. AIPAC is proud of you, though. Your English is really coming along. )

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      March 1, 2014, 3:58 am

      @ hophmi
      Geez, lay off the ziocaine. Medea states facts and in proper context. You babble pure nonsense absent all authority. Here, read what a former honcho of AIPAC has to say about AIPAC: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mj-rosenberg/aipac-a-lobby-without-par_b_870943.html

      • MahaneYehude1
        MahaneYehude1
        March 2, 2014, 6:51 am

        @Just:

        So why are you always writing that you support Palestinians’ rights and are a real humanitarian when it is clear that you DON’T and aren’t?

        Yes, I support the Palestinians right for independence and compensations. The difference between me and others is that I also support the rights of the Jews and I support the right of the state of Israel to be a Jewish state and live in peace.

        Your use of the word ‘riposte’ was good, if totally wrong and misplaced. AIPAC is proud of you, though. Your English is really coming along.

        I am sorry, I never used the word “riposte” and actually, it is the first time I learn about this word.

        AIPAC is proud of you

        Really? AIPAC proud of Mahane? Nice to know. Thanks

      • just
        just
        March 2, 2014, 8:02 am

        My apologies.

        I mistakenly thought that Mayhem was Mahane.

        So sorry.

  5. ivri
    ivri
    February 28, 2014, 6:28 pm

    The difference is, seafoid, that when you give money to Israel it usually does something useful with it – so much so that it there is often some reciprocal benefit for the Us in that. In case of most other country-recipients of aid the picture is much gloomier due to mainly corruption or incompetence

    • Ellen
      Ellen
      February 28, 2014, 10:29 pm

      Difference? Really Ivri? Israel’s government is not only pretty corrupt, but highly corrupt. Dwelling in the ranks of the third world corruption, just over Brunei and below St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
      http://cpi.transparency.org/cpi2013/results/

      What does Israel do with US Tax payer’s money that is useful? (That is what they all say, btw.) USAID feeds the elites and not a country and the arms industry (controlled by a few families in Israel) is hardly useful to either Israel or the US.

      The aid industry everywhere is run by elites to feed the hands of elites.

      • Mayhem
        Mayhem
        March 1, 2014, 8:42 am

        @ellen, how deceptive your comments are. In the corruption index you referred to Israel is actually ranked in the top 20% of the least corrupt countries. If Palestine ever becomes a state with a leadership like they have now they are likely to be right at the bottom of the table. Refer http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/10/13/report-billions-of-dollars-of-aid-to-palestinian-authority-lost-to-corruption/

      • talknic
        talknic
        March 2, 2014, 5:07 am

        @ Mayhem “If Palestine ever becomes a state with a leadership like they have now they are likely to be right at the bottom of the table. Refer link to algemeiner.com”

        I referred and found “may have been” nothing substantiated. I guess you just like failing… you do it so often

    • Ecru
      Ecru
      March 1, 2014, 4:30 am

      @ ivri

      …when you give money to Israel it usually does something useful with it…

      Yes because we all know that demolishing houses, stealing resources, ethnic cleansing and brutally occupying a subject people is the very definition of “useful.” Or maybe you mean how the money comes back to the USA? In which case subverting the political process through the purchase of corrupt politicians is also no doubt something you consider “usefull.”

  6. lysias
    lysias
    February 28, 2014, 6:29 pm

    Interesting article on AIPAC’s decline in today’s Financial Times.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      February 28, 2014, 10:32 pm

      http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/da967edc-9f95-11e3-b6c7-00144feab7de.html

      “Even though this year’s meeting is expected to draw a record 14,000 attendees, it is also likely to be a more muted occasion than normal. For the second time in two years, Aipac has found itself rebuffed by Congress on one of its key objectives, in this case a new Iran sanctions bill.

      The opposition to new Iran sanctions is part of a broader trend where more hawkish policy views on the Middle East appear to be losing some of the backing they have enjoyed in Congress over the past decade, even while support for Israel remains rock solid.

      Since the end of last year, Aipac has thrown its weight behind a bill that threatens dramatically tougher sanctions on Iran’s oil industry if it does not reach a final agreement over its nuclear programme in the coming months.

      However, the bill has stalled after the White House threatened a veto and after some leading Democrats in the Senate sharply criticised it as an attempt to scupper diplomacy.

      Rather than use next week’s meeting as a platform to lobby for the sanctions bill, Aipac has decided instead to sit on the fence, backing the legislation but arguing that now is not the right time for a vote.

      “They are in a slightly weird position now, supporting the bill in theory but not actually wanting a vote,” said a Republican Senate aide involved in promoting the sanctions bill. “Nobody really knows where Aipac is, so they are somewhat irrelevant at this point.””

      Maybe AIPAC will finally fall in the Republican Party civil war.
      They may have to choose sides, the ultimate nightmare for the minority wedge lobby .

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        March 1, 2014, 12:25 am

        That FT article is pretty scary for AIPAC.
        The lobby is supposed to be relentless. Otherwise, what is the point?

        Reminds me a bit of this, you know, waning power thing

        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1342643/Hugh-Hefners-Playboy-mansion-like-squalid-prison-say-Playmates.html

        “At around midnight, according to St James, Hef would take his Viagra. ‘After that, he would constantly check his watch to make sure we left at the right time because if we didn’t, or the timing got messed up, he wouldn’t be able to perform later.”

        Stand with Hef, AIPAC

        There must be a good Beyoncé song to go with this riff

  7. Kathleen
    Kathleen
    February 28, 2014, 6:45 pm

    Medea is a powerful force to be reckoned with. And hopefully folks will call their Reps on Monday and let them know once again that the majority of the American public do not want more sanctions against Iran and do not want a military confrontation with Iran. Please contact your Reps office next week…again and again.

  8. gingershot
    gingershot
    February 28, 2014, 7:20 pm

    AIPAC is an American institution in direct critical support of Apartheid, in other words, a dead man walking.

    AIPAC needs to be confronted as an Apartheid organization working from WITHIN the political structure of the US (which it directly corrupts/buys/intimidates, so it can wield power) to support Apartheid

    AIPAC needs to be shamed out of existence as it rails against the ICC castigating Israeli Apartheid (hopefully) this coming Sept 2014

    Abbas today said ‘no extension to the peace talks’ and Obama is going to CONFRONT Bibi on what he is going to do ALONE against the coming boycotts of Apartheid Israel

    For some reason, the Apartheid state wanted to talk about anything else – Iran, in other words;

    “The time has come,” the Bibi said,
    “To talk of many things:
    Of shoes, and ships, and sealing wax –
    Of cabbages and kings,
    And why Iran is building nukes,
    And whether pigs have wings.”

    • gingershot
      gingershot
      February 28, 2014, 8:00 pm

      If the 2nd price Israel/the Israel Lobby pays for Apartheid, aside from the loss of the Zionist state, is that it is FORCED to operate as a foreign lobby, rather than it’s current Mafioso arrangement – I will literally …. oh let me just savor that thought for a couple of weeks…

      The Israeli Lobby must be REMOVED from the American political scene as a viable force for shackling the US to Israel in order to protect Apartheid.

      AIPAC = APARTHEID (and Neocons) = AIPAC

      The liberation of America from political control of the Neocons/The Israeli Lobby/Israel/Andrea Mitchell/David Brooks/Bill Kristol and the disasters they have shoved the US into – like the Iraq War and the GWOT-Clean Break Plan they engineered – will be the single greatest positive change to American political life since …. can anyone remember? Civil Rights Era?

      I am for Civil Rights for Americans like me, not to be co-opted and used for the WORST of American impulses, which Bibi has always found easy to do until about the last 5 minutes. (2007 Iran NIE, Admiral Fallon’s Resignation, Obama’s refusal to attack Iran in 2012, the declaration of the ICC-access for Palestine (in the vaccuum of Bibi’s 2012 fail and internal Israeli ‘General’s Revolt’, then the Hagel nomination, then the stiff to the drooling Kristol and Bibi as the American people flooded Congress to not approve the in motion/slow motion/whatever ongoing Syrian attack, then the stiff on the Iran Deal, and now this incredible moment in history as Israeli is in TOTAL STRATEGIC COLLAPSE in the vacuum of their failed War of the Worlds Against Iran, and now Bibi/Israel’s last stand in their bunkers.

      When you strike at a King Bibi – you better get him. Getting him is destroying AIPAC (his support) as an Apartheid institution. Imagine it’s 1945 and the Russians are closing in on Berlin.

      Destroying AIPAC over Apartheid is almost as good as getting Capone on taxes – because then we destroy the current worst most racist and dangerous elements in the US – the Neocons (and the rest of the Lobby, if there is a difference, Christian Zionists, Casino Tsars, etc).

  9. American
    American
    February 28, 2014, 9:56 pm

    Amen, amen Medea!
    Can I be in love with you and my wife too?
    You’re my cat woman fantasy …keep stalking the perps!

  10. American
    American
    February 28, 2014, 10:09 pm

    ”Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will attend but not President Obama or Vice President Joe Biden—both of whom have spoken in past years.””

    This is good. Nothing to be gained for I/P or US by O appearing. He’s already been demonized by them so what would be the point. Hopefully some politicos have noticed the blowback Canada’s Harper got from his country men and press for his donkey performance in Israel….(I say hopefully but probably they havent).

    • CitizenC
      CitizenC
      March 1, 2014, 4:28 am

      AIPAC is the “representative” face of Zionist influence. Starting with the Reagan Admin in the 1980s it was overtaken by an “executive” face within the govt, as Wolfowitz was joined by a host of neocons. This continued under Clinton, with Indyk and Ross. The neocons schemed while out of power and returned under Bush 2, to catastrophic effect. Zionist thinking continues to dominate foreign policy as Gareth Porter shows in a piece on the Iran negotiations where the US has introduced new demands that will lead to failure. See the first piece at this Porter archive.

      http://original.antiwar.com/porter/

      The overthrow of the Ukrainian govt, a disaster for eastern Europe, and for that matter for US interests in conservative terms, is a neocon job. Victoria Nuland, a Bush holdover and Hillary favorite, and undersecretary for European and Eurasian affairs, is the chief culprit, Jewish and married to Robert Kagan, among other neocon antecedents.

      Zionist influence may be past its zenith but celebration is premature. Zionism is as deeply rooted in the US as slavery was.

  11. Citizen
    Citizen
    March 1, 2014, 3:37 am

    M J Rosenberg’s take on AIPAC 2014: http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=855aabd7ccd7a77e987004677&id=813dce8019&e=4c25168940

    MoveOn org also echoes how AIPAC has been punched down a bit; it’s website goes into how it was done.

  12. Taxi
    Taxi
    March 1, 2014, 3:49 am

    First was Aipac, then came J-Street, and now, ladies and gentlemen of the goydom, heeeeeere’s Z-PAC!
    http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/02/zpac-aipac-j-street-netanyahu-washington-mahmoud-abbas.html

  13. concernedhuman
    concernedhuman
    March 1, 2014, 4:30 am

    Creating another PAC more powerful and influential than AIPAC !!
    More war mongering !


    Right-wing Jewish hawks in the United States are considering the formation of a new pro-Israel lobby that would directly compete with AIPAC and J Street.

    The new organization, which has been tentatively called Z-Pac, would aim to dilute the influence of J Street, which is viewed as a lobby that is sympathetic with the left. Its goal would be to serve as a genuine, right-wing alternative that would solicit influence and donations in order to counter the US administration’s attempts to pressure the Israeli government into accept Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace proposals.

    http://http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Move-afoot-to-form-new-right-wing-pro-Israel-lobby-in-US-343903

  14. Les
    Les
    March 1, 2014, 10:35 am

    What, if any, bit of the US print and boadcast media is not in the AIPAC fold?

  15. gingershot
    gingershot
    March 1, 2014, 11:06 am

    ‘Time for a Clean Break from Hillary Clinton 2016’

    ‘Time for a Clean Break from Bill Kristol’

    ‘Time for a Clean Break from AIPAC’

    ‘Time for a Clean Break from Hillary Clinton 2016’ – AIPAC’s shoo-in Pro-Apartheid candidate in 2016*

    ‘AIPAC and Hillary Clinton in 2016 are the ocean Israeli Apartheid swims in’ – to destroy Apartheid-AIPAC we need to destroy AIPAC’s Next President

    (*like she was their shoo-in candidate in 2008, until she saw Obama sprint past her as she was busy having photo ops saying it would be her honor to be the president supported by AIPAC to ceremonially press the red button to nuke Iran for Israel, after Israel attacks Iran )

    ‘Time for a Clean Break from Jewish Control/Big Zion-Control of the US’. No more foreign policy or wars for Israel, dictated by ‘winning Israeli campaign support for Hillary’

    ‘Time for a Clean Break from Hillary Clinton 2016’ – BECAUSE she IS Big Zion

    Hillary = Big Zion = AIPAC’s 2016 Sponsored President

    ‘Time for a Clean Break from Zionist Control of the US – Political Zionism as the Ocean Israeli Apartheid Swims in

    Israeli Apartheid doesn’t exist without Hillary Clinton in 2016’

    ‘AIPAC and Hillary Clinton in 2016 are the ocean Israeli Apartheid Swims in’ – to destroy Apartheid-AIPAC we need to destroy AIPAC’s Next President

    Israeli Apartheid doesn’t exist without AIPAC – AIPAC is the organ by which AIPAC-Apartheid Jewish/Zionist control of the US is wielded – with it’s Dershowitz-awing level of near complete control (a successful ‘1000 yr War of Civilization against Iran and Islam for Israeli Apartheid’ being AIPAC’s latest glitch two months ago)

    Tools like Menendez, Lindsey Graham, McCain, and Jewish Consciene of the Senate Joe Lieberman and Rep Jane Harman – all the fascists and bullies and mainstream news-exposed traitors – all the fronts so the Zionist-Jewish behind them and every other tree these Israeli Lobby tools hide behind, as they are paid by AIPAC to do it without being exposed (Jew, Christian, Buddhist or Rastafarian (other Israeli Lobby tools: Dennis Ross, Indyk, WINEP, AEI ‘scholars’, Heritage, etc etc)

    Inside Apartheid Israel’s decision cycle sits Bill Kristol, desperately trying to force his compatriost in AIPAC to go down with the Aartheid ship, the ship that’s already dead in the water. What’s next? – Bill Kristol/Netanyahu become known as the Jewish Hitlers – and Hitler and Stalin and Pol Pot gain their newest Jewish member of the exclusive club, which because of our racism towards Jews, which involves treating them as the chosen gods, royalty, dangerous racist Zionist-fascist they are.

    So at long last – Jews are not any more chose than anyone else – Judaims can rise to modernize itself and free itself from the shackles of it’s cultural narcissism in which it revels and wallows, and ‘get real’ and join the civlived world, sans Zionism

    Jews aren’t leading the world, as Bibi or David Brooks would have it, Jews are trying to drag the world into hell, in order to save Narcissitic Judaism, o/w known as Racist Apartheid Israeli-Style ‘Liberal Zionist-Style’ Hilary Clinton-Style Zionism

    The new goal is not longer Apartheid Israel – we are 3 steps ahead* of that (at least I am – I’m after Bill Kristol and the entire edifice of AIPAC-style Neocon-Style Israeli Lobby-Style, David Brooks/Mort Zuckerman/Sheldon Adelson-Style Jewish Depravity, Racism, Ethnic Cleansing and Apartheid
    (* ‘Israeli Apartheid dead once Palestine at the ICC’; say IDF Legal Teams, therefore, Apartheid already lost. I agree. NEXT>>>>)

    I’m after Bill Kristol, AIPAC, and Hillary Clinton (AIPAC’s 2016/2008 candiate) now.

    Hillary Clinton’s coronation will be DESTROYED or CAN BE destroyed – over her support for Israeli Apartheid. Same with AIPAC and Bill Kristol. Let’s get to it

    AIPAC’s coronation will be DESTROYED or CAN BE destroyed over her support for Israeli Apartheid

    How? Obams has already ‘shown the way’ – we OUT Hillary and AIPAC and ‘the NEXT Romney or Hillary-AIPAC candidate’ with these explicit words (Biden in the 2008 VP debates, and Obama used again a couple of weeks ago to stop the Mendendez charge against the Iran Deal) ‘you should just tell people you want war, AIPAC-troll, if that’s what you want’

    Said another way – ‘All you Jews and Israeli NIGHTFLOWERS who want to be OUTED lying the US into Iran on the heels of lying the US into Iraq’ – STEP RIGHT UP AND YELL IT FROM THE MOUNTAINTOPS.

    *CRICKETS* Stopped Palin/McCain in 2008 – stopped McCain/Mendendez/McCain last week trying to sabotage the Iran Deal as Israelis and Neocons go BESERK. Total Strategic Collapse of Apartheid-AIPAC, because, like the ‘Settlers and Apartheid’, they are CHAINED TO EACH OTHER

    It’s a TwoFer or Three-Fer or Four-Fer – ‘AIPAC’s Shoo-In Candidate Hillary’, ‘AIPAC’, and Apartheid Israel, Big Zion Political Control in the US, as well as yesterday’s news, ‘the Fork Having Already Been Stuck in Israeli Apartheid’.
    Now we stick the fork in Hillary and AIPAC, BECAUSE of her/their Pro-Zionist support and agenda. Tar them all (deservedly) with the same Apartheid Brush

    One question to Hillary or AIPAC’s spokesman such as – ‘I think you should tell the American people that you want to push the US into a 1000 yr war with Syria, Iran, and Islam in order to protect your Source of Campaign Contributions and Political Power, Hillary.’ – and it’s all over.

    • Kathleen
      Kathleen
      March 1, 2014, 8:12 pm

      Hillary is a neocon. Great on domestic issues a war hawk on the middle east. If she gets in surely the next stop will be Iran

      • gingershot
        gingershot
        March 3, 2014, 10:51 am

        And it will be her orgasmic honor to push the red button on Iran for Israel

  16. gingershot
    gingershot
    March 1, 2014, 11:47 am

    ‘Over the Hill-Hillary’ on the Wrong Side of History, Morality, Crime, Apartheid, Ethnic Cleansing, Feminism-in support of the opposite, Enlightenment- in support of the opposite, and Leadership Fitness- in support of the opposite’

    While the entire American Zionist edifice that supports any SEMBLANCE of ‘AIPAC-Style Zionism’, or ‘Hillary Clinton-Style Zionism’ – continues their desperate impotent attempts to ‘Save Apartheid and Save the Jews’ – we score POINT after POINT on Bill Kristol and Hillary Clinton – who are TOO SLOW and TOO ZIO-DINOSAUR-like – to fight the right fight – or at least not get sucked under as the Apartheid ship turns turtle.

    We score so many points on Bill Kristol and Hillary while they are desperately ‘saving the Jews and Apartheid’ that 2014 becomes a real Annus horribilis (sorry for making everybody hurl) stuck so far up their yin-yangs that neither one of them no what hit them.

    Except they do, and we do. We stopped Apartheid, AIPAC, and Hillary – and all their connections.

    Sept 2014

    Hillary is so STALE and SO OUT OF IT that she thought she was going to WIN being ‘AIPAC’s Girl’ (stuck in the past, Hill, Over the Hill Hill) – a decidedly UNCOOL thing for ANY HUMAN being not a savage to be, on the face of the earth, in March 2014.

    BooHoo – no soup for you, Hillary. I guess you left the 50’s but the 50’s never left you – and all you ended up being was ‘AIPAC’s Girl’ (oh yeah, Daddy’s ‘Star’) who didn’t make it because you don’t seem to have a mind of your own. Despite Wellesley.

    While the entire American Zionist edifice that supports any semblance of ‘AIPAC-Style Zionism’ – which is EXACTLY the same as ‘Hillary Clinton-Style Zionism’ becomes RADIOACTIVE

    We don’t destroy AIPAC-Apartheid by letting Hillary prance around as AIPAC’s Annointed. We kick her ass – because she is CHAINED to AIPAC-Apartheid, BECAUSE she DOESN’T have a first rate mind, because she doesn’t have a MIND of her own, because, with bells on her toes, she said ‘I want to be AIPAC’s Girl’.

    Screw her. I mean really – it has to be done – she’s AIPAC’s Candidate and she is GOING TO WIN in 2016 if she is NOT taken out – SINGLE ISSUE – because she IS AIPAC’s Girl

  17. jayn0t
    jayn0t
    March 2, 2014, 11:24 pm

    “Even General David Petraeus admitted that the U.S./Palestine conflict “foments anti-American sentiment, due to a perception of U.S. favoritism for Israel.”” – only a sectarian leftist like Benjamin could put it like that. The words “even” and “admitted” distort the simple fact that military men often notice the elephant in the room where leftists, liberals and Democrats are too easily blackmailed by the phrase ‘antisemitism’.

  18. jayn0t
    jayn0t
    March 2, 2014, 11:30 pm

    “When a small group like this has disproportionate power, that hurts everyone—including Israelis and American Jews.” Shouldn’t that read “hurts everyone except Israelis and American Jews”?

  19. Citizen
    Citizen
    March 3, 2014, 9:13 am

    I’m surprised Mondoweiss has not carried an article on this interview with Obama a couple of days ago, just before Putin grabbed his attention–with the interviewer being, who else” but Jeffrey Goldberg: http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-03-02/obama-to-israel-time-is-running-out

    It shows Obama’t thinking on Iran, Israel, the ME generally. Gives me a bit more confidence Obama knows a lot and is very cautious about being steam rolled. What do you think?

  20. gingershot
    gingershot
    March 3, 2014, 10:23 am

    The 2nd American Revolution and Judaism Revised

    Bibi and AIPAC left the rotten Apartheid COMPLETELY EXPOSED by their stupid tactics – and now we get all the marbles – AIPAC’s Girl Hillary and ‘Judaism as Zionist’

    The Strategy:
    1- Successful 2nd American Revolution: America Free of AIPAC [and free of AIPAC’s Girl Hillary (2nd Amerian Rev)]
    2- Reformulate Judaism as Free of as Zionistm

    The Tactics:
    1- Force AIPAC to register as agent of hostile foreign power then make it ILLEGAL
    2- Shame ‘All American Jewry’ and ‘All American Zionism’ – re-dedicate Judaism to SERVING Palestinians

  21. gingershot
    gingershot
    March 3, 2014, 12:54 pm

    ‘Obama’s Legacy – Removing AIPAC-Apartheid Israel’s control over the US’

    Obama needs our HELP to wrest control of the US back from AIPAC…

    The single greatest threat to the US for years has been AIPAC’s political control of the US. Anyone with an IQ over 150 knows this.

    A great man takes care of the greatest threat. That’s his legacy. This is ‘Obama’s Legacy – Removing AIPAC-Apartheid Israel’s control over the US’

    Your job, in other words, as the GREATEST AMERICAN PRESIDENT SINCE WASHINGTON, is to ‘Successfully Lead the 2nd American Revolution Free of AIPAC’. Good Job (push down the vomit in back of throat, pushpush) so far –

    Now, like with the American people STOPPING AIPAC over Syria, Obama needs your help – ALL OF US – for ALL OF US TO PULL TOGETHER AND give AIPAC the old HEAVE HO
    (Don’t think I don’t know it is WE THE (american) PEOPLE who stopped AiPAC on Syr-Iran-ia, just like if will be WE THE PEOPLE who lead, help or follow the 2nd American Revolution getting us Free of AIPAC and King ‘Bibi’ Richard

    The wisest thing an American president could ever do is simply this – take care of the greatest threat. What is the greatest threat to the US? – AIPAC of course, those smarty pants who just missed pushing into a ’1000 yr Israeli/Neocon Planned War to Preserve Apartheid and AIPAC Control Over the US Forever’.

    It’s a single choice thing – your legacy as US president was to SUCCESSFULLY LEAD a 2nd American Revolution

    1st American Rev – freed ourselves from the Brits
    2nd American Rev – freed ourselves from AIPAC/Jewish political control of the US

    Simple. Obama is freeing ourselves from AIPAC. LET’S BACK HIM UP NOW. NOW! NOW!!!

    Obama was forced by AIPAC to declare war on Syria/Iran (which he did) but brilliantly THEN threw AIPAC to the exhausted American people (WHO SLAMMED AIPAC, as he couldn’t) enough to WEAKEN AIPAC enough to stop Bibi/McCain/Graham/Mendez/Israel Lobby from destroying the Iran Deal

    President Obama did the ‘single-choice best and brightest thing’ ANY AMERICAN PRESIDENT WILL EVER MAKE- he is REMOVING AIPAC’s control over the American Presidency/Congress and NEEDS YOUR HELP

    President Obama Needs your help to DESTROY AIPAC in TANDEM with destroying Netanyahu – which he JUST DID by reading Bibi the APARTHEID RIOT ACT. Think Jimmy Carter on Steroids. ‘How I Boycotted Apartheid Israel and Led the 2nd American Revolution’, by Barak Obama

    President Obama did the ‘single-choice best and brightest thing’ ANY AMERICAN PRESIDENT WILL EVER MAKE- he is REMOVING AIPAC’s control over the American Presidency/Congress and NEEDS YOUR HELP

    OBAMA IS LEADING A 2ND AMERICAN REVOLUTION AGAINST AIPAC – HE NEEDS YOUR FULL SUPPORT AS AIPAC/ISRAEL TRY TO ATTACK RUSSIA – like Iran – TO STAAVE OF DESTRUCTION OF AIPAC/CONTROL OF US POLITICS

    HILLARY IS THE FIRST PRIZE – AIPAC FORCED TO REGISTER IS SECOND PRIZE – AIPAC ILLEGAL IS FINAL PRIZE

    GO GO GO GO COURAGE IS CONTAGIOUS GO GO GO GO

    Obama needs your help to wrest control of the US back from AIPAC

    The single greatest threat to the US for years has been AIPAC’s political control of the US. Any one with an IQ over 150 knows this.

    The wisest thing an American president could ever do is

    It’s a single choice thing – your legacy as US president was to SUCCESSFULLY LEAD a 2nd American Revolution

    1st American Rev – freed ourselves from the Brits
    2nd American Rev – freed ourselves from AIPAC/Jewish political control of the US

    Simple. Obama is freeing ourselves from AIPAC. LET’S BACK HIM UP NOW. NOW! NOW!!!

    Obama was forced by AIPAC to declare war on Syria/Iran (which he did) but brilliantly THEN threw AIPAC to the exhausted American people (WHO SLAMMED AIPAC, as he couldn’t) enough to WEAKEN AIPAC enough to stop Bibi/McCain/Graham/Mendez/Israel Lobby from destroying the Iran Deal

    President Obama did the ‘single-choice best and brightest thing’ ANY AMERICAN PRESIDENT WILL EVER MAKE- he is REMOVING AIPAC’s control over the American Presidency/Congress and NEEDS YOUR HELP

    President Obama Needs your help to DESTROY AIPAC in TANDEM with destroying Netanyahu – which he JUST DID by reading Bibi the APARTHEID RIOT ACT. Think Jimmy Carter on Steroids. ‘How I Boycotted Apartheid Israel and Led the 2nd American Revolution’, by Barak Obama

    President Obama did the ‘single-choice best and brightest thing’ ANY AMERICAN PRESIDENT WILL EVER MAKE- he is REMOVING AIPAC’s control over the American Presidency/Congress and NEEDS YOUR HELP

    OBAMA IS LEADING A 2ND AMERICAN REVOLUTION AGAINST AIPAC – HE NEEDS YOUR FULL SUPPORT AS AIPAC/ISRAEL TRY TO ATTACK RUSSIA – like Iran – TO STAAVE OF DESTRUCTION OF AIPAC/CONTROL OF US POLITICS

    HILLARY IS THE FIRST PRIZE – AIPAC FORCED TO REGISTER IS SECOND PRIZE – AIPAC ILLEGAL IS FINAL PRIZE

    Everybody always knew the ‘The 2nd American Revolution was Getting Rid of AIPAC’. That’s what made Obama the Greatest President of Modern Times. AFTER he was ‘successful’ at doing it. With a little push here and there by the Free Palestine crowd.

    Who knew America’s Second Revolution was so intimately entwined with Free Palestinians? Everybody? – of course we do

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