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AIPAC member threatens to sue Code Pink over parody video (Updated)

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This AIPAC parody video seems to have hit a nerve. An “influential” AIPAC member thinks it was created by the group Code Pink and is threatening litigation.

A Code Pink press release says:

On February 25th, an AIPAC member called a CODEPINK staffer threatening legal action in response to a controversial video clip that he alleges was made by the peace group CODEPINK. The video is a satirical version of an AIPAC policy conference promotional video.

In response, CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin commented, “It is absurd for AIPAC to threaten legal action over such an obviously satirical video. It is interesting that they are reacting so strongly to the clip, though. Perhaps it’s because the content is really an accurate reflection of AIPAC’s dangerous foreign policies. AIPAC does, in fact, advocate for bombing countries such as Iran and Syria; it fails to condemn Israel’s continued building of settlements and its human rights abuses against Palestinians; and it lobbies Congress to send billions of taxpayer dollars to Israel to continue the occupation of Palestine.” She added, “What are they trying to hide by silencing this video?”

I contacted Code Pink organizer Alli McCracken to ask for more information on this “AIPAC member” and she explained, “Someone called Medea saying they were an ‘influential member’ of AIPAC but refused to give a name, saying we would be contacted by a lawyer, and we are waiting for that call.”


The version of the video that I originally posted was taken down by YouTube (due to an “influential AIPAC member” perhaps?), but it’s back up in a new location:

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9 Responses

  1. Justpassingby
    February 27, 2014, 3:21 pm

    Video is gone now..

    Good job Code pink regardless!

  2. oneof5
    February 27, 2014, 3:59 pm

    Good stuff … truth

    No wonder AIPAC is so pizzed …

    Go Code Pinkers ! (… ahh … if that’s who it was …)

  3. jsinton
    February 27, 2014, 4:23 pm

    Youtube took the video down? I thought they couldn’t. Guess Zuckerburg is a dick.

  4. lysias
    February 27, 2014, 4:59 pm

    Supreme Court has already exempted parodies from copyright law in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, 510 U.S. 569 (1994).

  5. justicewillprevail
    February 27, 2014, 7:13 pm

    Ha ha, are you sure this is satire? Sounds accurate to me. So in the best traditions of the mob, an anonymous underling is despatched to utter threats to the supposed instigator of this shocking calumny of the peace and Palestinian-loving AIPAC. (And what evidence do they have that it is anything to do with CODEPINK? Doesn’t matter, any pinko bunch of commies will do, like Palestinians they’re all the same anyway! )
    So a billion dollar -backed megalomaniac organisation is panicked by an organisation who probably couldn’t afford the cab fare to the AIPAC love-in??? This is priceless, and that’s what freaks them out the most. Emperors just hate people who point that they are butt-naked.

  6. concernedhuman
    February 28, 2014, 5:25 am

    That sounded CODERED for AIPAC !!
    They panic ..
    Good job CODEPINK !!

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