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Here’s the logo for AIPAC’s policy conference that starts today. Notice, no Jewish symbol in the graphic for AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee). But a morphing Star of David that becomes the 5-pointed star from a Christmas tree. And “excitement,” that sounds a bit rapturous, doesn’t it? Like a revival tent?

AIPAC's 2014 slogan
AIPAC’s 2014 slogan

If AIPAC is losing liberal Democrats to J Street, this won’t help. A lot of the messaging is aimed at capturing Christians. Look at this one. The +-sign looks like a cross to me. So do some of the men’s ties.

Very ecumenical image from AIPAC
Very ecumenical image from AIPAC

Here’s Joel Rosenberg, whose organization does Christian outreach for Israel, tweeting an event he attended last night.

Joel Rosenberg and Will and Penny Nance at AIPAC outreach to Christians event
Joel Rosenberg and Will and Penny Nance at AIPAC outreach to Christians event

And here’s Tim Wachtstetter, an Arkansas Christian, sending his regrets, because he’s in the holy land.

Tim Wachtstetter
Tim Wachtstetter

This image tweeted as the policy conference was about to start, from Sarahbeth Budenstein, captures the outreach. What’s that flag? Where’s the Judaica?

Sarabeth Budenstein photo of AIPAC policy conference 2014
Sarabeth Budenstein photo of AIPAC policy conference 2014

But there’s some of that good old time religion. AIPAC tweeted this. Netanyahu and Obama are best friends. We’ll get a lot of liberal Democrats on the stage in the next couple days, don’t worry. Plus a rightwing P.M.

Netanyahu promotes his visit to the U.S. and AIPAC
Netanyahu promotes his visit to the U.S. and AIPAC

The liberal Zionist organization J Street is reaching out to AIPAC delegates. Writes Alan Elsner:

“As over 14,000 pro-Israel delegates converge on Capitol Hill this week for the annual AIPAC conference, we are challenging them to join Kerry’s ‘great constituency for peace’ and show our leaders that we can’t afford to miss this moment.”

And on Meet the Press today, John Kerry did his own diplomacy, saying that Netanyahu has been “very courageous” and has made “tough decisions” during the peace process.

Code Pink has put up this appalling image from outside the AIPAC conference. “Check out the racism,” they say.

Outside AIPAC 2014
Outside AIPAC 2014

I like this image from Code Pink, too.

Code Pink photo, across from AIPAC conference 2014
Code Pink photo, across from AIPAC conference 2014

Inside the hall, the organization is clearly defensive about the dual loyalty tag. “Israel makes America safer, stronger and better,” AIPAC’s outgoing president Michael Kassen says in the opening speech.

And the second speaker is Masad Barhoum, a Palestinian Israeli hospital director, talking about treating 200+ wounded from the Syrian civil war– “seeking medical salvation at the hands of their sworn enemy… they have been saved by the Israel they have been taught to fear and hate.”

When we walk through the gates [of the hospital], we cease to be Jews, Muslims, or like me an Arab Christian.

There are more non-Jews on the first panel. Senator Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat, is interviewed by former CNN anchor Frank Sesno. He is the first to speak. “We must achieve an outcome where Iran has no pathway to a nuclear weapon.” And only after him, former officials: Joe Lieberman and former Mossad head Avi Dichter. Iran’s intentions are clear, Dichter says:

Iran intends to destroy Israel and expel the people who came post-48.

Dichter is slinging Islamophobia. Arabic doesn’t have the expression, the enemy of my enemy is my friend, he says. No their expression is:

Me and my brother against our cousin. And me and my cousin against the stranger.

The AIPAC poster saying all callings are welcome is being parodied effectively. From Abe Greenhouse:

Parody of AIPAC poster
Parody of AIPAC poster

From Hiba Izdahmad:

Parody from Hiba Izdahmad
Parody from Hiba Izdahmad
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ugh.

Definitely hearing that twist more…”that Christian organizations are the real problem when it comes to Israel” Israel’s efforts to rebrand, take the focus off of the I lobby here in the U.S. Refusenik Maya Wind was just here in Boulder and said something very close to that. She even went onto say that she “gets a bit mad when she hears Americans say that Aipac is the problem” when it comes to full on support… Read more »

The imbedding of the hexagram (star of david) inside a pentagram is a clever graphic. To label the pentagram as the star on the Christmas tree, when it is also the star that is on the American flag, seems to be putting a religious rather than a political spin on it. The entire Washington D.C. milieu with its lobbyists and lingo have been sufficiently skewered on “house of cards” and in Leibovich’s book “This Town”,… Read more »

“Israel makes America safer, stronger and better,” AIPAC’s outgoing president Michael Kassen says in the opening speech.”Kassen.

Do please elaborate mr kassen.

Israel is upset because Obama has not been stronger in dealing with Putin.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/03/02/Netanyahu-s-Lesson-from-Ukraine-Don-t-Trust-Obama-on-Iran

Geez, should he go to war with Russia because a bunch of Israel firsters and Nuttyahoo and co wish it so.

Kick all these traitors out of the USA .

“Israel makes America safer, stronger and better,” AIPAC’s outgoing president Michael Kassen says in the opening speech ? I disagree, as do millions of Americans. The current Israel is making America unsafe, weaker around the world and worse in all respects. Israel is an embarrassment, a pariah and a rogue state supported by a lot of aggressive, ignorant, unsophisticated, and greedy people.