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‘Al Jazeera’ has ‘canned’ undercover investigation of Israel lobby — leading pro-Israel operative

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For a while now we have been waiting for Al Jazeera to air an undercover investigation of the Israel lobby in the United States that it said was near completion in 2017, following up on its explosive four-parter on the Israel lobby in the U.K.

Sadly there has been a lot of informed speculation that the documentary won’t run because Israel lobby groups got to Qatari leaders, and a point man in that effort stated last night that the deal has gone down, the doc has been “canned.”

Nick Muzin tweeted last night:

Because of ‘s visit to Qatar, canned an anti-Semitic documentary, anti-Israel books were permanently removed from the Doha Book Fair, and Israeli athletes and fans will be welcome at the 2022 World Cup. We should all support .

Nick Muzin is a Washington consultant used to work as a registered foreign agent for Qatar and for Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. He is a longtime Israel supporter and religious Jew and winning lavish fees from Qatar, helped bring about the visits of many Israel supporters to the country, including Alan Dershowitz, Mort Klein of the Zionist Organization of America, and Malcolm Hoenlein.

Robert Fisk reported on delays to the documentary in March in The Independent and quoted the doc’s creator Clayton Swisher on the political pressure:

[A]fter months of postponement, The Lobby, which secretly filmed pro-Israeli US activists and Israeli government officials and was completed last autumn, is still no nearer to being shown – and Swisher himself has taken a paid leave of absence…

“[O]ur new documentary doesn’t seem to be getting on air.”

In his published explanation, Swisher described how his award-winning investigative unit – which he says operates “without [Qatari] government interference” – sent an undercover reporter to look into “how Israel wields influence in America through the pro-Israeli American community. But when some right-wing American supporters of Israel found out about the documentary, there was a massive backlash. It was even labelled as antisemitic in a spate of articles.”…

“Of course, our documentary is not antisemitic. It is an exploration of how Israel, a foreign government, influences US foreign policy.”

Swisher says that several “leaders of Jewish American organisations” met with Qatar’s registered agent and lobbyist, Nick Muzin – a former aide to US Senator Ted Cruz, who supported American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital – “to see if he could use his ties with the Qataris to stop the airing”. Since October, Swisher says, “we’ve faced a series of unexplained delays on broadcasting our project, the likes of which I’ve never experienced. I was repeatedly told by everyone to ‘wait’

Electronic Intifada reported on a bombshell assertion in the documentary.

The leading neoconservative think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies is functioning as an agent of the Israeli government, Al Jazeera’s forthcoming investigation on the US Israel lobby will reveal.

According to a source who has seen the undercover documentary, it contains footage of a powerful Israeli official claiming that “We have FDD. We have others working on this.”

The FDD is today one of the most important thinktanks in Washington because of its evident influence on the Trump administration, and closeness to leading pro-Israel donors.

And bear in mind, Al Jazeera and Qatar’s calculations. They know where the power lies in D.C., and don’t wish to offend it.

How many mainstream U.S. media outlets are going to look into this episode of apparent censorship involving powerful actors and foreign interests? Don’t hold your breath.

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  1. JLewisDickerson on June 26, 2018, 11:24 am

    RE: “Al Jazeera’ has ‘canned’ undercover investigation of Israel lobby — leading pro-Israel operative”

    📺 Israel lobby censors groundbreaking Al Jazeera documentary on Israel lobby
    Moderate Rebels
    Published on Jun 25, 2018
    Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton speak with journalist Ali Abunimah about the censoring of Al Jazeera’s undercover documentary exposing the Israel lobby in the US from the inside, and Qatar’s relations to the US, Palestine, and Saudi Arabia.

  2. Donald on June 26, 2018, 11:37 am
    • Rob Roy on June 26, 2018, 9:26 pm

      D. Johnson, I agree.

      Qatar is more afraid of losing the US base (and it’s protection from Saudi Arabia) than it is afraid of losing its reputation of having independent journalism, even though it harms Al Jazeera. I suspect that eventually the documentary will work its way out, although “The Occupation of the American Mind” never got to the US, though it was shown in Europe.

      Maybe Swisher, et. al., should take the doc to Germany. Die Welt printed Sy Hersh’s proof that Assad didn’t use chemicals on the Syrians and in spite of Hersh’s renown as an investigative journalist, the NYT, WaPo, New Yorker, Guardian, London Times wouldn’t touch it.

      Cowards and hypocrites we can do without.

      • smithgp on June 28, 2018, 6:33 am

        Correction: “The Occupation of the American Mind” has been available in the U.S. Our group, Mid-Missourians For Justice in Palestine, has had public screenings.

  3. Paranam Kid on June 26, 2018, 12:28 pm

    A priori this is bad news, but one can also look at it as good news: it contributes to accelerating distancing of young American Jews from ‘Israel’. Rabid Zionists like Nick Muzin with their actions make their contribution too.

  4. WebSkipper on June 26, 2018, 2:38 pm

    I’ve been EXTREMELY disappointed in how this has played out over time. And I’m hugely disappointed in the Qataris for playing politics with this. I’ve pondered the questions of (1) Clayton Swisher possibly “going rogue” and airing it on his own (and I’m not sure what the legal ramifications and repercussions of that might be); or (2) one or more parties purchasing the rights to the documentary and airing it independently (and again, I’m not sure what legalities that might entail). I, for one, would be willing to pay the price of a ticket. And by that, I mean I would financially support an effort to buy the rights to the documentary in order to make it available for public viewing. Indeed, at the right price, I’d be willing to do that on my own. If the “right people” see this, Mondoweiss has my email address and I’d ask that they put us in touch.

  5. inbound39 on June 26, 2018, 4:19 pm

    Everyone knows the doco exists and that the team were thorough in exposing the lobby’s influence on the British Government. People can take an educated guess from that as to how involved they are in the American Government. Not that we can’t see it. Adelson and co are operating in plain sight these days and Americans need to acknowledge the damage it is doing to their governments image globally. Whether it is true or not it seems to the casual observer that Netanyahu rules America.

  6. Citizen on June 26, 2018, 8:53 pm

    I remember when they took Al Jazeera itself off my cable channel list. No surprise here.

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