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How AIPAC squashes criticism

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    Ady Barkan, The Nation, February 12: What Ilhan Omar Said About AIPAC Was Right

    We haven't written much about AIPAC or Israel on this website lately, but it seems that any criticism of either labels you as anti-Semitic. That is, of course, exactly what AIPAC does...makes any criticism of what they do as anti-Semitic. Rep Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American Muslim recently elected to the House from Minnesota and an outspoken critic of Israel found herself the target of AIPAC's criticism. From Wikipedia:

    "In February 2019, in response to a tweet by Glenn Greenwald criticizing congressional leaders for attempting to censure Omar and others for their anti-Israel statements, Omar replied to Greenwald on Twitter, "It's all about the Benjamins baby". The "Benjamins" is an expression for dollar bill. In response to another tweet asking why US politicians take pro-Israeli positions, she responded with one word: "AIPAC".

    These statements set off a firestorm of criticism by both Republicans and Democrats as being "anti-Semitic". Kevin McCarthy is seeking to censure her.

    Omar issued an apology the next day, stating, "My intention is never to offend constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole", while also adding "I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry". That's not good enough for McCarthy who seemingly wants to make this a divisive issue in the Democratic Party.

    I happen to agree with Rep Ilhan Omar. As I have studied AIPAC and it's role influencing a pro-Israeli position in America, AIPAC uses a variety of tactics to squash any criticism against Israel or AIPAC themselves, from university lecturers to politicians. And sadly, they own many of the politicians in the Democratic Party. It's more than the money...it's about being targeted in the media at election time. "If you are not pro-Israel, by default you must be anti-Semitic...a racist".

    I agree with Ady Barkan's article in the Nation above that Rep Omar was right to criticize AIPAC. Barkan cite's his personal experience of being "paid off" to voice a pro-Israeli stance. You can read Barkan's article, but he describes just one example of what AIPAC does. After AARP it is the second most powerful lobby in the United States with tremendous financial resources that can be funneled into PACS to support or oppose a candidate depending on the stance on Israel. Or force a university professor to be removed from his/her position.

    However, are they any different from all the PACS that send money to buy politicians?

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    Yes, now Trump calls for her to resign. Guess what, his "sweet" son in law is indeed an "wrong" corrupt Jew. I guess people forget that Israel plays an dirty game and still uses the holocaust as an excuse to behave as they do. However they've not learned that their actions in the middle east can't be covered up by "religion" . Any "religion" who behaves like that should be set straight. Jewish lobbyists are as bad as Christian lobbyists; it has nothing to do with religion itself, but only are "power plays" to position themselves in to be able to clean their hands of all their misdeeds.

    Humanity always has been so, in order to protect their "turf"; all "religions" use an "trade mark" or "logo" to identify themselves. Since there are more religions on this world than "countries", of course then you get the game of "survival" as the Jews have done throughout the centuries. But yeah my opinion is, that "all" religions are born out of the fear for death and exploited by the clergy. Amen

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    Do not criticize Israel, if you do you'll be labeled anti Semitic. Even if you write or say anything that might resemble a anti remark, you're almost assuredly to be taken wrong. Even if that wasn't your intention.

    Trump might have learned this when he attacked Muslims.

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    Dockadams Wrote:

    Do not criticize Israel, if you do you'll be labeled anti Semitic. Even if you write or say anything that might resemble a anti remark, you're almost assuredly to be taken wrong. Even if that wasn't your intention.

    Trump might have learned this when he attacked Muslims.

    Dock , yes you point to the precise problem; thus if they murder thousands of Palestinians and steal their land, people have to keep their mouth shut. My parents were killed because they protected Jews and hid them during WWII, the result is that I was raised by other people and a "no "thank you" at all from the "Jewish people who my parents saved.

    It is not the "religion" but the "behavior" which counts. Israel is not an bunch of "sweethearts" at all.

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    I read the book, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy by John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt soon after it was published in 2007. From the publisher's review:

    "They describe the remarkable level of material and diplomatic support that the United States provides to Israel and argues that this support cannot be fully explained on either strategic or moral grounds. This exceptional relationship is due largely to the political influence of a loose coalition of individuals and organizations that actively work to shape U.S. foreign policy in a pro-Israel direction. Mearsheimer and Walt provocatively contend that the lobby has a far-reaching impact on America's posture throughout the Middle East―in Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, and toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict―and the policies it has encouraged are in neither America's national interest nor Israel's long-term interest. The lobby's influence also affects America's relationship with important allies and increases dangers that all states face from global jihadist terror. "

    Those were true words in 2007 and they are even more true today.

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    Dutch Wrote:
    Dockadams Wrote:

    Do not criticize Israel, if you do you'll be labeled anti Semitic. Even if you write or say anything that might resemble a anti remark, you're almost assuredly to be taken wrong. Even if that wasn't your intention.

    Trump might have learned this when he attacked Muslims.

    Dock , yes you point to the precise problem; thus if they murder thousands of Palestinians and steal their land, people have to keep their mouth shut. My parents were killed because they protected Jews and hid them during WWII, the result is that I was raised by other people and a "no "thank you" at all from the "Jewish people who my parents saved.

    It is not the "religion" but the "behavior" which counts. Israel is not an bunch of "sweethearts" at all.

    "The King David Hotel bombing"