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Senate Guts First Amendment to Guard Israel from Boycott, But Ilhan Omar Can’t Bring Up AIPAC?


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Senate Guts First Amendment to Guard Israel from Boycott, But Ilhan Omar Can’t Bring Up AIPAC?

Juan Cole

Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has stirred controversy by replying to scurrilous statements of her Republican opponents in Congress by suggesting that they are shilling for anti-Palestinian and anti-Muslim lobbies that back the right wing Likud government of Israel to the hilt because they receive campaign contributions from the Israel lobbies.

It's all about the Benjamins baby https://t.co/KatcXJnZLV


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Let’s never forget the wording of the Balfour Declaration, reproduced below, that got the whole shebang going. Balfour was the British Foreign Secretary at the time. Noting how far the Israel “experiment” has wandered from its stated course vis-a-vis the rights of existing non-Jewish communities, I find no reason to ever see Israel as a legitimate state. BDS!!!

Foreign Office
November 2nd, 1917

Dear Lord Rothschild,

I have much pleasure in conveying to you. on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet

His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.

I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.

Yours,

Arthur James Balfour


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THANK YOU Rep. IIhan Omar------The number one issue is all the corruption of money. If a congress person gets money from a special interest they should be prohibited from voting on anything in connection to that special interest. Please keep speaking about Palestine, and Yemen. Thank you!


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If the terrorism of brown people is allowed to exist, even for one more day, by any organization or governing body, those entities are and will remain racist until the racism of any within it, is dealt with and eliminated.


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The attacks on Ilhan Omar are shameful, Islamophobic, and cynical, and she’s right: this was all about money (as well as broader American imperial interests). AIPAC does need to be criticized, and this is absolutely a discussion that needs to be had. I am glad this issue is finally being pushed forward. I am glad your article got into the fact that lobbying is a problem in general, and that AIPAC is far from the only group influencing American public policy.

In general this article makes the perfect case for why criticism of the Israeli lobby isn’t antisemitic (which should be very straightforward), so I have to ask why you would include someone’s tweet that tries to normalize the claim that the U.S. Congress is “Israel-occupied territory.” That tweet runs counter to your own claims that Israel doesn’t control anything in the United States, but only influences it through lobbying and aggressive politics. The distinction is important, because against an occupier you have far less recourse than you do against an aggressive political lobby (just ask the Palestinians), and violence against an occupier is justified under international law. I know you are not calling for violence against Diaspora Jews, so think about what you are repeating.

“Zionist occupation government” is also, I hate to be the first one to tell you this, an extremely popular Neo-Nazi conspiracy theory. The fact that an alleged Jew tweeted that doesn’t mean it’s OK. And it’s very antisemitic to prop up individual Jews that agree with you in the first place (citing surveys showing that most Jews don’t agree with Israeli colonialism in the West Bank is different, because it represents Jews as a whole).

Please work with me here; this issue is important to me and I am well aware that the situation for Palestinians is far more urgent than the situation for Diaspora Jews. I want to be able to share articles critical of Israel that don’t include antisemitic tropes like calling the U.S. Congress “Israel-occupied territory.” Especially when such tweets appear to be included thoughtlessly and irresponsibly, in direct contradiction to the article itself.


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Keep in mind that this was written when Palestine was still part of the Ottoman Empire!

For the people that refer to the Balfour Declaration as some sort of legal document whereby the Jewish peoples of Europe entitled to Palestine , it like President Trump declaring that Iran has been granted to the Kurds.


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Monetary gains may well be secondary.

Men and women in the public eye have ample reason to fear crossing the Zionist lobby. One of the earliest case involves Senator Charles Percy of Illinois, a Kennedy-like young telegenic articulate honest man who was driven from office because he stood up for justice (and not incidentally, American interests) in the Arab-Israeli conflict. With him we lost a promising leader on the order of John John. . Since then, similar attacks have accelerated, and now extend deep into the universities. What I am saying is, helping the underdog aside, if we continue to ignore these attacks on our body politic, the best of us will be diminished, the worst emboldened. By the by, America will lose more than she did in the Irag war.


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“Jewish peoples of Europe”, could you maybe make some contact with reality before you comment on this issue? The Jewish people didn’t all live in Europe prior to Zionism; we were spread out across Africa, Asia, and Europe. 61% of Israeli Jews are from families from the Middle East and North Africa, not Europe.

Calling Israelis European is the most Eurocentric thing anyone could possibly state. It’s not helpful to the discourse. Not only that, but you neglect to mention that the vast majority of European Jewish immigrants to Palestine were stateless, thrown out of their countries precisely because they were NOT European.


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The majority of the first settlers to Israel came from Europe. This is a fact. That they were made homeless was not due to the peoples living in Palestine, It was due to Anti-semitism in Europe. The Zionists that pressured Lord Balfour were all Europeans who decided that the Jews In Europe would never be accepted by the larger population.


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If you wonder why our young men and women are being killed in senseless wars in the Middle East it is because Israel controls our Defense Dept and our Congress.

With their Legal Bribes they have manipulated the Congress into ignoring the Barbaric treatment of the Palestinians.

Our country has become a puppet for Israeli religious fanatics. Obviously from Hillary’s daughter’s tweet her mother would have been a member of the Knesset if she had been elected.

Is there any politician out there who is not afraid of the Wrath of the Israeli lobby that will stand up for the Palestinians living under a brutal occupation?


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Take note that Democratic centrist senator, Amy Klobuchar, who just announced her candidacy, voted for this anti-BDS bill. She’s also voted for the obscene military spending NDAA for the last two years and refuses to endorse Medicare for All. Don’t let her and her establishment Democratic supporters try to sell her as a progressive.


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Now, Rep. Omar has apologized for offending others for pointing out the support of the Zionist State of Israel is all about money.

And people wonder why half of the voting electorate is so cynical about our two-party system of false representation that they refuse to be used for their votes.


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A very informative piece published by “Jews for Justice” is this timeline history of the “conflict” - Occupation of Palestine.

The ethnic cleansing of Palestinians - the indigenous population of Palestine - by zionists was a premeditated agenda from the beginning.- “the Zionist movement, from the beginning, looked forward to a practically complete dispossession of the indigenous Arab population so that Israel could be a wholly Jewish state, or as much as was possible.” Jewish leaders of the time admitted that was the goal, and that racist agenda was and continues to be the goal to this day all in violation of International Human Rights Law and many other documents and rulings, like the World Court ruling on Israel’s Apartheid Wall! BDS!

https://ifamericaknew.org/history/origin.html


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Indeed and parallel to this the fact remains that many Muslim Countries had thriving Jewish communities within their borders in 1917 when the Balfour Declaration signed. Lord Balfour was hardly worried about the 350,000 Jews in Morocco just as example not having a homeland. The expulsion of the Jews from Morocco happened after the unilateral declaration of Statehood by the Israeli state and was a tit for tat response to Palestinians being forced to flee from the new Israeli State.


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What is this hold that Israel has on so many US politicians, a hold that is so large and tight? Is it money? Is it this belief in Israel’s importance in the End Times? Does Israel have the goods on these politicians? Amazing what so many are willing to do, on a bipartisan basis, to support a nation who’s government is turning more and more corrupt and extreme.


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Zero out special interest money, period. It’s blackmail and bribery.

And of course those bought by Israel have no shame.


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Best guess would be “all of the above”.


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Less known fact: This was the price demanded by Rothschild in exchange for bringing America into ww1, re-igniting the war and eventually turning Germany’s apparent victory into a crushing defeat.
When Germany marched on London to deliver their terms to the English, not a single enemy soldier had set foot on German soil, and all of England’s allies had been defeated.
The capabilities of the German navy had taken them all completely by surprise.
Germany could have demanded reparations, territory or all kinds of favorable trade deals, but instead simply offered an end to the war. To which the English agreed and Germany withdrew without incident.
Unfortunately they never got anything in writing, and by the time the delegation returned to Germany England had accepted a different offer.
And the rest, as they say, is history.


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Hi SuspiraDeProfundis: you are correct, and if you haven’t read Tom Segev’s book SEVENTH MILLION—read it You will find Hitler actually helped some of the monied people ,the Jewish Germans ,in their move to Palestine by helping in the exchange of monies to get there.
Still those with money were treated much better than say, those from Poland , who after surviving the camps, were yelled at by those already in Israel for not fighting harder. Sometimes human beings just aren’t even human----as how could those safe in Israel even consider treating fellow Jews so badly? : (


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There is a difference between boycotting Jews because they are Jews (antisemitic) and boycotting some who may be Jews because of their perceived wrongful conduct.

The charge of antisemitism, like a charge of racism, should be viewed as prima facie false, especially if made without a simultaneous proffer of proof of prejudice against Jews per se (such as a boycott clearly devoid of merit), and the person or organization making the unsubstantiated charge should be strongly condemned – it is a most serious and destructive charge.

The charge of antisemitism should not be allowed to deflect attention from the merits of a criticism and so- used as a means of silencing.