Thank you, Jeff Cohen.
You prove that being critical of the Israeli government is not at all the same thing as being critical of Jews. The real irony is that this whole thing about Omar’s supposed Anti-Semitism started with her thinking so highly of something a Jew wrote that she retweeted it. Yes, Glenn Greenwald is a Jew!
I also want to add that Omar has not been critical of Israel or even Israelis- she’s been critical of the Israeli government and a lobbying organization that promotes US support of the Israeli government. Not all Jews who are critical of the Israeli government are American, some are Israeli! Not all who are for justice for Palestinian are over here in the US, a lot of Jewish Israelis are also very much in support of Palestinian rights.
I support a free, democratic state with equal rights for all its citizens in the ancient land of Canaan. I support the right of return and citizenship for those who are descended from those who went into Exile 2,600 years ago or 1,900 years ago and those who went into exile 70 years ago and their descendants.
Look, no matter what AIPAC says or Implies, you can be against Israel’s (or any other country for that matter) policies and not be against the populace (Jews) or the country’s religion. Israel thinks it’s the “Donald Trump” (bully) of the Middle East at this time AND is slowly pushing the Palestinians into the Mediterranean.
When you claim to have God on your side you can stifle anything you want !
My remark has been proven true …
Progressive politicians can easily be picked off in the best government money can buy. But politicians have become technologically obsolete.
I found this interesting, including the comments after the review:
This is a video of Miko Peled:
Thanks to the author, and thanks to Ilhan Omar.
It’s about time someone in Congress had the guts to shine a light on the Israel lobby’s undue influence on US policy. I hope this is the beginning of seeing Israel’s influence diminish.
Is AIPAC registered as a foreign lobby?
If so, are there any restrictions on its lobbying?
Needed: a Human Rights Lobby, which would include the rights of ALL people, including Palestinians. U.S. military and corporate power have stifled, if not crushed, the human and civil rights of people all over this planet since at least the Monroe Doctrine.
AIPAC has not been required to register as a foreign lobby. Technically it is not an Israeli lobby, it is the “American Israel Public Affairs Committee.” Even though it plainly lobbies on behalf of Israeli interests.
Omar is only saying what many have been saying for years.
- Source : The Congressional Research Service’s report “U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel,” written by Jeremy M. Sharp, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs, dated April 10, 2018.
According to the report, the United States gave Israel $3.1 billion for Fiscal Year 2018 in direct bilateral military aid (also referred to as Foreign Military Financing or FMF). Congress also authorized $705.8 million for “joint” U.S.-Israel missile defense programs (designed to protect Israeli territory from potential outside threats), bringing total military aid to Israel to more than $3.8 billion per year .
Put another way, American taxpayers give Israel over $10.5 million per day .
Thank you Jeff. This is the true frame of the issue.
“Being opposed to Netanyahu and the occupation is not the same as being anti-Semitic. I am grateful to the many Jewish allies who have spoken out and said the same.”
Hi dogpaddle: Thank you , what a great video.
Wait, what? I can only agree ONCE?!?
I’ve been thinking something like that MUST be a component of any “Green New Deal.” The climate clock is ticking, perhaps not quite as fast as the nuclear clock, but infinitely more inexorably. We will have only one shot at this, and there will be no do-overs. If a president does not hit the ground running in 2021 with a program that at least acknowledges ALL of the stakeholders but the historically oppressed in particular, with a credible commitment to address each one insofar as possible (“something for everybody,” and something of substance, “a chicken in every pot”), while also in the First One Hundred Days (FDR, the ORIGINAL New Dealer) putting the “Captains of Industry” on a very short leash and setting forth an explicit plan for this country to catch up on global warming from its 30 years of driving fast and faster in the wrong direction, human habitation of Planet Earth will be on an irreversible path to a dead end.
I love the idea of a Human Rights Lobby! Since most of the world knows our government can be (and is) bought - and most of the world supports Palestinian rights - we’d just put it open for bidding. Donations from all over the world versus what comes from AIPAC. Voila! Instant humanitarianism from the Shining City on the Hill.
I worked as an engineer for a company that sold to many of the top defense firms in the us boeing, lockheed martin, raytheon
i cannot emphasize how much business was also done with isreali defense contractors like elisra and ELTA Systems
Us defense contractors have tons of work they do for isreali defense companies … allot of raytheon patriot missles just for a start
Gods are not members of any church, congregation or religion. Gods are not citizens of any state or Nation. Any claim that a God might favor one party, group or nation over another, simply makes the idea of a God insignificant…
I am an agnostic.
Great documentary about AIPAC call The Lobby.
They are proud of the influence they have!
BDC is their main target right now!
I’m in Pelosi’s district. I don’t consider myself a constituent since she doesn’t give a s**t what I or most other SF residents think. A case in point: SF residents actually voted for single payer (Prop 186, in 1994), and undoubtedly the large majority supports it, but Miz Nancy sez “it’s off the table.”
Pelosi’s “constituents” are the ones with lots of money and these are the people she listens to. That’s how she became so powerful – by whispering sweet nothings in the ears of her fabulously wealthy friends. (Of course, she’s fabulously wealthy herself.) I am sure that most of these friends don’t want single payer – they have the own private doctors and hospitals.
And she’s 200% pro-Israel because their supporters got the Benjamins and the Moslems don’t. There are plenty of Jews in SF who despise what the Netenyahu government is doing, but somehow Pelosi doesn’t hear us. We don’t have the $.
It really struck me recently this aspect of the corruption of our political system: that some of the most powerful Democrats – Pelosi and also Steny Hoyer – are prodigious fundraisers. They raise a pile of money and gain power by doling it out. Thus, the Democrats are dominated by these folks who in turn can continue fundraising only by catering to the wealthy.