Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Declassified Documents Expose Influence of the
Israeli Lobby in the US
By Stephen Lendman
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, August 30, 2010
James Petras' powerful 2006 book titled, "The Power of Israel in
the United States" explained the enormous Jewish Lobby influence on US
Middle East policies. Often harming American interests, they're pursued
anyway because of its grassroots and high-level control over government, the
business community, academia, the clergy and mass media since at least the
Intolerant of opposing views, they're suppressed for its own
agenda, funded by PR propaganda domestically and overseas, America's top
publications paid off to go along, now revealed by a secret document
subpoenaed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) investigation
into the American Zionist Council (AZC), AIPAC's parent lobbying arm.
"Between 1962 - 1963, the FRC subpoenaed" AZC's internal documents,
examining their activities as "registered agents of foreign principals,"
learning that over $5 million in tax exempt (and perhaps overseas funds)
"had been laundered through the Jewish Agency's American Section into the
The Agency is a quasi-Israeli government branch, funded to
review legislation ahead of its submission to the Knesset under its Covenant
Agreement - in violation of IRS regulations regarding tax exempt charitable
funds and the 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act.
Israel got a pass to act illegally for nearly 50 years, doing it today more
aggregiously than ever. In 1962, after being ordered to register as a
foreign agent, AZC transferred its responsibilities to AIPAC, "which refuses
to register as (an Israeli) foreign agent" and gets away with it.
November/December 1960, news and editorial content covered Israel's new
nuclear reactor (for peace, not bombs they said), Arab refugees when the
General Assembly was discussing them, the Eichmann case, Israel's aid to
African states, and seating the UAR in the Security Council, reports
presenting one-sided, pro-Israeli propaganda.
"It can be said that
the press of the nation, during 1960, has by and large shown sympathy and
understanding of Israel's position." Arab views have been largely
"The US contingent of 60 Mayors returned from Israel
where they attended (an earlier) Conference....While (there), a number of
them were interviewed by (US reporters) who sent (pro-Israeli) stories back
to their hometown papers; they were also recorded in interviews for local
Other plans were made to have those attending meet
with Jewish and Christian audiences to disseminate friendly Israeli
commentaries. In addition, opinion makers are invited to Israel at
government expense, paid off to report friendly stories. An Israeli student
got a scholarship "to transfer to the Monterey Peninsula College where
propaganda carried on by three Arab professors has been most hurtful."
Other schools were infiltrated the same way. Further, "We continue to
cultivate (pay off) faculty people in many areas and are making progress
here....our friends in San Francisco (are trying) to persuade Stanford to
drop Fayez Sayeh from the faculty on the grounds that he is a paid
propagandist rather than an objective academician." Efforts at other US
schools were similar - pressure to fire Arab professors, replacing them with
"Prof. Arnold Toynbee was invited to spend about
five months in this country....When (his) accusations first broke in the
press, we (enlisted) major non-Zionist groups and evolved a common policy
(1) Discourage all Jewish (organizations) from issuing
invitations to Toynbee;
(2) Monitor all (his) public appearances and
refrain from bringing up the subject of Israel or the Jews unless Toynbee
raises the subject in his presentation."
Overall, measures were
taken to counteract his unfriendly Israeli positions, the same policy used
against all critical public figures, strike back to discredit them.
Calling the American Council for Judaism (ACJ) "the most effective
anti-Zionist and anti-Israeli force on the American scene," efforts were
made to give them "much more attention....than in the past."
major US publications and their writers helped do it, including at the
Reader's Digest, Atlantic Monthly, Look, Holiday, Parade, Saturday Review,
the New York Times Magazine, and various women's and business ones. Today,
the entire US major media serve as Israel's PR arm, its mouthpiece, the
fruition of efforts begun 50 years ago.
Earlier, and of course now,
TV shows were also arranged, and "We continue to counteract Arab speakers
wherever they appear, by placing our own speakers on the same platforms...."
In addition, "Mailings have gone out to public opinion molders dealing with
In November 1961, the Atlantic Monthly was paid
off to run a pro-Israeli "64-page Supplement, (featuring) some of Israel's
top names." Earlier in September, the Atlantic ran a "20-page article on
"The Arabs of Palestine" which is "one of the best (we've seen done) on the
subject." Jack Anderson also did a friendly piece for Parade Publications
after returning from Israel.
In addition, AZC officials arranged
speaking engagements for pro-Israeli figures throughout the country. Their
mission - counteract "anti-Israeli propaganda....a careful check of
newspapers, bulletins and confidential sources of our own (can) give us
reliable information on the movements and itineraries of these
propagandists." Community contacts were then alerted to furnish speakers to
AZC's Research Bureau also analyzed books and
articles on Israel. "When a book is favorable, it is recommended. When (it's
not), it is analyzed and distortions are pointed up by providing the factual
data required, so that our local Councils will be prepared to
react....Further, we (arrange) book presentations (in) community and
Written for the AZC, Marc Siegel's play,
"A Message from Dimona" was described by The New York Times as a "story of a
new city in the Israeli desert," suppressing the reactor's bomb-making
purpose, Israel's open secret, well known, but not discussed.
nuclear reactor story inspired (other) editorial writers, columnists,
science writers and cartoonists. Most of (them) accept(ed) the thesis that
the reactor was being built for peaceful purposes and not for bombs....Drew
Pearson's syndicated column justified Israel's secrecy; (science writer)
William Laurence in the New York Times stressed Israel's peaceful intent."
In 1945, the same William Laurence led a double life as both Times
science writer and shill on the War Department's payroll. Writing press
releases for the Manhattan Project, he mislead the public, sold the program,
lied about Alamorgordo, NM tests and the Hiroshima/Nagasaki horrors. He also
denied what historian/attorney Jonathan M. Weisgall later called the "silent
nuclear terror of radioactivity and radiation" - that it condemns exposed
people to a slow, painful death, but it benefitted Laurence.
a Pulitzer Prize for his lying, and got to fly on the plane that bombed
Nagasaki, later describing the experience in The Times with religious awe.
Today, the entire US major media cheerlead for Israel, even its most
unjustifiable, unconscionable, criminal acts. Entirely suppressed is its
history of international law violations, including:
-- a violence
doctrine over peace;
-- crimes of war and against humanity;
-- excessive force and abuse;
-- collective punishment and economic
-- expanding illegal settlements;
dispossessions and home demolitions;
-- mass arrests and political
-- targeted assassinations and torture;
land theft and crop destruction;
-- policies of closure, separation,
isolation, checkpoints, ghettoization and curfews;
-- denial of the
most fundamental human rights and civil liberties; and
-- an overall
Kafkaesque "matrix of control" designed to crush Palestinians' will to
In the old days, journalists were bought off to ignore them.
They now do it willingly and reflexively, knowing the consequences
otherwise, the Israeli Lobby's power to remove unfriendly voices - from
Congress, academia and the media.
Demanded is that Israel be
portrayed as peaceful, never aggressive, surrounded, beleaguered, and
victimized, acting solely in self-defense. In contrast, Palestinians are
called militant terrorist threats to Israeli security, its propaganda
machine relentless in pounding that message, the Senate's investigation
failing to expose and halt it.
As a result, it's more virulent and
pervasive than ever, what no congressional committee will touch, what no
major media report will reveal. Israel's power in America suppresses
everything unfavorable, willing fourth estate stooges going along, or else.
It's why Project Censored warns about a "truth emergency," the urgency
for media reform, and need for a cadre to do what all responsible
journalists should - their job, what's sorely absent in America, especially
in reports about Israel.
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