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Opinion Editorials, April 2011
Moving AIPAC Over with Facts, Founders and Activists
By Eileen Fleming
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, April 18, 2011
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress during his visit to Washington next month. He also is headline speaker for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee/AIPAC’s Annual Conference. Other confirmed speakers include:
John Boehner (R-OH) Speaker of the House, U.S. House of Representatives
Harry Reid (D-NV) Majority Leader, U.S. Senate
Robert Casey (D-PA) U.S. Senate
John Thune (R-SD) U.S. Senate
Eric Cantor (R-VA) Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives
Steny Hoyer (D-MD) Democratic Whip, U.S. House of Representatives
Jim Woolsey Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency
Martin Indyk Vice President for Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution; Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel
Dan Senor Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Paul Begala Democratic Political Analyst and CNN Contributor
Ralph Reed President, Century Strategies.
So far, over 100 organizations have already endorsed Move Over AIPAC, including CODEPINK: Women for Peace, Global Exchange, and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation [See full list of endorsers] to coincide with the annual policy meeting of AIPAC in DC from May 21-24.
“AIPAC’s unrelenting support for the illegal policies of the Israeli government—separation walls, settlements, the siege of Gaza—in addition to its bellicose policies across the region, especially Iran, has been devastating for Palestinians and the Middle East, including Israel. It also harms our reputation around the world and squanders $3 billion a year subsidizing the powerful Israeli military when we need that money to rebuild the United States.
A Few Facts:
#1: Between the years 1949 and 2010, the United States granted $61.3 billion in military aid to Israel.
#2: A whopping $30 billion in U.S. military aid has been promised to Israel for the years 2009 to 2018.
#3: Approximately 500,000 Israeli settlers live within the occupied Palestinian territory in violation of international law.
#4: There are approximately four million Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza, according to 2007 census figures compiled by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics and reported in Ha’aretz.
#5: Between September 29, 2000 and August 31, 2010, 1,084 Israelis were killed by Palestinians, including 124 minors. During the same period, 6,408 Palestinians were killed by Israelis, including 1,315 minors. These statistics, reported by B’Tselem Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, reflect the extreme disparity in the capacity of the two parties to inflict trauma, loss, and death through acts of violence. Israel’s military dominance is largely a result of U.S. largesse through military aid, as well as access to sophisticated U.S.-designed military technology.
#6: Weapons purchased by Israel using U.S. military aid are used against civilians in violation of U.S. laws.” 
“Foreign Agents: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee from the 1963 Fulbright Hearings to the 2005 Espionage Scandal” exposes how US Middle East policy has been formulated and thrives due to the dearth of relevant reporting on AIPAC's activities.
Author Grant F. Smith begins with Senator Fulbright's on target questions to Jewish-Agency-funded US foreign agents who did not register with the Justice Department or disclose their true financing, funding flows and covert activities and illuminates how AIPAC: the American Israel Public Affairs Committee operates "within a murky nexus regulated by four important but seldom enforced US laws." 
The lax enforcement of The Logan Act, The Foreign
Agents Registration Act/FARA, the 1917 Espionage Act, Thompson Memorandum
guidelines for prosecuting corporate crime coupled with the fear of being
labeled anti-Semitic and a media who have failed at their commission to seek
and report the truth have all colluded to exert an undue influence over
Congress and thus; we the people of America to be "under the de facto
influence of a powerful foreign interest." [Ibid]
Smith also illuminates how money laundering of
over 50 billion US dollars to "charitable" organizations and massive covert
activities has enabled the ongoing building of the illegal apartheid Israeli
settlements which have expropriated legally owned Palestinian land. Today, a
quarter of a million Jewish settlers, most all of which have no historical
tie to the Holy Land, have created facts on the ground to disable a viable
contiguous Palestinian state.
On George Washington's birth date, his Farewell Address has been read aloud in Congress ever since 1896:
"Observe good faith and justice towards all
nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all...and passionate attachments
for others should be excluded; and that, in place of them, just and amicable
feelings towards all should be cultivated. The nation which indulges towards
another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a
slave...a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety
of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an
imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and
infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former in the
quarrels and wars of the latter, without adequate justification."
Move Over AIPAC moves that spirit back into the
halls of Congress on Lobby Day, 24 May 2011.
2. Grant F. Smith, Foreign Agents: The American
Israel Public Affairs Committee from the 1963 Fulbright Hearings to the 2005
Espionage Scandal, Page 15. Published 2007 by the Institute for Research:
Middle Eastern Policy, Washington D.C.
6. Washington Report on Middle East Affairs,
Page 43, Jan/Feb. 2007
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