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An Ugly Smear Campaign

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"Tutu has stated that Zionism has 'very many parallels with racism,' and has accused the Jewish state of subjecting the Palestinians to 'Israeli Apartheid.'"

Again, you might say that little of what Carter and Tutu have said is controversial -- at least in the sense of what is empirically true. After all, Netanyahu himself vowed during his last campaign that he would not reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians and there is no doubt that the Israelis treat the Palestinians as inferior beings who are sharply restricted in where they can and cannot go.

But the goal of attacks like the ones from The World Values Network is to use "guilt by association" to marginalize anyone who criticizes Israel by trying to scare a Clinton or a Branson into renouncing the Blumenthals or Carter or Tutu. If that wedge can be driven, then the repudiation itself can be waved about as an example of what happens to some public figure who dares fault the Israeli government.

As the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee holds its annual convention in Washington -- and U.S. political leaders from all political persuasions troop across the stage to express their devotion and dedication to Israel -- The New York Times ad is a reminder of what's in store for anyone who deviates.

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Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His latest book, Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq, can be ordered at secrecyandprivilege.com. It's also available at
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