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Treating AIPAC Like the Right Wing Lobby Group It Is... .and The Alternative

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It is time that the Democratic leadership wake up and smell the coffee that AIPAC is not their friend, that it has become a tool of the right wing. Just as they do not speak at or attend CPAC, the annual conservative meeting, the Democratic leaders should not be attending, speaking or supporting AIPAC, the Jewish conservative meeting that supports the worst conservatives, such as Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu.

In 2016, Bernie Sanders was excoriated for not showing up at and genuflecting for AIPAC, even though he offered to speak via video.

Now, his example is being followed by a good number of the "progressive" presidential candidates running for president, including, in addition to Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O'Rourke and Kamala Harris.

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Just add this as another leadership example that Bernie has set. And it's a very good thing. AIPAC has proven itself to be a tool of right-wing corrupt politician Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump, the new Jexodus joke and Republicans trying to peel off American Jews from their support for Democrats and lefty candidates.

Perhaps one factor contributing to the Democratic candidates' descisions to not attend AIPAC's conference is the vote by 74% of Moveon members to oppose attendance. Moveone included the following information in the poll:

The survey, which entails a single prompt, "Any progressive vying to be the Democratic nominee for president should skip the AIPAC conference," is prefaced by several facts, including:
  • AIPAC spent tens millions of dollars in 2015 to defeat the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by President Obama along with our European and international alliesa historic diplomatic agreement that Trump has tried to derail since taking office.
  • This year's AIPAC conference is headlined by Benjamin Netanyahu " who has been indicted on bribery and fraud charges, and recently made a deal to bring the "Israeli KKK" " party into the next government.
  • AIPAC has " been known to peddle anti-Muslim and anti-Arab rhetoric while giving platforms to Islamophobes.
  • AIPAC has refused to condemn the antisemitism of Republicans, such as Trump's friend and advisor Steve Bannon. Bannon's wife reported that he had their kids removed from a school because of "the number of Jews that attend", and that "he didn't want the girls going to school with Jews. While many groups condemned Bannon, Politico reported that AIPAC "declined to weigh in.
  • It's time that AIPAC be treated as what it is, a tool of the right wing. There is an alternative to AIPAC, J-Street, which has been brutally attacked, in the past, by AIPAC and hard right Israel supporters. I would argue that progressive Democratic candidates should show their support for Jews and Israel by strengthening their connection with J-Street.

    I'll add that there is an effort on the right to damage the relationship between Jews and Democrats. Trump says that "The Democrats have proven to be anti-Israel and it's a disgrace" and, "Frankly, I think they are anti-Jewish."

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    And Trumps Secreatry of State, Mike Pompeo, working a related theme, as Alternet reports, stokes bizarre theological belief that Trump was chosen by God to 'to help save the Jewish people'

    I don't think many Jewish Democrats will buy this nonsense. But the seventy million Christian Zionists will slurp it up.

     

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    Yes ! Finally some rationality

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    +I have been on the J Street email list for years, likely over half a dozen and maybe even a full dozen, and I consider them moderately right wing as opposed to the hard core zealots that control Israel, and comprise a large fraction of the US Jewish population.


    I recently read a book by a Yale graduate, Gina Welch, describing her undercover experience with evangelicals, and my conclusion is that despite being very nice and friendly to potential recruits (as are the Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses), they are batshit crazy like those who really believe suicide bombing guarantees 40 virgins in heaven, except they are far more dangerous because they have so many allies in Congress and the White House.

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    J-Street is NOT an answer to AIPAC.


    Palestine-Israel will likely require the collapse of US imperialism, or minimally a multi-polar world to counterveil the US military economic empire.


    No reason why a pol. running for president should genuflect to Israel or any other nation.

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    Forty years ago I supported Israel when they were the only Democracy in the Middle East. But Sharon, Netanyahu, and their ilk have, by Netanyahu's own words, changed Israel from a Democracy to a theocratic, Jewish state, differing from Iran only in religion and the fact it has nuclear weapons. David Ben-Gurion must be spinning in his grave.

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    Support for Israel is still anti-human.

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