also known as
Membership is apparently open to anyone. There are now 100,000 members and it has grown rapidly since 9-11. The annual operating budget is $40 Million. Although, one apparently does not have to join a membership club, there are 6:
The Minyan Club for those who give $100,000 or more per year
The Chairman’s Council for those giving $36K or more
The President’s Cabinet for those giving $25K
The Senate Club for those giving $10K
The Capitol Club for those giving $3,600 or more
The Washington Club for those giving $1,500 or more
AIPAC’s Board of Directors consists of 46 persons. I could not find out how they are elected. Each is quite wealthy, and they contribute an average of $70,000 per year each. One Director gave $51 Million. The Board consists of Wall Street lawyers, stock brokers, heirs to family fortunes and real estate developers.
AIPAC’s 51 person Executive Committee is also called the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations CPMJO. It is supposed to represent a consensus of American Jews, but it is dominated by one man, Malcolm Hoenlein, a supporter of the Likud Party. He believes that Jews have a right to occupy and live in the
CPMJO concentrates on lobbing the Executive Branch of the
AIPAC has many satellite organizations or committees or separate organizations with which it works in tandem some of which are:
- PACs There are at least 61 (some say 100) separate pro Israel PACs ( Political Action Committees) with such names as
Northern Californiansfor Good Government.
- CAMERA the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting which seeks to counter any media that portrays Israel in a way that AIPAC does not like….for example, it has put out or sponsored articles critical of Steven Spielberg’s new movie, Munich. AIPAC sees the movie as too partial to the Palestinians, although the main point of the movie seemed to me to be to show the idiocy of Mindless reciprocal retaliatory killing
- WINEP the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a think tank.
- JINSA, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs whose purpose is to educate Americans about the importance of an effective defense capability, and to inform the American public affairs and foreign policy community about the important role of Israel in bolstering democratic interests in the Middle East.
- The American Israel Education Foundation that finances trips to
for Congress persons and students. Israel
- AIPAC’s influence and power are compounded by the fact that it seeks policies and acts sought also by the Christian Right, the Military Industrial Complex, and by the Bush Administration.
US elected officials are terrified of AIPAC. Criticism of
So what does AIPAC ask of the President, the Department of Defense, and of Congress?
- It is now actively lobbying for the
USto invade or bomb Iran
- It lobbied for the Gulf War
- It lobbied for the Iraq War and lobbies for it to continue
- It lobbies for ever more monetary aid, loan guarantees, and armaments for
- Support for the 15,000 new Jewish settlers in the
- Opposed every two state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict so far proposed
- Opposes any
intervention or brokering or pressuring or even handed mediation of the conflict US
- Urges the
USto veto any UN Resolution critical of Israel
- Opposes peace groups in the
and labels them “naïve.” US
AIPAC contributed much money for candidates opposing Congress people who were insufficiently supportive of
Some Israeli Labor Party members have been critical of AIPAC as being too supportive of the Likud Party. I can not find one single instance where AIPAC has supported a peace proposal. In my view, AIPAC’s policies and actions are consistent only with an objective of the permanent Israeli occupation of the
Polls show that a substantial majority of American Jews favor
Does AIPAC speak for you?
Does AIPAC deserve your financial support?
Does AIPAC contribute to the long term safety of
Dated: January 23, 2006
Doug Page firstname.lastname@example.org