In 1960, John F. Kennedy, a Catholic Democratic candidate for President, went before the Southern Baptists in
By contrast, in 2008, Barack Obama, a Protestant Democratic candidate for President went before AIPAC, Israel’s lobby in the United States, and stated that he would give Israel total control over Jerusalem, a position never advanced by even the Bush Administration, and opposed by Christians and Muslims who also have deep religious roots in Jerusalem.
The spectacle of our Democratic Presidential candidate promising to yield to the wishes of a foreign power becomes especially alarming to those of us who want peace and withdrawal of troops from Iraq and the Palestinian West Bank when one examines the past and present policy positions of Israel as mirrored and implemented by the Israel Lobby in the United States:
In his review of the pioneering study by Mearsheimer and Walt entitled “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy,” Michael Massing wrote:
“What AIPAC wants can be summed up very succinctly: a powerful
WHAT IS THE
The Israel Lobby for purposes of this discussion is AIPAC, the America Israel Public Affairs Committee, although there are many other satellite Jewish groups with which it works in tandem that constitute the Lobby. AIPAC is controlled by a “Gang of Four” being 3 conservative Republican hawks, Robert Asher, Edward Levy, Meyer Mitchell, and Larry Weinberg, a conservative Democrat. AIPAC’s Director is Howard Kohr, a conservative Republican. AIPAC is mainly funded by very wealthy Wall Street lawyers, stock brokers, heirs to family fortunes and real estate developers, including at least one on the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans.
AIPAC gets its power by using the money of very wealthy right wing American Jews to elect or to defeat candidates for public office. In the last 25 years AIPAC has been responsible for the defeat of the following Members of Congress and Senators because they suggested even-handed treatment of Palestinians, or failed to support AIPAC sponsored resolutions, or were critical of some of the acts of Israel: Senator J. William Fulbright; Senator Charles Percy; Congressman Roger Jepsen; Congressman Pete McCloskey; Congressman Paul Findley; Congressman Earl Hilliard; Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. When Adlai Stevenson III ran for Governor of Illinois after serving as U.S. Senator until 1981, AIPAC worked actively to defeat him. Elected officials are thus terrified of AIPAC. Criticism of
WHY DO AMERICAN JEWS VOTE AS AIPAC DIRECTS?
AIPAC does not speak for the vast majority of American Jews or of Israelis who continue to vote for and support liberal positions and causes including a two state solution for
The analysis now becomes complicated and emotion-laden. Some Jews will understandably take offense because the analysis necessarily involves an examination of the inner fears of Jews and an attempt to answer the question: “What does it mean to be a Jew?” We must also attempt to understand a phenomenon something like the post traumatic stress syndrome of Jews that results from centuries of anti-Semitism, pogroms, and the Holocaust. Since the votes and the power of American Jews who follow the recommendations of AIPAC now affect the safety, peace and security of every human on the planet, how and what American Jews think, believe and vote becomes the business of all of us. We hope that American Jews, recognizing the failure of current policies to bring peace and security even for any of us, Israelis included, will consider this analysis and critique it.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A JEW?
There are Jews of all races, and skin colors, so the Jews are not a race. There are atheistic Jews, so Jews do not all have the same religion. The Bible and the Torah speak of Jews as a “tribe.” Some Jews speak of themselves as a “clan.” Jews are a group of people, spread around the world, who share the following attributes:
· A Jewish mother
· A shared fear, imbedded in ritual and belief, existing for over 3000 years, that Jews as a group, tribe or clan, will not survive. (Note this fear is not just a fear of individual death. It is a fear that the Jewish people will cease to exist.) Thus to maintain the group, Jews oppose marriage with non-Jews, and keep Kosher, eating only prescribed foods and not eating forbidden foods. This fear was graphically compounded by the Holocaust that added a nightmarish current reality to this long standing inner fear.
· A group memory and history of hatred by Christians of Jews ever since the Crusades, of pogroms where Christians slaughtered Jews, mirrored in some Jews by a reciprocal hatred of Christians.
· Jews love
MANIPULATING FEAR IS THE MOST POWERFUL TOOL IN POLITICS
The actual processes involved in manipulating fear were brought to our attention by Thandeka who is associate professor of theology at
A controlling elite group:
1. Takes an issue that causes anxiety among some voters (Note: Like “terrorism,” 9/11 or “fear that
2. Amplifies and augments this fear turning it into a high anxiety issue for most voters
3. Presents a candidate who guarantees hope and who promises that he will end the threat by massive military power
4. Gains new political capital from voters because of this new confidence in the leadership ability of the politician to end the threat
5. The candidate of the power elite wins the election but the candidate does not reduce the threat. He augments it because it serves him and the power elite. He then privatizes public works, give tax relief to the rich, and in all ways serves the interests of the power elite.
It is a con game on all of us played by the powerful elite.
It is apparent from the right wing manipulation of 9/11, terror, anthrax threats, airline security threats, and the like that this technique is very successful in the
WITH THESE ATTITUDES, LIKES, DISLIKES BELIEFS, FEARS, AND VULNERABILITIES, AMERICAN JEWS HAVE ZEALOUSLY SOUGHT POLITICAL POWER AND MEDIA POWER
1. Jews have been very active in local communities, seeking leadership positions in the Democratic Party, writing letters to editors, raising money, protesting criticism of
2. Jews have actively sought elective offices in the federal government. Although Jews constitute only 2.4% of the population of the
Article VI of our Constitution states:
“The senators and representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation to support this constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”
However, the policies, beliefs, and actions of these Jewish elected officials become critically important to all of us, Christians, Jews, and Moslems. Are they right wing hawks, dedicated to Israel no matter what Israel is or what Israel does, or can they separate their loyalties and abide by their constitutional oaths if the best interest of all of us in the United States are threatened? For example, is it really in our best interests to invade or bomb
The Koll Nader prayer recited by Jews during the Yom Kippur services in the fall of each year seems to nullify the constitutional oath for those Senators and Representatives who love
“All personal vows that we are likely to make, all prohibitions, oaths, pledges, restrictions, limitations, or other equivalent expressions that we are like to vow, swear or proscribe for ourselves between this Yom Kippur and the next Yom Kippur, which shall come to us for good, we publicly renounce all of them. Let them all be relinquished and abandoned, null and void, neither firm nor established. Let our personal vows, pledges and oaths, be considered neither vows nor pledges nor oaths.”
During the persecutions and inquisitions in
3. In the House and Senate, Jews have risen to positions of leadership and control, and have used those positions to advance
A very graphic example of concern is the case of Illinois Democratic Congressman Rahm Emmanuel. Emanuel is the son of an Irgun terrorist who fought the English and Palestinians in the 1940s as a part of the Zionist effort to colonize
When Jack Murtha made his proposal for withdrawal from
In 2006, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi appointed him Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Emanuel had 22 Democratic Congressional seats to fill in the 2006 Congressional election. He filled 18 of them with pro war Democratic hawks and funded them. Anti war candidates like Air Force Lt. Col. Jeff Latas in my own district in
4. There are many Jewish owners, editors, and managers of the mainstream media who support “
WHAT EXACTLY IS THERE ABOUT
There is of course
In any case,
Education and health care have been privatized.
One in three children is hungry.
State owned enterprises have been privatized and nineteen very wealthy families now control
What’s happening today is Marx’s revenge. Marx taught us that ideologies often serve as a superstructure camouflaging the real issues. Today there is no more camouflage. Mammon stands before us nakedly proclaiming: ‘I am thy God, O Israel!’”
This is not a citation from a leftist visionary, but rather from Israeli attorney Yaakov Weinroth, interviewed by Gidi Weitz in Haaretz on May 9, 2008. Weinroth, an orthodox Jew and self-proclaimed Zionist, is famous for defending powerful figures accused of corruption. Is Zionism too, we wonder, an ideology camouflaging other interests? The evidence is now in the affirmative.
Zionists claim that
This budget is a stumbling block to the poor. All levels of education have been devastated. On the books there is universal health care, but many can’t afford to buy medicines. Israel’s socio-economic inequality, as measured by the UN Development Program’s Gini Index (0.0 = perfect equality), has worsened steadily from 0.222 in 1982 to 0.392 in 2005, making it the most unequal of Western democracies with one exception: the United States (Gini = 0.408).
Poverty is no longer confined to the jobless. The government has lowered the unemployment rate, indeed, to 7.6%, but there is a trade-off: working people make up 37% of the nation’s poor. The country’s much vaunted economic growth is way off kilter. It is high in high-tech, which supports very few, but scarce in traditional industries and services, where most people work.
This steady impoverishment of the population has not just “happened.” It has happened because of laws and decisions that sold the country’s assets to the 19 families at bargain-basement prices, all in the name of the free market. As Weinroth said to Weitz: ‘Power is no longer a separate entity. Money is power. Money rules all, it flows through every hidden vein of the society.’”
The point of all of this is that
It is our hope that all of us can speak the truth about our plight and act together to solve our problems. The key to all of this is that American Jews and all of us who are brow beaten and intimidated by charges of “anti-Semitism” and “self-hating Jew” must be wary of those who would manipulate their fears, must be realistic about what
Dated: July 7, 2008
Douglas R. Page firstname.lastname@example.org This article can also be found on Doug’s
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