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#1453070 - 07/08/14 03:31 PM ROCKET ATTACKS ON TEL AVIV
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Amid barrage of rockets, Iron Dome makes 2nd interception over greater Tel Aviv
By JPOST.COM STAFF, YAAKOV LAPPIN
07/08/2014 21:58

For second time on Tuesday evening, Gaza terrorists launch rocket at central Israel; air raid sirens sounds in Jerusalem, central Israel; Tel Aviv opens public bomb shelters; no injuries reported.


For the second time on Tuesday evening, a rocket was launched at central Israel from the Gaza Strip.

An Iron Dome battery intercepted a projectile over the greater Tel Aviv area.

Sirens sounded across Israel including in Jerusalem and various cities in the Center on Tuesday night. Residents reported hearing blasts heard in the capital and in Tel Aviv.

The air raid siren was also activated in cities including Rishon Lezion, Bat Yam, Holon and Bnei Barak, but not in Tel Aviv.

The Israel Air Force struck 50 targets in Gaza in past two hours as part of its ongoing Operation Protective Edge.

Earlier on Tuesday evening, the Iron Dome rocket defense system intercepted a projectile near Tel Aviv over the city of Rishon Lezion, as air raid sirens sounded in central Israeli cities for the first time amid recent escalations.

No injuries or damage were reported in the attack, which marked a widening of the range of rocket fire the Gaza Strip.

Israeli television showed a double-burst of smoke in skies above Tel Aviv after air raid sirens sounded, sending residents running for shelter.

Air raid sirens sounded in all of Gush Dan, including Tel Aviv, Petah Tikva, Lod and Givatayim.

It was the first Gaza rocket that reached Tel Aviv since Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012.

Following the attack over central Israel, the Home Front Command instructed the Tel Aviv Municipality to open public bomb shelters in the city.

The Home Front Command had earlier instructed Tel Aviv residents to prepare for utilizing protected rooms and shelters in their private homes.

Under the same instruction, the division responsible for civil security ordered for bomb shelters in Tel Aviv schools to be opened.

The IDF launched Operation Protective Edge in the early hours of Tuesday morning in order to quell the ongoing barrage of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. Later in the day, the IDF begun actively calling up 40,000 reserves approved to it by the cabinet.

Palestinian rocket fire from Gaza continued to pound southern Israel throughout Tuesday, with some 80 rockets landing in Israeli territory by the evening. Iron Dome made 23 interceptions throughout the day, shooting down projectiles over Ashdod, Ashkelon, and Gaza border communities.

Meanwhile, the Israel Air force struck 150 targets in Gaza, and Palestinians reported multiple casualties in a number of the strikes.

Some 100 underground rocket launchers and ten attack tunnels were among the targets.

Reuters contributed to this report.
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#1453071 - 07/08/14 03:33 PM Re: ROCKET ATTACKS ON TEL AVIV [Re: MWSG-17]
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Footage from some of the previous night attacks against some 50 Hamas targets around Gaza as part of operation "protective edge", these show IAF targeting Hamas operatives Hassan Abdullah and Ei'ad Sakik, both connected to rocket firing on Israeli cities. Residents were given a warning and a chance to evacuate before the bombing took place.
In the day before more than 150 rockets and mortar bombs were fired from Gaza at Israeli towns, reaching as far as Ashdod. Rocket attacks injured several civilians and caused damage to property, many of the scheduled activities in affected towns (summer vaction started a week ago) were canceled and many civilians were asked to remain indoors.
Read more at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e25_1404814816#hT3E2Z3lxKYWKIRB.99


Video: Israeli Air Force Pounds Hamas Targets In Gaza…
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#1453088 - 07/08/14 05:57 PM Re: ROCKET ATTACKS ON TEL AVIV [Re: MWSG-17]
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#1453091 - 07/08/14 06:38 PM Re: ROCKET ATTACKS ON TEL AVIV [Re: sands]
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All you need to know....

is that only a complete fool listens to the spastic rants of looney loudmouth and Mossad-wannabe Mark Levin. crazy




A View from Gaza: This Is a Brutal Attack, Not a "Military Operation"


Common Dreams
by Mona El-Farra
July 8, 2014


(Image: Middle East Children's Alliance)


In Gaza last night, while Israeli army forces launched military attacks against Gaza, by sea, air and via artillery shells, hundreds of thousands of Palestinian children were unable to sleep inside their roof- tinned homes, clinging to their parents, crying, and terrified. The shelling last night was earth shattering, and went through the entirety of the Gaza strip- at least 100 attacks have already taken place .

In Gaza, we do not have bomb shelters to escape and hide.

In Gaza, these bombs fall on top of our deteriorating economic situation. Unemployment because of the Israeli blockade against civilians is almost 40%. It is Ramadan, making it more difficult to get basic foods, and thousands of government employees cannot reach banks to access their salaries. I know there are internal problems between Fatah and Hamas, but the outcome is hardship, while the bombs keep dropping on top of our heads.

In Gaza, the feeling of insecurity throws its shadow against all of the population, and the military operation continues. With threats of expansion in the coming few days, there is no news about any ceasefire.

Prior to the attack, the local authorities warned the population against swimming in the Mediterranean sea (the only recreational outlet for 1.7 million people). The sea around Gaza has become overly polluted with sewage and wastewater, that the authority, due to lack of fuel, had to pump untreated into the sea.

In Gaza, over 90% of water is unsuitable for drinking.

Through my work at the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA), we continue to implement the water purification systems at schools and kindergartens, to provide over 50,000 Palestinian children with clean water. Even though it is the summer holiday, the community had accessibility to our water units in schools, but the attacks make travel dangerous.

In Gaza today, imagine choosing between your child’s thirst and your child’s safety.

Also, at MECA, because of our deep understanding of the poor recreational facilities for Palestinian children, we continue our educational, entertainment and recreational activities, inside our partners’ community centres. It will be even more important during the difficult times ahead, to help the children and attract their attention away of the night shelling. Let the Children Play & Heal is an ongoing program, and I fear that there will be the need for more psycho-social programming, like we did in 2009 and 2012. While we help these children, we take care of the mothers too, via psycho-social trainings that aim to educate women about trauma, and how to deal with family and children during times of crises.

Today, different health facilities announced a need for more emergency supplies, which were already lacking because of the closure of the borders and the ongoing Israeli siege of Gaza. Just before the attacks, MECA managed to send some highly needed emergency medications to the Red Crescent Society, but more is needed.

In Gaza, MECA’s team, along with the many humanitarian and health organisations are going through a very difficult situation. We are physically unsafe, and we cannot sleep. But we work hard to support people at this very difficult times.

The streets of Gaza are empty, few cars are here and there, and Israel continues a collective punishment assassination policy demolishing homes by aerial bombardment.

These air raids fall on the majority of the population living in very crowded areas, so while they hit their targets, civilians pay a big price- we have many causalities and the numbers are rising every hour.

In Gaza, it is not a war or a military operation though it may look so. It is collective punishment and it is a brutal attack against all Palestinian people, and mainly civilians are paying the price.


Dr. Mona El-Farra, Director of Gaza Projects for the Middle East Children's Alliance, is a physician by training and a human rights and women’s rights activist by practice in the occupied Gaza Strip. She was born in Khan Youniy s, Gaza and has dedicated herself to developing communitbased programs that aim to improve health quality and link health services with cultural and recreation services all over the Gaza Strip. Dr. El-Farra is also the Health Chair of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society of the Gaza Strip and a member of the Union of Health Work Committees. Dr. El-Farra has a son and two daughters.

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#1453108 - 07/08/14 09:28 PM Re: ROCKET ATTACKS ON TEL AVIV [Re: Teonan]
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Mark Levin is way more popular than you. Plus you're jealous of his success...ahahahahahahaha!
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#1453114 - 07/08/14 09:57 PM Re: ROCKET ATTACKS ON TEL AVIV [Re: MWSG-17]
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Funny homie. grin

Zio nut-huggers. crazy



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#1453126 - 07/09/14 06:33 AM Re: ROCKET ATTACKS ON TEL AVIV [Re: Teonan]
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#1453129 - 07/09/14 07:07 AM Re: ROCKET ATTACKS ON TEL AVIV [Re: MWSG-17]
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Fadi Zanayed, an attorney and a longtime Palestinian activist in the Chicagoland area, drew the parallel between the Palestinian struggle for liberation and the Fourth of July holiday:

"This weekend, we celebrate the Fourth of July. Some 238 years ago, America fought for its independence against a brutal British king who allowed his soldiers to go in American homes and quarter there--just like Israel is doing right now. They have gone into 1,000 Palestinian homes in the last three weeks, ransacked them, and arrested male occupants. Some of the soldiers were even looking for a TV to watch the World Cup...America fought in a revolution, and we [the Palestinians] need to fight in our revolution. The king taxed the people without representation...Israel does not allow us any justice in Palestine, and we need to rise up."



Eight children killed as Israeli warplanes relentlessly bomb Gaza




Electronic Intifada
Submitted by Maureen Clare Murphy

07/09/2014


Less than two weeks after concluding its largest military assault on the occupied West Bank in more than a decade, Israel has relentlessly pounded the besieged Gaza Strip since Monday.

The ongoing bombing campaign is the most severe violence inflicted by Israel on Gaza since its eight-day assault in November 2012, during which more than 150 Palestinians were killed, 33 of them children.

More than 1,400 Palestinians were killed in Gaza, including 350 children, during Israel’s three consecutive weeks of attacks from air, land and sea during winter 2008-09.

Twenty-five lives have been claimed by Israel in Gaza since Monday, including at least eight children, as warplanes bombed areas across Gaza, whose 1.7 million Palestinian residents live under a tightly-enforced siege and are unable to flee and have nowhere to seek shelter.

Islamic Jihad commander Hafiz Hamad (30) and five members of his family — Ibrahim Hamad (26), Mahdi Hamad (46), Fawzia Hamad (62), Mehdi Hamad (16) and Suha Hamad (26) — were killed in an Israeli air strike on their Beit Hanoun home in the northern Gaza Strip Tuesday evening, according to a Gaza health ministry spokesperson, the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency reported.

On Tuesday afternoon, six children were killed when an Israeli missile struck the home of an alleged Hamas activist in the southern city of Khan Younis.

The human rights group Defence for Children International Palestine reports:

The five families that reside in the building evacuated immediately after an Israeli aerial drone fired a warning missile. A number of neighbors, however, gathered on the roof in an effort to prevent the bombing. Shortly after 3 p.m., an Israeli airstrike leveled the building, and killed seven people, including five children, on the spot and injured 28 others.

Hussein Yousef Hussein Karawe, 13, Basem Salem Hussein Karawe, 10, Mohammad Ali Faraj Karawe, 12, Abdullah Hamed Karawe, 6, and Kasem Jaber Adwan Karawe, 12, died immediately, according to evidence collected by Defense for Children International-Palestine. Seraj Abed al-Aal, 8, succumbed to his injuries later that evening.

DCI-Palestine confirmed two other Palestinian teenagers died in strikes across Gaza. An Israeli attack killed Ahmad Nael Mahdi, 15, from Gaza City’s Sheikh Radwan neighborhood, and wounded two of his friends, one of which remains in critical condition. Ahmad Mousa Habib, 16, from Gaza City’s Al-Shujaiyah neighborhood, and his 22-year-old cousin were killed while riding a motorcycle, DCI-Palestine sources said.

DCI-Palestine is confirming reports of at least three other children killed in the strikes on Tuesday.

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#1453135 - 07/09/14 07:42 AM Re: ROCKET ATTACKS ON TEL AVIV [Re: Teonan]
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http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/game-nerves-reasons-hope-fear-mideast-flares-n151011

The latest clash between Israel and the Palestinians is the most serious in years, and it keeps getting worse.

On Monday, dozens of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed deep inside Israel. On Tuesday, Israel unleashed an aerial bombardment of Gaza, called up military reservists and said it was considering a ground attack.

The tension is being inflamed by anguish over the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers last month and the burning to death of a Palestinian teenager in a suspected act of revenge.

"We’re looking at a very difficult game of nerves," said Natan Sachs, a fellow in the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.

What happens next — whether this cycle of violence explodes into a war or dials back down to simmering resentment — depends on variables almost too numerous to quantify, much less predict. The experts see both encouraging signs and a few reasons to worry.

Palestinian view

The objectives of Hamas, the militant Palestinian group that controls Gaza, aren't fully clear, although it said Tuesday that it wants Israel to free prisoners detained in the West Bank last month. But the larger Palestinian public is not invested in a major conflict, said Aaron David Miller, a Middle East scholar at the Wilson Center, a nonprofit policy research organization.

At least until recent months, Israel and the Palestinian Authority were characterizing their cooperation on security matters as perhaps the strongest it's ever been.

The single most important thing that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas could do now, Miller said, is come up with information leading to the arrest of the people responsible for kidnapping and killing the Israeli teens. Israel is conducting a manhunt for two Hamas-affiliated Palestinians in the West Bank whom it believes were responsible.

In the meantime, violence will likely continue in Gaza, Miller said, but he doesn't believe it’s close to spinning out of control.

"I just don’t sense that we’re on the verge," Miller said.

Netanyahu’s restraint

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, told his country on Tuesday to prepare for a long operation against Hamas. He encouraged Israelis "to be strong and united, since it might take time."

But he is not quick to war. Despite being the second-longest-serving man to hold the job, he's executed only one major military operation, Sachs noted. That was a November 2012 campaign against Hamas in Gaza called Pillar of Defense. And even that didn't involve ground troops.

"Of course, he may yet use ground troops — in a limited way — this time," Sachs said.

The rest of the Middle East is aflame

Sounds counterintuitive, but it could help. Palestinians and Israelis don’t want the same kind of meltdown they see nearby in Iraq and Syria, Miller said.

Israel looks at the Middle East and sees "a situation that Israel can't control," Sachs added. He said Israel is jittery and wants to stop the Hamas rocket attacks, but it is not consumed by the worry that it will be engulfed. If Hamas stops the rockets, Israel will be inclined to reciprocate with calm, Sachs said.
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#1453140 - 07/09/14 08:14 AM Re: ROCKET ATTACKS ON TEL AVIV [Re: kyle585]
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The only way Israel will have any peace is by blowing Hamas and the Arabs farther back into the stone age.
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#1453142 - 07/09/14 08:29 AM Re: ROCKET ATTACKS ON TEL AVIV [Re: MWSG-17]
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Originally Posted By: MWSG-17
The only way Israel will have any peace is by blowing Hamas and the Arabs farther back into the stone age.


Yep. Harley's anti-Arab idiocy unleashed. It was only a matter of time.




To Treat Them the Way They Treat Us: Demolish Their Houses

by Abby Zimet
07.08.14


Anti-Zionist Orthodox Jews protesting the killing of Muhammad Abu Khdeir


With the arrest of six Jewish extremist suspects - at least three of whom have reportedly confessed - in the brutal murder of Palestinian teen Muhammad Abu Khdeir, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged the killers will face "the full weight of the law,” insisting, “We do not differentiate between the terrorists.” To make good on his promise, say Muhammad’s parents, Israel should demolish the homes of the guilty Jews - just like they demolished the Hebron homes of the innocent families of two Palestinians allegedly behind the murder of three Israeli teens, just like they've demolished over 25,000 homes and displaced 160,000 Palestinians since 1967 in an often blind, random collective punishment meant to “disincentivize” future terrorism, just like they're now considering destroying dozens of other West Bank homes belonging to Hamas leaders, just like they've never, ever done to any home of any Jew, no matter their crimes. Peace-loving Jews, meanwhile, plan to visit the mourning tent of the Khdeir family. They have said they will welcome all Jews, except right-wing politicians.

"Justice," said Muhammad's father Hussein Abu Khdeir, "is when they destroy their houses just like they destroyed the homes in Hebron."

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#1453195 - 07/09/14 02:59 PM Re: ROCKET ATTACKS ON TEL AVIV [Re: Teonan]
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Israel's President: Gaza ground offensive 'may happen quite soon'
By Diana Magnay, Michael Pearson and Ed Payne, CNN


updated 1:37 PM EDT, Wed July 9, 2014

http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/09/world/meast/mideast-tensions/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Israeli airstrikes pounded targets in Gaza, killing at least 19 people Wednesday as dozens of militant rockets streaked into Israel.

The continued Hamas barrage prompted Israel's Prime Minister to step up the offensive against the militant group.

"The operation will be expanded and will continue until the firing at our communities stops and quiet is restored," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday.

He did not detail what the expansion would entail but said Israel's military "is prepared for all possibilities."

President Shimon Peres, whose role is largely ceremonial and is not involved in setting policy, said in an exclusive interview Wednesday with CNN's Becky Anderson that he believed a ground offensive "may happen quite soon" unless Hamas stops firing rockets at Israel.

"We warned them. We asked them to stop it," Peres told Anderson. "We waited one day, two days, three days and they continued, and they spread their fire on more areas in Israel."

While Peres was speaking on his own and his position may not outline an official government policy, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz earlier told CNN that a ground operation "might become necessary."
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#1453353 - 07/10/14 04:57 PM Re: ROCKET ATTACKS ON TEL AVIV [Re: kyle585]
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There are a number of reasons why this country is more sympathetic to the Israelis than to the Palestinians.

- Israel is a democracy much like we are. The only true democracy in the Middle East as Iraq falls apart.

- The western culture of Israel is quite similar to our own in many ways.

- There are many Jews in the US. And many of them have above average incomes and significant influence on our government. There are almost no Palestinians here that I am aware of.

- The holocaust probably seems like yesterday to the Israelis. They are determined not to let that happen again. With other Middle East countries threatening to push them into the sea, they feel they must show their military might from time to time.

All of that being said, I really wish there was a peaceful way to settle the conflict. But I certainly don't know the answer.
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#1453361 - 07/10/14 05:39 PM Re: ROCKET ATTACKS ON TEL AVIV [Re: kyle585]
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Originally Posted By: kyle585

There are many Jews in the US. And many of them have above average incomes and significant influence on our government.


Nearly 50 years of illegal military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, Israeli use of U.S. weapons in violation of U.S. law to kill and injure Palestinian civilians, destruction of Palestinian civilian infrastructure, blockades, the continued building of illegal settlements in West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Yep. Sure helps the Zionist cause when the AIPAC blood-brothers have it's back in Washington...


Ten reasons why AIPAC is so dangerous

Medea Benjamin

February 28, 2014


Graphic from the Occupy AIPAC website – www.occupyaipac.org


The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is one of the most powerful lobby organizations in the country. AIPAC’s clout helps fuel a never-ending cycle of violence in the Middle East.


Here are ten reasons why AIPAC is so dangerous.

1. AIPAC is lobbying Congress to promote a military confrontation with Iran. AIPAC – like the Israeli government – is demanding that the U.S. attack Iran militarily to prevent Iran from having the technological capacity to produce nuclear weapons, even though U.S. officials say Iran isn’t trying to build a weapon (and even though Israel has hundreds of undeclared nuclear weapons). AIPAC has successfully lobbied the U.S. government to adopt crippling economic sanctions on Iran, including trying to cut off Iran’s oil exports, despite the fact that these sanctions raise the price of gas and threaten the U.S. economy.

2. AIPAC promotes Israeli policies that are in direct opposition to international law. These include the establishment of colonies (settlements) in the Occupied West Bank and the confiscation of Palestinian land in its construction of the 26-foot high concrete “separation barrier” running through the West Bank. The support of these illegal practices makes to impossible to achieve a solution to the Israel/Palestine conflict.

3. AIPAC’s call for unconditional support for the Israeli government threatens our national security. The United States’ one-sided support of Israel, demanded by AIPAC, has significantly increased anti-American sentiment throughout the Middle East, thus endangering our troops and sowing the seeds of more possible terrorist attacks against us. Gen. David Petraeus on March 16, 2010 admitted that the U.S./Palestine conflict “foments anti-American sentiment, due to a perception of U.S. favoritism for Israel.” He also said that “Arab anger over the Palestinian question limits the strength and depth of U.S. partnerships with governments and peoples in the [region] and weakens the legitimacy of moderate regimes in the Arab world. Meanwhile, al-Qaeda and other militant groups exploit that anger to mobilize support.”

4. AIPAC undermines American support for democracy movements in the Arab world. AIPAC looks at the entire Arab world through the lens of Israeli government interests, not the democratic aspirations of the Arab people. It has therefore supported corrupt, repressive regimes that are friendly to the Israeli government, such as Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak. Events now unfolding in the Middle East should convince U.S. policy-makers of the need to break from AIPAC’s grip and instead support democratic forces in the Arab world.

5. AIPAC makes the U.S. a pariah at the UN. AIPAC describes the UN as a body hostile to the State of Israel and has pressured the U.S. government to oppose resolutions calling Israel to account. Since 1972, the US has vetoed 44 UN Security Council resolutions condemning Israel’s actions against the Palestinians. President Obama continues that policy. Under Obama, the US vetoed UN censure of the savage Israeli assault on Gaza in January 2009 in which about 1400 Palestinians were killed; a 2011 resolution calling for a halt to the illegal Israeli West Bank settlements even though this was stated U.S. policy; a 2011 resolution calling for Israel to cease obstructing the work of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees; and another resolution calling for an end to illegal Israeli settlement building in East Jerusalem and the occupied Golan Heights.

6. AIPAC attacks politicians who question unconditional support of Israel. AIPAC demands that Congress to rubber stamp legislation drafted by AIPAC staff. It keeps a record of how members of Congress vote and this record is used by donors to make contributions to the politicians who score well. Members of Congress who fail to support AIPAC legislation have been targeted for defeat in re-election bids. These include Senators Adlai Stevenson III and Charles H. Percy, and Representatives Paul Findley, Pete McCloskey, Cynthia McKinney, and Earl F. Hilliard. AIPAC’s overwhelmingly disproportionate influence on Congress subverts our democratic system.

7. AIPAC attempts to silence all criticism of Israel by labeling critics as “anti-Semitic,” “de-legitimizers” or “self-hating Jews.” Journalists, think tanks, students and professors have been accused of anti-Semitism for merely taking stands critical of Israeli government policies. These attacks stifle the critical discussions and debates that are at the heart of democratic policy-making. The recent attacks on staffers at the Center for American Progress is but one example of AIPAC efforts to crush all dissent.

8. AIPAC feeds U.S. government officials a distorted view of the Israel/Palestine conflict. AIPAC takes U.S. representatives on sugar-coated trips to Israel. In 2011, AIPAC took one out of very five members of Congress—and many of their spouses—on a free junket to Israel to see precisely what the Israeli government wanted them to see. It is illegal for lobby groups to take Congresspeople on trips, but AIPAC gets around the law by creating a bogus educational group, AIEF, to “organize” the trips for them. AIEF has the same office address as AIPAC and the same staff. These trips help cement the ties between AIPAC and Congress, furthering their undue influence.

9. AIPAC lobbies for billions of U.S. taxdollars to go to Israel instead of rebuilding America. While our country is reeling from a prolonged financial crisis, AIPAC is pushing for no cuts in military funds for Israel, a wealthy nation. With communities across the nation slashing budgets for teachers, firefighters and police, AIPAC pushes for over $3 billion a year to Israel.

10. Money to Israel takes funds from world’s poor. Israel has the 24th largest economy in the world, but thanks to AIPAC, it gets more U.S. taxdollars than any other country. At a time when the foreign aid budget is being slashed, keeping the lion’s share of foreign assistance for Israel meaning taking funds from critical programs to feed, provide shelter and offer emergency assistance to the world’s poorest people.

The bottom line is that AIPAC, which is a de facto agent for a foreign government, has influence on U.S. policy out of all proportion to the number of Americans who support its policies. When a small group like this has disproportionate power, that hurts everyone—including Israelis and American Jews.

From stopping a catastrophic war with Iran to finally solving the Israel/Palestine conflict, an essential starting point is breaking AIPAC’s grip on U.S. policy.


Medea Benjamin (@medeabenjamin), cofounder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK: Women for Peace, is the author of Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control.
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#1454174 - 07/15/14 03:37 PM Re: ROCKET ATTACKS ON TEL AVIV [Re: Teonan]
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#1454177 - 07/15/14 03:42 PM Re: ROCKET ATTACKS ON TEL AVIV [Re: MWSG-17]
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Originally Posted By: MWSG-17

This isn't an issue of "Jews".

It's an issue of the Israeli government often doing to others, many of the same things, which were done to them.

There's obviously PLENTY of blame to go around, but this is an indisputable abomination of every human right, regardless of any legitimate grievances, they may have. And they indeed have many.
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#1454178 - 07/15/14 03:46 PM Re: ROCKET ATTACKS ON TEL AVIV [Re: Timbo]
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I think that's TMI for Harley. Don't go overwhelming him now. wink
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#1454179 - 07/15/14 03:55 PM Re: ROCKET ATTACKS ON TEL AVIV [Re: Josephus]
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Originally Posted By: Josephus
I think that's TMI for Harley. Don't go overwhelming him now. wink

One can only hope that if we drizzle enough reality upon his porous, chemical-withered skull, that perhaps, whatever remaining semi-functioning engrams, will hopefully store maybe one or two never-before introduced crucial concepts, into that little bean that he uses as a motorcycle helmet rest.

Call me an optimist. wink
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#1454180 - 07/15/14 04:03 PM Re: ROCKET ATTACKS ON TEL AVIV [Re: Timbo]
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Originally Posted By: Josephus
I think that's TMI for Harley. Don't go overwhelming him now. wink

One can only hope that if we drizzle enough reality upon his porous, chemical-withered skull, that perhaps, whatever remaining semi-functioning engrams, will hopefully store maybe one or two never-before introduced crucial concepts, into that little bean that he uses as a motorcycle helmet rest.

Call me an optimist. wink





Ahahahahahaha...like cwjga says, "You can't spell Progressive with out the SS". ahahahahahahaha!
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#1454182 - 07/15/14 04:18 PM Re: ROCKET ATTACKS ON TEL AVIV [Re: MWSG-17]
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* angrily kicks "sand castle" and storms off stage.
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