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#OCCUPYAIPAC

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#OCCUPYAIPAC

YANN RENOULT

This week marks a new geopolitical direction for the Occupy movement. As the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference unfolds until March 6, AIPACers will be greeted by the ongoing scores of occupiers who have descended on Capitol Hill. AIPAC is the 1% of American foreign policy; they’re the eyes, ears, nose and mouth of America’s generals, politicians and economic elite. At #OccupyAIPAC they come face to face with the 99%. Read about it here:

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has contributed to a disastrous American course in the Middle East and will be back at it this week in Washington, D.C. Self-described as a “pro-Israel lobby” whose goal is to “enact public policy that enhances the U.S.-Israel relationship,” the organization has enhanced this relationship while simultaneously making the region far more dangerous. More than ever in this election year with Republicans calling for the bombing of Iran and candidate Newt Gingrich claiming Palestinians are an “invented” people, AIPAC has the US Congress and presidential candidates in its thrall. Yet this year’s AIPAC policy conference in Washington, D.C. is more controversial than ever as Occupy activists seek to highlight the role of big-money lobbyists in elections while standing in solidarity with the global 99% opposed to Israel’s violations of human rights and international law.

Each year at AIPAC’s policy conference in Washington, D.C., the president, powerful senators and members of Congress parade across the stage in order to prove their loyalty to the Israeli government. AIPAC’s outsized influence on U.S. foreign policy can be linked to the disastrous war in Iraq, as well as to the current push for an attack on Iran. AIPAC is also known for drafting extreme anti-Palestinian, anti-human rights legislation that it then funnels into Congress. AIPAC Director Howard Kohr will likely appear on stage this March at the 2012 AIPAC conference to make the annual roll call, rattling off the names of congressional representatives, diplomats and dignitaries present in the room as if he is the auctioneer at an estate sale. And in a way, he is.

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Anonymous

There is currently a news blackout on Occupy AIPAC. No surprise there.
Nothing on the major TV networks or on cable. Nothing, at least 'live', on LinkTV either. Nothing on AlJazeera. What gives? Is there really such a monolithic monopoly on 'news' these days???? Scary, scary, scary.

Anonymous

The Jerusalem Post reported about the anti-AIPAC protests.
Ironically enough.

You folks really are misdirecting your energy and good intentions towards a "cause" that is very misguided. As for citing someone from the extreme outskirts of the Israeli political spectrum as you try to appeal to authority, well that holds no water at all, be it extreme left or extreme right.

I visited Occupy Toronto a day before it was taken down. I walked through the park, I took lots of pictures, I asked questions and talked to many people, and my understanding was that 90% of the people involved were incoherent and self-indulgent. The other 10% actually had some coherency and reasoning, part of which I agreed, some I didn't.
There are some social changes that need to happen, taking care of the poor and vulnerable, holding big companies to account for poisoning our food and destroying nature with disregard, but the Occupy movement felt to convey those ideas. One byproduct of the protests though, was that they ignited the imaginations of the media and some organized and coherent groups to bring certain important issues forward.

Now, this 90%/10% ratio of incoherent ranting / coherent [but false or half baked] narrative that is found in the Occupy movement itself is being applied to the Israel/Arab issue. A complex issue at the easiest of times.

I am pro social issues, pro social justice, pro nature, pro environment, anti big corporations, and as a paying subscriber to Adbusters I was profoundly disappointed and dismayed to see an ad about "occupy AIPAC" and how the "Palestinian issue is one of the most important ones in our lifetime".

1) This issue would be irrelevant to what Adbusters is about
2) I am offended at the narrative that's been put forward by Adbusters.
I think issue #1 is more important than #2.

OK guys, let'er rip.

Anonymous

I think the narrative described here is the only one an objective observer could come up with. Israel is only a "democracy" for some of its citizens, it routinely does things most would find appalling from any other nation, and it is only able to get away with all that it does because of the US' unquestioning support. This unquestioning support creates resentment of the West throughout the Middle East - some justified, some not - and is a significant motivation for terrorist groups, and is in part responsible for a host of other problems we (the US) have in the region. This unquestioning support is the result of a concentrated and sustained lobbying effort by supporters of Israel, and AIPAC is the most influential such organization.

I am not a subscriber of Adbusters, but I do buy every issue, which means I actually give them more money than you do. But that's really beside the point. I also fail to see how you can be "pro social justice" while supporting the actions of the state of Israel - unless of course you conveniently exclude Palestinians from that calculation, which seems to be a common position in many Jewish circles. So, your offense offends me.

I do agree - partially - that this isn't really part of Adbusters' core mission, though.

Anonymous

I can be pro social justice and not anti-Israel because the Israeli people and the Israeli government have contributed a lot in terms of coming up with renewable technologies, be it solar energy, or desalination plants, or more efficient use of water, etc, etc, and then exporting their expertise to different countries (some of it for money if the country is rich, some of it on a volunteer, free basis if it's a 3rd world country), so in terms of pro-nature, Israel is a great model to look at and export to other places. Oh by the way, Israel also is the only, or one of the only few countries with a net-addition of trees every year. More are planted than there are chopped down.

In terms of social justice, I don't know if there is an "affirmative action" program going on in Israel like there is in the US with African Americans, but there are Arab citizens of Israel (Muslim and Christian) in every sector of Israeli life. Police, military, medical, research, IT, legal, judicial, government, etc.

In terms of economy, Israel used to be a socialist country up until 10-15 years ago where it became less so, but is still more socialist than the US, or even Canada. For instance, there is universal healthcare there.

What Occupy and others are thinking is the "Palestinian" issue - this is not a race-vs-race issue, but a country vs. another [wannabe] country. The proof is - in the Israel Defense Forces there are Arab soldiers who not only die for Israel but also kill for Israel, whenever they fight against Hizballah or Hamas or other groups.

Life in the territories is no picnic, but it's not what people in the west imagine it to be.

Anyway, it's a pretty complicated subject, but in terms of Adbusters' main and usual points of contention with the world, the main things they write about, which is: the environment, social justice, and economic justice, I think Adbusters can take some of the programs taking place in Israel and advocate those to be mimicked to the American companies and politicians. As for the long-running conflict between Israel and the wider Middle East - it's not so simple, and hopefully can be resolved peacefully, and I think to spew venom at Israel, especially by Adbusters, is 1) not productive, and 2) nothing to do with Adbusters really. This is not a foreign policy/conflicts magazine, it's an anti-piggish-capitalism magazine.

Anonymous

I can be pro social justice and not anti-Israel because the Israeli people and the Israeli government have contributed a lot in terms of coming up with renewable technologies, be it solar energy, or desalination plants, or more efficient use of water, etc, etc, and then exporting their expertise to different countries (some of it for money if the country is rich, some of it on a volunteer, free basis if it's a 3rd world country), so in terms of pro-nature, Israel is a great model to look at and export to other places. Oh by the way, Israel also is the only, or one of the only few countries with a net-addition of trees every year. More are planted than there are chopped down.

In terms of social justice, I don't know if there is an "affirmative action" program going on in Israel like there is in the US with African Americans, but there are Arab citizens of Israel (Muslim and Christian) in every sector of Israeli life. Police, military, medical, research, IT, legal, judicial, government, etc.

In terms of economy, Israel used to be a socialist country up until 10-15 years ago where it became less so, but is still more socialist than the US, or even Canada. For instance, there is universal healthcare there.

What Occupy and others are thinking is the "Palestinian" issue - this is not a race-vs-race issue, but a country vs. another [wannabe] country. The proof is - in the Israel Defense Forces there are Arab soldiers who not only die for Israel but also kill for Israel, whenever they fight against Hizballah or Hamas or other groups.

Life in the territories is no picnic, but it's not what people in the west imagine it to be.

Anyway, it's a pretty complicated subject, but in terms of Adbusters' main and usual points of contention with the world, the main things they write about, which is: the environment, social justice, and economic justice, I think Adbusters can take some of the programs taking place in Israel and advocate those to be mimicked to the American companies and politicians. As for the long-running conflict between Israel and the wider Middle East - it's not so simple, and hopefully can be resolved peacefully, and I think to spew venom at Israel, especially by Adbusters, is 1) not productive, and 2) nothing to do with Adbusters really. This is not a foreign policy/conflicts magazine, it's an anti-piggish-capitalism magazine.

Anonymous

Occupy Wallstreet, Occupy Aipac, and BDS offer a once in a lifetime opportunity for American students to learn about and dissect) the propagandia techniques of the left (e.g. repeat an absurd lie over and over again until uninformed people believe it, etc.) Today we can see why the left was so successful in convincing so many that the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields were the beginnings of a "utopian agrarian society," why Russian (and Cuban workers) had nothing to lose but their chains, or why Israel, the freeest democracy in the Middle East is an "apartheid state." When it comes to propaganda - the left is brilliant!

Anonymous

Agreed. But the difference between left and right propaganda is that the left provides access to Real Data, whereas the Right provides access to Lies.

Propaganda is simply the data which inspires people to act.

With this in mind, if the Left, as you call it, are brilliant propaganda tacticians, it's simply because they have so much Real Data (re: horrible atrocities as a result of our Capitalist-run planet) to choose from.

Thank you for paying attention to Reality, my friend.

May you survive after the Capitalists shut off your electricity and cease to truck in your grocery-store-bought food due to oil depletion.

Anonymous

Some liberal groups do also ignore facts the same as conservatives do. How often is of little importance when the question of what facts they are ignoring is brought into discussion. What the two forces chose to believe can also be surprising. I think the left is doing a better job at addressing and solving these existential problems. If the right continues to ignore facts then it could have devastating consequences for our Democracy.

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