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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

I cannot stress enough how extremely ignorant people look when they ask someone else to explain something to them. You have absolutely got to learn about Occupy through people who are not ideologues for any party, Republican bureaucrats or Democratic bureaucrats. Please, everyone, if you cannot figure out what Occupy is by reading the intellectual literature available to you then you probably would feel better continuing your life in ignorance. To dumb it way, way down for you: You can find out specific agendas by yourself, nobody wants to do all your work for you, nobody is going to spoon feed you information. You have absolutely no excuse for asking us what is up with Occupy when you can find out all by yourself what the facts are. There are certain organization which require factual information on Occupy in order to make important real world decisions. If all you hear is "they are socialists and lazy and unemployed" then you should consider the ulterior motives of the source. The state wants your consent to eliminate all rights to protest. Isn't this just one brick in the wall? Accept this brick, then that one, then that one,...

Anonymous

He didn't ask for a (flawed) lecture on critical thinking, he came to the website of the magazine most closely associated with Occupy and asked what its motives were. By the way, you're totally wrong. You usually DO have to go to partisans and those with agendas to learn about contentious things - but it's up to you to sort out the bias from the objective reality, if there even is such a thing. Who might you consider to be an "objective" source on Occupy? News organizations with advertising spots to fill and shareholders to please? Self-proclaimed "intellectuals" with ideological axes to grind (dressed up in neutral language, of course)? "X number of people gathered in Y park today" is information you probably could find pretty easily, but *why* they are there and what it means for society/government is a very different sort of question, one which almost everyone will bring their biases to.

You sound like an elitist, your advice is wrong, and you provided almost zero help to a more or less honest question. I'm glad you deigned to respond to one of the plebeians, but if you're not actually going to help, please keep it to yourself next time.

fRITZ.

fyi

neither of you answered him, now we are all at eahothers throats. yeah, that looks nice.

The duckspeak question of what are we are about gets rather old very quickly these days and it is often hard to express this without looking like a high-strung ellitist jerk. I agree that one can understand easily what "occupy" is about if you are at all keen to what is going on in our world or have any desire for an alternate rout. Likewise, should one not be of this mindset it can be hard to break into an understnading of the movement thereby making the ones who are "in the know" look cliqueish.
Those invloved in "Occupy" need to take a good look at the branding that has happened and be very aware that it is a devise used to compartmentalize and judge something that in its essance cannot and should not be pinned down. Like it is not up to one of us alone to kindle the revolutionary flame, It is not so simple as to have one cure all idea- and while it may look like occupy is all over the board- my response is: There are symptomes and there are causes, and events do not exist in a vacuum; everything is tied in together and these symptomes are all related to the same cancer. It is not just wallstreet, not just the government,not just greed, not just this two party system, not just homlessness, poverty and lack of public funding, and education, its not terrorism, not just ecological and economical devistation- its all of it, combined and indivudually.

fRITZ.

oh, and i do miss my sleeping bag. You dont know the joys of living in an occupation until you do it. peroiod.

Now that i have seen a different way of living closley and openly with other human beings in a setting that constantly challenges my being for the evolutionary better- I cannot sit comfortably in the old world. Its not that I want to live my life on the street under a tarp- but the community and connections that I have found while in my damned sleeping bag have forever changed my life.

Try living your life in the unkown- it only gets better!

Anonymous

There is a parasitic virus that takes over the nervous system of an insect and directs its host to do what is counter to its survival interest. These insects normally stays beneath the canopy of trees so that predator birds can't feed on them. The virus directs the insects to go to the top of the canopy so where the insects explode and cause the virus to rain down upon these insects fellows, increasing the likelihood that they will be infected as well.

Albeit that insects are not human and neither are viruses, there appears to be a similar relationship between the insect United States and the virus Israel, which, it appears, is unlikely to change any time soon.

Anonymous

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Actually, the issue of the Gaza and West Bank is not complicated at all:
Either they belong to Israel, in which case their residents should vote - the fact that this will never happen is is pure and simple apartheid
Or they are not part of Israel, in which case Israel is an immoral occupier.

We had occupation on Greece , by the germans, during the second world war - and everyone around here knows what it is like.

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