8 thoughts on “Soros: ‘Demolish the Wall of Silence Protecting AIPAC’ – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. Well said.

    Soros correctly notes that “liberal Jews must also engage with Democratic candidates and tell them we expect more from them than a rubber stamp of AIPAC’s talking points.”

    I’ve participated in sporadic efforts to make that happen for decades, as an activist in various support groups for Israel’s peace camp. One reason why it hasn’t happened, one reason for the silence of so many American Jewish doves, is that, until now, liberal American Jewish Democrats just haven’t cared enough about this issue to make it a priority. They have not been single-issue voters. They have cared more about the social safety net, fighting AIDS, global warming, fixing the health care system, etc.. Maybe they’ve written some small checks to Americans for Peace Now or B’Tselem. But when their favorite politicians –say, Barney Frank or Nita Lowey– have caved into AIPAC and the conventional Israel lobby, these Dems have been unwilling to pick up a phone or write a letter or send an e-mail.

    For right wing Jews, on the other hand, Israel is and always has been more than their #1 political cause: it has been their mission in life.

    I am sensing a change in the air, now. It could not be clearer that solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an urgent American priority. Maybe, just maybe, more liberal Jews will wake up and start demanding that elected officials stop reflexively pandering to the organizations that purport to –but don’t– speak for us.

  2. I’m curious as to whether anyone knows why Soros has given up on his attempts to promote an alternative to the AIPAC lobby. I believe he was meeting with Brit Tzedek v’Shalom folks and other (moderate) left wing organizations — maybe Americans for Peace Now? Does anyone know what happened with those meetings and why what seemed like such a good initiative fell apart? I’m wondering whether the various left-wing groups were too splintered (vis-a-vis tactics, degree of support for Israel, etc.) to come to an agreement. I’d be interested in hearing from anyone who has an inside track about this!

  3. I just e mailed w. a Salon reporter today who spoke with a project insider. The biggest obstacle right now is money. There are other hurdles as well.

    As for Soros’ thinking, I’m not privy to that. But I guess we have to take him at face value. He doesn’t identify strongly as a Jew. He’s interested in Israel not as a Jew but because it is a barrier to world peace. He prob. feels that it’s up to others more devoted to the issue to make these changes. Plus, as a Holocaust survivor he may feel the personal calumnies he must endure are simply too high a price to pay. He knows that if he goes forward w. this project it requires a full personal commitment to Israeli-Arab peace. People would be going through his dirty linen looking for sins to pin on him. It would be a high price to pay. As he wrote, he has many other priorities, some probably even more important to him that this one. I imagine he’s torn by the whole thing.

  4. I seem to recall a few years ago there was going to be a US version of the Guardian – an attempt to bring some sanity into the wingnut-friendly major media, to be financed by Sheldon Drobny among others. It fell over for some reason – all toto hard probably.

    I hope what Soros calls for comes to pass, but it would be more likely if her were involved.

  5. Georg Soros himself has contributed to anti-semitism in the Muslim world. 10 years ago, he caused a run on the Malaysian currency, the ringgit, wiping out the savings of thousands of Malaysians. Mohammed Mutahir, then PM of Malaysia blamed Malaysian economic woes on Jewish speculators. While many Malaysians may not know where Israel is on a map, they do get a bit touchy when their savings get wiped out. I think that Soros’ efforts on Israel are an effort to sanitize his image in the Muslim world, which is justifiably poor

  6. AIPAC is an American problem. While most of us who are not Jewish might think of this as a Jewish lobby, it represents Israeli interests without regard for American interests and often at our expense. To imply that American and Israeli interests are the same is the worst kind of duplicity. Both major American political parties should extricate themselves from the influence of this organization if we are to pretend to be an honest broker in the international community.

  7. At the American Israel Public Affairs Committee 2008 conference, the day after the final Democratic primary, my then twelve year old son and I applauded Senator Barack Obama’s statement, “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel and it must remain undivided.” Under the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, official United States policy recognizes Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the State of Israel. My son and I hoped that Jerusalem would remain the undivided capital of Israel and remain open to all Christians, Muslims, and Jews.

    1. And Obama disowned the statement the week after he made it. Actually currently Jerusalem IS divided bet. Jews & Palestinians. IT will continue to remain divided as long as Israel occupies it. When there are 2 states ea. sharing Jerusalem then the city could become much more of common legacy for all its inhabitants. This will never happen under Israeli domination.

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