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  1. I reminds me how AIPAC supported the Oslo agreements because it places the onus of peace upon the Palestinians while allowing the Israelis to do next to nothing in terms of ensuring a Palestinian state.

  2. aipac, what can an american say about such a group….lobby, if an american knew.
    U.S. foreign policy shapes events in every corner of the globe. Nowhere is this truer than in the Middle East, a region of recurring instability and enormous strategic importance. Most recently, the Bush Administration’s attempt to transform the region into a community of democracies has helped produce a resilient insurgency in Iraq, a sharp rise in world oil prices, and terrorist bombings in Madrid, London, and Amman. With so much at stake for so many, all countries need to understand the forces that drive U.S. Middle East policy.


  3. AIPAC could have made some hay out of this event if it would have gone the other way…but alas the jews of iran are happier there than they would be in zionist israel…maybe in the future the power structure there will change and it would not be such a hatefilled supremacist bellicose government and then the jews from all around the world would be able to realize their dreams.
    Iran’s Jews reject emigration incentives
    Published: 07/13/2007
    Iran’s Jews rejected financial incentives to leave the country.

    Offers ranging from 5,000-30,000 British pounds, financed by a wealthy expatriate Jew with the support of the Israeli government, were turned down by Iran’s Jewish leaders, the Guardian reported. Instead, the country’s Jews pledged their loyalty to Iran.

    “The identity of Iranian Jews is not tradeable for any amount of money,” the Society of Iranian Jews said in a statement. “Iranian Jews are among the most ancient Iranians. Iran’s Jews love their Iranian identity and their culture, so threats and this immature political enticement will not achieve their aim of wiping out the identity of Iranian Jews.”

    Iran’s Jewish population is the largest of any country in the Middle East besides Israel.

  4. Richard, do you know Mark Braverman’s response on the Rosenfeld paper? It’s very, very goodl

    What puzzles me most is the absolute denial of the slightest bit of human sympathy for the plight of the Palestinian people’, the absolute distrust, disinterest down to complete denial for their experience. And yes that is the most striking and irritating feature. In a very high percentage it seems to be taken for granted, that if any part of the Palestinian story raises compassion, there must be trick involved that can be found out. And that is all there is to know. They are only feigning to get sympathy, and yes that is very, very frightening.

    The complete lack of any human sympathy puzzled me most in a discussion of an artist online but mainly off-line in a series of private exchanges with members of H-Antisemitism.


    It is 2006, and I am in a large room in the Carnegie Endowment outside of Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. I am attending a panel entitled: Politics and Diplomacy: Next Steps in Arab-Israeli Peacemaking. There are eight men sitting at the front of the room, four Palestinians and four Israelis. A Palestinian speaks first, calling for – in plaintive tones, this is the only word for it – a resumption of negotiations before it is too late. The economic embargo of the newly elected Palestinian government with its Hamas majority has been in effect for five months. “We don’t have much time left!” he tells us. I am almost brought to tears by the sadness of his presentation, and a bit shocked, truth to tell, at his restraint as he describes the utter humiliation and desperation faced by his people. “I am a member of the Palestinian Authority legislative counsel,” he goes on, “and I haven’t been paid in 4 months. I am one of the privileged, and I don’t know how I’ll make ends meet in the coming year!” I sense the room darkening — there is a silence. I feel shame, embarrassment, anger. Then it is the Israeli’s turn to speak. I hold my breath: what will he say? How does he follow this? A journalist for a popular Israeli daily and now ensconced at the Brookings Institution nearby, the Israeli sits back, smiles — and opens with a joke. He is, for all the world, a man delivering an after-dinner speech, interested in providing a measured degree of enlightenment while entertaining us. Clearly, we are in the presence of the conqueror – the man holding all the cards. “We’ll talk to them when the violence stops,” he pontificates: it’s the old story. But it isn’t the words, it is the arrogance. No – it isn’t the arrogance, it is the blindness, the sweeping, crushing insensitivity to the emotional tone of the previous speaker. The Palestinian sitting next to him was invisible — he simply didn’t count. And on it went. The other Palestinian panelists, leaning forward in their chairs, protested weakly that time was running out, pleading for a resumption of negotiations. The Israelis sat back, opining about how the Hamas victory rendered the prospects for negotiations negligible, talking about unilateral actions, i.e. their intention to simply do what they wanted, take what they wanted. Among them was a former Israeli General who, in this context, on this panel – I am not making this up – spoke about the Jews’ Right to the Land. But, again, it wasn’t the words, it wasn’t the policies, shocking as they were – it was the negation, the utter, shocking, arrogant negation of the Other.”

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