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  1. FWIW, last summer the Jewish community of Port Townsend got together and summoned Israel’s deputy Consul General to pull, push, and connive against an internal discussion among the owner-members of the local food co-op.

    It was quite clear that they felt able to snap their fingers and call in the support of Israel’s consulate – and there was a strong sense of that feeling being mutual.

  2. AIPAC is not registered as the lobby for a foreign nation. Accordingly, it is free to corrupt and confuse the loyalties of American Jews without the taint of explicitly being a foreign lobby. AIPAC uses American Jews as extensions of the Israeli government and military (one in the same) making every American Jew who cooperates with AIPAC a potential Israeli spy which is just the collaboration that Israel wants. Or let’s call it “coordination.”

  3. “Look, I hate the dual loyalty charge. I think it’s a load of malarkey. But when our Jewish federation staff members essentially collude with Israel’s official representatives on behalf of explicitly Israeli interests, it’s much harder to defend against this charge.”

    Not just harder; impossible. This shows that the charge isn’t malarkey at all. So sorry.

  4. Speaking of putting Israel’s interests above local ones, remember the big brouhaha back in 2007 when the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul disinvited Desmond Tutu to speak? Here are my two articles about our “Let Tutu Speak!” campaign that after a few days proved successful in getting the Dean (Father Dease) to reverse his decision and re-invite Tutu. (Jewish Voices for Peace also launched an effective letter-writing campaign to the Dean of St. Thomas Univ.)
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/coleen-rowley/banning-desmond-tutu-is-n_b_67650.html and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/coleen-rowley/tutu-decision-reversed-un_b_67980.html . The reason I bring the incident up is that Dease eventually explained that someone at this very same Jewish Community Relations Council had advised him that Tutu was either anti-Semitic or not a friend of Israel or the like.

    1. I wrote about the Tutu-St. Thomas affair with great interest at the time & was happy the school saw reason & wasn’t intimidated by the JCRC. It appears to need a good dose of humility and caution that is sorely lacking. In another incident, a local MN. Aipac activist called Rep. Betty McCollum a supporter of terror because McCollum wouldn’t support an Aipac Congressional resolution. I wrote about that incident too.

  5. RE: “But I am opposed to crossing the red line so that we become mere extensions of Israel’s interests in this country. I am opposed to those such as Aipac who claim that there is never such a distinction.” ~ R.S.

    SEE: The New “Existential Threat” » By Andrew Levine, Counterpunch, 9/08/11

    (excerpts)…The animating principle of the Zionist movement from the 1890s on has been that Jews need a state to serve as a refuge in a world in which anti-Semitism is a force of nature. That thought never gained traction before the Nazis took power in Germany, and even then it was resisted by secular Jews committed to universalist ideologies and also, for theological and philosophical reasons, by Orthodox and Reform Jews. In time, universalist ideologies faded and Zionism hijacked Judaism. Meanwhile, as Jewish assimilation has proceeded at full throttle in the United States and other Western countries, and with anti-Semitism no longer much of a concern, Israeli nationalism has all but monopolized Jewish identity politics in the West.
    Because Judaism, shorn of the Zionist shell that has been imposed upon it, is a non-starter for most Jews today, and because inter-marriage is so prevalent, it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain a sense of Jewish identity on religious or ethnic grounds. That leaves only Israel. And as Israeli society sheds its historical ties to secularism and socialism, Israel has become hard to love or even to admire. No wonder that so few diaspora Jews would even think of living there or that so many Israelis live abroad…
    …But now is as good a time as any to seek to alter the rules that govern an increasingly intolerable status quo in Israel-Palestine relations; and, as they say, “nothing ventured, nothing gained.” Israeli intransigence will surely prevail for a while longer but, in the face of an outraged world, it cannot prevail indefinitely, even with American support. Meanwhile, it is up to Americans, American Jews especially, to do all we can to mitigate that support – not just in solidarity with the victims of our country’s nefarious influence and meddling, but also, in Thomas Jefferson’s words, out of “decent respect…[for] the opinions of mankind.”

    ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/09/08/the-new-existential-threat/

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