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Is Israel's Right Wing in Eric Cantor's District?


By davidswanson - Posted on 27 April 2011

In May 2009, Congressmen Eric Cantor (R., Va.) and Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) wrote to President Barack Obama about U.S. policy toward Israel. Their staff sent the letter as a PDF but forgot to change the name of the file to something other than "AIPAC Letter Hoyer Cantor May 2009.pdf."

AIPAC stands for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a group widely recognized as one of the most effective at lobbying Congress, and a group that consistently promotes the positions of the rightwing party of the Israeli government. AIPAC also has the distinction of having lobbied against accountability for an Israeli attack on a U.S. ship and in favor of leniency for a man convicted of selling U.S. secrets to Israel. In a separate case, six years ago, two AIPAC employees were indicted for obtaining U.S. secrets from a U.S. military employee who pled guilty. After powerful Congress members like Jane Harman (D., Calif.) lobbied on their behalf, the charges were dropped.

That's what it means to be an effective lobby group: having your way. Need sanctions on Iran? You got em. Support at the United Nations for illegal settlements in Palestine or a blockade and bombing of Gaza? Not a problem. In fact, it would be our pleasure to provide the weapons needed, whether it's for bombing Gaza, bombing Lebanon, or killing Turkish and American peace activists on an aid ship as happened last year. We'd be honored, and don't let cost be a consideration! That would be an insult in these times of huge budget surpluses in Washington! (Warning, this paragraph contained sarcasm.)

We give $3 billion in "military aid" to Israel every year, more than we give to any other country. This is justified by the need to protect Israel from all the other countries in its region, most of which we also give or sell arms to. Last fall, when pressure was building in Washington to cut off foreign aid spending, Congressman Cantor proposed making an exception for Israel that would help guarantee it $30 billion over the next decade by hiding that funding in the U.S. "defense" budget. That proposal didn’t fly, but neither has any funding of Israeli weapons been cut.

Is there any spending here in Virginia that Congressman Cantor has defended this tenaciously? Would there be if we could afford it?

Cantor is listed on Maplight.org as the top recipient of campaign money from "pro-Israel" groups in the U.S. House of Representatives, having taken in over $200,000. These groups, most of them affiliated with AIPAC, dump tens of millions of dollars into U.S. elections each cycle. And they certainly appear to get what they pay for. In February, continuing a decades-long pattern that has made the United States the leader in U.N. vetoes, President Obama instructed U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to veto and overrule the other 14 Security Council members' backing of a resolution condemning as illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The problem here is more specific than the wild-west financing of U.S. elections. The problem is that the interests of the Israeli government, far from always representing the Israeli people, in no way represent those of the American people or the people of Virginia. Our views may align or diverge. But the Israeli government's hostility toward Iraq or Iran, Lebanon or Palestine, or to independent democratic rule in Egypt and the rest of the region, need not be our own. That should be for us to decide, open to foreign input, but free of foreign financial pressure. AIPAC raises its money in the United States but advances the agenda of a foreign nation, diverging often from the majority views of both Americans at large and Jewish Americans in particular.

Later this month, Congressman Cantor will be a featured speaker at AIPAC's annual conference in Washington DC, but over 100 peace and justice organizations will be holding a counter-conference called "Move Over AIPAC." I wonder if Eric Cantor will get the message.

David Swanson is an author and blogger in Charlottesville, Va.

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Hey kidz!!! Is Israel's Right Wing at YouTube/Google??? . . . ;-)

. . . because it looks like their Zionist 5th Column sure as hell is!!! . . . ;-)

Once again, film maker Anthony Lawson finds himself on the losing end of the YouTube community "standards" . . . ;-)

(clipped 27Apr11 comment from Anthony Lawson's Channel)
"alawson911 Hello, The Moving Target here. My latest video has been taken down, because someone doesn't like the pictures of what Israel did to so many little children in Gaza. The images were in Michael Heart's song 'We Will Not Go Down (Song for Gaza)'. I would suggest those without the stomach to view such images should do something to stop the carnage in Gaza. The images remain on several other sites. It makes you think, doesn't it."

(link to Anthony Lawson's YouTube Channel)
http://www.youtube.com/user/alawson911

What is the YouTube charge this time, kidz???

(YouTube Censorship notification on YouTube video site)
"This video has been removed as a violation of YouTube's policy on shocking and disgusting content. Sorry about that."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBcYaoACd9o

Don't you just love that line??? . .. "Sorry about that" . . .

Reminds me of those "heartfelt" press releases from Israel's Tzipi Livni telling the world how much Israel "regrets" having to kill women and children with illegal white phosphorous weapons during Operation Cast Lead . . . or murdering U.N. Observers during their last War with Lebanon.

Of course, is one to infer from this that it is okay to support the REAL "Shocking and disgusting" acts of Israel . . . it is just not okay to document them??? . . . ;-)

Well, you can still see the Anthony Lawson video here as well as linking to the "No-Fly Zone Over Gaza" U.N. petition:

(link to video - approx. 6 minutes)
"No-Fly Zone Over Gaza — Petition [VIDEO]"
http://www.intifada-palestine.com/2011/04/no-fly-zone-over-gaza-%E2%80%9...

Once again, this short video clip from Mr. Anthony Lawson rings more and more true . . .

(clipped title and Anthony Lawson comment from 17 April 2011)
"Harassment by The YouTube Team — An open message to Sergey Brin - YouTube may be acting illegally by taking down videos for alleged copyright infringement, without first determining important factors regarding Fair Use as provided for in copyright law."

(link to above video - approx. 8 minutes)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4pSKVZeTu4&feature=channel_video_title

Of course, whatever you do . .. don't you kidz dare watch THIS video . . .

(link to video - approx. 15 minutes)
"The Zionist War on Freedom of Speech"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tE-YT6ThAMM&feature=player_embedded

. . . because Abe "You're An Anti-Semite if WE HATE YOU" Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League tells me this single citizenship AMERICAN is a "racist" and should never ever ever ever be listened to . . .

. . . unlike those fine folks like Israel FIRST Congress-critters Eric Cantor, Steny Hoyer, and Jane Harmon who support the Genocide and ethnic cleansing of Palestine. . .

. . . not to mention all those fine self-appointed Zionist Commissars and Politruks at Google/YouTube . . .

After all, it isn't racism when our "Special Friends" do it, right, kidz??? . . . ;-)

Of course, the corollary to this was best summed up in this ol' fool's message to the National Libertarian Party on the 1st Anniversary of 9-11 when I stated, "We are ALL Palestinians now!!!" . . . ;-)

"We will not go down
In the night, without a fight
You can burn up our mosques
And our homes and our schools
But our spirit will never die
We will not go down
In Gaza tonight"
- "We Will Not Go Down" by Michael Heart

peace.

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