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    Exclamation Israel Lobby Pressures Our Reps. To Go On August Junket To Israel!

    I believe AIPAC is the root of most our problems.

    And let me be perfectly clear, that this is a small group of elitists who happen to be Jewish and it would be ridiculous and ignorant for people to blame ALL Jews. Many Israelis DO NOT support their government's policies. Unfortunatately, I feel there always needs to be a disclaimer made on this subject. That in and of itself presents problems. Is it possible to EVER get AIPAC'S influence out of our government???? NO WONDER THERE WAS A MEDIA BLACKOUT ON RON PAUL!

    Read on:

    by Alison Weir

    You might think that 20 percent of the American Congress going on all-expenses-paid, weeklong junkets to a foreign country — paid for by a lobby for that country — would be newsworthy, especially when the top congressional leaders of both parties are leading the trips.

    You would be wrong.

    Eighty-one congressional representatives from all over the country, led by Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, are traveling to Israel this month. Most are freshmen congressmen, and the group includes half of all the freshmen Republicans voted into office in 2010.

    The weeklong trips are being paid for by the American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF), which was created in 1990 as a supporting organization of AIPAC, America’s major pro-Israel lobbying organization, and they are located in the same building. AIEF, which is only one of numerous organizations pushing pro-Israel policies, has an annual budget of over $24 million, with an even larger endowment.

    This is an extraordinary situation. No other lobby on behalf of a foreign country comes anywhere near controlling such wealth or taking so many of America’s elected representatives on a propaganda trip to its favorite country.

    Not all those going on these trips are enthusiastic. The wife of one congressman who made a similar trip some years ago said that she and her husband had never been exposed to such pressure in all their lives. She said that at one point on their trip, her husband — a normally extremely tough man — was curled up in a fetal position.

    A staff member of one representative participating in this month’s junkets said the representative had no choice. If the congressional rep didn’t go on the trip, the rep would be targeted by AIPAC; large quantities of money, including massive out-of-state money, would be raised for the opponent in the next election; and quite likely the representative would be defeated. The staffer said that the Israel Lobby is far too powerful to ignore and that American voters have no knowledge of what’s going on.

    It’s no surprise that voters are unaware that their representatives are being propagandized and pressured by a foreign lobby. Their news media almost never tells them.

    The Associated Press, America’s number one news service, has decided not to report on a lobbying group taking 81 representatives to a foreign country in order to influence their votes.

    Even though the trips are being reported by news media in Britain, Iran, India, Israel, Lebanon, and elsewhere, AP has decided to give the story a pass. When contacted about this, an AP editor in Washington, D.C., said AP knew about the trips and was “looking into it.”

    Taking a similar tack, The New York Times, USA Today, Fox News, CNN, ABC, et al., failed to inform Americans about the trips. The Washington Post, after the story was posted throughout the blogosphere, finally covered it belatedly on Page 13. The CBS website had a story on the situation, but CBS News made no mention of the junkets on-air.

    The only AP stories on the subject are scattered local stories about individual representatives. For example, AP’s Chicago bureau reported that Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is taking part, without reporting that he was one of 81 representatives accepting these all-expenses-paid junkets and that his trip was being paid for by the pro-Israel lobby.

    A few other American media outlets reported the story in interestingly diverse ways:
    Washington’s Politico covered it twice; The Atlantic‘s website reported on people who were “kvetching” about the one-sided nature of the junkets, pointing out that some of the reps were also going to meet with some Palestinian leaders, without telling how many (no one will say) and for how long (apparently for a few hours of the weeklong trip). Los Angeles’ Jewish Journal was remarkably forthright, reporting that “the congressional reps will be getting the dog and pony show,” and Commentary gloated at the “astonishing” number of representatives going on the trip, noting that “Congress is the backstop that gives Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu the ability to say ‘no’” to the president of the United States.

    While Commentary claims that the willingness of congressional representatives to go on all-expenses-paid trips by one of the country’s most powerful lobbies “is a good reflection of American public opinion on the Middle East,” this is actually not accurate.

    Surveys find that an extraordinarily strong majority of Americans — typically between two-thirds to three-quarters — do not wish the U.S. to take sides on Israel-Palestine. Such widespread desire for neutrality is particularly noteworthy given that U.S. news sources across the political spectrum are consistently highly Israel-centric in their reporting.

    It is quite likely that such voters would be unhappy to learn that a foreign lobby has such power over their elected representatives, leading them to give the favored nation, one of the smallest and wealthiest countries on the planet, over $8 million per day of American tax money when the U.S. is in the middle of a financial crisis.
    Perhaps that’s why AP and the others don’t tell them.

    Pork may be treif, but not when it’s dished out by the pro-Israel lobby.

    81 members of Congress are now in Israel on an all-expense paid junket sponsored by Aipac’s nominally non-profit American-Israel Education Foundation. The value of the trip for the member and spouse is $8,000, meaning Aipac is forking over nearly $700,000 to fund this massive hasbara undertaking.

    In the interest of transparency and knowing where our tax dollars are spent, I thought it would be important to list every name of every junketeer so their constituents can know that their member is on the pro-Israel gravy train. Here are the 44 I’ve discovered so far (please add more in the thread below):

    Mo Brooks R-5 AL
    Eric Cantor R-7 VA
    Russ Carnahan D-3 MO
    Steve Chabot R-1 OH (went last month)
    David Cicilline D-1 RI
    Yvette Clarke D-11 NY
    Mark Critz D- 12 PA
    Scott DesJarlais R- 4 TN
    Chuck Fleischman R-3 TN
    John Garamendi D-10 CA
    Kay Granger R-12 TX
    Michael Grimm NY-13
    Janice Hahn D-36 CA
    Jaime Herrera Buetler R-3 WA
    Mazie Hirono D- 2 HI (unconfirmed)
    Steny Hoyer D-5 MD
    Jesse Jackson Jr. D-2 IL
    Patrick Meehan D-7 PA
    Kevin McCarthy CA-22
    Gwen Moore D-4 WI
    Bill Owens D-23 NY
    Steven Palazzo R-4 MS
    Ed Perlmutter D-7 CO
    Tom Price R-6 GA
    Peter Roskam R-6 IL
    Loretta Sanchez D-47 CA
    David Schweikert R-5 AZ
    Adam Smith D-9 WA
    Steve Southerland R-2 FLA
    Betty Sutton D-13 OH
    Scott Tipton R-3 CO
    Allen West R-22 FL
    Frederica Wilson D-17 FL
    Kevin Yoder R-3 KS
    Kathy Castor D-11 FL
    Terri Sewell D-7 AL (not confirmed)
    Anne Marie Buerkle R-25 NY
    Judy Chu D-32 CA
    Hank Johnson D-4 GA
    Bob Dold R-10 IL (unconfirmed)
    Blake Farenthold R-27 TX
    Mike Fitzpatrick R-8 PA
    Tom Reed R-29 NY
    Kevin McCarthy R-22 CA

    UPDATE: We’ve only identified 39 of the 81. Please contact any Congressional wonks among your friends. We should be able to display all 81 of these porkers at Aipac’s trough. The NY Times has run a story which glosses over opposition and interviews or quotes no one opposing the trips. But at least they ran the story.
    Last edited by libertygrl; 08-18-2011 at 09:40 AM.
    Paranoia is having all of the facts.

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    There's already a thread on this somewhere in Foreign Policy and Affairs, but I'll express my outrage again anyway. Basically, they're meeting the men behind the curtain.

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    already posted here before and then subsequently moved to Hot Topics
    A tyrant and the one who helps an oppressor as well as the one who is pleased with such injustice all the three are accomplices in the sin–Muhammad al-Baqir

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    OK - Thanks!
    Paranoia is having all of the facts.

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    I believe them claiming to be "Jewish" is the same as the mob claims to be "Christian."
    Ron Paul let the cat out of the bag.

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    Oh please take me on one of these trips.

    I'd love to chew off the ears of any wannabe one-world tyrant types trying to pressure me with their nationalist/religious bs, and laugh in their face at the same time.

    Of course most if not all of these congress-critters are probably being blackmailed too, but that's their fault for having something to hide.

    Now if we are too believe there are actual threats being made to intimidate American lawmakers into taking action contrary to their free will then that's a different issue, but I don't know about that. Could be.
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