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Saturday, November 26, 2005

Who Controls America?

Zionist Lobbies Are Turning The Wheel Of US Foreign Policy

"You tell me America will do this and will do that ... I want to tell you something very clear: Don't worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America and the Americans know it."

- Ariel Sharon, October 3, 2001

What made the Israeli prime minister make such utterance without fearing any adverse reactions is the presence of powerful Zionist "lobbies" in the US capable of influencing the actions of politicians and of conditioning public opinion.

In the US, where more than 6 million Jews live, (less than 2 per cent of the total population), the Jewish vote can be an important factor in determining the electoral majority where victory can often be achieved with a very narrow margin.

The strength of the Zionist lobby in the US is so great that US President George W. Bush's speech regarding the need for "Palestinian reforms" was sent to Occupied Jerusalem for final proofing and corrections not less than 28 times.

This shows how biased, or forced to be, the present administration is when it comes to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

For all the turmoil in the Occupied Territories, the US and Israel are in agreement that the Palestinians are to blame, which was aptly demonstrated during a news conference in which Bush proclaimed, "the signal to the Palestinians is to stop the violence. I can't make it any more clear".

The fact that Israel's colonial occupation has continued for almost four decades is irrelevant to Bush. Instead, he seems intent on blaming the Palestinians for disrupting the peace.

This is vital to Israel's public relations campaign. Of course, the Bush administration's support for Israel is more than just verbal.

The president will continue to push for economic and military aid to Israel which has been estimated between $3 billion (Dh11 billion) and $5.5 billion (Dh 20.18 billion) a year.

American vociferous support for Israel and its indifference in the face of Palestinian suffering are a direct result of an "ideological" support that has gripped the US government.

This occupation is based on the internalisation of Israel's arguments vis-?-vis the current conflict.

The success of this ideological occupation is partly the result of the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), considered one of the most influential lobbying organisations in the United States.

The influence of this lobby could be seen by the sheer number of policy makers who attend its annual policy conference.

Its last conference of March 2004 was attended by 103 members of the House of Representatives, 43 senators and 15 officials (including secretary of state Colin Powel).

AIPAC's ongoing mission is to nurture and advance the US-Israeli relationship by advocating strong US economic, military and political support for Israel.

The organisation uses its formidable lobbying abilities to maintain the US governments' unwavering support for Israel and to make life difficult for any public official who dares to challenge the statue quo.

In addition, AIPAC is very active on college campuses throughout the US. It has a Political Leadership Development Programme (PLDP) whose goal is to get college students involved in pro-Israel activity.

Basically, AIPAC not only tries to strengthen ties between the US and Israel, its activists also work to intimidate and defame those who are critical of Israeli policy.

Other Zionist lobbies operate in the US albeit less influential than AIPAC.

Involved in espionage

Of those is the Anti Defamation League (ADL), founded in 1913 as an adjunct to the international Jewish secret society known as B'nai B'reth.

While posing as a "civil rights" group, it is deeply involved in espionage inside the US and of controlling sources of news and information.

In addition to ADL, the Committee for Accurate Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) is also active in the US.

It deals in Israeli espionage scandals and recently has launched an e-mail, fax and phone calls campaign to force Fox TV to drop its probe of a recent Israeli spy, dope and terror scandal.

The Jewish Institute for National Affairs (JINSA) is another lobbying group. Founded in 1973, it influences the US defence and national security establishment.

These Zionist lobbies are able to conduct their subversive activities with very little governmental or popular resistance.

Nevertheless, as more Americans begin to speak out against the Israeli occupation of Palestine, they must also condemn the activities of institutions such as AIPAC, JINSA and ADL.

Their influence is greatly responsible for the US governments' unconditional support for Israel. Those struggling for a just peace must expose and isolate the pro-Israel lobbies by associating it with occupation, racism and violence.

Professor As'ad Abdul Rahman is the Chairman of the Palestinian Encyclopaedia.


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