Israel Shamir's insightful analysis of the power of Jewish Lobby in the
United States seems to be hitting a real nerve with the Jewish community.
The response to his most recent article, 'The Fiesta of St Fermin', is
astounding and very thought provoking. There still appears to be a great
reluctance among individual American Jews of the liberal and leftist
persuasion to recognize that their community does more than just wield
influence in the United States. The largest contributors to both the
Democratic and Republican party are American Jews. It takes very thick
blinders to fail to understand that the Jewish Lobby, acting in the interests
of a foreign fascist state, has seen fit to participate fully in the
corrupting of America's elected officials.
The Israeli Lobby is be no means the only culprit in the buying and selling
of America's governors. But they are the most powerful single force in this
process. Indeed it makes absolute sense to leverage Jewish contributions by
buying Congressmen and Senators. A dime of political contributions ends up
being a dollar in the pocket of the IDF and the settler movement. The
question is whether the lobby corrupts Congress or a corrupt Congress bows to
any powerful lobby that shows them the money. Given the way that America
finances its political campaigns, it is probably a little bit of this and a
little bit of that. But they don't call Israel's partisans 'The Lobby'
without good reason. Add to their enormous financial contributions the fact
that the media industry is a virtual monopoly of powerful American Jewish
families and there is no mystery as to why America allows Israel to get away
Where exactly do politicians spend their campaign money? The media barons
laugh all the way to the bank every presidential campaign season. So 'The
Lobby' gives a little money to our politicians and turns around and takes it
all back in advertising revenue. Pity the politician who stands up to their
coersion techniques. They not only choke his campaign lifeline, but also can
trounce his ads with 'free' articles by pro-Israeli pundits who will
denigrate any American who stands up to their dogma of Jewish exceptionalism.
The case of George Bush the elder is instructive. He came out of the Gulf
war with a 90% positive approval rating and was then demolished by the media
barons and other activists in the Jewish lobby. There was a point where he
was considered invincible, until he challenged the vicious war criminal
assassin Itzhak Shamir on illegal Jewish settlements. Now, that is a chapter
of modern American history that was written by Sulzberger of the New York
Times and the men who financed Bill Clinton's campaign.
Ethnic politics are part of the game in America. But their are few American
ethnic constituencies that rally around foreign despots and war criminals.
Filipino Americans did not support the Marcos dictatorship. The Haitian
American community did not lobby Congress to support either Papa Doc or Baby
Doc. Arab-Americans never applauded or acted as apologists for military
dictators like Sadam. Dutch Americans did not conspire with the Boers of
South Africa. German-Americans and Italian-Americans, among our largest
ethnic minorities, valiantly fought in two World Wars against their kinsmen.
Without their heroic sacrifices, Europe might still be under Nazi rule. Many
Japanese-Americans died defending the United States against the Axis powers.
The Jewish Lobby, on the other hand, serves Israel's interests, even to the
point of maligning their fellow Americans of Arab heritage.
Rail against capitalism and globalism all you want. Most Americans accept it
as a fact of life. This is not just economics; but a fiercely competitive
national character that champions individualism. Yet, the average American
also loves freedom, his freedom and the freedom of others. It is not that
they are oblivious to Israeli aggression, or for that matter American
aggression, but rather that the action in Washington is not a part of the
fabric of our daily lives. We let these politicians pick our pockets and
make our wars because they never seem to improve with the passage of time.
American politicians are considered the lowest form of American life. Being
in the political world is just not considered an honest profession, not among
decent folk. The corridors of power in Washington attracts men, who with a
sex change, would surly ply their trade in the oldest profession in the
world. So, we stay away from the polls on voting day in the same way we
avoid the bad side of town.
Most Americans are also fully aware that American Jews are big time on the
political scene and that they dictate every detail of America's foreign
policy in the Middle East. There are rational reasons why we have eleven
Jewish Senators and no African-American Senators. It is not because American
Jews make better senators than African-Americans, but because Jews can afford
a Senate campaign. And, yes, it does help that they are of European
descent. There are also rational reasons why Arab-Americans have been
politically quarantined. Ask Hillary Clinton, our first bigot, why it so
valuable for politicians to align themselves with the 'Yiddish Power' crowd.
Watch these American-Jewish pundits, on the left and on the right, market
one of the most extremely repressive governments in the world. And they do
it all with such an easy smile and without a hint of any embarrassment. That
takes raw 'KKK' bone-deep bigotry.
America supports Israel because American Jews are a fabulously rich, powerful
and arrogant ethnic group that has come to accept Zionist racism as part of
the core of its value system. Repressing Palestinians, killing their kids and
stealing their lands is something most American Jews are not only content to
keep silent about, but will vocally support. That is fact. There is no
doubt that there is a healthy minority in this community that feels a little
discomfort about being so closely affiliated with a country that has a
penchant for electing notorious war criminals to the highest office in the
land. But this group of American-Jewish dissidents is virtually invisible.
Indeed, there is more vocal and visible dissent among Israeli Jewish
I will leave it to American Jews to figure out why their community so easily
follows a leadership whose ranks swell with shallow and wicked bigots. That
is their problem. Our problem is how to confront them. To expect the
Palestinians to have to wait for American Jews to redefine their core values
is to ask them to abandon hope. The history books are clear on this count.
American Jewish leaders, including intellectuals, follow the script written
in Tel Aviv. And their community willingly goes along. They are every bit
as chauvinist as Israelis, maybe more so, because they tend to be more
ignorant of the facts on the ground. I always advise the rare American Jew
who wants to bring a little justice into the lives of the Palestinians to
publicly denounce folks like 'Punch' Sulzberger (NYT), Foxman (ADL), William
Safire, Dennis Ross, Martin Indyk and Thomas Friedman. These men are the
muscle that allows this racist Lobby to push its weight around. But the
most important thing is to address the arrogant and callous misuse of Jewish
power in America. We certainly don't need to waste any more time discussing
whether the 'Jewish Lobby' is fact or fiction. What the Palestinians need
are Americans who will help them neutralize the belligerence of the 'Jewish
Lobby'. Let us start by being intellectually honest about how the Israel
Firsters are fully complicit in the corruption of elected American public
As to those who want to buy into the 'American Imperialism' school of
thought. As Israel Shamir points out, Turkey and Egypt are more logical
candidates for the job of strategic partner in gouging out Arab eyes for
cheap oil. Besides, half the Arab Middle East is already one large contiguous
American military base. There is a big difference between the American
Imperial project to assure access to natural resources and Israel's racist
colonial enterprise to eradicate the native population of the land. The
average Saudi hardly feels the presence of the American military. But the
Israeli military boot is daily mixed into the recipe of repression that
confronts Palestinians when they stick their heads out of their front door.
No American settlers are heading for the suburbs of Baghdad. True enough, the
American government has no problem wasting Arab lives. But, that too, is
often in service to the Lobby, which spares no effort to create a permanent
enmity between Arabs and Americans. One only need scan the diaries of former
presidents, to realize that they support racist Israeli policies reluctantly,
not out of conviction, not because it is in the national interest, but
because it helps finance campaigns. The path to political power in America is
too often through the doors of the Israeli Lobby. American presidents
think nothing of playing the role of door mats for Israeli war criminals,
like Sharon. In Washington, it has become an rite of passage into the
corridors of power to turn on as many green lights as Israel needs to torment