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April 15, 2013 2

Anti-Israel Organizations Attack Israel with Tax Day-Themed Campaigns

Today, April 15, is “Tax Day,” the date by which all Amer­i­cans are required to sub­mit their tax returns to the Inter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice (IRS). While it is an appro­pri­ate day to spend a few min­utes think­ing about what our gov­ern­ment spends our tax dol­lars on, there are sev­eral anti-Israel orga­ni­za­tions that are cap­i­tal­iz­ing on today’s dead­line to ini­ti­ate cam­paigns about what the U.S. gov­ern­ment should not spend its money on: aid to Israel.

In the past week, two promi­nent anti-Israel orga­ni­za­tions have launched a new web­site and a new report call­ing for an end to U.S. aid to Israel. Although a pri­or­ity that has long been at the fore­front of the domes­tic anti-Israel movement’s agenda, it has picked up steam in recent years due to eco­nomic con­cerns caused by the Great Reces­sion, seques­tra­tion and bud­get deficits.

The first cam­paign, titled “Demand a Refund,” was ini­ti­ated by the US Cam­paign to End the Israeli Occu­pa­tion in coor­di­na­tion with Amer­i­can Mus­lims for Pales­tine, Jew­ish Voice for Peace, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Com­mit­tee (ADC) and CODEPINK. The campaign’s web­site fea­tures a peti­tion from tax­pay­ers to Pres­i­dent Obama which reads, in part, “As a tax­payer, I am out­raged that your admin­is­tra­tion is report­edly open­ing nego­ti­a­tions to give Israel up to $40 bil­lion in U.S. taxpayer-financed weapons,” an appar­ent ref­er­ence to defense weaponry and tech­nol­ogy that the U.S. sells to Israel.

The peti­tion claims that Israel uses Amer­i­can weapons to “com­mit sys­tem­atic human rights abuses” and “oppress Pales­tini­ans.” It also crit­i­cizes Pres­i­dent Obama for increas­ing the amount of aid to Israel dur­ing his admin­is­tra­tion. The orga­niz­ers of the peti­tion hoped to gain 10,000 sig­na­tures by today (the cam­paign was launched last week). At present there are a lit­tle more than 3,000 signatories.

And just last week, the anti-Israel orga­ni­za­tion If Amer­i­cans Knew (IAK) released a new report titled “The Stag­ger­ing Cost of Israel to Amer­i­cans” to coin­cide with Tax Day. Orig­i­nally pub­lished in 1998, the new ver­sion of the report was writ­ten by Pamela Olson, a new ana­lyst for IAK.

Although the report makes sim­i­lar alle­ga­tions to the anti-aid peti­tion high­lighted above – not­ing, for exam­ple, that “it is crit­i­cal to exam­ine why we lav­ish so much aid on Israel” – the lan­guage cited in this report is far more egre­gious. It claims that U.S. aid to Israel is a result of the “Israel lobby” and insists that the U.S.-Israel rela­tion­ship harms the U.S. because Israel causes “rage and resent­ment among bil­lions of peo­ple… and sells America’s mil­i­tary secrets to its enemies.”

In its men­tion of the “Israel lobby,” the report goes so far as to allege that the U.S. and Israel do not enjoy a strong rela­tion­ship because of shared val­ues or inter­ests but because “Con­gress­men receive pay­ments and sup­port from the lobby in exchange for their loy­alty.” The report also asserts that U.S. aid to Israel makes the pos­si­bil­ity for peace between Israel and the Pales­tini­ans “even more distant.”

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February 25, 2013 0

Anti-Jewish Conspiracy Theories Mark Farrakhan’s 2013 Saviours’ Day Address in Chicago

Louis Far­rakhan’s keynote address dur­ing this past weekend’s annual Sav­iours’ Day con­ven­tion once again fea­tured anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries about Jew­ish polit­i­cal and finan­cial con­trol of the United States.

Among the anti-Semitic con­spir­a­cies Far­rakhan prop­a­gated dur­ing his three-hour address to approx­i­mately 8,300 peo­ple at the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois Chicago, is the notion that the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the Fed­eral Reserve Bank, and the Inter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice (IRS) were set up by the Jews in tan­dem to con­trol the fis­cal poli­cies of the United States: 

“And today in 2013, we are in Decem­ber of this year 100 years since the cre­ation of the Fed­eral Reserve Bank and the Inter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice and the ADL. America’s debt has gone from two bil­lion dol­lars to more than six­teen tril­lion dol­lars. Now they set these insti­tu­tions up to work in unity: the Fed­eral Reserve the IRS and the ADL. One was to cre­ate debt, the other was to enforce a tax pol­icy to take from the Amer­i­can cit­i­zens enough to pay that debt, and the watch­dog of the whole thing was to see who would rec­og­nize who did this and that’s when the ADL raised the cry of anti-Semitism, and now Amer­ica is see­ing her­self in ruin because of it.”

Far­rakhan also listed sta­tis­tics on Jew­ish mem­bers of the Sen­ate, the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, and the Supreme Court before con­clud­ing, “Spe­cial inter­ests along with Zion­ist AIPAC are rob­bing Amer­ica of the prin­ci­ple of democ­racy and rep­re­sen­ta­tive government.”

Far­rakhan then raised the nom­i­na­tion of Sen­a­tor Chuck Hagel for Sec­re­tary of Defense to make claims against the Jew­ish State:

“You need a man like Sen­a­tor Hagel as your Sec­re­tary of Defense because a man with a mind like that will keep you out of fight­ing some­one else’s wars. You need a man in gov­ern­ment that has another opin­ion that is not con­trolled, and if the Sen­ate does not con­firm him as Defense Sec­re­tary because of his opin­ion on Israel, that only proves that the Sen­ate and the U.S. Con­gress is con­trolled by the Israel lobby, and it also sen­tences Amer­ica to war with Iran for the state of Israel.”

Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism has not been lim­ited to his lat­est Sav­iours’ Day address. The Nation of Islam (NOI) con­tin­ues to engage in a wide-ranging pro­pa­ganda cam­paign against Jews through its media arm.  For exam­ple, in a Feb­ru­ary 9 arti­cle in the NOI’s news­pa­per, The Final Call, Far­rakhan claimed that Jews con­trol the media and are behind what he describes as an inac­cu­rate por­trayal of him in a Life­time movie on the lives of Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz:

“The Jew­ish peo­ple behind this film have char­ac­ter­ized Far­rakhan as the ‘No. 1 Anti-Semite.’…Those who con­trol this movie, those who wrote the script—those who con­trol the media—all want to try me in the court of pub­lic opinion.”

Far­rakhan also con­tin­ues to pro­mote his ide­ol­ogy in a 52-week lec­ture series titled “The Time and What Must Be Done.” While the first seven install­ments of these lec­tures have focused mostly on the­o­log­i­cal top­ics, Far­rakhan some­times digresses into racist con­spir­acy the­o­ries. In one lec­ture he accuses the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment of hatch­ing a plan to kill “two to three bil­lion peo­ple on our planet…Could this be why, in Africa, AIDS is slaugh­ter­ing black men and women, par­tic­u­larly in those areas where the min­eral resources of that area is nec­es­sary to keep Amer­i­can in power in this 21st century?”

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March 28, 2012 2

Alleged Cop-Killer May Be Anti-Government Extremist

Source: Ogden Standard-Examiner
In the lat­est twist to a deadly shootout that stunned the res­i­dents of Ogden, Utah, a recently revealed search war­rant affi­davit pro­vides evi­dence that sug­gests the defen­dant, Matthew David Stew­art, 37, may have been an anti-government extremist.
The shootout began on Jan­u­ary 4, 2012, after police launched a raid on Stewart’s res­i­dence to exe­cute a search warrant—an infor­mant had alleged he was grow­ing mar­i­juana (16 plants were report­edly later found).  Accord­ing to police, Stew­art hid, open­ing fire on offi­cers as they searched his res­i­dence.  Six offi­cers were hit, some more than once, and Ogden police offi­cer Jared Fran­com was wounded fatally.  Stew­art allegedly con­tin­ued fir­ing as the offi­cers fled the res­i­dence.  Police even­tu­ally wounded and sub­dued him in a back­yard shed. 
Stew­art was charged with aggra­vated mur­der, seven counts of attempted aggra­vated mur­der, and pro­duc­tion of a con­trolled sub­stance in a “drug free zone,” along with a dan­ger­ous weapons enhancement.
In March, author­i­ties released an affi­davit explain­ing the results of the search.  Accord­ing to the affi­davit, Stewart’s for­mer girl­friend said that Stew­art was “into” con­spir­acy the­o­ries and that he believed the fed­eral gov­ern­ment had no right to col­lect taxes (the pri­mary belief of the anti-government extrem­ist tax protest move­ment).  She claimed that he had not paid his own fed­eral or state taxes since 2005 and that, if he were “forced” to pay taxes, he would “kill IRS employ­ees.”  Accord­ing to the girl­friend, Stew­art claimed that Okla­homa City bomber Tim­o­thy McVeigh was “misunderstood.”
The affi­davit fur­ther claimed that police recov­ered “computer-generated doc­u­ments” related to anti-government extrem­ism, anti-police Web sites, Okla­homa City bomb­ing Web sites, instruc­tions for mak­ing potas­sium chlo­ride (used in explo­sives), and a map to the clos­est IRS build­ing (where Stew­art once worked as a secu­rity guard), among other items.  Accord­ing to the affi­davit, police also dis­cov­ered “what appeared to be the mak­ings of a bomb,” which were later removed and det­o­nated by the bomb squad. 
Last sum­mer, accord­ing to police, Stew­art had allegedly told some­one that if police ever raided him, he would “go out in a blaze of glory and shoot to kill.”  After the release of the affi­davit, a neigh­bor of Stewart’s told a local tele­vi­sion sta­tion that Stew­art had allegedly talked about mov­ing to Mon­tana and “get[ting] myself a compound.”
Offi­cer Fran­com was the first police offi­cer to have been killed by a sus­pected domes­tic extrem­ist since May 2010, when two West Mem­phis, Arkansas, offi­cers were killed by anti-government “sov­er­eign cit­i­zens.”  Since 2000, 27 police offi­cers have been killed in the United States by domes­tic extremists. 

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