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June 12, 2012 15

Press TV Airs Anti-Semitic Interviews to Mark U.S.S. Liberty Anniversary

Press TV, Iran’s English-language pro­pa­ganda tele­vi­sion sta­tion, marked the 45th anniver­sary of the sink­ing of the USS Lib­erty by inter­view­ing anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activists Ali­son Weir, Michael San­tomauro, and J. Bruce Campbell.
Dur­ing the inter­view, which was held on June 8, the trio accused Israel of pur­pose­fully tar­get­ing the U.S. war­ship dur­ing the height of the 1967 Six-Day War. (The cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the U.S.S. Lib­erty, an Amer­i­can ship that was unin­ten­tion­ally fired on by Israeli forces, has been reg­u­lar fod­der for anti-Israel con­spir­acy the­o­rists.) The inter­view also included sev­eral anti-Semitic state­ments and con­spir­a­to­r­ial accu­sa­tions of Jew­ish con­trol over the U.S. government.
Michael San­tomauro, an anti-Israel blog­ger and Holo­caust denier, alleged that the USS Lib­erty is a cover-up main­tained by U.S.-based Jew­ish sup­port for Israel and the dis­pro­por­tion­ate influ­ence Jews hold over the U.S. gov­ern­ment. Jew­ish inter­est groups, whom San­tomauro claimed pro­vide over the over­whelm­ing amount of fund­ing to U.S. polit­i­cal par­ties, wield their power through what he termed “Jew­ish PAC money.”
J. Bruce Camp­bell, a con­tribut­ing writer for the anti-Semitic web­site, Vet­er­ans Today, claimed that the attack on the Lib­erty was part of a con­spir­a­to­r­ial U.S-Israeli plan he called Oper­a­tion Cyanide, a secret mil­i­tary oper­a­tion that Camp­bell alleges pur­pose­fully sent the Lib­erty to get sunk by the Israelis in order to place blame on Egypt. The desired result, Camp­bell claims, would have been for the U.S. to retal­i­ate against Egypt and to “drop nuclear bombs on Cairo and Alexan­dria.” Camp­bell asserted that this was ordered by the U.S. to assist Israel in cre­at­ing “great [sic] Israel stretch­ing from the Nile to Euphrates rivers.”
When asked by the host whether he agrees that Israel con­trols the U.S. gov­ern­ment, Camp­bell responded, “I would say the Jews in Amer­ica [run the United States]. Israel is a euphemism … It is really Amer­i­can Jews who are behind this [the Iraq and Afghanistan wars] just as it was dur­ing 1967…” Camp­bell also claimed that Amer­i­can Jews want to kill “mil­lions of Mus­lims” and “thou­sands of Amer­i­cans. This is what Amer­i­can Jews want, this is what they make hap­pen through Wash­ing­ton D.C.”
Ali­son Weir, pres­i­dent of the Coun­cil for the National Inter­est (CNI), an anti-Israel orga­ni­za­tion that opposes U.S. aid to Israel, added to Santomauro’s com­ment about the pro-Israel lobby and char­ac­ter­ized the U.S-Israel rela­tion­ship as an “extremely unhealthy sit­u­a­tion.” Weir also said that large sums of dona­tions from pro-Israel groups are the cause of “tragedy, mis­ery, vio­lence and war after war after war.” Weir’s com­ments are con­sis­tent with her record of using anti-Semitic imagery and por­tray­ing Israel and its agents as pow­er­ful forces that con­trol Amer­i­can pol­icy through intim­i­da­tion and deception.
Press TV, which is based in Tehran, is used by the cler­i­cal regime to pro­vide a plat­form for extreme ele­ments and activists to air their views and opin­ions. Many of Press TV’s U.S.-based guests are fre­quently invited by the sta­tion specif­i­cally for their con­spir­a­to­r­ial anti-Israel views. Ear­lier this year, Weir appeared as a guest on the sta­tion to dis­cuss the 2012 Amer­i­can Israel Pub­lic Affairs Com­mit­tee (AIPAC) con­fer­ence, call­ing the pro-Israel lobby “very dan­ger­ous to the world” and “for Americans.”

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March 2, 2012 0

“Occupy AIPAC” Conference Seeks to Lambast Pro-Israel Lobby and Cast Antiwar Agenda as the “99%”

An anti-Israel con­fer­ence to counter this weekend’s annual AIPAC Pol­icy Con­fer­ence will begin today and includes a vari­ety of events, ral­lies and pub­lic demon­stra­tions through March 6.
 
This year’s protest event, titled “Occupy AIPAC,” seeks to cap­i­tal­ize on the suc­cess of the Occupy Move­ment and fos­ter com­mon cause between the pop­u­lar social protests and anti-Israel efforts. The event’s Twit­ter feed tries to paint Israel and its sup­port­ers in the U.S. as part of the prover­bial “1%” and  the left-wing anti­war move­ment as the 99%, a repur­pos­ing of the Occupy Movement’s rhetoric. In addi­tion, one of the con­fer­ence ses­sions links the Arab Spring and the Occupy Wall Street Move­ment with anti-Israel efforts.
 
The con­fer­ence ses­sion that is likely to fea­ture the most egre­gious rhetoric is titled “AIPAC: What it is, who its allies are, why it’s dan­ger­ous and how to stop it.” It will fea­ture, among oth­ers, Hatem Baz­ian, the leader of the extreme anti-Israel orga­ni­za­tion Amer­i­can Mus­lims for Pales­tine; Jef­frey Blank­fort, an anti-Israel jour­nal­ist who claims that the “Israel lobby” con­trols U.S. for­eign pol­icy in the Mid­dle East; and Ali­son Weir, the direc­tor of the Coun­cil for the National Inter­est. Weir’s writ­ings and com­ments have at times crossed the line into anti-Semitism, includ­ing accus­ing Israelis of har­vest­ing Pales­tini­ans’ organs. Accord­ing to descrip­tions pro­vided on the con­fer­ence Web site, the ses­sion will include a seg­ment on how AIPAC “pro­motes Mus­lim otherness.”
 
Con­fer­ence atten­dees will have the oppor­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in sev­eral ral­lies and demon­stra­tions against AIPAC events, includ­ing protests out­side the White House dur­ing Pres­i­dent Obama’s and Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu’s speeches.
 
Occupy AIPAC’s Twit­ter feed accuses AIPAC of exces­sive con­trol over U.S. pol­icy, includ­ing posts read­ing “We want our coun­try back” and “End big money lob­by­ist con­trol of MidEast Policy.”
 
The con­fer­ence has already attracted at least one anti-Semitic attendee, Charles Carl­son. Carl­son is the co-founder and direc­tor of “We Hold These Truths,” an Arizona-based Chris­t­ian anti-Semitic group that reg­u­larly protests out­side Chris­t­ian Zion­ist churches. In a mes­sage to his mem­bers invit­ing peo­ple to join him at “Occupy AIPAC,” Carl­son wrote:
 
“Every polit­i­cal can­di­date for pres­i­dent is bow­ing and scrap­ing to the state of Israel…they are not appeal­ing for Israeli votes,  but for the tens of mil­lions of Amer­i­can Chris­t­ian Zion­ist votes…Thousands of mis­taken and oppor­tunis­tic Pas­tors also fear the truth because they have mis­lead their con­gre­ga­tions.  Knowl­edge of Chris­t­ian Zion­ism can drive a stake through it, to be some­day buried in the grave­yard of apos­tate, reli­gious acts of war.”

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February 28, 2012 0

Profile on Stephen Walt, Speaker at Upcoming “One State” Conference

Stephen Walt, an Inter­na­tional Affairs Pro­fes­sor at the Kennedy School of Gov­ern­ment, is sched­uled to speak at this weekend’s one-state solu­tion con­fer­ence at the Kennedy School. Walt will par­tic­i­pate in a panel dis­cus­sion called “What Hap­pened to the Two-State Solu­tion?” The two other pan­elists, Ali Abunimah and Eve Span­gler, are both sup­port­ers of a one-state solu­tion, which would nec­es­sar­ily result in the dis­man­tle­ment of Israel as a Jew­ish state. 
Walt’s anti-Israel posi­tions were most promi­nently aired in his 2007 book, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. For­eign Pol­icy,” which he co-authored with John Mearsheimer. Since its pub­li­ca­tion, Walt has spo­ken to a vari­ety of audi­ences about U.S. pol­icy on the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict, assert­ing that the pro-Israel lobby in the U.S. has exces­sive power and divided loy­al­ties and uses its power to sti­fle crit­i­cism of Israel against America’s true interests. 
Walt also reg­u­larly focuses on Israel on his blog on ForeignPolicy.com. In the past year, Walt has authored more than a dozen posts about Israel, most of which focus exclu­sively on why the spe­cial rela­tion­ship between Israel and the U.S. neg­a­tively affects Amer­i­can inter­ests and should there­fore cease to exist.
Walt’s fram­ing of the issue makes it seem like pro-Israel forces in the U.S. engage in coer­cive tac­tics and com­pel U.S. pol­i­cy­mak­ers to take harm­ful deci­sions on mat­ters related to Israel. In a Novem­ber 2011 post titled, “Is Israel REALLY a strate­gic asset?,” Walt writes, “Israel is the only coun­try in the world that main­stream U.S. politi­cians (and most mem­bers of the foreign-policy estab­lish­ment) can­not openly criticize.”

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