It is a commonly accepted truth with Israel watchers in the USA that Congress, in Pat Buchanan’s words is “Israel occupied territory”, that nobody who challenges Israel’s barbaric behaviour against the Palestinians will be around the US legislature long. There are many examples too numerous to mention here but my favourite one is Cynthia McKinney from Alabama who was not rah rah for Israel as a Democratic congresswoman. In 1992 when she was a candidate for the US Congress, she received a fax from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) ready to fundraise for her…they did not even know her and the but this is how ugly things are in the US, lobbies can buy you up. The shocking fact is there are less than 10,000 Jews in Alabama. This despicable lobby however wants you to be a zombie for Israel.
“The fax was a pledge stating that as a candidate I would commit my tenure, should I win, to the military superiority of Israel, to Jerusalem as the capital city, to continued aid at the level requested by Israel. There were around five to seven points on this piece of paper and I didn’t sign it.”
Can you believe the chutzpah of this organization? Needless to say they got rid of Cynthia McKinney.
Recently AIPAC paid for 53 reps to go and see the Disneyland version of Israel offered by the state. You can bet they never walked through a checkpoint or ate hummus in Nablus.
Well they are still at it. Now they give out free trips to ‘the only democracy in the Middle east” and buy off the sheep who will be the amen corner for Israel. Well, I guess that’s just politics. And the cannabalizing of consciences.
The Free Palestine Movement pulled the rug from under these sad people.they offered them a free trip to Palestine! Brilliant. They sent a personalized invitation to exactly the same members of Congress to come to Palestine on the organization’s dime.
Guess how many accepted?
You guessed right..zip, zero, none.
Great representatives of the people.