Occupy AIPAC - March 3-6 2012.
Occupy AIPAC to Protest Netanyahu’s US Visit
… Occupy AIPAC, which calls for a new American foreign policy in the Middle East, Thursday kicked off a week of actions to protest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the Unites States and his push for war on Iran …
Occupy AIPAC will urge Obama to reject the Israeli push for war on Iran and insist on respect for Palestinian rights.
Events and protests will also draw attention to the role of AIPAC, the most powerful pro-Israel lobby group in Washington, in influencing US policy through its stranglehold over Congress.
“After 10 years of war, the American people need a foreign policy that focuses on diplomacy, but AIPAC takes us down the dangerous path of war with Iran,” Occupy AIPAC organizer Medea Benjamin said.
“We are gathering to demand that our leaders break with AIPAC’s disastrous path of attacking Iran, as well as supporting Israel’s human rights violations and illegal settlements in the West Bank,” said Benjamin.
AIPAC and the Senate's Reckless Resolution.
… Joint Chief Martin Dempsey in a recent CNN interview referring to the Iranians as a "rational player" stating that it would not be "prudent to attack" and that the US has "not concluded that Iran is an existential threat" and further that "a strike would be destabilizing." At the January 31st Senate Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, National Security Adviser James Clapper and CIA Director David Petraeus agreed that there was no evidence of Iran's nuclear weapon capability. …
Just prior to this weekend's AIPAC Policy Conference, thirty-five Senators (20 R's and 15 Dems) introduced Senate Resolution 380 "regarding the importance of preventing the government of Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capability."
Eerily similar to the 2002 Joint Congressional Resolution to authorize military force against Iraq, SR 380 reads like an unabashed pro-war tract, inflammatory and belligerent, as if eager for war …
… AIPAC has refused to invite the fourth candidate, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), to speak, citing the precedent of the Republican Jewish Coalition which shuns Paul for his steady record of voting against assistance for Israel ...
Occupy AIPAC: Saying No to K Street Control of Congress and War on Iran
… AIPAC has a reputation of bullying those who support real diplomacy …
Obama, Netanyahu to meet, address AIPAC – March 5
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Why Netanyahu's Visit to Discuss Iran Puts Obama in a Political Minefield
… President Barack Obama's reelection bid could face a stern test when he addresses the annual conference of the America Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC) on Sunday, and then meets with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the following day. Top of the agenda on both occasions is Iran, which has also been chosen by Republicans as the Number 1 foreign policy issue of the presidential race. And publicly aired differences in the assessment of, and strategies for dealing with, Iran's nuclear program have become a source of friction between the Administration and the Israelis. Netanyahu's leverage in the debate is boosted not only by Israel's threat to take unilateral military action if it deems Washington's efforts to restrain Iran insufficient, but also by Obama's need to remain onside with the flagship Israel lobbying organization -- which tends to take its cue from the Israel …