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​AIPAC proves surprise lobbying force for Palestine

Nadezhda Kevorkova is a war correspondent who has covered the events of the Arab Spring, military and religious conflicts around the world, and the anti-globalization movement.

Published time: March 07, 2014 14:16
A Palestinian protester (L) throws a stone towards an Israeli soldier aiming his weapon during clashes on the outskirts of Jalazun refugee camp, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on January 31, 2014. (AFP Photo)

AIPAC is a political behemoth that is never challenged or criticized. Instead, it is feared by many.

Some claim it defines US policy, while others maintain it doesn’t enjoy the influence the media has bestowed upon it. Whichever is true, here’s one hard fact – its conferences are attended by President Obama.

Compared with AIPAC, pro-Palestinian organizations are like the Lilliputians v Gulliver. AIPAC doesn’t seem to notice Palestinian activists rejecting their work as some useless barking. But once Gulliver dozed off, the Lilliputians tied him with thousands of threads so that he couldn’t move a finger.

AIPAC positions itself as a part of the establishment and disregards pro-Palestinian activists as a marginalized force. AIPAC has worked hard to create its own legend of a powerful body that has access to politicians and businessmen of any level. It’s called a Public Affairs Committee and it acts in line with the general business rules. Public affairs means connections, and here they serve the interests of the big business.

Lilliputians v Gulliver

Even political old-timers like AIPAC have to play by the rules of the digital world of social media, a virtual reality where anonymous activists, poor and marginalized people can confront movers and shakers, power players and presidents alike.

AIPAC loves to promote its slogan “I am pro-Israel, I am AIPAC”, “I am” – leader, brother, dancer, veteran, doer and so on – that is why “I am AIPAC.” In February, the organization asked its followersasked its followers on Twitter to play with the slogan (post dated February 27). Here’s a template.

AIPAC followers didn’t do a good job, unlike pro-Palestinian activists, who saw a burst of powerful ideas – they put the slogan over the most heartbreaking images of Israeli life.

Here are some of their masterpieces:

In several waves, in the course of just a few days, these posters found their way into the most prim and proper accounts – of Protestant pastors, widows and charity organizations, rabbis and artists, sportsmen and financial experts. It’s the nature of social networks to allow everyone to invade someone else’s space.

Palestine and its tragedy got an awareness campaign in the US completely free of charge. In a few words it showed what annual aid to Israel, which amounts to $3 billion out of the American budget, really means.

Hundreds of reports on TV and newspaper articles fail to make as powerful an impact as a single picture with the AIPAC logo depicting an Israeli soldier threatening unarmed Palestinian women and children.

Curiously, it’s American Jews who are responsible for creating the majority of these posters. They closely follow the activities of the Israeli lobby, and respond with biting irony. In Israel they are labeled ‘self-hating’, since it’s hard to call a Jew anti-Semitic, even if they disagree with Israeli policy.

In big politics and key media outlets it’s common to look down on couch potatoes who spend all their time on social networks. However, sometimes that works better than pricey promo campaigns of entire countries.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

Comments (10)

 

DoAsk DoTell 30.03.2014 08:18

More good, decent jews will boycott the violent, cruel Zionists for recreating another Holocaust in their own image! No civilized humans could denial decades of needless sufferings/torturing .

There are so many alternatives to euthanize old useless eaters everywhere... for the sake of their kids.

 

William Mallinson 21.03.2014 17:52

Zionists learnt a great deal from the Nazis, and today's slavish Germany adores them. The Palestinians have become the new Jews.The Warsaw ghetto has transmogrified into Gaza. Long live beautiful Jews like the late Yehudi Menuhin!

 

mergon 12.03.2014 08:29

The only reason that kid is not dead is the fact that there is a camera there , jew soldiers caught on film shooting at a man trying to rescue his 6 year old son caught up in gunfire
the outcome was a forgone conclusion , the jews in an effort to try to cover it up they demolished the entire wall
and tried to say it never happened !

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