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Wed Feb 13, 2019, 02:05 PM

What Ilhan Omar Said About AIPAC Was Right

What Ilhan Omar Said About AIPAC Was Right

I’m ashamed to admit that endorsing AIPAC positions was all about the Benjamins for me and my candidate.

By Ady Barkan

Over the weekend, Republican House minority leader Kevin McCarthy said he would seek to formally sanction the first two Muslim congresswomen, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, because their criticism of Israel’s occupation of Palestine was even more reprehensible than Congressman Steve King’s defense of white supremacy. What motivated McCarthy’s false accusations of anti-Semitism? On Twitter, Omar suggested, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” quoting Puff Daddy’s ’90s paean to cash money. Omar subsequently specified that she was talking about spending from the likes of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, better known as AIPAC, the powerful pro-Israel lobbying organization.

By Monday morning, AIPAC had mobilized its allies to condemn Omar’s comment for playing into centuries-old anti-Semitic tropes that wealthy Jews control the world. Even the Democratic leadership put out a statement condemning her. All because she dared to point out that the emperor has no clothes.

As a Jew, an Israeli citizen, and a professional lobbyist (ahem, activist), I speak from personal experience when I say that AIPAC is tremendously effective, and the lubricant that makes its operation hum is dollar, dollar bills.

In 2006, fresh out of college, I landed a job as the first real staffer on a long-shot Democratic congressional race in deep-red Ohio. My boss, Victoria Wulsin, was a charming hippie doctor with a lefty perspective on international affairs. She was skeptical of military force and opposed to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

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Response to robertpaulsen (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2019, 02:20 PM

1. This Israeli citizen is *obviously* an anti-semite /s

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Response to robertpaulsen (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2019, 02:31 PM

2. Good read.

No lobbyist from foreign states should be allowed to buy politicians and direct their influence to reshape US laws and policies to serve special interest groups.

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Response to robertpaulsen (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2019, 06:14 PM

3. Israelis, including this author, regularly criticize Israeli policy. Likud has 23% of the vote.

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Response to robertpaulsen (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2019, 10:03 PM

4. K & R

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Sun Feb 17, 2019, 12:43 PM

5. KEY EXCERPT: Quid pro quo

A local Democratic volunteer leader of the Cincinnati AIPAC chapter sat down in Vic’s (a Democratic candidate's) living room and I recall him saying that he would like to raise $5,000 for our campaign and would also like to see Vic take a public stance on two relatively obscure issues relating to Iranian sanctions, arms sales to Israel, or some other such topic that very few voters in the district cared about.

Vic and I both thought of ourselves as pro-peace, not pro-Israel. We both felt icky about doing it; it was too hawkish and too quid pro quo. But we were desperate. So I read the AIPAC position papers that the volunteer left with us, I wrote up a statement saying that Vic supported AIPAC’s stance on its two pet issues of the cycle, she approved it, I posted it online, and the checks promptly arrived in the mail thereafter. We didn’t win, but the money helped us get close.

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