Philip Giraldi: ‘The Lobby’ British Style

[ Ed. note – In the article below former CIA Officer Philip Giraldi discusses an undercover investigation launched by Al Jazeera last year into the pro-Israel lobby in Britain. The four-part series aired in January of this year, and I put up posts about it at the time, which you can access here and here.

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Philip Giraldi: How I Got Fired

“The claims that America’s Middle Eastern wars have been fought for Israel are not an anti-Semitic delusion…”

[ Ed. note – Back in September, former CIA officer Philip Giraldi published an article in which he advanced the premise that US wars in the Middle East are being driven by American Jews with strong loyalties to Israel. The article caught the attention of the mainstream media after a link to it was tweeted by Valerie Plame Wilson, another former CIA agent–and suddenly a storm of controversy erupted, with accusations of “anti-Semitism” being slung far and wide. The Washington Post, for instance, published a denunciation of Giraldi’s piece, labeling it “Nazi-esque” and lamenting “bigotry in the ranks of the intelligence community.”

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Three More Senators Sign on as Co-Sponsors of Israel Anti-Boycott Act

Three more US senators have added their names as co-sponsors of S.720, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, a bill that would make it a felony for Americans to support a boycott of Israel. The latest three senators to add their names are: Steve Daines of Montana, Jeff Flake of Arizona, and Richard C. Shelby of Alabama. All three are Republicans.

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Senators Respond to ACLU Letter, Deny Bill Will Criminalize Boycotting Israel

Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) deny the bill they are sponsoring in the Senate, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, will impose criminal penalties for participating in a boycott of Israel

Sen. Ben Cardin, who introduced the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, and Sen. Rob Portman, a co-sponsor of the bill, have responded to a letter published by the ACLU. Specifically the two lawmakers say they want to “correct some fundamental misunderstandings about the bill.”

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Sen. Bill Would Criminalize BDS, Impose Prison Terms; ACLU Publishes Letter in Opposition

Senators Kristen Gillibrand and Charles Schumer of New York are among the co-sponsors of a bill calling for criminal penalties for US citizens supporting a boycott of Israel.

“We write today in opposition to S. 720, also known as the Israel Anti-Boycott Act. We understand that proponents of the bill are seeking additional co-sponsors. We urge you to refrain from co-sponsoring the legislation because it would punish individuals for no reason other than their political beliefs.”

So reads the opening paragraph of a letter published on Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

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US Air Force Seeking Nominations for JINSA ‘Grateful Nation’ Award

[ Ed. note –   JINSA–the letters stand for “Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs.” Officially it’s a think tank, although basically what it boils down to is another pro-Israel lobby group–and like AIPAC, it has offices in Washington. Why would a group like this be handing out awards to US military personnel?

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Live Stream: The Israel Lobby and American Policy

The conference is taking place today in Washington. It’s aim is It is to draw attention to “massive, automatic and unconditional U.S. support for Israel,” and it is being held two days before the start of the annual AIPAC conference. You can go here to visit the conference website and to see a list of scheduled speakers.