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Israel Lobby Threatens Church Groups With Congressional Investigation Over Call for Restricting U.S. Military Aid

By Richard Silverstein | Tikun Olam | October 18, 2012

A coalition of U.S. church groups recently made public a letter which called upon the U.S. government to condition future military aid to Israel on its fulfillment of obligations under U.S. law.  The statement was intended to express criticism of Israel’s use of U.S. weapons like cluster bombs in violation of our law and noted that U.S. military assistance provided Israel a buffer against undertaking any actions to advance a just and lasting peace.  For example, its settlement policy, refusal to return to 1967 borders, and refusal to share Jerusalem, all directly contradict international law and stated U.S. policy.

Though these church groups have been critical of Israeli policy in the past, threatening to lobby for withholding military aid would really cut the Israel lobby to the quick,  as it’s a position held by a number of anti-Zionist groups that are much farther to the left.  The fact that mainline Christian denominations, who generally support liberal Zionist positions, would be moving in a more critical direction has to be deeply concerning to the lobby.

Though they refuse to consider or acknowledge it, such a development indicates a growing alienation of American churches from Israel and the draconian positions advanced by its government.  The churches are willing to lose their interfaith dialogue with the Jewish community over such an issue, which indicates how seriously they take their opposition to the Netanyahu regime.

First to lash out in anger was (typically) Abe Foxman followed by one of Israel’s leading hasbara outfits, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.  It appears to be taking the lead in “handling” the BDS efforts of a number of the Christian denominations.  As such, it’s a key player in Israel’s campaign against so-called “delegitimization.”  Those guys at JCPA play hardball.  Not content merely to criticize the churches, they lashed out at the “anti-Judaism” elements within their ranks.  They used terms like “vicious anti-Zionism,” “relentless attacks on the Jewish state,” and “delegitimizers of Israel” to up the ante and level of vitriol.  They also threatened to call out the Congressional dogs through mounting investigations of the groups themselves:

“JCPA is considering as a response asking Congress to investigate delegitimizers of Israel and to issue a resolution against their efforts.”

I’m not sure what this is supposed to gain the lobby.  Do they think that parishioners will be mortified to find their particular denomination is called out by name in a Congressional resolution?  Should these groups then call on their particular Congressional allies to respond tit for tat?

October 18, 2012 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Illegal Occupation, Solidarity and Activism, War Crimes | , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. “Delegitimizers of ‘israel'”? How can one legitimize a bastard?

    Comment by Dr Dennis H Love | October 18, 2012 | Reply

  2. Threatening to call on Congress to investigate, I’m sure Congress will be pleased to have their ‘master/slave relationship exposed to everyday USAns. Great comment Dr. Love

    Comment by ruby22-kate | October 18, 2012 | Reply

  3. Congress would be a co-defendant with Zionist cabal that bribes/supports them, as foreign agents; but the bribed/supported Members of Congress will never hold open hearings or a floor fight on a binding resolution to cut-off US aid, trade, sales, loans, and military exercises with Israel.

    These all have been “wars of choice” for the US and Israeli imperialist; with or without their NATO co-war criminals.

    Comment by Bill Mitchell | October 18, 2012 | Reply

  4. There is a law of diminishing returns. Because congress has little to lose, it is easy for Jews to control. Now a vote for the foreign Jewish state costs congress nothing. But if the Jews attack these mainline churches – then the cost goes up for these irresponsible cowardly sellout politicians.

    The situation has come to the point, that the more the Jews push – the more it going to cost them. More and more people hate the anti-Semite tag – they know that it is a heavy-handed coercive unjust charge.

    Mainline Christianity needs a rallying cry – what better then peace and justice in the middle east.

    It is time for a good old cultural battle between good and evil.

    Comment by JohnJ | October 19, 2012 | Reply


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