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I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Noam Chomsky is as Jewish as Irving Kristol

It seems at times that AIPAC is in control of US foreign policy. The neocon movement was fathered by Irving Kristol and a large percentage of the neocon movement still consists of Jews. Those of us who have Jewish friends know that AIPAC and the neocons don't represent the American Jewish community. Murray Polner explains just how unrepresentative AIPAC and the neocons are in:
We Aren’t One: American Jewish Voices for Peace
Back in the 1980s the major American Jewish welfare organization adopted as its fundraising slogan "We are One." The implication was that American Jews were a united bloc. But we are not "one" and never have been. Ideologically, we are everything from anarchists to Zionists, working people to the gilded rich. Noam Chomsky is as Jewish as Irving Kristol, and Norman Finkelstein as Jewish as Alan Dershowitz. We are neither angels nor saints. And we are certainly not monolithic, despite perennial efforts to paint anyone critical of various aspects of Israeli policies as "self-hating" Jews.

The truth is that the overwhelming number of America’s estimated 6 million Jews is opposed to the Cheney-Bush-neocon regime as their voting patterns have shown time and again. In 2000 and 2004 the overwhelming majority of us voted for Gore and Kerry. In the 2006 congressional elections 80% of the Jewish vote went Democratic. And repeated surveys of Jewish college students show them to be overwhelmingly liberal to moderate. Tikkun Olam or "saving the world" remains our true heritage and legacy.
Go read the entire article but this is worth repeating:
The overwhelming majority of American Jews has supported a negotiated "land for peace" settlement between Israel and Palestinians and has no interest in pursuing this or any Administration’s fantasies of perpetual war.

Indeed, one of the shrewdest American Jewish commentators, M. J. Rosenberg of the Israel Policy Forum, has rightly written: "There is nothing pro-Israel about supporting policies that promise only that Israeli mothers will continue to dread their sons’ 18th birthdays for another generation."
So AIPAC doesn't represent the American Jews so who do they represent and why do they have so much power?


  1. Speaking as an American with Jewish ancestory I'll second Murray Polmer.

    AIPAC represents Zionists in Israel. They no more have American interests at heart than al Queda does.

  2. I'm pretty sure that AIPAC represents rich Jews who think that they can "save" Israel. I'm also pretty sure that they have so much power because of the whole "rich" thing. Money continues to talk.

    I often find myself alarmed by the positions of AIPAC. Well, I often find myself alarmed by everything about the Middle East, but you already know that, Ron.

  3. Exactly true Ron. When Polmer can walk out onto the floor of Congress and hand out campaign donation checks during a floor debate then you'll know AIPAC's grip on US foreign policy has been broken.


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