US Department of Justice Asked to Regulate AIPAC as a Foreign Agent of the Israeli Government

US Department of Justice Asked to Regulate AIPAC as a Foreign Agent of the Israeli Government

US Lawmakers Stand Up Against Obama for Israel

Must watch Dutch documentary on the Israeli Lobby (the interviews to include with John Mearsheimer are in English):

The Israel Lobby. Portrait of a Great Taboo :

AIPAC’s Push for War with Iran

Here is a Google video for the English version of that Dutch AIPAC documentary (must watch especially for what Lawrence Wilkerson mentions about WW 3 at the end!):

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3 Responses to “US Department of Justice Asked to Regulate AIPAC as a Foreign Agent of the Israeli Government”

  • Patriot says:

    BTW, Grant Smith has written an excellent book on the history of the AIPAC lobby, Foreign Agents: AIPAC from the 1963 Fulbright Hearings to the 2005 Espionage Scandal…

    U.S. DOJ asked to regulate AIPAC as a foreign agent of the Israeli government.
    Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

    WASHINGTON, March 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The US Department of Justice has been formally asked to begin regulating the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) as the foreign agent of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A 392 page legal filing presented by a four person IRmep delegation in a two hour meeting with top officials of the Internal Security Section substantiated the following case for AIPAC’s immediate registration:

    1. AIPAC is a spinoff of an organization already ordered by the DOJ to register as an Israeli foreign agent. In November of 1962 the American Zionist Council was ordered by the Attorney General to begin filing disclosures as an Israeli foreign agent under the 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act. Six weeks later, former AZC employees incorporated the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington, DC, taking over the AZC’s lobbying activities. AIPAC did not register as a foreign agent.

    2. AIPAC’s founder Isaiah L. Kenen was the chief information officer for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in New York and for a time duly registered in that role. The Justice Department ordered Kenen to personally re-register after he formally left the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs to head up private lobbying and publicity for the Israeli government at the nonprofit American Zionist Council. Kenen never complied with the order.

    3. Espionage related FBI investigations in 1984 and 2005 reveal AIPAC’s ongoing stealth foreign agency activities. Declassified FBI files released on the Internet last week reveal that in 1984 AIPAC and the Israeli Ministry of Economics were investigated for jointly obtaining and circulating classified US economic data to obtain favorable trade benefits for Israel. In 2005 Pentagon Colonel Lawrence Franklin pled guilty and two AIPAC employees were indicted for obtaining and circulating classified US national defense information to Israeli government officials allegedly in the interest of fomenting US action against Iran.

    4. AIPAC’s executive committee consists of the original member organizations of the AZC in addition to newer members. The Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, the umbrella group of AIPAC’s executive committee, is housed in the same New York office as the World Zionist Organization – American Section, a registered foreign agent that is heavily involved in illegal settlement expansion according to Israeli prosecutor Thalia Sasson.

    According to Grant F. Smith, director of IRmep, the case for reregulating AIPAC as a foreign agent immediately is compelling. “AIPAC was designed to supplant the American Zionist Council as the arm of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the United States after the DOJ ordered the AZC to register as a foreign agent. As such, Americans should have full public access to biannual FARA registrations detailing AIPAC’s publicity campaigns, lobbying expenditures, funding flows, activities of its offices in Israel and internal consultations with its foreign principals – particularly over such controversial issues as illegal settlements and US foreign aid.”

    Concerned organizations and individuals who wish to supplement the Department of Justice filing or participate in future negotiations with law enforcement officials should contact the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, Inc. at or 202-342-7325. IRmep is a private nonprofit that studies how warranted law enforcement and civil action can improve U.S. Middle East policy.

    SOURCE: Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy

  • Patriot says:

    From Jewish Voices for Peace

    Fw: Don’t let AIPAC speak for you

    AIPAC’s annual Washington DC policy conference takes place next week, and thousands of AIPAC members will tell Congress that the Obama administration is being too hard on Israel. Why? Because Obama, Biden and Clinton dared to insist that Israel abide by international law and freeze settlement construction.

    We need to let Obama and Congress know that AIPAC doesn’t speak for us ( ), and that the time is over for unconditional aid to support settlement expansion and human rights violations. It’s the only way we’ll ever achieve a lasting peace.

    The stand-off over settlements started last week in Israel. Just hours after Vice President Joe Biden reiterated the unassailable bond between the US and Israel on a visit meant to help launch 3rd party “proximity” peace talks, Israel’s Interior Ministry announced approval for the construction of 1,600 Jewish only housing units (which later turned into 50,000) in East Jerusalem.

    This is land which the United States and the rest of the international community considers occupied and an essential part of any future Palestinian state. Netanyahu called the timing a bureaucratic slip-up, yet announced that settlement expansion in Jerusalem, “and in all other places”, will continue as it has “over the last 42 years.”

    Netanyahu: Israel will keep building in Jerusalem

    This was a slap in the face of the Obama administration heard around the world. And it came on the heels of a groundbreaking US military briefing at the Pentagon which made it clear that Israeli intransigence is endangering the lives of American troops in the Middle East.

    The Petraeus briefing: Biden’s embarrassment is not the whole story

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    JVP has long been critical of the US’s special relationship with Israel. We believe that unconditional economic and financial support has harmed both Israelis and Palestinians by enabling the massive growth in illegal settlements, a major obstacle to peace in the region. Unconditional US aid to Israel also gives defacto support to other violations like the devastating multi-year blockade of Gaza.

    That is why we were pleased to see the Obama Administration finally making some strong demands that Israel abide by international law– Hillary Rodham Clinton upbraided Prime Minister Netanyahu and told Israel to reverse approval of the new housing units in E. Jerusalem and look at easing the siege of the Gaza Strip.

    But it remains to be seen if the U.S. will impose any consequences if Israel doesn’t meet them.

    Next week, AIPAC’s thousands of members will tell Congress to make no demands on Israel while Congress keeps billions of dollars coming. Make no mistake-what they’ll really be doing is protecting illegal settlements and Israel’s right to continue taking Palestinian land.

    That’s why we want you to email Congress now to let them know that you back the Obama administration’s reaction, you support an end to settlements, and most importantly, you want the US to do whatever is necessary to make sure Israel abides by international law, including withholding aid until it does. We’ll send a copy of your note to the White House so they know they have the support of tens of thousands of Americans for a more robust response to Israeli defiance of the law and President Obama.

    IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES, please go here to send a message to President Obama.

    Thank you,

    Cecilie, Sydney, Rebecca, Stefanie and the rest of the team at Jewish Voice for Peace

    P.S. Obama and team can also look in their backyard to see another source of support for illegal settlement expansion that can be stopped: the network of tax-exempt US-based charities which send millions of dollars to fund illegal settlements in places like Hebron and East Jerusalem.

    JVP has just released a new policy paper on settlement funding. Click here to read it now.

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