Pro-Israel organization should not get a pass.
AIPAC’s website declares that it is “America’s Pro-Israel Lobby,” so by its own admission it functions pretty clearly as Israel’s proxy. It spent $102 million in 2015, had 396 employees in 2013, and claims to have 100,000 members, many of whom are organized into state and city chapters. It also benefits from being a tax exempt 501(c)4 organization classified as promoting “international understanding.”
Its annual Summit in Washington attracts more than 15,000 participants, including scores of congressmen and other senior government officials. It blankets Capitol Hill with its lobbyists and is a prolific source of position papers explaining Israel’s perception of what is taking place in the Middle East. Its easy access to the media and also to politicians in Washington is so widely accepted on Capitol Hill that it reportedly frequently drafts bills that Congress then goes on to propose.
ROBERT STEELE: Recent attacks on #UNRIG, including the cancellation by the MeetUp CEO of our “Pro” account with a tangible financial value of $77,300, and the denial of service email attacks on Cynthia McKinney, as well as the crowd-talking, slander & libel, and media hit jobs on me personally, have persuaded Cynthia and I that we have a public responsibility to add to our educational campaign the need for the public to demand the registration of AIPAC as an agent of a foreign power, and to suggest to all constituents that they demand of their Members the renunciation of any pledge they have signed to put Israel First, which is what the AIPAC pledge is all about. The below graphic has been proposed to 435 constituent groups across the USA, as a billboard close to each Member’s home office. It can also be used as a bumber sticker to be given out free across the households of any given Congressional District. We ourselves do not organize or advocate politically, we are simply providing constituents with educational ideas for local action.