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Wild Card part VIII: AIPAC flexes its muscle - who cares?

Congress passes a resolution against Palestinian unilaterlism. Yawn…

Rep. Howard Berman. Not a word of criticism of Israel (photo: Center for American Progress Action Fund)

Shocking news coming out of D.C.: AIPAC managed to get members of Congress to pass a resolution that’s pro-Israel and anti-Palestinian. Wow. I’m glad I was sitting down when I read the headlines: “House opposes unilateral declaration of Palestine”!

The congressman who pushed the resolution through is Rep. Howard Berman (CA Dem) who told the Forward at the time of his appointment to the chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee: “Even before I was a Democrat, I was a Zionist”. According to the Washington Report in Middle East Affairs, Berman has received throughout his congressional career over 115 thousand dollars from pro-Israel PACs.

The fact that this last minute resolution passed so easily was no surprise to columnist M.J. Rosenberg, who predicted its approval hours before it reached the floor:

“Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is today rushing to the House floor with an AIPAC-drafted resolution condemning the Palestinians for publicly suggesting that, in the wake of Netanyahu’s refusal to freeze settlements and negotiate, they will consider a unilateral declaration of statehood. (As is usual with Berman, his resolution exclusively blames Palestinians for the collapse of peace talks; not a word of criticism of Israel appears.)

The Berman bill, drafted only yesterday, will be voted on today because when it comes to pleasing AIPAC there are simply no limits.”

So, for all you Wild Card supporters out there I say: don’t worry. If anything, you should be proud AIPAC is picking this one up. It means they’re nervous about Palestinian unilateralism. Even better: it means AIPAC believes there just might be a few people in the White House who are thinking about Palestinian unilateralism, too.


Part I The Wild Card campaign starts with a bang through an op-ed in the Jerusalem Post
Part II Where French FM and President Abbas hint towards a future Palestinian state
Part III Egyptian FM joins the party
Part IV The NYTimes puts the Wild Card on the agenda
Part V The right wingers start to get nervous about unilateralism
Part VI The peace talks die, a call for Obama to think again about the Wild Card
Part VII EU sets the ground for recognition of Palestine
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    1. If I understand correctly, this is a non-binding resolution, which means, well, that Obama is not bound by it. The fact that it was passed unanimously, however, means it will be harder now to silence anti-Semites who regard the Capital as “Zionist occupied territory”.

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    2. Yes Yossi, it is indeed non-binding. It is solely muscle flexing…
      And I agree totally with your second assumption.

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    3. Frank Martino

      “Antisemite? Its a trick. We always use it.” Isreali guest on Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now Could Jews possibly possibly be antigentile?

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    4. philip

      this elected jew is supposed to represent americans not jews! stop all american taxpayer aid thats in the billions to israel! they are not even supposed to get any american money according to this: The Symington Amendment is legislation introduced by Stuart Symington, a Democratic senator from Missouri, authored to strengthen the US position on nuclear non-proliferation.
      The Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 was amended by the Symington Amendment (Section 669 of the FAA) in 1976. It banned U.S. economic, and military assistance, and export credits to countries that deliver or receive, acquire or transfer nuclear enrichment technology when they do not comply with IAEA regulations and inspections. This provision, as amended, is now contained in Section 101 of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA). america should demand our billions back (with interest) !

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    5. Big Man

      This guy is not to be trusted. Why doesn’t he just move to Israel and spare our country from bankruptcy (due to funding Israel and their wars) and future wars.

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    6. S. Baxxerzy

      Is he at the Knesset or Congress? Remember Bush went to the Knesset and said he was “In the promised land with the chosen people.” I thought all people were God’s children? Even the dispossessed in Gaza. Merry Christmas to “Howie” Berman.

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    7. William Freeman

      As a European, I’m sorry to say the BDS movement against Israel here will soon be carried on to the USA because of it’s support of the apartheid state.
      It will be USA/Israel against the world soon.
      A lot of people here have already begun boycotting corporations like Heinz, Coca Cola and Mc Donalds. Even the Hells Angels have given up Harley Davidson in favour of BMW.
      The sad thing is, it will cost the jobs of innocent but yet complacent people in the USA, who stand idly by while dual national Israelis dictate their foreign policy.

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    8. anti-Israeli

      ah..so it’s the “anti-Semites” who refer to the capital as “Zionist occupied territory.”

      What does that make AIPAC and sewer vermin like Israel’s prime minister, who miss no occasion to BRAG about the stranglehold they have on America’s political system and foreign policy agenda?

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