Jewish groups in the U.S. are spending tens of millions on their favorite candidates in the 2022 primaries to defeat any candidate that has anything other than a most favorable view of the Apartheid state of Israel. (See “Israel’s apartheid against Palestinians: a cruel system of domination and a crime against humanity” and “A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution.”)
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), perhaps the most influential group, has given $23 million to politicians running for office, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report said AIPAC’s United Democracy Project and J Street have also contributed to candidates.
The Trends Journal has reported on how these donations tend to go to candidates with a more centrist view of Israel, which generally means they will turn a blind eye to human rights violations in Gaza and missile attacks on Syria. As this magazine was going to press, there was tension in Gaza after Israeli airstrikes killed dozens in the area. (See “AIPAC ATTACKS U.S. CANDIDATES CRITICAL OF ISRAEL.”)
The United Democracy Project spent more than $1.4 million on ads in four House races, including Ohio. The support helped Rep. Shontel Brown, who favors Israel, defeat Nina Turner, a former Sen. Bernie Sanders campaign leader.
“It’s really dangerous to democracy,” Turner said. “Candidates are being picked in board rooms instead of by the people.”
Patrick Dorton, a spokesman from UPD PAC, told the paper that there was clear concern in the “pro-Israel community about an alarming number of candidates with radical anti-Israel views running for Congress.”
The paper, citing OpenSecrets.org, reported that UPD was the second-largest spender in this year’s primaries. (See “U.S. ELECTIONS: DUH-MOCK-RACY. BIG MONEY RULES.”)
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., the only current member of Congress of Palestinian descent, won her primary easily last week despite pro-Israel groups like AIPAC spending millions to unseat her.
Urban Empowerment Action PAC spent $700,000 in support of Janice Winfrey, the Detroit city clerk who is a major supporter of Israel. She said Israel is the “one ally that we have in the Middle East,” according to Arab American News. The PAC said it would spend up to $1 million in support of Winfrey. The report said Daniel Loeb, the hedge fund boss, donated to the PAC.
Tlaib is one of Congress’s most outspoken critics of Israel. Her campaign criticized “Big Money attacks on our democracy.”
AIPAC, which is seven decades old, once shied away from endorsing or contributing to individual candidates, but in December, the powerful group created the United Democracy Project that gave the committee an avenue to fund its preferred candidates, The Jewish Journal reported.
TRENDPOST: J Street, which is considered to be AIPAC’s “progressive foil,” penned an article in The Guardian that claimed AIPAC and UDP was working to bully candidates into believing that it is not possible to criticize Israeli policy in any way and cannot whisper any support of Palestinian rights, The Jewish Journal reported. J Street wrote that it is “anti-democratic when a group can influence this process in such a way.”
Indeed, we saw Rep. Andy Levin, a Jewish member of Congress, lose to Rep. Haley Stevens after pro-Israel groups flooded his opponent with cash.
Dave Wasserman, the House editor for The Cook Political Report, told The Detroit News that Levin may have been too progressive for his more centrist-leaning district.
“That said, there’s no question that ardently pro-Israel groups made a big difference on Stevens’ behalf and hurt Levin,” he said. “They didn’t air ads about Israel, but they aired ads boosting Stevens and giving Stevens a lopsided advantage.”
Levin authorized legislation that would have put the Western Wall in “occupied Palestinian territory and opened the possibility that U.S. aid to Israel could come with conditions, The Jewish Journal said.
Politico noted that Levin comes from a political dynasty in the state and was supportive of Israel. But he would sometimes “buck its American lobby” and would routinely speak out in support of Palestinian rights.
Levin’s team told Politico that “the outcome of this race … was clearly driven by the 5-to-1 disparity in outside, dark money spending leaving voters inundated with mail and ads in favor of our opponent.”
What if ??
Imagine, for a moment, the reaction in the U.S. media if it was a pro-Russian, Iran or China PAC contributing millions to political campaigns tied to politicians who they bought off.
It would never happen because there is—whether Russia or any country sending money to support their American candidate—a double standard in the United States.
While it is totally acceptable for Israel to interfere with American elections, it is a violation of American sovereignty for other nations to do so. Remember Russiagate?
And anyone condemning Israel for their interference is idiotically and immorally denounced as being anti-Semitic.
And, as we have reported in great detail since the so-called “Russiagate” was launched by the Democratic Party following Republican Donald Trump’s beating their candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race, there has not been one shred of hard evidence proving Russia interfered with the election.
On 24 September 2019, when it was announced House Speaker Nancy Pelosi initiated the impeachment process against President Donald Trump, Gerald Celente was asked by Daniela Cambone, Editor-in-Chief of Kitco News, how it would unfold.
Celente said impeachment “could possibly happen, but it won’t mean anything because if they impeach Trump then it has to go to the Senate for conviction. It needs a two-thirds Senate vote, and the Senate is controlled by the Republicans, so it’s not going to happen. It’s going to be more of a waste of time, and it’s more of ‘Russiagate’.”
And that’s precisely what happened.
Throughout the tax-payer costly, time-wasted impeachment process, the Democrats kept pumping the propaganda that the Russians were responsible for Hillary Clinton losing the race to the White House because of the Russians and Donald Trump’s ties to Russian President Putin… and because Russia hacked into the Democratic National Committee computers.
Celente called it propaganda because not one shred of evidence was provided to support the Democrats’ accusations.
Most Americans buy the “hate Russia” propaganda, just as Washington has been brainwashing the public to hate the Iranians.