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American Israel Public Affairs Committee: 8 Ways Critics Say AIPAC is Dangerous

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Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee annual policy conference in Washington on March 3, 2013. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 07:00 PM

Some opponents of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee not only criticize the lobby group, but also claim it is outright dangerous.

Here are eight dangerous ways critics say AIPAC works:

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1. AIPAC has continually interfered with attempts at the two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians, going back to the Oslo agreement in 1993. It also tried to thwart attempts by President Obama for similar negotiations and has shown an indifference towards Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts for a peace process, according to New Republic.

2. Although critics claim AIPAC has been losing support in recent years, the lobby group has been able to persuade politicians to vote their way by raising money for their political campaigns through close associates, Connie Bruck asserts in her New Yorker article. AIPAC doesn’t contribute, but promises contributions from its wealthy members or like-minded political action committees.

3. AIPAC bullies members of Congress by labeling them as anti-Semitic if they don’t vote for the legislation they demand, according to opponents of the group. These critics claim AIPAC has people who can help spread those false rumors, so politicians fear the slur if they don’t follow the lobby group’s lead. AIPAC also manipulates politicians by threatening to use its power to defeat them in upcoming elections.

4. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee siphons off the U.S. foreign aid budget by getting Congress to approve $3 billion a year to Israel, according to Mondoweiss, which monitors American foreign policy in the Middle East. Money spent for Israel’s military could be spent on poor nations, it states.

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5. Funding proposed and successfully accomplished through AIPAC for Israel’s government and military harms U.S. national security. People in the Arab world believe the U.S. is siding with Israel because of its support and this increases levels of anti-American sentiment throughout that part of the world.

6. AIPAC distorts the views of American Jews by making it seem that most Jews support their cause. Jewish Voice for Peace, an organization promoting peach and human rights for U.S. foreign policy, states it doesn’t approve of AIPAC causing “increasing violence” in the name of Jews.

7. AIPAC has helped the U.S. become despised among many members of the United Nations. Critics claim AIPAC is often behind the U.S. rejections in the UN Security Council that condemn Israel for assaults on Palestinians and illegal settlements in the West Bank.

8. Critics charge the American Israel Public Affairs Committee gives government officials the wrong impression about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They claim the group takes members of Congress on “educational” trips to Israel through a partnering group, but politicizes the trips to favor Israel and get more support.

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Some opponents of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee not only criticize the lobby group, but also claim it is outright dangerous. Here are eight dangerous ways critics say AIPAC works.
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