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American Israel Public Affairs Committee: 6 Critics Who Oppose AIPAC

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By    |   Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 10:43 AM

AIPAC becomes the object of criticism from all sides at times. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee has been accused of disrupting attempts at peace in the Middle East and for expanding it actions beyond its initial purpose of working for U.S. and Israeli relations.

Here are six critics of AIPAC’s positions:

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1. Connie Bruck raised the ire of AIPAC supporters with a lengthy piece in the New Yorker, detailing how the organization has fought the Obama administration and may be losing influence in Washington. The article itself received immediate praise and criticism. Bruck writes that the group works against negotiations with the U.S. and Israel for “two-state solution,” backs congressional candidates who agree with AIPAC, and works to defeat opponents who don’t agree.

2. Jewish Voice for Peace, which promotes a U.S. foreign policy based on peace, social justice, and equality, argues that AIPAC doesn’t represent Jews, but only “speaks for AIPAC.” The group has accused AIPAC of supporting Israeli occupation, intimidating members of Congress, and demanding “unconditional military aid for Israel.”

3. Mondoweiss, a news website that covers American foreign policy in the Middle East, published an article about 10 reasons why the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is dangerous. It claims AIPAC promotes military confrontation with Iran and policies that oppose international law. The article charges that AIPAC’s support of Israel threatens U.S. security and interferes with democracy movements within the Arab world.

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4. The Zionist Organization of America, condemned AIPAC for its position on the Obama administration’s deal with Iran in Geneva, which could make it easier for Iran to develop nuclear weapons. ZOA, which called the deal a dangerous act of appeasement, objected to the statement by AIPAC CEO Howard Kohr, who opposed criticism of the deal by American Jews. ZOA expressed “deep disappointment” in AIPAC’s claim that the deal was just a “difference in strategy.”

5. Brian McWilliams wrote in Lions of Liberty, a libertarian website, that criticizing AIPAC risks charges of racism and anti-Semitism, and AIPAC is not shy to drop such charges. McWilliams points out claims by other critics, saying that the lobby group harasses politicians into supporting Israel, even if it’s not in the best interest of the U.S.

6. George Soros, prominent contributor to left-wing groups and issues, argues that AIPAC has exceeded its original goal of improving American-Israel relations by encouraging conflicts throughout the world, such as its support for the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, he claimed in the New York Review of Books in 2007, stands in the way of peace for Israelis, Palestinians, and the U.S.

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