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Response to frazzled (Reply #14)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 06:47 AM

53. AIPAC is a lobbying group not unlike the Arab Lobby. It is not a PAC, and does not make

contributions to politicians or political parties as you pointed out

AIPAC stands for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee

The association of Jews and money has always been a favorite theme of those who are anti-Jewish. The stereotypes have run rampant for decades in this country.

Ironically, Trump caused a similar controversey during his 2016 campaign when he tweeted an image depicting Clinton, cash and the Star of David, and no doubt that was a dog whistle to those who harbor anti-Jewish sentiments in the country, in the same way as his racist, bigoted statements were to those who share those "values"

If one is against lobbyists, shouldn't they be against all lobbyists, not just the one's they disagree with?


There was a reason that Representative Omar apologized, and that was a good thing, though interestingly enough when asked about comments from 2012 regarding Israel's powers of hypnosis" she said she didn't understand why it was offensive. As the editorial points out:

"The conspiracy theory of the Jew as the hypnotic conspirator, the duplicitous manipulator, the sinister puppeteer is one with ancient roots and a bloody history. In the New Testament, it is a small band of Jews who get Rome — then the greatest power in the world — to do their bidding by killing Christ. Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor, speaks to the Jews about Jesus in the book of John: “Take him yourselves and judge him according to your own law.” But the Jews punt the decision back to Pilate: “We are not permitted to put anyone to death.” And so Pilate does the deed on their behalf. In the book of Matthew, the implications of this manipulation are spelled out: “His blood is on us and our children,” the Jews say — a line that has been so historically destructive that even Mel Gibson cut it from his “Passion of the Christ.”


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/21/opinion/ilhan-omar-israel-jews.html

There is an association between Israel and the Jews, since modern day Israel was based on that after WWII.

Being critical of the Israeli government is not necessarily anti-Jewish, nor are advocates for the BDS, but when using terms toward it that have the same vernacular as The Protocols of Zion, and other anti-Jewish verbiage, or implication pointing to "Jews and money",
that crosses a line.

The same can be said when associations are made to question congress people's dual loyalties. Ironically, that same argument could be hurled against those who are making those "dual loyalty" accusations

A major problem with the media in my view is a double standard between Democrats and republicans. Democrats are held to a much higher standard than republicans. This was more than evident in 2016, and it was demonstrated in many ways, including gender discrimination.

It was only a few days ago trump made a cruel reference to the "trail of tears", in association with Senator Warren. While there was some disgust, it didn't come close to the outrage expressed toward Representative Omar's tweet. Nor has trump's continuous racist, sexist, bigotry caused much of a ripple. It gets brushed aside.

Steve King's racist comments and associations had him removed from his committees, and there were newspaper editorials calling for his resignation, but in general, resignation of King was never taken seriously. Contrast that to what happens toward Democrats. Night and Day. The double standard I am referring to.

It is really time that the everyone be held to high standards, and it is way past due that the republicans stop getting a free pass for their outrageous behavior.

I am so tired of the "false equivlency" of the two parties that seem to always prop up in the conversation through the media outlets.


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