A Report on CNI

Dear Friend:
What a week it’s been – and I’m not talking about the big storm. Here’s a report on some of our latest activities.
I had the honor of chairing a panel discussion at the prestigious 21st Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference sponsored by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. Dr. John Duke Anthony introduced our session on the Palestinian-Isreali conflict by calling the Palestinian issue the “oldest and most massive and pervasive obstacle in US-Arab relations.”
C-Span broadcast the entire conference, and you can see the panel discussion online at the C-Span website. (Click on “Palestinian-Israeli Conflict” in the Playlist in the right column.)
Next, CNI sponsored a briefing on “Christian Zionism and Islamophobia.” The Capitol Hill event, organized by our Executive Director Phil Giraldi, was attended by congressional staffers, policy makers, and the media. Several authors and policy experts talked about how the Christian Zionist movement wields unprecedented influence in politics, the media, and within a wide variety of Christian denominations. It is built around such rabble rousers as Pam Geller, who is on record as saying…
“Islam is the most anti-Semitic, genocidal ideology in the world.”
In addition to describing the destructive activities of Mega-church Pastor John Hagee, chairman of Christians United for Israel, we informed attendees of a little-known fact: that the executive director of Christians United for Israel is not a Christian. He is an Israel-partisan named David Brog, whose cousin is former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. (Barak often visits Brog during his trips to Washington). In an interview with the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, Brog stated:
“Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak is my cousin. He changed his last name from ‘Brog’ to ‘Barak’ during his time in the army. Given Barak’s illustrious career in the Israeli army and government, this is a relation of which I’m very proud.”
For more information on the people behind the growth of Christian Zionism and Islamophobia see our detailed report: The Main Purveyors of Islamophobia.
Phil also wrote an important article that is making its way around the internet—and which I hope you’ll send out to friends and allies. In the piece called “Blaming the Muslims,” he states:
“For many years, the word ‘Islamic’ has been used as an obligatory prefix to the word ‘terrorist.’ No other group in the U.S. since the Communist purges of the 1950s has been singled out as much as Muslims as the enemy within.”
Please circulate this article. It’s important to set the record straight about Muslims, Arabs, and US-Middle East policies.
And there’s more. I was again on Press TV discussing America’s massive aid to Israel and on the major alternative radio source in the San Francisco Bay Area, commenting on Israeli vigils commemorating the death of Ytzhak Rabin.
Still more… Phil had an excellent interview on Russian TV, where both of us have appeared a number of times. RTV is broadcast to 530 million people in over 100 countries. More than 25 percent of all cable subscribers worldwide have access to the channel. He discussed how Israel’s calls to bomb Iran have stoked the presidential debate, making support for Tel Aviv a tough issue for the candidates—they are now walking a tightrope to appease Israel’s powerful lobby on the one hand, and to be sensitive to the voter’s reluctance to get into another war.
You may see the clip on YouTube. So far, nearly 12,000 have done so—with your help in circulating the link, that number will grow dramatically.
It’s been a very busy time for CNI, and as an investor in our mission and vision, I hope you’ll agree that we are making a difference.
Your Council for the National Interest can only do this with your continued support. Please take a moment, while you are thinking of it, to make a generous contribution. Your tax-deductible gift of $200 or even $20 is crucial to keep up the momentum.
Many friends pledge monthly to CNI: $15, $25, even $100. If that would be of interest, just send me an e-mail and we’ll set-up an automatic payment plan.
I hope this report reminds you that your tax-deductible gifts of $25, $250—any amount—are used wisely by CNI.
Thanks to your loyal support, CNI is on the front lines of the fight for a US-Middle East foreign policy based on fairness, justice, and guided by a moral compass. Please be generous as we move ahead on this agenda—a gift of $50 or $500 is vital to our efforts.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Alison Weir
P.S. CNI is strictly non-partisan, but we do encourage citizen action. Phil Giraldi wrote this timely piece on the election, and it deserves wide circulation. May I count on you to send it around?
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By piotrbein