From: [email protected]
Subject: They deserve each other
Date: March 21, 2016 8:51:49 AM PDT (CA)
To: Piotr Bein
Trump will be peddling hate at AIPAC today — but his racism is nothing new to them. Tell your Representative to reject AIPAC’s hatred.
The 2016 AIPAC Policy Conference got started yesterday, and tonight’s main event will be Donald Trump’s address. Then tomorrow, they’ll be off to visit every member of Congress, pushing their legislative agenda.
But amid the furore around Trump’s speech, it’s easy to forget how we got here. It’s easy to forget that while Trump might be center stage tonight, the stage was built by AIPAC.
AIPAC has peddled Islamophobic and racist stereotypes for literally decades. It is fundamental to how they’ve built power and influence. It’s who they are.
Say no to AIPAC’s hate today — email your Representative, and tell them to oppose AIPAC’s attacks on our right to boycott.
You probably know that many of Trump’s most appalling policy suggestions for the US are already law in Israel, celebrated and protected fiercely by AIPAC. Israel already refuses to open its doors to refugees — Syrian, Ethiopian, or Palestinian; allows privileged immigration status for one religious group over others, is building highly militarized walls on all of its borders, and has elected and re-elected a demagogue leader who wins votes with blatant appeals to racism.
Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism are not a byproduct of AIPAC’s policy agenda anymore than they are a byproduct of Israeli policy. They’re fundamental.
And over and over, Jewish communal organizations have co-signed on that racism by ignoring, or just plain silencing, criticism of AIPAC’s demonization of Muslims, Arabs, and South Asians in order to secure unconditional U.S. support and military aid for Israel.
But there are rays of hope. Even as some pro-Israel Jewish “leaders” try to muzzle them, intersectional movements are also rising — for Black lives, for economic justice, for Palestinians. From the halls of Chicago to the streets of Phoenix, people are standing up and speaking out. And it is that power that can beat back the dangerous slide that’s happening in this country and Israel.
Don’t forget that we have numbers on our side. In recent polls, 47% of Democrats say they think Israel is a racist state, and 49% support imposing economic sanctions or other punitive measures against Israel’s continued settlement building. Fewer than one-third of American Jews believe Israel is a democracy.
Our movement is growing. Now it’s time to translate that into power on Capitol Hill. Click here to email your Representative and urge them to reject AIPAC’s attacks on our right to boycott.
It really shouldn’t come as surprise what AIPAC is going to focus on when they lobby tomorrow:
AIPAC is pushing forward an agenda to make nonviolent advocacy for Palestinians illegal because they know they’re starting to lose. Their racist dehumanization of Palestinians is falling outside the mainstream. The simple idea that Palestinian human rights are human rights is taking root. From churches, to major universities, to city councils, people are stepping up against the racism in America and Israel.
The fact is, AIPAC has to legislate hate against Palestinians because the rest of us aren’t buying it anymore.
So we have to keep working. AIPAC’s power derives in large part from its history of threatening and bullying legislators, through a machine that extends from local school boards to the White House.
That’s why we need your help today to keep the pressure on: email your Representative and tell them to oppose attacks on our right to boycott. Contact them today, before AIPAC does.
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