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”Israel Lobby Damage Assessment” is a podcast of the Institute for Research Middle Eastern Policy. IRmep is a Washington-based nonprofit organization that studies US-Middle East policy formulation. Founded in 2002, IRmep is non-partisan and does not support or oppose candidates for public office. IRmep’s Center for Policy & Law files Freedom of Information Act requests and lawsuits to create warranted transparency and reveal the functions of government. It also examines how balanced and vigo ...
 
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has recently established its own political action committees. AIPAC is using tens of millions of dollars of PAC money to knock off candidates for office it believes won’t be sufficiently deferential to the government of Israel. There is a lot of current analysis about this in social and even legacy news media. Most of it has one thing in common: no history about how, when or why AIPAC came into existence. What exactly is AIPAC and where do ...
 
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The ADL has been trying to liaise with the FBI by offering ADL investigators as informants, offering to exchange files to “avoid duplication of investigation” and “train” FBI and law enforcement personnel since the 1940s. What have been the negative consequences for human rights activists? IRmep presents findings from years of Freedom of Informatio…
 
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III was the perfect keynote speaker at the January 10, 2023 AIPAC Political Leadership Forum. Austin prioritizes Israeli over American defense priorities, advocates illegal land grabs that benefit Israel, inserts Israel into places it does not belong, and uses cultish, reverential language. Most important, he is…
 
2022 US Middle East policy review and 2023 forecast.US Middle East policy continued its downward spiral in 2022. The president and Congress aided and abetted illegal Israeli objectives over better policies preferred by overwhelming majorities of American voters. In poll after poll, Americans have signaled they would like to cut U.S. foreign aid to …
 
A declassified 1961 Senate Foreign Relations Committee memo finally reveals the original reason for ever investigating the Israel lobby. In 1954, Israel launched the Operation Susannah false flag terrorist attacks on U.S. facilities in Egypt aimed at scuttling the return of the Suez Canal to Eqypt. But the Israeli terrorists were caught and prosecu…
 
AIPAC learns the more entangled and influential its funders become in elite political circles, the less likely its operatives will be prosecuted for electoral fraud and joint espionage operations with Israel's government.Foreign Agents Registration Act enforcement gradually becomes a cudgel to wield exclusively against out-of-favor foreign governme…
 
JFK's initiative to inspect the Israeli nuclear weapons production facility at Dimona and keep the Israelis from going nuclear dies in Dallas. AIPAC strives mightily, promoting legacy media reports, to convince Americans that Dimona will never produce nuclear weapons. Barrons charges the State Department "once more placed itself in a ridiculous pos…
 
The Department of Justice orders AIPAC's umbrella organization to begin registering as an Israeli foreign agent on November 21, 1962. JFK friend Simon H. Rifkind is hired to help the lobby wriggle out of the order, claiming they would stop laundering Jewish Agency funding into the United States for Israel lobbying and propaganda. Rifkind argues tha…
 
AIPAC founder Isaiah L. Kenen flees for Iran as the Justice Department moves closer to registering the Israel lobby as a foreign agent because of its overseas funding. The American Council for Judaism fights the Zionist takeover of comunal fundraising entities in the US. Senate Foreign relations Committee investigators uncover massive Jewish Agency…
 
How did AIPAC founder Isaiah Kenen use the Near East Report to keep score of Congress member votes that impacted Israel? Why did Kenen constantly call out the American Council for Judaism and Senator J. W. Fulbright in the Near East Report? What kinds of cartoons did the Near East Report run and how did they frame the plight of Palestinian refugees…
 
How did Harry Truman resist Isaiah Kenen's Israel lobby public relations issue framing? What were David Ben-Gurion's directives to the American Zionist Council where AIPAC functioned as the lobbying and PR division? According to Kenen, how were Israel's core interests served by forming AIPAC? How much was Kenen paid by Israel's government to lobby …
 
What was the Israel Office of Information and AIPAC founder Isaiah L. Kenen's role at IOI? How long did Kenen remain as an employee of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs at IOI? What propaganda information did IOI omit in its FARA filings? How did Kenen, chafing under FARA, maintain an active lobbying campaign in the U.S. Congress for foreign …
 
Which Israeli pre-state terrorist and arms smuggling entities freely operated in the U.S.? How and why did they penetrate the U.S. Department of Treasury? How and when did the Secretary of Treasury threaten President Franklin D. Roosevelt's State Department with charges of anti-Semitism if the administration refused to support Zionist aims? Who was…
 
Why did the U.S. enact the Foreign Agents Registration Act? When and why did enforcement move from the State Department to the Department of Justice? What were the key provisions of FARA and how did they change over time? What was the Jewish Agency for Israel and why did it have to register under FARA? Which U.S. individuals and organizations were …
 
In what ways was the creation of Israel like a business startup? What did the nascent Israel lobby want from President Harry Truman and how did they approach and lobby him? Why did the U.S. State and War Departments oppose U.S. recognition of Israel? Why was the American Council for Judaism also opposed? How was Isaiah L. Kenen involved in official…
 
Who was AIPAC's founder Isaiah L. Kennen? Where was Kenen from and how did he get his start? How did his father's disastrous wartime dealings supporting Russia's Tsar impact the family? How did Kenen's journalism morph from lobbying for labor rights, to U.S. entry into WWII and finally the formation and U.S. subsidization of Israel? Which major U.S…
 
Why is the history of the intense battle between the U.S. Department of Justice, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Kennedy administration and AIPAC so important, but so little known? Why is AIPAC circumspect about its origin story? How has AIPAC largely written its founder, Isaiah L. Kenen, out of that history? What three developments concerning …
 
Israel's lobby the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is knocking out American politicians it thinks won't be deferential enough to the Israeli government. But what is AIPAC and where does it come from? When was a key chapter of AIPAC's secret history finally declassified and released by the U.S. Department of Justice? How to subscrib…
 
American journalist Ali Abunimah is co-founder of the Electronic Intifada and author of "One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israel-Palestine Impasse'' and "The Battle for Justice in Palestine." He discussed post-election administration policy on key issues. Will the administration demand any pause to illegal Israeli settlements? Will Israel be…
 
Grant F. Smith is the author of seven books about the Israel lobby, and research director of IRmep. His most recent books are "Big Israel: How Israel's Lobby Moves America" (2016) and "The Israel Lobby Enters State Government: Rise of the Virginia Israel Advisory Board" (2019). Continuing an election year tradition, Smith presented his most recent …
 
Historian and author Walter Hixson answers cross disciplinary questions about foreign policy, the Israel lobby and settler colonialism. What are the core objectives of settler colonialism? Why must the population targeted for removal be the object of hatred and portrayed as primitive, uncivilized and "savage?" Massacres can exist without genocide, …
 
David Swanson, host of Talk Nation Radio, interviews Grant F. Smith to discuss his latest and ninth book about the Israel lobby called The Israel Lobby Enters State Government: Rise Of The Virginia Israel Advisory Board. Find the paperback at Middle East Books & More. Check out other IRmep content at https://IRmep.org…
 
Grant F. Smith of the Institute for Research for Research: Middle Eastern Policy discusses the findings of his new book, The Israel Lobby Enters State Government: Rise of the Virginia Israel Advisory Board at Middle East Books and More. Check out other IRmep content at https://IRmep.orgBy IRmep
 
IRmep presentation at the Palestine Center’s annual conference. It covered the how the Gallup Organization’s misleading polls about U.S. "sympathy" for Israel would have been deployed to falsely claim Americans support the Kushner-Friedman-Greenblatt Middle East "Deal of the Century," much like they have been used by the Congressional Research Serv…
 
Grant Smith elaborates on his May 20th article, “”Lesson from FBI’s ‘Niger Uranium Forgeries’ File: There will be no consequences for twisting intelligence to attack Iran.” It was based on his obtaining, through FOIA, and analyzing the 640 pages of FBI records In which he describes then FBI director, Robert Mueller stifled efforts to investigate po…
 
Grant F. Smith, director of research at IRmep, exposes the IRS's long history of aiding and abetting billions of dollars of U.S. charitable contributions flowing through tax-exempt charities into illegal West Bank settlements during a live broadcast with the IRS Taxpayer Advocate. Check out other IRmep content at https://IRmep.org…
 
Grant Smith elaborates on his May 20th article, “”Lesson from FBI’s ‘Niger Uranium Forgeries’ File: There will be no consequences for twisting intelligence to attack Iran.” It was based on his obtaining, through FOIA, and analyzing the 640 pages of FBI records In which he describes how then FBI director, Robert Mueller stifled efforts to investigat…
 
Grant Smith appeared on the LinkTV show Viewpoint to discuss IRmep's book "Neocon Middle East Policy: the 'Clean Break' Plan Damage Assessment." Other topics included legal violations of key neoconservative policymakers, flaws in core policy, and how rejection of international law has also diminished respect for domestic US law.…
 
On November 10, Grant Smith appeared on the Jim Greenfield show to discuss IRmep's book "Neocon Middle East Policy: the 'Clean Break' Plan Damage Assessment." (Available at http://www.irmep.org/cbda.htm) Other topics included tackling the real causes vs the hype factor and rhetoric in the news media's discussion of suicide terrorism, and the Beirut…
 
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