AIPAC needs to live up to being the ‘pro-Israel lobby’ by Mort Klein
We've criticized the ADL a few times on this blog, maybe not as many times as they deserve, but there are other issues demanding our attention. As we've seen too many times over the last few years, just because an organization is a Jewish organization, it doesn't mean that it is actually working to improve life or to stand up for Jews.
Perhaps it was during the Obama administration when things began changing for AIPAC, or maybe that's just when we noticed it, but they seem to be putting politics ahead of their support for Jews and Israel just as many "progressive" Jews seem to be doing these days.
ZOA's Mort Klein has noticed it too. Here is what he has to say:
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, commonly known as AIPAC, recently made headlines in almost every major media outlet when it wrongly and publicly criticized Israel’s just and proper decision to refuse to admit Jew-hating Israelophobes Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for a trip to so-called “Palestine” sponsored by a terror-promoting group Miftah. The congresswomen’s trip was designed to demonize Israel with numerous propaganda events to incite hatred and boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel, with the goal of ultimately bringing about the destruction of the Jewish state.
AIPAC’s unwarranted, highly publicized criticism of Israel harmed Israel, American Jews and the pro-Israel community.
To many people, AIPAC’s public criticism of Israel was also surprising because it claims to support the policies of the democratically elected government of Israel.
However, its public criticism was actually indicative of a longstanding problem: On some key, vital existential issues, AIPAC opposes, fails to support or waters down both the will of the Israeli people and common-sense positions to protect Israel from danger. AIPAC’s stances on these issues are particularly harmful because it bills itself as the “pro-Israel lobby,” leading people to wrongly believe that all of its positions are shared by the Israeli public and Israeli officials.
Unfortunately, this has been happening for decades. And it has forced my organization, the Zionist Organization of America, Israeli officials and other security-minded persons to have to battle against AIPAC policies that harm Israel’s safety.
Klein then goes on to list many other AIPAC missteps.
AIPAC and progressive Jews in general are very weak in Jewish history. In fact, the more progressive they are, the weaker their grasp of history. They have forgotten that assimilation did Jews no good. They were still persecuted, and they lost any shred of respect they may have gained by remaining steadfast Jews. Jews who converted in Spain and in some Muslim countries were not trusted, and their Christian and Muslim grandchildren were still being persecuted for having Jewish ancestry.
So yes, AIPAC needs to stand up for Israel for real and stop worrying about the way the wind is blowing. Israel is the only spot on Earth where it reliably blows in our direction.