By Student Minister Willie Muhammad
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan once again delivered a powerful lecture at our annual Saviours’ Day Convention, which is the Crowing Event of Black History Month! The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan touched on a variety of subjects that touched the hearts and minds of many. As usual a day after he delivered this lecture the media attack dogs following their orders write articles yet again trying to link the truth the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan spoke to the label of Anti-Semitism. Jack Crowe of the National Review penned an article titled, “Farrakhan Praises Omar’s Anti-Semitic Remarks: ‘Shake Up That Corrupt House’.” Mr. Crowe writes…
“Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on Sunday praised Representative Ilhan Omar’s (D., Minn.) recent endorsement of an anti-Semitic trope and urged the freshman lawmaker not to bow to pressure from critics. “Ms. Omar from Somalia – she started talking about ‘the Benjamins’ and they are trying to make her apologize. Sweetheart, don’t do that. Pardon me for calling you sweetheart, but you do have a sweet heart. You sure are using it to shake the government up, but you have nothing to apologize for,” Farrakhan said during his annual Saviour’s Day address in Chicago, in comments first reported by the Washington Free Beacon.”
He continues, “Israel and AIPAC pays off senators and congressmen to do their bidding, so you’re not lying. So if you’re not lying, stop laying down. You were sent there by the people to shake up that corrupt House,” he added.”
What’s sad about the pressure that Representative Ilhan Omar’s (D., Minn.) came under is that it came from a media that is AFRAID to tell the truth when it comes to the powerful influence of the Israeli lobby on the American government. The cowardice of the media does a great disservice to the American citizenry and to the often touted “democratic government.” The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan while being interviewed on WVON chided the media for its cowardice. Here is the clip which is titled, “Minister Farrakhan Blasts Media & Reporters During Radio Interview Commercial Break.”
As mentioned during the opening plenary session of Saviours’ Day. Those who love the truth and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan must fight back their lies about him with truth. So below I have posted bullet points taken from a scholarly research article written by John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt titled, “The Israel Lobby.” The piece derives from a book of the same name that John Mearsheimer, Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, and Stephen Walt, Professor of International Relations at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, published in late August 2007. It was a New York Times Best Seller.
Nearly everything the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has said about the Israeli lobbies’ influence over the American government is borne witness to by these two scholars. I would HIGHLY encourage those who read this article to read the full report. I will post the link to the report as well as other resources that we can use in our defense of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam below.
- AIPAC listed as one of the MOST powerful lobbies by members of US Congress
Jewish Americans have set up an impressive array of organisations to influence American foreign policy, of which AIPAC is the most powerful and best known. In 1997, Fortune magazine asked members of Congress and their staffs to list the most powerful lobbies in Washington. AIPAC was ranked second behind the American Association of Retired People, but ahead of the AFL-CIO and the National Rifle Association. A National Journal study in March 2005 reached a similar conclusion, placing AIPAC in second place (tied with AARP) in the Washington ‘muscle rankings’.
- Israeli Lobby’s Strategy
The Lobby pursues two broad strategies. First, it wields its significant influence in Washington, pressuring both Congress and the executive branch. Whatever an individual lawmaker or policymaker’s own views may be, the Lobby tries to make supporting Israel the ‘smart’ choice. Second, it strives to ensure that public discourse portrays Israel in a positive light, by repeating myths about its founding and by promoting its point of view in policy debates. The goal is to prevent critical comments from getting a fair hearing in the political arena. Controlling the debate is essential to guaranteeing US support, because a candid discussion of US-Israeli relations might lead Americans to favour a different policy.
- Members of Congress are AFRAID to be critical of unjust Israeli policies and practices.
A key pillar of the Lobby’s effectiveness is its influence in Congress, where Israel is virtually immune from criticism. This in itself is remarkable, because Congress rarely shies away from contentious issues. Where Israel is concerned, however, potential critics fall silent. One reason is that some key members are Christian Zionists like Dick Armey, who said in September 2002: ‘My No. 1 priority in foreign policy is to protect Israel.’ One might think that the No. 1 priority for any congressman would be to protect America. There are also Jewish senators and congressmen who work to ensure that US foreign policy supports Israel’s interests.
- AIPAC used MONEY to reward those friendly to Israel and punish those who are not
AIPAC itself, however, forms the core of the Lobby’s influence in Congress. Its success is due to its ability to reward legislators and congressional candidates who support its agenda, and to punish those who challenge it. Money is critical to US elections (as the scandal over the lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s shady dealings reminds us), and AIPAC makes sure that its friends get strong financial support from the many pro-Israel political action committees. Anyone who is seen as hostile to Israel can be sure that AIPAC will direct campaign contributions to his or her political opponents. AIPAC also organises letter-writing campaigns and encourages newspaper editors to endorse pro-Israel candidates.
There is no doubt about the efficacy of these tactics. Here is one example: in the 1984 elections, AIPAC helped defeat Senator Charles Percy from Illinois, who, according to a prominent Lobby figure, had ‘displayed insensitivity and even hostility to our concerns’. Thomas Dine, the head of AIPAC at the time, explained what happened: ‘All the Jews in America, from coast to coast, gathered to oust Percy. And the American politicians – those who hold public positions now, and those who aspire – got the message.’
- AIPAC is an unofficial arm of the Israeli government
The bottom line is that AIPAC, a de facto agent for a foreign government, has a stranglehold on Congress, with the result that US policy towards Israel is not debated there, even though that policy has important consequences for the entire world. In other words, one of the three main branches of the government is firmly committed to supporting Israel. As one former Democratic senator, Ernest Hollings, noted on leaving office, ‘you can’t have an Israeli policy other than what AIPAC gives you around here.’ Or as Ariel Sharon once told an American audience, ‘when people ask me how they can help Israel, I tell them: “Help AIPAC.”’
- Israeli Lobby discourages public debate about its influence over the American government
The Lobby doesn’t want an open debate, of course, because that might lead Americans to question the level of support they provide. Accordingly, pro-Israel organisations work hard to influence the institutions that do most to shape popular opinion.
- Israel Lobby Controls US Media
The Lobby’s perspective prevails in the mainstream media: the debate among Middle East pundits, the journalist Eric Alterman writes, is ‘dominated by people who cannot imagine criticising Israel’. He lists 61 ‘columnists and commentators who can be counted on to support Israel reflexively and without qualification’. Conversely, he found just five pundits who consistently criticise Israeli actions or endorse Arab positions. Newspapers occasionally publish guest op-eds challenging Israeli policy, but the balance of opinion clearly favours the other side. It is hard to imagine any mainstream media outlet in the United States publishing a piece like this one.
Shamir, Sharon, Bibi – whatever those guys want is pretty much fine by me,’ Robert Bartley once remarked. Not surprisingly, his newspaper, the Wall Street Journal, along with other prominent papers like the Chicago Sun-Times and the Washington Times, regularly runs editorials that strongly support Israel. Magazines like Commentary, the New Republic and the Weekly Standard defend Israel at every turn.
Editorial bias is also found in papers like the New York Times, which occasionally criticises Israeli policies and sometimes concedes that the Palestinians have legitimate grievances, but is not even-handed. In his memoirs the paper’s former executive editor Max Frankel acknowledges the impact his own attitude had on his editorial decisions: ‘I was much more deeply devoted to Israel than I dared to assert … Fortified by my knowledge of Israel and my friendships there, I myself wrote most of our Middle East commentaries. As more Arab than Jewish readers recognised, I wrote them from a pro-Israel perspective.’
- Israel Lobby Stifles Critical Thinking on College & University Campuses
Where the Lobby has had the most difficulty is in stifling debate on university campuses. In the 1990s, when the Oslo peace process was underway, there was only mild criticism of Israel, but it grew stronger with Oslo’s collapse and Sharon’s access to power, becoming quite vociferous when the IDF reoccupied the West Bank in spring 2002 and employed massive force to subdue the second intifada.
The Lobby moved immediately to ‘take back the campuses’. New groups sprang up, like the Caravan for Democracy, which brought Israeli speakers to US colleges. Established groups like the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and Hillel joined in, and a new group, the Israel on Campus Coalition, was formed to co-ordinate the many bodies that now sought to put Israel’s case. Finally, AIPAC more than tripled its spending on programmes to monitor university activities and to train young advocates, in order to ‘vastly expand the number of students involved on campus … in the national pro-Israel effort’.
The Lobby also monitors what professors write and teach. In September 2002, Martin Kramer and Daniel Pipes, two passionately pro-Israel neo-conservatives, established a website (Campus Watch) that posted dossiers on suspect academics and encouraged students to report remarks or behaviour that might be considered hostile to Israel. This transparent attempt to blacklist and intimidate scholars provoked a harsh reaction and Pipes and Kramer later removed the dossiers, but the website still invites students to report ‘anti-Israel’ activity.
- Israel Lobbies uses Anti-Semitism to silence critique
No discussion of the Lobby would be complete without an examination of one of its most powerful weapons: the charge of anti-semitism. Anyone who criticises Israel’s actions or argues that pro-Israel groups have significant influence over US Middle Eastern policy – an influence AIPAC celebrates – stands a good chance of being labelled an anti-semite. Indeed, anyone who merely claims that there is an Israel Lobby runs the risk of being charged with anti-semitism, even though the Israeli media refer to America’s ‘Jewish Lobby’. In other words, the Lobby first boasts of its influence and then attacks anyone who calls attention to it. It’s a very effective tactic: anti-semitism is something no one wants to be accused of.
I’d like to close with recapping one of the above bullet points that reveals why members of Synagogue of Satan hate the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and seek to silence him. The report states…
“The Lobby doesn’t want an open debate, of course, because that might lead Americans to question the level of support they provide. Accordingly, pro-Israel organisations work hard to influence the institutions that do most to shape popular opinion.”
The words of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan sheds light on the FEAR of the Synagogue of Satan in part 25 of the Time and What Must Be Done.
“How does a Lie and a Liar become exposed? The answer is: By one who knows The Truth, and has the courage to tell The Truth, and a willingness to face the opposition coming from The Liar whose fear is “being exposed.”
The showdown is inevitable because one of the purposes for the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s birth into this world is tied to this fight. He is the Archangel Michael that is born to stand for God and make war with the beast. The controversy that we read about in the pages of the New Testament that involves Jesus and the Jewish leadership of that time. Did not take place thousands of years ago like we have been taught, it is happening right now in front of our eyes!
Dear readers please take some time to read this report and watch this YouTube documentary about the Israeli Lobby.
~The Israel Lobby by John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt
~Inside USA – Lobbying for Israel – 05 April 08 – Parts 1- 5
Pt.25: The Lie and The Liar Must Be Exposed (1) Min. Louis Farrakhan: The Time & What Must Be Done