Israel Lobby & American Policy ConFab March 24, Washington DC
From 8 AM - 7 PM
National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20045
Israel Lobby and American Policy conference will be held on March 24, 2017 in Washington
National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20045 Friday, March 24, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
Growing numbers of Americans question massive, automatic and unconditional U.S. support for Israel. The American Educational Trust, publisher of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy will host a historic fourth annual conference on March 24, 2017 at the National Press Club focusing on the key issues.
Expert keynote speakers and panelists will present their analysis of:
- U.S. foreign aid, intelligence and diplomatic support to Israel Since 1948, the U.S. has provided more foreign aid to Israel than to any other country. In 2016 the U.S. signed a new pledge to provide $38 billion over 10 years. Is the aid unconditional? Will the U.S. provide it no matter how many illegal settlements Israel builds or what military actions it takes?
- Israel as a U.S. ally During the Cold War, many claimed Israel was America's "cop on the beat" in the Middle East, squaring off against Soviet client states and protecting U.S. access to oil. Were these claims ever true? Strategically, does Israel currently serve any identifiable U.S. strategic interest, or is it in fact a liability?
- Israel lobbying organizations have launched many programs in the U.S. They transfer billions of dollars in tax-deductible charitable contributions to support Jewish immigration to Israel (including from the former Soviet Union), and fund Israel's clandestine nuclear weapons program. Do these programs harm American interests?
- Israel affinity organizations and prominent neoconservatives have long demanded the U.S. should militarily engage Israel's rivals including Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, Syria and Iraq. Is the list of targets growing? What future wars are they currently agitating for? How likely is it the U.S. will comply?
- The Israel-Palestine conflict is the longest running confrontation in the region. It generates terrorist attacks and other blowback against the United States. What are the latest views from the region about prospects for a viable Palestinian state vs. Israel's continual territorial growth as a foreign-supported settler-colonial enterprise?
- American public opinion is rapidly turning against unqualified support for Israel. How do Americans really feel about U.S. aid to Israel, Israel's huge influence with U.S. elites, and its treatment of Palestinians?
- Beyond changing perceptions, increasing numbers of Americans are actively working against Israeli programs. What is currently being done at the grassroots level, in courtrooms and internationally to confront, expose and challenge Israel lobby initiatives?
The Israel Lobby and American Policy conference is solely sponsored by the American Educational Trust, publisher of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep). Attendees receive lunch and an invitation to a special attendee-speaker reception. For the anniversary of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, a limited quantity of $73 tickets are available during the month of October. Register online today at http://IsraelLobbyAndAmericanPolicy.org
For more information visit the IRMEP website by clicking here.
Annual Conference: Israel's Influence: Good or Bad for America?
Co-hosted by the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, this annual conference features panel discussions, presentations and information on Israel's influence on America, the billions this foreign country takes from American taxpayers, and the bullying and intimidation by it's rightwing Political Action Committee, AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
To view prior programs, click this link.
2016 Conference info:
“Israel’s Influence: Good or Bad for America?” is the theme of a daylong conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on March 18, 2016.
“Israel’s Influence” is co-sponsored by the American Educational Trust, publisher of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep). Attendees receive lunch and an invitation to a special attendee-speaker reception.
Expert panelists and keynote speakers will analyze the enormous impact Israel’s influence has on Congress, establishment media, academia and other major institutions. They will explore the costs and benefits in terms of foreign aid and covert intelligence, foreign policy, America’s regional and global standing, and unbiased news reporting.
American taxpayers provide Israel with more than $3.1 billion annually in military aid. Since 1948 Israel has received far more than any other country, despite polls showing that most Americans oppose such aid. Israel and its U.S. supporters are now lobbying for a $1 billion increase—to $4.5 billion yearly—as “compensation” for the recently concluded nuclear deal with Iran, despite Israel and its lobby’s overt attempts to prevent it. What Israeli assumptions about America drive this?
Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and author. He covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and for TheArabDailyNews.com, and TheDailyHookah.com.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.
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