The AIPAC investigation

Juan Cole links to an update on the AIPAC investigation. He says:

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee spy case is heating up again. The FBI clearly believes that AIPAC is at the center of an important political conspiracy, but may not be able to make the whole case in the legal system.


Whatever the outcome of the case, AIPAC should have to register as a foreign agent. It is shameful that a small and fanatical group of rightwing devotees of colonial settlerism in the West Bank should be virtually controlling the foreign policy of the US Congress toward the Middle East-- especially since colonial settlerism in the West Bank causes so many people in the Middle East to hate the United States for supporting it-- and to lash out at us.


I would add to that that it is shameful that so many Jewish-Americans allow a small a fanatical group of rightwing devotees of colonial settlerism in the West Bank to speak in their name even when they disagree with them. I know there are movements that oppose AIPAC, but more needs to be done by Jews against AIPAC if a silent majority really does feel it is wrong. Non-Jews will just get called anti-Semites if they speak out, so we really need their help on this one.
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Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.