Supporting An Arab-American PAC

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A New Policy PAC.jpgI am often asked by readers where they might direct support if they want to help the forces working towards a two state solution in the Israel/Palestine standoff.
One option is a new political action committee called “A New Policy PAC“.
This new Arab-American aggregator of political contributions was recently founded by a good friend Sama Adnan, who moved back to Washington last year after receiving his doctorate at UCLA.
A quick roster (see more here) of the organizing focus of A New Policy PAC is:

A swift end to the Gaza siege.
An immediate freeze of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
An end to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.
The establishment of a Palestinian state next to a secure Israel.
The resolution of all Arab-Israeli disputes.
An end to nuclear proliferation and a nuclear-free Middle East.

So, if you are so inclined to help out a new group and an important cause — this could be an option for you.
— Steve Clemons

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29 comments on “Supporting An Arab-American PAC

  1. larry birnbaum says:

    Oy. These organizing foci are so broad that with some caveats I could support many of them. Drill down into the manifesto, though, and everything is Israel’s fault (including the Iraq war); everything that must be done to achieve peace is Israel’s responsibility.
    What, exactly, are the Arabs’ responsibilities?
    So it’s perfectly reasonable for an Arab-American PAC to be pro-Arab. But a step towards a resolution of the conlict, it isn’t.

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  2. nadine says:

    jdledell, the Palestinians did not have the institutions of a state in 1948; the Zionists did. That is one big reason why the Palestinian elite evacuated after the partition vote rather than stay and fight. And even today, they STILL do not have the institutions of a state; they have militias, patronage and propaganda. Nothing whatsoever prevents the Palestinians from declaring a state; the whole world would recognize it. It’s their own politics and the whip hand of the radicals that prevents this.
    What about this idealizes Israel? Do I say Israel is perfect? Whatever you say about the Irgun (to whom who seem in perpetual reaction), they weren’t the main faction in the 1930s or 40s and Ben Gurion brought them swiftly to heel, because he had to if he wanted a functioning state.
    Every time I point this out, you sidestep the issue with irrelevancies. Maybe Israel should have treated the protesters more seriously in the 1980s, but as you know perfectly well, local protesters could not negotiate; only the PLO could negotiate (by diktat of the Arab League) and anybody else who tried would have been killed. The PLO’s aim was and is the destruction of Israel, not the creation of a two state solution.

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  3. Outraged American says:

    Hamas are “stone cold killers” of whom? The Israelis who have
    made the Gaza Strip the world’s largest prison? Take your schtick
    and sell it somewhere else.
    As much as I like your comments, Jdledell, you’re still limited hang-
    out.

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  4. jdledell says:

    Nadine – I lived in Israel in the 1980’s. The Peace agreement with Egypt had been signed and the Sinai returned. Palestinians during this time held peaceful demonstrations almost daily requesting statehood or at least autonomy on Palestinian land. Israel’s response was a big F/U and they refused to even discuss it. During this time there was a minimum of violence but Israel plain ignored the Palestinians and carried on with the occupation and settlement building. It wasn’t until the first infitada in 1987 that Israel started giving serious thought to Palestinian aspirations.
    You accuse the Palestinians of not throwing off the yoke of occupation sooner and making a state of their own. I could accuse the Jews of the same thing. My Irgun grandfather first went to “Israel” in 1926 to meet with fellow activists on how to overthrow the British occupation. Yet it still took the Jews more than 20 years of increasing violence to accomplish their goals. By comparison the Brits were wimps in occupation techniques compared with the IDF.
    Don’t give me crap about the Palestinians turning down statehood during Barak’s and Olmert’s governments. You know damn well that at Camp David, the Jordan Valley was to remain Israeli until some vague time in the future decades when it might be turned over to the Palestinians. The same is true of Olmerts offer except it involved Israel “leasing” the Jordan Valley according to Livni. Without the Jordan Valley, the Palestinian “state” becomes 3 separate open air prisons with Israel controlling everything and everyone entering or exiting Palestine.
    Nadine – you seem to have some idealized concept of what Israel really is. Please spend some time in both Israel and the Palestinian territories and spend some time with real people on the ground. You will find, as I have, that Jews and Palestinians are really the same human beings. Some are kind and compassionate some are cruel and evil. Some are rich and some are poor. Some are altruistic and some are greedy and power hungry and both populations have about the same percentage of human characteristics outlined above.
    Just remember, this conflict is not one sided and that Jews and Palestinians are really the same people no matter how much you write to the contrary. Just remember, Begin and Shamir during their reign of terror were as much stone cold killers as Hamas.

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  5. ... says:

    Watch what “”they”” do, not what they say.
    indeed…..

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  6. ... says:

    definition of success-
    regular handouts from the usa…
    an apartheid state…
    regular war on its neighbors…
    building walls…
    i guess the reasons are many as to why israel is a success and i am only scratching the surface…

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  7. nadine says:

    Israel hasn’t expanded the settlements since Oslo, and at that, they were almost all built on government land, which has been 80% of Palestine since Ottoman times.
    All this stuff about “settlement freeze” is about building within existing footprints. Land has been taken, however, for the Security Wall and Jewish access roads. In this case, the Palestinians are squawking about security measures which they themselves made necessary; and which could be undone after a real peace treaty.
    Israel is not building any new settlements. That’s why Abu Mazen says “the people are enjoying a normal life” and feels no pressure whatsoever to return to the table. Of course, the Pals keep squawking about stolen land; it’s what they do regardless.
    Watch what they do, not what they say.
    As I asked before, don’t the Palestinians have responsibilities as well as demands?
    Here’s a dirty little secret: the Palestinians will never declare a state in the West Bank and Gaza (not even 100% of it) because it would mean relinquishing claims inside Israel proper. They may tell YOU they don’t claim Israel; but that’s not what they tell each other and other Arabs. The Palestinian leader who claims only the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem will be killed as a traitor.

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  8. JohnH says:

    Nadine, if Israel is so successful, innovative and prosperous, why do they continue stealing Palestinians’ land without any compensation? Why does the Israeli side take, take, take? And why shouldn’t Palestinians say “gimme, gimme, gimme” something in return for all the stolen property?

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  9. nadine says:

    “And what do the Palestinians do during all this? Sit with their hands out, saying, “gimme, gimme, we deserve, we deserve”? While they continue funding terrorists and kleptocrats? Don’t they have any responsibilities in the process?”
    jdledell, Israel is a functioning country, successful, innovative and prosperous. More patents and Nobel prizes per capita than most of the developed world. What has Palestine ever invented (besides modern terrorism)?
    Palestine is a patronage system. It’s a welfare squat. It isn’t a country at all in any functioning sense. Where is its economy, its legal system, its governance, its institutions? There are millions of Palestinians with the know-how to contribute to a functional economy, but somehow they never get to be in charge (with the possible exception of whatever PM Fayad is doing now under the radar).
    That’s because every time the Palestinians have had to choose between having a cause and having a country, they go for the cause. The radicals have the whip hand over them; any moderate who proposes building an economy today or suggests settling for a two-state solution is liable to be called a traitor, and possibly killed.
    This is far more to the point than who has ever begged for money from whom. I wouldn’t grudge the money if the Palestinians were trying to build a country next to Israel, instead of a jihad to replace Israel.
    And worst of all is this perpetual speaking of Palestinians as helpless infants, to whom everything must be given and for whom everything must be done. You “peaceniks” are destroying the hope of peace for the next generation because YOU are teaching the Palestinian that they never need to negotiate. Set and whine like babies and you will be given: that is YOUR lesson to them.

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  10. PissedOffAmerican says:

    If we are lucky, perhaps she can pedal it all the way back to Israel.

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  11. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “….most folks don’t buy her bullshit, but it doesn’t stop her from pedaling it here regularly…..”
    Well, I have no idea how one would go about pedaling bullshit, but if anyone can pull it off, Nadine can.

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  12. ... says:

    but jdledell, nadines rationale will go something like this : the money sent to israel isn’t used for terrorists, but the money sent to palestine is… most folks don’t buy her bullshit, but it doesn’t stop her from pedaling it here regularly..

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  13. jdledell says:

    Nadine – You complain about the Palestinians begging for money yet not one word on the BILLIONS sent by the Jewish Diaspora as a result of Israeli begathons. For the last 50 years every synogogue where I’ve been a member put the touch on us at least twice a year for funds for Israel.
    This does not even include the BILLIONS sent by American taxpapers. I would guess that Israel has received at least 50 times as much money from outside sources as the Palestinians.
    Please step back for a minute and examine how one sided your commentary has been. How can you live with yourself? If I was as one sided as you, the cognitive dissonance would fry my brain.

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  14. Carroll says:

    Posted by nadine, Jan 25 2010, 10:00PM – Link
    And what do the Palestinians do during all this? Sit with their hands out, saying, “gimme, gimme, we deserve, we deserve”? While they continue funding terrorists and kleptocrats? Don’t they have any responsibilities in the process
    >>>>>>>
    Oh brother, that’s rich……. coming from a representive of the longest running professional welfare group in the universe.

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  15. Carroll says:

    Posted by PissedOffAmerican, Jan 25 2010, 9:37PM – Link
    As terrible and shameful as it may be, the truth is that contributing to an Arab-American Pac is a somewhat foreboding undertaking, in light of the Patriot Act, and our governments treatment of Muslim charitable organizations and their benefactors.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Exactly why we should sign up for it.

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  16. ... says:

    perhaps i can just point out that any ‘opinion’ in the national post which nadine points to is such a pro israel rag that it is considered a hopeless waste of time by most thinking canucks… the same can be said for harper as well – a hopeless was of time…

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  17. ... says:

    my comment was removed…. first time for everything… i guess i offended steve, lol… seems to happen more regularly.. continue to post away nadine..

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  18. samuelburke says:

    The following letter is being circulated in advance of Shimon
    Peres’s visit to Germany to commemorate international
    Holocaust Remembrance Day.
    January 2010
    Shimon Peres Does Not Speak for Us !
    http://mondoweiss.net/
    We are writing this letter as Israeli citizens. Some of us are 1st,
    2nd or 3rd generation Holocaust survivors, and we are all
    activists who are pursuing peace and justice for everyone in our
    troubled region. We wish to express our concern regarding
    Germany’s Middle East policy, which is harmful and immoral.
    Our appeal also regards the upcoming visit of Israeli president
    Shimon Peres to Germany this week.
    While it is certainly justified to condemn and act against attacks
    on innocent Israeli civilians, it is morally unacceptable that
    German decision-makers consistently ignore, or even defend,
    Israeli attacks on innocent civilians, which inflict a much higher
    number of casualties, mostly in Lebanon and in the Occupied
    Palestinian Territories (OPT). Furthermore, we are concerned
    about a climate of fear in German politics, when moderate and
    well-founded criticism of severe Israeli violations of human
    rights is treated with McCarthyite methods, such as the attacks
    against Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul and Herman Dierkes.

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  19. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “What will be your response then? “Oops, we tried”? or more likely “Israel is still to blame”” (Nadine, the despicable bigot)
    Isn’t it comical seeing this wretched bigot Nadine constantly insulting people for her OWN actions?
    Have you EVER seen Nadine criticize one single Israeli action?
    Is she not CONSTANTLY mewling about how hard the Israelis have tried for peace, and that the Palestinians are 100% to blame?
    Why Steve still allows her to drool her dishonest and despicable racist garbage here is beyond me.

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  20. nadine says:

    C’mon, Khalid, you know perfectly well that UNWRA is where the Hamas guys have their day jobs. That’s why you like it! I notice you’re still bitter about losing your dear Saddam too — “Ya Saddam! Ya Habib! Uruk, uruk Tel Abib!” — did you chant that too in 1991?
    I notice Steve’s proposed PAC doesn’t list “right of return” as a demand. Yet, isn’t this the absolute deal breaker? Why wouldn’t it be at the top of the list of demands?
    Gee, maybe they don’t want to mention it to the useful idiots in DC. It would blow their claim to want a two-state (three-state?) solution.

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  21. nadine says:

    Canada will no longer fund UNWRA. Good, Europe should follow:
    Now comes word that last week, Ottawa told the United Nations it would no longer fund the world body’s Palestinian refugee agency. From now on, Canadian aid to Palestinians will be directed to specific projects. We will no longer give lump-sum aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNWRA), since most of that money simply goes straight into the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) general treasury, where it might be used for humanitarian projects or might be used to arm and train terrorists.
    This is a bold move for Ottawa, which is the first Western government to cut off funding for UNWRA.
    Although UNWRA has long been a biased player in the Arab-Israeli conflict, it is seldom criticized for its incitement of anti-Israeli hatred and violence by Palestinians. It has funded textbooks that deny the right of Israel to exist and paid teachers who call on Palestinian children to push the Jewish state into the sea. It harbours radical Islamists and anti-Semites on its payroll and was even caught in 2004 using its own ambulances to ferry terrorists away from Israeli sites they had just attacked.
    But most politicians and journalists consider UNWRA to be sacrosanct. Too many swallow whole the agency’s assurances that it is not involved in promoting terrorism and anti-Israeli sentiments in the West Bank and Gaza. Criticism of it always elicits howls that UNWRA’s mission is only to care for four million refugees in 59 camps and promote peace and understanding in the region.
    Read more: http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=2480896#ixzz0dhAiD8YV

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  22. nadine says:

    What Bibi has actually said, POS, is that Abu Mazen has climbed up a eucalyptus tree, and anytime anyone offers hims a ladder to climb down, he climbs higher instead.
    Translation: no more Israeli freebies for nothing in return.

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  23. Don Bacon says:

    A NEW POLICY PAC
    “Peace in the Middle East is in America’s National Interest”
    America’s National Interest is profits, and there’s no profit in peace. I/P would’ve been settled years ago if peace were an objective. There will be no I/P resolve; it’s not in the interest of the US nor Israel.
    Let’s face it, I/P is an industry, and PACs are an integral part of that industry. No, thanks.

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  24. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Bibi: “It’s all ours, forever”
    The ultimate pre-condition.

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  25. Neo Controll says:

    Bibi: “It’s all ours, forever”
    I need a bath.

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  26. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “I have to ask what your real aim is here, Steve, because anybody who is not totally ignorant and naive understands that your means and your ends don’t match”
    On the contrary, Nadine, “anybody who is not totally ignorant and naive” knows you’re a racist propagandist, and is utterly and completely sick of your non-stop hasbarist bullshit.

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  27. nadine says:

    And what do the Palestinians do during all this? Sit with their hands out, saying, “gimme, gimme, we deserve, we deserve”? While they continue funding terrorists and kleptocrats? Don’t they have any responsibilities in the process?
    Or are they babies who need a nanny? Why do you talk about “establishment of a Palestinian state” as if it’s something to be done TO them, not BY them? Why isn’t there a working state already, with laws and courts and human rights and real elections? They’ve had ample opportunity and billions in aid; what they have done with it? You don’t even mention that Hamas and Fatah are mortal enemies and have resisted all efforts to reconcile them. The Egyptions think the Palestinians need to do something; why don’t you?
    Why aren’t you even pressuring Abu Mazen to return to the negotiating table? And why the hell should he, when YOU keep promising him that he will get everything for free anyway?
    If you ever get your withdrawal, Hamas will take over the West Bank and begin shooting missiles from there too. Why on earth should any sane person expect a different result?
    What will be your response then? “Oops, we tried”? or more likely “Israel is still to blame. They didn’t withdraw the right way.”
    Because it’s always Israel’s fault, by definition, as the only grown-ups in the room. At least that’s how you seem to think of it.
    I have to ask what your real aim is here, Steve, because anybody who is not totally ignorant and naive understands that your means and your ends don’t match.

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  28. PissedOffAmerican says:

    And speaking about “A swift end to the Gaza siege”; Read the piece titled “The Last Oranges”.
    http://ingaza.wordpress.com/

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  29. PissedOffAmerican says:

    As terrible and shameful as it may be, the truth is that contributing to an Arab-American Pac is a somewhat foreboding undertaking, in light of the Patriot Act, and our governments treatment of Muslim charitable organizations and their benefactors.

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