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Response to oberliner (Reply #32)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 12:23 AM

33. You seem to have a problem with the phrase "the Jewish lobby"

There is something of a "Palestine lobby" in the US, although of course it is rather low-rent compared to AIPAC and the like. I would say that probably the most important group in the Palestine lobby is the American Task Force on Palestine (the ATFP), and after that probably the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (the ADC). There is also James Zogby's Arab American Institute.

The groups that make up the Palestine lobby are essentially Arab, although just like the Israel lobby there are certain largely white Christian groups that tend to sympathise with them.

As such, I have no problems with referring to those groups collectively as "the Arab lobby" although I suppose it risks being confused with the registered foreign lobbyists that work on behalf of Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Still, it is probably as good a name as any, particularly when you consider that the ADC and other Arab-American groups are not solely confined to the Israel-Palestine issue.

I suppose what I am saying is that if you can refer to the Armenian groups as "the Armenian lobby" and to Cuban groups as "the Cuban lobby" and to Arab groups as "the Arab lobby" then I cannot understand your plenary objection to using the phrase "the Jewish lobby".

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