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Lars77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 05:44 AM
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Wilkerson on Congressional Reaction to Netanyahu
 
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JohnyCanuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 11:39 AM
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1. K & (most heartily) R
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spooked911 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 12:57 PM
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2. good conversation and I am still appalled at the congressional reaction
to Netanyahu
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Lars77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 06:10 PM
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3. Imagine the president of France criticising the US government in congress.
It's just absurd.

I bet AIPAC were watching very closely to identify anyone not standing up to clap. It reminds me of Stalin's purges. The first person to stop clapping were arrested.
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spooked911 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 08:12 PM
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4. I agree, it's disturbing and disgusting and frankly, just embarrassing
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JohnyCanuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-11 02:45 PM
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5. Rae Abileah, the Jewish-American peace activist who was arrested
after unfurling a banner and shouting out a protest during Netanyahu's speech explains to Amy Goodman at Democracy Now why she felt compelled to protest .

http://revolutionarypolitics.tv/video/viewVideo.php?video_id=15138
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JohnyCanuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-30-11 12:54 AM
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6. Franklin Lamb :Is the Arab Spring spreading to US Congressional staffs?
*How Netanyahu received his speech of a lifetime ovations*

SNIP

Two staffers who work with the House Foreign Affairs Committee and who know the issue of Palestine very well and also how AIPAC operates on the Hill explained to this observer how Netanyahus speech of a lifetime was organized by AIPAC.

Firstly, orders were issued that nothing was to be left to chance and they essentially succeeded, but for the protesting slogans shouted by Rae Abileah before AIPAC undercover security tackled her and she ended up in the hospital, groped, injured and under arrest.

Here is how Bibi got his spontaneous applause, one and then the other explained. AIPAC, as usual with visiting Israeli officials, edited his speech for most favorable local consumption. Marks were made at the end of intended applause lines for Bibi to highlight them verbally. Key Members such as Eric Cantor (R-VA), Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Harry Reid (D-NV) were designated as floor leaders and were seated in strategic locations in the Chamber. Once Bibi began his speech the floor leaders would leap up at the indicated cue phrases and begin to applaud enthusiastically. Quite naturally, others would follow either not wanting to appear impolite or to stand out and be noticed as not showing proper support for Israel and its Prime Minister.

SNIP

One aide, who supports his bosss moderately pro-Palestinian positions, defended his applause for Netanyahu with these words: Look, my guy could not just sit there and be conspicuous. Of course he resents being forced to fake support for Israels insane policies that he believes harms our country. Believe me*,* many Members feel like him and many Hill staffers are disgusted by what we see. But the guy needs to keep his job to work on other issues like protecting Medicare and stopping home foreclosures. Plus not many of our constituents probably even watched him grovel on TV so it was kind of a freebie for us. What would you have done?

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2011/05/franklin-lamb-is-the-arab-spring-spreading-to-us-congressional-staffs/
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