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ISRAEL'S INFLUENCE:
Good or Bad for America?

Washington, DC - March 18, 2016 at the National Press Club

"America is a thing that you can move very easily..." Binyamin Netanyahu, 2001

News Updates

03/30/2016 A Speech That Would Have Made Waves At AIPAC – OpEd

Even less reported, but arguably most important, was a presentation a few days earlier in Washington, DC by Lawrence Wilkerson, a former US Army Colonel and chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell. In his speech at the Israel’s Influence: Good or Bad for America? conference in Washington, DC, Wilkerson challenged the contention that there is any foreign policy or national security benefit whatsoever from unwavering US support for Israel. Indeed, Wilkerson convincingly argues that such support creates danger for America. More

03/23/2016 Alternet: Haaretz Columnist—Americans "Are supporting the first signs of fascism in Israel"

Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy talks to journalist Max Blumenthal about how the Israeli occupation has poisoned not only the region but much of the world, and how BDS might be the last standing hope to dismantle it. More

03/23/2016 Tikkun Daily: Gideon Levy on Israel's Influence on America

In his keynote address to the March 18 “Israel’s Influence: Good or Bad for America?” conference, Israeli journalist Gideon Levy described where he would take, and what he would say to, a U.S. congressional delegation to Israel.

He would take them, Levy said, to meet the Abu Khoussa family in Gaza, whose 6-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son were killed in an Israeli missile strike on their home. He would tell them about 16-year-old American Mahmoud Saalan of Tampa, Florida, who had been shot dead at a military checkpoint by Israeli soldiers, allegedly for carrying a knife. And, Levy said, he would also take the American legislators to Hebron, because “I never met an honest human being who had been to Hebron and didn’t come back after a few hours in shock.” More

03/22/2016 The Real News: Gideon Levy: Americans "Are Supporting the First Signs of Fascism in Israel"

Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy talks to journalist Max Blumenthal about how the Israeli occupation has poisoned not only the region but much of the world, and how BDS might be the last standing hope to dismantle it. More

03/21/2016 CDN: AIPAC's influence harmful to the U.S. and Israel

Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump have all made the pilgrimage to address AIPAC, but should they? More

03/20/2016 The Real News: Defying AIPAC

Journalist and author Max Blumenthal speaks to leading dissenters of the right wing Israel lobby days before AIPAC's annual summit. More

03/21/2016 Salon: "Israel is occupation-addicted": Israeli journalist Gideon Levy blasts U.S. support for "apartheid" & rise of fascism

The renowned Israeli journalist joined a host of experts at the 2016 Israel's Influence conference in D.C. More

03/21/2016 Antiwar.com: What's up with the Ides of March?

Speaking of Israel and the 2016 presidential election: that was the subject of my talk at a recent conference on “Israel’s Influence: Good or Bad for America?” It was quite an experience speaking to an audience made up of many Muslims, leftists, and others not inclined to contemplate my contrarian view – which is that Donald Trump’s promise to be “evenhanded” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the most reasonable position of anyone in the race. Yet, as you can see below, the response was much more favorable than I thought it would be. More

03/19/2016 Haaretz: AIPAC is destroying Israel, not safeguarding it

AIPAC corrupted Israel, teaching it that everything is permissible: The day AIPAC weakens, Israel will grow stronger, forced to stand on its own two feet and be more moral. More.

03/19/2016 BE: Washington Report Conference Asks “Israel’s Influence: Good or Bad for America?” at National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

In its third year, the annual conference “Israel’s Influence: Good or Bad for America?” presented by the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. opens a unique forum for activists, academics, former government leaders, NGOs, and journalists to engage in a fearless, open conversation about the Israel Lobby, AIPAC, and its unconditional, unquestioned influence on U.S. foreign policy regarding Israel and Palestine, and impacting the security and stability of countries across the Middle East. More

03/19/2016 Antiwar.com: Conference Video: Israel's Influence: Good or Bad for America?

“Israel’s Influence: Good or Bad for America?” was the theme of a daylong conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on March 18, 2016. More

03/18/2016 Washington Post: U.S. policy toward Israel called harmful to both countries at conference

U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East was criticized as being unfairly tilted toward Israel, to the detriment of both countries, at a conference Friday examining whether pro-Israel lobbying groups have an undue influence on Congress and government agencies. More

03/18/2016 C-SPAN2: Israel's Influence in the U.S.

Israel's Influence in the U.S. Panelists talked about Israel’s influence in the U.S., including on members of Congress and the U.S. media. More

03/03/2016 PRNewswire: Panels & topics announced for “Israel’s Influence: Good or Bad for America?” conference

WASHINGTON, MARCH 3, 2016—Organizers of the March 18 conference “Israel’s Influence: Good or Bad for America?” are pleased to announce the following panel topics and keynote addresses More

02/03/2016 PRNewswire: Top Experts Analyze Israel’s Influence on America March 18 at the National Press Club

WASHINGTON, FEBRUARY 3, 2016-- The March 18 all-day conference “Israel’s Influence: Good or Bad for America? at the National Press Club will feature the following experts: More

12/16/2015 PRNewswire: Keynote speakers announced for “Israel’s Influence: Good or Bad for America?” conference

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ Rula Jebreal is an award-winning journalist, author, and foreign policy analyst. Her first novel, Miral, sold two million copies and was made into a major motion picture. She frequently appears on CNN, HBO and Bloomberg News, and has contributed op-eds to The New York Times, the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, Newsweek, The Nation, and San Jose Mercury News. Jebreal has anchored multiple television shows in both Italy and Egypt, and reports extensively from across the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S., frequently challenging Islamophobic rhetoric and media on coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Jebreal will be discussing why lumping all Muslims into one monolithic, extremist-linked bracket is actually a victory for ISIS, as well as how and why the media abrogates its responsibility to cover all sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Gideon Levy is a journalist for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, and is widely considered the “dean” of Israeli journalism. His columns about politics, money, how Israel's military occupation is changing Israeli society and about U.S.-Israel relations are widely read and discussed around the world. Video of Levy’s presentation at last year’s conference has gone viral and received over 200,000 views. Levy will outline what politicians, members of Congress and media elites visiting Israel should know about the situation on the ground—as opposed to what hundreds are told on junkets organized by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). More

11/09/2015 PRNewswire: “Israel’s Influence on America” conference March 18 at the National Press Club

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- “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. More

 

 
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