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AIPAC's Silence on "Munich" By: Debbie Schlussel
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, December 29, 2005

Why won't AIPAC--the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the self-styled pro-Israel lobby in America, take a stand against Steven Spielberg's new film Munich or even take any stand at all?

You would think a group that claims to be pro-Israel and also claims to be American would have two reasons to denounce this fictional movie that morally equivocates terrorists and victims and denounces the war on terror: 1) as Americans AND 2) as supporters of Israel. But you would be wrong.

AIPAC refuses to make a statement about Munich. It's an outrage that a group that markets itself, using a New York Times description of it as "The most important organization affecting America's relationship with Israel," won't condemn this movie, when even the government of Israel did denounce the film. AIPAC's silence on this is deafening and outrageous.


Read this exchange sent to me by a justifiably upset AIPAC member (whose name and e-mail have been removed to protect his identity):

Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2005 13:13:31 -0600

From: [Name and e-mail address redacted]

To: Debbie Schlussel

Subject: Silence on Munich form AIPAC


I just can't figure out how an org like AIPAC that claims to advance
Israel's interest in America stays silent on such a damaging movie (see below).

Any ideas?

[Name redacted]


From: Membership Membership@aipac.org
Date: Dec 28, 2005 12:57 PM
Subject: munich
To: [E-mail address redacted]

Mr. [Name redacted]

AIPAC is not issuing a statement on the movie.

Thank you


From: [Name and e-mail address redacted]

Posted At: Monday, December 26, 2005 10:35 AM

Posted To: AIPAC Update

Conversation: Munich

Subject: Munich

Dear AIPAC representative,

I would like to know if AIPAC will be issuing a statement about Steven
Spielberg's new movie, Munich, which deals with Israel's fight against terrorism.

Thank you in advance for your response.

[Name redacted]

For those of us who know the real AIPAC, we know that the group is dominated by liberals who want Israel to give every last inch for "peace" (piece of paper). AIPAC was behind the disastrous Oslo Accords, Wye Accords, Gaza pull-out, and, behind the scenes, a total pull-out from the West Bank (including suburban Jerusalem, and ultimately "East" Jerusalem. AIPAC supported a Palestinian state early on and actively joined lobbying forces with the lobbyist hired by Arafat's Palestinian Authority in meetings with Members of Congress. On college campuses, especially of late, left-wing AIPAC student groups at the University of Michigan, Duke, and Princeton, have repeatedly opposed other students who've opposed Islamic terrorism.

AIPAC really stands for the Appeasement forced on Israel (by left-wing American naifs) Public Affairs Committee. Those of us who know AIPAC know that it is actually no surprise at all that this organization won't come out against Spielberg's fiction equivocating terrorists and their victims and arguing against responding to terrorists. In fact, AIPAC's view is a lot closer to Spielberg's than it's membership realizes.

But any group of real Americans -- whether Americans supporting Israel, or just plain Americans -- who are truly against terrorism, wouldn't take even a New York second in pontificating over whether or not to make a statement against this film.

It would have come out against it immediately. Well, at least, Munich has done one good service associated with truth -- albeit too late. It has shown blind supporters of AIPAC, the organization's true colors.

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