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Media Mum as Congress Readies Largest Foreign Military Aid Package in US History

The “aid” package gives $38 billion to Israel over the next ten years, which amounts to $7,230 per minute, or $120 per second, and equals about $23,000 for each Jewish Israeli family of four.

By Alison Weir. Published 11-29-2018 by MintPress News

President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel at the United Nations General Assembly. Photo: White House

In an astounding case of media negligence, U.S. news media are failing to tell Americans that Congress is about to enact legislation for the largest military aid package to a foreign country in U.S. history.

This aid package would likely be of interest to Americans, many of whom are cutting back their own personal spending.

The package gives $38 billion to Israel over the next ten years, which amounts to $7,230 per minute to Israel, or $120 per second, and equals about $23,000 for each Jewish Israeli family of four. A stack of 38 billion one-dollar bills would reach ten times higher than the International Space Station as it orbits the earth. Continue reading

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If Trump’s Racism Shocks You, So Too Should AIPAC’s

By Samantha Brotman. Published 3-21-2016 by Common Dreams

Reuven Rivlin, president of Israel, meeting senior managers of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), January 14 2015. Photo: Mark Nayman, Government Press Office, Israel - מארק ניימן, לע"מ [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Reuven Rivlin, president of Israel, meeting senior managers of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), January 14 2015. Photo: Mark Nayman, Government Press Office, Israel – מארק ניימן, לע”מ [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The 2016 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference is currently underway in Washington, DC. The conference is no small affair; as is the case every year, there is a star-studded speakers list. This year, nearly all of the American presidential candidates are scheduled to speak, each no doubt hoping to convince conference goers that they love Israel more than their competitors in the presidential race.

All of this would be business as usual were it not for the controversy stirred up by Donald Trump’s participation in the conference. Many Jewish and non-Jewish groups and individuals plan to protest Trump at AIPAC this week because he does not reflect their values. Trump’s flagrantly racist statements and violent and exclusionary rhetoric are deeply troubling to many across the political spectrum. But it is important to note that AIPAC inviting Trump is not an aberration, it is in line with AIPAC’s mission to support Israel regardless of how illegal and repressive its policies are. Continue reading

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