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Josh Ruebner | Blog to End the Occupation

The neo-con rag Commentary had an especially tendentious post on its blog Contentions on Friday proving for themselves beyond a shadow of doubt that there exists a grand conspiracy between Marxism, anti-Semitism, the Occupy movement, and the US Campaign to “sabotage or at least overshadow the AIPAC event,” by organizing Occupy AIPAC.

Let’s leave aside for the moment the hypocrisy of a magazine formerly dominated by Communists (who then found the light in shucking for American imperialism) engaging in McCarthyite red baiting.  Um, dudes, the 1950s was like so last century.

I can’t figure out if this blog post is the result of sloppy journalism, or a hatchet job, or most likely a combination of the two.  First off, they give us credit for organizing Occupy AIPAC.  Thanks for the publicity, but we’re actually just one of more than 100 organizations endorsing the event and promoting it.  (As we mentioned in our email last week, we’ll also be doing workshops and organizing a Congressional Hill briefing for it.)

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Ending Military Aid to Israel, a Workshop with Josh Ruebner

Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, will present a workshop on how to organize to challenge U.S. military aid to Israel. The workshop will cover background information on U.S. military aid to Israel, the budget process for military aid and ways to influence it, laws governing military aid and how to use them to advocate to end aid to Israel, and ways to get involved with the US Campaign’s organizing efforts to end aid to Israel, along with demonstrations of its interactive websites–http://www.aidtoisrael.org and http://www.weaponstoisrael.org–that support this campaign.

When: Monday, March 5, 12:00-1:00pm
Where: Busboys and Poets on 5th&K

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CODEPINK Files Complaint with Congressional Ethics Committee Against AIPAC-Funded Junkets to Israel

Calls for end to loophole that allows front group to act as conduit for Lobby trips

The peace group CODEPINK has filed a formal complaint with the Congressional Ethics Committee, calling for an investigation of the junkets to Israel paid for by the powerful Israel lobby AIPAC but channeled through their educational front group, The American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF). This summer recess, a staggering 81 Congresspeople—one out of five members—are participating in these trips.

According to the House Ethics Rules, Congress is prohibited from participating in any multiple-day trip that is planned, organized, requested, or arranged by a lobbyist. AIPAC skirts the law by funneling the trips through AIEF.

According to the latest publicly available tax returns, in 2009 AIEF did not even have paid staff, relying on AIPAC employees to do its work. AIPAC contributed more than $3.2 million of employee salaries to cover the staff costs of AIEF in 2009. In other words, a 501(c)(4) organization with registered lobbyists is paying for the staff of a 501(c)(3) organization to run congressional delegations that cannot legally be funded by an organization that employs registered lobbyists.

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