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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Transparency challenges some

US Zionists are worried:

"In the wake of the Jack Abramoff scandal, Jewish groups are closely watching plans to restrict lawmakers' lobbyist-sponsored travel, which could have a devastating impact on Israel trips that build support for the Jewish state in Congress.

"Rules proposed in Congress this month could place stringent restrictions on how lawmakers travel at the expense of lobbyists and the organizations connected to them. The most aggressive plans call for restrictions on paying for legislators' hotel rooms and airfares, which could prevent them from travelling across the country to speak to interest groups such as American Jewish organizations."

These Israeli trips change politician's mind about Israel's "right" to security - along with financial assistance - and Jewish groups are rightly concerned that new restrictions may change the dynamic in Washington.

The Jerusalem Post continues:

"One suggested rule, proposed by Rep. David Obey (D-Wisconsin), would forbid lobbyists from paying for or participating in trips by lawmakers, and would prevent trips sponsored by organizations that perform any lobbying activities. Many Jewish groups perform some lobbying activities and likely would be included in the ban, analysts said.

"'Any member can travel anywhere they want to go; they've just got to do it on their own dime,' said Ellis Brachman, an Obey spokesman."

Such rules would of course not just affect Zionist lobbyists, but any attempt to tighten loopholes should be applauded. Check out AIPAC's latest advertisement on the far-too-cosy relationship between politicians and the lobby.

In Australia, the Rambam Israel Fellowship Program takes journalists, politicians and their advisors to Israel (with a brief stop in Ramallah) in an attempt to convince individuals that Israeli governments decisions - from expanding settlements, imposing arbitrary checkpoints, construction of the wall etc - are vital for Israeli needs. Palestinian desires are secondary, at best.

The situation, however, may be starting to change. The Muslim population of Australia is growing strongly while the Jewish community is languishing. The numbers game suggest that politicians will soon be keen to appeal to a Muslim constituency and a less Israel-first agenda.

As in Israel, demography presents its own hackneyed solutions.

20 Comments:

Blogger Ibrahamav said...

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Tuesday, January 24, 2006 1:05:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

I love that logo they came up with. Just adorable?

There were what, 100 lawmakers who travelled to Israel last year? Hmmmmm

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 1:11:00 pm  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

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Tuesday, January 24, 2006 1:41:00 pm  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

The numbers game suggest that politicians will soon be keen to appeal to a Muslim constituency and a less Israel-first agenda.

Politicians like who? This clown? Or, perhaps closer to home, this one?

Seriously, though, what benefit can there be - beyond short-term vote-buying - to any Western pollie in promoting a pro-Islamic agenda? Criticise Israel legitimately, fine, but remember that their enemies are also our enemies, irrespective of that state's existence.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 2:08:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

amazing how that clown single handedly bitch slapped the republicna's on their own turf.

So vote buying for Israel is a good thing Shab? How much more help and aid should the US give Israel?

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 2:36:00 pm  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

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Tuesday, January 24, 2006 3:26:00 pm  
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Tuesday, January 24, 2006 3:27:00 pm  
Blogger Moodymann said...

Ibrahamav

Israeli's murder palestinian woman too. In fact if you want to play that game, the number of palestinians murdered by israelis is a lot higher then the other way round.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 3:45:00 pm  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Hahaha...how did Gorgeous George the Saddamite bitch-slap the GOP? That's pretty rich...why are you defending this guy who was so clearly on the take from Hussein?

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 4:27:00 pm  
Blogger Stev said...

'Clearly' Shab? The most recent report I've read has Galloway winning his libel case against the CSM, with the CSM admitting the set of documents on which its story was based were "almost certainly" fake.

Have there been more recent developments of which I am unaware?

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 5:00:00 pm  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Addamo, why do you stand up for this clown? From 2005:

The report by the US Senate investigation sub-committee alleging that George Galloway was allocated lucrative Iraqi oil contracts appears more serious than earlier accusations because for the first time the allegations are based on evidence given by senior members of Saddam Hussein's regime.

And that doesn't even go into his fake leukemia charity, or his general Lord Haw-Haw behaviour. Find someone else to barrack for besides this dimwitted dhimmi - this cheapens you.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 6:01:00 pm  
Blogger Melanie said...

stev, "Have there been more recent developments of which I am unaware?"

Yes quite a few developments and even his allies are distancing themselves as the evidence is become very credible indeed.
And then there was his speech in Damascus where he was practically gave the same speech as David Duke did on his Syrian tour.
Anyway I don't know if anyone will be able to look at him now without laughing after his ridiculous performance yesterday prancing around in tights:
http://thepoliticalteen.net/2006/01/23/gallowayintights/
Watch it and cringe.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 8:15:00 pm  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

"The situation, however, may be starting to change. The Muslim population of Australia is growing strongly while the Jewish community is languishing. The numbers game suggest that politicians will soon be keen to appeal to a Muslim constituency and a less Israel-first agenda."

It is starting to change. It'll be another generation yet, but it's a-comin'. Young Muslims are by-and-large 'aspirational'; they're entering universities, the professions, and thus the 'middle' class in the major population centres. They're also cottoning on to the fact that you don't need to BE a politician to influence policy; you know, power behind the throne and all that. The professional unions (lawyers and doctors) and business unions (BCA, etc.) are showing the way. Start quakin' violet and co.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 10:56:00 pm  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Seems all are worried about muslims taking over austrailia, and rather than be moral leaders, the Aussie parlament will cave in to islamic demands or face terror attacks?

Screwed up area AL lives in.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 12:03:00 am  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

Ibrahamav said...
"Seems all are worried about muslims taking over austrailia, and rather than be moral leaders, the Aussie parlament will cave in to islamic demands or face terror attacks?"

Yep, that's exactly how it is here, Ibby. It's absolute hell. Everyone spends every waking moment on their front porches blasting away with their shotguns at anyone who comes near. (Anyone who does come near is usually on fire due to the constant mass molotov cocktail riots that rage in every suburb and every street.)

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 1:57:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Yeah Shab,

Let's believe the senate shall we? The same monkeys who base their case almost entirely on the so called "testimony" of Tarak Aziz, who has been in custody at an undisclosed location for more than 2 years.

Of course, when Aziz later denied any such testimony, the Bushies said that the man could not be trusted. Another Republican own goal guys.

The Russians claim the evidence is fake, and it turns out that a whole bunch of Us companies were in fact on the take, either directly, or via shelf companies they set up in France. Another own goal.

Did you not see Galloway humiliate Coleman and his fellow gimps last year? it was awesome. And this latest round of BS is nothing but retribution for Gallowy consigning Coleman’s political career to the trash heap.

You clearly have it in for this guy, as you have for Chavez, but seriously, it seem completely irrational on your part. I am no fun of Galloway, but next o the scum in Washington, he is a saint.

Melanie, I could care less about Galloway prancing around in tights – at least the guy doesn’t take himself too seriously. But to align Galloway with Duke is like calling Chomsky a holocaust denier because such authors have used quotes from him. If Galloway was at a convention to support a Syrian cause along with Duke, would they not have the same thing to say? If you want to go down the guilt by association route, then let’s revisit the 2 degrees of separation issue between Bush and Mohammad Attah.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 2:03:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

So True Edward,

We Ozzies are just so jealous that we don't live in a coutry that practices domestic spying on church groups, that our laws are only catching up in terms of arbitrary detentinos, hasn't cottoned on to the joys of extraordinary renderition and torure, or that our politicians aren't more busy stuffing their wallets with money from the treasury.

That's the wa of life and values that make the US number 1. One day Eddie, one day.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 4:36:00 am  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

US is #1 for so many more reasons. But you'll never get it. You can only guess.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 6:30:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

No guessing that the country has a bill it will never be abel to pay thanks to the moron you elected.

Happy bankruptcy.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 9:25:00 am  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Of course it will be able to pay the bill. You're just jealous.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 4:19:00 pm  

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