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U.S. Anti-Israel Activity  
Manufacturing the Next Big Lie: The “Israel Lobby,” Jews & Iran RULE Academia

Posted: November 11, 2008


Introduction
Academia
Former Government Officials
Anti-Israel Movement
A Convergence of the Antiwar and Anti-Israel Movements
The U.S. Presidential Elections and Iran

Several respected academics have sought to pass off this theory about an all-powerful “Israel lobby” as an intellectual analysis of U.S. foreign policy and the “real” explanation for the heightened tension between the U.S. and Iran.

 

The most recognized example of this can be found in the book The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, by professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt. Since its release in September 2007, the book has received widespread attention and a warm reception in some academic circles. Many in the far left antiwar and anti-Israel movements pointed to the book as a substantiation of the “Israel lobby’s” far-reaching control and dominance of U.S. foreign policy. With regard to Iran, Walt and Mearsheimer’s conclusions are simple: “In short, if Israel and the lobby were not pressing this case, there would be little serious discussion inside or outside the Beltway about attacking Iran” and the “United States would almost certainly have a different and more effective Iran policy.”

 

Several other professors have followed up on the allegations made in The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy and have accused the “Israel lobby” of being responsible for pressuring the U.S. to adopt a hostile stance towards Iran. For example, George Bisharat, a professor at University of California, Hastings College of Law, wrote an editorial in the Houston Chronicle in June 2008, titled “Where’s Healthy Debate on U.S. Policy toward Israel?”  In the piece, Bisharat cautioned that although “AIPAC agitates for a confrontational stance against Iran,” American politicians should not display “knee-jerk support for extreme Israeli positions” and should stop “uncritically” supporting Israel’s policies and  that are both “self-destructive” to Israel and hazardous to U.S. interests in the Middle East.

 

Similarly, Hamid Dabashi, a professor of Iranian Studies at Columbia University, wrote an article warning against the “Israel lobby,” which appeared on the online publication of the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram in February 2007. In the article, Dabashi stated: 

 

The practice of anti-war activism throughout the world has hitherto been a periodic and scattered mobilization against one war or other that the U.S./Israel has launched -- very much chasing after the evolving military designs of the neo- conservatives in the U.S., and the reinvigorated Zionists in Israel, and simply reacting to their proactive acts of global terrorism. As we are waiting for the Iran war to happen (or not to happen), it is now perhaps time to step back and take stock of what this transcontinental axis of global terrorism -- the United States of America and the Jewish state of Israel -- is up to and thus rethink the civic manners of opposing and resisting it.





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