ali abunimah will dig a lot deeper than glenn greenwald

Exposing Israeli interference in Pindostan
Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, Mar 25 March 2019

After more than two years of media hype and hyperventilation, Robert Mueller’s investigation has finally concluded that there was no collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia to subvert the 2016 election. There is however plenty of evidence of foreign interference and collusion in Pindo politics, except it is being ignored by establishment media and politicians because the state doing it is not Russia, but Israel. Last Friday, I spoke in Washington at the Israel Lobby & Pindo Policy Conference 2019 about al-Jazeera’s undercover documentary into the activities of the Israel lobby in Pindostan. The film was made during 2016 and completed in 2017, but then it was suppressed after Qatar, al-Jazeera’s sponsor, came under intense pressure from that same lobby. However this effort at censorship failed. EI was the first to publish details of the film in March last year. In August, we were the first to publish video excerpts, and finally in November we published all four episodes of the film online for anyone to watch.

I began my talk, which like the rest of the conference was carried live nationally on C-SPAN, by asking the audience in the room of more than 300 how many had watched the al-Jazeera film in whole or in part. I estimated that about a quarter put up their hands. That’s a great start, but it shows that many more people still need to see this bombshell documentary exposing the efforts of Israel and its lobbyists to spy on, smear and intimidate Pindo citizens who support Palestinian human rights, especially the BDS movement. It also shows that Israel’s semi-covert black-ops government agency, the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, is operating this effort in collusion with an extensive network of Pindostan-based organizations that had not registered as foreign agents as the law requires. In contrast to the scant evidence of Russian “election interference” activities on Facebook, the al-Jazeera film reveals a major effort by The Israel Project to run a covert pro-Israel influence campaign on the social network. Yet despite Facebook’s aggressive censorship of alternative media that challenges Pindo government narratives, the corporation has apparently given its blessing to the deceptive use of its platform for pro-Israel propaganda.

As I explained in my talk at the conference, the documentary also reveals how pro-Israel supporters raise vast amounts of cash to support US election candidates who back Israel’s agenda, and the film suggests some of their methods skirt campaign finance laws. In the context of the mosque massacres by a white supremacist in Christchurch NZ earlier this month, and concern about growing anti-Semitism, I also talked about how Israel is a force today promoting and inspiring Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy and extremism that is destabilizing the world. In the video above, you can watch my talk at the conference making the case for why everyone should watch the al-Jazeera film. You can also watch episodes 1 & 2, and episodes 3 & 4 of the film itself on EI. To see more of the presentations from the conference, visit WRMEA’s YouTube channel. WRMEA & IRMEP organized the conference.

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