I occasionally get my hopes up with Medea Benjamin and her Code Pink friends. Wishing and hoping that they are not just another controlled opposition group designed to make us think we actually have a chance. Once again, they disappoint.
Their 'Move Over AIPAC' anti-Israel "series of protests against Israeli policy and its support by AIPAC planned in May to coincide with the AIPAC conference in the U.S. capital and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech there" with Helen Thomas as the keynote speaker seemed like a good idea. Sure to stir up some much needed discussions and give Helen a forum to once again speak her mind.
Not to be. Too many jewish 'activists' in Code Pink and the pressure to appease a few members of the tribe overrides putting on a real show of force against the illegal foreign lobby. Helen is real and that doesn't sit well with those afraid of losing some meal money.
She was too nice about bowing out of the event.
I can understand why she said this but I'm also disappointed that she didn't put up more of a fight. James Abouezk explains that it most likely wasn't her decision."I am delighted that people are coming together for this gathering and I want to make sure that the focus stays on AIPAC and U.S. policy, not me."
The presence of Helen Thomas as the keynote speaker may have forced the hand of the mainstream media to cover at least her part in 'Move Over AIPAC' and as it's often said "there's no bad publicity," especially since the anti-semitic canard is so tired and worn out. Now it will probably be a total ignore, a blackout.Helen was first invited to the anti-AIPAC meeting, then was ceremoniously “disinvited” on grounds, she was told, that she would be a “distraction.” First of all, it is difficult to imagine how someone with similar views, such as Helen Thomas’s, would distract anyone from the presumed message of the anti-AIPAC group which would, we imagine, recite the political evils of AIPAC. Without a more clear explanation, which was not provided to Helen when she was disinvited, we can only assume that the political cleansing operation started by Abe Foxman and his Anti-Defamation League, is ongoing, even using the platform erected by the stated enemies of AIPAC.The clear intent of Israel’s apologists is to make the Helen Thomases of the world disappear, along with their views opposing what Israel is doing to those under its occupation.
Yep, Helen is a threat to AIPAC. Code Pink is not. They pulled a 'Goldstone,' and you know what ... I'm not surprised.