Tuesday, March 5, 2013

An AIPAC Story

Earlier this week I had the privilege of attending the AIPAC Policy Conference. Like last year, I found that the people who were attending to be friendly, kind, and of all races, ages, and genders. In other words, normal people and not the crosses between vampires and hobgoblins that people like MJ Rosenberg and the Huffington Post readership would have you believe.

Let me tell you just one quick story you won't find on Open Zion or 972 Magazine.

Right after the first plenary I attended a session about Israel-Palestinian peace (or lack thereof) with Aaron David Miller, David Matkovsky, and Ghaith al-Omari of the American Task Force for Palestine. All of them spoke candidly about the likelihood of peace, and they basically agreed that it wasn't likely any time soon.

Most notably, when Mr. al-Omari (a former member of the PA) spoke he criticized the Palestinian governments  sure. But he also criticized Israel for not being willing to take risks for peace.

Nobody interrupted him.

Nobody screamed at him.

Nobody tried to shout him down.

Nobody called him a war criminal.

He said what he wanted to say, and when he was finished there was polite applause for him. Now remember, this is AIPAC, which according to its haters is a level of evil somewhere between Nazi Germany and Hell itself. Yet even among all these 'racists' and 'radical Zionists' a member of a pro-Palestinian organization could share his opinion unmolested. There wasn't even any security in that room, because everyone knew that Mr. al-Omari didn't need any.

I never really considered myself much of an AIPAC supporter, and I've never give them money. But it's stories like this that reminds me why I have chosen the side that I have. Say what you will about Israel supporters, but they actually know what free speech is.

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