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Settlements, Jerusalem, the Security Barrier,
the Right of Return, and more

  
Israel: Image & Critics
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The Occupation
   Taking Control of Land
   Dispossession, Exploitation
   Splitting the West Bank
   Restriction of Movement
      Checkpoints, Closed Rds

   Imposition of Siege
   Beatings & Abuse
   Detainees
   Home Demolitions
   Destruction of olive trees
   Medical Care
   Water Crisis


The Settlements
   
The Settlements, p2
   Settlers' Violence
   Settlers' Violence, p2


The Separation Wall
The Israel Lobby is one of the most powerful and successful special interest groups in the United States. It began its activities many decades ago and played a significant role in the creation of the state of Israel. 

It consists of a multitude of institutions, many of them extremely well-funded, that work to influence Congress, the Presidency, academia, the media, religious institutions, and the American public on behalf of Israel. Included in the Lobby are millions of Christian Zionists in the US, as well as numerous influential individuals.

On this page: Watch an eye-opening documentary (50 minutes) from Dutch public television about "The Israel Lobby."  Narration by Dutch commentator has English subtitles, but the majority of the video consists of interviews in English with prominent American leaders and scholars, including Richard Perle, a key member of the Bush Administration, professors and authors Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, Colin Powell's chief of staff, and several more.

A good introduction to understand why the overwhelming majority of the US Congress and Presidential administrations from either party always align themselves with the policies and wishes of Israel, regardless of the ramifications for US interests in the world, or the cost, financial and otherwise, to the American people.

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For a different point of view about Israel among some in the American Jewish community:
Open Letter Productions presents a trailer for an upcoming film "Some of My Best Friends Are Zionists."