Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Israeli Lobby Archive

Sent: Friday, October 17, 2008 6:26 AM
Subject: IRmep Launches the "Israel Lobby Archive"

The Israel Lobby Archive is an independent research unit
located at The Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy
in Washington DC. The Archive collects and publishes
declassified documents about the Israel lobby, many
obtained through Freedom of Information Act filings with
law enforcement and intelligence agencies
and IRmep directed declassification processes.

The Archive also serves as a repository for records that
briefly enter the pubic domain through court actions or
investigative journalism only to vanish into obscurity
for lack of sustained mainstream press coverage.

The Archive is dedicated to preserving and contextualizing
historical records about the Israel lobby's operations
in the US, bypassing media filters and educating
concerned Americans, students and researchers through
enhanced direct access to both recent and older primary
source material.

Initial documents now available for public download include:

*Israel's Secret US Public Relations Plan*

In the early 1960's, Israel funneled more than $5 million
into US propaganda and lobbying operations. The funding,
equivalent to more than $35 million in today's dollars, was
laundered from the quasi governmental Jewish Agency into
an Israel lobby umbrella group, the American Zionist Council.
The two page master plan was subpoenaed by the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee and entered into hearing records
on the activities of foreign agents in the United States. The
many vestiges of this plan can be seen in US media today.

*AIPAC Forming and Directing Political Action Committee
Candidate Donations*

In 1988, internal memos reveal the American Israel Public
Affairs Committee establishing Political Action Committees
(PACs) to direct donations to preferred candidates in
violation of its tax-exempt nonprofit status.

*AIPAC Founder Ordered to Re-register as a Foreign Agent*

DOJ asks AIPAC founder Isaiah L. Kenen to re-register as
a foreign agent of the Israeli government even if he leaves the
Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs to lobby in the private sector.
Declassified and released under FOIA on March 13, 2008.

*The Senate Foreign Relations Committee Investigates Israel*

In 1962 the Senate Foreign Relations Committee investigated
the Jewish Agency and the American Zionist Council. Their
funding flows from Israel as well as lobbying and public
relations campaigns in the United States were explored
during sworn testimony on May 23, and August 1, 1963.

The complete Senate record of over 1,000 pages of documents
and testimony is presented for the very first time
on the Internet.

*DOJ Orders Israel Lobby Umbrella to Register as Foreign Agents*

In 1962 the US Department of Justice ordered the American
Zionist Council to register as foreign agents. This umbrella
organization to Hadassah and the Zionist Organization of
America was receiving millions in funds from the Jewish
Agency for public relations and lobbying in the United States.

*AIPAC executives and DOD employee Indicted*

AIPAC director of Foreign Policy Steven Rosen, AIPAC Senior
Middle East Analyst Keith Weissman and Colonel Lawrence
Franklin are indicted under the 1917 Espionage Act for covert
efforts to influence US Iran policy.

The Israel Lobby Archive may now be accessed at:

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