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Dear AIPAC,Get a Life, and Stay Out of Mine

To AIPAC, my job is to represent it here in Israel. AIPAC has appointed itself my protection gang. It operates like the Mafia.

I hate AIPAC. That presumptuous, American so-called pro-Israel lobby does enormous damage to Israel. Its members are rich, influential Jews who live in America and have appointed themselves to represent my interests and to protect me. By what right? Their chutzpah is unimaginable.
Haim Saban, Hillary Clinton’s behind-the-scenes adviser on Israel, similarly appointed himself to protect me. He, like AIPAC, does this by means of his capital. If only I had enough money to be able to go to U.S. senators and tell them that I’ll double every contribution by AIPAC members to their campaigns, I’ll contribute twice as much, if it will keep them from listening to them. If only I had enough money to be able to go to Clinton and tell her that I’ll give her $2 for every dollar Saban gives her, as long as it will stop her from listening to him.
Because that’s the name of the game. Saban and AIPAC’s financial bullying makes it possible for them to live in the United States and to shape my and my children’s lives, here in Israel. They are responsible, no less than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel’s Jews are, for the continuation of the occupation, the settlements and the creation of the binational state. Netanyahu and the Israeli public have democratic rights. Netanyahu is the elected prime minister. The Israeli public elected him. Who elected AIPAC? Who elected Saban? Those Jews in America are literally ruining my life here.
AIPAC was behind the letter signed by 88 U.S. senators calling on President Barack Obama to veto any “one-sided” resolutions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that are passed by the UN Security Council during the remainder of his term. The reference is to a resolution demanding an end to the Israeli occupation and the settlements and calling for the establishment of a Palestinian state in the pre-1967 borders, alongside Israel. I’m longing for such a resolution in the Security Council. I live in Israel and am raising my children here and I have a moral right to long for such a resolution. But I can’t influence American presidents and senators. By what moral right does AIPAC act against such a resolution? Yesh Atid chairman MK Yair Lapid has a moral right to act against such a resolution. Happily for me, he has no influence on Capitol Hill. Unfortunately, AIPAC does. AIPAC, like Haim Saban, has no such moral right, but it does have influence. I am sure that if I tried to exert such influence on the most important decisions in the lives of AIPAC’s members, they would rise up against me. AIPAC deprives me of my right to make decisions about my life and to conduct it as I see fit. It weakens Israeli democracy because it is much more influential in Washington than Israel’s political opposition. AIPAC in effect uses violence against me. It imposes its interests on Schermata 2016 09 25 alle 15.18.54me from afar.
I’m invisible to AIPAC. It, and not I, decides what’s good for Israel. I will pay the price for AIPAC’s actions. From AIPAC’s perspective, my job is actually to represent it here. AIPAC doesn’t want to live in Israel. It prefers to live in the United States. So it has decided that I will represent it here, and in exchange it will “protect” me. That is, it will ruin my life. AIPAC has appointed itself my protection gang. It operates like the Mafia. AIPAC can go screw itself. Those words exactly. That verbal violence is nothing compared to its hostile, anti-democratic and illegitimate takeover of my life. Jews of America, get a life, and leave mine alone.

Rogel Alpher
Haaretz Columnist

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Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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