They Dare to Speak out: People and Institutions Confront Israel's Lobby

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The first book to speak out against the pervasive influence of the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on American politics, policy, and institutions resonates today as never before. With careful documentation and specific case histories, former congressman Paul Findley demonstrates how the Israel lobby helps to shape important aspects of U.S. foreign policy and influences congressional, senatorial, and even presidential elections. Described are the undue influence AIPAC exerts in the Senate and the...

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Overview

The first book to speak out against the pervasive influence of the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on American politics, policy, and institutions resonates today as never before. With careful documentation and specific case histories, former congressman Paul Findley demonstrates how the Israel lobby helps to shape important aspects of U.S. foreign policy and influences congressional, senatorial, and even presidential elections. Described are the undue influence AIPAC exerts in the Senate and the House and the pressure AIPAC brings to bear on university professors and journalists who seem too sympathetic to Arab and Islamic states and too critical of Israel and its policies. Along with many longtime outspoken critics, new voices speaking out include former President Jimmy Carter, U.S. Representative Cynthia McKinney, Senator Robert Byrd, prominent Arab-American Dr. Ziad Asali, Rabbi Michael Lerner, and journalist Charles Reese. In addition, the lack of open debate among politicians with regard to the U.S. policy in the Middle East is lamented, and AIPAC is blamed in part for this censorship. Connections are drawn between America’s unconditional support of Israel and the raging anti-American passions around the world—and ultimately the tragic events of 9/11. This replaces 1556520735.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556524820
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Edition description: Third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 783,658
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Findley was a congressman from 1961 to 1983, representing the state of Illinois and serving as a senior member of the House Middle East Committee. He is the author of Silent No More: Confronting America's False Images of Islam, Deliberate Deceptions: Facing the Facts About the U.S.-Israeli Relationship, and Abraham Lincoln: The Crucible of Congress. He lives in Jacksonville, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
1 Rescue and Involvement 1
2 King of the Hill 27
3 Stilling the Still, Small Voices 51
4 The Deliberative Body Fails to Deliberate 81
5 The Lobby and the Oval Office 117
6 Penetrating the Defenses at Defense and State 147
7 The Assault on Assault 187
8 Subverting Academic Freedom 209
9 Paving the Way for the Messiah 249
10 Not All Jews Toe the Line 281
11 Scattering the Seeds of Catastrophe 313
12 What Price Israel? 349
Acknowledgments 375
Notes 379
Index 395
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2008

    This book is an eye opener. It should be read by all Americans.

    This book is an eye opener. It came highly recommended. It should be read by all Americans!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2003

    It takes daring to read this!

    Written by a former congressman, this book is a massive compendium detailing the enormous influence of the Israeli Lobby in the USA. Released for a third time with an update all the way to the turn of the millennium, this is definitely the authoritative study of the working of American politics, and the ease with each the US political system can be manipulated by another country. I have only read the second edition, and actually am seriously considering getting the third just to see what Findley has added to the book - it's been almost a decade and a half since the second edition, so this update is long overdue. The book is very well-written, and very engaging as the picture unfolds like a detective story, chapter by chapter. The issues discussed are very relevant, examining the influence of a foreign country in every aspect of American life: in Congress and the White House, in the press, in the universities and churches, and throughout America. It reads like a who's who in politics and society, with quotations and interviews with everyone of relevance, even including many prominent American Jews who dare to speak out against the Israeli lobby and reject having to toe the lobby line. From the start, the author makes a sharp distinction between being pro-Israel (as he defines himself) and being 'pro-Israel-right-or-wrong', as 'They Dare to Speak Out' appears to categorize the Zionist lobby. It is definitely an influential book and highly recommended reading. In all fairness, I did not give it 5 stars for one reason: the book left me quite depressed about the state of affairs of this nation, and I didn't like the impression it inadvertently paints of an all-powerful lobby. For one thing, as 'They Dare to Speak Out' points out repeatedly, a large part of the Lobby's influence is psychological, yet the whole book tends to reinforce that 'almighty lobby' image, which means the book is self-defeating, in a way. Perhaps the 3rd edition did something about it. In any case, if you haven't read any of the earlier editions, it is worth to just buy it and take a look. You might feel overwhelmed, but you will learn a lot of important things, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2002

    They Dare to Speak out: People and Institutions Confront Israel's Lobby

    FIND OUT WHY WE ARE PAYING A LOT OF TAX, A MUST TO READ FOR ALL AMERICAN.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2002

    They cannot speak out

    It's just about time for the American people to say no to lobbies that have directed the American policy in directions that many times contradict with the best interest of the American populace. Mr. Findley lost his reelection to the Senate, because he said no the Jewish lobby. Would others sacrifice like he did? I doubt it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2003

    One sided book

    I read this book out of curiosity. As soon as I finished 30 pages, I knew that this book will be one sided (blame Israel and its lobby for everything). The author writes that Israel gets 1/3 of the aid that USA provides to other countries. However, he does not mention that Israel gets as much money as Egypt does. Now, according to last polls, 78% of people in Israel think of the USA as 'friend' while 13% do so in Egypt. The author tells us what a nice guy Arafat is. Common, this guy is the biggest criminal of all. He is the one who invented policy of targeting airlines, ships and civilians. Also, author mentions the refugee camps in Lebanon and conditions in those camps (page 72). However, he does not mention that Arab countries spend close to 6-8 billion dollars a year to help fight Israel (in term of help provided to PLO, HAMAS,Islamic Jihad and HEzbollah), and that those money could easily be used in Lebanon to make the living of Palestinian refugees better. Author also writes that we should maintain the equal relationship with Arab and Israel. Why should we? Do these countries have democracies similar to our (as Israel does). Does Government of these countries help us fight terrorism? (as Israel does). Saudi Arabia started help us a little bit but only after the act of terrorism occurred on its soil and aginst its citizen. However, before that the did not a damn about act of terrorism against people from non-Muslim countries. The funniest thing to read for me was about the Jew who lives in Syria (this when author mentioned how unfair Syria is treated by our Government). He said that Jews have a nice living in Syria and the Israel is 'Zionist aggressor'. The reason why I found it so funny because I lived in USSR and I know what would happen to me if I was asked the same question and I would say that life is bad and Israel is a nice country. I would be thrown in jail right away. Also, when I came to this country, I met Jews refugees from Syria in emigration center. These people were rich in Syria, but they came without money to the USA because as Jews they were not allowed to sell their property or take money the earned with them. As far as I remember they were only allowed to take $300 or $400 per person. Talk about nice treatment of Jews in Syria. Anyway, I agree that there is powerful Israel lobby in the USA. However, I found it very insulting to our President, officials and all American people when somebody says that this lobby dictates the policy of the USA Government in Middle East. When person says something like that, he/she implies that our officials and people who elect them have no brains and can't decide what is best for America. Common, everybody knows that USA Government does what it wants and it gets what it wants. One example is when CIA and officials in USA Government were having close contacts with terrorist Red Prince (Salammah) who was responsible for massacre of Israeli athletes in Munich in 1972. This person had numerous meetings with high-ranking officials in Washington after 1972. If Israel lobby was so strong (according to author), why did it allow such contacts to take place and did not make big fuss about it in the media?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2001

    mike

    This is agreat book to read, It is worth a lot more than its price. it opens your mind to our forein policy, and prooves that alot of our senators and reps. are puppets for 'certain lobbies'. They dared to speak out do you dare to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2001

    A rare account for an honest person.

    If you are looking for an unbiased opinion on the issue of Islam and the Middle East, then you have to read this book. I am also upset to know that the Israeli lobby is using my tax money to further their inhumane cause. It is about time that somebody stands up against them and promotes love and peace. We should all dare to speak out too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2000

    Eye opening!

    A must for anyone who wants to know the truth about what and who is really shaping the United State's foreign policy.

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