Conference Program to Scrutinize the Israel Lobby on April 10 at the National Press Club

Mar 24, 2015, 10:36 ET from Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The April 10 conference "The Israel Lobby: Is It Good for the US? Is It Good for Israel?" at the National Press Club will present the following panels:

1.0 What Is the Israel Lobby and How Does It Work? 9:00 AM
Grant Smith: How big is the Lobby and what does it do? An overview of the 501(c) universe.
Seth Morrison: From the Jewish National Fund to Jewish Voice for Peace and BDS.
Jeffrey Blankfort: The ADL: Covert action, censure, and courting law-enforcement.

2.0 Are Critical Voices Silenced? 10:10 AM
Prof. Richard Falk: Weakening and discrediting the UN: The work of pro-Israel NGOs.
Dr. Alice Rothchild: Silencing voices that question Israeli actions.
Dr. Jack Shaheen: The use of cultural stereotypes to shape policy.

3.0 Is Freedom of Speech Encouraged on American Campuses? 11:35 AM
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh: Daring to speak out on campus.
Dima Khalidi: Pressures on universities to discipline and punish students and faculty for speech activities.
Ahmad Saadaldin: Overcoming obstacles: SJP successes.

4.0 Is the Lobby Good for Israel? 1:15 PM
Miko Peled: How the Lobby enables Israeli policy: Views of an Israeli in America.
Gideon Levy: Does unconditional support for Israel endanger Israeli voices?
Huwaida Arraf: The situation of Arab citizens of Israel: Views of an Arab citizen of Israel.

5.0 How Does the Lobby Influence Congress? 2:25 PM
Former AIPAC employee MJ Rosenberg: Is it all about the money?
Former Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV): My experience with the Israel Lobby; The use of dark money.
Former Rep. Paul Findley (R-IL): What I should have done, and what Congress can do today.

6.0 Is There an Iraq-Iran Continuum? 3:50 PM
Gareth Porter: The push for war on Iran.
Reza Marashi: The Iran nuclear deal.
Paul Pillar: AIPAC/Netanyahu objectives and the American interest.

Speaker biographies are available at

Current students and faculty, news media and Congress and federal government employees may apply online for a free conference pass. Members of the public may register online for the program and lunch for $75 at until April 9.  Same-day registration is available for $199 on a limited first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8AM on the 13th floor of the National Press Club. 

Conference organizers are the American Educational Trust, publisher of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy.

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SOURCE Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy