First it was J Street, the ADL, and the British Jewish leadership. Now it’s Jack Rosen of the American Jewish Congress. The Jewish people have been plagued by these anti-Jews since Moses went up Mount Sinai for the giving of the Torah to Israel and anti-Jews were below building a golden calf. These are not Jewish groups but anti-Jewish groups which, when they are not attacking Jews, are calling for a kristallnacht against the tiny Jewish state. If Rosen can support a vicious Jew-hater such as Imran Khan, he is implicitly joining him in wanting to alienate and cut Israel off from the rest of the world, and ultimately to destroy the Jewish state altogether.
“American Jewish group lobbies for Pakistan’s anti-Semitic, pro-Jihad PM,” by Yigal Carmon and Tufail Ahmad, MEMRI, via World Israel News, August 27, 2018 (thanks to Mark):
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While the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations may not have the authority to impose policy, it needs at the very least to firmly distance itself from such rogue activity.
Imran Khan, the cricketer-turned-politician who is now Pakistan’s prime minister, is in a win-win situation. To his Pakistani audiences, Khan blames “the Jewish lobby,” the Jews, America, and Israel for the many ills that bedevil Pakistan. This earns him the sympathy and support of Pakistani voters. At the same time, a member of that “Jewish lobby” that Khan singles out for attack is actually going to bat for him and advocating for US support for Pakistan.
“The Jewish lobby” is a blanket term used by Pakistani politicians, including Khan, who do not distinguish between Jews and Israel. Over the past decade and more, leaders in Pakistan have blamed the Jews for foisting Valentine’s and April Fool’s Days on Muslims; have dubbed the UN a Jewish conspiracy; have accused Jews and Israel of targeting Pakistan’s nuclear weapons; have called Facebook – and polio vaccination campaigns – Jewish conspiracies, and so on. Khan’s narrative is not exceptional in Pakistan’s public discourse.
Khan’s anti-Semitism and pro-Jihad statements
In 2011, Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party, began holding political rallies. In 2012, he was asked by Pakistan’s Aaj TV to explain why media coverage of his political activities had declined. Khan responded by saying that the Jews control the global media:
“The problem is that our [party] is facing two governments: the central government… and the provincial government in Punjab. They have massive funds for advertising [in compliant newspapers and TV channels]… Advertisements play a big part, and because of this, a small minority, the Jewish lobby… controls the global media.”
In a Dawn News TV interview, he explained the USUS agenda in Pakistan: “There is a very big lobby in America, and it’s a very powerful lobby, and that’s basically the Israeli lobby. It wants the Pakistani nuclear program rolled back. When they use the word ‘secure,’ it basically means a rollback [of Pakistan’s nuclear program]… And that lobby is very powerful. The one which is trying to get an attack launched against Iran – that same lobby is after the nuclear program of Pakistan, and it is the Israeli lobby.”
These are not isolated remarks by Khan. In August 2017, he blamed the US strategy for Afghanistan, which President Trump unveiled in August 2017, on “the Jewish lobby.” According to a Pakistani media report, Khan “slammed the [Pakistani] government and its policy makers, asking where they were when the Jewish and Indian lobbyists were busy influencing the US government in Washington and devising that strategy [that is] primarily aimed at denuclearizing Pakistan.”
Khan has accused the US of waging war not on terrorism, but on Islam, and has advocated jihad:
“Jihad is a very simple thing. When I wage a war for my freedom, it is jihad. It’s a verse of the Koran; it’s straight [and] clear. [When] one fights for his freedom, it’s jihad. Those who are fighting in Afghanistan against foreign occupation, it’s jihad.”
AJCongress president defends Khan and Pakistan
Enter Jack Rosen, president of the American Jewish Congress (AJCongress), which is a member organization of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. When Khan refers to “the Jewish lobby,” he means organizations such as these.
In late July 2018, Rosen published an article titled “Pakistan Deserves US Support,” and also circulated it via email. In the article, he stated: “Khan’s strong words against terrorism in the region align with US interests. Pakistan can be a valuable partner in the fight against terrorism and serves as a critical juncture in our efforts in Afghanistan.” Really? Khan has said the very opposite.
Rosen writes that Khan should receive more US funds. But Khan has said: “Say ‘no’ to [American] aid. We do not want this aid. It is destroying our country.”
He added: “[If Pakistan] is perceived to be a stooge of America – taking dollars to be a hired gun for the Americans – then all we are doing is fanning extremism, and this is a never-ending war which will destroy Pakistan.”
Rosen does not explain the basis for his convictions and fails to mention Pakistan’s role in helping the Taliban and in the killing of US soldiers in Afghanistan. He writes: “To say that Pakistan is not at the front lines of the fight against violent extremism is patently absurd… [There are] some in Washington who would deny Pakistan the tools it needs – in terms of military hardware, financial support, and political encouragement – to bring terrorists to heel.”…
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