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Virginia Rejects Israel's Energix CdTe Solar Farm Panels
Is First Solar the next Solyndra? 10/18/2022

...On September 27, 2022, the Caroline County Virginia board of supervisors shot down Energix’s application for a permit to build a 12 megawatt solar utility on agricultural land. Although Energix representatives repeatedly insisted they “could” recycle panels under a confidential master services agreement with First Solar, the board of supervisors noted that Energix was simultaneously saying in other Virginia projects, such as Caden Energix Hickory LLC in Chesapeake, that partially degraded panels could instead be sold off to purchasers on Ebay.

Virginia’s Louisa and Caroline counties require periodic water and soil testing at CdTe sites while four other Virginia counties now forbid CdTe panels.


Parikhit Sinha, Director of Sustainable Development at First Solar, in 2019 publicly testified that First Solar could recycle its CdTe panels at a cost of $10 to $15 per unit although there is no independent confirmation of his claim. First Solar’s 2022 Sustainability Report reveals that the company is not yet capable of separating and refining out CdTe and must outsource the complex chemical breakdown process to third parties.

First Solar has not responded to multiple secondary market purchaser requests for recycling sent to the “” email address listed on the back of its panels. It is highly likely that secondary owners of used panels will simply rip off the “non-household waste” labels affixed to the rear of the panels and dump the panels in the nearest landfill. This looming and unaccounted for e-waste bill, like Solyndra’s comparative cost issue, could be First Solar’s fatal comparative disadvantage... Read more at

Final Episode of the "How Israel Made AIPAC" podcast series!

A declassified 1961 Senate Foreign Relations Committee memo finally reveals the original reason for ever investigating the Israel lobby. In 1954, Israel launched the Operation Susannah false flag terrorist attacks on U.S. facilities in Egypt aimed at scuttling the return of the Suez Canal to Eqypt. But the Israeli terrorists were caught and prosecuted, leading to a diplomatic crisis with the U.S.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee feared that Israel and its U.S. operatives could launch future violent attacks to influence American policy. Pinhas Lavon, the Israeli Minister of Defense blamed for the failed terror operation, became a board member of the Jewish Agency, the same Israeli government funded entity that funded AIPAC's startup lobbying and public relations campaigns in the U.S.

Details from declassified FBI files released in 2012 reveal AIPAC founder Isaiah Kenen's early interactions with the Mossad, which led the FBI to conclude he was more involved in a massive covert operation for Israel's government than simply public relations and lobbying.

The FBI report frankly categorized Kenen’s exchanges as examples of “efforts being made by the Israelis to change the policies of the United States State Department.” It is the conclusion of this podcast that AIPAC is the expansion and continuation of this Israeli foreign influence operation.


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Mentioned: IRmep's lawsuit against the National Archives.

Podcast Series: How Israel Made AIPAC


ParallaxParallax Views: How Israel Made AIPAC with Grant F. Smith - 8/11/2022

On this edition of Parallax Views, the Institute for Research: Middle East Policy's Grant F. Smith returns to discuss his new podcast documentary series How Israel Made AIPAC. Grant takes through the history of AIPAC, often simply referred to as the Israel lobby, from its earliest days vis-a-vis the figure of lobbyist Isaiah L. Kenen. Grant gives an overview about the origins of AIPAC and issues related to Israel in the 20th century including the Transfer Agreement and the Third Reich, Haganah arms smuggling, NUMEC and how Israel acquired nuclear weapons, the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), the U.S. State Department, Ze'ev "Vladimir" Jabotinsky and the Likud Party, and more. We'll also discuss the importance of this documentary series to current events and U.S. foreign policy today as well as the ways in which previous Presidents like the Pendergast Machine-affiliated Harry Truman could be compromised by private or foreign interests.

KPFAWhy learn AIPAC's history now? - 8/10/2022

Grant F. Smith interview with Kris Welch on KPFA's "Talkies" radio show about the new podcast series "How Israel Made AIPAC."

shsGrant F. Smith on Isaiah Kennen and how the Israeli Government formed AIPAC - 8/5/2022

Scott talked with author Grant F. Smith about his new podcast detailing the founding of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC. They also discuss how AIPAC has recently been getting more involved in U.S. elections. While some have framed this as an attempt for the ‘politically conservative’ organization to target progressive candidates, Smith argues politics has little to do with it. All that matters to AIPAC is the degree to which any given candidate supports sending money to Israel.

IPAHow Israel made AIPAC
Institute for Public Accuracy - 8/2/2022

The Intercept reports on the American Israel Public Affairs Committee: “AIPAC Defeats Andy Levin, Most Progressive Jewish Representative.” Last month, The American Prospect reported: “AIPAC Has Taken Over the Democratic Primary Process” and Richard Silverstein at Tikun Olam broke down the numbers: “AIPAC Astroturf Groups Plow $30-Million into Defeating Progressive Democrats” including Donna EdwardsJessica Cisneros and Nina Turner.


Smith is director of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy which has just released a podcast series: “How Israel Made AIPAC.”

Grant notes a key finding: “In 1962, AIPAC was the lobbying and foreign propaganda division of an umbrella group (the American Zionist Council) that triggered the Department of Justice order to AZC to register as an Israeli foreign agent. The Justice Department kept this fact secret until 2008. It has never since tried to enforce the order.” While many have claimed that U.S. policy has been somehow unduly influenced by the Chinese or Russian governments, Smith, the author of Big Israel: How Israel’s Lobby moves America has highlighted that the biggest destination for Congressional junkets is Israel.

The new 13-part podcast beigins: “AIPAC has recently established its own political action committees. AIPAC is using tens of millions of dollars of PAC money to knock off candidates for office it believes won’t be sufficiently deferential to the government of Israel. There is a lot of current analysis about this in social and even legacy news media. Most of it has one thing in common: no history about how, when or why AIPAC came into existence. What exactly is AIPAC and where does it come from?”

Smith examines a series of questions including: “Why is AIPAC circumspect about its origin story? How has AIPAC largely written its founder, Isaiah L. Kenen, out of that history?
“What was the Israel Office of Information and AIPAC founder Isaiah L. Kenen’s role at IOI? How long did Kenen stay in the employ of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs? What propaganda information did IOI omit in its FARA [Foreign Agents Registration Act] filings? How did Kenen, chafing under FARA, maintain an active lobbying campaign in the U.S. Congress for foreign aid while still operating as an employee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs? …

“How does AIPAC history inform us about foreign influence on U.S. political campaigns and American Middle East policy today?”

Grant concludes: “The Justice Department effort to regulate under FARA was serious, but fizzled out. AIPAC should still be seen as a creation of Israel, no matter what its current funding flows and framing.”

Grant’s research draws from Freedom of Information Act filings he pursued for years as well as end-of-life writings by the people involved in the creation and attempted regulation of AIPAC.

Smith is also author of America’s Defense Line: The Justice Department’s Battle to Register the Israel Lobby as Agents of a Foreign Government.

WASHINGTON_JOURNALAmericans don't support congressional junkets to Israel


IRmep_notext The Secret History of AIPAC:
AIPAC founder Isaiah L. Kenen stops registering as an Israeli foreign agent, after agreeing with Israel's government to set up an "American" lobby


IRmep_notext John Mearsheimer: The Israel lobby can finesse Israeli assassinations - 5/12/2022


As the Midterms Approach, AIPAC Throws Its Weight – and Money – Around Washington - 5/10/2022
Institute for Curriculum Services: How an Israel lobby group infiltrated US education - 5/4/2022



RICHMOND, VIRGINIA — In 2018, the Virginia Coalition for Human Rights (VCHR) successfully stopped the state from adopting textbook edits made by the Institute for Curriculum Services (ICS), a pro-Israel “educational” institution.

The ICS promotes itself as improving the accuracy of K-12 instruction on Judaism and Jewish history in the United States. Yet, backed by the Israel lobby, its strategy appears more in line with advocating a Zionist narrative than enhancing education.

Today, ICS boasts that it has helped better public education in all 50 states and impacted 11 million students across the country. With this in mind, MintPress News uncovered how ICS is twisting the truth about Israel in U.S. schools.

In January 2018, Virginia activist Jeanne Trabulsi attended a Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) webinar featuring ICS. During the event, ICS Director Aliza Craimer Elias spoke about the nonprofit’s activity, specifically how it works with Jewish Community Relations Councils (JCRCs) to send revision requests to textbook review committees.

Following the webcast, the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep) sent a request to Virginia’s Department of Education, under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, for all documents submitted by ICS, JCPA and JCRCs. IRmep found that ICS-proposed edits were sent to the Virginia Department of Education on behalf of the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond and the JCRCs of Greater Washington, Richmond, and Tidewater. More

IRmep_notext AIPAC Super Pac launders donor identities to influence Democratic campaigns in service to Israel - 5/2/2022


First quarter AIPAC Super PAC contributors fall into three categories: Likely stalwarts who laundered their identities through the PAC to avoid accountability, Haim Saban's checkbook, and a mishmash of sub-$500k donors concentrated in real estate and finance sectors.

Haim Saban donated $13 million to Brookings to establish the "Saban Center for Middle East policy" in 2002. This allowed its director, Martin Indyk, to present the "centrist" case for the US invasion of Iraq. Indyk argued Saddam "failed to come clean on WMD." That influence operation, having served its purpose, has since been rolled up.

Although there are some publicly disclosed donors listed who typically only give to Republicans in the data, such as those tied to Edward C. Levy CO, the identities of many more have likely been laundered through AIPAC for good reason.

That is because having a lot of mostly Republican donors working to influence mainly Democratic races would have "bad optics." So, the "AIPAC SEGREGATED INVESTMENT FUND" and Haim Saban's wallet will likely continue to be major categories.

However, AIPAC entering the Super PAC field must also be seen as a desperate move. Other Israel front groups like “Democratic Majority for Israel” (DMFI) were already in that space. AIPAC's annual policy conference was its key program. But the vast, highly choreographed citizen lobbying operation has been canceled for two years running and won't likely happen in 2023.

AIPAC, which was set up with foreign money by a former employee of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was ordered to register as an Israeli foreign agent in 1962. AIPAC apparently feels it has to do something to remain relevant to donors and better serve its foreign principals.

But AIPAC is mostly steering away from mentioning Israel in any of its operations against Democratic Party candidates. That is probably because its pollsters and opposition research contractors (which received $114K in 1Q) are likely saying Israel is not a strong sell. As predicted in a WRMEA - IRmep webinar in December, the primary purpose of AIPAC's political action committee operations is to allow donors who mostly give to Republicans to play pivitol roles in Democratic Party races.


wrmeaanewlogo Ukraine Conflict Appears to Heighten American Awareness of Palestinian Right to Resist - IRmep poll at WREA - 04/11/2022

Palestinians have suffered military invasions and land grabs over decades, and like Ukrainian territory under Russian occupation, Palestinian territories are being occupied by Israel. One surge occurred when Israel launched the 1967 Six-Day War, occupying the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and Syria's Golan Heights...

Despite the lack of historical polling data, Ukraine appears to have heighted American awareness about the Palestinian right to resist. This month, American awareness of a Palestinian moral and legal right to resist Israeli occupation is 40.1 percent. Those unaware of such a right were 45.6 percent. Persons aged 25-34 had the highest awareness (46.5 percent). Regionally, awareness was greatest in the Northeast (45.1 percent).  More at WRMEA

WASHINGTON_JOURNALUkraine highlights lack of war crime expert attention paid to George W. Bush
April 3, 2022


ILCTranscending the Israel lobby at Home and Abroad
Rush video 3/4/2022


Experts teach Americans how to transcend Israel and its lobby's harmful agenda in March - 2/9/2022

Experts teach Americans how to transcend Israel and its lobby's harmful agenda in March

The "Transcending the Israel Lobby at Home & Abroad" conference will take place at the National Press Club. The Gala Speakers fundraising dinner begins at 6:30 PM on March 3. The all-day conference and networking reception is on March 4 in the ballroom. In-person and Zoom tickets are available through Eventbrite.

IsraelLobbyCon is solely sponsored by the American Educational Trust, publisher of the
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep).

Legendary rock musician Roger Waters will reveal the positive impact of artist boycotts on Israel and how to educate fans.

CAIR deputy executive director and attorney Edward Ahmed Mitchell addresses how American groups working for human rights can take measures against joint Israel/lobby espionage and infiltration operations.

Haaretz columnist and “dean” of Israeli journalism Gideon Levy will explore the nature of democracy and human rights in Israel.

Senior staff attorney at Palestine Legal Radhika Sainath will assess the Israel lobby's ongoing attacks on freedom of speech across the U.S. and successful legal challenges.

Maysoon Zayid,  American actress, disability advocate and comedian of Palestinian descent, entertains at the March 3 Gala Speakers Dinner.

Palestinian educator, former legislator and spokeswoman Hanan Ashrawi outlines what, if any, policies have changed since the Trump administration and new hope for Palestine's future.

CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou discusses Israel's negative, disproportionate and widespread influence on the U.S. national security state.

Media expert Sut Jhally analyzes whether American news organizations are getting better or worse in the quality, balance and accuracy of their Middle East reporting.

VCHR coordinator Jeanne Trabulsi discusses how grassroots Virginians have opposed textbook manipulation and have exposed an Israeli human rights violator attempting to win undue corporate subsidies and concessions from the commonwealth.

VCHR co-president Paul Noursi discusses successful strategies used to preserve the First Amendment in Virginia and the current battle against the commonwealth’s anti-boycott bill (HB 1161).

Reverend Don Wagner provides insight into the widespread influence of Christian Zionism and growing backlash inside American churches.

For information, visit Tickets for the March 3 Gala Speakers fundraising dinner and the March 4 conference are available at Eventbrite. Tell your state or federal  representative to request a free ticket. Students may apply for free admission and travel stipends. News media can now apply for credentials.

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AIPAC Goes PAC and SuperPAC to Cover its Tracks as it Targets Progressives - 1/12/2022


WASHINGTON – The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the leading organization of the Israel lobby in the United States, launched two political action committees (PACs) last month in a move largely seen as an attempt to retain control amid a political climate becoming increasingly more critical of Israel.

AIPAC’s decision stirred Palestine-Israel experts across the nation. In a webinar on the subject from the Washington Report of Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), Grant F. Smith – director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy – outlined why AIPAC established these PACs now.

“Better coordination via a new PAC directly run by AIPAC will mean electing more U.S. politicians who will advance Israel’s interests from within the U.S. government,” Smith said in the webinar. “That’s the game plan.”

AIPAC is aiming to keep elected officials in line, Smith postulated. “Increasing numbers of members of Congress are opposing AIPAC and Israeli government initiatives in Congress, and to AIPAC that just isn’t acceptable.” According to Smith, AIPAC may fear losing political relevancy to other pro-Israel groups like the Democratic Majority for Israel (DMFI), as well as wanting more pro-Israel politiicans in Congress to counter the wave of criticism coming from progressive Democrats.

In its PAC announcement, AIPAC emphasized bipartisanship would be key when distributing donations. But Smith identified a political strategy meant to mislead the public. From his analysis, AIPAC may use the traditional PAC to present a false narrative of progressive, grassroots Democratic support for Israel. Read more

shsGrant F. Smith on Israel’s Evolving Strategy to Sway American Politics - 1/3/2022

Scott is joined by Grant F. Smith to talk about the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) new strategy for reaching U.S. politicians. AIPAC has largely operated as a lobbying group on behalf of the State of Israel. But, as Smith explains, they are now working to set up a network of Political Action Committees. This will give them more freedom to fund candidates they like, and support the opponents of candidates they don’t. Scott and Smith give possible reasons for the evolving methods. 





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