13. Music for “Which Side are You On, Kirk?”

Video by The Committee for a Just
Peace in Israel and Palestine [CJPIP]

Music arrangement and production:
Michael Levin

Victor Sanders, Lakeside Media

Al Day


On the web: 

Rosenberg, MJ. “Mark Kirk Is AIPAC's Million Dollar Baby,” Huffington Post, February 3, 2010.

Rosenberg, MJ. “Senate Hopeful Mark Kirk Well Compensated for Fighting for Mideast Status Quo,” Media Matters, February 3, 2010. (Excerpt: “Congressman Mark Kirk, who just won the Republican primary for Barak Obama's old seat in the senate, is a huge favorite of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee….His friendship with AIPAC has paid off royally. Since 2000, Kirk has received $1,025,437 from the so-called “pro-Israel” PACs, making him #7 out of the 20 top recipients. The remarkable thing is that, of the 10, Kirk is the only house member. The rest are senators…”)

Barrows-Friedman, Nora. “Activists target Illinois Senator Mark Kirk as extremist supporter of lethal Israeli policies,Electronic Intifada, August 18, 2011.

Horowitz, Adam. “Chicago-area activists ask, 'Which side are you on Kirk?” Mondoweiss, August 18, 2011.

Robbins, Anne. “Saving Illinois from Senator Kirk,” Mondoweiss, May 25, 2012. [For a response from Israeli activist Adam Keller (May 6, 2012) to Senator Kirk's introduction of a bill to change the definition of “Palestinian refugee” and make it apply only to people who were personally uprooted in 1948, see “Who is a Palestinian Refugee? And who is a Jewish refugee? And what should the US Senate do about it?”]

Kane, Alex. “Israel lobby’s favorite senator tries to erase Palestinian refugee status for millions,” Mondoweiss, May 26, 2012.

Robbins, Anne. “A look at who is running Mark Kirk's office in his absence,” Mondoweiss, June 2, 2012. (Excerpt: “Mark Kirk's recent legislation seeking to cut the number of recognized Palestinian refugees has brought new attention to the senator's track record….Senator Kirk suffered a very serious stroke in January and has not made a public appearance since…..To understand where this legislation is coming from it's helpful to look at who's running the shop in Kirk's absence.”)

Ravid, Barak. “Israeli MK, AIPAC behind Senate bid to cut total number of Palestinian refugees,” Ha'aretz, June 12, 2012. (Excerpt: “What is not common knowledge in the Beltway is that the Kirk Amendment got its start in the Jerusalem office of MK Einay Wilf [Atzmaut]. who toiled for months, together with AIPAC lobbyists and Kirk's staff, to promote the change.”)

Moor, Ahmad. “Israeli Knesset member seeds anti-Palestinian legislation in Congress,” Mondoweiss, June 13, 2012. (Excerpt: “There's a galling story up on the Ha'aretz website. It's about how an Israeli Knesset member seeded anti-Palestinian legislation in Congress. If true, the revelation raises serious - uncomfortable - questions about Congressional independence and allegiance to a foreign state”)

Rosenberg, MJ. “Right-Wingers in Israel and U.S. Struggle Against Concept of Palestinian Refugee,” Huffington Post, June 13, 2012 [Excerpt: “The U.S. has every right to know if it is being ripped off. However, that was not the real intention of Kirk or the people who devised the amendment for him -- an Israeli Knesset member and two lobbyists here who work on behalf of right-wing Israeli causes. Here is the real story, again from Ha’aretz …” }

Weiss, Philip. “Israelis are helping write US laws, fund US campaigns, craft US war policy,” Mondoweiss, June 30, 2012. (Excerpt: “In summary: a senator who suffered crippling neurological damage received legislation from an Israeli politician by way of AIPAC before he slipped it into a US bill that eventually became law. The she boasted about it.”)

Moor, Ahmad. “How the Israel lobby erodes US sovereignty,” The Nation, July 1, 2012. (Excerpt: “So, to summarise again: Israelis are helping write US laws, funding US campaigns, and helping craft US war-making policy.”)

Robbins, Annie. “Sen. Kirk aide said to be point-man in campaign against Hagel,” Mondoweiss, January 11, 2013. (Excerpt: “Illinois Senator Mark Kirk's chief of staff has his hands full. Richard Goldberg is said to be manning the unofficial headquarters of the campaign to knock out Chuck Hagel as the next secretary of Defense. Kirk has been a huge beneficiary of Israel lobby donations, and while the leading lobby group AIPAC is reportedly staying out of the Hagel fight, night flowers bloom in the dark (as a former AIPAC aide once bragged), and who better at the helm than Kirk aide Goldberg …”)

Kane, Alex. “Israel advocates with past ties to AIPAC are all over the smear Hagel campaign,” Mondoweiss, January 14, 2013.

Clifton, Eli and Ali Gharib. “Exclusive: GOP senator unloads in private call; In private call, Mark Kirk personally attacks Obama officials and U.S. diplomats willing to halt new Iran sanctions,” Salon, November 21, 2013. (“On the call, Kirk gave a frank account of his cooperation with the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee to ram new sanctions through the Senate.”)

Lobe, Jim. “The Mystery of Mark Kirk’s Motivations,” LobeLog: Foreign Policy, November 21, 2013. (Excerpt: “Just as people used to call my former senator, Henry “Scoop” Jackson “the senator from Boeing,” so it seems that Kirk has made himself the senator from AIPAC.”)

Davison, Derek. “Mark Kirk's Priorities,” and that's the way it was [blog], August 9, 2014. (Excerpt: “So just to be clear, if your company wants to dodge US taxes, Mark Kirk is right there with you. If your company wants to express its opposition to Israel’s illegal, destructive, and counterproductive occupation of Palestinian land, then Mark Kirk apparently wants to do everything in his power to stop you.”)

WTAX.com “U.S. Senator Kirk: Palestine Not Ready For Statehood,” January 4, 2015. (Excerpt: “U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk says there can’t be a separate Palestinian state because the Palestinians are still divided between two separate governments.” // However, also see Crain's Chicago Business. “Sen. Kirk wants U.S. aid cut off to Palestine,” June 2, 2014. Excerpt: “U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., is urging the Obama administration to cut off U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority, which just announced the formation of a “unity” government that includes Hamas.”) 

Brinker, Luke. “GOP Sen. Mark Kirk comes unhinged over Iran agreement, name-checks Hitler: The Republican goes full wingnut after framework for an historic nuclear deal is announced,” Salon, April 2, 2015.

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