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.
By: Yigal Carmon and Tufail Ahmad/MEMRI
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…..