More Korean American Antisemitism
2% Jews hold the strings of America
In America the Jews are displaying an influence in politics, finance, law, the press, etc. through their extensive [social] networks. George Bush listening attentively to a speech at the 100th anniversary ceremony for the American Jewish Council at the National Building Museum in Washington on May 4th of last year. Picture by Donga Ilbo.
Plenty of prominent figures . . . 40% in Lawfirms, Ivy League Professors
Pro-Israel Lobbying Groups have super-strong power . . . “Run counter to American national interests” and even resist [America].
‘What country gets the most aid from America?’
It’s not an African nation. The answer is Israel. Even now America provides aid to Israel averaging $3 billion every year. America has provided $100 billion in aid to Israel since its establishment.
There are many experts who discuss the strength of Jewish Americans and the reason that America is so warm towards Israel.
There are figures that indicate that Jews in America number between 5.3 million and 7 million, but it is estimated that there are 6 million. That’s 2% of America’s population. But it appears in general that they have 10 times the influence on American society.
- The power of the Jewish lobby
March 10-12 of this year, The Washington Convention Center in the heart of Washington DC. The 5000 people making up the leading class of Jewish America have gathered. They are here for the annual general meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the pro-Israel lobbying group.
Those in attendance at this general meeting give a good overview of the group. The leaders of both parties belivered keynote speeches. Dick Cheney and Nancy Pelosi in their capacity as speakers spoke about the ‘special relationship’ and continued support for Israel.
It is revealed on AIPAC’s website that half of the senators and a third of the members of the House were in attendance at the general meeting.
The last day of the meeting, March 12, was ‘Lobby Day’. When the event is over, AIPAC members are to go to congress en masse and meet their local representatives. Most of the congress is empty today, with congressmen meeting the Jewish Americans from their constituency.
Head of the New York-New Jersey Voters Association Kim Dong-Suk, who attended the event, said it feels like all of Washington has come to the Washington Convention Center.
The Jews’ power in America as felt in daily life as well. For example, in New York and northern New Jersey as well as other areas where lots of Jews live, public schools are closed on Jewish holidays.
During the 12 days of the Jewish holiday of Hannukah all the top department stores in downtown New York have ‘Hannukah Sales’, and there are ads printed in the New York Times for Hannukah sales.
- Over 20% of Ivy League undergraduates are Jewish
The reason that Jews in America have so much influence that they can put together this kind of event is that Jews have networks spread throughout the political, finance, law, education and press sectors. If you want to count the figures like Alan Greenspan, head of the Federal Reserve Bank, Robert Rubin, Treasury Secretary and other Jewish people in leadership positions, there are so many you’ll never count them all.
Of the top 50 American corporations 17 were formed by Jews or are currently run by Jews, and statistics state that 40% of the lawyers at famous law firms in New York and Washington are Jewish.
In academia, Jewish power is extremely strong. It is well established that 30%-40% of Ivy League professors are Jewish. The percentage of Nobel Prize winners that are Jewish is also very high.
In the percentage of students that go on to famous universities, Jews also figure prominently. According to Jewish college student organization Hillel, in 2003 Jewish students made up 29.6% at Harvard, 26.7% at Yale, 10.6% at Princeton, and 23.6% for all Ivy League schools. That’s ten times their proportion of the population.
- Jewish power, there are adversities too
But even as Jewish power is playing a role in America, there are adverse effects too. The most representative of these problems is the direction of Middle Eastern policy.
For example every year the UN General Assembly passes a resolution criticizing Israel’s Greater Palestine policy. Most of the UN opposes it but America continues to unilaterally stand on the side of Israel.
Min Byeong-Gap, Professor at Queens College in New York, analyzes it thusly. “American evangelical Christians strengthen the pro-Israel lobby and Jewish power in America is getting stronger.”
In American politics the Jewish lobby’s power is recognized by everyone but there are still few instances of people saying so publicly. This is because the slightest provocation is branded with the label of ‘antisemitism’.
But Steven Walt, professor at the graduate school of public administration at Harvard, and University of Chicago professor John Mearsheimer stated last year in their book ‘The Israel Lobby and American Foreign Policy’ “The pro-Israel lobby’s effect on America’s administration can be in the national interest or a liability”
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The table above describes the percentage of Jewish students in the Ivy League schools (From top: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Dartmouth, Brown, Cornell, UPenn, and the average).