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How is AIPAC shaping American politics?



On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the function and impact of AIPAC. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s conference began this weekend in Washington DC.

Every year, the conference draws US politicians from both parties, but this year, several Democratic presidential candidates are skipping the event. According to Senate and House records, AIPAC spends $3.5 million a year lobbying federal lawmakers. How has AIPAC changed over time and how is it shaping US foreign policy?


MJ Rosenberg, former AIPAC staffer and former Senate and House aide

Diana Buttu, attorney and policy adviser for Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network


Web Resources:

New York Times: Israel Lobby Convenes in Washington Amid Fraying Bipartisanship and Rising Tension

NBC: Several 2020 Democrats to skip AIPAC conference after call to boycott

The Nation: This Is How AIPAC Really Works


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.