Zionist Lobbies are Important

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Chris Harman is shockingly wrong to argue that "talk of an Israel lobby lets capitalism off the hook" (May SR).

Racist lobbies do exist, and to resist them effectively we must be free to discuss their power. The Socialist Workers Party has a history of resisting racism and should not be intimidated out of this struggle.

The Zionist lobby is one of the most powerful, and most racist, interest groups in the world.

Robert Fisk is right when he argues, on the CounterPunch website, that John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt should be commended for causing one of the most extraordinary political storms over the Middle East in recent US history. They stated what is obvious to many non-Americans, namely that the US has been willing to set aside its own security, and those of many of its allies, in order to advance the interests of Israel - despite the fact that Israel is a liability in the "war on terror".

The biggest Israeli lobby group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, is an agent of a foreign government. Yet it has such a stranglehold on the US Congress that US policy towards Israel is never even debated there.

Roger Cox
Secretary of Tyne Palestine Solidarity Campaign (personal capacity)