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Press Release: APN Reveals Irving Moskowitz Assault on U.S. Security Aid to Israel
by Americans for Peace Now
Originally published 29 October 1999
in general release

Press Release
For Immediate Release
October 29, 1999
Contact: Lewis Roth
(202) 728-1893

National Office
1835 K Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20006

Washington, D.C. -- Americans for Peace Now (APN) today revealed that Dr. Irving Moskowitz is working to undermine U.S. security aid for Israel. A Moskowitz-developed web site, called Our Jerusalem, has posted two "Action for Israel" alerts asking his supporters to call their Members of Congress in opposition to Wye implementation funding, including $1.2 billion in security aid for Israel. Moskowitz has also funded two of the hard-line American Jewish groups that are actively fighting the Wye appropriations package. APN's mission is to enhance Israel's security through the peace process and to support the Israeli Peace Now movement.

"Dr. Irving Moskowitz continues to find creative ways to try to perpetuate conflict in the Middle East," said Debra DeLee, President and CEO of Americans for Peace Now. "It's bad enough that he has bankrolled the development of controversial Jewish housing in an Arab neighborhood of East Jerusalem. Now he's openly campaigning against $1.2 billion in American security aid that the U.S. has pledged to Israel as part of the peace process. Congress should respond by placing Israeli security above Moskowitz's misguided ideology and provide full funding for Wye implementation as soon as possible."

An Our Jerusalem "Action for Israel" alert posted on October 28th states, "As a Member of Congress, the primary consideration on how to vote on Wye funding must be what is in the best interest of the United States of America, and not what is in the best interest of Israel. By that sole criterion, voting for Wye funding in any amount is a cardinal sin -- Clinton's present foreign policy on Wye is against America's own self-interest. No Senator or Congressman can, in good conscience, vote the huge amount of the funds necessary to implement Wye" -- Readers are encouraged to reach their Members of Congress through the Capitol switchboard. A similar message was posted to the Our Jerusalem site on October 5th. It contained a statement from Herbert Zweibon, Chairman of Americans For a Safe Israel (AFSI), asking readers to call their Congressmen to oppose the Wye aid package.

Our Jerusalem is described as a site developed by Dr. Irving Moskowitz to provide "the news uncensored and from Jerusalem -- about American Zionism, Jewish Extremism, also about the Zionism Racism charge against Israel." Moskowitz's biography on the site refers to him as "a veteran Jewish activist and philanthropist who has served as a leader of many major Jewish organizations." He is best known for building Jewish housing at Ras al-Amud in East Jerusalem. According to federal tax forms filed for the Irving I. Moskowitz Foundation, Moskowitz donated $25,000 to AFSI and $50,000 to the Zionist Organization of America (another hard-line Jewish group opposing Wye aid) in 1997.

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