National Press Club

Israel Lobby & American Policy Conference 2019

Israel Lobby & American Policy Conference 2019

March 22, 2019 8:00 AM

Location: Ballroom

The March 22 all-day "Israel Lobby & American Policy Conference 2019" at the National Press Club in Washington, DC will feature the following “Ideas Fair” participating organizations:
American Muslims for Palestine, Americans for Middle East Understanding, Arab America, Consortium News, Defense for Children International, Eyewitness Palestine, Institute for Palestine Studies-USA, Jerusalem Fund, Just World Educational, Middle East Books & More, Mondoweiss, Museum of the Palestinian People, Playgrounds for Palestine, Students for Justice in Palestine, United Palestinian Appeal and Virginia Coalition for Human Rights

The conference program schedule will feature the following:

8:00 AM Registration and Middle East Books & More.
9:00 AM Dale Sprusansky: Conference Organizer Welcoming Remarks.
9:05 AM Delinda Hanley: Why Talking about the Israel Lobby Matters.
9:15 AM Walter Hixson: Israel's Armor: The Israel Lobby and the First Generation of the Palestine Conflict.
10:00 AM Ali Abunimah: What does a Censored Undercover News Investigation Reveal about the Israel Lobby in America?
10:45 AM Ideas Fair - Morning Break - Ali Abunimah book signing.
11:25 AM Grant F. Smith: U.S. Foreign Aid and the Israeli Nuclear Weapons Program.
12:00 PM James North: How The New York Times Rigs News on Israel Palestine.
12:30 PM Lunch - Ideas Fair.
1:15 PM Keynote: Susan Abulhawa: Israel: More than Apartheid.
2:00 PM Panel: Fighting against Illegal Settlements and for Free Speech.

Martin F. McMahon: The Legal Battle for Justice Against Israeli Settlers and their American Financiers.
Saqib Ali: Why I’m Suing Maryland to Protect my Constitutional Right to Boycott Israel.

2:45 PM Ideas Fair - Afternoon break - Susan Abulhawa book signing.
3:30 PM Brad Parker: What Lessons can Activists Take Away from the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act?
4:00 PM Panel: The Virginia Coalition for Human Rights (VCHR).

Paul Noursi: What is the VCHR?
James Metz: Why VCHR is Taking on the Virginia Israel Advisory Board.
Kathy Drinkard: How the VCHR is Preventing Israel Affinity Organizations from Politicizing K-12 Textbooks.

4:50 PM Closing Remarks - Delinda Hanley and Grant F. Smith.

5:00-7:00 PM Networking Reception.

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News media may apply for press credentials at

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Ticketholders can attend the program and ideas fair, receive a box lunch and an invitation to a post-conference reception!

#IsraelLobbyCon is solely sponsored by the American Educational Trust, publisher of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep).