Remembering Paul Findley and Yasser Arafat

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Former Rep. Paul Findley (R-IL) speaking on “How to tame lobbies like AIPAC,” Apr 10, 2015. (photo: National Press Club)

A tribute to Paul Findley on the 13th anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s death.

By James Wall / wallwritings.me / Nov 14, 2017


Findley was that rare member of the U.S. Congress who ignored memos from foreign governments. He understood the danger of allowing the state of Israel to control American foreign policy in the Middle East.


On the day Yasser Arafat died, Nov 9, 2004, former Illinois Republican Congressman Paul Findley wrote an article to describe the relationship he had with the Palestinian leader.

Paul Findley knew then, and he knows now, that if enough members of Congress had joined with him in favor of talking with Yasser Arafat, Israel’s control over American policy might well have shifted in a different direction.

His article was published in the Daily Star, a Beirut, Lebanon, publication, on the occasion of Arafat’s death, 75, in a Paris hospital. Arafat had been under essential house arrest in his Ramallah headquarters. When he became ill, Israel moved him to Paris.

The failure of Finley’s news-worthy piece to find significant American exposure was further evidence of just how much Israel and its American allies fear an influential man like Paul Findley.

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