Wednesday, March 06, 2019
... I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is ok for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country. And I want to ask, why is it ok for me to talk about the influence of the NRA, of fossil fuel industries, or Big Pharma, and not talk about a powerful lobby that is influencing policy?
Ilhan Omar was at it again last weekend uttering unutterable truths. If you think I'm exaggerating about unutterable then consider the Tweet below from Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA).
Yep, Vargas says it is "unacceptable" to question US support for Israel. Vargas is not alone. House Foreign Affairs Committee chair Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) claims: "it's unacceptable and deeply offensive to call into question the loyalty of fellow American citizens because of their political views, including support for the US-Israel relationship."
Curiously, just about a year ago Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was addressing an American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference where he said:
Now, let me tell you why – my view, why we don't have peace. Because the fact of the matter is that too many Palestinians and too many Arabs do not want any Jewish state in the Middle East. The view of Palestinians is simple, the Europeans treated the Jews badly culminating in the Holocaust and they gave them our land as compensation.
Of course, we say it's our land, the Torah says it, but they don't believe in the Torah. So that's the reason there is not peace. They invent other reasons, but they do not believe in a Jewish state and that is why we, in America, must stand strong with Israel through thick and thin. We must, because that is the reason, not any of these other false shibboleths why there is not peace in the Middle East.If only those lying, thieving Arabs would "believe in the Torah" and "a Jewish state" then all would be well. I am unaware of any outcry from prominent Democratic politicians over this, presumably, acceptable speech about Israel. America must stand with Israel because ... Torah.
- "NPR Defends AIPAC Against Ilhan Omar"
- "Dual Loyalties: The Bush Neocons and Israel" in CounterPunch