Rep. Steve Israel’s anti-Israel, anti-Semitic record on Occupy Wall Street (which must be news to him)

Representative Steve Israel (D-NY)  apparently hates Israel because he hasn’t denounced Occupy Wall Street. He has even gone so far as support for it.

So says a hit-piece published by Jeff Dunetz, YID with LID blogger and pal to Pamela Geller, on Andrew Breitbart’ right-wing fringe hangout-site, BigGovernment.com.

The Chairman of The DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) Steve Israel, who is supposed to be representing NY’s 2nd Congressional District (where I live), never met a Progressive anti-Semitic or anti-Israel group that he did not embrace. The Long Island Congressman’s latest “love affair” is with Occupy Wall Street whose members have displayed a hatred of both the Jews and the Jewish State.

We’re fast approaching Godwin’s Law critical mass levels here when it comes to the conservative response to Occupy Wall Street. Dunetz’s denunciation is part of an effort by conservative groups to portray Occupy Wall Street as anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic. This attack comes in response to Democratic Party hopes of using the protests to build momentum for 2012. However, if conservatives are looking for a Democratic strawmen to use to demonize Occupy Wall Street, it would be hard to pick a worse man for the role than Steve Israel. 

Rep. Israel opposed the 2011 Gaza Flotilla (“If flotilla organizers carry out their confrontational plans, the Israelis will have little choice but to board the vessels and search for weapons,” reads a letter he helped draft to the Turkish PM this past summer) is against the PA’s UN bid and has sponsored a bill to cut billions of dollars worth of military aid to any US allies that support the PA’s UN bid.

But, as the article on Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment reminds us, Rep. Israel “never met a Progressive anti-Semitic or anti-Israel group that he did not embrace.” 

Translation: he has (tenuous) connections with J Street, which, as we all know, is actually pro-Hamas.

Finally, here is a sample of Rep. Israel’s attitude towards the Netanyahu government (from the JTA):

“It seems to me Israel continues to offer ideas and show restraint and their reward is a Palestinian Authority that continues to miss opportunities,” he said, adding that he believes it is unfair for Palestinians to insist that Israel freeze all settlement growth before coming to the table.” [Author's note: Rep. Israel's position here is that he has "pronounced differences with the Obama Administration" on Israel and that "the issue of settlements should not define the U.S.-Israel relationship".]

[Snip]

“And he said there while there may have been a lot of chatter in recent months about tensions in the U.S-Israel relationship, one needs to also focus on important things like the joint military exercise that the two countries just completed this week.”

“You can’t ignore the fundamentals on military cooperation,” Israel said.”

He really comes off as a BDS type, doesn’t he? 

By the way, Steve Israel just happens to be chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. You know, the organization that exists to get Democrats elected to the House of Representatives. 

Not that all this has anything to do with that.

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Paul Mutter is a contributor to Mondoweiss, Foreign Policy in Focus and the Arabist.
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  1. Keith says:

    “By the way, Steve Israel just happens to be chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. You know, the organization that exists to get Democrats elected to the House of Representatives.”

    “No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up.” (Lily Tomlin)

  2. radii says:

    clearly it is not enough to be 99% or even 100% in israel’s back pocket – you must be 110% behind every thing they say and do – no questioning! just obey!!

  3. Dan Crowther says:

    What does this guy have to do to prove his pro-Israel bona fides, change his name to “Steve Judea-Samaria?” Or maybe Steve Yisrael Beiteinu?

    Maybe start a band called “Stevie Israel and the Yids with Lids?”

    Would that help?

  4. Potsherd2 says:

    Maybe during the holiday Rep Israel can visit one of the sukkot the OWS group has erected in NYC, among other places.

  5. Israel (D-NY) is my “Representative,” as well, and I can assure you, the man is anything but a shill for the anti-Israeli crowd.

    Pretty humorous, though, pro-Israelis knocking on a man named Israel, erroneously suggesting he’s not a friend of Israel.

  6. MRW says:

    Let’s help them kick this up a notch.

    Talk about educating people to phony anti-semitism charges! This one is a beaute. Let’s assist them.

    Goes to show you how supremely out-of-touch the East Coast Pro-Israel right-wingers are about the state of this country. Overheard sotto voce, as I was passing by, at the (Fly-By-Country) bar that only plays Fox News news fare, and ‘natch, sports, from a wouldn’t-listen-to-anything-else Fox News aficionado, truly perplexed: “They’re calling these protests anti-semitic. I’m out of a job and that’s anti-semitic?” (He was in his 50s and nursing a beer with his buddy.)

    Wait until the puzzlement turns to anger. Because the next question is: who’s been running this country?

    I can not believe the stupidity of Abe Foxman to allow these critiques.

  7. VR says:

    “However, if conservatives are looking for a Democratic strawmen to use to demonize Occupy Wall Street, it would be hard to pick a worse man for the role than Steve Israel.”

    They want to push it beyond what is credible, make it incredible – perhaps they want him to set himself on fire wrapped in an Israeli flag.

    I have news, when the “wall” on Wall Street fails (named after the wall to keep “those indigenous” out, now representative of all on the outside who are disenfranchised being walled out) and falls, it is going to fall squarely on the apartheid wall in Israel (or should I say built on stolen land?). In fact, I may commission Latuff to draw a collapsing Wall Street wall falling squarely on the Israeli apartheid wall, because both need to fall down. Now commence the self-hating accusations, I will gladly wear a badge of universal embrace rather than tribal atrocities.

  8. American says:

    The best way to end the use the anti semite smear is to laugh at the people who use it.

  9. RoHa says:

    I cannot see that peddling the “pro-Israel = pro-Wall Street” line is going to do Israel any good.

    • Taxi says:

      Let the zios be suicidally stupid, RoHa. LOL I would just step aside and let them falsely accuse the starving goy Americans of anti-semiticism all they want.

      Back-lash in America? You’d better believe it’s coming cuz OWS ain’t going nowhere between now and the next election in 2012.

  10. Edward Q says:

    What is ridiculous about this accusation is that the I/P issue is of secondary relevance to the Wall Street protests. These demonstrations are mainly concerned with economic issues and it is in that context that they should be discussed. By the way, when is Crystal concerned about racism in general and not just anti-semitism?

    Crystal must be running out of topics to write about.

    • yourstruly says:

      what benefit to the 99% of the people, sticking exclusively to economic issues (as with israel’s so-called j-14 movement which instantly collapsed when the alarm went out that the plo’s petition for statehood would pose a security risk), when the key to resolving these issues is to end the wars that are brought about by the settler entity’s intransigence vis-a-vis justice for palestine? And my impression from the occupy ____ county that I attended was that most folks in attendance understood this.

  11. RE: “Representative Steve Israel (D-NY) apparently hates Israel because he hasn’t denounced Occupy Wall Street. He has even gone so far as support for it. So says a hit-piece published by Jeff Dunetz, YID with LID blogger and pal to Pamela Geller, on Andrew Breitbart’ right-wing fringe hangout-site, BigGovernment.com.” ~ Paul Mutter

    THIS WHAT THE RIGHT-WING REPUBLICANS WILL DO:
    They will smear any non-Jew who supports the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement as an anti-Semite.
    They will smear any Jew who supports the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement as a self-hating Jew.
    And, as Hermann Göring famously said during the Nuremberg Trials: “It works the same way in any country.”

    P.S. MEET MY NEW “¡MUY MACHO!” ICON/AVATAR. Are those “Bette Davis eyes” (VIDEO-03:38), or are they the cold, calculating eyes of a sociopath (or perhaps even a psychopath)?
    Fulgencio Batistalink to en.wikipedia.org
    P.P.S My homage to Fulgencio Batista is dedicated to his most renowned protégé, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R- FL). She and her mentor are truly the very best friends that the downtrodden have ever had!
    AN EXAMPLE OF ILEANA’S RECENT HANDIWORK: House Foreign Affairs Committee Votes To Defund UNICEFlink to thinkprogress.org
    P.P.P.S. Anyone who says that there is something wrong with Ros-Lehtinen’s being a stooge for AIPAC is either an anti-Semite or a self-hating Jew.

    • P.P.P.P.S. BRANDEIS QUOTE: “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” ~ Justice Louis D. Brandeis

  12. radii says:

    local CBS affiliate lead story on local news “Anti-Semitism part of Occupy Wall Street movement?” … the lead … zio-lunacy on the loose!

    this angle is a non-starter and they don’t see it

    there are always anti-this anti-that cranks that populate any protest march seeking a venue for their particular personal point-of-view (since it is nearly always lone persons doing the outrageous stuff or carrying the offensive sign) … the level of desperation by the banksters and zio-lobby is really astounding

    specifically the short youtube clip of the african-american woman who self-identifies as an employee of the LA Unified School district offered up her opinion – which she clearly stated was her own only – that “zionist jews” …

    the rest almost doesn’t matter – anyone says the word jew publicly if you’re not a jew and associated it with anything remotely negative and you get labeled a hater and risk having the full-force of the ADL and the Lobby come after you … this woman will lose her job with the LAUSD – you watch

    last I heard free speech – even ignorant or dumb or factually-incorrect speech is still protected

    • American says:

      Believe it or not someone once criticized me for using “Jew”, seriously, had a fit over it, said I should use “Jewish person”…… I don’t get it how it’s a slur to call a Jew a Jew. Is it a slur to call a Catholic a Catholic or a Asian an Asian? Do we refer to Catholics as ‘Catholic “persons”?
      So ridiculous.

      • Mooser says:

        American, “Jew” only has one syllable. And it’s sort of a hard word, a word you can hiss, even if it hasn’t got an “s” in it.
        “Jewish” is so much softer and nicer.

        To avoid any kind of hurt feelings, I usually describe myself as “a goddam Jew, and what are you gonna do about it, chump?” It puts new acquaintances at ease, and reassures old ones I’m my usual gentle self.

  13. Chu says:

    How can Jeff Dunetz bne taken seriously when you look at those commenting on his article. These are the commentators that would love to say something on the Drudge Report if comments were allowed.
    I will believe Steve Israel, when he helps out Obama the next time Netanyahu comes to town. He hasn’t done anything to help.

    (i.e. Damn Joos! Really, why do they vote for the dems en masse? Are they so blind they can’t see the anti-semetism present at almost all levels of that party? Just another group of sheep, voting for their opwn demise. then the reply You’ve got that right. The self-loathing is then projected on to those they perceive as their enemy. It’s the same psychological dynamic that leads leftists to be anti-civil rights on gun ownership. They subconsciously realize that they, themselves, can’t be trusted with a sharp stick, so they project on to their neighbors an image of redneck rubes who can’t wait for an excuse to shoot someone with more melanin than them .)

    • Mooser says:

      “an image of redneck rubes who can’t wait for an excuse to shoot someone with more melanin than them”

      No, they most often shoot someone with more estrogen than them. And the idea that a teenager or young adult who experiences a moment of depression won’t have instant access to a loaded gun makes me shudder for the future of this country.

    • yourstruly says:

      so along with the thousands of people killed by guns every year. the psychotic who mowed-down eight people in a seal beach salon should have unimpeded access to guns for what reason? that these proto-fascist militias can rise up and prevent the blue uniformed u.n. troops from taking over america?