Barbara Boxer’s visa bill for Israel comes under concerted attack

ActivismIsrael/PalestineUS Politics
on 93 Comments
Boxer
Palestine solidarity activists say Senator Barbara Boxer’s Senate bill would codify Israel’s practice of discriminating against American travelers (Photo via Huffington Post)

A bill pushed by the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) that critics say would codify Israeli discrimination against American travelers is still on the table. But Palestine solidarity activists and their allies are ramping up their campaign to thwart it.

The bill in question is a reciprocal visa waiver program with Israel. But the legislative language would effectively give Israel the go-ahead to continue its practice of pointing to security concerns when it denies Palestinian- or Arab-Americans entry to the country.

The U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation and a host of other groups are now making a concerted effort to make sure the proposal doesn’t become the law of the land. The campaign against the legislation is being spearheaded by a coalition of peace and justice, Palestine solidarity, and Arab and Muslim groups.

Yesterday, the group sent out an open letter to all senators that was signed by 52 other organizations. The letter blasts the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act, the name of the AIPAC-backed bill that includes the visa waiver program.

It reads in part:

Currently, all 37 countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program must grant reciprocity to U.S. citizens and allow them to enter their countries without a visa. However, S.462 would exempt Israel from this requirement, holding it to a lower standard than all other countries. Instead of guaranteeing all U.S. citizens a reciprocal visa, the bill would allow Israel to enter the program after the United States has certified that it “has made every reasonable effort, without jeopardizing the security of the State of Israel, to ensure that reciprocal travel privileges are extended to all United States citizens.”

As is well documented… Israel systematically discriminates against
Palestinian-Americans, Arab-Americans, Muslim-Americans and other U.S. citizens from all ethnic and faith backgrounds who support Palestinian human and national rights by frequently denying them visas to travel to Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territory. When denying these U.S. citizens entry, Israel often subjects them to humiliating searches, intensive interrogations, and invasions of personal privacy, including demanding access to private email accounts.

Rather than hold Israel accountable for its ethnic, religious, and political profiling of U.S. citizens, S.462 would codify into law U.S. acceptance of Israel’s discrimination and allow it to continue to deny visas to U.S. citizens through its unique catch-all “reasonable effort” and “security” loopholes.

The U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation is also urging supporters to write and call their senators to oppose the legislation. “Your calls, emails, and media activism are critical in our effort to ensure that Congress does not bestow legitimacy on Israel’s apartheid policies,” wrote Mike Coogan, the U.S. Campaign’s Legislative Coordinator, in an e-mail today. Other provisions of the bill include making Israel a “major strategic partner”–a designation not granted to any other country. 

The renewed activist efforts come as the case of Nour Joudah, a Palestinian-American teacher denied entry by Israel twice on the basis of unspecified “security” concerns, has received more attention in the form of a Daily Beast article. As we have reported, Joudah was stopped, interrogated and denied entry by Israeli border authorities twice, despite the fact that the Friends School, where she taught, has been extensively funded by the U.S. government. Congressional officials tried to facilitate her entry to Israel, but it was to no avail. Currently, Joudah’s case is being handled remotely by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign of Affairs, a move that came after she fought with the Israeli bureacracy and appealed her denial of entry.

Yesterday, Open Zion editor Ali Gharib and Ma’an News’ George Hale authored a detailed piece that gives voice to opponents of the AIPAC-backed bill.

Under the pending bill, Joudah’s discriminatory experience at the hands of Israel would be blessed by the United States. Gharib and Hale point out that the office of Senator Barbara Boxer, the lead sponsor of the bill in the Senate, has said that the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act would “certify that Israel is taking appropriate action to ensure that Americans receive reciprocal travel privileges.”

But if that were the case, Gharib and Hale point out, it’s unclear why “the language specific to Israel’s entry into the program remains necessary.” Indeed, as the Jewish Telegraphic Agency’s Ron Kampeas noted, the bill would grant Israel entry into the visa-reciprocity program, in which American and Israeli travelers going to those respective countries would not need a visa to enter.

But Boxer’s bill includes this provision: Israel would become a member of the program after the U.S. government certified that the country “has made every reasonable effort, without jeopardizing the security of the State of Israel, to ensure that reciprocal travel privileges are extended to all United States citizens.” No other country has that security-related language attached to legislation granting them entry into the visa-waiver program.

Here’s more from Gharib and Hale, including striking information that the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee shared with them:

The special language for Israel in Boxer’s bill, critics contend, would codify this discrimination against American citizens. Abed Ayoub, the director of legal and policy affairs with the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), said his group tracked Israeli entry denials from 2007 until late 2011. “We were getting somewhere around 100 calls a year when we were tracking this,” he said, noting that all the complaints were from Americans. “One of the main reasons to cut back on those efforts was that the State Department was not listening to us. We were collecting the information, but nothing was happening with it.” Other prominent Arab Americans agreed discrimination was a major problem: “I personally have undergone this behavior at the hands of the Israelis and it’s totally unacceptable,” said James Zogby, the president of the Arab American Institute in Washington, who is campaigning on the Hill to get co-sponsors to withdraw support from the bill. “Members of Congress need to know what they’re doing.” A centerpiece of the influential pro-Israel group AIPAC’s legislative efforts, the bill has languished in committee since early March. But just this month four new Senators added their names to the bill, bringing the total to 28 co-sponsors. “The question is: does AIPAC decide to make a full court press?” Zogby said.

Joudah’s case is all the more fraught, and the discrimination more acute, because she’s an American citizen of Palestinian descent. Her ordeal tugs at the loose threads not only of the Israeli-American relationship, but at the core of the very conflict with the Palestinians. Palestinian Americans, though their families originate from the area, frequently complain of ethnically-tinged questioning and being denied entry to Israel or the Occupied Territories. U.S. citizens with Palestinian identification don’t enjoy the same freedom of movement their American compatriots do in Israel and the land under its control. For all Palestinian Americans, Congress seems to heap favor on Israel at their expense.

Reham Barghouti, another Palestinian-American teacher at the Friends School and a friend of Joudah’s, told me last month:

“This is the only place in the world where I feel that it means nothing to be an American. It means absolutely nothing. If there was any other place that dealt with American citizens in this kind of way, there would be this whole giant uproar, right? But because it’s here, I guess, it doesn’t really matter.”

The Boxer bill is the clearest sign that Barghouti is right. Israeli discrimination against Arab and Palestinian travelers is routine–but that fact, as Barghouti notes, “doesn’t really matter.”

 

About Alex Kane

Alex Kane is a freelance journalist and graduate student at New York University's Near East Studies and Journalism programs. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

Other posts by .


Posted In:

93 Responses

  1. Ellen
    May 18, 2013, 11:03 am

    Well…..every citizen of the US should be outraged by this bill regardless of their support or not for Palestinian justice and rights.

    It is not possible in the real world for the United States to certify that Israel “has made every reasonable effort, without jeopardizing the security of the State of Israel.” Under the guise of security and sovereign rights, Israel does not have to provide the US with squat, ever. And even if Israel did, exactly HOW would the US certify anything? A new certification agency?

    US government agencies do not even enforce their own congressional mandates or regulations. Boxer knows that language is meaningless and not possible to enforce or apply and even if it were, the chances of it being successfully enforced are almost zero.

    Would be great to see more MSM coverage and analysis of the implications of this disgraceful bill our slimy Senate has put forth.

    • Philip Weiss
      May 18, 2013, 12:01 pm

      I completely agree with you Ellen. The great opportunity this bill represents is an effort to grow a political movement around an outrage. I came to these issues as an American angered by pro-Israel factor in Iraq war…. This is analogous

      • James Canning
        May 18, 2013, 3:09 pm

        Bravo, Philip. The “pro-Israel factor” in Iraq war was enormous.

      • Citizen
        May 18, 2013, 11:37 pm

        Barbara Boxer voted against both wars on Iraq. She was also anti-war during Vietnam Era, before her congressional career. Don’t know if she’s pushing for war on Iran….

      • James Canning
        May 19, 2013, 2:36 pm

        @Citizen – – Important points. Ones Boxer herself should consider carefully.

      • Blownaway
        May 19, 2013, 12:16 pm

        Send barbara Boxer the following from 5/19 Haaretz
        Since the beginning of 2013, Israel has forbidden tourists from the United States and other countries to enter the territories under Palestinian Authority control without a military entry permit – but is has not explained the application process to them.
        Haaretz has learned of a recent case where clerics from the United States had to sign a declaration at the Ben-Gurion International Airport, promising not to enter Area A without permits from the Coordinator of Activities in the Territories.The clerics signed the declaration, but representatives of the Population, Immigration and Borders Authority did not explain to them how to get the permits.Not every tourist who is planning to visit the West Bank is required to sign the declaration, and no criteria have been published for how people are selected to do so.

  2. American
    May 18, 2013, 12:14 pm

    I seem to remember there was a case or two where Americans not of Arab or Palestine orgins were also not let in Israel. Can’t remember exactly but think they were either activist or academics or something like that. And wernt Chomksy and Falk also denied entry?

    • ritzl
      May 18, 2013, 1:58 pm

      Yep, and they harassed Donna Shalala, former HHS Secretary, because she was of Lebanese descent. A country that does that has ZERO intention of reciprocity. Not ever.

      We really don’t need foreigners with that mindset having free access to the US. We’ve got enough problems without that injection of messed up “values.”

    • Abe Bird
      May 20, 2013, 4:56 am

      The US deny a visa from 3% of Israelis yearly. Why she can? Btw, most of that 3% are Israeli Arabs.

      • Bumblebye
        May 20, 2013, 6:27 am

        Well, TweetyPie, I guess most of us here would think the answer to “Why she can?” is that *Israel* does not want that 3% either attending US educational institutions, or – gasp of horror! – disseminating unapproved/non-zionist political views. And as we know, the US always, always, does as Israel demands.

      • ritzl
        May 20, 2013, 7:40 am

        @Bumblebye Bingo.

      • James Canning
        May 20, 2013, 4:44 pm

        Interesting post!

  3. Ramzi Jaber
    May 18, 2013, 12:17 pm

    Boxer is AIPAC. She claims to stand for human rights and individual freedoms. That stand is duplicitous and fraudulent as it stops with Palestinians.

    Instead of focussing on Israelis visiting the US (a superfluous issue), Boxer should tell the zionist regime to allow Palestinins to move about freely within the “West Bank”. That would be a good honest start to prove her human rights and individual freedoms stand.

    CA voters should also recall her, reminding her this is the *** US *** Senate, not the kenesset. Is she an Israeli or Us citizen? Maybe she is an Israeli agent, Mossad maybe?? Or for the foreign ministry???????

    • James Canning
      May 18, 2013, 3:10 pm

      Ramzi – – Is a US Senator from California obliged to do the bidding of Aipac? Quite possibly.

      • Ramzi Jaber
        May 19, 2013, 8:13 am

        James, she is certainly doing that but not out of legal obligation, rather out of submission to money so she can keep her position as a senator and as a member of the foreign relations comittee. Her record on the committee is shamelessly aipac/israel, always blaming the Palestinians since the zionists can do no wrong. She also wants to bomb Iran. It seems to me, since Feinstein had lately shown some (and I repeat, some) possible signs of independence from aipac, I believe Boxer is aipac’s backup to Feinstein.

      • James Canning
        May 19, 2013, 2:25 pm

        Ramzi – Thanks. I did not mean to suggest Boxer had a legal obligation to toe the line set by Aipac. Political realityin California in 2013 says she toes Aipac line.

      • Ramzi Jaber
        May 20, 2013, 9:54 am

        James, sorry I misunderstood. Do you think if the CA political reality was different, then Boxer would act differently? I’m not sure about that since, although there is a healthy and active Jewish population in CA, the majority are left-leaning as far as I can read the situation. Is that a fair assessment?

      • Woody Tanaka
        May 20, 2013, 10:26 am

        “I’m not sure about that since, although there is a healthy and active Jewish population in CA, the majority are left-leaning as far as I can read the situation”

        It’s my perception that even self-described left-leaners in the American Jewish community are PEPs, by and large. It’s changing, and the quicker the better.

      • James Canning
        May 20, 2013, 4:41 pm

        Ramzi – – Yes, “liberal” generally, but not on matters pertaining to Israel.

      • James Canning
        May 20, 2013, 4:42 pm

        I think any American senator faces heavy pressure to toe the line, from Aipac.

      • Ramzi Jaber
        May 22, 2013, 8:19 am

        James and Woody, I’m afraid you’re right.

      • lysias
        May 22, 2013, 9:58 am

        But note that Schumer (who wants to become majority leader) is not one of the sponsors of this bill. I regard that as significant.

      • James Canning
        May 22, 2013, 2:29 pm

        @Ramzi – – Thanks. Sad facts of the matter. And dangerous facts of the matter.

  4. BrianEsker
    May 18, 2013, 12:44 pm

    This is silly. Every country has the right to refuse entry to suspected foreign troublemakers. It’s also kinder to simply turn the suspected person(s) around rather than put them through detention and deportation proceedings. MOST countries in the world, ie: China, Russia, Mexico treat suspected spies and saboteurs at their borders MUCH more severely than Israel. I’m going to guess that the writer’s real point is that Israel; should have no right to control its own borders, or indeed..have borders or sovereignty at all.

    • Annie Robbins
      May 18, 2013, 1:11 pm

      so why the added language in the bill then brian? you don’t want israel treated like every other country? why the non reciprocal language? (and by all means, source it if you’ve got it. )

      I’m going to guess that the writer’s real point is that Israel; should have no right to control its own borders, or indeed..have borders or sovereignty at all.

      and i am going to guess, based on your comment and your archive history accessed by clicking your name, that you’re just using the typical hasbara crutch of the ad hominem attack to support your flimsy ‘logic’. is that all you’ve got?

    • notatall
      May 18, 2013, 1:40 pm

      Since Israel has never defined its borders, Esker’s comment is beside the point.

      • BrianEsker
        May 18, 2013, 7:08 pm

        We all know that The 1967 cease fire line is usually thought of as Israel’s formal border, but being as there has never yet been a formal defined “Palestine,” the lines are still considered “in dispute” going back to the British partition proposal after the Treaty of St. Remo around 1920, plus the 1947 UN declaration. Of course the hardest line PalArabs and their supporters still demand “River to to the Sea” plus the extinction of the state of Israel and most of its current inhabitants, for peace.

        But for the purpose of this discussion & the turning around of undesirable foreigners hostile to Israel, Ben Gurion Airport is universally accepted as one of the key border points of Israel.

      • Shingo
        May 19, 2013, 4:34 am

        We all know that The 1967 cease fire line is usually thought of as Israel’s formal border, but being as there has never yet been a formal defined “Palestine,” the lines are still considered “in dispute” going back to the British partition proposal after the Treaty of St. Remo around 1920, plus the 1947 UN declaration.

        Absolute rubbish of course.

        The only state that considers them disputed out of the 194 member of the UN is Israel. Not even the US regards them as disputed. In fact, not even Israel considered them disputed until they were able to illegally take the land by force.

        The San Remo treaty said nothing about a Jewish state, so if you want to go back to that agreement, you will have to tear up Israel’s declaration of independence along the borders stipulated by UNGA181 of 1947 and return the territory in the state called Israel to the state of Palestine.

        That democratic Palestine would not be a Jewish state either under the intent of San Remo or by democratic process. So that makes you a proponent of the extinction of the state of Israel.

        The 1947 UN declaration excluded the territory in the West Bank from the Jewish state. The resolution did not require either side to accept it, so your argument is DOA anyway.

        On top of this, Rabbi Silver’s statement to the UNSC on Friday, 5 March 1948:

        “Nevertheless, reluctantly but loyally, we accepted the decision which appeared fair and reasonable to the United Nations”
        “We feel under the obligation to make our position unmistakably clear. As far as the Jewish people are concerned, they have accepted the decision of the United Nations. We regard it as binding, and we are resolved to move forward in the spirit of that decision. “

        link to unispal.un.org

        That means that Israel gave up any claims to the territory outside it’s 1947 borders, so they could not ever be disputed from that moment forth.

        So to sum up, your argument is absolutely garbage from A-Z.

      • Accentitude
        May 19, 2013, 8:27 am

        Actually there is a formal defined Palestine. It was adopted by a majority of the planet earth not too long ago in November 2012 and prior to that it, the PLO and the majority of the political factions under it have recognized the existence and legitimacy of the state of Israel. Unfortunately its Israel that refuses to recognize the existence of Palestine, going so far as to harass Google, and to even refer to the land of Palestine as the obsolete and irrelevant name of “Judea and Samaria.” The Arab League constituting over 22 MENA countries has presented a formal peace plan that normalizes relations with Israel in exchange for an end to the occupation and the recognition of the state of Palestine. Its been sitting on the Israeli PM’s desk for several years. Yet the Israelis refuse to even recognize that it exists. During the last round of talks, the Palestinians presented their maps to negotiate the borders of the Palestinian state. Israel presented absolutely nothing and continues to do so. So while you talk about the “River to the Sea” maybe you should consider that this has been Israel’s ultimate goal since day one. To erase the Palestinians and resurrect so-called Eretz Israel (which ironically never existed in the first place).

      • James Canning
        May 19, 2013, 1:59 pm

        Great post, Exactitude. 2002 Saudi peace plan defined borders of Palestine. In effect. Israel rejected the generous offer.

      • James Canning
        May 19, 2013, 2:33 pm

        @BrianEsker – – Are you not aware that the Hmas/Fatah unity Palestinians gov’t ACCEPTED the 2002 Saudi peace plan? Calling for recognition of Israel within its pre-1967 borders.

      • Woody Tanaka
        May 19, 2013, 3:52 pm

        “Of course the hardest line PalArabs and their supporters still demand “River to to the Sea” plus the extinction of the state of Israel and most of its current inhabitants, for peace.”

        “PalArabs”?? Can we speak of “HeebJews”?

        And as disgusting as your gutter-level slur is your gutter-level blood libel, excusing the ongoing ethnic cleansing by accusing the Palestinian victims of harboring murderous desire against the zionist villains. Damn your parents for not teaching you manners or damn you for not learning them.

      • James Canning
        May 19, 2013, 7:56 pm

        Shingo – – Great post, and in my view one that supports the 2002 Saudi peace plan as being generous to Israel.

    • Ellen
      May 18, 2013, 1:40 pm

      Brian, your statement is bizzare. I imagine you have not read the proposed bill or even the article above.

      This bill is to put Israeli citizens into the visa waiver program. The US has this agreement with a few countries, but with each there is full reciprocity. AIPAC, with the help of the Israeli government has drafted language for a bill that denies reciprocity.

      Lap dogs in the US Senate have signed onto this bill, that is not only esentially drafted by a foreign country to serve its own interests, fails in reciprocity, creates un-workable special Israel-only clauses, and also undermines standing (and possible protections) of US citizens.

      All countries have security concerns. So whining about Israel’s “special” security concerns does not fly. If Israel were honestly concerned about its security, the source of the concerns would have been solved decades ago.

      BTW, the drivers of the bill in Israel is Israeli industry.

      • BrianEsker
        May 18, 2013, 7:14 pm

        “…Lap dogs in the US Senate have signed onto this bill…”

        OK, Except that the bill also would allow for weapon storage in Israel and comprehensive strategic military accommodation to the US. Sounds like a clear military and economic alliance.

        No room for “pets” in that agreement.

      • Shingo
        May 19, 2013, 4:22 am

        OK, Except that the bill also would allow for weapon storage in Israel and comprehensive strategic military accommodation to the US. Sounds like a clear military and economic alliance.

        No, it’s just a backdoor way of providing Israel will weapons without paying for them and keeping them off the budget sheet allocation for Israel.

        Sounds like a clear liability.

      • Citizen
        May 19, 2013, 7:36 am

        @ Shingo
        Yes. US has been storing weapons and military gear in Israel since 1990. Anytime Israel feels it needs them, it has free reign to take them. link to haaretz.com

        Clearly yet another workaround that benefits Israel. link to israelnationalnews.com
        WRS are called “emergency supplies” and apparently US stores military supplies all over the world in which it has vested interests. Question is, who’s emergency? I wonder if the conditions of use under the WRS program is the same in each country participating?

      • Citizen
        May 19, 2013, 7:58 am

        The US deposits of military supplies overseas was started in S Korea, so S Korea could use them if it was suddenly attacked by N Korea. The Israelis use such “emergency” supplies whenever they feel like it, e.g., during the Second Lebanon War. As of 2010, US had over $1.2B war supplies in Israel, and they include smart bombs, hi-end guided missiles. And yes, as Shingo said, this cost is not part of the budgeted direct military aid to Israel. Just another way Israel gets to milk the US taxpayer to continued Israeli hegemony in the Middle East.
        link to haaretz.com

      • James Canning
        May 19, 2013, 2:27 pm

        @Shingo – – I think you are dead right on this point.

      • Djinn
        May 20, 2013, 6:40 am

        Australia not only stores weapons for the US we also have US forces based here and we’ve followed Uncle Sam into every war and many undeclared foreign adventures since WW2, something bosom buddy Israel has conspicuously avoided. We are party to the visa waiver program also but we don’t get any special exemptions in thanks for our strategic support. So you can add ‘clear military and economic alliance’ to the list of theories you espoused that have been debunked all too easilly in this thread.

    • Shingo
      May 18, 2013, 1:46 pm

      This is silly. Every country has the right to refuse entry to suspected foreign troublemakers

      So why does it have to be explicitly mentioned in this bill that only Israel has that right and not the US?

      This bill is being proposed for Israel’s benefit, not America’s. The silly one is you.

    • ritzl
      May 18, 2013, 2:32 pm

      So Joudah, a citizen of the US, who teaches at a USAID-funded Quaker school, has been allowed into Israel previously to do so, and has been vouched for by a US Congresswoman, is denied entry as a “security threat?”

      Joudah’s case by itself should be the cudgel to beat this legislation in mush. It shows that Israel has no mechanism or intent for reciprocity, and it underscores that their “concerns” are purely ethnic/bigoted/racist. This bill has no place in a diverse society. None.

      Similarly, if Boxer succeeds in getting it passed, she will pay for it politically, using the Joudah case. Joudah’s experience resonates and if Boxer gets it codified as normal she’ll lose a lot of votes on the left. Hopefully enough to lose the next election. It’s just that wrong and I hope she’s forced to choose between career and codified discrimination.

      • lysias
        May 20, 2013, 10:54 am

        The place to beat Boxer would be in the Democratic primary. A Democratic Senate candidate is extremely unlikely to lose in California in the general November election.

      • ritzl
        May 21, 2013, 3:06 pm

        Agree, lysias. I was in shrug mode because she might be [relatively] easy to primary and therefore low-hanging fruit, leaving 30+ less vulnerable co-sponsors of racist legislation. But then Dickerson wrote about the politically expedient GA sponsorship swap between Chambliss (in) and Issakson (out) (Chamblis, not up for re-election; Issakson, up for re-election), and it may be that racist legislation doesn’t sell very well anywhere.

        Maybe some hope in that. And now Pam Olsen reports on a perceivable change in her event receptions. I hope all this can be taken together as meaningful.

    • James Canning
      May 18, 2013, 3:06 pm

      Brian – – You are mistaken if you think opposition to this unwise legislation is equivalent to rejecting the existence of Israel.

    • eljay
      May 18, 2013, 5:18 pm

      >> This is silly. Every country has the right to refuse entry to suspected foreign troublemakers. … MOST countries in the world, ie: China, Russia, Mexico treat suspected spies and saboteurs at their borders MUCH more severely than Israel.

      Don’t forget Saudi Arabia and Mali. Israel isn’t as bad as they are.

    • piotr
      May 18, 2013, 5:50 pm

      “China, Russia, Mexico treat suspected spies and saboteurs at their borders MUCH more severely than Israel.”

      I do not know the basis for that assertion. Also, the context is routine mistreatment of a large class of travelers rather then detention applied to few cases. For example, a number of Americans got into trouble on Mexican borders because while it is OK to drive through USA with a gun in your car, it is highly illegal to have guns with you when you enter Mexico, and you can get a serious prison sentence. Apart from cases like that, I never heard of any complains about traveling to Mexico, and none about China and Russia.

    • SQ Debris
      May 18, 2013, 6:27 pm

      So Chomsky is a “suspected foreign trouble maker?” Maybe so, in that the “trouble” he makes is challenging people to think (a little). That whole “thinking thing” would certainly be a security risk to the zionist enterprise.

    • southernobserver
      May 18, 2013, 6:52 pm

      and of course school teachers. oh yes and photographers. and of course people just interested in seeing for themselves.

      Right around the world teachers in American sponsored missions are always kept away because… well because.

  5. Citizen
    May 18, 2013, 1:06 pm

    So AIPAC wouldn’t directly back dissing Hagel, but it will come right out front on this visa waiver bill for Israel? I hope everybody spreading the news will be sure to mention who wrote this bill–AIPAC.

    Israel uses the security defense to remain totally unaccountable for anything it asks US to agree to. The pattern is ridiculous. And Uncle Sam always signs on with its blood and treasure, while Israel does whatever it wants and the US Congress makes sure the US taxpayers pay for it though the nose.

  6. notatall
    May 18, 2013, 1:31 pm

    This measure reminds me of the insistence of pre-Civil War southern officials on controlling mail delivered to southern states lest abolitionist propaganda make its way into hands where it might have some effect. That was one of a train of abuses, including the “Gag Rule,” the Mexican War, the Fugitive Slave Act and others, that made it clear that the slave system enslaved not only those forced to labor in the fields without wages but compelled all “citizens” to sacrifice what they naively thought of as their “rights.” The Civil War broke out because the people of the northern states could not accept the domination of the southern system over the entire country. This latest measure may well awaken some to the realization of what support for Israel costs them, and to the realization that so long as Zionism prevails we are all Palestinians.

  7. ritzl
    May 18, 2013, 2:09 pm

    The only comments against the criticism of this bill at Open Zion are of the “all Arabs are terrorists [until proven otherwise, and we don’t need/intend to try to prove otherwise]” “Islam evil.” variety (and I think those from some Israelis that post there, maybe VickiV can confirm or clarify that).

    I think most normal people are getting how stark the issue is on this proposed legislation. And how demonstrably non-reciprocal Israel’s past [is prologue] behavior is.

    Thanks for the article.

  8. seafoid
    May 18, 2013, 3:57 pm

    I wonder which Israelis are denied entry to the US at the moment.

  9. DICKERSON3870
    May 18, 2013, 3:57 pm

    RE: “A bill pushed by the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) that critics say would codify Israeli discrimination against American travelers is still on the table.” ~ Alex Kane

    MY COMMENT: This effort by Israel’s Likudnik supporters to force the U.S. to give Israel a special exemption that would effectively allow Israel to discriminate against American travelers it sees as “security threats” [largely meaning Arab Americans and/or Americans seen by Israel (or the ADL*) as being sympathetic to the Palestinians (sometimes merely by virtue of their constitutionally protected speech here in the U.S.)] is yet another reason I fear that Revisionist Zionism and Likudnik Israel (specifically by virtue of their inordinate sway over the U.S.) might very well be an “existential threat” to the values of The Enlightenment [like the right to “due process” and “the right of free speech”] ! ! !
    “Down, down, down we [the U.S.] go into the deep, dark abyss; hand in hand with Israel.”

    OTHER EXAMPLES OF ISRAEL’S VALUES TRUMPING (OVERRIDING) THE VALUES OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT HERE IN THE U.S.
    “How We Became Israel”, By Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative, 9/10/12
    LINK – link to theamericanconservative.com
    “America Adopts the Israel Paradigm”, by Philip Ghiraldi, Antiwar.com, 7/05/12
    LINK – link to original.antiwar.com
    “Report: Israeli model underlies militarization of U.S. police”, By Muriel Kane, Raw Story, 12/04/11
    LINK – link to rawstory.com
    “From Occupation to ‘Occupy': The Israelification of American Domestic Security”, By Max Blumenthal, Al-akhbar, 12/02/11
    LINK – link to english.al-akhbar.com OR link to informationclearinghouse.info
    On the Wish List from the Boston Bombings – The Israelization of America (Aaron Cohen, “National Security Expert” on Fox “News” saying that we need to “get on the Israeli page”) [VIDEO, 00:24] – link to youtube.com
    “In bill discriminating against Arab- and Muslim-Americans, Boxer and 17 other senators serve Israeli gov’t over their own — Greenwald”, By Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss, 4/13/13
    LINK – link to mondoweiss.net
    “The Second Battle of Gaza: Israel’s Undermining Of International Law”, by Jeff Halper, mrzine.monthlyreview.org, 02/26/10
    LINK – link to mrzine.monthlyreview.org
    “The Trial of Israel’s Campus Critics”, by David Theo Goldberg & Saree Makdisi, Tikkun Magazine, September/October 2009
    LINK – link to tikkun.org
    “Brooklyn College’s academic freedom increasingly threatened over Israel event”, by Glenn Greenwald, guardian.co.uk, 2/02/13
    LINK – link to guardian.co.uk
    “Peter ‘Powder Keg’ Beinart is disinvited from gig at Atlanta Jewish book festival”, by Annie Robbins, Mondoweiss, 11/05/12
    LINK – link to mondoweiss.net
    ‘Israelis are helping write US laws, fund US campaigns, craft US war policy’, by Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss, 6/30/12
    LINK – link to mondoweiss.net
    “David Yerushalmi, Islam-Hating White Supremacist Inspires Anti-Sharia Bills Sweeping Tea Party Nation”, by Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, 3/02/11
    LINK – link to richardsilverstein.com
    “Boston airport security program rife with racial profiling has Israeli links”, by Alex Kane, Mondoweiss, 8/14/12
    LINK – link to mondoweiss.net
    “Obama’s kill list policy compels US support for Israeli attacks on Gaza”, By Glenn Greenwald, guardian.co.uk, 11/15/12
    LINK – link to guardian.co.uk

    P.S. AND HERE’S ANOTHER THREAT TO THE VALUES OF “THE ENLIGHTENMENT” BY ISRAEL’S “CHRISTIAN” ALLIES:
    “US Religious Right Propelling Homophobia in African Countries”
    , by Common Dreams, 7/24/12
    LINK – link to commondreams.org

    • DICKERSON3870
      May 18, 2013, 3:58 pm

      * P.P.S. RE: “This effort by Israel’s Likudnik supporters to force the U.S. to give Israel a special exemption that would effectively allow Israel to discriminate against American travelers it sees as security threats [largely meaning Arab Americans and/or Americans seen by Israel (or the ADL*) as being sympathetic to the Palestinians (sometimes merely by virtue of their constitutionally protected speech here in the U.S.)] “ ~ me (from above)

      SEE: “FBI files reveal Anti-Defamation League spied on Arab students”, by Grant F. Smith, The Electronic Intifada, 5/14/13

      [EXCERPTS] In 1969, the Anti-Defamation League infiltrated and spied on a national gathering of Arab students in the United States, newly released Federal Bureau of Investigation documents show.
      Obtained in April after an Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRMEP) freedom of information request, and reviewed by The Electronic Intifada, one declassified file [PDF] contains Anti-Defamation League reports held by the FBI.
      The documents reveal how ADL surveillance against the Organization of Arab Students (OAS) in 1969 coalesced into plans for infiltrating the OAS national organization in New York. The files also give an insight into why the entire effort eventually backfired, ultimately leading to raids on ADL offices involved in intelligence-gathering through illegal means, and a lawsuit against ADL in the early 1990s — ultimately settled out of court in 2002. . .
      . . . When hard evidence surfaced that the ADL was illegally obtaining confidential information about pro-Palestinian and anti-apartheid activists, the police raided the ADL’s major California offices, after FBI investigations. Covert ADL agent Roy Bullock had also worked closely with apartheid South African intelligence services (Robert I. Friedman, “The Enemy Within: How the Anti-Defamation League turned the notion of human rights on its head,” The Village Voice, 11 May 1993).
      According to Friedman in 1993: “Investigations by the FBI and police in San Francisco have revealed that the ADL has shared at least some of its spy gathering material with Israeli government officials. What’s more, Israel apparently used tips from the ADL to detain Palestinian Americans who traveled there.” . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – link to electronicintifada.net

  10. Kathleen
    May 18, 2013, 4:13 pm

    Thanks Alex

  11. DICKERSON3870
    May 18, 2013, 4:42 pm

    RE: “Currently, all 37 countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program must grant reciprocity to U.S. citizens and allow them to enter their countries without a visa. However, S.462 would exempt Israel from this requirement . . .” ~ from the coalition’s open letter

    MY COMMENT: Allowing Israel to join the Visa Waiver Program would apparently mean that the most rabidly extremist (Israeli) settlers from the West Bank (who perpetrate “price tag” attacks like setting fire(s) to mosques) would be able to willy-nilly enter the U.S. without a visa! If that isn’t a “security threat” to the U.S., then I don’t know what the hell is!

    SUGGESTED STRATEGY: As a fall back position in the event Boxer’s legislation advances, we should insist (at a bare minimum) that visa waivers should not be given to Israelis who reside outside the “green line” (i.e. outside pre-1967 Israel) in the occupied West Bank (including occupied East Jerusalem) or the occupied Golan Heights (in violation of international law). This would mean that any passport that Israel [or (in the case of “dual nationals”) any other country participating in the Visa Waiver Program, such as the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Canada etc.] provides to residents of the occupied West Bank (including occupied East Jerusalem) or the occupied Golan Heights would have to clearly indicate that the person was a resident of the occupied West Bank (including occupied East Jerusalem) or the occupied Golan Heights and therefore was not eligible for a visa waiver under the Visa Waiver Program.
    LET THE LIKUDNIKS CHEW ON THAT! ! !

    • DICKERSON3870
      May 18, 2013, 6:13 pm

      P.S. THE WAY THINGS WORK IN WASHINGTON: When I first learned of S.462, I checked and found out that one of my senators (Isakson) had already co-sponsored it and one (Chambliss) had not.
      Chambliss went on the board of the Israel Project when he was first elected to the Senate in 2002, but since he had recently announced that he was not running for re-election in 2014, I assumed he no longer felt the need to follow the diktats of the “Likud Lobby”.
      I sent e-mails at that time to both Isakson’s and Chambliss’ offices. Here is the one I sent to Isakson’s office.

      Thank you for using Friends Committee on National Legislation Mail System.

      Message sent to the following recipients:
      Senator Isakson
      Message text follows:

      John Dickerson
      ^^^^ ^^^^^^^^^^ SE
      ^^^^^ , GA ^^^^^

      April 13, 2013

      [recipient address was inserted here]

      [recipient name was inserted here],

      I am a constituent of Senator Isakson’s residing in in the ^^^^^^^^^^ area of Cobb county.
      Today I came across an article by constitutional lawyer and journalist Glenn Greenwald concerning the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013. Mr. Greenwald’s Article is titled “Barbara Boxer, AIPAC seek to codify Israel’s right to discriminate
      against Americans”.
      Mr Greenwald quotes an article by Mike Coogan in “The Hill” as follows: “Attorneys for both individual members and committees privately advised that complying with the request [as done by the legislation] would be a flagrant violation of certain US laws barring discrimination, and would undermine the US government’s call for the equal protection of all its citizens traveling abroad.”
      Consequently, I strongly oppose this legislation. Please advise me as to Senator Isakson’s position on the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013 and more specifically its provision that constitutes “a flagrant violation of certain US laws barring discrimination, and would undermine the US government’s call for the equal protection of all its citizens traveling abroad”*.
      I await your reply.

      Sincerely,
      John Lewis-Dickerson

      * [the entire Greenwald commentary from guardian.uk was pasted here]

      The letter to Chambliss was similar, except that I asked him to please not co-sponsor S.462

      When I went to U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation’s petition, I learned that Isakson is no longer a co-sponsor of S.462, but Chambliss is! ! !
      MY ASSUMPTION IS that Isakson, Chambliss and AIPAC (and/or possibly the Israel Project) made a deal whereby Isakson would be allowed to drop his co-sponsorship down ye olde “memory hole” in return for Chambliss (who is not running for reelection) ‘standing in’ for Isakson (who plans to run for reelection) by co-sponsoring S.462 (in the place of Isaakson).
      THAT’S THE WAY THEY DO THINGS IN WASHINGTON! HENCE, THE OLD JOKE (PROBABLY SOUTHERN): “The only thing that separates Washington (D.C.) from Hell is a screen door.”

      “[C]reating legislation is, like making sausages, a
      process no one wants to witness.” ~ Abner Mikva (referring to an aphorism most often attributed to Otto von Bismarck)

      SOURCE – link to hofstra.edu

      • Annie Robbins
        May 18, 2013, 11:25 pm

        wow

        MY ASSUMPTION IS that Isakson, Chambliss and AIPAC (and/or possibly the Israel Project) made a deal whereby Isakson would be allowed to drop his co-sponsorship down ye olde “memory hole” in return for Chambliss (who is not running for reelection) ‘standing in’ for Isakson (who plans to run for reelection) by co-sponsoring S.462 (in the place of Isaakson).

      • American
        May 19, 2013, 12:50 pm

        Hum?…..are they maybe getting a whiff of the grumbling going on about their higher loyalty to Isr than the USA?

      • American
        May 19, 2013, 1:23 pm

        We need some humor around here.

        SUBJECT: Southern Press Release for Spring Tourism Season

        Issued by the Southern Tourism Bureau to All Visiting Non Southerns

        1) Don’t order filet mignon or pasta primavera at Waffle House. It’s just a diner. They serve breakfast 24 hours a day. Let them cook something they know. If you confuse them, they’ll kick your ass.

        2) Don’t laugh at our Southern names (Merleen, Bodie, Ovine, LutherRay, Tammy Lynn, Darla Beth, Inez, Billy Joe, Sissy, Clovis,etc.). Or we will just HAVE to kick your ass.

        3) Don’t order a bottle of pop or a can of soda. Down here it’s called Coke. Nobody gives a flying damn whether it’s Pepsi, RC, Dr. Pepper, 7-Up or whatever — it’s still just a Coke. Accept it. Doing otherwise can lead to an ass kicking.

        4) We know our heritage. Most of us are more literate than you e.g., Welty, Williams, Faulkner. We are also better educated and generally a lot nicer. Don’t refer to us as a bunch of hillbillies, or we’ll kick your ass.

        5) We have plenty of business sense (e.g., Fred Smith of Fed Ex, Turner Broadcasting, MCI WorldCom, MTV, Netscape). We don’t care if you think we are dumb. We are not dumb enough to let someone move to our state in order to run for the Senate. If someone tried to do that, we would kick their ass.

        6) Don’t laugh at our Civil War monuments. If Lee had listened to Longstreet and flanked Meade at Gettysburg instead of sending Pickett up the middle, you’d be paying taxes to Richmond instead of Washington. If you visit Stone Mountain and complain about the carving, we’ll kick your ass.

        7) We are fully aware of how high the humidity is, so shut the hell up. Just spend your money and get the hell out of here, or we’ll kick your ass.

        8) Don’t order wheat toast at Cracker Barrel. Everyone will instantly know that you’re a Yankee. Eat your biscuits like God intended — with gravy. And don’t put sugar on your grits, or we’ll kick your ass.

        9) Don’t fake a Southern accent. This will incite a riot, and you will get your ass kicked.

        10) Don’t talk about how much better things are at home because we know better. Many of us have visited Northern shit holes like Detroit, Chicago, and DC, and we have the scars to prove it. If you don’t like it here, Delta is ready when you are. Move your ass on home before it gets kicked.

        11) Yes, we know how to speak proper English. We talk this way because we don’t want to sound like you and because we can. We don’t care if you don’t understand what we are saying. All other Southerners understand what we are saying, and that’s all that matters. Now, go away and leave us alone, or we’ll kick your ass.

        12) Don’t complain that the South is dirty and polluted. None of OUR lakes or rivers have caught fire recently. If you whine about OUR scenic beauty, we’ll kick your ass all the way back to Boston Harbor.

        13) Don’t ridicule our Southern manners. We say sir and ma’am. We hold doors open for others. We offer our seats to old folks because such things are expected of civilized people. Behave yourselves around our sweet little gray-haired grandmothers or we’ll kick some manners into your ass.

        14) So you think we’re quaint or losers because most of us live in the countryside? That’s because we have enough sense not to live in filthy, smelly, crime-infested cesspools like New York or Newark. Make fun of our fresh air, and we’ll kick your ass.

        15) Last, but not least, DON’T DARE come down here and tell us how to cook barbecue. This will get your ass shot (right after it is kicked). You’re lucky we let you come down here at all. Criticize our barbeque, and you will go home in a pine box — minus your ass.

      • RoHa
        May 19, 2013, 9:33 pm

        “All other Southerners understand what we are saying, and that’s all that matters.”

        My own experience of interactions between people in Georgia suggests that this is not entirely true.

      • Woody Tanaka
        May 20, 2013, 9:36 am

        “We need some humor around here.”

        And after reading that post, we still do…

      • Citizen
        May 20, 2013, 5:18 pm

        @ American
        LOL. As a former Yankee who lived in Chicago Metro for 30 + years, and also in Cleveland off and on, and Toledo, off and on, and in NYC and upstate NY for a decade, and now have lived in FL (SW coast) for nine years, and have relatives in Central Florida, e.g., Ocala and Mt Dora I visit, I found your comment, pretty funny. From so many angles, pro and con, I wouldn’t know where to start.

        PS: Didn’t Lee direct one of his generals to take the hill needed to flank Meade at Gettysburg? If memory serves, but I could easily be wrong, Lee had no intelligence when Gettysburg erupted when some confederates were trying to get shoes someplace outside of town, and at the time Lee’s “eyes,” his cavalry had not provided him with advance intelligence on the battle field because Custer had routed Lee’s cavalry. But as soon as Lee saw the battlefield himself, as I said, he directed a general to take the hill needed to flank Meade initially. But the confederates kept getting beat back; and Lee finally told the battered general something like “Take it if you feel you can.” Whatever the exact command, it was a soft command, not totally clear to the battered general in context at time, and the general decided his men couldn’t take doing another charge up the hill. Is that right?

      • Citizen
        May 20, 2013, 5:24 pm

        Just want to ad the very obvious, a blizzard needs snow trucks and shoveling can be hard, yet without an air conditioner, the Florida humidity half the year is no slouch either.

        And there’s lots of pricks up north, but there’s some doozies here too. The education level in either particular place one happens to live and/or work is a big factor there, methinks.

      • notatall
        May 20, 2013, 6:01 pm

        As a transplanted northerner now living half the year in the S. Carolina low country, who does not wish to have his ass kicked, I have to say I like many things about the south. Two things I could do without: chicken-fried steak and boiled peanuts. And I would never laugh at the Civil War monuments: after all, they were the trophies awarded for second place in the War.

      • American
        May 21, 2013, 11:51 pm

        Obviously Woody you have no sense of humor……or don’t get the self caricature of the Southern Tourism Bureau. Probably you get a ass kicking also for not apprecating their humor. LOL

  12. riyadh
    May 18, 2013, 5:11 pm

    How come you haven’t made a post about Fatah endorsing a one-state solution? This seems pretty monumental to me

    link to haaretz.com

    • Annie Robbins
      May 18, 2013, 11:37 pm

      hadn’t heard of it till now. how come you didn’t email us yesterday? this is dated the 17th?

    • Citizen
      May 19, 2013, 12:01 am

      I commented earlier on the significant number of Fatah leaders’ endorsement of a one state solution in the article here on Palestinian solidarity–and provided this link: link to 972mag.com

    • ritzl
      May 19, 2013, 1:50 am

      Along sort of the same lines, there’s a great article on Meshaal and Hamas’ moderating political evolution at the Jerusalem Fund (Munnayer’s site). It was originally in FP Magazine’s site.

      “We Are Not Fanatical Killers…” link to thejerusalemfund.org

      Meshaal touches on a lot of issues, all positively, imho.

      It seems that everyone is moving toward solving the problem, except of course, Israel.

    • James Canning
      May 19, 2013, 2:39 pm

      @riyadh – – If Israel blocks the “two-state” solution, obvioiusly Fatah will go for the “one-state” solution.

      • notatall
        May 19, 2013, 5:20 pm

        No it won’t. The PA leaders are bluffing, as they have before. A single state would mark their demise, just as it would for the Zionists.

      • James Canning
        May 20, 2013, 7:28 pm

        You mean that Fatah could not expect to control Palestine, after Israel ceased to exist?

  13. Henry Norr
    May 18, 2013, 6:50 pm

    I’m glad to see that the letter from the U.S. Campaign and the other groups notes that Israel systematically discriminates not only against “Palestinian-Americans, Arab-Americans, Muslim-Americans” but also against “other U.S. citizens from all ethnic and faith backgrounds who support Palestinian human and national rights.” I’m sad to see, though, that Alex’s intro and conclusion again (as in the last post on this issue here) frame the problem as one affecting only Palestinian- and other Arab-Americans.

    No question, the Israelis treat the latter groups the worst, by far, but it’s also outrageous that they often exclude and routinely hassle U.S. citizens who aren’t of those backgrounds, notably people of color, Muslims, activists for Palestinian rights, or just critics of Israeli policy. In addition to Richard Falk, I believe the Israelis have barred Chomsky and Finkelstein, and I know they’ve excluded lots of people who’ve worked with the International Solidarity Movement.

    Even when some critics are ultimately allowed in, they’re subjected to all kinds of delays and indignities. Take little old me: so far, I haven’t been excluded (though I’m not sure that will hold if I go back, since I got arrested in Hebron last time I was there). But every time I’ve gone there (via the Allenby Bridge from Jordan, since a very unpleasant experience at Ben Gurion Airport on my first visit), as soon as the young women scan my passport, they call the security people, who take me away some back room, question me, move me to another room, strip-search me, move me to another room, turn my suitcase upside down and dump everything out, and so on and so on – for three, four, or five hours. This has happened so often that the guy in charge there and I have come to recognize each other – he fancies himself an intellectual and always makes comments about the books I bring. Last time, when he was throwing the contents of my suitcase around, I asked him why. He smirked and said “Security – you might be carrying explosives!” I pointed out that if I did want to bring in explosives, I certainly wouldn’t put them in my suitcase, after all my experience with his searches. Even he chuckled at that. But that’s all he’d need to say to satisfy the terms of Boxer’s bill – no matter how ludicrous the idea that a 67-year-old retired journalist is a threat to Israel’s security!

    These hassles are minor, of course, compared to what many other s face. But politically, in trying to mobilize people against the AIPAC/Boxer bill, I do think it’s important to always make clear that the issue is not only for Palestinian- and other Arab-Americans. Don’t you agree, Alex?

  14. PeaceThroughJustice
    May 18, 2013, 8:24 pm

    My senator was one of the original 18 sponsors and I wrote him to complain about it last month. So far there’s been no response, which is quite odd since congressional offices usually make an effort to reply to all messages, even if it’s only with boilerplate. Perhaps it’s an indication that they’re feeling the heat, or maybe it’s just an indication that an AIPAC-provided intern is managing their inbox. In any event I sent a second message yesterday and explicitly asked for a response. We’ll see.

  15. james1118
    May 18, 2013, 10:26 pm

    It’s totally incredible that US citizens would even consider to classify their own citizens as undesirables. Only an individual that consider themselves superior to gentiles would have the gall to introduce such a measure.
    I do invite that person to pack up and move to Israel if she doesn’t like the USA.
    What a disgraceful human being!!!

    • homingpigeon
      May 18, 2013, 11:11 pm

      No, no Habibi, we don’t invite people like that to move to Israel. They’ll live on settlements or on confiscated property. Better they stay in the US where they’ll do less damage to us than they would to the Palestinians.

      In fact, whatever the outcome of this bill, which means by the way, that Russian mafia get an easy ticket into the US, I will welcome Israelis to come visit and then hopefully stay here. Let them settle down, marry, have kids and not serve in the IDF, and not be a threat to themselves and others.

      • james1118
        May 20, 2013, 10:19 am

        homingpigeon

        So it is best to leave the threat for US citizens…… I wonder how much you know of their history over the past 20th century.

        Thanks, but no thanks!!! We don’t need them!!

    • Citizen
      May 19, 2013, 12:17 am

      May 17, 2013 — New Cosponsors for House version of the bill in question here:

      H.R. 938: United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013

      New Cosponsor: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D-MO5]

      New Cosponsor: Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]

      New Cosponsor: Rep. Phil Gingrey [R-GA11]

      New Cosponsor: Rep. Tim Huelskamp [R-KS1]

      New Cosponsor: Rep. Sam Johnson [R-TX3]

      New Cosponsor: Rep. Daniel Kildee [D-MI5]

      New Cosponsor: Rep. John Kline [R-MN2]

      New Cosponsor: Rep. Sander Levin [D-MI9]

      New Cospon sor: Rep. Mike McIntyre [D-NC7]

      New Cosponsor: Rep. Jeff Miller [R-FL1]

      New Cosponsor: Rep. Mike Pompeo [R-KS4]

      New Cosponsor: Rep. Trey Radel [R-FL19]

      New Cosponsor: Rep. Charles Rangel [D-NY13]

      New Cosponsor: Rep. Tom Reed [R-NY23]

      New Cosponsor: Rep. David Roe [R-TN1]

      New Cosponsor: Rep. Keith Rothfus [R-PA12]

      New Cosponsor: Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA5]

  16. Daniel Rich
    May 19, 2013, 12:58 am

    For the slightest moment ever, I thought it was a picture of one of Tootsie’s scenes [1982] that had landed on the floor of the editing board.

    One way streets never like highways.

  17. thedirtydemocrat
    May 19, 2013, 2:27 am

    Senator Boxer sits on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee as Vice Chair and should be removed from that position. Senator Reid must ask for her resignation for even suggesting a bill slimey as S462.
    As an, American and proud of it, I cannot understand the benefit of this bill to anyone but Zionist apartheid Israel least of all. It is against everything America is supposed to stand for. We give $3 billion a year to a country that uses children as shields, traffics drugs, body parts, children, and theft of property not theirs.

  18. Accentitude
    May 19, 2013, 8:41 am

    I completely agree with this statement: “This is the only place in the world where I feel that it means nothing to be an American. It means absolutely nothing. If there was any other place that dealt with American citizens in this kind of way, there would be this whole giant uproar, right? But because it’s here, I guess, it doesn’t really matter.”
    When I first got here, I thought I wouldn’t given such a hard time at checkpoints, in dealing with military, police, security, etc…until I remembered that I’m a PALESTINIAN American which gives said occupiers more reason to show their superiority over my kind. In the United States, our government talks about how Israel is the only country in the Middle East that “shares our values” and supports freedom and democracy and civil and human rights….and over here, the reality is that they treat us like the worst sort of shit imaginable. They don’t care that the American government is propping up their country. They’re not grateful at all and in fact, they expect it. They actually enjoy treating Americans like garbage. They go out of their way to do it when they know that you’re an American. Most of the Israelis I’ve talked to actually mock the fact that we’re so stupid to continue supporting them despite all the mud they’ve dragged us through.

  19. james1118
    May 19, 2013, 12:21 pm

    I appreciate the coverage by Mondoweiss. Nevertheless, comments should be left alone….. when opinions are tampered with then the values of freedom of speech go right out the window…

  20. james1118
    May 22, 2013, 10:08 am

    I do appreciate the articles from Mondoweiss.. Thanks!!!

Leave a Reply