Video: Outraged constituents confront CT Senator Chris Murphy over support for Gaza attack

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When Senator Chris Murphy invited his Connecticut constituents to a hike up East Rock Park this morning, he did not expect to be met by activists from the Middle East Crisis Committee and Jewish Voice for Peace. The activists had gathered to express outrage at Murphy’s support for Israel’s ongoing massacre of over 300 Gazans. Captured on video, Senator Murphy denied knowledge of the Senate’s recent Resolution 498–a greenlight for Israel’s war–despite the fact that Murphy himself co-sponsored it.

“I was staggered to hear Murphy deny support for a bill that he co-sponosred,” said Stan Heller of the Middle East Crisis Committee.

The resolution, unanimously passed by the Senate on Thursday, voiced “support for the State of Israel as it defends itself against unprovoked rocket attacks”. It did not include a single word condemning Israel’s indiscriminate attacks on Gazan civilians or the illegal blockade which  has collectively punished Gazans since 2007. The resolution’s unanimous passage in the Senate reveals the Democrats and Republicans’ unwavering allegiance to Israel, even in the face of stunning war crimes.

Stan Heller and myself, whose voices heard in the video, are members of the Middle East Crisis Committee. About a third  of the other hikers were members of Jewish Voice for Peace who decided to use the event to discuss Israel with Senator Murphy. When Murphy turned his back on us, Heller and I walked away.

More information on Senate Resolution 498 and the ongoing slaughter of Gaza may be found at the Middle East Crisis Committee’s website.

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  1. just
    July 19, 2014, 1:52 pm

    Dumbfounded, but not surprised at his feigned ignorance.

    (looked like he was feeling some heat btw he was adjusting his shirt, though)

    Thanks MECC & JVP. Big shout out to you and Stan, Dan.

    (looks like Murphy is Lieberman reincarnated…)

  2. a blah chick
    July 19, 2014, 1:59 pm

    I would have more respect for Murphy, Warren, Frank et al if they would at least stand their ground and defend their montrous positions. Instead they run away or get petulent.

    Cowards.

    • Kay24
      July 19, 2014, 5:48 pm

      Big cowards when they are confronted. He had amnesia for a few minutes there too.
      More people should confront their shameless representatives, like this.
      The must confront them about their devotion to Israel, and ask them why they take donations from an alien nation.

      • Blownaway
        July 19, 2014, 8:30 pm

        They just reflexively sign whatever AIPAC puts in front of them. Hundreds of millions for iron dome which is of dubious success billions for Israel not a nickel for Detroit

      • just
        July 19, 2014, 8:36 pm

        The sponsors usually do a bit more, but yes to all of your comment.

        (psst– he was preceded by Joe Lieberman)

      • Giles
        July 20, 2014, 9:20 am

        Do you remember when Lee Whitnum called this clown out for jetting off to Israel during the Democratic primaries and asked him who paid for the trip? He claimed he paid for it himself and then the moderator shut down that line of questioning and Ms. Whitnum was banned from future debates. If the Zionists did not know they are liars, then why the intense effort to disallow and speech not to their liking?

  3. Elisabeth
    July 19, 2014, 2:21 pm

    UNPROVOKED rocket attacks… Geez, are these people for real?
    But the Dutch news last night made me almost throw up too. Did you know Israel is under SERIOUS threat because of….. tunnels?

    • a blah chick
      July 19, 2014, 4:03 pm

      Not only that but these tunnels are infested with donkeys packed with dynamite carrying little children strapped to their backs and being led by old ladies.

  4. American
    July 19, 2014, 2:44 pm

    Good for them!
    Needs to happen to all the politicans.
    Up close and personal, up close and personal, face to face with the politicans out in the public.

  5. W.Jones
    July 19, 2014, 3:00 pm

    Nice try talking with him. It’s a chance.

  6. Justpassingby
    July 19, 2014, 3:04 pm

    Look how scared he looks when confronted.
    Pathetic! Good job Middle East Crisis Committee!

  7. Pixel
    July 19, 2014, 3:09 pm

    Bravo!

  8. American
    July 19, 2014, 3:40 pm

    Other outraged constituents in France

    Clashes erupt in Paris as Thousands Rally To Denounce Israel Attack on Gaza

    Angry Crowds Defy Ban on Pro-Palestinian Protests

    Paris Is Burning: Anti-Israel protesters fight running battles with French police as thousands defy ban on pro-Palestinian protests.

    By Reuters

    Published July 19, 2014.

    Paris — Pro-Palestinian protesters clashed with police in Paris on Saturday as they defied a ban on a planned rally against violence in the Gaza strip.

    A Reuters photographer said demonstrators in northern Paris launched projectiles at riot police, who responded by firing teargas canisters and stun grenades.

    Demonstrators also climbed on top of a building and burned an Israeli flag. At least one car was set on fire.

    A police spokesman said that 38 demonstrators had been arrested by early evening and that the clashes were dying down.

    However, dozens of police trucks were seen rolling into the narrow streets of the historically Jewish Marais neighborhood where French media said groups of protesters had assembled.

    President Francois Hollande earlier said he had asked his interior minister to ban protests that could turn violent after demonstrators marched on two synagogues in Paris last weekend and clashed with riot police.

    “That’s why I asked the interior minister, after an investigation, to ensure that such protests would not take place,” he told journalists during a visit to Chad.

    In defiance of the ban, large crowds gathered in northern Paris chanting “Israel, assassin” until they were dispersed by tear gas.

    Peaceful rallies were also held in more than a dozen other cities, from Lille in the north to Marseille in the south.

    “This ban on demonstrations, which was decided at the last minute, actually increases the risk of public disorder,” the Greens Party said in a statement. “It’s a first in Europe.”

    Read more: link to forward.com

    • Kay24
      July 19, 2014, 5:44 pm

      Unlike this zionist infested nation, Europe is free to demonstrate, and in this case they defied the ban in Paris. Unlike the US media, the European media is much more honest in it’s coverage of any event. Therefore the people are much more informed, unlike the ignorant in the US. I guess the violence they see, and the slaughter of children, must make them mad enough to defy any ban.
      Good job Paris.

    • RoHa
      July 19, 2014, 8:01 pm

      ” after demonstrators marched on two synagogues in Paris last weekend and clashed with riot police.”

      Which isn’t what happened, of course. Even in my cynical old age I expected better than that from Reuters.

    • dbroncos
      July 20, 2014, 2:31 am

      @American

      French police using tear gas and stun grenades to defend Israeli fascists against French citizens and their right to protest for justice in Palestine. Incredible.

  9. a blah chick
    July 19, 2014, 4:11 pm

    “That’s why I asked the interior minister, after an investigation, to ensure that such protests would not take place”

    And, pray tell, how would you do that? Confine every Palestinian sympathizer to his or her home? You cannot be that stupid.

  10. rensanceman
    July 19, 2014, 4:53 pm

    Excellent. This is an effective way to demonstrate to our whorish Congressmen that some Americans are demanding that our poisonous relationship with the Zionist state must change. I regularly call Senate and Congressional offices and demonstrate( last weekends L.A. Rally). I also noted Mike Peled’s -of JAG-call to action to demonstrate at Israeli Consulates. I urge all readers of this site to make your views known in an effective way. The L.A. Times printed my letter to the editor this morning sandwiched between two Zionist writers.

  11. MRW
    July 19, 2014, 4:58 pm

    Thanks, Dan. Thank you.

  12. lonely rico
    July 19, 2014, 5:33 pm

    Three rallies in Montréal over the last 8 days:
    last Friday (3000 +/-)
    Wednesday (2000 +/-)
    Today (Saturday) (1000 +/-)
    These were held at various public spaces around the city.
    People chanting in French, English, and Arabic. Angry but with a positive energy from the very fact of being there and expressing their solidarity for the Palestinians, who have suffered far too much, far too long.
    July 28 – 3000 already expressing their intention to be at the Israeli consulate in Montreal.

  13. ahhiyawa
    July 19, 2014, 5:45 pm

    Great video Dan!

    This event excellently shines light on the craven, cowardice that suffuses American politics. Murphy states he would speak on the issue, but dodges the subject and than runs away from it. Its this kind of confrontation in the public square that will ultimately turn the tide, because sooner or later the Murphy’s of politics are going to have to explain their support and justification for the reprehensible, why they have sold their souls to the devil for privilege and power. There are no good answers.

  14. Citizen
    July 19, 2014, 6:12 pm

    American goy reps like Chris Murphy need their feet held to the justice fire. Keep it up, everybody! Unbalanced support of Israel right or wrong is absolutely harming American interests everywhere! How long can these mediocre, power-hungry, greedy, & opportunistic American goys get away with evil? Americans, arise! Let’s show these immoral goys we won’t stand for their sleazy conduct!

  15. Kay24
    July 19, 2014, 6:24 pm

    I just watched a short video of the protests in the UK and Paris, they were very serious in what they wanted to do, especially in France. When I saw someone burning an Israeli flag, I sort of realized that Israel is going to find it hard to explain this massacre to the world. At the end, it will be isolated, deservedly so, and the US will be once again, giving it hugs and kisses.

  16. Kay24
    July 19, 2014, 7:03 pm

    Marco Rubio standing up in congress, and firmly stating Hamas is 100 percent responsible for the deaths in Gaza.

    Wow, kissing up to Israel already Marco, don’t worry AIPAC loved your shameless sucking up to Israel. If I were your family, I would feel embarrassed at this cheap effort.

  17. ckg
    July 19, 2014, 7:05 pm

    Excellent video, Dan. Dan doesn’t mention that Sen. Murphy is a Democrat, but it hardly matters. As Dan wrote, “The resolution’s unanimous passage in the Senate reveals the Democrats and Republicans’ unwavering allegiance to Israel, even in the face of stunning war crimes.”

    The Green Party of the US issued this statement this week:

    The Green Party of the United States is calling for an immediate ceasefire in the current exchange of missiles between Israeli and Palestinian forces, negotiation for a just and peaceful resolution to the conflict, an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian Territories and human rights violations, repeal of apartheid policies in Israel, and establishment of one democratic state for all in Israel-Palestine.

    The Green Party opposes and condemns all violence against unarmed civilians and deplores the murder of young people on both sides that ignited the current face-off. Greens said that Israel must be held accountable for mounting Palestinian casualties in the assault on Gaza, with over 200 deaths, mostly civilians, caused by airstrikes in densely populated areas. Hamas must be held accountable for indiscriminate rocket attacks, which have killed one Israeli during the escalating crisis.

    “We are appalled that the Obama Administration endorsed Operation Protective Edge. The White House must lead the rest of the world in bringing international pressure for a ceasefire, aid for civilian populations in the line of fire, observance of international law, and a just peace in the region with an end to Israel’s illegal occupation and apartheid policies within the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel,” said Dr. Justine McCabe, Connecticut Green and member of the Green Party’s International Committee.

    .

    • Joeygee23
      July 20, 2014, 6:20 am

      I’m a CT resident and I want to vomit. All this stooge could talk about for a year was dead children (Newtown) riling up the sheeple and restricting my second Amendment rights with an illegal midnight emergency session with no public input. All in the name of protecting children. Rich, white children. I enjoyed watching him squirm.

      • Mooser
        July 20, 2014, 2:56 pm

        “All this stooge could talk about for a year was dead children (Newtown) riling up the sheeple and restricting my second Amendment rights with an illegal midnight emergency session with no public input. All in the name of protecting children. Rich, white children.”

        I’m not sure if unrestricted “second Amendment rights” will help with the problem of “rich, white children”. What exactly do you have in mind for the kids which involves “second Amendment rights”?
        I’d much rather raise their parents taxes, and that won’t even require a gun.

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