Joining Graham, Schumer calls for end of Palestinian unification for sake of Israel’s ‘survival’

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Schumer, official portrait

Schumer, official portrait

Inevitable but dismal and tragic: Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer and Robert Menendez join Republicans Kelly Ayotte and Lindsey Graham in sponsoring a resolution calling for an end to the unification government of Palestine. And anything Israel wants to do to defend itself, fine. The four on Thursday

introduced a resolution expressing support for the State of Israel as it defends itself against unprovoked attacks from the Hamas terrorist organization.

The rockets are an existential threat, evidently. The resolution: 

Reaffirms the United States’ support for Israel’s right to defend its citizens and ensure the survival of the State of Israel;

Does the survival of that state require slaughter? This resolution would seem to be more about the delegitimization of Israel in international fora especially in the shadow of the end of the peace process.

Not a word about Palestinian death. “The State of Israel is under siege on multiple fronts,” writes Lindsey Graham. Here is Schumer’s statement:

“Israel is entitled to take the steps necessary to protect itself from destructive rocket attacks from Hamas that are aimed at all Israeli civilians, regardless of their religion,” said Senator Schumer. “This resolution supports Israel as it protects itself in a manner that values the safety of Palestinian civilians even as its own civilians face indiscriminate attacks from terrorists. It is time for Mahmoud Abbas to do the right thing and break ties with Hamas.”

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  1. Justpassingby
    July 12, 2014, 8:33 am

    Fifth column comes to mind. Disgraceful persons!

  2. Annie Robbins
    July 12, 2014, 8:35 am

    israel’s been on a warpath since fatah and hamas signed the unity deal. didn’t even drip a beat w/the reports of the kidnapping. just drove it home the whole time. now they arebombing gaza and still demanding it.

    israel is the bully in the schoolyard and they will throw a tantrum(massacring) until they get what they want if no one stops them. shame on all these senators doing netanyahu’s bidding . shame. while children are slaughtered.

  3. a blah chick
    July 12, 2014, 8:47 am

    “It is time for Mahmoud Abbas to do the right thing and break ties with Hamas.”

    And if he doesn’t what then? You gonna cut funding?

    Go ahead, Schumer, pull that trigger.

    • Citizen
      July 13, 2014, 2:12 am

      “Israel has no partner for peace”–and we like it that way, so down with that unity government! These US senators are traitors and lack basic humanity. They have to go.

  4. Sumud
    July 12, 2014, 8:54 am

    “Hamas is entitled to take the steps necessary to protect itself from destructive rocket attacks from Israel that are aimed at all Gazan civilians, regardless of their religion,” said Senator Schumer. “This resolution supports Palestine as it protects itself in a manner that values the safety of Israeli civilians even as its own civilians face indiscriminate attacks from terrorists. It is time for the Knesset to do the right thing and end Israeli apartheid.”

    Perhaps someone will the the decency to ask the senators representing Tel Aviv if Palestinians have the right to self defence – if not, why not?

  5. Kay24
    July 12, 2014, 9:07 am

    There they go again kissing up to the zionists. It is quite clear that this massacre is more of a revenge killing spree for being united, more than other reasons.
    The Palestinians must do as Israel says, or they will be dealt with violently.
    What we are witnessing, is the hatred and brutality, nazi style, that the zionists have adapted, against those who cannot fight back.

  6. ritzl
    July 12, 2014, 9:54 am

    If they end unification they end two state aspirations. These powerful idiots don’t know what they want except if the Palestinians are for it they’re “agin it.” Pure mindless contrarian BS.

  7. Taxi
    July 12, 2014, 10:44 am

    The zios on the Hill have played this same record so many times that by now all I can do is chuckle at their vileness.

    Hey all you voting Americans out there: for eff’s sakes vote these donkey-dong suckers outta offfice already! Puleeeeeeez!

    • Kay24
      July 12, 2014, 12:18 pm

      Taxi I have stopped voting for any politician, because almost every one of these spineless, zio loving politicians, show such love and devotion for a rogue state, that the rest of the world dislikes, it is almost embarrassing to watch them make idiots of themselves, trying to do it’s bidding here.
      The plight of the Palestinians is a humanitarian issue, and we are supposed to help victims, not aid and abet with the criminals.

      • Taxi
        July 12, 2014, 1:33 pm

        Even though you might not be voting at the presidential election, Kay, you should still phone/email your local congressperson/senator during the primaries/caucuses elections and threaten them with vote withdrawal if they even have the slightest connection to aipac. You could start by asking them if they’ve taken that creepy ‘israel junket’ trip and where they stand ideologically on the whole issue of freedom for the oppressed and the occupied.

        *For our non-American reader friends out there, this link explains our election procedure:
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_primary

    • American
      July 12, 2014, 8:07 pm

      Taxi says:

      July 12, 2014 at 10:44 am

      The zios on the Hill have played this same record so many times that by now all I can do is chuckle at their vileness.

      Hey all you voting Americans out there: for eff’s sakes vote these donkey-dong suckers outta offfice already! Puleeeeeeez
      >>>>>

      I suggest rounding them up and _______(cant say it on here) and then ____ing (cant say that either) Capitol Hill.
      Our in-house incesteous political system doesnt give us anyone decent to vote for so dont count on democracy to do the job that needs doing.

      • Taxi
        July 12, 2014, 11:58 pm

        American,

        I hear ya! And I would volunteer to do the rounding up myself!

      • Citizen
        July 13, 2014, 2:17 am

        I agree, American, but we still must do as Taxi says, and make our stance known to our respective elected official whores and wannabe candidate whores.

      • American
        July 13, 2014, 12:15 pm

        Citizen,

        My I -hoe senator has not set foot in this area of the state to campign for her re election. The MoveOn org is here running a campaign for her. I went to their MoveOn ‘community get together’ a few weeks ago.
        Told them to shove it–as did several other attendees who are sick of the 2 party dual monarchy.
        BCTTGASO

  8. justicewillprevail
    July 12, 2014, 10:44 am

    The state of Israel is not under siege. How can anybody write such melodramatic hyperbole, when Gaza is under very real, utterly cruel and vindictive siege? Why do they have to keep this patently false narrative, which is evidently rubbish with a moment’s thought? If you want to know what a real siege is like, go to Gaza, don’t insult us with overblown hysteria, designed to portray the out-of-control bully as the poor little victim, when there are very real victims dying and injured thanks to indiscriminate Israeli bombs. Those Israelis sitting on the beach at Tel Aviv, or thronging cafes and bars, must feel so under siege, the poor little crybabies.

    • Kay24
      July 12, 2014, 12:24 pm

      Crybabies they are. A rocket exploded near a home, and the kids are treated for “shock”. Imagine the plight of the children in Gaza, one kid had his head blown off, babies are killed before they can walk, and most killed are women and children.
      They need treatment for “shock”. The Palestinian children are traumatized and depressed for years, and need treatment for more than just shock.

      As for the victim part, it is a well known fact that Israel MUST pretend to be the victim of unarmed, occupied people, or the cannot justify the violence against the Palestinians. The US and the UK also go along with this pretense.

    • Paldi5
      July 12, 2014, 1:23 pm

      Sderot cinema, Israelis bring chairs to a hilltop in Sderot to watch latest fireworks from Gaza, clapping and laughing when blasts are heard.

      • amigo
        July 13, 2014, 7:30 am

        “Sderot cinema, Israelis bring chairs to a hilltop in Sderot to watch latest fireworks from Gaza, clapping and laughing when blasts are heard.”Paldi5

        And this from the descendants of the Holocaust Victims.

        Btw, what,s with the Paldi5 username??.

    • Rusty Pipes
      July 12, 2014, 1:45 pm

      The politicians didn’t write this legislation. At most, they tweaked AIPAC’s draft. Mearsheimer and Walt describe how this worked in the I-L conflict in 2006:

      … at the beginning of the war, there was a bipartisan effort to temper the House resolution supporting Israel by inserting language urging “all sides to protect civilian lives and infrastructure.” Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (then chair[] of the Senate Armed Services Committee), among others, favored this change in the legislation, considering the moral issues at stake. One would think that such language would be unobjectionable, if not welcome. But AIPAC, which wrote the original resolution and was the main driving force behind it, strongly objected to this particular clause. John Boehner, the House majority leader, kept the proposed new language out of the resolution, which still passed 410-8.(p.326)

      While big donor influence has only gotten worse, with Citizens United, since 2006, average American awareness of the realities in Palestine and congress have increased since then through social media. Pro-forma votes and actions, like the 29 standing ovations for Bibi or the overriding of the Democratic delegates’ votes on the party platform can be replayed over and over on YouTube. As the attempt to attack Syria in fall 2013 demonstrated, the demands of the Israel Lobby can be counteracted when congressmembers get overwhelming resistance from their constituents. More than ever, we need to let each of our congresscritters know that the whole world is watching and that we will remember if they condone this slaughter.

      • Citizen
        July 13, 2014, 2:25 am

        Not only contact your respective congress critters and the WH via email, but also on Twitter and Facebook. Let them know this travesty of justice happening in Gaza is not worthy of US support.

    • seafoid
      July 12, 2014, 3:25 pm

      Jewish money. Finkelstein’s new york and Florida jews, the worst thing that ever happened to Israel.

      • American
        July 12, 2014, 11:38 pm

        seafoid says:

        July 12, 2014 at 3:25 pm

        Jewish money. Finkelstein’s new york and Florida jews, the worst thing that ever happened to Israel.
        >>>>>>>>>>>

        Nope , its worked just fine for Zio Israel.
        But it has been the worst thing to ever happen to Palestine and America.

      • seafoid
        July 13, 2014, 6:37 am

        No. Psychosis is very bad for Israel. No point in building anything in a country with a suicide / masada tendency. There is a south american forest fungus called cordyceps that infects the brains of ants and controls them before killing them. I think it’s related to Zionism.

      • American
        July 13, 2014, 12:06 pm

        I could care less about what is bad for Israel—the zionist have had 65 years of chances to be decent people handed to them on a silver platter and they rejected them all every time.

        Enough.

    • Talkback
      July 13, 2014, 3:56 am

      The state of Israel is not under siege. How can anybody write such melodramatic hyperbole, when Gaza is under very real, utterly cruel and vindictive siege?

      Graham mind is under Israel’s siege, too. He actually believes that it is Hamas and not Israel who provokes with its attacks almost all the times.

      Poor soul, completely brainwashed.

  9. yonah fredman
    July 12, 2014, 11:47 am

    Israel in this campaign against Hamas that began with rhetoric, but was followed by arrests on the West Bank, (in the aftermath of the abduction of the male youths who studied in occupied territory) set up a confrontation with Hamas. Avraham Burg is not prime minister, Bibi Netanyahu is. And his party has never spoken about reconciliation with Hamas (its tendency to reconciliation is negligible to begin with, but with Hamas, forget about it. never has been their policy.) Bibi wants to put the Hamas genie back in the bottle and thus the arrests on the West Bank. Those arrests led to this reaction from Gaza which elicited this reaction from Israel.

    • seafoid
      July 12, 2014, 4:58 pm

      Hamas are right to reject the israel is a jewish state crap. That is why Gaza is being tortured now.

  10. James Canning
    July 12, 2014, 1:57 pm

    If Chuck Schumer actually wants to help ensure Israel’s “survival”, he will say openly that Israel needs to get out of the West Bank and accept a Unity Palestinian government.

  11. Kathleen
    July 12, 2014, 3:34 pm

    Another appearance by Hillary Mann Leverett on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry today. Too bad HML cut off right before she was about to object to the persistent mischaracterization of Hamas on MSM outlets. HML was on her show last Sunday and now today. Drip drip drip. Finally MHP applying her alleged focus on human rights..she has joined the better late than never crowd and it is a wonderful thing.

    Still no mention about the “root causes” of the middle east “humanitarian crisis” while MHP, Chris Matthews, Joy Reid, Lawrence O’Donnell more than willing to shed the light on the “root causes” of the “humanitarian crisis” at the U.S. border.

    Still no mention of illegal settlements, no accurate maps of the West Bank and what has and is still going on…no “root cause” focus at all.

    • James Canning
      July 12, 2014, 5:30 pm

      One wonders if people are told not to mention the illegal colonies of Jews in the West Bank.

  12. jd65
    July 12, 2014, 4:08 pm

    From the above article: “Does the survival of that state require slaughter?” The answer to that question is yes. If we’re talking about the state that the founding Zionists envisioned and wanted, and leaders like Netanyahu want, then the answer is yes. There are many well known quotes showing that men like Dayan, Jabotinsky, etc… knew slaughter would be necessary. And they moved forward with it. They are still moving forward with it. It’s happening as we speak. That’s why Israel is such a grotesque reality to be existing today; let alone when this sort of colonialist slaughter and repression was more the norm.

  13. seafoid
    July 12, 2014, 4:50 pm

    Israel doesn’t deserve to survive. Zionism has failed and all the money they diverted from education and social support in favour of YESHA has produced a scary generation bred on ethnocentric hatred. It is very hard to see a positive future for Israel. Schumer and co don’t give a rats ass about the decent Israelis trying to raise families in a dysfunctional violence soaked country.

    • DICKERSON3870
      July 12, 2014, 10:45 pm

      RE: Zionism has failed and all the money they diverted from education and social support in favour of YESHA has produced a scary generation bred on ethnocentric hatred. ~ seafoid

      RELATED: “Israel’s bizarre decision to give up on education – and its future”, by Ami Kaufman, +972 Magazine, 12/03/11

      [EXCERPT] Last week I came across a disturbing story, one of many recently, where Haredi school boys threw stones at secular Jewish school girls. [Because] [t]he schoolgirls were singing. . .
      . . . [W]hat bothered me more about this particular incident was the age of the perpetrators. These were young boys or teenagers, already well versed on the issues of female singing and its dangers.
      What this incident shows more than anything else, is the education factor and how it will change this country. And it shows how incidents like the one above are going to happen again, and again and again.

      Much has been said on the demographics of the Haredi community and the pace at which it grows. But not many know of how huge an impact Haredi education already has on this state. These Haredi rock-throwing boys learn in a Haredi school. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://972mag.com/israel%E2%80%99s-bizarre-decision-to-give-up-on-education-and-its-future/28962/

      • RoHa
        July 13, 2014, 12:18 am

        It’s a step in the right direction. Now if we could only train people to throw stones at everyone who tries singing …

      • DICKERSON3870
        July 14, 2014, 8:11 am

        In preparation for my high school graduation ceremony many decades ago, the choral director judged me to be a bass monotone, and I was asked told/instructed to just silently mouth the lyrics.
        Currently I’m watching PBS’s 2002 “Evolution” series, and on the first or second disc there was a hilarious scene where the extended Darwin family was in church, and Darwin’s middle-aged brother Erasmus (a physician) was loudly singing a hymn very purposefully off-key as Charles Darwin’s young children are falling all over themselves giggling.
        According to Wikipedia, the name Erasmus had been used by a number of his family and derives from his ancestor Erasmus Earle, Common Sergent of England under Oliver Cromwell.[2]
        My ancestor John Lewis of Abergavenny in Monmouthshire (the shires being areas contested by England and Wales) was on the other side in the English Civil War, and as a consequence apparently ended up being banished by Cromwell to Barbados for a couple of years. Upon his return to England/Wales he sold everything, and in 1653 he settled in Virginia.
        Among the more memorable Lewis’ Erasmus-like first (“Christian”) names here in America are the likes of Eusebius and Theophilus.

        Rosa Luxemburg: Suicidal Mission [VIDEO, 03:36] – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtNURfLQDow

    • Citizen
      July 13, 2014, 2:35 am

      Schumer goes to bed at night thinking he’s being a good Jew. Graham goes to bed at night thinking he’s being a good Christian. Think they ever heard of MW? Think they ever read an article in it? Any of the comments beneath any article? How about their respective staff aids?

  14. traintosiberia
    July 12, 2014, 4:56 pm

    http://original.antiwar.com/chernus/2014/07/11/israels-strategy-and-americas-mythology/

    http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1403876541/

    The interpretation of the dream that emanates from the holy city of Tel Aviv reaches the hearts and minds of the diaspora in the farthest corner of the earth and awakens the tribal connectivity .
    How can Schumer,the guardian of Israel,and Graham who bemoans for not born as Jewish ,ignore the interpretation . It is pill bottle for the perplexed and humiliated telling them how to take the medicine all the way to the mouth.
    Like the OSP in Iraq war,like the Truman administration “s Jewish court ,like the tainted Johnson administration ,these guys are echoing what suit the Zionist in their time of need. The time and the need ,both are eternal and always in present moment.
    Explanation that is offered is what Israel needs. End of the circle to retrace itself.

    Created situation goes a long way in times of fury,death,violence does and is made sure that get no in-I depth look . Who killed the Jewish boys and why did the Israel decide to pick up and pound the Hamas leaders ? Was the goal identified months before the visit of Kerry to bring some fun in the boring existence of the Zionism and in the process repeat the vow to the racist,vengeful,and isolated Jewish god? Sure the diaspora and the helper ,both are welcome since they have honestly and correctly repeated the prayers of from TelAviv. .

  15. traintosiberia
    July 12, 2014, 5:08 pm

    http://original.antiwar.com/chernus/2014/07/11/israels-strategy-and-americas-mythology/

    http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1403876541/

    The interpretation of the dream that emanates from the holy city of Tel Aviv reaches the hearts and minds of the diaspora in the farthest corner of the earth and awakens the tribal connectivity .
    How can Schumer,the guardian of Israel,and Graham who bemoans for not born as Jewish ,ignore the interpretation . It is the medicine bottle for the perplexed teaching them how to take the med to the mouth.
    Like the OSP in Iraq war,like the Truman administration “s Jewish court ,like the tainted Johnson administration ,these guys are echoing what suit the Zionist in their time of need. The time and the need ,both are eternal and always in present moment.
    Explanation that is offered is same . It is the description of the crime .
    Created situation goes a long way in times of fury,death,violence to confuse the perplexed who are asking from the corrupt corridors of the power in Washington and London – Give us something to get confused to take to our constituents to keep them confused with bias ,also known as bipartisan JudeomChristian orgy in crack house . they got it.- Hamas is planning,planning,planning more about planning again .- they received the talking points .
    Who killed the Jewish boys and why did the Israel decide to pick up and pound the Hamas leaders ? Was the goal identified months before the visit of Kerry to bring some fun in the boring existence of the Zionism and in the process repeat the vow to the racist,vengeful,and isolated Jewish god? Sure the diaora and the helper ,both are welcome since they have honestly and correctly repeated the prayers of Netsnhyu .

  16. Chu
    July 12, 2014, 6:58 pm

    Schumer – the smile of a used car salesman.

    • tear-stained uzi
      July 13, 2014, 12:07 am

      He’s always reminded me of The Joker; it’s the smile of the sociopath.

      • Chu
        July 13, 2014, 12:47 pm

        He’s the head capo of democratic I-firsters. He waiting for Reid to retire so he can take his seat. Good thing for the next president Cantor lost. Imagine the two of them behind closed doors.

  17. Abierno
    July 12, 2014, 7:16 pm

    Perhaps the esteemed senator, and his colleagues (Clinton, Cantor, McCain, Graham, Ros-Lehtinen et. al.) should be apprised that internationally pundits
    are referring to the Israeli attack on Gaza as “Operation Battle of Carthage.”
    He might wish to review Pliny to fully understand the long term implications
    for both Israel and the “Empire of Chaos” (Pepe Escobar).

    • traintosiberia
      July 13, 2014, 8:46 am

      Blowback is already here. The kids from Hondurus have trekked a long way to escape Hillary approved overthrow of Honduran elected president Zalaya ,and are waiting at the border to be greeted by Hillary.
      Some blowback s appears early and get sorted out. Some show up late and they sort things out.

  18. Pippilin
    July 12, 2014, 7:55 pm

    We really need to purge, at least the HoR of virtually all its members. When this disgusting pack of non-representatives voted another 600 million to Israel for defense (WHAT more defensive or offensive weaponry does that country need?) and voted over 400-1 for naming Israel as a special, special ally of the US, you have to know where the trouble lies. Same for our unelected shadow government that reportedly is 90% composed of pro-Zionist, pro-war goons. In a few years I can see the rest of the world referring to the US as “Greater Israel”.

    • Citizen
      July 13, 2014, 2:43 am

      Hagee and his 30 million evangelicals will love such a reference.

      • traintosiberia
        July 13, 2014, 9:07 am

        Poor Hagee should confirm his status by visiting Jerusalem old quarters with no prior intimation of arrival . He should go without umbrella or face mask.
        The spitted out Israeli saliva dribbling from his body will satisfy the requirement for the ceremonial baptism in case he was seeking one.
        China and India can learn a lot from Hagee- before turning yourself into a door mat,make sure that door would withstand the arrival of the freeloaders
        “Enemy of my enemy is my friend” means Hagee has to keep on fighting against Islam to maintain the friendship . India and China facing stuff from Xinxiang have to do same until exhaustion sets in. It also means your new Israeli friend will never allow to sit down and talk to Islam or the terrorist in case of India-China which is exactly happening between US and Iran ,between Hamas and US and between Hizbullah and US . Poor evangelist and their money wasted on a return ticket for Jesus so that the Jews will be killed and Jesus will sit down for a good dinner with his faithful. Hagee wants us to believe that Jews are fine with the self destruction with 100 % participation . Even a child would have second thought.

  19. refugee47
    July 12, 2014, 9:21 pm

    This will never change as long as AIPAC and other Zionist groups bring the big check books to political campaigns . You really can’t blame the American politicians . They won’t be in office if they try to go against AIPAC/Zionist lobbyists .

    • Citizen
      July 13, 2014, 2:46 am

      Anybody know a viable alternative to our current campaign finance system? Has any group tried to buck it, other than the original liberty lobby types who got hammered by Obama’s IRS?

    • Kay24
      July 13, 2014, 9:28 am

      America is also occupied in a different way. As long as we allow lobbies representing alien nations, involved in our political system, we will never be free.
      Add to that the biased main stream media, the owners of many being Jewish, and today, it is almost impossible to get the truth out of Israel’s attack on Gaza on television. CNN’s Blitzer was almost like an Israeli spokesperson for their troops, and was giving his spin on how clinical and careful their ground attack would be.
      Ben Wiedeman was honest in his reporting, and it seemed Israeli ex lying diplomat, Oren, looked uncomfortable, when Ben reported that structures not connected to Hamas was also bombed. We will never hear the truth and we will never be free of this parasitic curse.

  20. DICKERSON3870
    July 12, 2014, 10:26 pm

    On a positive note, I am thankful that Likudnik Israel (along with many other things, including the typo-inducing keyboard I am currently using to type this) makes the prospect of inevitable death (the state of no longer being/existing) really not seem so bad!
    There’s always a silver lining.

    • Citizen
      July 13, 2014, 2:48 am

      I just gave three good old manual typewriters to the Salvation Army.

  21. seafoid
    July 13, 2014, 6:55 am

    Feinstein gets excited about abuses such as the NSA program but for people like her and Schumer Zionism is untouchable. One of theproblems with the ideology is that all potential opposition to it has to be strangled, Zionism then develops in an ever more dangerous direction, taking on more risk and increasing the likelihood of a final catastrophe. Following the rules would have been more in its interest but Zionism never understood power.

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