The Boulder Daily Camera reports on a campaign by local extremists to head off a proposal to make Boulder a sister city of Nablus. The initiative was defeated last June, but three City Councilpeople, including Macon Cowles, above, voted for it. The opponents of the proposal say it’s anti-Semitic. How crazy is that?
A Colorado Springs-based conservative organization is targeting Boulder City Councilman Macon Cowles with automated phone calls spotlighting his vote in favor of making the Palestinian city of Nablus a Boulder sister city.
In the so-called “robocalls,” which appear to have started Thursday evening, the caller identifies himself as “Kevin” from Colorado Liberty Alliance.
“Boulder means something special, but Councilman Macon Cowles doesn’t understand it,” the recorded call said. “Are honor killings of women, jailing journalists for what they write and oppressing gays Boulder values? Of course not. But Councilman Macon Cowles voted to make Nablus, where these atrocities are routine, Boulder’s sister city.”
Cowles described his run-in with one of the anti-Nablus activists at a fundraiser for local farmers:
Cowles said he was going to get a glass of wine when Eric Weissmann, a failed Republican candidate for the 2nd Congressional District, the seat held by Boulder Democrat Jared Polis, said, “After you, Nablus.”
Weissmann exchanged words with Cowles’ wife, Regina Cowles, at the fundraiser, and Weissmann then started tweeting extensively about Cowles’ vote and urging people not to re-elect Cowles, who is one of two incumbents running for re-election.
The other is Mayor Matt Appelbaum, who voted “no” on making Nablus a sister city…
“I think his vote to make Nablus a sister city of Boulder was an endorsement of the anti-Semitic rhetoric used by the proponents of that relationship and in complete disregard of the human rights situation in Nablus,” Weissmann said.
Max Blumenthal brought this to our attention.