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New Mexico’s ‘God gave Greater Israel to the Jews’ bill is killed

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Cartoon by Eric Garcia.

The New Mexico House resolution that would have put the state on record as supporting a God-given Greater Israel was killed last night.  The House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee voted 3-1 to table the legislation.

The bill says Jews have a biblical mandate to rule Israel and that a 1922 League of Nations resolution legitimized Jewish control over the West Bank and Jerusalem.

“The house of representatives supports Israel in its legal, historical, moral and God-given right of self-governance and self-defense upon the entirety of its own lands, recognizing that Israel is neither an attacking force nor an occupier of the lands of others, and that peace can be afforded the region only through a whole and united Israel,” the resolution reads.

Similar versions of the legislation, backed by the right-wing Zionist Organization of America, have passed in five other states. But activists in New Mexico were successful in opposing it. Dozens of people called and emailed their representatives to urge them to vote no on the resolution.

Last night, members of Jewish Voice for Peace’s Albuquerque chapter and Another Jewish Voice of Santa Fe testified against the resolution.  The sponsor of the legislation, Republican state Representative Yvette Herrell, did not show up to defend her bill.

“People have their agendas and then all we do is kill it, if it’s ridiculous–which this is,” Democratic Representative Gail Chasey, who opposed the bill, told me last week in an interview.

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  1. ritzl
    February 20, 2014, 3:39 pm


  2. ritzl
    February 20, 2014, 4:06 pm

    Also, I think its important to note that the other states where this passed only passed it in one house or the other. I could be wrong, but I don’t think any became law.

    There are limits to this influence and/or behavior and it’s good to see them more crisply defined, if only to have a better sense of where to insert and/or how to leverage pushback efforts.

    Thanks Alex.

    • Alex Kane
      Alex Kane
      February 20, 2014, 5:59 pm

      It has become “law” in some states, though it has no impact, of course, on the people living there as some other laws do. It’s just a resolution.

      In Florida, it passed both legislative bodies. I believe it passed in both bodies in one or two other states as well.

      • ritzl
        February 20, 2014, 6:53 pm

        Thanks for the clarification, Alex. Please keep up the great work.

  3. seafoid
    February 20, 2014, 5:17 pm

    So God gave it to them. Any documentation ? Or do you just need faith ?

    • ThorsteinVeblen2012
      February 20, 2014, 6:17 pm

      Is the Torah a moral guide as to how we should treat one another

      or is it simply a land deed?

      • Kathleen
        February 21, 2014, 8:58 am

        A land deed written up by a bunch of Jewish guys who claim they talked with God. Aye yi yi. Thank goodness for at least the idea of separation of church and state.

    • Talkback
      February 21, 2014, 8:16 am

      I just wrote down that God told me she didn’t. The proof that she didn’t is that I have it black on white. So who are you to question her words?

      • seafoid
        February 21, 2014, 1:32 pm

        God told me she was trying to figure out who should win the world series and had forgotten about those clowns in the desert but mentioned that if it got out of hand they might get smited. Again.

      • Talkback
        February 22, 2014, 3:59 am

        Did you write it down? If not, I won’t believe it!

  4. eljay
    February 20, 2014, 5:26 pm

    >> The bill says Jews have a biblical mandate …

    Does the bill support all other biblical mandates Jews have? Or just this particular bit of Zio-supremacism?

  5. Clif Brown
    Clif Brown
    February 20, 2014, 5:49 pm

    What impresses me most about the last couple of years is how suddenly those whose number one concern is the protection of Israel no matter what it does, are popping out all over the place in these frantic legislative moves to give semi-legal authority to the object of their devotion.

    This is a good thing, whipping away the curtain to expose the Wizard of Oz, as it were.

    It is also encouraging because it shows desperation, an attempt to go over the head of the public that is warming to BDS. It’s far easier to work on politicians in their offices than it is to present a case to the public that will stand up to debate.

  6. LanceThruster
    February 20, 2014, 7:42 pm

    Fine. Until their God shows up in person and signs off on the transfer papers, the Palestinians will be stewards of the property.

    It’s only fair, no?

    • seafoid
      February 21, 2014, 5:44 am

      You know, God made me phunky

      Ain’t nothing phunky about Zionism, you know
      I don’t imagine James Brown was a Zionist.

  7. Walid
    February 21, 2014, 6:04 am

    Speaking of crazy bills, the Knesset working on a bill declaring Palestinian Christians non-Arab:

    From al-Akhbar today:

    “Israel’s Knesset is set to vote on a bill which would identify Palestinian Christians with Israeli citizenship as non-Arabs, sparking outcry both within and outside of 1948 Palestine.

    The bill was proposed by Yariv Levin, coalition chairman for the governing conservative Likud-Yisrael Beitenu faction, in January.

    “My legislation will award separate representation and a separate frame of reference to the Christian public, distinguishing them from Muslim Arabs,” Levin had said at the time.

    If passed, it would be the first time under Israeli legislation that Christian and Muslim Arabs would be separated into two different communities. “This is an important, historic step that could introduce balance to the State of Israel, and connect us [Jews] with the Christians,” he added.
    “I make sure not to refer to them as Arabs, because they are not Arabs.”

    On February 19, the bill passed its second and third readings in the Israeli Knesset’s Labor, Health, and Welfare Committee and is expected to be discussed by MKs in an as-of-yet undetermined date in the near future.

    • just
      February 21, 2014, 6:40 am

      Apartheid and racism in flagrante.

      What a sick, sick, sick bunch of sickos.

    • bintbiba
      February 21, 2014, 7:25 am

      Whoooa there, just a minute now….
      Who do you think you are. I am Arab ,I am atheist . So if you are atheist, I decree you are NOT Jewish either. How do you like that MK Yariv Levin.
      You are a disgrace to the human race. You got me really riled up now.

    • Sumud
      February 21, 2014, 9:12 am

      More divide and conquer colonialism from Unsettled Zionism.

      • seafoid
        February 21, 2014, 9:14 am

        God told us to torture them.
        Maybe she did but watch your ass for BDS.

      • Kathleen
        February 21, 2014, 6:26 pm

        How many women take part in physically torturing others?

      • seafoid
        February 22, 2014, 2:03 am

        And how many doctors?

    • seafoid
      February 21, 2014, 1:34 pm

      Total joke.
      Palestinians are Palestinians.
      Some Ashkenazi pup tries to define who they are.

      • just
        February 21, 2014, 1:58 pm

        Haram, indeed.

        Unfortunately the ‘pups’ regularly sin (against their professed beliefs)……..with impunity.

        They’ve done much damage to their heritage, and to those that will come after them.

      • seafoid
        February 21, 2014, 3:05 pm

        I don’t know how Judaism is going to recover from the collapse of Zionism.
        Buber said that there was a mystical aspect to the return to Zion but there isn’t any more. It’s just rotten.

  8. DICKERSON3870
    February 21, 2014, 9:37 pm

    RE: “The New Mexico House resolution that would have put the state on record as supporting a God-given Greater Israel was killed last night. . . The bill says Jews have a biblical mandate to rule Israel . . . Similar versions of the legislation, backed by the right-wing Zionist Organization of America, have passed in five other states.” ~ Alex Kane

    MY COMMENT: The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) and the proto-fascist, white supremacist Sons of Confederate Veterans are two peas in a pod.


    [EXCERPT] In June 2011, an effort to codify state legislative support for Israel’s right to control the occupied territories kicked off in South Carolina. . .
    . . . The latest legislative body to pass the resolution was the Georgia State Senate, which approved the measure in mid-January. A Los Angeles Times Op-Ed by Michael McGough, a senior editorial writer for the paper, criticized the resolution. . .

    SOURCE –

    PERHAPS NOT COINCIDENTALLY: “Designer of Georgia’s Confederate License Plate Doesn’t Understand Why People Are Upset”, By Josh Sanburn,, 2/20/14
    “If I offend anyone, I don’t understand why,” says Sons of Confederate Veterans leader

    [EXCERPT] A new Georgia license plate featuring a large Confederate battle flag has ignited a controversy in the state — but its designer thinks the whole thing’s overblown.
    “What’s the big deal?” asks Jack Bridwell, the state commander of the Georgia division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the designer of the specialty plates that benefit his organization. “If I offend anyone, I don’t understand why because we had the emblem on there for years.”
    Georgia has offered a Sons of Confederate Veterans-backed license plate with an image of the Confederate flag since 2003. But a recent change in the state’s manufacturing process from embossed images to digital stickers necessitated a redesign. With it came renewed attention — and a fresh round of criticism.
    “To display this is reprehensible,” Southern Christian Leadership Conference spokesman Maynard Eaton told the Associated Press. “We don’t have license plates saying ‘Black Power.’”
    The Confederate flag is an especially charged symbol in the South, representing a legacy of racism, injustice and oppression to many while held up as an important emblem of heritage by others. . .

    SOURCE –

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