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‘Israel today, Israel tomorrow, Israel forever,’ Rep. Hakeem Jeffries says at NY rally

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I went to the rally for Israel on Monday in New York and was struck by the extremism of some of the speeches from liberal Democrats, also by the fact that the legions of Israel supporters were chiefly religious. Ten thousand strong, but they knew the words to Hebrew songs, one man blew a shofar, they mouthed the Hebrew prayers that rabbis made at the mike. Many signs were in Hebrew, and it was obvious that many people had come from synagogues and temples and Jewish community centers. Lots of yarmulkes, folks wearing the same t-shirts.

Here are three of the wilder political speeches. First, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer gave a belligerent speech (part of which is above) saying that anti-Semitism is rising around the world, that Israel has never been at greater risk, and we have to “fight back.” Notice in this speech that he says “We have discovered” tunnels — merging the U.S. with Israel.

Also notice the existential threat Stringer perceives to Israel from world opinion. “What’s at stake is the survival of Israel. It has never been more… dangerous, right now.” I agree with him.

Your being here today has never been so important. The reality is there are many people around the world, people actually in countries around the world, rallying and saying death to the Jews. That is what’s going on around the world. We have missiles coming into Israel every day and some actually defend the actions of Hamas. We have tunnels that we have discovered and people say, Well that’s nothing to be concerned about. But we say, Enough is enough. We’ve got to fight back. It is up to us in New York City to make the case for Israel. We must be the people who defend Israel…

We must mobilize our people and freedom-loving people around the world. You see, however New York rolls, so does public opinion. And we need to back up Israel with our strong public opinion, Making sure that there’s no excuse for you to be silent when it comes to protecting Israel against terrorists. That is why we’re here. We must be here time and time again, rallying around. We cannot take no for an answer. What’s at stake– what’s at stake is the survival of Israel. It has never been more complicated than it is right, now. More dangerous, right now. And we have a case that we have to make Because if we can’t beat the terrorists, and they win, shame on all of us.

Let’s fight back, let’s be angry, let’s really give it to them the way we should. We are in the right.

Next, Queens Congresswoman Grace Meng seemed to get on and off the podium in a big hurry. She was surprising for her comments on Israel protecting civilians and her claims that the Palestinian resistance to Israel has morphed into acts of anti-Semitism around the world.

Hamas deliberately puts the people of Gaza in harm’s way, while Israel takes every precaution to defend not only its own citizens but Palestinian civilians as well. What other country goes to such great lengths to protect civilians?
The conflict Israel faces has rapidly extended beyond its borders with the alarming acts of anti-semitism that have been taking place all over the world. These assaults on Jews internationally must be addressed and condemned by governments abroad and by the United Nations.

Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries’s speech is on vimeo, so I don’t have to upload it.

Israel Rally 7-28-14 Jeffries from John Kenny on Vimeo.

Jeffries was also over the top, portraying Cast Lead massacre as a threat to Israel, and using a phrase at the end of his speech that recalls George Wallace’s defense of segregation.

“Israel has a right to defend itself against aggression, particularly when that aggression is directed against its civilian population.

Lastly, perhaps my most important observation: Israel is here to stay and it will remain forever. Because of the resolve that you’re showing and that we will continue to show… Now we know that Israel lives in a very tough neighborhood. The Muslim Brotherhood to the south, Hezbollah to the north, Syria to the east, Iraq in chaos, Iran with nuclear aspirations, Hamas in Gaza. Israel lives in a tough neighborhood, and there are certain realities to that. We mourn the loss of civilian life on both sides of the conflict. But when you live in a tough neighborhood, Israel should not be made to apologize for its strength. You know why? Because the only thing that neighbors respect in a tough neighborhood is strength…

“No matter how difficult things may look, when you think about Israel’s history and its resilience, the partnership and the friendship that our two countries have held together, I’m confident that Israel will prevail in the end, because Israel faced aggression in 1948 and Israel prevailed. And then you faced aggression in 1967– and Israel prevailed…. Then you had to deal with the first intifada and Israel prevailed! And Israel had to deal with the second intifada and Israel prevailed. The missiles were flying in Dec. of 2008 and Israel prevailed…

“So when I’m confident that when it’s all said and done, we’re going to stand together, Israel today, Israel tomorrow, Israel forever.”

Alabama Gov. George Wallace, 1963: “In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”

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  1. TdBerg on July 30, 2014, 12:42 pm

    Its stunning how liberals in the United States support a far right administration in Israel. They would not endorse Likud’s policies here in the United States- yet there it is OK? I find Jeffries statements remarkable given the appalling way Africans have been treated by Israel of late.

    • Donald on July 30, 2014, 1:12 pm

      He’s a politician. If it would help him win an election he’d put on a clown suit and read from the complete works of Herzl while riding a unicycle. Dignity and self-respect are not part of the job description.

      • Donald on July 30, 2014, 1:37 pm

        Israel prevailed against the First Intifada. Wow. Maybe a clown suit and a unicycle would lend him some gravitas.

        I just listened to Grace Meng and Stringer as well. What a way to make a living, going in front of a group of rabid partisans and spewing out exactly the crap they want to hear. Makes you proud.

      • lysias on July 30, 2014, 2:34 pm

        But it wasn’t Herzl he was channeling, it was George Wallace, in his pre-rethink days.

        I wonder if Jeffries was subtly meaning to suggest the equivalence of Israel and the Jim Crow South.

        Is Hakeem an Arabic name?

      • Mooser on July 30, 2014, 2:48 pm

        “But it wasn’t Herzl he was channeling, it was George Wallace, in his pre-rethink days.”

        Oh, I’m sure he rethought! After all, it’s hard to swing an axe-handle from a wheel-chair. And wasn’t he shot by a white guy?

      • lysias on July 30, 2014, 2:54 pm

        Shot — allegedly — by Arthur Bremer, a white male lone nut (like Lee Harvey Oswald, James Earl Ray, John Hinckley). Very much to the benefit of Richard Nixon’s re-election prospects. Very much makes my conspiracy antennae go up.

      • Mooser on July 30, 2014, 3:48 pm

        “Shot — allegedly — by Arthur Bremer”

        Wow, is there no justice? Bremer was jailed all that time for an alleged shooting?

      • lysias on July 30, 2014, 4:05 pm

        Given the government’s lies about the assassinations of the Kennedy brothers and Martin Luther King, I am not willing to accept on faith and without question the allegation that Bremer shot Wallace, still less that he was a lone nut and acted alone.

      • Donald on July 30, 2014, 4:33 pm

        “I wonder if Jeffries was subtly meaning to suggest the equivalence of Israel and the Jim Crow South.”

        That crossed my mind too. If he actually knows anything about the conflict, he’s got to be feeling some inner self-loathing (that’s assuming a conscience, always a debatable point with politicians at that level). Sounding like Wallace might be some inner sense of sarcasm.

        Kremlinologists used to analyze statements this way, however, so I won’t put too much stock in what I just said.

      • can of worms on July 30, 2014, 7:23 pm

        lysias says: “Shot — allegedly — by Arthur Bremer, a white male lone nut (like Lee Harvey Oswald, James Earl Ray, John Hinckley).
        — > You can add Bruce Edward Ivins, in the lead-up to the bombing of Iraq. A most interesting chapter in our context.

        TdBerg says, “Its stunning how liberals in the United States support a far right administration in Israel” and then Donald says, “he’s a politician”.
        — > Well, what remains the most stunning, obviously, is how your everyday zionists (not politicians) unabashedly support a bill of rights at home, and a system of segregation in Israel where they don’t live.
        “Segregation in Israel now, segregation in israel tomorrow and segregation in israel forever!” Indeed

      • RoHa on July 30, 2014, 7:54 pm

        “(that’s assuming a conscience, always a debatable point with politicians at that level)”

        It would be a one-sided debate.

      • Kay24 on July 30, 2014, 4:41 pm

        For your info:

        Arabic Meaning:
        The name Hakeem is an Arabic baby name. In Arabic the meaning of the name Hakeem is: Wise.

        American Meaning:
        The name Hakeem is an American baby name. In American the meaning of the name Hakeem is: Wise.

        Muslim Meaning:
        The name Hakeem is a Muslim baby name. In Muslim the meaning of the name Hakeem is: Wise. Healer. Physician. Ruler. Sovereign.

        Looks like this Hakeem is neither wise nor a healer.
        He is a shameless American politician kissing AIPACs large behind.

      • gamal on July 30, 2014, 4:52 pm

        no there is no Arabic word for wise, it is an alien concept the Bayt ul hikmah was devoted to anti-antisemitism, FGM and anti-scientism, i know its what arabic/english dictionaries tell you, but you need to be more discerning.

      • Another Steve on July 30, 2014, 5:55 pm

        “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever!” — George Wallace

      • Citizen on July 31, 2014, 6:30 am

        ML King v. Malcom X

        Which one represents AIPAC?

      • can of worms on July 30, 2014, 8:03 pm

        @Or channeling John Hagee, in a 2011 Christians United for Israel summit in D.C.

        One can understand the reason behind this intertextuality since segregation and Israel are synonymous. There are just five exceptional ‘mixed cities’ in all of Israel –Haifa, Akka, Jaffa, Ramla, and Lud– and even their neighborhoods are incrementally judaized and de-Palestinianized.

  2. michelle on July 30, 2014, 12:54 pm

    pray for Israel
    for it seems ‘they’
    have lost themselves
    G-d Bless

  3. a blah chick on July 30, 2014, 12:59 pm

    Jeffries is a disgrace to black folk everywhere.

    • Mooser on July 30, 2014, 2:43 pm

      “Jeffries is a disgrace to black folk everywhere.”

      Ah, the comment system must have changed the “ck” to an “h”. Otherwise I might be tempted to say that’s not a good way to express what you are trying to express. But that’s me, Mr. PC.

      See, it’s sort of like if you said “Mooser is a disgrace to Jews everywhere”.
      I’d be very insulted if you said that!
      I consider myself a disgrace to the entire human race not a small minority!

      And besides, what elected official in the US doesn’t look to the highest elected office in the land for inspiration and example?

      • RoHa on July 30, 2014, 7:35 pm

        “I consider myself a disgrace to the entire human race not a small minority!”

        Exactly the right attitude. Would that everyone thought the same way!

      • Mooser on July 30, 2014, 11:25 pm

        “Would that everyone thought the same way!”

        Don’t worry Ro Ha! On that subject, there is complete unanimity! Everybody thinks I’m a disgrace to the human race!

      • RoHa on July 31, 2014, 12:09 am

        But do they think that about themselves?

      • Mooser on July 31, 2014, 6:33 pm

        “But do they think that about themselves?”

        Very often (you can see this in action here, sometimes) telling me the truth about me doesn’t leave people a lot of time to talk about themselves. So I don’t know.

    • seafoid on July 30, 2014, 2:46 pm

      He’s like Farid Zakaria and the Uncle Tom in the Hannity attack on Munayyer.

      A Fox Negro/Arab

  4. Ethan Heitner on July 30, 2014, 1:00 pm

    Holy shit. I can’t believe I’m still shockable, but I’m shocked at that speech by Hakeem Jeffries. Is there a list anywhere of electeds in attendence at this event?

  5. eljay on July 30, 2014, 1:13 pm

    No mention of the fact that Israel is an oppressive colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State”, born of Jewish terrorism and the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their homes and lands.

    Or that Israel remains engaged in a 60+ years, ON-GOING and offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction, torture and murder.

    Or that Israel refuses to immediately and completely halt its campaign, even though it has the power to do so.

    Or that Israel refuses to honour its obligations under international law.

    Or that Israel refuses to accept responsibility and accountability for its past and ON-GOING (war) crimes.

    Or that Israel refuses to enter into sincere negotiations for a just and mutually-beneficial peace.

    Its’ funny how all these very pertinent facts are constantly and meticulously omitted from the speeches given by Zio-supremacists and other defenders of supremacist “Jewish State” and its unjust and immoral actions.

  6. chet on July 30, 2014, 1:16 pm

    Spineless politicians pandering for the NYC Jewish vote — why would anyone be surprised?

  7. chocopie on July 30, 2014, 1:23 pm

    Jeffries’ apparently subconscious nod to segregationist George Wallace is remarkable. Really makes you wonder what’s going on for him psychologically.

    Also love Stringer’s comment, re supporting Israel that “It has never been more complicated than it is right now.” Yeah, it gets extremely complicated when the “good guys” with the precision weapons are bombing schools and hospitals.

  8. Sycamores on July 30, 2014, 1:26 pm

    Jeffries falters for a second at 1:50 in the Vimeo video

    “we mourn the lost of civilian lives on both sides of the conflict”

    hardly one clap could be heard Jeffries realising his mistake in shown any compassion towards Palestinian civilian quickly recovers

    “but when you live in a tough neighborhood Israel should not be made to apologized for it strenght.”

    massive applauds

  9. seafoid on July 30, 2014, 1:38 pm

    Joe Sacco talked about balance and objectivity in relation to his work in a 2010 interview. “I find it very difficult to be objective when to me there is a clear case of a people being oppressed,” he said. “I’m not sure what objective means in a situation like that. I would rather be honest about what’s going on.”

  10. American on July 30, 2014, 2:06 pm

    “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” – Thomas Jefferson

    Obviously past time for that refreshment.
    The only war we need to fight is the one right here in America—Americans vr ‘traitors, tyrants and murderers’.

    • Mooser on July 30, 2014, 2:34 pm

      “The only war we need to fight is the one right here in America—Americans vr ‘traitors, tyrants and murderers’.”

      That’s way too hard. How we gonna figure out who is which and which is who? I say we kill us all, and have God sort us out! You go first!

      Okay, you don’t like that idea? Well, you could at least give me a list of “tyrants, traitors and murderers” we need to take out. Oh, names aren’t necessary, I’d settle for classes, or even types. You know, a “little list of those that won’t be missed”, if you will.

      • American on July 30, 2014, 4:42 pm

        I am working on a list…gonna take a many so little time.

      • Mooser on July 31, 2014, 6:44 pm

        “I am working on a list…gonna take a many so little time.”

        I’ve got some suggestions:
        1) That Nissan Prius nuisance, which is just now rather rife.
        2) The piano-organist — Put him on the list!
        3) The lady from the provinces, who dresses like a guy.
        4) All persons who in shaking hands, shake hands with you like that
        6) …and etc.

        The task of filling up the blanks I’d rather leave to you.
        But not one will be missed. They’ll none of ’em be missed!

      • can of worms on July 31, 2014, 1:11 am

        “The only war we need to fight is the one right here in America” –You know American means that the underlying problem is that democratic representation is compromised by a global oligarchy. Not only does the U.S. actively enable this genocide in Gaza, but the US taxpayer even pays college tuition to any US citizen studying in Israel. (link: ) while US college drop-outs are hitting an all-time high. Why?

      • Citizen on July 31, 2014, 6:34 am

        @ Mooser
        How about Sheldon Adelson? He’s a big list all by himself, more than a million US voters listed.

  11. seafoid on July 30, 2014, 2:47 pm

    Israel today, Israel tomorrow

    al yom fi mishmish , bukra fi mishmish

  12. seafoid on July 30, 2014, 4:05 pm

    Corey Booker has an AIPAC homunculus up his ass

    • Kay24 on July 30, 2014, 4:45 pm

      Looks like he has Regevitis, an incurable malady, he blames Hamas for the deaths (3) in Israel and for the deaths in Gaza (1300). Yeah Booker is the newest AIPAC recruit in town, already sweating for them. Note the shiny forehead?

    • chet on July 30, 2014, 6:40 pm

      The cloned political Sammy Glick in tandem with with his religious buddy, Rebbe Sammy Glick Boateach.

      • Mooser on July 30, 2014, 11:28 pm

        “The cloned political Sammy Glick”

        Sammy Glick? Uh-oh! I feel like I’m being singled out. That’ll make me run, by the way. Or maybe it’s what I run on?

    • just on July 30, 2014, 7:30 pm

      gives a whole ‘nother meaning to iron dome, too.

      (no offense to the beautiful and follicly challenged folks all around the planet– he really has iron in his head that is attracted to Zionism and opportunism!)

  13. ckg on July 30, 2014, 4:06 pm

    In August 2013, Jeffries was one of 64 members of Congress to go on a junket to Israel paid for by the American Israel Education Foundation, which is affiliated with AIPAC. His Flickr site shows him on that trip posing with Netanyahu and with a female soldier.

    His Flickr site also shows him at the 2014 AIPAC Convention and speaking at the 2013 AIPAC conference.

  14. American on July 30, 2014, 7:33 pm

    Dems are counting on that zio money to win the fall election.

    Even Left-Wing Politicians Can’t Quit Israel

    Despite grassroots outrage at Operation Protective Edge, left-wing members of the House and Senate won’t criticize Israel’s ongoing incursion into Gaza.

    Much of the American left is critical of Israel, particularly since its incursion into Gaza. But in the halls of Congress, even progressive Democrats beloved by grassroots activists are loath to criticize the Jewish State’s ongoing military offensive.

    A Pew Research Center poll released Monday showed that a plurality of Democrats across the country, 35 percent, and liberals, 44 percent, said that Israel had “gone too far” in its response to its conflict with Hamas. Meanwhile 47 percent of Democrats told Gallup that Israel’s actions during the current conflict were “unjustified,” compared to just 31 percent who thought the opposite.

    But these opinions are nearly impossible to find in Congress. Democrats, when asked a question about Israeli operations in Gaza, had two standard responses: irritation, or else a statement of their broad support of Israel, without going into specifics. It was as if the very mention of Israel turned the question into a hostile interview.

    “Look, man, I’m a politician, with multiple constituencies. Why should I alienate one just so that you can write a story?” Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison angrily told The Daily Beast. Ellison, a stalwart progressive, was the first Muslim-American elected to Congress.

    Ellison cited a Tuesday op-ed he had written that was critical of the Gaza blockade, but became noticeably agitated when asked to expand on his views. In particular, he did not want to address whether Israel had gone too far during its current operations in the Gaza Strip.

    Sen. Bernie Sanders, a darling of the left who identifies as a democratic socialist, was curt. His tone changed suddenly when the topic shifted from the Veterans Administration bill that he had been shepherding through Congress to Israel’s operation in Gaza.

    “That’s not where my mind is right now,” he told the Beast.


  15. dbroncos on July 30, 2014, 10:51 pm

    The appalling commentary from Jeffries is nonetheless an appropriate mantra for Zionists everywhere. He borrows an infamous phrase from an infamous racist as a justification for an exclusive Jewish State. It’s a perfect fit. I hope this isn’t lost on the equity minded people who were there to hear it or who read about it afterwords. It’s also worth pointing out that segregation was on its last legs when Wallace spoke those desperate words.

    • Mooser on July 30, 2014, 11:30 pm

      “He borrows an infamous phrase from an infamous racist as a justification for an exclusive Jewish State.”

      Welcome to America’s post-racial political landscape.

  16. Bill NYC on July 31, 2014, 12:24 am

    I actually went to college with Jeffries. Some of you may remember his uncle, CUNY professor Leonard Jeffries, who gained notoriety in the early 90s for making allegedly anti-Semitic remarks. Nephew has had to do plenty of distancing from his uncle to gain a seat in Congress, but back then he co-sponsored a speech at our school delivered by his uncle (at the height of the controversy). Today, nephew’s pathetic speech in front of utterly depraved Zionist lunatics will earn him plenty of credibility with the lobby and help them continue to overlook his former ties to his crazy unc.

    • Cal3bg on September 27, 2014, 2:17 am

      I had no idea that was his uncle! Leonard Jeffries was an excellent scholar who wrote some really great papers.

  17. Citizen on July 31, 2014, 6:44 am

    Post racial landscape? You mean post irony landscape, eh? We don’t need irony. It just hinders getting it done.

  18. Cal3bg on July 31, 2014, 10:35 pm

    I knew Hakeem Jeffries would be put up to this given the current slaughter in Gaza. You have to understand that Jeffries would not have won his House seat were it not for how he with help from his Russian Jewish friends vilified and slandered former Black Panther Party member Charles Barron – a true revolutionary – as being anti-Semitic for expressing solidarity with the Palestinian people.

    From :

    Mr. Barron pronounced himself “the best candidate,” adding, “At the risk of sounding like a sore loser, there will be no congratulatory statement made because the other candidate ran a smear campaign [and] showed a lack of character.”

    “Barron is a Nazi,” said Christine Grant, 51, of Fort Greene. “He’s anti-Israel. You can’t have a person like that in Congress.”

    Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny, who represents Brighton Beach and its large Russian population, said Mr. Barron’s rhetoric on Israel helped earn Mr. Jeffries strong support among Russian Jews.

    “I’ve never seen such strong numbers,” said Mr. Brook-Krasny. “We have some election districts with votes of 44–0, 115–2, 32–2. It’s because, one, we had a great candidate, but also, two, that Charles Barron has opinions about Israel that the Russian Jews do not find suitable for Israel. It’s like he’s a foreign enemy.”

    Barron supporters complained that Mr. Jeffries — who outraised Mr. Barron by hundreds of thousands of dollars — would be a pawn of Wall Street and other backers.

    “Charles Barron has a backbone, but Hakeem Jeffries is funded by the one percent,” said Lurie Favors, 34, of Fort Greene. “Everyone knows what he stands for, such as public schools.”

    • Cal3bg on July 31, 2014, 10:48 pm

      And adding to that, see Politicians Gather To Denounce Charles Barron As An ‘Anti-Semite’ And ‘Enemy of the State of Israel’ :

      Former Mayor Ed Koch, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Councilman David Greenfield, Assemblyman Dov Hikind gathered with several other elected officials in front of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park this morning for a press conference billed as an effort ” to Denounce Charles Barron as Enemy of the State of Israel” and the Jewish community. The politicos who showed up at the event where longtime councilman Mr. Barron was branded “hateful,” a “scary monster,” “anti-Semite” and “bigot” also expressed their support for his rival in the congressional race, Hakeem Jeffries.

      “What prompted me … speaking of people that just are not familiar with Charles’ record and they just dont know who Charles Barron is, that’s a very scary thing. Right?” asked Councilman Greenfield, who organized the event. “People are not familiar that there’s an individual who’s running, who we all know very well, who is an anti-Semite, who’s a hate-monger and who’s a bigot. I think it’s very important for us to educate the public and let them know who this individual is.”

      Like Mr. Greenfield, the other elected officials at the press conference said they felt it was important to make people aware of controversial statements Mr. Barron has made about Jews, in support of foreign dictators and comments critical of Israel.

      Mr. Nadler was specifically concerned by Mr. Barron’s statements comparing the Israeli government’s treatment of Palestinians to the holocaust. He carried a few selected quotes made by Mr. Barron on a small slip of paper.

      “When he compared what the Israelis are doing in Gaza to the conditions Nazis imposed on the Jews. Where is the Auchswitz? I mean, come on. That is so irresponsible, and so libelous and so disgusting,” said Mr. Nadler. “To compare Israel to Nazis, calling what Israel’s doing genocide? Israel’s trying to survive in a tough neighborhood….They’re not doing anything like Nazis. To even put them in the same universe is a disgrace to the English language….His election to Congress, to some extent, would legitimize this kind of anti-Semitic discourse and we don’t need that.”

      In addition to Mr. Barron’s criticisms of Israel for its treatment of Palestinians, the elected officials also referenced statements he has made praising the foreign dictators Mummar Qadaffi and Robert Mugabe, and a remark he made implying blacks are the “Semitic people” rather than Jews. The participants at the press conference said they felt it was especially important to raise awareness about Mr. Barron’s record because the race for the congressional seat being vacated by Ed Towns is the only contest in the upcoming June 26 election.


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