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12-AAI-S on May 2, 2012
Political Group Ratings: by AAI on Arab-Israeli issues
Source: AAI website
The Arab American Institute has compiled a Scorecard to catalogue the voting record of the 112th Congress on issues of importance to the Arab American community. Though not comprehensive, we have attempted to provide a snapshot of legislation concerning many of the primary issues concerning Arab Americans. For the Senate, we have included 10 items: two bills on the Arab Spring, three on Palestine, one on Lebanon, one regarding civil liberties, and two for immigration reform.
S. Res. 44: (+) calls on former President Hosni Mubarak to immediately begin a peaceful transition to a democratic political system
S. Res. 109: (+) honoring and supporting women in North Africa and the Middle East
S. Res. 138: (-) calling on the United Nations to rescind the Goldstone report, formally known as the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, which accused the Israeli government of targeting Palestinian civilians.
S. Res. 185: (-) reaffirming the commitment of the US to a negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and calling for a US veto of any UN resolution on Palestinian statehood without a settlement.
S. Con. Res. 23: (-) supporting Israel in maintaining defensible borders, and against Israel returning to the armistice lines that existed on June 4, 1967
S. 558: (+) the Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act, to limit the use of cluster munitions in areas normally inhabited by civilians.
S. 1125: (+) greater judicial review of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and greater protections to individuals being monitored or gag-ordered by the FBI.
S.1038, the PATRIOT Sunsets Extension Act, in opposition of PATRIOT Act extension.
S. 723: (-) The Birthright Citizenship Act, limiting citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants born in the US.
S. 952: (+) the DREAM Act, allowing undocumented minors to become US citizens, provided they meet certain conditions, including good moral character
Also see the related AAI House ratings.
I like the three steps, Katie.
1. Cover up…in a pc way…our past mistakes…and just move on…
2. …so, we can all work together and get rich…
3. …at the expense of others. Unfortunate, but it is Gods Plan.
Do wonder if the protestors that were allowed to take over the stage had any idea about Sanders civil rights work and voting history? Seemed like these protestors were “tone deaf” on his history.
Know the Black LIves Matter issues are critically important. However being “tone deaf” is not always a one way street
It may be a two-way street but that’s not an excuse for a candidate. These are young people scared for their lives, in need of immediate, effective intervention to stop what amounts to a war on them, and Mr Bernie expects respect for some faded historical glories that have lost all connection to what’s happening now. Besides, I’ll bet my last dollar these people are acutely aware of the passionate defense by BS of the last massacre in Gaza and his years of pro-war and pro-Zionist voting record!
I agree with all of your points up to “I’ll bet my last dollar these people are acutely aware of the passionate defense by BS of the last massacre in Gaza and his years of pro war and pro Zionist voting record.” I would take that bet.
I also wonder if the protestors were completely unaware of Sanders involvement with civil rights issues? Why should that be ignored and dismissed even though he has not extended those human rights standards to the Palestinians situation? Inconsistent and pathetic however he has a record of civil rights involvement and votes for civil rights in this country.
Just as more Jews have become involved with the Palestinian solidarity movement over the last 10 years I know that is the case for African American involvement too. However before that many blacks seemed unaware and not very concerned about the oppression and human rights abuses taking place for the Palestinians at the Israeli government and illegal Israeli settlers hands. Ok get it people are often dealing with their own oppressive environments. However the inability to apply the injustice in your own circumstance to others is always alarming to me.
Granted their has been growth in the African American community focused on the crimes committed against Palestinians over the last 5-10 years. However this welcome shift is part of the “better late than never crowd”
I would not assume those individuals who were allowed to take over that stage (would Netroots organizers allow Palestinian solidarity activist to do the same during a Netroots foreign policy panel necessarily know about the I/P issue? I doubt it very much. Last time I checked Netroots has still not set up a separate panel just focused on the I/P issue and U.s. Taxpayers money that fund Israel’s illegal occupation.
Chris Hedges does not support the Bernie Sanders campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. As Hedges explained in a recent interview on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour, Sanders’ candidacy lends undeserved credibility to the thoroughly corporatized Democratic Party. Sanders has pledged that he will support the corporatist military hawk Hillary Clinton in the 2016 general presidential election. Sanders stirs up legitimate progressive energy and popular anger and then “funnels it back into a dead political system,” Hedges observes. Sanders fails to confront the American Empire and military state, and, Hedges adds, has unforgivably “abandoned the Palestinians and given carte blanche to Israel.”
Well, yeah, Bernie is the icon of PEP.
“Bernie is the icon of PEP”
In more ways than once –connected. Progressive Except Palestine and Progressive Except Pentagon.
What does Chris Hedges recommend? Elect Trump, or another Republican, and bring the “Empire” down quicker?
Fact is, Presidents do not lead. If Sanders wins, it’s only because voters have seen something, and want something.
One has to convince voters, not Presidents, to get something done.
One’s initial impression of Sanders is that he is the poster boy for the PEP (Progressive Except for Palestine) crowd.
However, I think he is worse than that. For the reasons Hedges cites — but also for his refusal to speak out against racism in the USA, instead pretending racism is not a factor and that it’s all about class. All of which could tie back into his refusal to see the racism of the Israeli society, of course
Well, I see more discussion about race than class in US main media. You’re wrong.
I observe that Sanders ignores racism but I am wrong because you see more discussion about race than class in US main media.
I am not sure that makes much sense Citizen.
It’s going to take Zionists to defeat Zionists. Just make sure you’re not standing in their way.
Right now, the Zionists are doing a great job self-destructing by opposing P5+1/Iran nuclear agreement. Who do you think is going to get the blame if the U.S. goes to war in Iran, after AIPAC, Adelson, Netanyahu, scuttle the agreement?
Sorry, but things do not happen in a linear fashion.
It seems it is time for those Germans to be admonished for not sticking to zionist rules:
“REUTERS – The head of the World Jewish Congress sharply criticized German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Wednesday for his recent visit to Iran, accusing him of putting business interests before morals and calling his approach to Tehran naive.
“It is somewhat irritating that Germany’s vice chancellor and economics minister waited only five days before flying to Tehran with a delegation of German business leaders,” Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, said in a statement provided to Reuters.
Lured by the prospect of an easing of economic sanctions against Iran following a landmark nuclear deal with western powers last week, Gabriel, who is also vice chancellor, made a three-day trip to Iran from Sunday to Tuesday, meeting President Hassan Rohani and his top ministers.
A delegation of German business representatives also traveled to Iran, including the heads of industrial gases group Linde and chemicals firm BASF.”
|| Kay24: … “REUTERS – The head of the World Jewish Congress sharply criticized German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Wednesday for his recent visit to Iran, accusing him of putting business interests before morals … ” ||
Has the WJC sharply criticized the countries and corporations that put business interests ahead of morals and do business with an oppressive, colonialist, expansionist, belligerent, intransigent, nuclear-armed and religion-supremacist “Jewish State”?
LOL; maybe the Germans are looking hard for a way to off-set the cost of those deep discount Dolphin submarines they gave to Israel, plus their usual eternal reparations to Israel?
Yes of course Mr. Lauder. If it was any country but Iran, Israel would be knocking other countries out of line for a top spot in securing business ties. Now, calm yourself down with a refreshing Sodastream beverage and STFU.
Marnie. You really think Israel is not doing business with Iran?
Has Israel paid the bill for the oil they got in the Shah’s time?
Sanders seems to have the lowest amount of AIPAC donations in his senatorial campaign funds, additionally he refrained from signing some napkins circulated by AIPAC. So he is not THE WORST candidate, perhaps the best official candidate “of a major party”. Overall, his foreign policy stands are underwhelming.
He did champion some humanitarian causes, opposition to the oppression in Tibet, Myammar, Darfur, and he called for early withdrawal from Afghanistan. So far, he avoided ANY positions on foreign and military policy on his presidential campaign website:
CREATING DECENT PAYING JOBS
INCOME AND WEALTH INEQUALITY
GETTING BIG MONEY OUT OF POLITICS
CLIMATE CHANGE & ENVIRONMENT
A LIVING WAGE
So this is crickets’ foreign policy (you can hear their chirping). I would actually ask him a “neutral” foreign policy question:
Saudi Arabia and allied countries of Arabian peninsula for the last several months wage bombing campaign in Yemen, leading to acute humanitarian crisis. At the onset of the campaign, those countries placed 48 billions in new weapon orders, mostly to USA, and since them our countries supports this bombing campaign with intelligence and diplomatically, blocking any negative votes in Security Council. Does it fit your campaign goals to secure decent paying jobs for American workers?
I’m not surprised that poor Bernie is not up to speed on race relations. For the past 50 years he has lived in Vermont, which has about three African-Americans.
Check the demographics of Chappaqua, NY, aka Clinton-ville.
This sentence stood out for me: “Emergency Medical Service and fire protection are provided by volunteer agencies.”
That tells you something right there.
Bringing down the oligarchy, getting big money out of politics, would END the Zionist control of American foreign policy in the Middle East. Bernie certainly knows this.
It would also significantly diminish racism, because the big money has always fanned ethnic discord in a “divide and conquer” strategy.
In response to the Black Lives Matter protest Bernie has added specific comments on that to his speech, reaffirming his earlier actions for civil rights.
Any presidential candidate who openly opposes Zionism today is on a political suicide mission. Worthy thought that may be, that is not Bernie’s purpose in running. Obama has always spoken of Israelis right to security, but now he moving to secure that right for Palestinians too. I suspect Bernie would do the same.
Listening to the five democratic candidates at the recent Iowa event,
on the topic of ending the billionaires’ oligarchy, Bernie quite simply blew everybody else away with his mass of details, depth of analysis, and clarity of explanations. This is indeed THE issue of our time. It’s no wonder the establishment press (e.g. Karen Tumulty) tries to dismiss Bernie as just another “income inequality” candidate, as if he’s no different from Hillary. Disgraceful.
It seemed to me O’Malley was second in his talk about the oligarchy problem. Lincoln Chafee was emphatically strong on supporting the Iran peace deal. Hillary was mostly for mom and apple pie, and cautious on the big money in politics. Jim Webb was rambling and disjointed, as if he hadn’t prepared for the occasion.
Listening to Elizabeth Warren recently on re-instating Glass-Steagall,
it seemed to me she would be Bernie’s natural running mate. Perhaps she is staying out of the race to avoid splitting the anti-oligarchy vote in the Dem primaries.
Any presidential candidate who openly opposes Zionism today is on a political suicide mission. –
Maybe. Maybe not.
I would say:
1. Bernie is a true believer. He is a Zionist. All you need to do is look at his voting record and watch his confrontation with true progressives in VT last summer to know this beyond any doubt. It is not due to political expedience that he backs Israel.
2. Zionism is a racist, violent, colonial entity. In other words, it is plain wrong. Period. Anyone who put his or her political career above what is right and wrong ain’t worth spit.
You raise a valid point regarding some of Bernie’s past statements. But it seems to me his views may be more nuanced, and akin to Obama’s.
Bernie was the first U.S. Senator to announce he would boycott Netanyahu’s recent speech to Congress. So he showed a leadership role in that, and may have helped others do the same.
Bernie staunchly supports the proposed peace deal with Iran, going against all the political leaders and parties in Israel. He says he wants a two state solution, and likely agrees with Obama that Netanyahu’s rejection of that is grounds for changing the U.S. strategy on Israel / Palestine. I’m speculating here, but this doesn’t seem unreasonable.
Here’s Bernie back in 2014 at a town hall meeting defending Israel, but even then separating himself from the Gaza operation. People can listen for themselves.
I think it’s also interesting that Elizabeth Warren, the other major anti-oligarchy office holder, also boycotted Netanyahu’s speech. Part of the oligarchy’s game-rigging pretty clearly includes rigging the game for Israel.
P.S. Back to the racial injustice issue, yesterday Bernie came out very strongly progressively regarding Sandra Bland’s death on The Ed Show (MSNBC).
I kind of understand that “taking Zionism head on” could be counterproductive, Sanders’ campaign centerpiece is inequality, “big money” versus good jobs and good wages. In the fullness of time big money will dispatch his campaign anyway, but in the meantime he can focus attention of the public. But totally ignoring the military-industrial complex and shedding our morality for the sake of our “key allies” strikes me like a giant counterproductive evasion. OK, if you do not want to cite Israel as a negative example you still have KSA that is currently busy creating a humanitarian crisis of size Gaza x 10. And to the benefit of al-Qaeda.
Yay, more money for MIC!
Military Industrial Complex: http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Military+Industrial+Complex
i find this problematic. this is just the reverse of the coin of zionists jews rants against the europe of the 30’s and 40’s. this single issueism. yes there are reasons to be displeased with bernie sanders on foriegn policy but the notion that american should reject him for the crimes he wishes to commit against the palestinians while ignoring the good he could do for the american people. this strikes me as similiar to the zionist jews who feel european peoples should have commited national suicide to save the jews.
It’s not about rejecting him because he is a huge rsole and a passionate defender of genocidal action, that could be acceptable in any US president (apart from the fact that he has no intention of winning.) It’s the fact that as long as he is tied to the Zionists we will be in war with most of the world. Do you think Afghanistan and Iraq and Libya and Syria and Yemen and … are enough to satisfy Zionist appetites?
“rsole” !! funny
thank you for proving my point. you and the other people pushing him as pure evil on this are no different the zionists. you think this is the only thing that matters. guess what i’m an american i think israel shouldn’t exist at all and i’m going to vote for bernie sanders. i loath his stance on Israel but i’m sorry but to through away the only candidate who actual looks like he wants to address the real problems america has domestically i’ll bite the bullet. because i’m not willing to starve to death for the low chance someone else might have of stopping genocidal aholes.
It seems that you are repeating yourself and totally ignoring the objection.
WASHINGTON, July 14 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today issued the following statement after President Barack Obama announced a nuclear agreement with Iran:
“I congratulate President Obama, Secretary Kerry and the leaders of other major nations for producing a comprehensive agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. This is a victory for diplomacy over saber-rattling and could keep the United States from being drawn into another never-ending war in the Middle East. I look forward to learning more about the complex details of this agreement to make sure that it is effective and strong.”
Bernie was the first presidential candidate to announce his support for the Iranian nuclear agreement. Why? Because he didn’t have to vet his statement with any lobby group.
Bernie has my vote, as long as he remains a mensch.
Wow! So perhaps good Senator will compile several sentences to describe his foreign policy goals?
Yes, supporting Obama on this issue is a plus, but scooping Hillary by a day or two exhibits a “timid degree of boldness”.
The most encouraging thing about Sanders is that he got the least amount of money from AIPAC and related entities, and his voting record is better than most. But if he were a serious candidate, his evasion on military and foreign policy would be disturbing. And he could actually be a serious candidate.
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