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The challenge to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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I will start with a confession:  I am one of the millions of Americans who had never heard of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez before she won the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th Congressional District, where she was born, and where she has been a community organizer for years. However, since her meteoric rise to national prominence, I have read quite a bit about her, I am impressed by her activism for multiple progressive causes, and I am following with great interest the pressure and scrutiny she has been subjected to on the one issue liberals still can’t unite around:  Palestine.

The tug-of-war began when Ocasio-Cortez posted a strongly-worded tweet about Gaza, then back pedaled from that during an interview, in which she claimed she would need to educate herself further on the topic of Israel and Palestine.  Her initial tweet, posted during Israel’s deliberate mass killing of Palestinians participating in the Great Return March, read:  “This is a massacre. I hope my peers have the moral courage to call it such. No state or entity is absolved of mass shootings of protesters. There is no justification. Palestinian people deserve basic human dignity, as anyone else. Democrats can’t be silent about this anymore.”  However, in the interview she gave a few weeks later, she all but apologized for her statement, explaining that she was a novice, and supports “Israel’s right to exist” and “the two-state solution.”  Ocasio-Cortez was roundly criticized by various pro-Palestine commentators and activists, including Lamis Deek, who took her to task with a tweet pointing out:  “If this were the 1980s and you ran on the same platform, you’d not answer a question regarding South Africa by affirming the Afrikaner government’s ‘right to exist.’”  Asad Abu-Khalil, who blogs as “the Angry Arab,” derided her comment on the occupation as “an increasing humanitarian crisis,” claiming:  “The worst definition of “the occupation of Palestine” in my lifetime was offered by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.”

Clearly, Ocasio-Cortez is coming under extreme pressure from the well-oiled Zionist apparatus, liberal as well as hawkish, or she would not have back pedaled.  Such pressure will not likely let up until she is firmly on one side of the fence, meaning when she can no longer claim that she is insufficiently informed.  And the explanations are flowing fast.  As a regular contributor to Mondoweiss myself, I was disappointed to see the website publish a lengthy mansplaining essay by Jamie Stern-Weiner, where he presumes to school Octavio-Cortez on the topic, by quoting from the book he edited, with articles that rehash the tired and failed arguments for two-states.  Stern-Weiner’s book does not include a chapter on refugee return, because his experts didn’t make a conclusive argument about this important topic, hence he suggests that “it would seem reasonable for Ocasio-Cortez to withhold judgement.” Really?  Withhold judgement, even though the Right of Return is a human right enshrined in international law, and one that has been discussed at great length by Palestinian experts, including the world’s foremost authority on the topic, Salman Abu-Sitta?

Ocasio-Cortez may not know enough about Palestine, but she needs to hear from real progressives, not from the various shades of Zionism that have long held the Democratic Party hostage. She needs to understand that whereas Palestine may not be a regular topic of conversation around the kitchen table in a Puerto Rican house, it is nevertheless an issue of national import, which no national politician can ignore, and over which she will come under ever greater scrutiny.

What is needed then, not just with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but with all politicians whose heart is in the right place,  is not strident condemnation when they seem fledgling, over-cautious.  Rather, we need to support them for any statement they make that reveals that they grasp the fundamental injustice Palestinians are subject to.  We have decades of evidence that while few if any progressive politicians have had their careers, prospects, and personal lives destroyed over their embrace of environmental issues or immigrant rights, they do frequently pay the highest price for supporting Palestinian rights.  We have seen, over and over again, how these newly-elected politicians are aggressively courted by Zionists, as soon as they rise up from the grassroots to national political office.  They will likely be pounced on by AIPAC, or AIPAC-lite, namely J-Street.

A prime example is Rep. Pramila Jayapal, from Washington state.  Jayapal first started organizing locally, in Seattle, when she founded the “Hate Free Zone” in the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.  Following a solid decade of mostly-local work on behalf of immigrants, Jayapal  rose to national prominence when she successfully ran for Congress in 2012.  She has been described as a “rising star in the Democratic Caucus” by Nancy Pelosi.  With her national electoral success, Jayapal has been courted—as indeed all members of congress are—by AIPAC.  In 2017, family circumstances prevented Jayapal from going on the AIPAC-sponsored visit to Israel that is otherwise a rite of passage for all congresspeople during their first year’s recess.  However, the following year, she went to Israel on a J-Street-sponsored trip, and she is an “endorsee” of J-Street, a full-fledged Zionist organization that nevertheless claims to be progressive, in that oxymoronic way that is the trademark of “liberal Zionists.”

The Palestinian community in Washington (and that includes me) is appalled at Jayapal’s J-Street sponsored visit to Israel, and some of the official statements she posted following that visit, in which she regurgitates Zionist hasbara by calling upon the refugees in Gaza to “show restraint.” How?  Should they bleed less profusely, when shot at by Israeli snipers? Should they wait another seventy years?   Nevertheless, disappointed as we are, some of us are meeting with her in early August, to give her the Palestinian perspective she would not get from her Zionist hosts.  (I am preparing myself for that psychologically by reminding myself that “it wouldn’t be called a struggle if it was easy”).

There is a difference between pushing and condemning, prodding and chastising. And we need to understand that, unless we work with our politicians who show any indication of “getting it,” unless we support them when they seem to be daunted by the national scrutiny and the reach of Zionist influence, unless we educate them, then we might as well just give up the space to liberal “Progressives Except for Palestine,” who will be happy to support their work around immigrant and refugee rights, environmentalism, LGBTQ+ and labor issues, and more, but will “correct” them—guide them away—when it comes to Palestine.   Ultimately, our just cause is the loser, unless we keep drudging on.

Today, we are witnessing this dynamic play out nationally with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  And though she is special, she is not exceptional.  There are dozens of local grassroots organizers  all across this country who could, like her, achieve national positions. And we should be there to support them, rather than shame them for the shell-shock they will no doubt experience, should they rise from the grassroots to the grasstops.

About Nada Elia

Nada Elia is a Palestinian scholar-activist, writer, and grassroots organizer, currently completing a book on Palestinian Diaspora activism.

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  1. echinococcus
    echinococcus
    July 27, 2018, 1:14 pm

    And we should be there to support them, rather than shame them for the shell-shock they will no doubt experience, should they rise from the grassroots to the grasstops

    where they will be working at an even higher level for the Party of full involvement and unquestioning support to Zionist invasion, theft and genocide.

    I’d say that is plain schizophrenia. Why not support those intent on destroying the Zionist Party instead of “progressives” working under its thumb? Got a single good result by electing any of them in the last 50 years?

    Of course talk to them if they want to listen. Just don’t vote for them.

    • msmoore
      msmoore
      July 27, 2018, 2:12 pm

      “Got a single good result by electing any of them in the last 50 years?”

      Name “them.”

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      July 27, 2018, 4:35 pm

      Although the percentage gap in support for Israel remained fairly steady between the parties in the two decades after 1978, the parties’ views on Israel began to diverge in 2001, since when support among Democrats has fallen from 38% to 27% today, while among Republicans it has risen from 50% to 79%. I don’t think any democrat elected over those years, right up to today, have supported the Palestinian cause. I can’t think of anyone, can you? Ocasio seems the first candidate who may choose to do so–the full court Zionist press is on her now. We will see what she does.

  2. echinococcus
    echinococcus
    July 27, 2018, 3:49 pm

    Moore,

    Name “them”.

    It refers to the article text (above) I was commenting on, see what I quoted, “them” having been profusely explained in said article.

    It’s about some Democrat candidates. For me, I’ll gladly generalize it to anyone, look up “any”, running for or on behalf of the “two” parties of the US system.

    I apologize if it wasn’t clear enough, and thanks for the opportunity to repeat it.

    So now, can you name one?

  3. joemowrey
    joemowrey
    July 27, 2018, 4:49 pm

    Wow. No wonder the so-called Left is failing. What a concept. She’s willing to throw her values out the window at the first sign of pressure from the Zionist lobby, but let’s support her anyway. Maybe she’ll be better once she gets elected. Really? Talk about cognitive disconnect.

    • Abern
      Abern
      July 27, 2018, 9:18 pm

      You do not know she threw her values out the window. You know she is publicly hedging her views.

      I doubt she would gain many votes by supporting Palestinians. Republicans, Schumer and other Democrat Israel-firsters would try to cut her if she took a pro-Palestinian position, so it is best she keeps any pro-Palestinian views to herself for now.

      Nothing good for the Palestinians is going to happen in D.C. unless progressive Democrats dominate. Republicans and neocon, neoliberal Democrats will need to be voted out. That won’t happen in this election. Let’s get in who we can.

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        July 27, 2018, 10:19 pm

        Nothing good for the Palestinians is going to happen in D.C. unless progressive Democrats dominate

        Pray tell, how are these “progressives” to “dominate” the main managing organization of US Imperialism and war of aggression that belongs to the ruling class (only)? List all the wannabe “progressives” who ever “dominated”, say, in the last 50 years. Thank you.

      • annie
        annie
        July 27, 2018, 10:36 pm

        best she keeps any pro-Palestinian views to herself for now…..That won’t happen in this election. Let’s get in who we can.

        no. i’m tired of silence over palestine. DSA has grown significantly since she won the election and she’s a member. the message she would send if she dropped palestine like a hot potatoe, it would reflect poorly on DSA and the left. establishment and centrist dems, if the whole party has to learn the hard way they will lose by not turning left so be it. best she show some political courage around this issue.

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        July 28, 2018, 12:02 am

        Let’s get in who we can

        Sure, sure. That’s the spirit. Let’s get in another Dim who does exactly as told by the Zionists as they all do –that will be sooo unlike what you and other so-called liberals did already “get in” to poison life for everyone.

        While you, and so many hundred thousand others, could just vote their conscience, for the best and fearless ones, and rid us of the single-party dictatorship –in one, if I got the words right, fell swoop. The only reason that’s not happening is your mental status.

      • oldgeezer
        oldgeezer
        July 28, 2018, 12:24 am

        @Annie

        I’m tired of it too. Frankly it’s part of the banality of evil to be silent.

        It is not complex.

        You either side with the oppressed or the oppressor. There is no nuance or balance that justifies oppression.

        And if it means that at some point in time I will be defending oppressed Israelis I will do it. Oppressed is not a permanent label reserved for one group or another.

        In the meantime the Palestinians are the oppressed group. Not even close to being Israelis.

        You speak up. I will speak up.

        Israel as it operates is one of the worst human rights abusers in the world.

        They and they alone have the power to change that other than non Jewish peoples signing all rights away

        Screw em
        They had a chance to bring light to all nations. To accept human rights. They rejected both. They deserve all the condemnation they get.

        Never again. No one. Not just racist Israelis looking after themselves.

      • oldgeezer
        oldgeezer
        July 28, 2018, 12:25 am

        Sorry but hedging her views means not standing on principle and throwing Palestinians under the bus.

        I’m not ok with that

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        July 28, 2018, 9:16 am

        Yes she hedged her views; tossed out a few boilerplate Zionist canards, followed by admitting she was ignorant on the I-P subject. But since then she has got more input from the humanitarian-Palestine fans, so I’m just waiting to see, hear her next public statement on the issue. That will clarify her operating stance, right?

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 28, 2018, 12:23 pm

        “While you, and so many hundred thousand others, could just vote their conscience, for the best and fearless ones”

        I can’t! I received my Washington State primary ballot, and neither you nor “Keith” appear on it.

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976
        July 28, 2018, 1:03 pm

        I’m not a socialist but I would vote for OC unless she goes explicitly back on her ‘massacre’ comment. That word was a drop of water in the desert and I’m grateful for it. I would hate to see her putsched by a routine Democrat.

      • Keith
        Keith
        July 28, 2018, 4:49 pm

        MOOSER- “I can’t! I received my Washington State primary ballot, and neither you nor “Keith” appear on it.”

        No excuses. There is a space for a write-in candidate at the bottom.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 28, 2018, 5:38 pm

        “No excuses. There is a space for a write-in candidate at the bottom.”

        Okay, I’ll write you in, but don’t go changing on me. There’s no compromising on the road to your horizon.

    • Arby
      Arby
      July 29, 2018, 6:14 pm

      You have to figure that with the way soft power works today, packing a punch, articles like this one will pop up on progressive sites (disappointingly and somewhat mysteriously) and commenters at the same time, just in time to push an establishment, anti-people narrative. Oscasio-Cortez is a faker. WSWS has some good commentary about her.

  4. Misterioso
    Misterioso
    July 28, 2018, 10:49 am

    Someone should put the following Haaretz article in front of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and demand she read it. She must garner the courage to “take the bull by the horns” and do her best to make Americans aware of the horrors, including gross violations of hard won human rights law, that “Israel” has perpetrated against the defenseless indigenous Palestinians for 70 years. Ever increasing numbers of Americans, especially youth, are eager to learn the truth.

    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-israel-is-destroying-palestinian-universities-1.6315086

    “Destroying Palestinian Universities”

    “Foreign lecturers as well as Palestinian lecturers who studied or taught abroad are being expelled from West Bank academic institutes with a form of bureaucratic violence”
    By Daphna Golan, Jul 26/18.

    “As Israeli students are finishing their final exams, Palestinian students in the occupied territories don’t know whether their institutions will be opening for the coming academic year or if their lecturers will continue to teach, as dozens of lecturers with European and American citizenship are being expelled.

    “Around half the foreign lecturers at Palestinian universities started receiving letters last November, saying their requests to have their residency visas extended had been refused because they’ve been ‘living in the area for more than five years.’

    “In addition, the foreign spouses of these lecturers are being asked to sign declarations that they do not intend to work. To assure that they keep this promise, they are asked to pay guarantees of between 20,000 shekels and 80,000 shekels (about $5,500 to $22,000), which will be forfeited if it is discovered that they’d been working despite the ban.

    “We are not talking about universities in Gaza, where both the lecturers and students are under siege and cannot leave at all, and foreign lecturers cannot enter, but universities in the West Bank.

    “This year, at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, I had the privilege of teaching both Israeli and Palestinian students, as well as students from Peru, Kenya, Cyprus, Canada and Greece. During this academic year, as every year, there were international conferences held at the university attended by foreign researchers. By contrast, dozens of students and lecturers from abroad who want to study or teach at Palestinian universities are being arrested at the border and expelled.

    “The campus of the Arab American University in Jenin. Established in 2000, AAUJ offers studies in English and has attracted growing numbers of Israeli Arab students. Yaser Wakid, Laura Wick and her husband, Prof. Roger Hickok, are among those who are being forced to leave after 35 years of teaching and research at Birzeit University, because their visas have not been extended. Wick specializes in pediatric medical research and Hickok is a professor of European history, one of the founders of the university’s Institute of International Studies.

    In a public letter that was circulated on international academic networks, Hickok described how he and his wife had become ‘illegal’ residents. It happened when they returned from a home visit to the United States. At Ben-Gurion Airport they were given a tourist visa for two weeks, and told they would have to ask the military authorities to extend it. The description of their Kafkaesque efforts to enter the military camp in Beit El to deal with their visas, and of the phone calls and faxes that weren’t answered for months, is sad and depressing.

    “The presence of international researchers for lengthy periods is an international criterion for ranking institutions of higher education. Without such a presence, the university suffers from what’s referred to as ‘ghettoization of knowledge.’ What’s more, a significant number of the lecturers being expelled are Palestinians who studied in the United States and Europe; some were born in the occupied territories and went to study abroad.

    “While Israel makes great efforts and invests millions to bring back Israeli academics who are teaching abroad, it makes life very difficult for Palestinian lecturers who studied and taught abroad, allowing them to teach in Palestinian universities for five years at most. The expulsion of Palestinian lecturers, which prevents them from getting tenure and developing an academic career in the territories will only lead to the slow destruction of Palestinian universities.

    “At Birzeit University, all students are required to study European philosophy and history.. It was also the first university in the Middle East to establish a women’s studies program. However, the male and female students – women account for more than half of the student body – have almost no option to study abroad, and the lecturers who teach English, European or American history, cultural studies and foreign literature, are being expelled.
    During the first intifada, the Israeli army closed the universities for years, and closed schools and kindergartens for many months, creating the so-called “lost generation.” This is the generation whose education suffered a serious setback and from which the lecturers of today could have sprung.

    “Does Israel want to create more lost generations of Palestinians who won’t get higher education and are not exposed to foreign ideas and knowledge? Does the destruction of higher education in the territories benefit Israel? Will Israel’s bureaucratic violence lead to similar restrictions being imposed on Israeli students and academics?”

    Prof. Golan teaches in the Hebrew University Law Faculty. Her book “Hope on the Campus Margins – Israeli and Palestinian Students in Jerusalem,” was recently published by Resling.

    • oldgeezer
      oldgeezer
      July 28, 2018, 11:37 am

      ““Does Israel want to create more lost generations of Palestinians who won’t get higher education and are not exposed to foreign ideas and knowledge? Does the destruction of higher education in the territories benefit Israel? ”

      Absolutely yes. It enables their racist superiors to point down to their inferiors. To proclaim themselves as more advanced, smarter, superior to the subhuman Palestinians. Superior not only on an individual level but culturally.

      It isolates Palestinians from their equivalents in the wider world and in doing so helps suppress their views and history.

      Why don’t Palestinians make something of themselves?

      Yes, yes, positively yes. And it is only one of the many disgusting elements of Israel and it’s racism.

      This single feature of Israeli oppression fully justifies a boycott of Israel’s educational institutions. Their crimes and brutality need to carry a price. Israel always loves to put a price tag on Palestinians.

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      July 28, 2018, 7:39 pm

      You answered the first two for me, oldgeezer.

      “ Will Israel’s bureaucratic violence lead to similar restrictions being imposed on Israeli students and academics?”

      Of course not.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 28, 2018, 8:06 pm

        “Of course not.”

        Yes, it will. Remember, “RoHa”: ‘In Israel, all Jews are equal, but some Jews are more Jewish than others.’

  5. David Letwin
    David Letwin
    July 28, 2018, 2:08 pm

    There’s currently a petition to Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, initiated by Jews for Palestinian Right of Return, that addresses the concerns this article, and some of those leaving comments, have raised.

    To add your name to the over 2,000 other signers, please go to: tinyurl.com/AOCPetition.

    Petition text:

    TELL ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ: STAND BY YOUR PRINCIPLES — STAND WITH PALESTINE!

    Supporters of justice around the world were heartened when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently won the Queens Democratic congressional primaries with a grassroots campaign that included a forceful condemnation of the ongoing Israeli massacre of Palestinian Great Return March protesters in Gaza.

    Now, under intense Zionist backlash, she has “walked back” her stand, saying she had not used “the right words” in calling out Israeli occupation, and endorsing Israel’s “right to exist.”

    We fully embrace Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ original defense of Palestinian rights, and reiterate these essential facts:

    • From day one, Israel has been a settler-colonial regime of occupation on stolen Palestinian land, a status it recently formalized. It has no more “right to exist” than Jim Crow or apartheid South Africa!

    • The Great Return March demands an end to Israel’s genocidal siege on Gaza, as well as refugees’ right, enshrined in UN Resolution 194, to return to homes from which they were expelled during the 1948 Nakba (Catastrophe)that created that Israeli state.

    • Since the Gaza protests began in March, Israel has murdered at least 146 Palestinians (including children, reporters, and first responders), while wounding another 16,496. Unconscionably, this massacre is made possible by $3.8 billion a year in bipartisan U.S. military aid to Israel.

    • The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), of which Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a member, endorses the growing movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against apartheid Israel.

    Alexandria, your campaign is only as strong as its principles. Just as you speak truth to power for Abolish ICE, Standing Rock, Black Lives Matter, and Puerto Rico, stand firm with justice for Palestine!

  6. genesto
    genesto
    July 28, 2018, 2:15 pm

    And we should be there to support them, rather than shame them ‘

    We should be there, prepared to do BOTH – support them if they take a principled, unPEP-like stand on the issue, or shame, even condemn, them if they don’t. And we need to do this with the loudest voice possible. If we can make them believe that there is just as much or more to lose by not taking a principled stand as there is, at least short-term politically, by succumbing to AIPAC pressure, then we will have turned the corner on this.

  7. punterweger
    punterweger
    July 28, 2018, 4:52 pm

    I just hope that all the commenters who are so critical of AOC and this article have signed the open letter that reminds her to stay true to her principles and stand for Palestine.
    https://www.change.org/p/alexandria-cortasio-cortez-tell-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-stand-by-your-principles-stand-with-palestine?recruiter=2036226&utm_source=share_sponsor_thank_you&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=facebook_link

    • JWalters
      JWalters
      July 28, 2018, 6:38 pm

      Thank you. And I hope that ALL Mondoweiss commenters will take the time to post comments on mainstream media websites, including links to informative articles at Mondoweiss. Most consumers of mainstream news do not go outside that bubble. Strategically, they MUST become informed there is essential information outside, and provided an easy path to it. I’ve seen feedback that this works, slowly but definitely. Most people do not have the time or inclination to do the in-depth research that many MW posters clearly (thankfully) do.

  8. JWalters
    JWalters
    July 28, 2018, 7:24 pm

    Liberal Mark Shields’ comment on Israel’s recent slaughter of unarmed protesters in Gaza was, “Israel has a right to defend itself.”

  9. JWalters
    JWalters
    July 28, 2018, 7:47 pm

    One must plan very carefully how to tackle such a formidable opponent as the Zionists. An impatient, emotional attack is very unlikely to succeed. Instead, critical points of vulnerability must be identified. These must then be attacked with careful planning, precision, and timing. And one must survive to fight the next battle. That is how George Washington managed a victory against the most powerful army in the world.

    An important new part of the landscape is an organization of Democratic candidates, Justice Democrats, who are refusing all corporate money. Currently there are 44 candidates in this group, including Ocasio-Cortez.
    https://www.justicedemocrats.com/

    Their website makes it plain that this is an effort to re-take the Democratic party from the “banksters” (as FDR called them). The banksters failed in their coup attempt against FDR (see Marine Major General Smedley Butler), but succeeded in a slow-motion takeover, culminating in the destruction of FDR’s Glass-Steagall bank firewall (under Bill Clinton), and the ensuing Great Recession. The Democratic party’s position in the cultural and electoral landscape make it a very valuable hill to capture, if feasible. It seems to me it should be completely abandoned only as a last resort, and when a new attack force is ready to replace it.

    This new group’s focus on Justice, if it is genuine, can only be good for the Palestinian cause, obviously.

    Given the Zionist control of the mainstream media, there is solid logic in the Justice Democrats fighting their campaign battle on issues of immediate interest to their constituents, avoiding confusing smears of anti-Semitism. At the slightest opportunity the Zionists will drench Ocasio-Cortez in propaganda skunk water. On the PBS Newshour’s renowned “civil” Friday night discussion, Shields and Brooks will BOTH lament that such an otherwise attractive candidate is a virulent anti-Semite. (Liberal Shields’ comment on Israel’s recent slaughter of unarmed Gaza protesters, “Israel has a right to defend itself”.) The viewers of that show (and others) all across the country will dismiss her before they have had a chance to make up their own minds. And she will be banned from the media so that won’t happen.

    But once in office these Justice Democrats can begin educating their constituents on Palestine and Israel. They can band together on bills of substance. Such actions will be much harder for the Zionist-controlled media to ignore. The Zionists are thoroughly deceptive, so using deception against them is perfectly permissible.

    And many members of congress already resent the control the Israelis have over them. A nucleus of new and open resistence would embolden some of these members to join their ranks. Former Senator James Abourezk wrote,

    “I can tell you from personal experience that, at least in the Congress, the support Israel has in that body is based completely on political fear—fear of defeat by anyone who does not do what Israel wants done. I can also tell you that very few members of Congress—at least when I served there—have any affection for Israel or for its Lobby. What they have is contempt, but it is silenced by fear of being found out exactly how they feel. I’ve heard too many cloakroom conversations in which members of the Senate will voice their bitter feelings about how they’re pushed around by the Lobby to think otherwise. In private one hears the dislike of Israel and the tactics of the Lobby, but not one of them is willing to risk the Lobby’s animosity by making their feelings public.”
    http://ifamericaknew.org/us_ints/pg-abourezk.html

    I am grateful however, for the special courage of Dave Moore, running as a non-corporate, American party candidate for Congress. He is openly advocating an Eisenhower approach of cutting all aid to Israel until they withdraw to the 1967 borders.
    https://www.daveforcongress.org/israel-palestin.html

    I agree with this article that these candidates should be given a lot of support for their stand for justice, and a lot of reminders of what that means in Palestine. Whichever tactics they choose, and those will be subject to change as the situation develops, they will need a lot of support to overcome the force they are going up against.

    • echinococcus
      echinococcus
      July 28, 2018, 10:35 pm

      Thank you again for bringing to our attention Dave Moore’s campaign, Walters. I still can’t figure out how come MW hasn’t reacted to your first post and called for general support.

      This new group’s focus on Justice, if it is genuine, can only be good for the Palestinian cause, obviously.

      How is it so obvious to you, Walters? They get to define “justice” and, judging from Justice-Democrat Ms Ocasio’s behavior, Palestine ain’t in it.

      What’s so obvious to many other people is that no Democrats in elected or appointed office have ever been heard to say boo to the Zionists since WWII (and no Republicans since 1956.)

      Now, your “Justice Democrats” may or may not intend to be the (terribly unlikely) exception to the rule. But their incredibly naïve fairy tale of an FDR’s party taken over by “banksters”, now to be set up for takeover by the new guys camouflaging their “progressive” positions that we only have to guess by nod-nod-wink-wink, etc., doesn’t give much hope. In fact, it sounds like massively more snake oil. This is not the first time an attempt is being made to trot out the most “progressive”-sounding to gather he disgruntled back in the fold. You may remember a guy named Sanders, from the last time.

      Voting for any of these is only worsening our second worst problem, right after war of aggression. And that is the “two-party” system, both owned by the same ruling class that is the Palestinians’ implacable enemy. Instead of getting anyone elected, we may want to focus on clear and combative campaigns to educate and organize.

      • JWalters
        JWalters
        July 29, 2018, 12:10 am

        echinococcus, thanks for adding your voice for Dave Moore.

        I agree with your point that they get to define “justice”. That’s what I intended when I said, “if it is genuine”. And I agree that remains to be seen. Here’s where everybody has to make their own estimate.

        The capture of the FDR Democratic party by the bankers is now a clear historical fact. The question of whether to spend energy trying to re-capture it is certainly open to debate. George Washington’s officer council did not always agree on what they should do next.

        I strongly agree that “combative campaigns to educate and organize” are an absolutely essential foundation for any success. This is why I hope informed posters from MW take the information battle to mainstream news websites. The commenters in those discussions can become informed, thus growing the resistance, and perhaps pressuring those websites to broaden their coverage. Information is definitely the hammer.

    • Shahad
      Shahad
      July 31, 2018, 4:28 pm

      As someone who became aware of Justice Democrats soon after Clinton lost , their one issue is getting money out of politics . To become a Justice Democrat you have to reject corporate and super pac money . If they can get a sizeable number of people elected who are not owned by lobbies then you will end up with a sizeale caucus that cannot be bullied by AIPAC and that may encourage them to become bold about their support for Palestinians.

      But i agree with you that AOC does not have to have this fight right now , i think her district is mostly latino , african American and south east asian and Israel is not on their priority list.

      The Zionist lobby is just too powerful for her to start confronting them right now, and i notice from some of the newspaper articles they are not trying to fight her yet, they are offering to take her on a brain washing visit to Israel and /or meet with her to educate her on the Israel/palestine issue . I am sure they are also heavily trying to court / seduce her into their PEP circle in private, offering to give her media access and turn her in to the next Obama as long she does not critisize Israel in return . I hope she has the strength of character to resist but i am not so sure if she will succeed where many have failed, sometimes the allure of power is just too strong.

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        July 31, 2018, 8:28 pm

        To become a Justice Democrat you have to reject corporate and super money

        So, once you reject corporate money, it’s impossible for you to represent imperialist interests? Surely you’ve heard about the vital difference between sufficient and necessary conditions.

        If they can get a sizeable number of people elected who are not owned by lobbies then you will end up with a sizeale caucus that cannot be bullied by AIPAC…

        Not owned by lobbies? Even if that were true, they are fully owned by the Single Party, Democrat wing, fully owned in its turn by the US imperialist monopoly capital. Which means that even their so-called opposition has to be acceptable to the Zionist powers, AIPAC or J-Street or whatever.

        But i agree with you that AOC does not have to have this fight right now , i think her district is mostly latino , african American and south eat asian and Israel is not on their priority list.

        Ah! So that’s why even the anemic paragraphs on “Peace Economy”are still not on her Spanish-language web site! Why should voters worry their pretty heads about things too “complicated” for them to understand, indeed?

        Of course the major reason for our continued wars and lack of any money for the people and the massacre of millions is not a priority for them! Is it perhaps more appropriate for Anglo-Zios, perhaps? Talk of logic.

        As for “not right now”, kindly let us know when it is time. Or, to use a Jewish saying, “if not now, when?” It’s already been a while, if you paid attention.

    • Shahad
      Shahad
      July 31, 2018, 4:32 pm

      As someone who became aware of Justice Democrats soon after Clinton lost , their one issue is getting money out of politics . To become a Justice Democrat you have to reject corporate and super money . If they can get a sizeable number of people elected who are not owned by lobbies then you will end up with a sizeale caucus that cannot be bullied by AIPAC and that may encourage them to become bold about their support for Palestinians.

      But i agree with you that AOC does not have to have this fight right now , i think her district is mostly latino , african American and south eat asian and Israel is not on their priority list.

      The Zionist lobby is just too powerful for her to start confronting them right now, and i notice from some of the newspaper articles they are not trying to fight her yet, they are offering to take her on a brain washing visit to Israel and /or meet with her to educate her on the Israel/palestine issue . I am sure they are also heavily trying to court / seduce her into their PEP circle in private, offering to give her media access and turn her in to the next Obama as long she does not critisize Israel in return . I hope she has the strength of character to resist but i am not so sure if she will succeed where many have failed, sometimes the allure of power is just too strong.

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