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In a political earthquake, Dems pull bill condemning anti-Semitism after split over Ilhan Omar explodes

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Divides among House Democrats exploded today beginning in a closed door session this morning where lawmakers argued with party leadership over a resolution to denounce anti-Semitism, an apparent move to condemn Rep. Ilhan Omar. 

According to the Washington Post the meeting descended into a “full-scale brawl” when representatives, primarily from the Congressional Black Caucus called to cancel the vote, and in an unexpected turn, was delayed indefinitely by early evening. One source in the room said Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) demanded, “Everyone stop tweeting!” as decorum fell. 

The Post spoke with several lawmakers who opposed sanctioning one of their own members, while at the same time ignoring anti-Semitic comments from GOP officials. Some raised that Democrats never produced legislation to denounce the White House— comments in likely reference to President Donald Trump’s statement about “good people on both sides” in the wake of the Charlottesville march in 2017 where a white nationalist killed a protester:

“We need to have equity in our outrage,” said Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), who after the meeting said she was focused on “the occupant of this White House who is seeding every form of hate, emboldening it with racist rhetoric and policies. That is who we all need to be focused on, and this is a distraction.”

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Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) was among the first members to speak up in the meeting, asking, “Why are we doing this?” She said afterward any resolution would be “redundant and unnecessary.”

“We’ve individually and collectively already responded to the fact that we oppose all ‘-isms’ that do not treat people in this country fairly and justly,” she said. “To continue to engage in this discussion is simply an opportunity to give both the media and Republicans distractions from our agenda. We’ve got important work to do.”

Late this afternoon Senator Bernie Sander’s (I-VT) office released a statement today that called the bill “wrong.”

“Anti-Semitism is a hateful and dangerous ideology which must be vigorously opposed in the United States and around the world. We must not, however, equate anti-Semitism with legitimate criticism of the right-wing, Netanyahu government in Israel. Rather, we must develop an even-handed Middle East policy which brings Israelis and Palestinians together for a lasting peace,” the Hill reported.

“What I fear is going on in the House now is an effort to target Congresswoman Omar as a way of stifling that debate. That’s wrong,” Sanders said.

Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) also issued a statement following Sanders. “We all have a responsibility to speak out against anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, racism, and all forms of hatred and bigotry, especially as we see a spike in hate crimes in America,” Harris said according to the Huffington Post. “But like some of my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus, I am concerned that the spotlight being put on Congresswoman Omar may put her at risk.”

The bill endorses an expansive definition of anti-Semitism that includes anti-Zionism adopted by the State Department in 2010 and drafted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. The four-page resolution denounces “accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interest of the own nations.” One line praises Jewish enlistment in the U.S. military.

The language is widely regarded as a reference to Omar. Although it does not name her it seems to respond to part of a talk she gave last Wednesday at a Washington DC bookshop where she talked about a “powerful lobby group” that pushes “for allegiance to a foreign country.”

Her comments were widely misattributed to an anti-Semitic trope of “dual loyalties” for American Jews. Yet a recording of the talk posted to Facebook show she was talking about lobby groups not a religious group:

“Nobody ever gets to have the broader debate of ‘what is happening with Palestine?’ So for me, I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country. I want to ask, why is it OK for me to talk about the influence of the NRA, of fossil-fuel industries, or Big Pharma, and not talk about a powerful lobby that is influencing policy,” she said.

Even so, attendees of the morning meeting who asked the Post to withhold their names from publication said Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi repeated claims that Omar had decried Jewish-Americans for alleged loyalties to Israel over the U.S.

“You can disagree wholeheartedly, but do not question their patriotism or their loyalty to our country in any way, and that holds for the Republicans as well,” Pelosi reportedly said.

Democrats’ pressure against Omar began earlier in the week. Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA) tweeted on Monday, “It is disturbing that Rep. Omar continues to perpetuate hurtful anti-Semitic stereotypes that misrepresent our Jewish community. Additionally, questioning support for the U.S.-Israel relationship is unacceptable.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) responded:

Indeed many of Omar’s supporters not only want a debate on Israel, they share her views.

While a majority of American are sympathetic towards Israel that support is declining with the sharpest decrease among liberal Democrats, Omar’s base. A Gallup poll released today shows 38 percent of liberal Democrats sympathize more with the Palestinians, as compared to 41 percent who sympathize more with Israel. The survey found national support for Israel is at an all time low since 2009, and down five percent from last year alone.

Republicans who had already called for Omar to resign from the House Foreign Affairs committee doubled-down after the speech gained traction. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), who is circulating his own resolution condemning anti-Semitism, wrote in an op-ed for the Hill on Monday to “remove Rep. Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and reject anti-Semitic and anti-Israel hate once and for all.”

Zeldin’s bill’s, which names Louis Farrakhan and Women’s March organizer Tamika Mallory as forebears of anti-Semitism, was referred to a subcommittee in January. It could resurface in coming weeks as yesterday Senate leader Mitch McConnell told reporters while he had already covered chastising anti-Semitism vis-a-vis a bill against BDS movement, “we may well address it again.”

McConnell added that anti-Semitism “seems to be more fashionable in this country regretfully among at least some member of the new class in the House.” 

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  1. JWalters
    JWalters
    March 6, 2019, 7:30 pm

    “You can disagree wholeheartedly, but do not question their patriotism or their loyalty to our country in any way, and that holds for the Republicans as well,” Pelosi reportedly said

    I’m sorry, and with all due respect, but given the evidence, and lots of it, I find myself, by a process of logic and common sense, questioning Nancy Pelosi’s loyalty to America versus her loyalty to Israel.

    She has made her loyalty to Israel overwhelmingly clear. But on the very serious question of a foreign government in effect controlling America’s main press outlets and America’s main politicians, Nancy Pelosi is unwilling to even look at the large amount of GLARING evidence. This indicates willful avoidance. I must ask “why?”

    How about the Dems protesting Trump taking $30 million from Sheldon Adelson and then moving the embassy to Jerusalem? How about protesting the Israelis (aka “neocons”) filling the administration and pushing the country toward another bloody, wasteful war for Israel, Iraq 2.0 in Iran?

    Or is Nancy concerned that we must be sensitive to the feelings of Haim Saban?

    • US Citizen
      US Citizen
      March 7, 2019, 10:34 am
    • genesto
      genesto
      March 7, 2019, 4:07 pm

      Remember that Nancy Pelosi is where she is because she has been so successful in raising tremendous amounts of campaign money for many years. Remember also that 10 of the 12 richest contributors to the Democratic presidential campaign of 2016 (read Hillary’s campaign) were Zionist Jewish billionaires. That’s not an anti-Semitic trope, that’s a historical fact. Seems to me that even Tom Friedman pointed that out.

      So, any expectation that Nancy would do ANYTHING to jeopardize that money stream is naive at best. She’s caught in the middle right now , but I’m sure her Zionist buddies are working overtime to help her find a way out while keeping her in the fold.

  2. Spring Renouncer
    Spring Renouncer
    March 6, 2019, 7:36 pm

    Yes, what a relief! Ilhan Omar is refreshingly brave and truthful. There was real grass-roots support for her and opposition to Nancy Pelosi’s treachery. I thank the Black Caucus for standing up for Ilhan, and it’s good that others like Bernie, Ayana, AOC and Pramila Jayapal are defending her too – though I am disappointed by their equivocal, weak defenses, but this is still progress. All of these leaders are lagging behind their electorate. Hopefully the situation continues to change for the better. Centrist democrats like Pelosi and Schumer are too far gone: they have to go.

    • Rusty Pipes
      Rusty Pipes
      March 6, 2019, 8:31 pm

      For days, I have been wondering where the CBC has been as Omar has been pounded with these smears. So, I’m glad to know that they took decisive action behind closed doors and convinced Pelosi not to bring the bill forward. I also appreciate the public statements of support Omar has received, even if some were later than others.

  3. Kay24
    Kay24
    March 6, 2019, 7:56 pm

    The Republicans who call for Rep. Omar’s resignation, should first and foremost look at their president, who has taken the side of white supremacists, made racist comments about Mexicans, and Muslims, insulted Obama and hounded his family about his birth certificate (and lied about sending investigators to Hawaii), attacked Gold Star parents, including the parents of a Muslim hero who died for his country, calls Elizabeth Warren derogatory names, and so on, and CALL FOR HIS RESIGNATION.
    Rep. Omar criticized a country for interfering in ours, Trump has openly been racist.
    Shame on those Democrats who are going along with the zionist narrative and not supporting their colleague. This would be the ideal time to draw that line on the sand, and differentiate what criticizing Israel versus anti-semitism really is. It is all about the Benjamins AND the shekels.

  4. US Citizen
    US Citizen
    March 6, 2019, 8:04 pm

    Well, well, well, – Lee Zeldin? Let’s hop on over to Opensecrets shall we? Zeldin makes the top 20 and top 5 for pro -israel donations. Shocker right? Along with Cardin, Menendez and guess who – Beto. My, my, my – what motivation these folks have to try and smear Omar. Not gonna work. I stand with Omar and Zeldin should be ashamed of himself and called out for it.

    https://www.opensecrets.org/industries/summary.php?ind=Q05&cycle=2018&recipdetail=M&sortorder=U

    • lyn117
      lyn117
      March 7, 2019, 1:18 am

      I was clicking around at opensecrets.org, and one curiosity was that the “Adelson Clinic for Drug Treatment & Research” (founded, or something, by Miriam and Sheldon Adelsdon) gave far and above any other contributor in the health sector, $61,401,000 (the next highest single donor was $7,178,878). I’d really like to know exactly how much drug treatment the clinic does.

  5. Sibiriak
    Sibiriak
    March 6, 2019, 9:40 pm

    “We need to have equity in our outrage,” said Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.)
    ———————————————————————————————

    Where have I heard that before?

  6. Marnie
    Marnie
    March 6, 2019, 9:45 pm

    “What I fear is going on in the House now is an effort to target Congresswoman Omar as a way of stifling that debate. That’s wrong,” Sanders said.”

    No shit Bernie, what finally tipped you off?

  7. wondering jew
    wondering jew
    March 6, 2019, 10:24 pm

    ‘Ilhan Omar was only referring to the lobby.’ If so, then she is naive to believe that her words stop at only official lobbyists. Then she is only the icing on the cake and one need only read the comments section of mw to know that her accusation is of a piece with the accusation against every single Jewish citizen of America who supports Israel any tiny bit.

    • Donald
      Donald
      March 6, 2019, 11:39 pm

      So nobody in public life should ever criticize AIPAC as it deserves because people have nasty arguments in blog comment sections. Btw, Jeremy Ben Ami was defending Omar last night, so it isn’t just anti Zionists who are tired of the BS that AIPAC spreads.

      You called her a shit stirrer in another thread. Well, no, she is just the first prominent politician to call out AIPAC while still in office and not back down when subjected to the usual vicious attacks. Setting aside what I might think about liberal Zionism, you guys blew it by not pushing back hard against the jackasses who constantly play the antisemitism card whenever criticism of Israel, let alone its Lobby, gets a bit too real. For better or worse, the PR battle within the US was Israel’s to win or lose for a very long time, but Netanyahu and AIPAC just kept pushing and pushing. But what has been clear is that lip service about Palestinian rights and a 2ss has been nothing but lip service for most people and I think that is what made the Israeli right and their cheerleaders here so cocky. They now have made a fair size fraction of the Democratic base disgusted with them. I think the rift just might be permanent. Israel is seen as Trump country and rightly so.

      You ought to read what the Democratic partisans at Lawyersgunsandmoney are saying.

      http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2019/03/dishonest-hacks-attack-ilhan-omar

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        March 7, 2019, 11:21 am

        Hey Donald,Glad I wakened you from your slumber so you decide to get involved. You’re right. I am split here. I favor a U turn in Israeli policy one that would require a reassessment by the US to prompt such a change. That’s why Gideon Levy and Larry Derfner have signed on to the love of Ilhan bandwagon. I accept the direction of Walt and Mearsheimer. But the battle of Ilhan is also against her rhetoric. Do you find it anodyne? Maybe crying wolf is the fault of the Likud Zionists. That is besides the point to me as a human being (with certain demographic descriptors). I hear her rhetoric and I go to Code Red (or actually Code Orange: I only accused her of naivete and dishonesty. I wouldn’t write her lines that way: Instead of a Luther anger interpreter like key and peel wrote for obama, i could writer her a zionist handler to write her rhetoric that would not bestir my agita.) How to reconcile my instinctive reaction to her rhetoric to the idea of the need for US pressure: I can’t. I merely mention both. Nice of you to drop in. I’ll read the link later.

      • Donald
        Donald
        March 7, 2019, 7:10 pm

        Yonah, this might be a better link than my other— it is Omar’s own words, the ones that have caused the current ruckus.

        https://www.patreon.com/posts/what-ilhan-omar-25142297

        I think these are beautiful, frankly. She strikes me as the furthest thing from a bigot and if you were in her district I bet you would be able to have respectful conversations with her.

        I don’t get too mushy about politicians most of the time— they generally disappoint you. But Ilhan Omar seems like that rare thing— a brave decent politician. So naturally she gets vilified.

    • oldgeezer
      oldgeezer
      March 6, 2019, 11:50 pm

      @wj

      I say bs. You’re being a drama queen.

      • marc b.
        marc b.
        March 7, 2019, 8:52 am

        He seems to be decompensating. From another recent comment:

        “Most of them have never been to Israel, but were raised within spitting distance from the Holocaust . . .”

        “Raised within spitting distance of the holocaust”. Wtf does that even mean?

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        March 7, 2019, 11:28 am

        marc b. here is the meaning: People born before 1965 were born less than 20 years after the Holocaust. Historically that is adjacent.

      • CigarGod
        CigarGod
        March 7, 2019, 11:32 am

        Marc b.
        Not sure, but it makes me think of Norman Finkelsteins story about his Mother, who once commented on the huge number of holocaust survivors.
        “With all these survivors, who died?”

        Perhaps the definition needs to be tightened up.

      • marc b.
        marc b.
        March 7, 2019, 3:55 pm

        Hmm. ‘Historically adjacent’. No, that doesn’t help.

    • Marnie
      Marnie
      March 7, 2019, 4:29 am

      She’s way over your head Yonah, admit it.She wondered aloud why it was okay to criticize the lobbying and influence of the NRA, Pharma, Wall Street, but not the influence of AIPAC, et al. Maybe you should break it down for her and Rashida Tlaib why that is? And how an idiot can say ‘shithole countries’ and some very good people are white supremacists and nazis and hold the presidency of the united states, but a congresswoman questions the crimes against palestinians and is being lynched by the republicans and members of her party who have been bought by AIPAC. Please explain Yonah, but give me a heads up so I can make some popcorn.

    • eljay
      eljay
      March 7, 2019, 7:46 am

      || wondering jew: ‘Ilhan Omar was only referring to the lobby.’ If so, then she is naive to believe that her words stop at only official lobbyists. Then she is only the icing on the cake and one need only read the comments section of mw to know that her accusation is of a piece with the accusation against every single Jewish citizen of America who supports Israel any tiny bit. ||

      Leaving aside for a moment your anti-Semitic reduction of Zionism only to Jews, it must disappoint you to realize that despite all the time and effort you and your fellow Zionists have put into anti-Semitically conflating Israel, AIPAC and Zionism with all Jews, people – including the “comments section of mw” – continue to understand that her accusation is “of a piece” with Jewish Zionists (“every single Jewish citizen of America who supports Israel any tiny bit”) and not with Jewish non-Zionists.

    • echinococcus
      echinococcus
      March 7, 2019, 10:05 am

      “… her accusation is of a piece with the accusation against every single Jewish citizen of America who supports Israel any tiny bit”

      Thank you, Reb Friedman!

      I salute your candid admission that any American (quite often it’s a Jew, true, but not necessarily) who supports the Zionist entity in any measure deserves censure. And your courage in admitting it, under the circumstances.

      I fully agree: any supporter of Zionism, “any tiny bit”, must be denounced as a soldier of the Fifth Column of Franquist fame.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      March 7, 2019, 10:40 am

      @wondering jew

      Give it up. You used to be good for a laugh, but you’ve become an utter bore.

    • Talkback
      Talkback
      March 7, 2019, 2:18 pm

      wj: “If so, then she is naive to believe that her words stop at only official lobbyists.”

      She claims that AIPAC bribes politicians and she is right.

      wJ: “… her accusation is of a piece with the accusation against every single Jewish citizen of America who supports Israel any tiny bit.”

      Nope. Not every single Jewish citizen is a member of AIPAC.

      I really don’t understand the sheer amount of illogical accusations and fallacies.

  8. JWalters
    JWalters
    March 7, 2019, 2:22 am

    Heeere’s Debbie! Israeli agent Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who engineered the DNC plot against Bernie Sanders in 2016 (in favor of Israel’s Democratic party candidate), is now trying to get rid of Bernie in a new way. She says he should be banned from the Democratic party because he doesn’t support Trump’s banker-oligarchy seige against the people of Venezuela (in order to steal Venezuela’s oil). !!?? Who originated this idea? Mmmm. Brief but great discussion on the Jimmy Dore show.
    “Wasserman Schultz Threatens Kicking Bernie Out Of Party Over Venezuela”

  9. Kay24
    Kay24
    March 7, 2019, 3:08 am

    This is what our Congress should be doing, after all aren’t we concerned about human rights violations? Watch Corbyn get demonized, yet again, by Israel’s attack dogs.

    Corbyn Calls for Britain to Freeze Arms Sales to Israel after UN charges War Crimes
    JUAN COLE

    LONDON (Ma’an) — Jeremy Corbyn, head of the British Labor Party, over the weekend, called for the British government to freeze arms sales to Israel and to condemn it for the killing of Palestinians.

    Corbyn’s remarks came after a United Nations report, which found that Israeli security forces may have committed war crimes killing scores of Palestinians and wounding more than 6,100 in weekly protests in the besieged Gaza Strip over the past year.

    Corbyn posted a tweet on his Twitter account, saying “The UN says Israel’s killings of demonstrators in Gaza – including children, paramedics and journalists – may constitute ‘war crimes or crimes against humanity.’”

    He added, “The UK government must unequivocally condemn the killings and freeze arms sales to Israel.”

    The UN Independent Commission of Inquiry said in a statement that “The Commission found reasonable grounds to believe that Israeli snipers shot at journalists, health workers, children and persons with disabilities, knowing they were clearly recognizable as such.”

    These are serious war crimes, and WE are sending the aid and weapons, enabling Israel to keep their crimes against unarmed civilians going. What does it make us, accessories to the crimes?

  10. Jackdaw
    Jackdaw
    March 7, 2019, 6:16 am

    Now consider how things are handled on the other side of the aisle.

    ‘House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) repeatedly compared the Democrats’ turmoil to the quick moves Republicans took to condemn Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who made public comments questioning whether white supremacy is offensive, including a decision to strip him of committee assignments.’

    “It should not be tough to stand up against this type of talk,” McCarthy said, noting that the House adopted GOP-proposed language condemning anti-Semitism last month after a previous controversy involving Omar.’

    Interesting.

  11. Dan From Away
    Dan From Away
    March 7, 2019, 6:51 am

    Here’s what I hope results from the radiant courage and sumud (Arabic: determination) of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar: that a new center of power…something maybe called “The Progressive Palestine Faction” emerges.

    This Faction would be the new home of every Democrat Representative who opposes Zionist political influence in Congress but lacks the courage to do so individually, as Congresswoman Omar has. The Faction would refuse to “go along to get along” in Congress and hold back its automatic support for any/all Democratic legislation. This would force the Old Guard Democrats to deal with them AS A FACTION, rather than as individual Representatives.

    This re-alignment would allow them to develop the recognition and cohesion needed for them to become a thing in time for the run up to the DNC convention in 2020. This is how Israeli Zionist factions organize themselves in the Knesset. The Progressive Palestine Faction could even claim to be using a Zionist political template, thereby complicating if not forestalling the inevitable smears of “anti-Israelism” and “antisemitism”.

    In the run up to the DNC convention the Faction would hold back its votes until Speaker Pelosi recognizes their planks on Palestine. With luck, the Democrats would lack the votes to advance their agenda without the Faction’s support.

    Yes, yes, the call for “party unity” will be loud and strong but what that will really be is a call for maintaining the status quo. Old Guard Democrats (including “I am a Zionist” Joe Biden) will scream that the Faction is endangering any chance of electoral victory in 2020, however that should be the goal of the Faction. The solution: For the Democratic Party to negotiate with the Faction and incorporate its demands into the Party’s platform. So simple!

    Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and her progressive colleagues to not want to see Trump/Republicans win in 2020. Neither do they have any interest in fomenting antisemitism. What they do want to do is to liberate Congress from the grip of Zionist influence and end the demonization of Palestine in Congress. Yes, yes, the Republicans will exploit the emergence of The Faction by unleashing Fox/Hannity and painting the Democrats as fickle, feeble, feckless and un-American. So what? Ignore them!

    Let’s push on bearing in mind the words of Margaret Mead:

    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

    • echinococcus
      echinococcus
      March 7, 2019, 9:54 am

      Dan,

      Is “Away” some far-away planet? On our world, the very administrative organs of US Imperialism do not just turn around 180° to become their own worst enemies thanks to some political horsetrading by one-man-show internal opposition. The Democrat Party is the enemy as much as the Zionist entity. And, of course, as much as its “rival” wing.
      That kind of thing may happen sometimes with movements that are not opposed in the least to imperialism, like Bernyites, etc. Not with real Anti-Zionists like Omar and Tlaib.

  12. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    March 7, 2019, 7:42 am

    Seems as if the US Zios have overcooked it. I was expecting their poodles in Congress to be instructed to push for the setting up of a House Un-Israeli Activities Committee. Instead there is the long overdue pushback albeit a piddly one from the likes of Sanders.

    Here in the UK the latest Zio wheeze would you believe it is for the Labour Party to be investigated for breaches of Jewish Human Rights under the terms of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR):
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47482048

    Serious pushback by members is long overdue and the apparent vacillation of Jermy Corbyn and the rest of the Labour top team is a huge problem. I hope that if this ECHR Investigation goes ahead that Labour Party members will take the initiative and ask for the investigators to address the possibility that the human rights of up to 500,000 members of the Labour Party may have been seriously breached by false allegations of Anti – Semitism . So to all you Labour Members out there who continue to be disgusted by the vile and grotesque smears and slurs against your party I say if this ECHR sham actually gets up and running contact the body concerned and request information and the necessary documentation to submit a complaint. If needs be channel this through your local constituency MP.

    Oh as for the ECHR if and when they are on the job they should really in all fairness investigate allegations of Anti – Semitism in the Conservative Party , allegations of Islamophobia in the Conservative Party and why not while they are at it revisit some cold cases eg Prince Harry and the Nazi uniform episode – remember that one?
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2005/jan/13/royalsandthemedia.pressandpublishing

    The Board of Deputies (sans Sherriff) were all coy when addressing that little cameo – well highly likely that ZC were on the blower immediately and advised them that it would backfire seriously amongst the UK public and wouldn`t serve Zioland`s purposes to be suggest that there was “institutionalised Anti – Semitism in the British monarchy”.

  13. davisherb
    davisherb
    March 7, 2019, 8:40 am

    Well said….”I’m sorry, and with all due respect, but given the evidence, and lots of it, I find myself, by a process of logic and common sense, questioning Nancy Pelosi’s loyalty to America versus her loyalty to Israel.

    She has made her loyalty to Israel overwhelmingly clear. But on the very serious question of a foreign government in effect controlling America’s main press outlets and America’s main politicians, Nancy Pelosi is unwilling to even look at the large amount of GLARING evidence. This indicates willful avoidance. I must ask “why?”

    How about the Dems protesting Trump taking $30 million from Sheldon Adelson and then moving the embassy to Jerusalem? How about protesting the Israelis (aka “neocons”) filling the administration and pushing the country toward another bloody, wasteful war for Israel, Iraq 2.0 in Iran?

    Or is Nancy concerned that we must be sensitive to the feelings of Haim Saban?”
    My Reply is copied from above!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • lyn117
      lyn117
      March 7, 2019, 10:16 am

      Pelosi and her ilk are certainly more loyal to Israel than to the Democratic Party. They’re happy to cheer Netanyahoo, despite Israeli interference in US politics that helped elect Trump.

      • captADKer
        captADKer
        March 7, 2019, 11:56 am

        [[Pelosi and her ilk are certainly more loyal to Israel than to the Democratic Party.]]
        kindly support this most idiotic comment. we can start by her recorded attendance at bibi’s speech to congress.and then end by naming who appointed omar to the committee she disgracefully spotlights.

      • annie
        annie
        March 7, 2019, 1:10 pm

        there was this

      • eljay
        eljay
        March 7, 2019, 1:22 pm

        || captADKer: … naming who appointed omar to the committee she disgracefully spotlights. ||

        The disgraceful spotlighting is the result of deliberate, anti-Semitic conflation by Zionists of Israel and AIPAC with all Jews and all Jews with Israel an AIPAC for the purpose of smearing Ms. Omar with destructive accusations of anti-Semitism.

        Disgraceful indeed, but par for the Zionist course.

  14. Boomer
    Boomer
    March 7, 2019, 10:42 am

    I have some reservations about Bernie as a Presidential candidate, but I have to give him credit for saying, “. . . we must develop an even-handed Middle East policy . . . ” Being Jewish gives him some cover, perhaps. And, objectively, saying the words “even-handed” doesn’t seem radical. But I’m old enough (as is Bernie) to remember what happened to some pols who used those words in the past.

  15. Boomer
    Boomer
    March 7, 2019, 6:55 pm

    As quakes go, it wasn’t so much. I’d give it a 3.5, maybe a 3.6.

    https://thehill.com/homenews/house/433085-house-passes-anti-hate-measure-after-tensions-flare

    but Omar gets my praise anyway.

  16. Citizen
    Citizen
    March 8, 2019, 12:17 pm

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