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AOC’s centrist challenger says her ‘very anti-Israel’ agenda inspired him to run

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is facing a primary challenge from New York City Councilman Fernando Cabrera, a centrist who was a registered Republican up until 2008.

In an interview with Jewish Insider (JI), Cabrera says he was inspired to run in response to Ocasio-Cortez’s “embrace of socialism” and her views towards Israel. “I am very concerned with the tone that she brings,” Cabrera told JI, “Her agenda has been very anti-Israel and she’s not a friend of the Jewish community. I could say that with total conviction. I want to bring communities together. If one community hurts, everybody pays for that. She doesn’t get that.”

Ocasio-Cortez was one of just 17 Representatives to vote against H.Res.246, an anti-BDS resolution that was overwhelmingly passed by the House in July. She’s also a cosponsor of H.Res.496, a resolution introduced by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) that affirms the right to boycott foreign countries over human rights issues. “Even more than specific issues, like BDS, it’s the culture that she’s trying to shape that I think would be detrimental to the Jewish community,” said Cabrera.

In addition to having a consistent pro-Israel voting record, Cabrera is also the former volunteer director for Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the evangelical Zionist organization founded by infamous Pastor John Hagee. Cabrera told JI he has visited Israel seven times.

“Israel is the perfect example of how people can live together,” Cabrera told The Jewish Link earlier this month, “There is no safer place for Christians to live in the Middle East. Muslims live in Israel and serve in the Knesset.”

He continued, “When I get to Congress, I will join my colleagues to protect the right of Israel to determine their future and not have any other country try to shove it down their throat.”

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  1. annie on November 22, 2019, 3:50 pm

    “Israel is the perfect example of how people can live together,”


    • Kay24 on November 23, 2019, 5:40 am

      That shows how delusional and ignorant he is about Israel. It seems he is in another planet.

    • Jasonius Maximus on November 23, 2019, 10:58 am

      I know right?!? I literally spat out a mouthful of coffee reading that quote!

      It’s insane how far these people will bend over to pledge their fealty to their pro-Israel backers.

      It truly blows my mind that an actual American, trying to seek office in the US Congress, to represent his/her American constituents, American values, American way of life, American civil rights and uphold the US Constitution will actually utter the words… “Israel is the PERFECT example of how people can live together.”

      What the actual fuck? Are WE no longer the perfect example of how people can live together? You know? The American people you want to vote for you? What a disgustingly subservient and vile sellout!

      You don’t have to like AOC, you don’t have to even agree or like her policies or statements, but at least she still represents her AMERICAN constituents and their AMERICAN interests and hasn’t already sold out to foreign interests for some pitiful campaign cash…

  2. eljay on November 22, 2019, 6:10 pm

    … “Israel is the perfect example of how people can live together,” Cabrera told The Jewish Link earlier this month …

    Zionists say the mind-numbingly stupidest things. It’s like some dumb-ass, pro-rape activist saying that non-consenting “self-determination” between a man and one or more captive women is “the perfect example of togetherness”.

    • Misterioso on November 23, 2019, 10:21 am


      “Zionists say the mind-numbingly stupidest things…”

      Agreed!! Nor are they are able to comprehend that their racist ideology, Zionism, is self defeating and a growing threat to Judasim. They have also failed to realize that the fascistic, expansionist entity they created in historic Palestine by force of arms and expulsion of its indigenous inhabitants has feet of clay, i.e., it is utterly dependent on a foreign country. They are also devious, delusionary, devoid of basic humanity and subscribers to the absurd racist myth that they are “the chosen people.”

  3. dianab on November 22, 2019, 6:43 pm

    Fernando Cabrera has said: “Her agenda has been very anti-Israel and she’s not a friend of the Jewish community. ” What Cabrera and his ilk refuse to understand that being “anti-Israel” has NOTHING to do with one’s attitude toward Jews. Cabrera would be shocked (shocked!) to learn that there is virtually nothing “Jewish” about Israel. Israel has to do with Zionism, which is a political ideology; one does not need to be Jewish to be an adherent of Zionism. Being a “friend of the Jewish community” has NOTHING to do with Israel. Methinks that Fernando Cabrera is attempting to show us how anti-Semitic he isn’t and is pandering to the pro-Israel community. (As for Christians being “safe” in the Middle East, Cabrera also has a lot to learn.)

    • eljay on November 22, 2019, 8:17 pm

      || dianab: Fernando Cabrera has said: “Her agenda has been very anti-Israel and she’s not a friend of the Jewish community. ” … ||

      One of the many unjust and immoral things Zionists can be counted on to do is to anti-Semitically conflate Israel and Zionists with all Jews. Jews and Judaism are the “human shields” of Zionism.

    • Mayhem on November 22, 2019, 8:55 pm

      ‘there is virtually nothing “Jewish” about Israel’ – such nonsense
      Archaeologists have this year unearthed the town of Ziklag where a future King David took refuge from Saul. The land of Israel is steeped in Jewish history that demonstrates time and time again the deep historical roots that the Jews have with Israel (Palestine).
      The Palestinians, desperate to match the indigenous connections that the Jews have to Judaea and Samaria, make up stories that claim they are descended from the Canaanites that are readily disproven.

      • oldgeezer on November 22, 2019, 9:59 pm


        Actually there are studies that do prove that the people of the region are descendants of the Canaanites. Feel free to provide studies, not opinion articles, to the contrary.

        That said I don’t really think it gives them a claim anymore than the ludicrously interpreted zionist studies prove Ashkenazi are indigenous. After this many years we’re all basically mutts. And in the second place
        it’s not even a valid way to do an assessment as humans have been migratory until relatively recently on a historical scale.

        The Irish have a 3,000 year old claim to the middle east. DNA does prove it. Think that’s laughable? So do I. As is the ashkenazi claim.

      • eljay on November 22, 2019, 10:28 pm

        || Mayhem: … The Palestinians, desperate to match the indigenous connections that the Jews have … ||

        “The Jews” are not indigenous to any one place – not even geographic Palestine – because “the Jews” are simply the sum of all the people in the world – citizens in and of homelands all over the world – who have chosen to embrace the religion-based identity of Jewish.

        Palestinians, however, are the indigenous people of geographic Palestine.

        And Zionists will say and do anything to destroy that very real and legitimate connection.

      • Misterioso on November 23, 2019, 9:46 am


        Sigh. Your comment is utter bilge.


        The Jebusite/Canaanites were ancestors of today’s Palestinians and it was they who founded Jerusalem circa 3000 BCE. Originally known as Jebus, the first recorded reference to it as “Rushalimum” or “Urussalim,” site of the sacred Foundation Rock, appears in Egyptian Execration Texts of the nineteenth century BCE, nearly 800 years before it is alleged King David was born. Its name “seems to have incorporated the name of the Syrian god Shalem [the Canaanite God of Dusk], who was identified with the setting sun or the evening star…and] can probably be translated as ‘Shalem has founded’.” (Karen Armstrong, Jerusalem, One City, Three Faiths; Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1996, pp. 6-7)

        It is estimated that the Hebrews did not invade until circa 1184 BCE and their resulting United Kingdom of Israel, which never controlled the coast from Jaffa to Gaza, lasted only about 75–80 years, i.e., less than a blip in the history of Canaan and Palestine. Even the Hasmonean Dynasty under the Maccabees lasted only about 70 years (circa 140 – 70 BCE) and it was under Roman control.

        BTW, no credible archaeological evidence, or more importantly, writings of contemporaneous civilizations, have been found that prove Solomon or David actually existed. Nor has any evidence been discovered to confirm that the Jewish exodus from Egypt ever occurred.

        Renowned historian/anthropologist and “Holy Land” specialist, Professor Ilene Beatty: “When we speak of ‘Palestinians’ or of the ‘Arab population [of Palestine]‘, we must bear in mind their Canaanite origin. This is important because their legal right to the country stems… from the fact that the Canaanites were first, which gives them priority; their descendants have continued to live there, which gives them continuity; and (except for the 800,000 dispossessed refugees [of 1948 along with the further hundreds of thousands expelled before and after the war Israel launched on 5 June 1967]) they are still living there, which gives them present possession. Thus we see that on purely statistical grounds they have a proven legal right to their own land.” (“Arab and Jew in the Land of Canaan,” 1957)

        To quote Polish born David Ben-Gurion (real name, David Gruen): “‘race’ does not unite Jewry since the ancient people dissipated after so much dispersion.” (Philippe de Saint Robert, Le Jeu de la France en Mediteranee, 1970, p.182)

        “The Racist Gene” Haaretz, June 21, 2017:
        EXCERPT: “In 2013, the results were published of a study by the prominent British geneticist Martin Richards, who specializes in researching the maternal genome, which passes from the mother to all of her descendants. Richards researched the maternal genetic ancestry of Ashkenazi Jews. And lo and behold, he discovered that 80 percent or more (!) of the maternal genetic makeup of Ashkenazi Jews derives from European women – goys, heaven forbid. Gevalt! Devoid of any gene originating in the Land of Israel.”

        Front. Genet., 21 June 2017 |
        “The Origins of Ashkenaz, Ashkenazic Jews, and Yiddish”
        “Recent genetic samples from bones found in Palestine dating to the Epipaleolithic (20000-10500 BCE) showed remarkable resemblance to modern day Palestinians.”

        “The non-Levantine origin of AJs [Ashkenazi Jews] is further supported by an ancient DNA analysis of six Natufians and a Levantine Neolithic (Lazaridis et al., 2016), some of the most likely Judaean progenitors (Finkelstein and Silberman, 2002; Frendo, 2004). In a principle component analysis (PCA), the ancient Levantines clustered predominantly with modern-day Palestinians and Bedouins and marginally overlapped with Arabian Jews, whereas AJs clustered away from Levantine individuals and adjacent to Neolithic Anatolians and Late Neolithic and Bronze Age Europeans.”

        “Overall, the combined results are in a strong agreement with the predictions of the Irano-Turko-Slavic hypothesis (Table 1) and rule out an ancient Levantine origin for AJs, which is predominant among modern-day Levantine populations (e.g., Bedouins and Palestinians). This is not surprising since Jews differed in cultural practices and norms (Sand, 2011) and tended to adopt local customs (Falk, 2006). Very little Palestinian Jewish culture survived outside of Palestine (Sand, 2009). For example, the folklore and folkways of the Jews in northern Europe is distinctly pre-Christian German (Patai, 1983) and Slavic in origin, which disappeared among the latter (Wexler, 1993, 2012).”

        Get educated or shut up!!

      • MHughes976 on November 23, 2019, 11:39 am

        The identification of Ziklag is very questionable, as you know, though the location proposed by some is interesting in that it would bring Philistine power very close to Jerusalem.
        However we might benefit from looking more at the relevant part of I Samuel. The text is clearly enough edited from prior sources – chapters 25 and 27 are both vivid stories featuring a drunken banquet and the return of the lovely Abigail to David – for theological purposes, maybe profound ones. For instance, author wants to make it a rule that all comrades in the army must be rewarded equally with spoils. Matthews Gospel, in the famous story of the labourers in the vineyard, extends this principle to all who strive for the spiritual rewards promised to Jesus.
        I think we may reflect further. It is clear that David often behaves very badly and I think that the authors of the text wants us to reflect on the fact that there are serious crimes on the Israelite record even as Abigail’s words on David’s piety ring in our ears (25:28 vs. 27:9). It is also clear from these passages how deep the Philistine/Palestinian element is embedded, per these narratives, in the history of the Land. The Davidic Monarchy is to an important degree a Palestinian creation: Achish protects David at one critical moment and his successor in Gath, Ittai,, saves him when the Israelites had generally abandoned him in favour of Absalom.
        I think that the authors of the Books of the Kingdoms, written when the Kingdom in Jerusalem was struggling to survive or to be reborn, were trying to find some theological space for non-Israelites within its territories, which is another indication that they were always in fact there.

      • Mooser on November 23, 2019, 12:47 pm

        And gee, I hate to bring this up, but wherever they came from, and however they got there, the Palestinians were already there.
        That makes a big difference.

      • eljay on November 23, 2019, 3:44 pm

        || Mooser: And gee, I hate to bring this up, but wherever they came from, and however they got there, the Palestinians were already there. … ||

        An inconvenience, to be sure, but nothing that a little “necessary evil” – something Zionists are very good at – can’t fix.

  4. echinococcus on November 23, 2019, 2:16 am

    Hah. That’s what Ms Ocasio gets for giving in to the Zionist lobby.
    One hopes she finally understands the nature of the beast: concessions to it won’t earn you any brownie points. Zionist don’t make any concessions.

    • annie on November 23, 2019, 7:00 am

      i remember asking someone once how aoc was supported by the zionist lobby. they responded that soros gave tyt money and tyt promoted her.

  5. Mooser on November 23, 2019, 2:47 pm

    “Tyt”? Rather unfortunate choice of name there. As an anagram or in full.

  6. alleng on November 23, 2019, 2:55 pm

    What’s shocking is that a right wing Christian Zionist fanatic is allowed to run as a candidate for the Dems. The CZs especially those mind-f***ed by Christians United For Israel all see Israel through unicorn coloured glasses. Doesn’t the DNC test candidates for progressive values? Or is he an example of Obama’s “not too far left” candidates? Sad.

    • Keith on November 23, 2019, 8:56 pm

      ALLENG- “Doesn’t the DNC test candidates for progressive values?”

      Yes, of course they do. Then they try to get rid of them. We are talking “New Democrats” here. Case in point, when Rahm Emanuel was the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for the 2006 elections, he actively supported pro-war candidates and defunded anti-war candidates. For the New Dems, pro imperial ideology is essential and non-negotiable. Beginning with the Clintons, all support for the 99% has been abandoned, only the rhetoric remains.

      “Then in 2004 Christine Cegelis, who is only mildly antiwar (1), ran as the Democrat with a grass roots campaign and polled a remarkable 44% against the hideous Hyde in her first run. It was not too long before Hyde decided to retire, and the field seemed to be open for Cegelis in 2006.

      Enter Rahm Emanuel, chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, who dug up a pro-war candidate, Tammy Duckworth. Although she had both her legs blown off in Iraq, she has remained committed to “staying the course” in Iraq (2). Duckworth had no political experience and did not live in the 6th District, but Rahm Emanuel raised a million dollars for her and brought in Dem heavyweights Joe Lieberman, Barak Obama, John Kerry, John Edwards and Hillary Clinton to support her.” (John Walsh)

      • Keith on November 26, 2019, 12:35 pm

        “Yes, of course they do. Then they try to get rid of them.”

        An update for those interested.

        “Earlier this year, the DCCC instituted a new blacklisting policy that banned vendors and staffers from working with progressive primary challengers. This policy still continues today and is tipping the scales in favor of the corporate Democrats our progressive challengers are running against.
        If the DCCC had their way, there would be no Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or Ayanna Pressley. The DCCC has sided with corporate Democrats like Henry Cuellar and Dan Lipinski by stacking the deck in their favor, threatening to blacklist any vendor or staffer who works on a primary campaign.

        The DCCC blacklist isn’t about keeping a majority, it’s not about Democratic priorities, and it’s not about real representation. It’s about powerful insiders protecting powerful incumbents against the true will of the people, no matter the cost.” (Justice Democrats)

  7. genesto on November 23, 2019, 3:22 pm

    If this character is a CUFI member, it ought to be really easy for AOC to defeat him in a progressive district like hers. I’d be very surprised if the Republican Party wastes any campaign money on trying to elect this guy.

    • annie on November 23, 2019, 4:39 pm

      he’s running as a dem, the gop already has someone else running against her. aoc will win without a doubt.

  8. Citizen on November 23, 2019, 4:48 pm

    Part of the Problem #511 – Jews Call Out Other Jews for Being Jews–Concerned Americans, please listen to this POV on the #AltRight, beginning at 1.05 hours into the video & continuing to its end. via @YouTube

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