Thanks, ckg. I think you are referring to this gathering:
Schumer, Pelosi, and Pence were all feted at the fetid "confab"... here's more:
"Pelosi Emphasizes pro-Israel Leadership in Next House at Adelson-backed Confab ...
Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat who likely will be Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, listed pro-Israel lawmakers she plans to name to key committee positions and said her party remained fundamentally pro-Israel.
“We have people very well paced to share our values,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said, addressing the conclusion Sunday of the annual Israeli-American Council conference, after listing planned assignments.
Pelosi said she would name Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., to chair the Appropriations Committee; Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., to chair the Foreign Affairs Committee; Ted Deutch, D-Fla., to chair the Middle East subcommittee; Adam Schiff, D-Calif., to chair the Intelligence Committee; Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., to chair the human rights-monitoring Helsinki Committee; Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., to a key Appropriations Committee position; and Lois Frankel, D-Fla., to a key Foreign Affairs Committee position.
All have longstanding pro-Israel records and all but Hastings are Jewish.
Pelosi, appearing together with Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the minority leader in the Senate, were pushing back against the perception that Democrats have drifted away from Israel. Interviewing them was Haim Saban, the Israeli-American entertainment mogul who with casino magnate Sheldon Adelson are major backers of the IAC. Saban is also a major backer of Democratic politicians, and Adelson is seen as a Republican king-maker.
Pelosi urged those attending not to pay “attention to a few people who may want to go their own way,” apparently referring to newly elected Congress members such as Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota who have been sharply critical of Israel. ..."
Here's the thing~ the US gives billions to Israel and then they and an entire panoply of Zionist organizations pay Congress and others to do its bidding... so why are they 'allies' of the US and why are lawmakers allowed to hold the American taxpayers hostage???
Here's something else:
"Rashida Tlaib to Head Congressional Delegation to West Bank, Endorses BDS
The Intercept said Tlaib was "rejecting [the] Israel lobby's influence over Congress" echoing and that her plan was a "rebuke of a decades-old tradition for newly elected members: a junket to Israel sponsored by the education arm" of AIPAC. She has no plans to meet with any Israeli or Palestinian officials, said the report.
"I want us to see that segregation and how that has really harmed us being able to achieve real peace in that region," The Intercept quoted Tlaib as saying . "I don’t think AIPAC provides a real, fair lens into this issue. It’s one-sided. … [They] have these lavish trips to Israel, but they don’t show the side that I know is real, which is what’s happening to my grandmother and what’s happening to my family there."
According to the Intercept, AIPAC's education arm has spent $12.9 million on trips to Israel for legislators and staffers over the past decade, trips that the publication called "among the lesser-known traditions for freshman members of Congress."
Tlaib told The Intercept that she personally supports the movement to boycott Israel, confirming speculation that emerged when she called on the United States to cut military aid to the country.
Before Tlaib won her primary in August, her campaign represented her as supporting a two-state solution and aid to Israel.
Since her primary victory, she has explicitly endorsed a one-state solution and called for an end to aid to Israel, prompting the pro-two-state-solution lobby group J Street to officially withdraw its support for her.
On the eve of the primary, Steve Tobocman, a senior adviser to Tlaib, told Haaretz that she supported a two-state solution. But in a post-victory interview, asked whether she supported a one-state or two-state solution, her response was clear: "One state. It has to be one state. Separate but equal does not work. I’m only 42-years old but my teachers were of that generation that marched with Martin Luther King. This whole idea of a two-state solution, it doesn’t work."
Representative-elect Ilhan Omar has also come out in support of boycotting Israel in remarks after her election, leaving many of her future constituents confused given that she said in August that the boycott movement was "not helpful in getting that two-state solution." She has also drawn criticism for calling Israel an "apartheid regime" that had "hypnotized the world" to ignore its "evil" policies.
In November, Tlaib and Omar became the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress."
Wonder who will show up... I hope that Marc Lamont Hill will be there.
To be honest Annie, I dithered about mentioning it because of this:
"Kindler Name Meaning
German: from an agent derivative of the obsolete verb kindeln ‘to beget children’, hence a nickname for someone who had a lot of children. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from German Kind ‘child’ + the agent suffix -ler, most likely an occupational name for a schoolteacher.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press"
~and this~ :
"Synonyms and Antonyms of kindler
a person who stirs up public feelings especially of discontent ...
Synonyms of kindler
agitator, demagogue (also demagog), exciter, firebrand, fomenter, incendiary, inciter, instigator, provocateur, rabble-rouser"
There's a bit more @ Urban Dictionary that I won't bother with. I do know another word for Scrabble now!!
Read and educate yourself, please:
"As you all know by now, Israeli authorities have denied me entry into my country and I am therefore unable to attend the festival. It pains me greatly not to be with my friends and fellow writers to explore and celebrate our literary traditions with readers and with each other in our homeland. It pains me that we can meet anywhere in the world except in Palestine, the place to which we belong, from whence our stories emerge and where all our turns eventually lead. We cannot meet on soil that has been fertilized for millennia by the bodies of our ancestors and watered by the tears and blood of Palestine’s sons and daughters who daily fight for her. ...
... What I said in 2015 to my interrogators, and which was also reported in Haaretz at the time, is that they should be the ones to leave, not me; that I am a daughter of this land and nothing will change that; that my own direct history is steeped in the land and there’s no way they can extricate it; that as much as they invoke Zionist mythological fairy tales, they can never claim such personal familial lineage, much as they wish they could.
I suppose that must sound vulgar to Zionist ears. To be confronted with authenticity of Palestinian indigeneity despite exile, and face their apocryphal, ever-shifting colonial narratives.
My lack of deference in 2015 and choice not to quietly accept the arbitrary decision of an illegitimate gatekeeper to my country apparently got appended to my name and, upon my arrival this time on November 1st, signaled for my immediate deportation.
The true vulgarity is that several million Europeans and other foreigners live in Palestine now while the indigenous population lives either in exile or under the cruel boots of Israeli occupation; the true vulgarity is in the rows of snipers surrounding Gaza, taking careful aim and shooting human beings with no real way to defend themselves, who dare to protest their collective imprisonment and imposed misery; the true vulgarity is in seeing our youth bleed on the ground, waste in Israeli jails, starve for an education, travel, learning, or some opportunity to fully be in the world; the true vulgarity is the way they have taken and continue to take everything from us, how they have carved out our hearts, stolen our everything, occupied our history, and tamp our voices and our art. ..."
Why and how can you justify this grotesque treatment of a noble human/humanitarian/scholar who is a Palestinian? How can you ignore this honest expose and entreaty, mondonut? The claim of Zionists to the land of Palestine and the taking of lives of Palestinians is horrific and against humanitarian principles and international law. Detaining the indigenous while lying is so Israel.