"Rabbis Endorse Women's March After Addressing anti-Semitism Concerns With Organizers ...
Nine liberal rabbis endorsed the Women’s March after meetings with organizers Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory and sharing their concerns about anti-Semitism.
The rabbis said in a letter that they had engaged in “frank discussions about the issues that are dividing our communities” with Sarsour and Mallory, including the latter’s ties to Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan, who has a history of making anti-Semitic and homophobic statements.
Though the letter acknowledged that differences remained, it encouraged members of the Jewish community to attend the march on Saturday.
“We pledge to remain actively involved with the Women’s March, its next steps, its hopeful agenda, and its leadership, Linda and Tamika in particular,” the rabbis said.
The statement came out of meetings between the two organizers and 13 rabbis, though not all the attendees signed it, the Forward reported. ...
The signatories of the letter are Rabbis Barat Ellman, Rachel Goldenberg, Lauren Grabelle Hermann, Lisa Grant, Sharon Kleinbaum, Ellen Lippmann, Mike Rothbaum, Joshua Stanton and Nancy Wiener.
Ellman is the the mother of Women’s March staffer Sophie Ellman-Golan and Kleinbaum works at New York’s LGBTQ synagogue, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah. Grant and Wiener both work at the New York campus of the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College."
And so it goes... Then there's this:
"... The Democratic National Committee appears to have joined a number of organizations, including the Southern Poverty Law Center, that have distanced themselves from the 2019 Women's March.
The move comes amid controversy over organizers' ties to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has been widely condemned for his anti-Semitic remarks. In an interview on Monday with ABC's The View, one of the Women's March leaders failed to denounce Farrakhan, and this week the DNC disappeared from the list of the march's sponsors just days before the event on Saturday.
A cached version of the march's official website shows the DNC was listed as a sponsor as recently as Monday, but its name was gone as of Wednesday morning. ..."
"Rashida Tlaib Called a 'Danger' Who Might 'Blow Up' Capitol by Florida City Commissioner ...
Florida city commissioner, Annabelle Lima-Taub, sparked controversy after calling Palestinian-American Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib a "danger" who might "blow up" the U.S. Capitol.
Lima-Taub, who is Jewish and a city commissioner in the south Florida city of Hallandale Beach, made the comments days after Tlaib said she wanted to "impeach that motherf----," a reference to President Donald Trump
Lima-Taub reportedly signed an online petition to remove Tlaib from office and then wrote a message about Tlaib on her personal Facebook page, says the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
"Proudly signed," Lima-Taub wrote, according to a screen grab of the post. "A Hamas-loving anti-Semite has NO place in government! She is a danger and [I] would not put it past her to become a martyr and blow up Capitol Hill."
The Council on American-Islamic Relations demanded Lima-Taub resign, its Florida communications director, Wilfredo Ruiz, saying: “Her un-American, xenophobic statements establish that she is unfit to hold the commissioner’s seat. She must apologize immediately and follow up that apology with her resignation.”"
Ruiz is correct, but I'm not going to hold my breath....
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.