Thursday, April 19, 2012

74 Anti-Israel Democrats

by Ben Shapiro

One of the favorite myths of the left is that the right is the source of all anti-Semitism. To be sure, there are anti-Semites on the right – much of the constituency of Ron Paul is deeply anti-Semitic, as is the Pat Buchanan crew. But while many conservatives sympathize with Ron Paul’s small government program, both Paul and Buchanan are considered fringe characters on the right overall.

The same is not true for the left.

Mainstream figures on the American left rub elbows with anti-Semites on a regular basis. Many of them embrace the anti-Semitic program of forcing Israel into concessions to terror groups like Hamas. And many of them sit in Congress.

Even as Israel faces attack from Iran, Egypt, and Gaza, 74 House Democrats joined J Street, the radical front group for George Soros that essentially advocates for the destruction of the State of Israel. J Street, as editor-in-chief Joel Pollak has pointed out, has supported the morally depraved Goldstone Report and opposed sanctions against Iran. J Street has purportedly backed off of some of these positions, likely at the behest of the Obama administration, which has been feeling so much heat from the Jewish community that it reportedly asked Media Matters to dump its in-house anti-Semite, M.J. Rosenberg.

The newest J Street initiative is the Cohen-Yarmuth-Connolly letter, named after three members of Congress: Steve Cohen (D-TN), John Yarmuth (D-KY), and Gerry Connolly (D-VA). The letter itself pushed the Obama administration to take a harsher role in the peace process, effectively forcing Israel into concessions to terror groups. Here’s a full list of the signatories to J Street’s letter:

Steve Cohen (TN-9)

Gerald Connolly (VA-11)

John Yarmuth (KY-3)

Tammy Baldwin (WI-2)

Earl Blumenauer (OR-3)

Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1)

Bruce Braley (IA-1)

Lois Capps (CA-23)

Michael Capuano (MA-8)

Andre Carson (IN-7)

Hansen Clarke (MI-13)

William Lacy Clay (MO-1)

Emanuel Cleaver II (MO-5)

John Conyers, Jr. (MI-14)

Jim Cooper (TN-5)

Danny Davis (IL-7)

Susan Davis (CA-53)

Peter DeFazio (OR-4)

Diana DeGette (CO-1)

Rosa DeLauro (CT-3)

John Dingell (MI-15)

Lloyd Doggett (TX-25)

Mike Doyle (PA-14)

Donna Edwards (MD-4)

Keith Ellison (MN-5)

Anna Eshoo (CA-14)

Sam Farr (CA-17)

Chaka Fattah (PA-2)

Bob Filner (CA-51)

Charlie Gonzalez (TX-20)

Raul Grijalva (AZ-7)

Luis Gutierrez (IL-4)

Martin Heinrich (NM-1)

Maurice Hinchey (NY-22)

Rush Holt (NJ-12)

Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL-2)

Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)

Hank Johnson (GA-4)

Ron Kind (WI-3)

Barbara Lee (CA-9)

John Lewis (GA-5)

Dave Loebsack (IA-2)

Stephen Lynch (MA-9)

Edward Markey (MA-7)

Betty McCollum (MN-4)

Jim McDermott (WA-7)

Jim McGovern (MA-3)

Brad Miller (NC-13)

George Miller (CA-7)

James Moran (VA-8)

Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC)

John Olver (MA-1)

Ed Pastor (AZ-4)

Chellie Pingree (ME-1)

Jared Polis (CO-2)

David Price (NC-4)

Charles Rangel (NY-15)

Laura Richardson (CA-37)

Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34)

Bobby Rush (IL-1)

Jan Schakowsky (IL-9)

Kurt Schrader (OR-5)

Louise Slaughter (NY-28)

Adam Smith (WA-9)

Pete Stark (CA-13)

Mike Thompson (CA-1)

John Tierney (MA-6)

Paul Tonko (NY-21)

Nydia Velazquez (NY-12)

Chris Van Hollen (MD-8)

Melvin Watt (NC-12)

Henry Waxman (CA-30)

Peter Welch (VT-AL)

Lynn Woolsey (CA-6)

There are a number of prominent Jewish congresspeople on this list. There’s a reason for that: one of the great goals of the Obama administration has been the mainstreaming of J Street. AIPAC’s supporters have largely turned on the Obama administration, seeing it as a force hostile to Israel; J Street was an attempt to build a counterweight to AIPAC that could sucker Jews into supporting the Democrats no matter how anti-Israel they became. One crucial factor in accomplishing that goal was creating the perception that Jews in Congress, who just must be pro-Israel since they’re Jewish, back J Street.

That effort, unfortunately for the left has failed. J Street remains an extremist organization, and one dedicated to harming Israel. And the Congresspeople who signed onto this letter – with a few exceptions — are generally no friends to Israel. Chris Van Hollen, for example, urged the Bush administration to back a ceasefire during the Israel-Lebanon war that would have protected Hezbollah; Jim McDermott, when he wasn’t spending time flacking for Saddam Hussein, was voting against a House Resolution supporting Israeli action in Lebanon. The list goes on and on.

The Democratic Party is the new home of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment. Their association with J Street cements that status.

Ben Shapiro


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