Democratic honchos Chuck “Nostrils” Schumer and Nancy “Hands-a-Blur” Pelosi will be speaking at a conference that will also feature anti-Israel groups such as IfNotNow [a phrase lifted from Hillel the Elder, a Jewish Babylonian-born sage], the PLO [you know them–they’re the terrorists who killed members of the Israel soccer team at the 1972 Munich Olympics] and the New Israel Fund [a group comprised mostly of self-loathing Jews who pretend Israel isn’t a democracy].
The conference should be a blast–that is, they will likely blast Israel and paint its anti-Zionist neighbors as the victims of Israeli “occupation.”
Schumer (D-NY) and Pelosi (D-CA), along with other Democratic members of Congress and elected officials, plan to address the annual J Street National Conference later this month.
Schumer, who is Jewish, and Pelosi, who is wealthy and crusty, are frequent speakers at the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, one of J Street’s main rivals, mainly because the former would like to see Israel’s population pushed into the River Jordan.
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) are also scheduled to speak at the conference, which will be held Oct. 26-29 in Washington, D.C.
Jayapal voted against a July resolution in the House condemning the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement, defining her as an anti-Semite in accordance with the UN’s categorization of the BDS movement. She along with 16 other Democrats voted the same.
Van Hollen was one of 23 senators in February to vote against the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act, which, if enacted, would impose new sanctions on Syria, boost security cooperation with Israel and Jordan, and allow state and local governments the right to punish state or local contractors from engaging in boycotting Israel. The only reasons he voted against the bill was because he supports the BDS movement, and sees security for Israel as an unnecessary expense.
Additionally, Jewish Democratic Council of America executive director Halie Soifer, IfNotNow founder Emily Meyer and Bashar Azzeh, a member of the PLO Central Council, are listed as speakers. Osama bin Laden was unavailable.
IfNotNow is states on its mission that they seek to “end American Jewish support for the occupation,” which advocates say is “is a system of violence and separation by which Israel denies Palestinians freedom and dignity by depriving them of civil, political and economic rights.”
On the contrary, Palestinians have more rights in Israel than they have in so-called Palestine. In fact, Muslims in general, have more rights in Israel than anywhere in the Middle East.
IfNotNow has been approaching Democratic presidential candidates as representatives of the Jewish community and asking them about ending the so-called “occupation” of Judea and Samaria. [Can they even explain where the name “Judea” comes from?]
Whenever anti-Zionist groups use the term “occupation,” they are trying to delegitimize Israel’s right to exist. But as with most terminology used regarding the Israel-Palestinian conflict, nobody can clearly define the meaning, even after the Palestinian Authority has overseen Arab-majority sections [aka Area A under the Oslo Accords] of Judea and Samaria since 1994. In fact, Hamas has run Gaza since 2007 after they stole it from the PA and Israel left in 2005.
Historically, “occupation” applied to areas overseen by Israel after gaining land in the Six-Day War: Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights and a large part of the Sinai. Land that the Arabs refused to negotiate over as part of the Khartoum Conference in 1968. The Arabs adopted what is known as the “three no’s” regarding Israel: no peace, no recognition, no negotiations.
So who are the real villains in the region?