A friend of Israel doesn’t boycott

Is your Senator / Congressman a friend of Israel?

Boycotting Israel has been for decades – and still is – high on the agenda of the enemies of Israel.

Refuse to finance the occupation – Boycott Israel
“Refuse to finance the occupation – Boycott Israel” – a Swedish poster calls for a boycott of Israel

Since Israel was established in 1948, the Arab League implemented a broad boycott of Israel,* prohibiting direct trade between Israel and the Arab nations, prohibiting doing business with companies that do business with Israel, and blacklisting firms that trade with other companies that do business with Israel.

The Arab League is no friend of Israel.

 

United Nations General Assembly hall
United Nations General Assembly hall

Year after year, Arab delegations to the United Nations walk out upon the Israeli ambassador delivering Israel’s message to the General Assembly.

These Arab states are not friends of Israel.

 

Boycott, Divest, Sanction demonstration against Israel
Boycott, Divest, Sanction demonstration against Israel

In 2005, Palestinian organizations launched the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in an attempt to exert pressure on Israel to end the “Israeli occupation and colonization of Palestinian land,” and to pressure Israel to “respect the right of return of Palestinian refugees to Israel.”

Palestinians are not friends of Israel.

 

In January 2007, the South African Food and Allied Workers’ Union (FAWU) called on national supermarket chains to stop importing avocado from Israel, ultimately leading to the banning of all imports from the Jewish state. Katishi Masemola, secretary general of FAWU said, “We haven’t made the call to impose sanctions against Israel yet, but we are moving there. It’s just a matter of months.”

The FAWU is not a friend of Israel.

 

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey

In February 2015, Turkey pulled out of the Munich security conference, announcing it will not attend because Israeli officials were invited.

Turkey is no friend of Israel.

 

Durban University
Durban University

In February 2015, Israel boycott activists in the Student Representative Council and Progressive Youth Alliance at South Africa’s Durban University of Technology called for their school to expel its Jewish students, especially those who do not support the Palestinian struggle.

These students are no friend of Israel.

 

To this day, at least 32 nations around the world do not recognize the existence of Israel. These countries include Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei, Chad, Comoros, Cuba, Djibouti, Guinea, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Morocco, Niger, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

These countries are no friend of Israel.

 

In mid-January 2015, the United States Speaker of the House of Representatives invited the Prime Minister of Israel to address Congress about Iran’s nuclear program. The Prime Minister accepted the invitation and delivered remarks to a joint session of Congress on March 3rd 2015.

Natanyahu's speech to Congress, March 2015

A number of Senators and Congressmen boycotted the speech, some claiming to be upset that the Speaker may have violated protocol or blindsided the Administration with the invitation. They took their anger out on the Prime Minister with this boycott. 

Others made the claim that this speech would somehow help the Prime Minister in his reelection campaign – in spite of the fact that the arguments regarding Iran’s nuclear program that he was expected to reiterate in the speech  are ones on which there is national unity in Israel, with all major Israeli opposition parties in agreement on. To avoid ‘interfering in Israeli elections,’ however, these US Senators and Congressmen boycotted the speech.

Playing into the hands of Israel’s enemies with this boycott, can you honestly call the following Senators and Congressmen (who went on to boycott Israel’s Prime Minister) a ‘friend of Israel?’

Vice President Joe Biden (Democrat)

Sen. Al Franken (Democrat, Minn.)
Sen. Martin Heinrich (Democrat, N.M.)
Sen. Tim Kaine (Democrat, VA)
Sen. Patrick Leahy (Democrat, VT)
Sen. Bernie Sanders (Independent, VT)
Sen. Brian Schatz (Democrat, Hawaii)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Democrat, Mass.)
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (Democrat, R.I.)

Rep. Karen Bass (Democrat, Calif.)
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Democrat, Ore.)
Rep. Corrine Brown (Democrat, Fla.)
Rep. G.K. Butterfield (Democrat, N.C.)
Rep. Lois Capps (Democrat, Calif.)
Rep. André Carson (Democrat, Ind.)
Rep. Joaquin Castro (Democrat, Texas)
Rep. Katherine Clark (Democrat, Mass.)
Rep. Lacy Clay (Democrat, Mo.)
Rep. James Clyburn (Democrat, S.C.)
Rep. Steve Cohen (Democrat, Tenn.)
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (Democrat, New Jersey)
Rep. John Conyers (Democrat, Michigan)
Rep. Danny K. Davis (Democrat, Ill.)
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (Democrat, Conn.)
Rep. Peter DeFazio (Democrat, Ore.)
Rep. Diana DeGette (Democrat, Colo.)
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (Democrat, Texas)
Rep. Donna Edwards (Democrat, MD.)
Rep. Keith Ellison (Democrat, Minn.)
Rep. Chaka Fattah (Democrat, Pennsylvania)
Rep. Martha Fudge (Democrat, Ohio)
Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Democrat, Ariz.)
Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Democrat, Ill.)
Rep. Denny Heck (Democrat, Washington)
Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (Democrat, Texas)
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Democrat, Texas)
Rep. Walter Jones (Republican, N.C.)
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (Democrat, Ohio)
Rep. Rick Larsen (Democrat, Wash.)
Rep. Barbara Lee (Democrat, Calif)
Rep. John Lewis (Democrat, Ga.)
Rep. Dave Loebsack (Democrat, Iowa)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (Democrat, Calif.)
Rep. Betty McCollum (Democrat, Minn.)
Rep. Jim McDermott (Democrat, Wash.)
Rep. Jim McGovern (Democrat, Mass.)
Rep. Jerry McNerney (Democrat, Calif.)
Rep. Gregory Meeks (Democrat, N.Y.)
Rep. Gwen Moore (Democrat, Wisconsin)
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (Democrat, D.C.)
Rep. Beto O’Rourke (Democrat, Texas)
Rep. Chellie Pingree (Democrat, Maine)
Rep. David E. Price (Democrat, N.C.)
Rep. Cedric Richmond (Democrat, La.)
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (Democrat, Ill.)
Rep. Bennie Thompson (Democrat, Miss.)
Rep. Mike Thompson (Democrat, California)
Rep. John Yarmouth (Democrat, Ky.)

Total: 58
56 Democrats
1 Republican
1 Independent
1 Vice President (President of the Senate)
8 Senators
49 Members of the House of Representatives

Bad deal? Netanyahu’s not alone!

Who else agrees with Netanyahu that the emerging nuclear deal with Iran is a bad deal?

Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress on March 3, 2015 laid bare dramatic gaps between his Israeli government and the Obama administration regarding Iran.

Netanyahu’s message to Congress was that a deal, in its current formation, would constitute a historic mistake.

The policy disagreement has resulted in what experts say is the greatest chasm between Washington and Jerusalem in decades.

Natanyahu's speech to Congress, March 2015

After Netanyahu’s address on March 3, 2015, publication A ran an article by Mr. A, the editor-in-chief of its English website titled “President Obama, listen to Netanyahu on Iran.”

Faisal J. AbbasMr. A wrote: “…one must admit, Bibi [referencing Netanyahu by his nick name] did get it right, at least when it came to dealing with Iran.”

“The Israeli PM managed to hit the nail right on the head when he said that Middle Eastern countries are collapsing and that “terror organizations, mostly backed by Iran, are filling in the vacuum” wrote Mr. A.

“In just a few words, Mr. Netanyahu managed to accurately summarize a clear and present danger, not just to Israel (which obviously is his concern), but to other U.S. allies in the region”.

“What is absurd, however, is that despite this being perhaps the only thing that brings together [these two peoples*] (as it threatens them all), the only stakeholder that seems not to realize the danger of the situation is President Obama, who is now infamous for being the latest pen-pal of the Supreme Leader of the World’s biggest terrorist regime: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei [referring to the supreme leader of Iran] (although, the latter never seems to write back!)” wrote Mr. A


Netanyahu's address to Congress, March 3, 2015
Netanyahu’s address to Congress, March 3, 2015.

In a separate article published one day prior to Netanyahu’s speech in publication B that was reported on by MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute), columnist Mr. B supported Netanyahu’s decision to speak at the US Congress against a nuclear deal with Iran.

“I will conclude by saying the following: Since Obama is the godfather of the prefabricated revolutions in the Arab world, and since he is the ally of political Islam, [which is] the caring mother of [all] the terrorist organizations, and since he is working to sign an agreement with Iran that will come at the expense of the US’s longtime allies in the Gulf…” said Mr. B, “I am very glad of Netanyahu’s firm stance and [his decision] to speak against the nuclear agreement at the American Congress despite the Obama administration’s anger and fury”. Mr. B went on to conclude, “I believe that Netanyahu’s conduct will serve our interests, the people of the Gulf, much more than the foolish behavior of one of the worst American presidents.” 


Publication A is the Saudi Al Arabiya and Mr. A is Faisal J. Abbas, the Editor-in-Chief of its English website.

Publication B is the Saudi daily Al-Jazirah and Mr. B is its columnist Dr. Ahmad Al-Faraj.

Newspapers in Saudi Arabia are subsidized and regulated by the government. The “Basic Law” of the kingdom states that the media’s role is to educate and inspire national unity, consequently most popular grievances go unreported in Saudi Arabia. As of 2013, BBC news reports that criticism of the government and royal family and the questioning of Islamic tenets “are not generally tolerated. Self-censorship is pervasive.” As of 2014, Freedom House rates the kingdom’s press and internet “Not Free”.

Thus, you may correctly infer that the above ‘opinions’ are fully supported by the Saudi Arabia’s government.

*[these two peoples] was originally referred to by Mr. A as “Arabs and Israelis”.

Compassionate Democrats

The Democrats’ vision* is one a big, compassionate America where everyone who works hard has the chance to get ahead. It’s a vision that says we prosper when we realize that we are all in it together and stand united as a nation without dividing or excluding people.

Democrats’ values* include tolerance, equality among all people, and the treating of all Americans with dignity and respect. ** 

2012 Democratic National Platform

The 1st open-enrollment deadline to sign up for health-care via ObamaCare was March 31, 2014. The Obama administration boasts 7.1 million Americans have signed up.

The hope was that these are people who were previously uninsured, although it remains unknown since the Obama administration is refusing to report how many of the 7.1 million sign-ups were not previously insured.

7.1 million Americans have signed up to ObamaCare

The Obama administration has routinely claimed that the number of Americans with no healthcare prior to the implementation of ObamaCare stood at near 46 million Americans (as seen here in a June 2009 speech before the American Medical Association in Chicago).Under the most favorable assumption that all 7.1 million sign-ups were not previously insured, this optimistic number constitutes only 15.4% of the uninsured.

How is it that at least 84.6% of the uninsured, or at least 38.9 million Americans have not signed up?

Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid  (Democrat, NV) knows why.

According to Sen. Reid, too many Americans (38.9 million or more, to be exact) just aren’t educated on how to use the Internet.”

And so, in an effort to explain a failure of a policy he supports, Senator Reid is dividing the uninsured into two groups, defining the larger one – 84.6% of uninsured – 38.9 million Americans – are just too stupid… unlike his own grandchildren!

By dubbing them not educated and implying they are inferior to his grandchildren, is Senator Reid being compassionate towards the majority (84.6%) of uninsured Americans – 38.9 million people – who voted with their feet against a policy he happens to advocate? Is he treating them with dignity, tolerance, respect and equality, as a democrat ‘ought to’?

 

* From the 2012 Democratic platform.
** Author’s emphasis.

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