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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.

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“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

Reuters (and AP) are at it – again!

On September 27, 2012, Benjamin Netanyahu – Prime Minister of Israel – delivered a 30-minute speech to the UN General Assembly.  The speech was extensively covered by the media, most noticeably because of the bomb illustration he used to demonstrate the need for the world to put a red line in front of Iran, in it’s quest for a nuclear bomb.

Netanyahu Red Line
Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu points to red line he drew on graphic of bomb used to represent Iran’s nuclear program, in New York.
As usual, dozens of photographers stood at hand to offer hundreds of professional photos of the speech to the various news agencies. 
 
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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing the UN Genral Assembly in New York on September 27, 2012.

Just a few moments after the speech ended, the world’s two largest news agencies, Associated Press (AP) and Reuters, both selected photos of the same moment in Netanyahu’s speech to send to their subscribers worldwide on their respective wire* services.

At the beginning of his speech, Mr. Netanyahu spoke about Israel’s contribution to the world. He went on to say: “Recently, I was deeply moved when I visited Technion, one of our technological institutes in Haifa, and I saw a man paralyzed from the waist down climb up a flight of stairs, quite easily, with the aid of an Israeli invention.”

As saying that, Mr. Netanyahu raised his left hand, his arm straight, in a gesture illustrating the story of the man climbing the stairs.

Within moments after the speech ended, AP and Reuters had sent out the news story of the speech to their worldwide wire* subscribers, accompanied by one photo.  Of the hundreds of professional photos taken at this speech, both the AP and Reuters decided to push these onto the wire*. 

Benjamin Netanyahu
This is the photo the Associated Press (AP) selected to encapsulate Netanyahu’s UN General Assembly address
 
This is the photo Reuters selected to encapsulate Netanyahu's UN General Assembly address
This is the photo Reuters selected to encapsulate Netanyahu’s UN General Assembly address
 
Learn more about Reuters manipulating Middle-East photos, describing terrorists as ‘gunmen’, and calling a bus-stop bombing ‘an attack by militants’.

 

* The news agencies sell their reports and photos to newspapers,
websites and television stations, which are the ones who pass the
materials on to the end consumer. The agencies essentially serve as
reporters-for-hire, for news outlets that rely on them to cover the
events in a purely professional manner.

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The Conspicuous Absence of Pro-Israel Language in 2012 Democratic Party Platform

Several pro-Israel sections of the 2008 Democratic Party platform have been removed from the 2012 platform.

 

1) Israel – Our Strongest Ally in the Middle-East

In 2008, under the header "Renewing American Leadership – Working for Our Common Security – Stand with Allies and Pursue Diplomacy in the Middle East", the platform asserted that "For more than three decades, Israelis, Palestinians, Arab leaders, and the rest of the world have looked to America to lead the effort to build the road to a secure and lasting peace. Our starting point must always be our special relationship with Israel, grounded in shared interests and shared values, and a clear, strong, fundamental commitment to the security of Israel, our strongest ally in the region and its only established democracy."

In 2012, under the header "Strengthening Alliances, Expanding Partnerships, and Reinvigorating International Institutions – The Middle East" the platform reads "A strong and secure Israel is vital to the United States not simply because we share strategic interests, but also because we share common values."

No mention of any special relationship with Israel.

No description of Israel as our strongest ally in the region.

 

2) Maintaining Israel's Qualitative Military Edge

Previous platforms contained promises to maintain Israel's "qualitative military edge" in the region.

The 2008 platform reads: "That commitment [strong, fundamental commitment to the security of Israel], which requires us to ensure that Israel retains a qualitative edge for its national security and its right to self-defense, is all the more important as we contend with growing threats in the region – a strengthened Iran, a chaotic Iraq, the resurgence of Al Qaeda, the reinvigoration of Hamas and Hezbollah. We support the implementation of the memorandum of understanding that pledges $30 billion in assistance to Israel over the next decade to enhance and ensure its security" (pledging future support).

The 2012 platform mentions only that "The administration has also worked to ensure Israel's qualitative military edge in the region" (speaking of past support).

No commitment is mentioned to continue doing so in the future.

 

3) Hamas Terrorist Organization

2008 platform makes explicit mention o the continued need to oppose Hamas – the strong Palestinian terrorist organization supported by Iran that currently rules the Gaza strip (from which virtually daily rocket attacks are launched against Israeli civilian towns) and calls in its charter for the destruction of Israel.

It read: "To do so [take an active role to help secure a lasting settlement], we must help Israel identify and strengthen those partners who are truly committed to peace, while isolating those who seek conflict and instability, and stand with Israel against those who seek its destruction. The United States and its Quartet partners should continue to isolate Hamas until it renounces terrorism, recognizes Israel's right to exist, and abides by past agreements."

In the 2012 platform, language on the terrorist group Hamas is gone, and there is no mention of the need to stand with Israel against its enemies.

 

4) Palestinian Refugees

A long-standing Palestinian demand ("The Right of Return") is that Israel allow Palestinian refugees (and their descendents) who left their homes during the 1948-49 war to return to towns which a have been part of Israel since that war, hence, in effect, nullifying the Jewish majority of the 'Jewish State'.

The 2008 platform read explicitly that "The creation of a Palestinian state through final status negotiations, together with an international compensation mechanism, should resolve the issue of Palestinian refugees by allowing them to settle there, rather than in Israel."

The 2012 platform contains no language on the Palestinian refugees matter.

 

5) 1967 Borders

A long-standing Palestinian demand is that Israel withdraw back to the border lines held prior to the 1967 war (the armistice lines of established at the end of the 1949 war).

In 2004, the United States made a promise to Israel that it would not be forced back to the pre-1967 lines.
   
The 2008 platform read explicitly that "All understand that it is unrealistic to expect the outcome of final status negotiations to be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949."

The 2012 platform contains no language on the border issue.

 

6) Jerusalem

2008 and 2004 Democratic Party platforms explicitly declared "Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel… It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths."

Similar language has appeared in one form or another in Democratic Party platforms for much of the past 40 years!

The Obama administration's current refusal to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, however, is well documented.

 

In the original 2012 Democratic Party platform, Jerusalem is unmentioned.

Under fire and facing backlash and criticism, Democrats – in voice-vote procedure during their convention on September 5, 2012 that required two-thirds majority –  moved to reinstate the language on Jerusalem.

It was pretty clear, however, that even after asking for multiple votes, two-thirds of the vote was not received.  Rank and file delegates to the Democratic National Convention voiced significant opposition to the efforts to amend the party platform to reinstate the pro-Israel 'Jerusalem' language, forcing convention chairman Antonio Villaraigosa to call the voice vote three times.

While the passing of the resolution required two-thirds majority, each time the "No's" were noticeably strong.  In fact, CNN reporter Dana Bush was quoted as saying, "It seemed pretty to clear to me that the 'No's' had it."

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CNN reporter Dana Bash: "It seems pretty clear to me the 'No's had it."

 

Despite the absence of a two-thirds majority – the revised platform was adopted nonetheless.

 

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What's Missing from Obama's 2012 Democratic Platform?