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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.

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

Obama’s Growing List of Omitted Facts

In a speech on December 16, 2011 at the 71st general assembly of the Union for Reform Judaism, President Obama proudly mentioned a list of his administration’s actions in support of Israel as ‘facts’.

Some ‘facts’ he listed included…:

– “On my watch, the United States of America has led the way, from Durban to the United Nations, against attempts to use international forums to delegitimize Israel.”

– “In fact, I am proud to say that no U.S. administration has done more in support of Israel’s security than ours. None. Don’t let anybody else tell you otherwise. It is a fact.”

Obama's Speech at the Union for Reform Judaism
Here are some facts about the Obama Administration’s relations and support of Israel and handling of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – facts Obama has failed to mention in his speech:

Snubbing Netanyahu. On March 23, 2010, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu visited President Obama in the White House.

Obama treated his guest to a series of slights. Photographs of the meeting were forbidden and an Israeli request to issue a joint-statement once it was over were turned down.

In the meeting, Obama has presented Netanyahu with a list of 13 demands designed both to the end the feud with his administration and to build Palestinian confidence ahead of the resumption of peace talks. When Netanyahu refused to heed to these demands – Obama had left the room to ‘have dinner with Michelle and the girls’ leaving Netanyahu and his aids all to themselves for over an hour in the Roosevelt Room.

As he left, Mr. Netanyahu was told to consider the ‘error of his ways’. “I’m still around,” Mr. Obama is quoted as having said. “Let me know if there is anything new.”

 

Panetta Reprimanding Israel.  It is well documented that it was the Palestinians who have walked out of direct peace negotiations with Israel back in October 2010.

PLO-confirms-Top
Speaking in Washington on December 2, 2011 at the Saban Conference, an annual forum sponsored by entertainment mogul Chaim Saban and the Brookings Institution, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta was asked: “Mr. Secretary, you made a strong statement about Israel’s responsibility to make peace. What steps should it [Israel] take now? Withdraw the Israeli army from Palestinian territories?” “No”, said Panetta, “Just get to the damn table!“.

 

 

Expressing Disdain for Netanyahu. The president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, told President Obama that he could no longer bear Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, and went on to call Mr. Netanyahu a “liar” in a private conversation overheard by several French journalists in November 2011 at the Group of 20 summit meeting in Cannes. Obama repliedYou are fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you.”

 

Obama’s Ambassador Blames Israel for Anti-Semitism. On November 30, 2011, in his introduction to a gathering about anti-Semitism in Europe titled: “Conference on Fighting Anti-Semitism in Europe: What is Next?” U.S. ambassador to Belgium Mr. Howard Gutman, said that Muslim hatred for Jews stemming from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should not be construed as anti-Semitism.

 

Imposing a Peace Arrangement on Israel.  In his aforementioned speech on December 16, 2011 at the 71st general assembly of the Union for Reform Judaism, President Obama declared that “Peace can’t be imposed from the outside. Ultimately, it is the Israelis and the Palestinians who must reach agreement on the issues that divide them.”

Yet, in a different speech on May 19, 2001, Mr. Obama declared: “The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps…”

 

Insisting on Halt To Settlements as Pre-Condition to Peace Talks. In May 2009, after the first meeting in the White House between Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Obama has declared: “Settlements have to be stopped in order for us to move forward“.

Palestinians, who until that point had never made a total settlement freeze – including in areas beyond the Green Line in Jerusalem – a condition for negotiations, heard Obama and pounced. If this was what the American president was saying, how could they ask for anything less?

 

Hillary Clinton Scolds Netanyahu; David Axelrod blisters Israel on East Jerusalem Settlement ‘Affront’ while the Palestinian Authority Names a Public Square in a Terrorist’s Honor. While Obama administration’s officials are busy condemning Israel‘s decision to build some housing units in its own capital, and while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is busy scolding Prime Minister Netanyahu for 45 minutes over the phone, the Palestinian Authority dedicated a public square to the memory of a brutal murderer who in 1979 led the worst terrorist attack in Israel’s history, slaughtering 37 innocent civilians, including children, and the Obama administration is silent.

 

Breaking America’s Promise to Israel NOT to Call for its Return to 1967 Borders. In 2004, The Unites States of America made a promise to Israel that it would not be forced back to the pre-1967 lines.

In his speech on May 19, 2001, Mr. Obama declared: “The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps…”

A Broken Promise to our Ally

In 2004, The Unites States of America made a promise to Israel that it would not be forced back to the pre-1967 lines (which are the armistice lines of 1949).

In a letter dated April 14, 2004, in connection with the then-planned complete Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza strip, the President of the United States affirmed to the Prime Minister of Israel that "…it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949…"

Bush Letter to Sharon

This promise has now been broken by Barack Obama.

In his speech on May 19, 2011, Mr. Obama declared: "The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps…"

 

 

These are the "1967 lines" Obama is referring too:

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