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Ohio Jew Tossed Out of Sen. Brown Event for Asking about J Street Funding

Griffith said, "I'm a proud Jewish American and I'm concerned that the single biggest entity funding you is J Street."

Senator Sherrod Brown

Senator Sherrod Brown
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The lead signers of that 2009 letter were Sens. Christopher Dodd (D-CT), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Arlen Specter (D-PA) and John Thune (R-SD).  Griffith said he found particularly irksome the absence of Brown’s name  because it was such a moderate letter and asked so little of the Palestinian Authority.  What it sought was that the US “insist on the absolute Palestinian commitment to ending terrorist violence” and that they “demonstrate the ability to govern and to maintain security.”

“It didn’t even ask for additional concessions from the Arabs,” an exasperated Griffith marvelled, “they had already agreed to what was asked for in the letter, but Brown still wouldn’t sign it.”

The Jewish Press repeatedly asked for a statement from Senator Brown regarding the Dayton Chamber of Commerce incident, but a promised statement was never provided.

UPDATE:

After this story was filed, Senator Brown’s Press Secretary, Lauren E. Kulik, sent the following statement.  It does not address the removal of a Jewish Ohioan from the event at which Senator Brown spoke, nor does it address the questions Mr. Griffith repeatedly sought to have answered, that J Street has given more money to support Senator Brown’s candidacy than any other entity.  Here is the statement:

Sen. Brown has been a steadfast supporter of Israel, our nation’s most important ally in the Middle East. Through his work on the Senate Banking Committee he has successfully pushed for tougher sanctions against Iran—most recently sponsoring a Senate resolution calling on the United Nations Security Council to pursue increased sanctions against Iran, which passed the Senate on Thursday. As Israel continues to face growing dangers to its security, from Iran to Hammas and Hezbollah, now is not the time to used our relationship with Israel to score political points.

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About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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24 Responses to “Ohio Jew Tossed Out of Sen. Brown Event for Asking about J Street Funding”

  1. This is the most deressing election cycle. The lies are overwhelming the truth. Mr. Griffith deserved a respectful answer from Sherrod Brown, instead he was rebuffed. The president uses mockery and lies against Romney.

    There is no longer any truth to be had.

  2. Charlie Hall says:

    If Sen. Brown is so bad, how come he cosponsored this:

    http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:S.RES.380:

  3. If Brown is associated, funded with J-street he cannot be in reality pro-Israel. Are you a J Streeter Charlie?

  4. Charlie Hall says:

    No. I detest J Street. And note my earlier comment.

  5. Charlie Hall says:

    Does the fact that Brown's opponent takes money from the Koch brothers make him a John Bircher?

  6. During his time in Washington, Brown has voted against foreign aid for Israel on 5 separate occasions. He actually voted to CUT foreign aid to Israel in the highly controversial 'Campbell Amendment' (H.R.1486). Brown is the ONLY US senator endorsed by anti-Israel J-Street who have raised $100,000 for his campaign. On top of all this, Brown has a long record of refusing to sign bi-partisan letters of support of Israel. All of these facts are legitimate questions into just who Brown is. If Brown is not afraid of answering these facts, why have Joel Griffith ignored and removed?

  7. may devils drag brown to hell in pain.

  8. Connie Chapman says:

    we need to throw ALL THE SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN OUT. They work for US NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND!

  9. Connie Chapman says:

    i'm not Jewish and this pi$$es me of. HOW DARE HE TREAT A CONSTITUENT THAT WAY.

  10. Arie Rosenrauch says:

    the soros owned "j"udenrein street fully supports the obama agenda of eradicating the First Amendment and proving yet again that the "transparency" chairman barack promised was just another talking point from the josef goebbles school of propaganda and obuscation.

  11. Arie Rosenrauch says:

    george soros owned "j"udenrein streets director ben ami was filmed – and the video is on youtube – stating that the founding of the State of Israel was the "single greatest tragedy of the 20th century."

  12. Arie Rosenrauch says:

    A page like that will sure force obama to initiate a DoJ investigation into your un-obama activities

  13. Meir Lehrer says:

    As an American ex-Pat who has lived in Israel for 19 years, this whole thing scares me to death. My father fought for the U.S. Army in WWII, leaving his High School Graduation ceremony at Price Hill High School in Cincinnati and heading directly to the Recruitment Center with his friends to sign up voluntarily before he was drafted. He was sent home with his jaw shattered in half by shrapnel, along with a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Our love for American was instilled early, and deeply, and I have NEVER found anything in the way of conflict by holding an additional citizenship to the State of Israel. If anything, living here and in the States has given me a deep appreciation for why the two countries are indeed so close. Our values are identical. Our morals are identical. Our tolerance for free speech is identical. Our free-market embrace for capitalism is identical.
    All of the wonderful words coming out of the Obama administration mean nothing when compared to his actions. Senator Brown is part and parcel of the problem, which by the way was on full display at the beginning of the Democratic National Convention when they disgracefully shouted down the re-addition of "Jerusalem as Israel's Capital" (which had been removed), and was only re-added via the strident override of the L.A. Mayor who clearly did not receive a 2/3's vote in favor.
    I was always proud of being a conservative Independent. However, the battle lines are so very stark and clear this election cycle, that I find myself for the first time definitively declaring Republican status.
    Brown should be ashamed of himself. There's not a hole big enough for him to run and hide into.

  14. Irene Penn says:

    Democrats and liberals are the most hate based and intolerant of all people. They hate competition. Yet, Jews will probably still vote for a dem.

  15. Likewise so will some Christians continue to vote Demoncrat. But those who follow these demons these days…they have a lot of repenting to do because their party platform is Godless.

  16. Elizabeth Levy, you may remember Joel Griffith, protagonist in this story, from this summer's YJC Israel trip!

  17. Edward Lobel says:

    do you feel the same way when paul ryan has constituants forcably removed from his town halls when they ask questions he doesn't like or call him a liar, which of course he is?

  18. Edward Lobel says:

    perhaps they are smarter than you!

  19. Edward Lobel says:

    Judy Shingler 95% of christian womem admit to using birth control and without these women you would not have much of a church!

  20. Connie Chapman says:

    YES I DO Edward. We are supposed to have these representatives as an avenue to give redress to our grievances. THIS IS NOT SOMETHING PEOPLE SHOULD BE DRAGGED OFF IN HANDCUFFS FOR.

  21. Connie Chapman says:

    this is looking more and more like a communist state. NOT what I took an oath before almighty G_d to defend.

  22. Connie Chapman says:

    Edward Lobel I saw that Paul Ryan video. Instantly turned me off.

  23. Edward Lobel says:

    well then we agree!

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