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Anti-Israel Protesters Demand End to US Military Aid to Israel

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Nearly a dozen anti-Israel protesters were arrested after having been removed from the Los Angeles, California office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Monday afternoon, Aug. 18, according to a report in a far left website.

The group included members of Jewish Voice for Peace and American Muslims for Palestine, as well as some clergy members. The protesters staged a sat-in Feinstein’s office and refused to move until their demand was met. They demanded a meeting with Feinstein.

It took more than four hours during which the protesters stayed in the senator’s office before police were called in to remove them. During that time two different Feinstein staffers spoke with the group, but the protesters insisted they would only leave if the senator came to listen to them.

The group was demanding a meeting with the senators because they want to prohibit any further U.S. military aid to Israel, and the senators had both recently supported such a measure, Senate Resolution 498.

That resolution, passed on July 17, 2014, was co-sponsored by two-thirds of the senate including Feinstein, but also thirty eight other Democrats,  such as Al Franken (MN), Mary Landrieu (LA), Ed Markey (MA) and Mark Udall (CO).

The Resolution is short and clear. It:

Reaffirms the support of the Senate for Israel’s right to defend its citizens and ensure Israel’s survival.

Condemns the unprovoked rocket fire at Israel and calls on Hamas to cease all rocket and other attacks against Israel.

Calls on Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas to dissolve the unity governing arrangement with Hamas and condemn the attacks on Israel.

Another group staged a sit-in against support for the measure at the senate office of another progressive California senator, Barbara Boxer, but that group was dispersed after a shorter period of time.

A member of the Feinstein sit-in is the national campus coordinator for AMP and is a member of the infamous Irvine 11 – the university students who were arrested and convicted for disrupting Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, in 2010.

Taher Herzallah, national campus coordinator with American Muslims for Palestine, and a member of the Irvine 11 — a group of university students who were prosecuted and convicted after they disrupted a speech given by an Israeli official in 2010 — is part of the team of activists and clergy who sat in at Feinstein’s office.

Herzallah is also a community organizer with the California branch of the American Civil Liberties Union and was an intern with the California office of the Committee on American Islamic Relations. In addition, Herzallah was the president of the west coast branch of the Muslim Student Association.

Another member of the “DiFi sit-in” was Shakeel Syed. According to his Twitter feed identification, Syed is the executive director of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California. He is also the vice president of the American Civil Liberties Union, Southern California board, and a board member of American Muslims for Palestine.

Jewish Democrats Blast Kerry for ‘Apartheid’ Remark

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Jewish Democrats called on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Monday to apologize for warning that the failure to achieve a two-state solution could lead to apartheid.

“We express our deep disappointment that the Secretary of State has chosen to invoke the specter of ‘apartheid’ in discussing his concerns about the failing peace process,” the National Jewish Democratic Council said in a statement.

Kerry made the remarks during a meeting of the Trilateral Commission, which includes senior officials from the United States, Europe, Russia and Japan.

“A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative,” Kerry said, according to the Daily Beast, “because a unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second-class citizens or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state.”

The remarks drew sharp criticisms from Jewish groups, chief among them the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, but the NJDC statement was notable in that partisan groups rarely criticize party leaders.

“We reject entirely that racially-based governance inherent in that word in any way describes Israel, as well as the implication that the government of Israel uses such prejudice to formalize disadvantages for any of its citizens or neighbors,” the NJDC said. “It is surprising that Secretary Kerry would use this term and he should apologize and eschew the use of that formulation in the future.”

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who is Jewish and who has strongly defended the Obama administration’s Israel record, also slammed the remarks on Twitter. “Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and any linkage between Israel and apartheid is nonsensical and ridiculous,” she said.

 

 

Senate Urges State Dept. to Renegotiate Terms for Iraqi Jewish Archive

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

The Senate unanimously urged the State Department to renegotiate the terms for the return to Iraq of an archive of Iraqi Jewish texts.

The resolution passed Thursday “strongly urges” the department to renegotiate the agreement with the Iraqi government “in order to ensure that the Iraqi Jewish Archive be kept in a place where its long-term preservation and care can be guaranteed.”

The nonbinding resolution also “recognizes that the Iraqi Jewish Archive should be housed in a location that is accessible to scholars and to Iraqi Jews and their descendants who have a personal interest in it.”

The resolution was initiated by Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.).

U.S. troops uncovered the archive in the Iraqi secret service headquarters in Baghdad in 2003, much of it waterlogged.

Iraqi agents under Saddam Hussein had looted many of the articles after the dictator had driven the remnants of the Jewish community out of the country in a terror campaign.

Under an agreement with the Coalition Provisional Authority that had governed Iraq, the materials were sent to the United States where experts, led by a National Archives team, restored them.

Iraqi Jews in Israel, the United States, Britain and elsewhere oppose its return to Iraq under the agreement, saying the government now in place is not sympathetic to Jewish interests and would not make it available.

The archive, now on display at the National Archives in Washington D.C., is due to be returned in June.

Jewish groups, including the Orthodox Union, the World Jewish Congress, the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee and Justice for Jews from Arab Countries, praised the Senate for passing the resolution.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/senate-urges-state-dept-to-renegotiate-terms-for-iraqi-jewish-archive/2014/02/09/

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