Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Israel Firsters, explain this!

One of the main reasons why a lot of Israel Firsters in this country wanted us to provide unwavering support for Israel is because it is a "democratic" state, while also noting that it is a Jewish state. These idiots can't seem to see the oxymoronic notion of a state being democratic and Jewish at the same time with more than 20 percent of its population being non-Jewish. Israelis of Palestinian descent have always been treated like second class citizens. One recent evidence of this glaring discrimination is the Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman "delaying the transfer of ministry budgets to Nahariya’s state-owned Western Galilee Hospital because its director-general is an Israeli Arab." So Israel Firsters, is this the behavior of a "democratic" state?

Friday, June 25, 2010

Let's not fool anyone here

Democrats' attempt to pass an extension of jobless aid failed as they could only muster 57 votes in the Senate against 41 nays, 3 short of the 60 required to prevent the Republicans from filibustering it. Other than a lone Democrat senator Ben Nelson who sided with the Republicans, this was voted right down the party line.

Contrast this with the passing of a conference report on sanctioning Iran by a vote of 99-0. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that it was necessary to pass the conference report that "will impose tough new sanctions on Iran," because "Iran has oppressed its own people, violated United Nations resolutions, challenged America and threatened Israel." Seriously, let's not fool anyone here. The reason why these lawmakers are so eager to impose even more sanctions on Iran is not because of Iran oppressing its own people, Iran violating United Nations resolutions or Iran challenging America. Iran being a "threat" to Israel is the ONLY reason.

Israel has oppressed Palestinians, violated countless United Nations Security Council resolutions, challenged America by disregarding our policies against stealing land from the Palestinians and building Jews-only settlements, and attacked its neighbors on numerous occasions, but why aren't we imposing any sanction on Israel? In fact, not only are we not imposing any sanction on this Jewish pariah apartheid state, we are giving Israel billions of dollars a year, arming it to its teeth and vetoing resolutions after resolutions against Israel in the United Nations Security Council. Can at least one day go by without these Israel firsters selling us out?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Israel firsters not restricted to politicians

Based on who we have outed so far, you can be excused for thinking that Israel firsters are limited to politicians. Just to show you that there are Israel firsters in all walks of life, we proudly present to you an Israel firster from the "liberal" bastion known as Hollywood: Jon Voight. Mr Voight, one who never minces his words when it comes to his support of Israel, recently wrote an open letter to President Obama.

In his letter, Jon Voight claimed that Obama "will be the first American president that lied to the Jewish people" about his statements on defending Israel. Jon Voight further claimed that instead of defending Israel, Obama has "propagandized Israel, until they look like they are everyone's enemy," thereby "putting Israel in harm's way" and "promoted anti-semitism throughout the world." This is what is so wrong with Israel firsters like Jon Voight because they believe that we, as Americans, are supposed to defend a foreign entity. For his information Mr Voight, when Obama, like all other Presidents of the United States before him, swore his oath to be the President of this country, he swore to preserve, protect and defend our Constitution. He did not swear to protect a pariah state that is hell-bent on ethnically-cleansing non-Jews from its occupied territories. Strangely enough, Mr Voight made no mention of the $205 million dollars that President Obama requested for and speedily approved by our gutless Congress to help Israel develop a missile defense system. Obama must be a really big "anti-semite" to have made this request: Taking money that we do not have - most likely borrowing from China - and giving it to Israel.

There is no better way to promote anti-semitism throughout the world than what Israel has been doing since its founding in 1948. Since Israel claims it represents all Jews, it is only natural for others to associate what Israel has been doing with Jews. You can't just go around occupying land, settling them with your own citizens, ethnically-cleansing natives while committing serious human right abuses without expecting to suffer the consequences of doing so. People like Jon Voight do not seem to understand that Israel is putting itself in harm's way solely because of its actions, not due to some unexplainable ingrained anti-semitism in gentiles.

This is the content of Jon Voight's open letter:
President Obama:

You will be the first American president that lied to the Jewish people, and the American people as well, when you said that you would defend Israel, the only Democratic state in the Middle East, against all their enemies. You have done just the opposite. You have propagandized Israel, until they look like they are everyone's enemy — and it has resonated throughout the world. You are putting Israel in harm's way, and you have promoted anti-Semitism throughout the world.

You have brought this to a people who have given the world the Ten Commandments and most laws we live by today. The Jewish people have given the world our greatest scientists and philosophers, and the cures for many diseases, and now you play a very dangerous game so you can look like a true martyr to what you see and say are the underdogs. But the underdogs you defend are murderers and criminals who want Israel eradicated.

You have brought to Arizona a civil war, once again defending the criminals and illegals, creating a meltdown for good, loyal, law-abiding citizens. Your destruction of this country may never be remedied, and we may never recover. I pray to God you stop, and I hope the people in this great country realize your agenda is not for the betterment of mankind, but for the betterment of your politics.

With heartfelt and deep concern for America and Israel,

Jon Voight

Monday, June 21, 2010

U.S. Congress, Israeli occupied territory

No matter how you feel about Pat Buchanan, he was right on the money when he commented that the U.S. Congress is the Israeli occupied territory. Witness this AIPAC-sponsored letter, signed by 85 out of 100 of our Senators to President Obama. The letter reads:
We write to affirm our support for our strategic partnership with Israel, and encourage you to continue to do so before international organizations such as the United Nations. The United States has traditionally stood with Israel because it is in our national security interest and must continue to do so.

Israel is our strongest ally in the Middle East and a vibrant democracy. Israel is also a partner to the United States on military and intelligence issues in this critical region. That is why it is our national interest to support Israel at a moment when Israel faces multiple threats from Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and the current regime in Iran. Israel’s opponents have developed clever diplomatic and tactical ploys to challenge its international standing, whether the effort to isolate Israel at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference or the recent effort to breach the naval blockade around Gaza.

We fully support Israel’s right to self-defense. In response to thousands of rocket attacks on Israel from Hamas terrorists in Gaza, Israel took steps to prevent items which could be used to support these attacks from reaching Gaza. Israel’s naval blockade, which is legal under international law, allows Israel to keep dangerous goods from entering Gaza by sea. The intent of the measures is to protect Israel, while allowing humanitarian aid into Gaza.

Late last month when Israel learned that groups operating in Turkey wanted to challenge its blockade of Gaza, Israel made every effort to ensure that all humanitarian aid reached Gaza without needlessly precipitating a confrontation. Israeli forces were able to safely divert five of the six ships challenging the blockade. However, video footage shows that the Israeli commandos who arrived on the sixth ship, which was owned by the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (the IHH), were brutally attacked with iron rods, knives, and broken glass. They were forced to respond to that attack and we regret the loss of life that resulted.

We are deeply concerned about the IHH’s role in this incident and have additional questions about Turkey and any connections to Hamas. The IHH is a member of a group of Muslim charities, the Union of Good, which was designated by the US Treasury Department as a terrorist organization. The Union of Good was created by and strongly supports Hamas, which has been designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the US State Department. We recommend that your administration consider whether the IHH should be put on the list of foreign terrorist organizations, after an examination by the intelligence community, the State Department, and the Treasury Department.

We commend the action you took to prevent the adoption of an unfair United Nations Security Council resolution, which would have represented a rush to judgment by the international community. We also deplore the actions of the United Nations Human Rights Council which, once again, singled out Israel. Israel has announced its intention to promptly carry out a thorough investigation of this incident and has the right to determine how its investigation is conducted. In the meantime, we ask you to stand firm in the future at the United Nations Security Council and to use your veto power, if necessary, to prevent any similar biased or one-sided resolutions from passing.

Finally, we believe that this incident should not derail the current proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. We hope that these talks will move quickly to direct negotiations and ultimately, to a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

These are the 85 Israel-first U.S. Senators who have sworn their allegiance to Israel:
Alexander, Lamar
Barrasso, John
Baucus, Max
Bayh, Evan
Begich, Mark
Bennet, Michael
Bennett, Robert
Bond, Christopher
Boxer, Barbara
Brown, Scott
Brown, Sherrod
Brownback, Sam
Burr, Richard
Burris, Roland W.
Cantwell, Maria
Cardin, Ben
Carper, Tom
Casey Jr., Bob
Chambliss, Saxby
Coburn, Tom
Cochran, Thad
Collins, Susan
Conrad, Kent
Corker, Bob
Cornyn, John
Crapo, Mike
DeMint, Jim
Dorgan, Byron
Durbin, Richard
Ensign, John
Enzi, Mike
Feinstein, Dianne
Franken, Al
Gillibrand, Kirsten
Graham, Lindsey
Grassley, Charles
Hagan, Kay
Hatch, Orrin
Hutchinson, Kay Bailey
Inhofe, Jim
Inouye, Daniel
Isakson, Johnny
Johanns, Mike
Johnson, Tim
Kaufman, Ted
Klobuchar, Amy
Kohl, Herbert
Kyl, Jon
Landrieu, Mary
Lautenberg, Frank
LeMieux, George
Levin, Carl
Lieberman, Joseph
Lincoln, Blanche
Lugar, Richard
McCain, John
McCaskill, Claire
McConnell, Mitch
Menendez, Bob
Mikulski, Barbara
Murkowski, Lisa
Murray, Patty
Nelson, Ben
Nelson, Bill
Pryor, Mark
Reed, Jack
Reid, Harry
Risch, Jim
Roberts, Pat
Schumer, Charles
Sessions, Jeff
Shaheen, Jeanne
Shelby, Richard
Snowe, Olympia
Specter, Arlen
Stabenow, Debbie
Tester, John
Thune, John
Udall, Mark
Vitter, David
Voinovich, George
Warner, Mark
Whitehouse, Sheldon
Wicker, Roger
Wyden, Ron

The following U.S. Senators did not swear their allegiance to Israel (Click on the names to thank them for at least not swearing their allegiance to Israel this time round):
Akaka, Daniel
Bingaman, Jeff
Bunning, Jim
Byrd, Robert C.
Crapo, Mike
Dodd, Chris
Feingold, Russell
Gregg, Judd
Kerry, John
Leahy, Patrick
Merkley, Jeff
Rockefeller, John D.
Sanders, Bernie
Udall, Tom
Webb, Jim

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New York's finest

Israel can always depend on these American Israel Firsters whenever it gets in trouble. On a bright sunny day, these Israel Firsters representing various Congressional districts in New York gathered to profess their love for a foreign state while chastising Americans who were on the flotilla that was violently attacked by Israel in international water. Instead of calling for an investigation for an American that was shot four times in the head by Israeli commandos, these Israel Firsters had the chutzpah to ask the State Department to ban every non-American flotilla participant from entering the United States.

The lawmakers who showed up at this Israel love fest organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York are the usual suspects: Anthony Weiner, Carolyn Maloney, Jerry Nadler and Eliot Engel. Surprisingly, it also included the fallen-from-grace Charlie Rangel. Did they promise Rangel that he would get his chairmanship on the Ways and Means Committee back if he joins them Israel Firsters?

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Remember USS Liberty

Yesterday was the 43rd anniversary of the attack on USS Liberty by Israel on June 8th 1967. You may wonder why you don't hear too much of it in our mainstream media. In fact, a search on Google News revealed that not one, I repeat, not one mainstream media - print, online, cable TV, network TV - mentioned a word about this intentional attack on us by our so-called ally.

Here are some mention of the attack on USS Liberty that we managed to find:

And finally, you can now watch a free 51-minute documentary called "The Loss of Liberty".

Friday, June 4, 2010

Tribalism

Glenn Greenwald wrote an excellent post explaining why so many American Jews from different political beliefs are united when it comes to Israel:
I can't express how many emails I've received over the last week, from self-identified Jewish readers (almost exclusively), along the lines of: I'm a true progressive, agree with you on virtually every issue, but hate your views on Israel. When it comes to Israel, we see the same mindset from otherwise admirable Jewish progressives such as Anthony Weiner, Jerry Nadler, Eliot Spitzer, Alan Grayson, and (after a brief stint of deviation) Barney Frank. On this one issue, they magically abandon their opposition to military attacks on civilians, their defense of weaker groups being bullied and occupied by far stronger factions, their belief that unilateral military attacks are unjustified, and suddenly find common cause with Charles Krauthammer, The Weekly Standard, and the Bush administration in justifying even the most heinous Israeli crimes of aggression.

It will never cease to be mystifying (at least to me) that they never question why they suddenly view the world so differently when it comes to Israel. They never wonder to themselves:
I had it continuously drummed into my head from the time I was a small child, from every direction, that Israel was special and was to be cherished, that it's fundamentally good but persecuted and victimized by Evil Arab forces surrounding it, that I am a part of that group and should see the world accordingly. Is this tribal identity which was pummeled into me from childhood -- rather than some independent, dispassionate analysis -- the reason I find myself perpetually sympathizing with and defending Israel?

Thursday, June 3, 2010

More citizenship stripping

Citizenship-stripping Traitor Joe has a lot in common with the Interior Minister of Israel Eli Yishai:
Interior Minister Eli Yishai petitioned Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to help him revoke the Israeli citizenship of Israeli Arab MK Hanin Zuabi, who took part in efforts to break Israel's blockade of Gaza on a flotilla of aid ships earlier this week.

Sad but true

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The exception



The primary mission here at Israel Firsters is to expose American politicians who are more loyal to Israel than the country they represent. However, for this post, instead of revealing more Israel Firsters - trust us, there are many more of them to be laid bare - we have decided to show you there are politicians with unquestionable loyalty to this country. One such patriot is Marcy Winograd, a Jewish lady who is running in the Democratic primary against the diehard Zionist war-profiteering incumbent Rep. Jane Harman in California's 36th district.

Recently, Marcy Winograd was interviewed by Jeffrey Goldberg, one of the chief propagandists for Israel. During the interview, Marcy made this comment regarding Henry Waxman:
I would hope that all of our lawmakers would pledge allegiance to this country as the country they represent.
Brilliant! It is so refreshing to have a politician running for office publicly questioned the loyalty of some of our politicians. Ironically, we only "discovered" Winograd's campaign on NJDC (National Jewish Democratic Council) blog post criticizing her support for a one-state solution. We immediately made a donation to Winograd's campaign after reading what NJDC has to say about her. Thanks NJDC!

If you want to elect more sensible and loyal politicians like Marcy Winograd, support her campaign now!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Let the propaganda begins

Deputy Foreign Minister of Israel Daniel Ayalon instructing Israel's American minions on how to defend the indefensible:
Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon held a conference call with over 700 Jewish-American leaders, following the Gaza flotilla raid.

Ayalon explained the importance of the operation and the humanitarian situation in Gaza. He stressed that "Israel and the international community cannot be diverted from the real problem in the Middle East – a nuclear Iran."

Israel Firster of the week: Anthony Weiner



Rep. Anthony Weiner, a Jewish Democrat representing New York 9th Congressional district, made the following statement in reaction to Israel's flotilla raid:
While the demand for answers seems to echo in capitals around the world, the facts here are largely known.

We know this tragedy was instigated by Turkey. We know that Israel had not only warned that this boat was in violation of an entirely lawful blockade, but had offered safe harbor to the boat in Ashdod. We also know that a known terrorist group – Hamas – has put its hateful agenda over the well being of its people.

Any loss of life is tragic. This loss was the result of Turkish instigation and Hamas terror policies. Even if we are the only country on earth that sees the facts here, the United States should stand up for Israel.

So regardless of the fact that the Israelis have committed an act of high-sea piracy in international water, which directly resulted in the deaths of more than ten civilians, Anthony Weiner wants the United States to stand up for Israel. Instead of blaming Israel for hijacking the boats, killing and injuring many civilians and illegally detaining about 700 of them, this Israel Firster is accusing Turkey of daring to bypass this unlawful Israeli blockade in order to provide aid for the starving Gazans. Weiner's blame-shifting is akin to the attorney for a rapist shamelessly blaming the rape victim for dressing provocatively.