Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Israel-first Jewish Zionist “Representatives” Harman, Waxman attack Harman's primary opponent for not putting Israel before America

Waxman Attacks Winograd on Israel; Ignites Political Firestorm
(LA Progressive) -- by Linda Milazzo

At the behest of his congressional ally, Jane Harman (CA-36), Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman (CA-30) has launched a mean-spirited ideological assault on Harman’s Democratic primary challenger, Marcy Winograd, that is garnering disfavor for Waxman and Harman amongst Democratic voters...

Unlike the substantial Jewish population in Waxman’s affluent 30th Congressional District whom he relies on for financial support, the Jewish population in Harman’s 36th Congressional District is significantly smaller. Issues concerning Israel don’t regularly affect the day to day lives of the majority of its residents who care mostly about jobs, healthcare and housing. 18.3% of the under 65 population of the 36th CD have no health insurance. Over 7,500 home foreclosures took place in 2009 and another 25,000 foreclosures are anticipated over the next four years.

Though Harman stresses Israel as more relevant to her reelection, Winograd bases her election on a platform of policies on issues most relevant to her constituents, which she outlines on her website.

That Waxman and Harman stress Harman’s devotion to Israel as the primary catalyst for Harman’s reelection is illuminating, and underscores to what extent their legislative focus is defined more by the welfare of Israel and Israelis and less by the welfare of America and Americans.

One Jewish resident of the 36th, Frances W. Wells, was so incensed by Waxman’s Israel-based assault on Winograd, that she confronted him in person at his recent Women’s Club speaking engagement in Pacific Palisades.

In that exchange, Wells, who is in her 90s, and who vividly recalls the era of World War II and the pivotal events in the formation of Israel, asked Waxman, a self-described progressive, why he supported blue-dog conservative Harman over Winograd with whom he should share more common ground. Here’s their exchange summed up by Wells:

Wells: You’re supporting Jane Harman instead of Marcy Winograd?

Waxman: Jane’s on important committees.

Wells: Yes, but she never votes the way I want her to.

Waxman: Marcy’s for a one-state solution for Israel.

Waxman then walked away, leaving Wells even further incensed...

As more and more Americans become aware of realities in the Middle-East, their newly-formed perspective provides more impetus to elect candidates with a balanced Middle East policy, since such policy benefits America. Such revelatory thinking would be alarming to legislators like Lieberman, Harman and Waxman, whose legislative foreign policy has been predicated on what benefits Israel the most. In fact, Joe Lieberman and John McCain are in Jerusalem today, traveling on our tax dollars to bolster Israel. Since they’re there on our ‘dime,’ shouldn’t we taxpayers have the right to demand they visit Gaza and the West Bank? But of course they won’t. Instead they’ll continue their biased foreign policy, just like Waxman and Harman, to the detriment of the United States.

In November, 2009, the same month Congressman Waxman’s all-Israel anti-Winograd letter was distributed, he, too, was in Israel where he participated in the installation of a monument dedicated to September 11th.

Waxman’s dedication to Israel is legend. His daughter resides there and his office is adorned with Israeli memorabilia. As his letter to Winograd elucidates, policy that is critical of Israel is “repugnant” to him and to Harman, who place Israel’s interests at the apex of their legislative and political agenda. As Waxman says appreciatively of Harman, “Jane’s staunch leadership and commitment to Israel are internationally recognized.” It’s Harman and Waxman’s staunch commitment to Israel that is the basis for their desperate attempt to silence Marcy Winograd, an American Jewish candidate seeking a humane (and enlightened) Middle East policy that serves both Arabs and Jews.

That Israel would be the driving force for Waxman and Harman’s fund raising effort above more relevant issues like jobs and housing, shows just how out of touch they are with people’s daily struggles. It also shows how fearful they are that the popular Winograd prevails on issues people really care about – jobs, health care, a sound and vibrant economy, the environment, ending war, and more.

In his letter, Waxman states:

"To me, the notion that a Member of Congress could hold these views [on Israel] is alarming. Ms. Winograd is far, far outside the bipartisan mainstream of views that has long insisted that US policy be based upon rock-solid support for our only democratic ally in the Middle East."

One could rightly assume, considering Israel’s near universally condemned human rights abuses, that Waxman and Harman’s ideological views of Israel are the views that are the most alarming – not Winograd’s. Their nationalism consistently leans more toward Israel than it does toward America. It’s high time that Lieberman, Waxman and Harman, who’ve been elected to serve this nation, direct their passions toward the best interests of America, and not the interests of Israel. Only then can they facilitate a revitalized Middle-East policy that leads to peace and understanding.

Of course, there’s an even better solution to ending their influence on American foreign policy, and that is to vote all three of them out of office. In the case of Harman, whose formidable opponent Winograd is gaining traction every day, a November eviction from Congress is merely eleven months away...MORE...LINK

Chris Moore comments:

I'm glad that the LA Progressive is fleshing out the difference between Jewish Americans like Winograd and Jewish American Zionists like Waxman and Harman.

The fact of the matter is, Zionism, like Communism and Fascism, is an alien ideology and belief system hostile to American liberty and its interests. It goes way beyond just the question of Israel, and includes an entire world view with regard to racialism, forced segregation, supremacism, elitism, state-sanctioned persecution, mass dislocation based on ethnicity, the morality of warmongering and war profiteering, the morality of Big Government-Big Business corporatism, and the morality of a gestating domestic American caste system that imposes Zionists (both Jewish and Gentile) and those willing to collaborate with and appease them permanently at the top of an increasing authoritarian domestic "national security" state.

The Zionists have had every opportunity to choose peace, and have instead chosen war and it's "fruits." They are reaping what they have sown.

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