House Democrat: AIPAC Is A Hate Group That Weaponizes Anti-Semitism
February 14, 2020 at 6:29 PM - Views: 79 #268929JonLPParticipant
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Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), an outspoken critic of Israel’s occupation of Palestine, accused the influential lobby group American Israel Public Affairs Committee of being a hate group that weaponizes anti-Semitism to silence dissent.
Last month, AIPAC started running paid Facebook advertisements with pictures of McCollum, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). The ads warned that the “radicals in the Democratic Party are pushing their anti-Semitic and anti-Israel policies down the throats of the American people,” according to the Jewish Telegraph Agency. The ads included a link to a petition urging supporters to “protect our Israeli allies especially as they face threats from Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, ISIS and — maybe more sinister — right here in the U.S. Congress.”
“AIPAC claims to be a bipartisan organization, but its use of hate speech actually makes it a hate group,” McCollum said in a statement on Tuesday. “By weaponizing anti-Semitism and hate to silence debate, AIPAC is taunting Democrats and mocking our core values.”
The implication that McCollum and her colleagues represent a bigger threat to Israel than ISIS “is not a call to action, it is incitement,” McCollum said. Omar and Tlaib, who are the first Muslim women elected to Congress, have faced racist threats and attacks — including from the president. “Hate speech is intentionally destructive and dehumanizing, which is why it is used as a weapon by groups with a stake in profiting from oppression,” McCollum continued.
February 14, 2020 at 6:35 PM #268932Hobbit709Participant
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depending on which group of Semites you are for or against.
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February 14, 2020 at 6:40 PM #268934JonLPParticipant
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I feel the same way when it comes to all countries but I believe all governments should allow equal participation among all of its citizens. Not sure what peace plan works best for the country I guess what I said is a one state solution with no second class citizen status.
February 14, 2020 at 6:58 PM #268939
February 14, 2020 at 8:10 PM #268974retired liberalParticipant
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Just imagine how much better off we’d all be if we treated other nationalities, ancestry, gender, etc., with the same respect and dignity as we demand they treat our own.
But then the MIC and their support groups wouldn’t have an excuse to exist then. Also what would the conservatives use for the enemy they need to function?
We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
If you are wrong, it will be because you are not cynical enough.
Both major political parties are special interest groups enabling each other for power and money, at the expense of the people they no longer properly serve…
February 14, 2020 at 8:11 PM #268975MaedhrosParticipant
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Don’t get me wrong – I think AIPAC are ruthless, fanatical, and harmful to the interests of U.S. cititzens.
However labeling them as a “hate group” will serve only to galvanize their supporters and give them ammunition for their “anti semitic bias” arguments.
His body recovered from his torment and became hale,
but the shadow of his pain was in his heart;
and he lived to wield his sword with left hand
more deadly than his right had been.
February 14, 2020 at 8:18 PM #268979HorsefeathersParticipant
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Wow. She’s brave. They are not going to be happy with her.
One caveat: I don’t know if AIPAC …. and people like them … “weaponize anti-Semitism” so much as they weaponize *accusations* of anti-Semitism.
Not to put too fine a point on it.
February 14, 2020 at 8:25 PM #268981Ohio BarbarianModerator
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McCollum’s description is accurate.
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February 14, 2020 at 11:15 PM #269110
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