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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

J Street's radical caucus

J Street, the 'Jewish' advocates of a 'Palestinian state,' ran a tour to Israel for Congressional Representatives. Four representatives participated.
The delegation led by J Street executive director Jeremy Ben-Ami included donors to the organization and spent six days in Israel meeting with Israeli and Palestinian officials and activists. The congressional delegation consisted of Reps. Barbara Lee (D., Calif.), Hank Johnson (D., Ga.), Raul Grijalva (D., Ariz.), and Jan Schakowsky (D., Ill.). All except Johnson are members of the House Progressive Caucus. None sit on the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Details of the February trip were provided to the Free Beacon by sources in the Israel Defense Forces and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Lee, a former Black Panther volunteer, was the only member of Congress to vote against a resolution authorizing President George W. Bush to use force against terrorists after the Sept. 11th, 2001, attacks. At the time Lee said, ”We must not rush to judgment,” and warned, “Let us not become the evil that we deplore.”
Johnson sought formal congressional punishment of Rep. Joe Wilson (R., S.C.) for his “You lie!” outburst during President Barack Obama’s 2009 address to a joint session of Congress. If Wilson went unpunished, Johnson said, “We will have people with white hoods running through the countryside again.”
Johnson achieved his greatest notoriety in 2010 when, during a congressional hearing, he told the admiral in charge of the U.S. Pacific Command, “My fear is that the whole island [of Guam] will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.”
Grijalva, according to GovTrack, is the single most left-wing member of Congress. (Lee is ranked as the second-most liberal.) Grijalva, who in college was a leader of several radical Hispanic groups, favors United Nations monitoring of United States elections and blamed the Gabby Giffords shooting on Sarah Palin.
Anyone still want to argue that J Street is mainstream?

For more on Schakowsky (pictured, but not discussed in the article), go here.

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