Thursday, January 28, 2010
The Democrat Congressmen From Hamas
Think Hamas and the Ikhwan (The Muslim Brotherhood) are just an overseas problem? Guess again.
Led by ex-Nation of Islam member and Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison, he and 53 other Democrat members of the House sent a letter to President Obama urging him to pressure Israel to unilaterally open its borders with Gaza.
Needless to say, there's absolutely no recognition of the attacks on Israel, which is why those borders were closed in the first place after Hamas took over the Strip in a violent coup that started the civil war between Hamas and Fatah.
To prove how anti-Israel and anti-Semitic this letter is, there's absolutely no mention of pressuring Egypt, a large recipient of US foreign aid to open Egypt's borders with Gaza or to stop building its new security barrier, which includes underground steel barriers to make tunnel smuggling more difficult.Only Israel is singled out.
That didn't stop J-Street and Peace Now from endorsing it, of course. But then, that's hardly surprising.
Many of the signatories have a long history of anti-Israel votes and statements, but another factoid that isn't surprising is that many of the signatories get substantial financial backing from CAIR, the Saudi-funded Muslim Brotherhood front that's been an unindicted co-conspirator in a number of terrorism trials.
Keith Ellison, John Conyers, Loretta Sanchez, Betty McCollum, Lois Capps, Bill Pascrell, Elijah Cummings, Bob Filner, Mike Honda, Barbara Lee, John Dingell, James Moran, Nick Rahall, Andre Carson, Mary Jo Kilroy, Carolyn Kilpatrick and Jim McDermott are among the top receivers of CAIR money in congress.
Since CAIR receives substantial funding from the Saudis, this is yet another way for foreign funds to influence our politics.
McDermott, in fact was named CAIR's public official of the year and is on CAIR's top ten list of campaign cash recipients.
Ellison, an ex-Nation of Islam member who participated in the openly anti-Semitic Million Man March is particularly close to Nihad Awad, co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), whom he met almost two decades ago at the University of Minnesota. Awad is a well-known apologist for terrorism and was a founding member of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), described by the U.S. government as a Hamas front organization.
This letter essentially is a CAIR project, and meets my essential test of anti-Semitism - it singles out Israel for demonization and demands that it adhere to standards and rules demanded of no other country.
It's also interesting to note the extremely high percentage of members of the Congressional Black Caucus on this list, 12 out of 54, almost one in four.
The Democratic party as a whole is not an anti-Israel or anti-Semitic group - far from it . But it's been obvious to me for some time that Jew hatred has a home there, and that it's both mainstream and tolerated.
Courtesy of Sultan Knish, here's a list of the representatives who signed on, along with links to the websites of their challengers in this year's elections. If you look at their records in general, the country would be well served by their absence from Congress:
Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-7) Fax: 202-225-1541 = AZ 7th Distict
Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-6) Fax: 202-225-5163- CA 6th District
Rep. Lois Capps (D-23) Fax: 202-225-5632 - CA 23rd District - Challenger John Davidson
Rep. Sam Farr (D-17) Fax: 202-225-6791- CA 17th district
Rep. Bob Filner (D-51) Fax: 202-225-9073 - CA 51st district - challenger Nick Popaditch
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-9) Fax: 202-225-9817 - CA 9th District
Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-47) Fax: 202-225-5859 - CA 47th District - challenger Van Tran
Rep. Pete Stark (D-13) Fax: 202-226-3805 - CA 13th District
Rep. Mike Honda (D-15) Fax: 202-225-2699 - CA 15th District
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-12) Fax: 202-226-4183- CA 12th District
Rep. Diane Watson (D-33) Fax: 202-225-2422 - CA 33rd District
Rep. George Miller (D-7) Fax: 202-225-5609 - CA 7th District
Rep. Jim Himes (D-4) Fax: 202-225-9629- 4th district - challenger Dan Debicella
Rep. André Carson (D-7) Fax: 202-225-5633 - 7th district - challenger Carlos May and Marvin Bailey Scott
Rep. Bruce Braley (D-1) Fax: 202-225-9129 - 1st district - challenger Rod Blum
Rep. John Yarmuth (D-3) Fax: 202-225-5776 - 3rd district - multiple challengers
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-7) Fax: 202-225-3178
Rep. Donna Edwards (D-4) Fax: 202-225-8714
Rep. Michael Capuano (D-8) Fax: 202-225-9322 - 8th district
Rep. William Delahunt (D-10) Fax: 202-225-5658 - 10th district - multiple challengers
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-3) Fax: 202-225-5759 - 3rd district - challenger Marty Lamb
Rep. John Tierney (D-6) Fax: 202-225-5915 - 6th district - Challenger David Sukoff and Bill Hudak
Rep. John Olver (D-1) Fax: 202-226-1224- 1st district - challenger Jeffrey Paul Donnelly
Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-9) Fax: 202-225-3984 - 9th district - challenger Vernon Harrison and Keith Lepor
Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-13) Fax: 202-225-5730
Rep. John Conyers (D-14) Fax: 202-225-0072
Rep. John Dingell (D-15) Fax: 202-226-0371
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-5) Fax: 202-225-4886 - 5th district - challenger Barb Davis
Rep. Betty McCollum (D-4) Fax: 202-225-1968 - 4th district - challenger Ed Matthews
Rep. James Oberstar (D-8) Fax: 202-225-6211- 8th district - multiple challengers
Rep. Donald Payne (D-10) Fax: 202-225-4160 - 10th district -
Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) Fax: 202-225-6025- 12th district - challenger Mike Halfacre and Scott Sipprelle
Rep. William Pascrell (D-8) Fax: 202-225-5751- 8th district - challenger Danielle Staub
Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-11) Fax: 202-226-0112- 11th district
Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-22) Fax: 202-226-0774 - 22nd district - challenger George Philips
Rep. Paul Tonko (D-21) Fax: 202-225-5077 - 21st district - challenger Arthur Welser
Rep. Eric Massa (D-29) Fax: 202-226-6599- 29th district - challenger Tom Reed (in a GOP district)
Rep. David Price (D-4) Fax: 202-225-2014 - 4th district - challengers George Hutchins, Lawson and Frank Roche
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-9) Fax: 202-225-7711 - 15th district - challengers John Adams and Senator Stivers
Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D-15) 614-294-2196 - 9th district
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-3) Fax: 202-225-8941-3rd district
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-4) Fax: 202-225-0032 - 4th district - challenger Sid Leiken
Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-2) Fax: 202-225-5392 - 2nd district
Rep. Joe Sestak (D-7) Fax: 202-225-0280 - 7th district - challenger Patrick Meehan and Dawn Steisland
Rep. Peter Welch (D-At Large) Fax: 202-225-6790 - 1st district
Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) Fax: 202-225-0017 - 8th district - challengers Matthew Berry , Mark Ellmore, J Patrick Murray
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-7) Fax: 202-225-6197 - 7th district
Rep. Adam Smith (D-9) Fax: 202-225-5893 - 9th district - challengers Dick Muri and James Postma
Rep. Jay Inslee (D-1) Fax: 202-226-1606 - 1st district - challenger James Watkins
Rep. Brian Baird (D-3) Fax: 202-225-3478 - 3rd district - challengers David Castillo, David Hedrick and Jon Russell
Rep. Nick Rahall (D-3) Fax: 202-225-9061 - 3rd district - challengers Lee Bias, Gary Gearheart and Conrad Lucas
Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-2) Fax: 202-225-6942 -2nd district -challenger Tim Terenz
Rep. Gwen Moore (D-4) Fax: 202-225-8135 - 4th district - challenger Dan Sebring
Rep. Glen Nye (D-2) Fax: 202-225-4218 - 2nd district - challengers Ben Loyola, Ken Golden, Ed Maulbeck, Bert Misuzawa, Scott Rigell and Scott W Taylor