All 50 governors disagree with you, congressman Pocan
It has been several decades since Madison’s newspapers employed a Washington correspondent. Even when it did, The Capital Times served as congressman Bob Kastenmeier’s PR agent. Any criticism of its beloved congressman was dismissed as “Bob bashing.”
So, don’t expect much news coverage of Second District congressman Mark Pocan beyond what he wants you to know. Let’s just say, however, that he makes the late Kastenmeier look like a blue dog Democrat.
Mark is co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which features a clenched fist and the word “Resistance” on its web home page. The group vows to resist reaching across the aisle to forge compromise. Members include such luminaries as Sheila Jackson Lee, Rosa DeLauro, Keith Ellison, Gwen Moore, and Maxine Waters. And a lone senator: Bernie Sanders.
In a district dominated by the Emerald City, that’s only going to get Mark re-elected with a larger margin. But what Madison liberals may not know is Mark’s dalliance with the Israel-Is-Always-Wrong lobby — specifically, an anti-Israel wolf in sheep’s clothing called “J Street.”
No less than Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz noted in a 2015 interview with Tablet magazine, “J Street has been the most damaging organization in American history against Israel.” He added that “[J Street] will go down in history as one of the most virulent, anti-Israel organizations in the history of Zionism and Judaism.”
Pocan is an organizer of a “congressional briefing” this Thursday (6-8-2017) called, “50 Years of Israeli Military Occupation & Life for Palestinian Children.” Suffer the children but lob missiles at the Israelis.
Panelists will examine how persistent grave human rights violations, systemic impunity, discrimination, and a hyper-militarized environment affect the lives of the Palestinian children growing up under a military occupation with no end in sight.
The Washington Free Beacon quotes an Illinois Republican, Peter Roskam, to say “It’s completely unacceptable to use the resources of the House of Representatives to help promote the hateful, malevolent BDS [Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions] campaign.”
Another source, The Hill, reports that:
Since the self-proclaimed “pro-Israel, pro-peace” political action committee J Street joined the game …Israel has been made into a partisan cause – used as cover to elect the most anti-Israel candidates that donations can buy.
Indeed, they got their money’s worth ($10,000 in the last two election cycles) when they got Mark Pocan. J Street is a big supporter of Obama’s cash giveaway to Iran, labeled by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Saudi royal family as the biggest financier of terrorism in the middle east. In fact, J Street boasts “not a single incumbent Iran deal supporter was unseated by a deal detractor” in the 2016 election. Back to The Hill’s report:
It’s no secret that some of the most vehemently anti-Israel money is behind J Street, most notably billionaire George Soros who once referred to his teenage years confiscating the property of Jews as “the happiest time of my life.”
… On campus, J Street partners with the rabidly anti-Semitic Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), a group in the forefront of the anti-Israel boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement.
Sen. Marco Rubio lashed out at “… some of the groups that have been ratcheting [opposition to ambassador to Israel David Friedman] — this group J Street, that, for example, a few years ago invited the chief Palestinian negotiator Erekat to address their conference, a person who has justified the murder of Jews as self-defense.”
But the senator is yet another Republican. So let’s reach across the aisle, even if Rep. Pocan will not. A full page advertisement in today’s Wall Street Journal proclaims:
50 U.S. Governors
Unite to Support Israel,
We, all 50 governors across the United States and the mayor of the District of Columbia, affirm: “the goals of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement are antithetical to our values and the values of our respective states. We support Israel as a vital U.S. ally, important economic partner and champion of freedom. The BDS movement’s single-minded focus on the Jewish State raises serious questions about its motivations and intentions.”
Yes, Scott Walker signed. So did John Kasich. So did New York’s Andrew Cuomo and California’s Jerry Brown. All 50!
Mark Pocan is an outlier. Pronounce that last word as you will.
Platinum subscriber bonus: Pocan was one of five American lawmakers who met on May 29, 2016, with Shawan Jabarin, “an alleged long-time activist for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a designated terrorist organization that has engaged in suicide bombings, assassinations, and plane hijackings. Jabarin serves as director of the Palestinian human rights organization Al Haq, which advocates for economic boycotts of Israel.” — The Weekly Standard.
“Why did Democratic congressmen meet with anti-Israel terrorist?“