Why do U.S. Senators feel they must take sides on an issue they perceive to be
Brooklyn, NY (PRWEB) January 12, 2009
On Thursday, January 8, the U.S. Senate passed a bi-partisan resolution expressing support for Israel, a measure promoted by lobbyist organizations such as AIPAC. The resolution sponsors and supporters undoubtedly believe that in issuing this resolution they are representing and protecting their Jewish constituents. One of the resolution sponsors, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, was quoted as telling the Senate floor that the legislative body would "strengthen our historic bond with the State of Israel by reaffirming Israel's inalienable right to defend against attacks from Gaza, as well as our support for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process."
"While no one would argue against the call for peace or for Israel's right to self-defense," stated Leo Greenbaum, representative of JewishResponse.com, an organization dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism, "but by voicing strong support of Israel and proactively siding with Israel in this conflict the U.S. Senate has unwittingly escalated anti-Semitism against U.S. Jews and is endangering Jews worldwide."
Jewish synagogues and schools in the U.S. have had to employ full time security against anti-Semitic attacks in the backlash against US Jews for the actions of Israel and in Denmark and India Jews have been attacked and murdered in retaliation for the actions of Israel. Mr. Greenbaum went on to say, "Why do U.S. Senators feel they must take sides on an issue they perceive to be "Jewish" when no such public stance is taken on conflicts between countries like India and Pakistan. They do not seem to realize the anti-Semitic impact of their public statements when they single out issues involving Israel or Jews."
JewishResponse.com fully supports the peace process which must begin with a mutual cease-fire but asks the U.S. government to refrain from taking sides in this conflict between Israel and Hamas and to cease the inflammatory rhetoric which fuels anti-Semitism.
For more information go to jewishresponse.com.