WITH A MAJORITY OF
I miss you. It has been a long time since we worked together in liberal and left politics in the
We now seem unable to agree on public matters of critical importance. You and I need to examine how and why all of this came about.
Looking back, I see that our division began, not with the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, but with the 1967 Six Day War and the permanent occupation and settlement of the West Bank and
You will first attempt to deny this and the evidence that follows, and then you will make an argument for “balance.” As your ace in the hole, you will buttress that with the claim that those with whom you disagree, like me, like anybody who writes or thinks along the lines of this letter, is anti-Semitic.
For years after 1948 and 1967, we goyem were especially sensitive to the charge of anti-Semitism. Your denial, your argument for “balance,” and your charge of “anti-Semitism” worked successfully with us for a long time. We averted our eyes from what
This denial of factual reality no longer works for me. I am appalled with what the State of Israel has become domestically, and with what it does beyond its legal borders. I am especially concerned with the hammer-lock grip
Let’s first get at my alleged “anti-Semitism” out of the way. I was and am a passionate defender of
However, if Zionism means Jewish imperialism outside of
Israelis and Jews everywhere, like most Americans, have become more interested in preserving their material benefits than in justice for others. However, there is one critical difference. I have come to the tentative conclusion that Jews everywhere, because of history, have a kind of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome that partly explains their current attitudes and political behavior that I do not share. I have never experienced anti-Semitism. My grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins and were not gassed in Hitler’s death chambers. 6 million of my extended family was not recently put to death. I do not have current fears or nightmares that I will be harmed by anti-Semites be they Moslems, Arabs, or local David Duke types. I do not have the guilt and shame from the possibility that one of my ancestors may have been a capo or that others were so immobilized that they did not flee when they could have. Hence, I have compassion for Jews who have this experience and hopefully, some understanding. I thus understand why Jews say “never again,” and choose to arm
You my Jewish friends do not confront and you do not criticize the powerful Jewish Lobbies that pressure the
- Actively lobbying for the
USto invade or bomb Iran
- Lobbied for the Gulf War
- Lobbied for the Iraq War and lobbies for the War to continue
- Lobbies for ever more monetary aid, loan guarantees, and armaments for
- Supports the 15,000 new Jewish settlers in the West Bank and ongoing settlements outside the legal boundaries of
- Opposed every two state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict so far proposed
- Opposes any
intervention or brokering or pressuring or even handed mediation of the conflict US
- Urges the
USto veto any UN Resolution critical of Israelor sympathetic to . Palestine
- Opposes peace groups in the
and labels them “naïve.” US
- Support Israeli spying in the
including the theft of atomic bomb secrets. US
- Support for a War in
Iraqand Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gazathat creates more and more enemies of the that are full of rage. US
- Opposes every Democratic candidate for Congress who stands for ending the Iraq War.
It is this last position that is grossly offensive to me. These Jewish Lobbies, through their neck-lock control of House and Senate Democratic leaders in control of campaign funds, have carefully selected pro-war candidates and successfully eliminated pro-peace Democrats in the primary elections. Let me be blunt: American Jews thus prevent the Democratic Party from implementing the wishes of a majority of rank and file Democrats that we get out of
American Jews will say: “no that could not be true, or if peace candidates have been eliminated it is due to the power of the Armaments Lobby, many other K Street lobbyists, and the evil controlling power of money in American politics.”
The truth is that these other
How does AIPAC get this level of influence and control of our Congress and of the Democratic Party?
There are many Democratic leaders in the House and Senate whose allegiance to
Two of these persons are of critical importance now in the 2006 elections:
Senator Charles Schumer is Chairman of the Senate Campaign Committee and Congressman Rahm Emanuel is Chairman of the House Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and both have control of the massive millions available to help re-elect of new Democratic Congress.
In my own Congressional District a qualified, attractive veteran, Jeff Latas ran in the primary election on a platform of opposing the War. His primary election opponent was a young woman, Gabriel Giffords, a former Arizona State Representative. Gabriel chose conservative positions. She supported the War. She supported massive federal funding to build a fence on the Southern border to keep out hungry Mexican immigrants. Congressman Rahm Emanuel gave her lavish campaign money and gave Latas none. Latas, having insufficient funds, got only 7% of the vote. Giffords won. Continuing Democratic support of the War is assured. The majority of
This is my local example. Senator Schuman gave campaign money only to vigorously pro war Senatorial candidates around the
Elected officials in
An easy example of this power: AIPAC, several times a year proposes resolutions that uncritically support
See the author’s blog for 2 other articles about the makeup and activities of AIPAC at
John Walsh wrote in Counterpunch on October 14, 2006:
"’Democrats Split over Timetable for Troops; In Close Races, Most Reject Rapid Pullout,’ the headline atop page one of the Sunday Washington Post informed us as the election season got underway (8/27). Stories like this abound these days, and they should all be prefaced with the single word, "betrayal." Only 17% of rank and file Democrats are for "staying the course," 53% want immediate withdrawal and another 25% are for gradual withdrawal. Among all voters, only 30% want to stay the course, 37% want immediate withdrawal and 26% a "gradual withdrawal (
So the military industrial complex and its money for campaign contributions and lobbying is one reason the
See also The Israel Lobby and The Peace Process by Marshall Windmiller, Professor Emeritus of International Relations San Francisco State University at
So you and I are now taking profoundly different positions. Now I am in a conflict with you, a dangerous and potentially deadly conflict accompanied by libel and slander suits, political retaliation, loss of jobs, and by death threats against those of us who examine the facts. It is not I who has changed. It is you, my Jewish friends. We who wish to bring peace and justice to this planet will unfortunately have to find other allies. We miss you. We will continue to struggle to implement the metaphorical message of the Seder even if you do not.
Dated: November 2, 2006
Douglas R. Page