February 11, 2020
News Press Release

ZOA to AIPAC: Retract Apology for Calling Out Radical Democratic Jew-Haters in Congress and Their Influence on Their Party

Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton A. Klein and ZOA Chairman Mark S. Levenson, Esq. released the following statement:

In our view, AIPAC made a serious mistake when it retracted and apologized for its recent ads expressing the accurate concern that radical, Jew-hating Israelophobes in the Democratic Party are infecting and influencing an alarming number of other Democratic Party members to become more hostile to Israel and even Jews. AIPAC should rescind its retraction, and resume its discontinued ad campaign to urge Democratic representatives to support Israel.

Pro-Israel organizations must do everything possible to assure that our friends in both parties remain our friends. This includes calling out and strongly opposing the dangerous influences and extremely worrisome trends that we are seeing today.

Less than two weeks ago, Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (MI) – who associates with a top Hezbollah supporter and anti-Israel terrorists – retweeted a vicious, completely fabricated, antisemitic blood libel. Tlaib’s retweet falsely accused innocent Jews (whom the tweet falsely called “a herd of violent #Israelisettlers”) of kidnapping, assaulting, and executing an Arab boy and throwing him into a water well. This blood libel is virtually the same as the blood libels used to incite deadly anti-Jewish pogroms throughout the Middle Ages.  

Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), also known as AOC, spread similar antisemitic blood libels, and directly justified and incited violence against Jews – by declaring that Palestinian-Arabs have “no choice but to riot” against Jews in her July 2019 “Ebro in the Morning” radio interview. During the same interview, AOC also falsely claimed that Israel denies Palestinians access to clean water – an antisemitic “Jews poison the water” medieval-style blood libel; and “absolutely” agreed with the radio show host’s false characterization of the Jewish people as “white supremacist Jews,” and the host’s false statements calling Israel “very, very unjust” and “very, very, criminal.” 

Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN) is infamous for falsely accusing Israel/Jews of “evil doings” and oppression, falsely calling Israel “racist” and an “apartheid” state, falsely accusing Jews of buying Congress, and of dual loyalty, and is sponsoring legislation to promote anti-Israel boycotts, which compares anti-Israel boycotts to anti-Nazi boycotts.

Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson (GA) called Jews living in the historic Jewish homeland “termites.”

And much more.

The fact that House Democrats have continued to tolerate and refuse to take action against such vile antisemitism in their midst is deeply concerning in and of itself.  

But, to use AIPAC’s term, it is apparent that these vile, unchecked expressions of Jew-hatred in Congress have also had “insidious” effects.  For instance:

  • 107 Democrats – almost one half of House Democrats – signed a letter wrongly condemning President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for correctly acknowledging that it is legal for Jews to live in the lawful, historic Jewish homelands of Judea-Samaria and eastern Jerusalem. 

To put this into perspective:  A decade ago, alarm bells went off when 54 Democratic Congress persons signed the infamous “Gaza 54” letter wrongly condemning Israel’s weapons blockade. The Democratic Congress persons signing recent hostile-to-Israel letters have more than doubled.   

  • Leading Democratic presidential candidates Berney Sanders (VT) and Warrenhired Israel-hating surrogates and top staffers, including Congresswomen Omar, Tlaib, and AOC; Israel-basher Linda SarsourDarius Khalil Gordon, who tweeted about “Jew money”; Hamas-loving, Israel-hating “IfNotNow” co-founder Max BergerFaiz Shakir; Matthew Duss; Belén Sisa, and others.

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillebrand (NY) has praised Israel-bashing Jew-haters Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, and Carmen Perez, all of whom also admire racist antisemite Louis Farrakhan. 

  • Antisemitic physical attacks have grown exponentially.  
  • Democratic presidential candidates have been boycotting AIPAC.  
  • Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (IN), and others, announced plans to punish Israelfor the presence of Jews living in lawful historic homelands of Judea-Samaria.  
  • Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have called on conditioning U.S. aid to ally Israel, until Israel does what Sanders and Warren demand. 
  • The Democratic National Committee passed a resolution in February, 2019, calling on the U.S. to rejoin the Iran deal – a deal opposed by ZOA and AIPAC, that poses an existential threat to Israel’s 7 million Jews (as well as to the United States). Virtually every Democratic presidential candidate has vowed to rejoin this dangerous deal.