Black People Politics : Congressional Black Caucus: Deep in the Israel Lobby’s Pocket

Discussion in 'Black People Politics' started by UBNaturally, Sep 5, 2016.

  1. UBNaturally

    UBNaturally Well-Known Member MEMBER

    United States
    Jan 15, 2014
    Likes Received:
    +1,551 / -39
    Congressional Black Caucus: Deep in the Israel Lobby’s Pocket
    September 5, 2016

    “[Debbie] Wasserman Schultz embodied the enormous influence that American Jews have within the Democratic Party. A Jew with deep communal involvements who was a key pillar of support for the mainstream pro-Israel lobby in Congress and within the party, Wasserman was both chairman of the Democratic National Committee and a member of Congress sitting on the powerful House Committee on Appropriations — a panel that votes on all major government expenditures.

    “This put her at the nexus of U.S. policy, politics and political fundraising in a way that few others matched.”

    — NATHAN GUTTMAN, Forward, August 5-12, 2016​

    This article is not about Debbie Wasserman Schultz but of the influence of who and what she represented as chair of the Democratic National Committee until taken down by Julian Assange, and still represents, in Congress, the interests of Israel, and the power of its domestic supporters over the Black American political establishment as represented by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).


    This past February, with Israeli Ambassador, US-born, Ron Dermer, Cummings co-hosted a celebration of Black History Month at the Israeli Embassy. It was Dermer, a former Republican functionary from Florida, who had collaborated with House Speaker John Boehner to have Netanyahu speak before a joint session of Congress in March, 2015 in a last ditch Israeli effort to sabotage Washington’s negotiations with Iran.

    Most of the more senior members of the CBC, including Cummings, were obliged by their constituencies to view it as a slight against the first Black president—which it clearly was–but while joining some other Democrats in boycotting the Israel prime minister’s appearance, they made sure that their decision to do so was not viewed within the Jewish community as diminishing their support for Israel but as a criticism of Boehner.

    Cummings was the perfect choice to be co-host. For each of the past 20 years, his Jewish-community funded Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel, “an elite two-year leadership fellowship,” according to its website, has sent a dozen Baltimore area African American high school students to Israel to be suitably indoctrinated into the special relationship between the two countries.

    Read more

    Related links...

    Sanders delegate behind Palestinian flag DNC protest vows to continue struggle for progressive change