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Jews Against US Attacking Syria, Progressives For It?

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It is time for American Jews to take a stand against AIPAC, to put America first, to put peace first. 
This is the time of the Jewish High Holy Days-- Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, when many Jews go to synagogue, for some, the only time of year they go. 
They are getting different messages from their rabbis. Some are being asked to tell their congressmen to support Obama's call for support for an attack on Syria. Others are being told the exact opposite, that an attack on Syria is a bad idea. 
AIPAC, the American lobbying arm for Israel is going all out in its effort to get congress to support the attacks on Syria Obama has asked approval for. 
AIPAC is incredibly powerful and influential in congress. It could tip the scales so members of congress vote for the interests of Israel before the interests of their constituents. It's happened before. 

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To put it plainly, if congress backs Obama, it will probably be because of AIPAC and its advocacy for Israel. The Israel firsters in congress-- House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Minority Whip Stenny Hoyer-- will herd their people to get behind a vote that will send a message to Iran. That's right. It won't be about poison gas in Syria. As MJ Rosenberg says,
" to AIPAC, its not about Syria or Syrian victims of chemical warfare. No, to AIPAC, this is about Iran. If it can't put over a rather minor effort against Syria, how would it sell America (including Congress) on a major war with Iran? Answer: it can't.
If it loses this vote, the 800 pound gorilla will be staggering -- alive but more like a big monkey. On the other hand, it will be able to rake in millions from credulous donors by warning that Iranian bombs are practically en route to Tel Aviv, that another Holocaust looms and anti-Semites are everywhere."

Maybe, one friend of mind speculated, Obama has sent this to congress so he doesn't have to make the decision. Or, maybe, I'm guessing, he's sent it to congress so he doesn't have to stand up to AIPAC, and he's forcing house members to stand up to AIPAC. 

Billionaire Zionist Sheldon Adelson spent over $90 million in the 2012 election cycle, with support for Israel one of his biggest issues. I'm sure he's calling the candidates he supported. 

But congress is not beholding to the same interests they used to. With the new teaparty Republicans, old allegiances are no longer holding. The same teaparty house members who are repudiating corporate interests are also opposing the attack on Syria. 

But AIPAC is very powerful. Apparently, even if its power is ebbing, a very good thing, it is more powerful among Democrats (though, one can't be sure if they are backing AIPAC or Obama.)

It may be that the supposedly liberal Democrats in congress are the worst betrayers of the progressives and anti-war members of the Democratic party. Democratic Senators Barbara Boxer, Ben Cardin,  Jeanne Shaheen, Christopher Coons, Richard Durbin and Tim Kaine  voted to support Obama's request for approval for an attack, in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. To their courageous credit Tom Udall and Chris Murphy voted no. 

And a huffingtonpost tally suggests that a guy who I thought was a stalwart progressive Democrat, Keith Ellison is leaning yes on Syria, as well as Elijah Cummings. 

Here's a list from the huffpo article on those democrats either going yes or leaning yes.

    Calif.   Becerra   Costa   Negrete McLeod   Pelosi   Sherman Vargas     Fla.   Brown   Deutch   Hastings Wasserman Schultz     Ill.   Foster   Schneider       La.   Richmond     Md.   Cummings Hoyer   Ruppersberger   Van Hollen   Mich.   Levin     Minn.   Ellison   McCollum     N.C.   Price   N.Y.   Engel   Israel     Texas   Cuellar Jackson Lee   Veasey     Connolly   Moran     W.Va.   Rahall

Frankly, it's disappointing that there are not more Democrats leaning or definitely committing to NO on the huffingtonpost tally, considering how many members of the Progressive Caucus there are. Actually, given that rep. Ellison is co-chair, it's hard to take the whole caucus seriously, with him leaning pro-attack. 

I'll wrap up this piece with these words. I am a Jew and I totally oppose the attack on Syria. I also totally oppose AIPAC. I support Israel's right to exist, but oppose many of its policies, just as I have opposed policies of the recent presidents of the United States. 

It is time for American Jews to take a stand against AIPAC, to put America first, to put peace first. 

Rabbi Arthur Waskow says,

What to do? Urge your Senators and House member and whatever publics you can reach, to vigorously oppose any resolution authorizing military force against Syria, and instead to put forward nonviolent, nonlethal alternatuve ways of intervening.

Try to start a viral message:

Drop gas-masks, not bombs.

Remember: On Rosh Hashanah we pleaded with God -- which means also with ourselves -- to move from the throne of Punitive Justice to the throne of Compassionate Repair.

If not now, when?"

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