Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.
Not a single 2020 Democrat candidate from the massive field spoke at AIPAC’s pro-Israel summit in the spring. But 5 of the 2020 Dems, Sanders, Buttigieg, Castro, Klobuchar, and Bennett, were featured at the J Street conference alongside anti-Israel activists, BDS supporters, and terrorists.
Those 2020 Dems who couldn’t attend the anti-Israel hatefest in person sent video messages.
Elizabeth Warren sent in a video message threatening to cut off aid to Israel unless it surrenders to Islamic terrorists. Then she promised to divide Jerusalem, turning half the ancient holy city into a killing ground for the murderous terrorists already occupying Gaza and portions of the West Bank.
Joe Biden, Beto O’Rourke, Marianne Williamson, and even Andrew Yang joined her in sending messages of support and friendship to the anti-Israel group which has featured BDS supporters and terrorists.
The majority of the 2020 Democrat field have aligned with an anti-Israel organization.
J Street’s conference speakers included Osama Qawasma, a Fatah spokesman, a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council, and an advisor to PA terrorist leader Mahmoud Abbas. Osama had claimed that Israel “rules” over America, that it’s worse than Hitler, and is plotting against all the Arab countries.
Osama had defended Palestinian Authority laws that would sentence any Muslim who rents a home to Jews to a lifetime of hard labor, and ranted, “Those traitors are destined to die a humiliating death.”
The J Street speaker had also stood in solidarity with Hamas. “We firmly oppose the American-Israeli attempts to denounce Hamas as terrorist,” he had declared.
None of the 2020 Dems had spoken at AIPAC. But they were happy to stand with J Street and Hamas.
Another terrorist at the J Street conference was Saeb Erekat, the Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee, who has defended Hamas and insisted that his terror group will go on funding terrorists.
Also speaking at the anti-Israel hatefest was Ayman Odeh who heads the Joint List: a coalition of four anti-Israel Arab Islamic parties including Hadash, formerly the Israeli Communist Party, which supports Assad, and the United Arab List, an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamic Movement.
Hamed Abu Daabas, the head of the “moderate” Southern branch of the Islamic Movement, had said that, “ISIS raises reasonable demands like the establishment of an Islamic state, but their methods for reaching their objective raise concern in many nations across the world.”
He had argued that, “If it were not for the shocking ways in which they kill, it would be possible to see ISIS like any other Jihadi organization.”
Odeh had tweeted that he had called Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Hamas, to congratulate him.
This is what Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Marianne Williamson, Michael Bennett, Andrew Yang, aligned themselves with at J Street.
Israel is out. J Street, Hamas, and ISIS are in.
There were loud cheers when the 2020 Democrats were urged to cut off aid to Israel, but there was only tepid applause when the death of the ISIS leader was mentioned. It was clear whose death the J Street audience really wanted. They didn’t want the destruction of the Islamic State, but of the Jewish State.
Warren’s video message blasted Israel, but did not offer a single word of criticism of the Palestinian Authority and its terrorists. She threatened to pressure Israel, while promising to welcome back the Palestinian Authority’s delegation back to D.C. Warren’s frantic pandering to the terror lobby was only outdone by her even more radical rival, Bernie Sanders, who vowed all out war on the Jewish State.
Bernie Sanders, to thunderous applause from anti-Israel activists at J Street, vowed to redirect foreign aid from Israel to Hamas-run Gaza. He then spent several minutes ranting about the Jewish State.
“If you want military aid, you’re going to have to fundamentally change your relationship to the people of Gaza,” Sanders said, referring to the Islamic terror state that is constantly trying to murder Jews.
He also claimed that Israel was “laying the groundwork for future violence” by blocking Gaza’s terrorists.
His campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, had been the co-chair of Islamic Awareness Week, an event that had included a fundraiser for a Hamas front group.
And Bernie made it clear what he has to offer to the Hamas supporters of America.
“Being Jewish may be helpful in that regard,” he suggested. “It’s going to be very hard for anybody to call me, whose father’s family was wiped out by Hitler, who spent time in Israel, an anti-Semite.”
The term Bernie is looking for is “collaborator”. He can ask George Soros for some helpful tips.
From Jesse Jackson to Rep. Ilhan Omar, and from the Sandinistas to the Soviet Union to Hamas, Bernie Sanders has always stood with anti-Semites and against Jews. At J Street, the radical leftist clarified his formerly unspoken despicable trick of using his accent and last name to shield the anti-Semites plotting to aid terrorists and kill millions of Jews from accusations of anti-Semitism.
Marianne Williamson condemned Israel’s “occupation” of the Golan Heights, and announced that she would not recognize its annexation, despite the fact that the United States has already recognized it. The creepy leftist cult leader also insisted that blockading Hamas terrorists in Gaza was “morally wrong.”
Amy Klobuchar condemned Israel for keeping out Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib. And she did not rule out an aid cutoff.
Julian Castro said that he wouldn’t take a cutoff of aid to Israel “off the table.” Like, Elizabeth Warren, he called for dividing Jerusalem between Israel and an Islamic terrorist state. He also vowed to restore U.S. foreign aid to the terrorists which they have been using to reward the killers of Israelis and Americans.
Cutting aid to Israel and giving money to the terrorists was the major theme of 2020 Democrats.
Not just Castro, but nearly every 2020 Democrat called for restoring aid to the terrorists. And that means that the Palestinian Authority and Hamas will have more funds at their disposal for killing Israelis.
J Street events are always festivals of anti-Israel hatred. But this time, all the Dems were on board.
Aside from the 2020 contenders, both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke at the hatefest featuring BDS and terror supporters. The Democrat leadership, of the Senate, the House, and, aspirationally, the White House, were all in on J Street and against Israel.
J Street had been set up by George Soros and other anti-Israel figures to destroy support for Israel among Democrats. The J Street conference makes it abundantly clear that they have succeeded.
And that pro-Israel Democrats, who have tried to stop their party from going dark, have lost.
What was once a fringe view has become the default position of the Democrat Party. Despite the usual rants about AIPAC’s influence, the talking points for the Democrats are coming from J Street.
That was abundantly clear at the J Street conference as Ben Rhodes, Obama’s Iran smear artist, and Tommy Vietor, pressured 2020 Democrats to say that they would cut off aid to the Jewish State. J Street aggressively promoted its call for embedding opposition to Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria, which they falsely described as the “occupation”, into the party platform of the Democrats.
J Street didn’t make this happen. The radicalization of the Democrats did. The conference was just a symptom of how extreme and extremely anti-Semitic the radicalized party has become.
The J Street conference with its terrorists, activists, and apparatchiks is the new face of the Democrats.