Representative Andy Levin – LA Progressive

An African-American proverb says “if you can’t stand something, you’ll fall for anything”.

Dear reader, do you want progressives to have a significant level of influence in the US Congress in the next few years? If so, you can do something about it… today, tomorrow and this weekend.

Here’s why that’s the case. There is an important and possibly crucial election on Tuesday, August 2. This election could determine, in part, the ability of progressives to influence the Democratic Party and the future of the United States. In this election, Rep. Andy Levin of Michigan, one of the most effective and influential Congressional progressives in Congress today, is in trouble.

His conservative Democratic rival has been heavily funded by the powerful Israeli pressure group AIPAC (American Israel Political Affairs Committee). They teamed up with Republican billionaires to defeat as many progressives in Congress as possible.

Andy Levin is running late right now and could very well lose his seat next Tuesday. If he falls, he will be the third progressive Democratic candidate to do so in a month. AIPAC’s massive money has already been instrumental in defeating Jessica Cisneros in Texas. Former House Representative. Donna Edwards, although endorsed by Nancy Pelosi, was beaten two weeks ago; again with massive AIPAC spending against them.

Andy Levin was very, very popular in his district, but the Republicans redistributed him in a less favorable district, and then AIPAC sponsored a conservative Democratic opponent. Andy was then targeted because he stood up for Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, who are staunch progressives in the initiatives they have proposed such as the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, among others. They all criticized Israel for gross and serious violations of Palestinian rights in what is now generally considered an apartheid state. (This has the opinions of, among others, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and B’tselem, Israel’s leading human rights organization.)

(Dear reader, I will interrupt this story for a brief note. Time is short. I want to challenge you as a progressive by reading this article to provide you with an opportunity to confront the grave threat to the Progressive Action in Congress If you wish to support Rep. Levin, please contact Mike Fox, Deputy Director of the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) at: [email protected] immediately for the most up-to-date options on how to proceed. Yes, now is the right time to act!)

Now I will explain to you why we must act immediately. AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the powerful leader of the Israel lobby, passed more than $33 million in this round alone, according to the Guardian, attacking progressive Democratic candidates in the primaries. Their goal is to radically shift the character of American politics to the right, with the specific goal of slowing the growing chorus in Congress that is pushing back against Israeli apartheid.

Israel and its American front groups, led by AIPAC, as well as Republican billionaires like Paul Singer, rightly assume that progressive Democrats will continue to reflect growing American opinion that recognizes the segregationist nature (de jure and de facto) of Israel, which runs counter to any progressive version of contemporary democratic values. Proponents of progressive American values ​​cannot tolerate ongoing ethnic cleansing by prolonging the fiction of Israeli democracy. (Apartheid South Africa also had elections, but that did not make it “democratic.”)

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Especially since Israel is the largest recipient of US foreign aid, and the US is diplomatically interfering for Israel at the UN, we as progressives need to speak up – and we need to act. . The “center” Democrats accepted the Israeli-originated amalgamation between criticism of Israel and anti-Semitism. Having a real debate about Israel is the last thing they want, since they lose every time. The old “poor little Israel” riffs were based on a reverse story of Israel being the David of an Arab Goliath that no longer fits the more widely known reality: Israel is a colonial nuclear-armed state in a world postcolonial. (American Jews have been the most politically progressive ethnic or religious group in the United States, and… 25% of American Jews now say Israel is an apartheid state. That number rises to 35% for those under 35 year.

AIPAC is probably correct in its assumption about progressives. How can you take Black Lives Matter seriously, support humane immigration policies, be against a Saudi dictator (a new friend of Israel), or even be for seriously regulating companies that are accelerating global warming, and shutting down eyes on the systematic oppression in front of more than 10 million Palestinians by a segregated Israel?

As I wrote this story, more reports of AIPAC’s assault on Levin came out. On Tuesday, July 19, the Guardian reported the following:

“Aipac in December launched a super political action committee, or super Pac, the United Democracy Project (UDP), as a legal mechanism to spend unlimited amounts of money to directly influence elections and counter growing criticism in the within the Democratic Party of Israel on the continued domination of the Palestinians. .”

“The lobby group launched the UDP with $8.5 million and donations from wealthy donors with close ties to Israel. They include two Republican billionaire businessmen and Trump campaign backers, Paul Singer and Bernie Marcus, as well as Israeli-American Democratic billionaire Haim Saban.

“Aipac in December launched a super political action committee, or super Pac, the United Democracy Project (UDP), as a legal mechanism to spend unlimited amounts of money to directly influence elections and counter growing criticism in the within the Democratic Party of Israel on the continued domination of the Palestinians. .”

“The lobby group launched the UDP with $8.5 million and donations from wealthy donors with close ties to Israel. They include two Republican billionaire businessmen and Trump campaign backers, Paul Singer and Bernie Marcus, as well as Israeli-American Democratic billionaire Haim Saban.

The leadership of the Democratic Party condones this literal invasion of their primary processes by dumping huge sums into their primaries, essentially by a proxy from a foreign power. The complaint against Russia in 2016 concerned Russia’s purchase of $100,000 in Facebook advertising intended to destabilize Hillary Clinton’s campaign. AIPAC has already spent $33 million (!), an unprecedented amount for the primaries.

So why do they tolerate it then? Because AIPAC punishes its enemies. If you, as a member, depend on corporate contributions, you may be used to AIPAC contributions and you certainly don’t want them as your opponent, because they have a habit of bringing down their opponents. This interference corrupts American foreign policy.

This behavior by AIPAC dates back decades to Senator Bob Packwood of Oregon, Representative Paul Finley of Illinois, and Representative Cynthia McKinney of Georgia, all of whom were beaten by AIPAC for speaking out against the Israel’s impunity and for Palestinian rights. However, this is the first time that…AIPAC weighed in at full throttle in the primaries, specifically to weaken progressives – even those who have said very little about Israel, but have shown the least support for those who speak out.

Rep. Levin of Michigan has refused to back down from this powerful and wealthy lobby and has continued to demand Palestinian rights, which he says is the only way for Israel to move forward. Therefore, he is in big trouble and in danger of being removed from his position by the power of AIPAC’s millions.

Rep. Levin (who was once president of his Jewish congregation) deserves re-election not only for championing human Jewish values ​​as they relate to Israel-Palestine, but also for his quiet, effective, and consistent leadership. in implementing democratic values ​​in Congress.

The question is, will progressives rally to keep it afloat? He only has until Tuesday. It’s up to us; “If not now when?”

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