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Democratic House Primary Turns into Ethnic Proxy War Over Israel(Hatred Emerges Mid-East Style)
Free Beacon ^ | June 1, 2012 | Adam Kredo

Posted on 06/01/2012 11:34:08 AM PDT by lbryce

A Democratic primary race in northern New Jersey has devolved into a highly competitive proxy war over Israel, pitting the state’s pro-Israel community against a growing constituency of Arab voters who have accused a sitting congressman of putting Israel’s interests before America’s.

As the race between Democratic Reps. Steve Rothman and Bill Pascrell nears its Tuesday finish, veteran political observers on the ground have expressed concern at the way the battle between the two veteran lawmakers has transformed into a troubling ethnic brawl.

“One side says, ‘We want this Jew out of office’ and, frankly, it’s pretty unsettling,” Ben Chouake, president of NORPAC, a pro-Israel political action committee based in Englewood Cliffs, told the Free Beacon. “They emphasized [Rothman] is a Jewish congressman.”

Others say they simply cannot recall a congressional race becoming a referendum on a candidate’s religion.

“For the first time in recent American political history, we are witnessing a proxy battle between supporters and detractors of Israel, and it’s playing out in the Ninth District of New Jersey,” said one veteran campaign strategist who is knowledgeable about the district.

The race took an unprecedented turn on Monday when an Arabic campaign poster supporting Pascrell surfaced. It urged the “Arab diaspora community” to “elect the friend of the Arabs” and billed the race as “the most important election in the history of the [Arab] community,” according to a WFB translation of the sign.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: arabs; israel; muslims
Actual title-Jersey Roar:Democratic House Primary Turns into Ethnic Proxy War Over Israel

“One side says, ‘We want this Jew out of office’ and, frankly, it’s pretty unsettling,” Ben Chouake, president of NORPAC, a pro-Israel political action committee based in Englewood Cliffs, told the Free Beacon. “They emphasized [Rothman] is a Jewish congressman.”
Others say they simply cannot recall a congressional race becoming a referendum on a candidate’s religion.

Leave it to Arabs, Muslims to turn what has historically been an American/USA institutionalized civil, civilized, civilizing process, into a crucible of hate, racism, bigotry. I don't know, in some way might very well be unprecedented in American politics.

1 posted on 06/01/2012 11:34:23 AM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce

Ethnic brawls, yep. That’s what happens when your gov’t decides to elect a new people.


2 posted on 06/01/2012 11:49:31 AM PDT by kreitzer
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To: lbryce
Are the Repubs running anyone for this seat?
3 posted on 06/01/2012 12:18:15 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: lbryce

The DEMS — anti-Isreal!! What a shame that liberals are ANTI-ISREALI!!


4 posted on 06/01/2012 12:24:51 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
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To: lbryce

So Reps. Steve Rothman is the relatively speaking good guy in this race?

Well other than his eventual Republican opponent that is..?


5 posted on 06/01/2012 3:07:06 PM PDT by JSDude1
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