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Congressman: Jews pushing war: [Anti-Semitic] Moran issues apology denying remarks anti-Semitic ^ | Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Posted on 03/12/2003 12:27:23 AM PST by JohnHuang2

A Democratic congressman is under fire for remarks in which he suggested American Jews were behind the push to war with Iraq and Jewish leaders could prevent war if they wanted to.

Jewish organizations condemned as "reprehensible" and "anti-Semitic" the comments of Rep. James P. Moran Jr., D-Va., delivered to 120 people attending a forum at St. Anne's Episcopal Church on March 3.

"If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq, we would not be doing this," Moran was quoted by the Reston Connection as saying. "The leaders of the Jewish community are influential enough that they could change the direction of where this is going, and I think they should," he added.

The comments were made in the context of a discussion over why anti-war sentiment was not more effective in the United States.

Amid backlash, Moran apologized in a statement released yesterday.

"I made some insensitive remarks that I deeply regret," Moran said.

"I should not have singled out the Jewish community and regret giving any impression that its members are somehow responsible for the course of action being pursued by the administration, or are somehow behind an impending war," he continued.

He said his point was that if U.S. organizations – including religious groups – would be more vocal about their opposition to war it could change the course of events.

The apology didn't assuage six rabbis who issued their own statement yesterday calling for Moran's resignation.

"Such remarks about any minority group in America, whether African-Americans, Hispanics, Muslims or others, are beyond inappropriate in the rhetoric of a member of Congress," Rabbi Jack Moline of Alexandria, Va., wrote.

"When Moran realized just how outrageous his remarks were, he attempted to backpedal, saying he didn't mean what he clearly said. This time it just won't work," Sophie R. Hoffman, president of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington, told the Washington Post.

The Anti-Defamation League and the National Jewish Democratic Council also criticized the remarks, according to the paper.

Jewish leaders view the incident as a last straw of sorts for the seven-term congressman who voted in 1991 against foreign aid to Israel, offered "rhetorical support" for the Palestinian cause and accepted campaign contributions from sympathizers of the Hamas terror organization. Moran subsequently returned the donations.

"I know in my heart that I am anything but anti-Semitic," Moran told the Post and added his daughter is marrying a Jewish man and converting to Judaism, along with her 9-year-old son.

"Nobody could berate me more than I do when I see my words in print compared to what I intended to say," he said.

Criticism from the White House and members of Moran's own party added to the outcry today.

"These remarks are shocking. They are wrong and they should not have been said," said White House spokesman Ari Fleischer.

"It's a sad day when comments like that are made. They debase the debate and they have no purpose," WUSA-TV quotes Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle as saying.

"Congressman Moran's comments were not only inappropriate they were offensive," House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said.

"That kind of rhetoric is unacceptable and goes against the value and beliefs of the Democratic Party," echoed Guillermo Meneses, Democratic National Committee spokesman.

The Ha'aretz reports an undercurrent of suspicion over Jewish and Israeli influence on American foreign policy accompanies the growing anti-war movement and sparks debate over the line between free expression and classic anti-Semitism.

The so-called "conspiracy theory" has roots in the Clinton administration but has taken flight during the Bush administration, reports Ha'aretz.

The appointments of "hawkish" Paul Wolfowitz as deputy defense secretary and of Elliot Abrams as director of Mideast affairs for the National Security Council are cited as evidence of the theory.

"The Likudniks are really in charge now," an unnamed senior administration official told the Post last month in reaction to the Abrams appointment.

Rabbi and peace activist Michael Lerner described speeches at anti-war rallies last month as containing "a barrage of Israel bashing and anti-Semitic garbage."

WorldNetDaily reported last week an anti-war protest on the campus of York University in Toronto reportedly turned violent when students with an American flag were attacked and Jewish students were harassed by anti-war demonstrators.

Protesters stormed a booth set up by the Young Zionist Partnership and the Canadian Alliance, shouting insults at them.

"Hundreds of people basically swarmed three people," said Paul Cooper, president of the Zionist group. He said only a few people were confrontational, but everyone else "watched and did nothing to stop it."

"They chose to attack me, and I'm identifiably Jewish, but they didn't attack Paul [Cooper], who's not, and that's scary," said Yaakou Rath, campus president of the Canadian Alliance.

"The emotional climate at these demonstrations has been one that most Jews I have encountered find somewhere between uncomfortable and overtly anti-Semitic," he told LA Weekly.

"It is an old canard that Jews control America and American foreign policy," Anti-Defamation League national director Abraham Foxman told U.S. Jewish Forward last month. "During both world wars, anti-Semites said that Jews manipulated America into war. So when you begin to hear it again, there is good reason for us to be aware of it and sensitive to it," he said.

TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
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Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Quote of the Day by Dog Gone

1 posted on 03/12/2003 12:27:23 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
Jew Basher.
2 posted on 03/12/2003 12:29:08 AM PST by noutopia
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To: noutopia
He's right at home in the party of Al Sharpton and Bobby Byrd.
3 posted on 03/12/2003 12:32:12 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: noutopia
The domestic weasels issue their spin.
4 posted on 03/12/2003 12:32:20 AM PST by goldstategop
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To: JohnHuang2
Why do Jews vote democrat,I don't understand.
5 posted on 03/12/2003 1:08:57 AM PST by noutopia
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To: JohnHuang2
Will the outcry from the democRATS be as loud now as it was with Trent Lott?

Gee, I wonder.

6 posted on 03/12/2003 2:49:50 AM PST by Budge (God Bless FReepers!)
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To: Budge
Local Jew Feels Left Out of Worldwide Jewish Conspiracy
The Onion
April 30, 1997

SOUTHFIELD, MI--It is an hour past sunset on a brisk Thursday night, and, like their brethren around the globe, the Jews of this affluent Detroit suburb are gathered in synagogues, busily hatching plots for world domination through financial chicanery and media influence. But for Seth Nussbaum, it will be just another lonely evening.

"For some reason, they've decided to leave me out of the worldwide Jewish conspiracy," said Nussbaum, a 34-year-old computer programmer. "And I can't say it doesn't hurt."

While his fellow Jews are controlling the flow of billions of dollars of international currency and brokering multi million-dollar entertainment deals, on this quiet night Nussbaum is making himself a frozen pizza and watching ER, far removed from any money beyond the $28,000 annual salary he receives from his job at Cyntech Industries.

"Who's to say I wouldn't enjoy hoarding a little gold every now and then?" he said, his voice tinged with bitterness. "Believe me, I'd love to be able to sneak around behind the scenes like the Elders of Zion, pulling the strings and holding the real power in society. But I guess when it comes to working the Jerusalem-New York-L.A. triangle, I just wasn't one of the chosen people."

Unlike millions of other Jews around the world, Nussbaum holds no sway over the media, has no powerful friends within the Wall Street banking community or the Trilateral Commission, and has never run a major Hollywood studio.

In fact, Nussbaum doesn't even own so much as his own production company. "Spielberg, Geffen, Ovitz, Eisner, Katzenberg--those are the Jews who control Hollywood," Nussbaum said. "And there's countless other Jews calling the shots at every level of the entertainment industry, from agents to producers to directors. But me? I probably couldn't even get the studio backing for a $15 to $20 million romantic comedy with a mid-level star like Matthew Broderick."

And despite being a regular subscriber to The New York Times for seven years, Nussbaum has no powerful connections among the Jews who own that and every other newspaper in the United States.

"As a left-leaning Jew, I should enjoy vast influence over the press. I should be able use the papers and television stations I own to forward my biased, liberal Jewish agenda and get Israel-supporting Democratic candidates elected to Congress," said Nussbaum, sitting on the old futon he uses as a couch. "But somehow, that's just not the case."

Spurned by his own kind, Nussbaum has not even been able to gain admittance into a secondary world-domination conspiracy like the Masons. "They turned down my application," he said, sighing deeply, "when they found out I was Jewish. I guess for now I'll just have to resign myself to being Seth Nussbaum, computer programmer and powerless Jew."
7 posted on 03/12/2003 4:37:52 AM PST by Greg Luzinski
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To: Budge
I heard Tommy Daschle on the radio this morning. When asked if Moran should step down over this, Daschle felt that it wasn't necessary. Of course he's going to say that. Pot. Kettle. Black.
8 posted on 03/12/2003 4:39:54 AM PST by YourAdHere (Over Macho Grande?)
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To: JohnHuang2
Jim Moran (D)Virginia - Jews are the reason we are in this battle,

Marcy Kaptur (D)Ohio - Terrorists are like the early patriots of the US.

Patty Murray (D)Wash - We in the US should be more like Usama.

Hillary Clinton (D)NY - FJB's.

These people do not deserve leadership positions. They are the cancer that is tearing the US apart.......

9 posted on 03/12/2003 4:52:01 AM PST by eeriegeno
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