U.S. politicians "pledge allegiance" to Israel say Muslims
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today condemned planned congressional resolutions in support of Israel's brutal invasion of Palestinian territory that the Islamic advocacy group said amounted to American elected officials "pledging allegiance" to a foreign government.
Despite President Bush's assertion that such a move would negatively-impact American foreign policy interests, Democratic and Republican congressional leaders say they would today go ahead with votes on the pro-Israel resolutions.
Yesterday, White House spokesman Ari Fliescher said the president is concerned that "no foreign policy can survive 535 different secretaries of state."
Associated Press reports that the administration urged that if introduced, the resolutions should at least make reference to the need to "alleviate the occupation of the suffering Palestinian people."
A statement by CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad read in part:
"It is truly disturbing to see American elected officials falling over themselves in an unseemly attempt to 'pledge allegiance' to a foreign government and its domestic lobby. Perhaps these same politicians should be
reminded that they were elected by American, not Israeli voters.
"At a time when the president and secretary of state are trying to encourage peace and stability in the Middle East, our elected representatives are undercutting that effort by engaging in crass political
maneuvering that promotes their own prospects of re-election over America's national and security interests.
"Americans should not offer unconditional support to a brutal invasion that even the Israelis admit involved killings of noncombatants, looting by soldiers, denial of relief supplies to entire population centers, and the
use of Palestinian civilians as human shields in military operations."
Awad added that the one-sided congressional resolutions send a false message to the Muslim and Arab world that the American people do not support justice, human rights or a peaceful resolution to the Middle East
conflict. He cited a recent USA Today/CNN/Gallup poll in which 71 percent of respondents said the U.S. government should not take either side in the Mideast conflict and asked voters to make their representatives aware of that fact.
The most strongly-worded congressional resolution is being sponsored by House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), who just last week announced at the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee that: "As long as I'm in Congress, I'll use every tool at my disposal to ensure that
the Republican conference in the House of Representatives continues to preserve and strengthen America's alliance with the state of Israel."
Last night on the MSNBC cable news network, House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) went further than even right-wing Israeli politicians by calling for the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people from the
These statements, and the rush to introduce the non-binding resolutions, are viewed by many political observers as an effort by both major parties to out-bid each other in appealing to Jewish voters and campaign contributors.