OMG! Did Chuck Hagel say the A word?

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse — Senate Republicans and their friends in the Greater Israel Lobby are using classic McCarthyite smear tactics to try to derail the confirmation of former Senator Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham dug up an unsubstantiated report that Hagel once voiced concern over Israel “becoming an apartheid state”, and now the Lobby is making hay of the charge.

Unless we act now—we have until Tuesday when the Senate reconvenes—the Lobby could succeed in smearing a public servant for saying what many high-ranking Israelis, including former prime ministers Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert, have been saying for years. [1] [2]

Join us and our partners at Jewish Voice for Peace now.

Sign our petition to Senator Lindsey Graham telling him that he can't smear Chuck Hagel for having a mainstream Israeli view.

[More quotes from prominent Israelis using "the A word" can be found here.]

Graham and friends fail to understand that a responsible United States’ Middle East policy must include recognition of millions of Palestinians living under Israeli military rule without their basic rights, or inside of Israel as second-class citizens. Only then can we hope to reach a lasting peace for both peoples.

Israel’s many public officials who have talked about apartheid recognize this, but most Senate Republicans are acting as if full support of Israel’s settlement policies is required for the position of US Secretary of Defense.

Already, Christians United for Israel has called for President Obama to remove Hagel’s candidacy. And the American Jewish Committee has called for “further deliberation” on Hagel’s candidacy. Now 15 Senate Republicans have written to President Obama, demanding that he withdraw Hagel's nomination. [3]

Enough is enough! If you believe that it’s time the Greater Israel Lobby and its Republican allies stop turning reasonable criticism into McCarthy-worthy smear campaigns, then we hope you’ll sign this petition to Senator Graham.

Thank you for all you do to help bring about a more just foreign policy,

Robert Naiman, Chelsea Mozen, Sarah Burns and Megan Iorio
Just Foreign Policy

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1. "As long as in this territory west of the Jordan River there is only one political entity called Israel it is going to be either non-Jewish, or non-democratic. If this bloc of millions of Palestinians cannot vote, that will be an apartheid state." – Ehud Barak, February 1, 2010,
2. "If the day comes when the two-state solution collapses, and we face a South African-style struggle for equal voting rights (also for the Palestinians in the territories), then, as soon as that happens, the State of Israel is finished." – Ehud Olmert, November 28, 2007,
3. The letter is reproduced here:

Maybe it is finally time to have a real open debate in the U.S.:

Resolved: That an elected or appointed official of the U.S. government should serve the interests of the American (not Russian or Martian or Israeli) people.

Perhaps those who think U.S. officials must pass a foreign state or, even worse, a foreign political faction's litmus test to qualify for U.S. government service should consider explaining that view to the American public. Or not. They do have the option of emigrating to the country they prefer.

American politicians that put another country's interests (Israel) before the best interests of the US, the country they have been elected to serve, are guilty of treason and should be arrested.

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