James D. Besser |
Jewish Groups Pressed On Iraq
Pressure is growing for Jewish groups to abandon their deliberately low-profile pose and dive into the intensifying battle over the Bush administration’s plans for a military strike against Iraq.
The mounting pressure comes as Congress considers an administration resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq — and as some Democrats, led by former Vice President Al Gore, try to galvanize a strong opposition movement.
James Besser |
Rep. Cynthia McKinney, the Georgia Democrat who marginalized herself in the House of Representatives, may be about to do the same again, this time on an even larger stage.
Speaking at the annual legislative conference of the Congressional Black Caucus last week — along with fellow about-to-be-ex-Rep. Earl Hilliard (D-Ala.) and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan — McKinney blamed the Democratic Party for her defeat, not the Jews who supported her opponent in the last days of the campaign.
James Besser |
National Democrats are hoping that a longtime Jewish lawmaker and former UJA national chairman can rescue a Senate seat that is in danger of falling to the Republicans.
On Tuesday former Sen. Frank Lautenberg agreed to replace Sen. Robert Torricelli, whose bid for a second term was abruptly aborted in the face of corruption charges and polls showing him running well behind Republican newcomer Douglas Forrester, as the Democratic nominee.
Campus battles over the Middle East conflict and rising anti-Semitism are heating up on several fronts:
# A national pro-Palestinian student conference declaring that “Zionism is racism” is slated for Oct. 12 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, with plans to increase pressure on college officials to drop investments in Israel.