Tuesday, February 17, 2009

From Ackerman to Berney

Received this in connection with my yesterday's post and I delighted to post it here as well:


Feb. 13, 2009: At a Congressional hearing this week, Congressman Gary Ackerman, Chair of the Mideast Subcommittee, falsely accused Israel of perpetrating "pogroms" against Palestinians. On Feb. 12, 2009, The Jewish Telegraphic News Agency reported:

"Ackerman slams settlements, Israeli attitudes,"

Settler "pogroms," settlement building and Israeli intransigence are joined with Palestinian terrorism in a "downward spiral," a top U.S. Jewish congressman said. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House of Representatives Middle East subcommittee, made clear in a subcommittee hearing Thursday that he was not trying to draw a moral equivalence between Israeli hard-liners and Palestinian terrorists, "but they are all part of the same destructive dynamic."

In his opening statement, Ackerman described "downward pressure" that "comes from terrorism and the march of settlements. It comes from the firing of rockets and the perpetration of settler pogroms. It comes in daily images of destruction and the constant reiteration that 'they only understand the language of force.' " . . . . http://jta.org/news/article/2009/02/12/1002975/ackerman-slams-settlements-israeli-attitudes

Please join attorney Elizabeth (Liz) Berney in demanding that Congressman Gary Ackerman should immediately retract his outrageous false accusations that Israelis perpetrated "pogroms" on Palestinians. The accusation that Israelis committed such atrocities is totally untrue. This is the type of blood libel which has been used to instigate attacks on Jews around the world, similar to the false accusations in 2000 that Israelis killed al Dura (proven to be false in a trial in France), which were the pretext for Muslim riots and attacks on Jews in France. The libel that Israeli settlers perpetrated pogroms is also reminiscent of the false accusations of a "massacre" in Jenin, which never occurred. Ackerman should immediately publicly retract his false statements and issue an apology to Israel and all the people in our district who are outraged at his comments.

Elizabeth Berney, Esq. LizBerneyforCongress.com

email: LizBerneyforCongress@gmail.com
P.O. Box 222010, Great Neck, New York 11021

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