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July 1, 2008 8:42 AM

Burner said to get pressure from pro-Israel group

Posted by David Postman

According to Matt Stoller, Democrat Darcy Burner says she’s being pressured to stay away from J Street,
a new PAC that calls itself the “the political arm of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement.”

On Friday, I was on the phone with Darcy Burner, who told me that she got a call from people affiliated with the conservative Jewish political group AIPAC. They told her to distance herself from the new pro-peace group J Street, which they said is full of radical leftists who believe in capitulation to the forces of the Arab world who would overrun and destroy Israel. Like most conservative arguments, it is utter nonsense backed up by a political threat designed to suppress alternative legitimate political views. ...

AIPAC's people are backing Darcy's opponent, Dave Reichert, so if they are calling her up and arguing with her, it shows just how confident they are politically at intimidating the opposition. A J Street endorsement is clearly a very risky and scary thing to take, because you'll bring down the wrath of a powerful and well-organized group.

J Street recently took out a full-page ad in the New York Times. It criticized American groups that support Israel when it goes to war, but not during recent diplomatic efforts between Israel and Hamas and Israel and Syria:

If Israel had gone to war this week, established pro-Israel organizations would have rallied to its side. There would have been ads, press releases, fundraising appeals and political speeches. Let’s have the courage to support Israel loudly and clearly when it pursues security through diplomacy.

RELATED: Burner's house was seriously damaged in a fire this morning. She and her family were in the home at the time, said spokesman Sandeep Kaushik, but got out unhurt. More on the fire here. We'll wait until another day to talk to her about J Street.

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Posted by Bel-Red

9:57 AM, Jul 01, 2008

Good! I'm glad Darcy is standing up to war-mongering AIPAC. This is the kind of courage and change we need in Washington. Not even Barack Obama can say that....

Darcy, keep doing what you're doing!

Posted by onevote

10:38 AM, Jul 01, 2008

Where does it say Burner is "standing up to war-mongering AIPAC"? She says she has been pressured by AIPAC. The article doesn't say anything about her reaction.

Posted by asdf

10:56 AM, Jul 01, 2008

Diplomacy with Muslims is a lip service the two sides pay to the news agencies. Both sides know that only the extermination of Israel will bring lasting peace.

Posted by Postman

3:06 PM, Jul 01, 2008

asdf, your comment is offensive, uncalled for, off topic, and obviously untrue in the specifics. Don't bother leaving any other comments along that line.

Others, now that everyone has been reminded of our standards, I will not hesitate to delete anything that I think is over the line. And I'll do that even knowing it will bring howls about censorship.

Posted by R. Travaille

4:19 PM, Jul 01, 2008

Mr Postman good on yas !! asdf sounds like the Pres of Iran or Hamas or any of the others!

Posted by Bothsides

5:07 PM, Jul 01, 2008

Another post about Darcy Burner.....yawn...

Posted by JimD

11:43 PM, Jul 01, 2008

You won't hear any howls of ensorship from me, Postman.
I'm surprised you let as much in as you do.

Posted by John

9:41 AM, Jul 02, 2008

JimD tried to type:

"You won't hear any howls of ensorship from me, Postman.
I'm surprised you let as much in as you do.

The only way we can have censorship in America is by electing a Marxist liberal, likes of BHO. Or by the media who has established breaking ground work in this area.

Im shocked jimd wants this to start now.

Posted by John

11:39 AM, Jul 02, 2008

who says this is against our constitution?

Hillary, is now out of the ring, today we have in the black trunks with Pinko Pokka dots Barack Hussein obama who has said No,No,No,No to President George W. Bush in supporting FISA Bill.

In the White trunks with Pinko Pokka dots we have Barack Hussein obama who has said Yes,Yes,Yes,Yes and will voted with President Bush on keeping FISA!!!!

May the best .

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