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For Rep. David Bonior being anti Israel is not personal–Its business Bonior represents a largley Arab district outside of Detroit. It was just announced that Bonner will be representing the Obama campaign at the Democratic National Committee meeting this weekend in Washington, D.C., according to an announcement by the Barack Obama campaign for president. As a Congressman, David Bonior was known for his strong opposition to pro-Israel policies, with editor [and Israel Insider columnist] Jonathan Tobin calling him “the biggest supporter of the anti-Israel Arab lobby in Congress.” In other words a perfect member of Obama’s Anti-Jew Crew. HOW STUPID Can Obama be? He just spend last week in Boca touring synagogues, interrupting Mah Jong games to beg for the Jewish vote and just a few days later he hires another Israel hater.

In a press release the Republican Jewish Coalition pointed to a disturbing pattern in Obama’s appointments: “Barack Obama’s path to strengthening ties with the Jewish community is severely blocked when appointing an anti-Israel figure like David Bonior. While in Congress, Bonior refused to stand by Israel after repeated terrorist attacks, was known as a stalwart opponent to Israel, and is now a representative for Barack Obama. Bonior’s appointment is the latest in a series that raises serious questions and doubts about Barack Obama’s positions and judgments on the Middle East.”

During his Congressional career, David Bonior repeatedly opposed pro-Israel legislation. In 1997, David Bonior was one of 15 Congressmen who signed a letter asking then-President Clinton to pressure Israelis into making concessions to the Palestinians. In 2002, David Bonior was one of only 21 Congressmen who opposed H.R. 392, which publicly affirmed Congress’s support of Israel’s right to self-defense and called for the dismantling of the Palestinian terrorist infrastructure. In 1990, David Bonior was one of only 34 Congressman to vote against a measure naming Jerusalem as the united capital of Israel. In 1989, Bonior was one of six House members to vote against a bill that prevented US funds from going to UN entities that granted the PLO membership. Throughout his career, Bonior repeatedly opposed US aid to Israel and supported arms sales to Arab states opposed to Israel’s existence.

In 2006, Bonior was appointed to manage the Jonathan Edward presidential campaign, sparking expressions of concern by American Jewish leaders.

The executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Malcolm Hoenlein, called it “disappointing” that Edwards “chose somebody whose position is at such variance from his, specifically on Israel.”


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