Friday, August 29, 2014

Jimmy Carter to Headline Fundraiser for Hamas Front Group



Jimmy Carter to Headline Fundraiser for Hamas Front Group
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Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 01:51 PM
By John Blosser
Former President Jimmy Carter will headline a fundraising convention for Hamas, a group which has been recognized by the U.S. as a terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel.

Breitbart News reports that Carter, 89, long known as a supporter of Hamas in its struggle with Israel, will be welcomed this weekend to the Detroit event by members of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), implicated by the Justice Department in a scheme to funnel $12 million to Hamas.

Expected to speak at the meeting at Cobo Hall are unindicted co-conspirators Jamal Badawi, named in 2007 in the Holy Land Foundation Trial, and Siraj Wahhaj, listed for his involvement in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
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Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the U.S., and Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the first Muslim member of Congress, also will speak.
Carter's involvement may be in violation of the law, U.S. Code 2339B, Section 18, which makes it a crime for any U.S. citizen to provide material support to any group designated as a foreign terrorist organization.

Constitutional law expert Alan Dershowitz stressed that Carter's actions, in raising funds for the ISNA, place him "very close, if not across the line," of criminal behavior.

In a recent article in Foreign Policy, Carter accused Israel of "war crimes" and wrote that in order to end the Israel/Hamas conflict, Hamas must be recognized as a "legitimate political actor" in the Middle East.

"There is no humane or legal justification for the way the Israeli Defense Forces are conducting this war. Israeli bombs, missiles, and artillery have pulverized large parts of Gaza, including thousands of homes, schools, and hospitals. More than 250,000 people have been displaced from their homes in Gaza. Hundreds of Palestinian noncombatants have been killed. Much of Gaza has lost access to water and electricity completely. This is a humanitarian catastrophe.
                                                                                                                                        
"There is never an excuse for deliberate attacks on civilians in conflict. These are war crimes," Carter wrote.

"The United States and EU should recognize that Hamas is not just a military but also a political force. Hamas cannot be wished away, nor will it cooperate in its own demise. Only by recognizing its legitimacy as a political actor - one that represents a substantial portion of the Palestinian people - can the West begin to provide the right incentives for Hamas to lay down its weapons."

Carter's position on Israel also is bringing political trouble to his grandson, Democrat Jason Carter, in his effort to unseat Georgia Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, while Georgia Republican Senate candidate David Perdue told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he was "offended" by Carter's comments.

"I have been on the front page of the paper talking about the ways in which I disagree with my grandfather. I believe that Israel has a right to defend itself, especially against Hamas' terrorist actions," Jason Carter said.

Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter was the president for the Jimmy Carter administration, and an honorary co-chairman for the Millennium Promise.

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Jolie/Pitt Foundation was a funder for Doctors Without Borders.
Open Society Foundations was a funder for Doctors Without Borders.
Stewart J. Paperin is the president of the Soros Economic Development Fund for the Open Society Foundations, the president of the Soros Economic Development Fund, and a director at the Millennium Promise.
George Soros is the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations, the founder of the Soros Economic Development Fund, and was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society.
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Millennium Promise, and the Brookings Institution (think tank).
Alan R. Batkin is a director at the Millennium Promise, and a trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank).
Saban Center for Middle East Policy is a policy center at the Brookings Institution (think tank).
Haim Saban is a benefactor at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, a trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and a friend of Shimon Peres.
Shimon Peres is a friend of Haim Saban, and the president of Israel.






Progressive Majority: Don’t Say…Gun control, Say…Preventing gun violence (Liberal Play Book)


Progressive Majority: Don’t Say…Gun control, Say…Preventing gun violence
Gun Messaging
Voicing Our Values—To Curtail Gun Violence
This is an addendum to our book, Voicing Our Values: A Message Guide for Candidates. Our purpose is to help lawmakers, candidates and activists understand how to argue in favor of current proposals to curtail gun violence. As we explain here, we have tried to make this resource as easy-to-use as possible by placing model language in boxes throughout. We encourage you to adapt the language to your own voice and personalize it with your own knowledge and experience. Much more comprehensive, detailed or technical talking points are available from advocacy groups listed at the end of this paper.

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Our most important advice: (1) Lay out the problem in very simple termsmost Americans have no idea how easy our laws make it for dangerous people to buy handguns and assault weapons; (2) Don’t let pro-gun advocates sidetrack the debate into “straw man” arguments, obscure “facts,” or a focus on the technical properties of gunsabout 90 percent of their arguments are actually designed to change the subject so you need to insist on a debate that is relevant to the legislation at hand; and (3) Generally:
Don’t say . . .
Say . . .
Gun control
Stricter gun laws
You oppose the 2nd Amendment

 
Preventing gun violence
Stronger gun laws
Support for the 2nd Amendment goes hand-in-hand with keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people

Why . . .
People have negative reactions to “gun control” and “stricter” laws, and they feel positive about the 2nd Amendment. Also, average voters have a favorable view of the National Rifle Association (NRA). You are welcome to criticize the NRA when speaking to the progressive base, but it won’t help you persuade swing voters. That’s why these talking points don’t include anti-NRA language. If the situation requires you to attack the NRA, then condemn “NRA lobbyists” or the “NRA’s out-of-touch leaders.” Do not attack average NRA members or local NRA leaders; that language doesn’t work.


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Note: Cecile Richards was the founder & president of America Votes, is married to Kirk Adams, and the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Open Society Foundations was a funder for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Economic Policy Institute.
George Soros is the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations, was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society, a contributor for the American Bridge 21st Century, a member of the Democracy Alliance, and a contributor for MoveOn.org.
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for Media Matters, the International Rescue Committee, the Roosevelt Institute, and the Economic Policy Institute.
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American Bridge 21st Century was a contributor for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and the AFL-CIO.
Francene S. Rodgers was a contributor for the American Bridge 21st Century, is a director at the Progressive Majority, and married to Charles S. Rodgers.
Charles S. Rodgers is married to Francene S. Rodgers, and was a director at the Democracy Alliance.
Steve Phillips was a director at the Democracy Alliance, and is a director at the Progressive Majority.
Tom Matzzie is a director at the Progressive Majority, was the Washington director for MoveOn.org, and the online mobilization director for the AFL-CIO.
Ilyse Hogue was a director of political advocacy for MoveOn.org, a senior adviser for Media Matters, and the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Gloria A. Totten was a political director for NARAL Pro-Choice America, and is the president of the Progressive Majority.
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Karen Ackerman is a director at the Progressive Majority, and was a political director for the AFL-CIO.
Barbara Shailor was the international director for the AFL-CIO, an overseer for the International Rescue Committee, a governor for the Roosevelt Institute, and is married to Robert L. Borosage.
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Larry Cohen is a director at the Blue-Green Alliance, the president of the Communications Workers of America, and a director at the Economic Policy Institute.
Leo W. Gerard is a co-chair for the Blue-Green Alliance, the president of the United Steelworkers of America, and a director at the Economic Policy Institute.
Bob King is a director at the Blue-Green Alliance, the president of the United Auto Workers, and a director at the Economic Policy Institute.
Joseph T. Hansen is a director at the Blue-Green Alliance, the president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, and is a director at the Economic Policy Institute.
Richard L. Trumka is a director at the Economic Policy Institute, and the president of the AFL-CIO.
AFL-CIO is a national partner with America Votes.
Progressive Majority is a national partner with America Votes.
Cecile Richards was the founder & president of America Votes, is married to Kirk Adams, and the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.