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NJDC Calls for Withdrawal of Palin Invitation to Iran Rally

Jason Cohn — September 17, 2008 – 6:40 pm | Comments (14) Add a comment

Monday’s protest against Ahmadinejad is too important to be tainted by partisanship. Unfortunately, the campaign of Senator John McCain is much more interested in scoring political points than insuring there is bipartisan solidarity around the anti- Ahmadinejad efforts. Therefore, we call upon the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations to withdraw the invitation to Governor Sarah Palin and we applaud Senator Hillary Clinton’s decision to not attend the rally after the attendance of Palin was announced.


By withdrawing Palin’s invitation, the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations will be able to return the focus to America’s outrage towards the genocidal musings and nuclear ambitions of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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Ty Rogers | September 17, 2008 – 8:36 pm

I regret that the organizers of the rally have politicized it by inviting Sarah Palin.  Senator Clinton was to be there as a Senator from a state with a significant Jewish population.  There is only one thing Sarah Palin could be there as - the Republican vice presidential nominee. I haven’t heard anything about the Democratic v.p. nominee, Joe Biden, being invited to address the rally, although as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee his presence would be eminently more appropriate than the governor of Alaska who has no track record on Israel and has never even met with a foreign head of state.

I attended the rally against Ahmadinejad last year to express my deep concern about Iran and its nuclear ambitions and targets.  This may come as a surprise to many planning to attend the rally, but I am also a strong supporter of Senator Obama, and I’m sure that I’m not the only attendee from last year’s rally who feels this way.  Given the politization of the rally, I am now reluctant to attend it this year (and thereby contribute to the attendance numbers and crowd estimates) if my presence could be seen as an endorsement of the Republican ticket.

Jim Jarvis | September 18, 2008 – 3:26 pm

I can’t believe you want the sponsors of the anti-Iran rally to disinvite Gov. Palin.  Sen. Clinton had been invited and dropped out because of the Gov. Palin invite.  Get your act together and recommend to Sen. Clinton that she should attend.

Phillip J Hubbell | September 18, 2008 – 4:04 pm

You guys are obviously liberal Democrats first and Jews second.

Stanley Chepenik | September 18, 2008 – 4:07 pm

The Conference of Jewish Orgs was bewildered over the withdrawal of Sen. Clinton.  Seems she politicized this event, not the other way around.  There have often been Dems/Reps at this gathering and the Conference made a point of stating that now than ever we/they needed bi-partisan support.  Think you missed the boat here.

LawrenceGoldstein@coqui.net | September 19, 2008 – 9:21 am

What is the problem with Senator Sarah Palin attending the rally?  It sounds like you have a political agenda.

Sincerely,

Rabbi Larry Goldstein

Dan | September 19, 2008 – 9:23 am

“the campaign of Senator John McCain is much more interested in scoring political points than insuring there is bipartisan solidarity around the anti- Ahmadinejad efforts”

How?  By Sarah being invited?  That’s McCain’s fault?  Or is he “scoring political points” because Hillary ran away?  That’s his fault?  You need to explain further.

Victoria | September 19, 2008 – 9:34 am

It’s a shame that Governor Palin’s invitation to add her support to your cause was withdrawn.

I understand the necessity not to appear partisan, but I urge you to reconsider.

Is Israel really in a position to refuse solidarity at this time, against these odds, versus such an adversary? I think not.

Don’t let politics get in the way of survival.

Jon | September 19, 2008 – 12:11 pm

I am sadden and dismayed that your organization has not tried to reach across party lines and bring a bi-partisan presence to your cause. The fact that you brought politics into this-and then blame Vice-Presidential candidate Palin is hypocritical at best. I hope someone sees the error to this and re-invites both Vice-Presidential candidate Palin as well as another democratic leader to this incredibly significant event.

beggs909 | September 22, 2008 – 11:34 am

It’s disgraceful that Hillary Clinton pulled out of the rally because of Sarah Palin.  This could have been an opportunity for both parties to stand united against Iran. Then the disgrace was compounded when Ms. Palin’s invitation was pulled back. Now the whole rally really looks political and in favor of one party.  The only winner here is Iran.  What a disgrace!

jeffrey.greenspoon@health-first.org | September 22, 2008 – 3:27 pm

as a Jewish American, I am deeply embarrassed by your behavior and that of your organization.  Governor Palin should have been able to attend , and any other politicians as well who would speak on the behalf of Israel and against the horrendous regime in Iran.

Your behavior is totally biased and not in the best interest of the American Jewish community.

Joseph M Ryan | September 22, 2008 – 4:04 pm

Your decision is shameful. Gov. Palin’s appearance would have brought so much more attention to our cause to stop Iran.

Ashley P. Wright | September 23, 2008 – 8:54 am

Nonsense….you gave in to partisan pressure.

John | September 23, 2008 – 7:20 pm

I am a registered Democrat who has worked to build bipartisan support for the state of Israel.  The uninviting of Palin may have been a clever political tactic but it was as self destructive and harmful to the interests of the Jewish people as I have seen in quite a while.  Hilary Clinton is not anti-Israel but she put short term political gain (shutting out Palin) over every other consideration.  We don’t have to be shocked about politicians seeking political advantage in an election year.  But please, let’s suggest pretend this was about taking politics out of the event.  Another case of Jews alienating much needed supporters from the right.

Robert Bienenfeld | September 23, 2008 – 11:39 pm

The initial invitation to Hillary Clinton was not “bipartisan”.  Sarah Palin, and all representatives from all walks of life and all political persuasions should have been invited to participate in “Unity” to protest Ahmadinejad’s threat to the existence of Israel.  You have clearly lost your moral bearings.  Ahmadinejad is the enemy, not “partisan politics.”  As a Jew, I am embarrassed and ashamed.  The result was a small, minor protest instead of a robust and attention-getting one.
Robert Bienenfeld

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