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Abourezk on Israel

Issue: "Who is Tom Daschle?," Oct. 12, 2002

"If we in the United States are to furnish Phantom Jets, bombs, napalm, firebombs, and money to fuel the planes when they do the bombing and the killing in southern Lebanon, then we must be held accountable for the deaths that will result from what I consider to be official Israeli government terrorist activities-no less terrorist in the nature than an act of three or four individual Arabs who kill civilians in Israel." (Congressional Record, June 21, 1974)

"Perhaps the most fundamental lie told by the Israeli propagandists in the claim that the establishment of Israel was justified because it was the original homeland of the Jews. Even if one totally accepted this statement, it is the most doubtful interpretation of the laws of property I have ever heard. In addition, evidence recently documented by Arthur Koestler in his book The Thirteenth Tribe strongly suggests that European Jews, who dominate Israel and its government, are descendants of the Khazar Tribe-a tribe of Turkic origin-whose only connection to Palestine was their adoption of Judaism as a religion. It would seem that the 2000 year old claim to Palestine of those demanding the right to return is apparently without basis" (from a paper, "American Impressions of the Arab World," written by Mr. Abourezk but undated).

"The only real pressure on politicians concerning the Middle Eastern question comes from the Israeli lobby. Always capable of rasing money for political campaigns, the lobby enlists the active aid of American Jews in every state of the Union. It takes its orders from Israel and then lays down the party line to the American Jewish community...The Israeli lobby has neither qualms nor scruples when the objective is to silence an effective critic. It has used direct threats of political reprisal on recalcitrants. It has contacted Jewish contributors, warning them that the politician in question does not deserve the support of American Jews. It generates hate mail to target politicians, and even bomb threats have been used to prevent speeches critical of Israel from being given" (from "The Relentless Israeli Propaganda Machine," published in Penthouse magazine, February 1978.)

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