How do your senators and congressional representatives vote on Israel's occupation of Palestine?

Many of the most serious problems involving Islamic unrest and violence around the world are the result of the pro-Israel bias in the US Congress and White House. Much of this bias is generated by Israel-First lobbies and the influence this group has on US elections. Several powerful senators and congressmen who've advocated a more even-handed US approach to the Israel-Palestine struggle have been defeated for reelection - in large part due to opposition by Israel-First organizations (Sens William J Fullbright and Charles Percy for example). The unpublicized American Israel Public Affairs Committee, (AIPAC), an association of numerous pro-Israel groups, is the most powerful of these.

Ossama bin Laden says the strongly pro-Israel bias of the US was among the main reasons for the al Qaida terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001. Islamic violence in the Middle East and elsewhere, including the insurgency in Iraq, is blamed on US support and protection for Israel in the UN. This pro-Israel bias has been long recognized as a serious impediment to peace in the Middle East, as is shown in the following statement:

I wholly agree that American partisanship in the Arab-Israel conflict is dangerous to both the United States. and the Free World. My program merely calls for using the power of the President to bring the parties themselves to an agreement. For too long a time, this dispute has been a bitter cause of friction between the Arab nations and Israel. I would hope that both would be friends of the United States... With every good wish, I am Sincerely, John F. Kennedy , 1960

As you can read below, my US senator, Ron Wyden, a moderate Democrat from Oregon, is listed sixth among US Senate career recipients of pro-Israel campaign money. As of 2004, Wyden had taken $255,562 from the Israel-First donors. Indeed, on the career lists, nine of the top ten senators and nine of the top ten representatives are DEMOCRATS. Things may be changing this election year, however. Three of this year's top House recipients are Republicans and four of those among the senators are Republicans.

To find out how your federal legislators rank, visit Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

2004 Top Ten Career Recipients of Pro-Israel PAC Funds

Compiled by Hugh Galford

House: Current Cycle

  • Hoyer, Steny (D-MD) $37,500
  • Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana (R-FL) 36,000
  • Berkley, Shelley (D-NV) 35,100
  • Lantos, Tom (D-CA) 31,600
  • Frost, Martin (D-TX) 31,300
  • Cantor, Eric (R-VA) 23,750
  • Crowley, Joseph (D-NY) 23,000
  • DeLay, Tom (R-TX) 23,000
  • Lowey, Nita (D-NY) 20,650
  • Pelosi, Nancy (D-CA) 20,650

House: Career

  • Berkley, Shelley (D-NV) $201,455
  • Frost, Martin (D-TX) 165,414
  • Engel, Eliot (D-NY) 137,918
  • Levin, Sander (D-MI) 113,727
  • Lowey, Nita (D-NY) 109,738
  • Lantos, Tom (D-CA) 107,250
  • Hoyer, Steny (D-MD) 92,275
  • Evans, Lane (D-IL) 87,379
  • Harman, Jane (D-CA) 86,271
  • DeLay, Tom (R-TX) 81,050

Senate: Current Cycle

  • Specter, Arlen (R-PA) $80,350
  • Boxer, Barbara (D-CA) 73,000
  • Murray, Patty (D-WA) 72,495
  • Daschle, Tom (D-SD) 70,500
  • Reid, Harry (D-NV) 64,999
  • Bayh, Evan (D-IN) 56,500
  • Bennett, Robert (R-UT) 55,750
  • Wyden, Ronald (D-OR) 55,000
  • Brownback, Samuel (R-KS) 50,850
  • Shelby, Richard (R-AL) 38,500

Senate: Career

  • Daschle, Tom (D-SD) $533,635
  • Specter, Arlen (R-PA) 461,973
  • Lautenberg, Frank (D-NJ) 433,806
  • Durbin, Richard (D-IL) 326,671
  • Reid, Harry (D-NV) 318,801
  • Wyden, Ronald (D-OR) 255,562
  • Lieberman, Joseph (D-CT) 227,758
  • Boxer, Barbara (D-CA) 223,794
  • Dodd, Christopher (D-CT) 221,178
  • Conrad, Kent (D-ND) 201,939

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