Billboard Call to Stop Aid to Israeli Army Agitates Congressional Candidates

By Twair, Pat; Twair, Samir | Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, September 2012 | Go to article overview

Billboard Call to Stop Aid to Israeli Army Agitates Congressional Candidates


Twair, Pat, Twair, Samir, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs


Never underestimate the determination of a peace activist, could well be the motto of JeffWarner. A case in point is the 23 billboards he succeeded in erecting all over Los Angeles County urging voters to demand that Congress stop sending $3 billion in annual aid to the Israeli army.

In the end, however, it was too good to be true. The billboards started going up June 11 and, some time before 2:30 p.m. on June 18, they abruptly disappeared. CBS Outdoor, the billboard vendor, said it would refund the money paid. So far it has done so only partially, according to Warner, and has made no mention of covering the $65 printing cost for each of the 23 billboards.

Warner says CBS Outdoor claimed he violated his contract by using its name in a petition he sent asking activists to thank the vendor for putting up the billboards. It seems remarkably coincidental that Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA), one of Congress' most pro-Israel members, issued a press release stating that his constituents objected to the billboards' "anti-Israel" message-which, moreover, he wrote, contradicted Washington's commitment to Israel's security. Since no poll was conducted as to how many of Berman's constituents actually were offended by the billboards, the congressman's statement could not be verified.

Berman, the former chairman and now ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee-who told a Jewish newspaper that "Even before I was a Democrat, I was a Zionist"-has represented California's 28th congressional district for 30 years. As a result of redistricting, he currently is running against fellow Zionist Democrat Brad Sherman, formerly of the 27th congressional district, in the newly drawn 30th congressional district (see May 2012 Washington Report, p. 30). Although Berman has the backing of Madeleine Albright and Dennis Ross, Sherman received more votes in the state's June primary. Since Sherman and Berman came in first and second, respectively, they will face each other yet again in November. Among the district's Jewish constituents, Berman is favored.

Not to be outdone in kowtowing to Israel, Sherman jumped into the billboard bandwagon and was quoted by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency as saying that the billboards' message "would have us abandon our closest ally in the Middle East."

Warner is quick to point out that the financial support for the Los Angeles billboard project came largely from the Albuquerque-based Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel, which for the past three years has been putting up similarly worded billboards in U.S. cities. Now the coalition's L.A. representative, Warner raised funds for four of the L.A. billboards, one of which he paid for himself.

This isn't Warner's first struggle with Zionism. A member of L.A. Jews for Peace, the retired geologist has made three trips to the Middle East since 2005 and contends that the U.S. shouldn't financially support the Israeli army because it kills Palestinians with U.S. weapons. "We're not liked in most of the world because we support the Israeli military when it does really bad things," he argued.

For more information, visit .

David Lesch Discusses Syria

"Reformer to Tyrant: The Corruption of Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian System" was the title of a May 24 talk by David Lesch during UCLA's 2012 Levi Della Vida Award for Excellence in Islamic Studies honoring Prof. Roger Owen. Lesch, who teaches at Trinity University in San Antonio, explained that, from 2004 to 2009, he met regularly with the Syrian president while writing his book, The New Lion of Damascus: Bashar al-Asad and Modern Syria.

In the spring of 2000, Lesch noted, Assad gave an enlightened inaugural speech that gave Syrians hope for reforms, including amnesty for political prisoners and a free press. "Today," the author said, "he's reviled by all."

According to Lesch, the outbreak of the Syrian revolution in the spring of 2011 shocked Assad: because he couldn't believe Syrians disliked him, he claimed the uprisings were supported by foreign interests, and empowered his security police and shabbiha militias to stamp out dissent. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Billboard Call to Stop Aid to Israeli Army Agitates Congressional Candidates
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.