Fifteen Reasons Why Terrorism Exists

Dr. Jonathan Matusitz lists and describes fifteen reasons why terrorism exists – from religious reasons to publicity purposes.

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ABOUT DR. JONATHAN MATUSITZ (PH.D.)

Dr. Jonathan Matusitz (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 2006) is currently a tenured associate professor in the Nicholson School of Communication at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He studies globalization, culture, terrorism and health communication. On top of having 95 academic publications and over 100 conference presentations, he taught at a NATO-affiliated military base in Belgium in 2010. Originally from Belgium himself, he moved to the United States in 2000. In 2012, he was honored with a prestigious teaching award by the College of Sciences at UCF.

In 2011, Dr. Matusitz’s research was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court. His most recent book, Terrorism & Communication: A Critical Introduction, was published in 2012 by SAGE. His research methodologies include qualitative interviewing, content analysis, semiotics and theoretical analysis.

Dr. Matusitz has taught the following courses at UCF: Terrorism and Communication (COM 4416), Intercultural Communication (COM 4461), Conflict Management (COM 4462), Group Dynamics (SPC 4426), Nonverbal Communication (SPC 4331), Organizational Communication (COM 3120), Communication and Human Relations (COM 3011), Communication Research Methods (COM 3311), Health Communication (COM 6025), and Honors Fundamentals of Oral Communication (SPC 1600).

Common Core Edict: Teach ‘all Right Wing extremist groups’ are Fascist

Hillsdale professor Terrence Moore, author of  “Story Killers: A Common Sense Case Against Common Core,”  exposed some of the more distressing aspects of the controversial Common Core education standards program, saying that all teachers must tell young students that all right-wing groups are fascist. Moore highlights how it is not just the reading lists and course materials — which have already attracted a large amount of criticism — that need to be examined by parents. Read more at the Daily Caller. 

W. Cleon Skousen in Part I of his book The 5000 Year Leap writes, “It is extremely unfortunate that the writers on political philosophy today have undertaken to measure various issues in terms of political parties instead of political power. No doubt the American Founding Fathers would have considered this modern measuring stick most objectionable, even meaningless. Today, as we mentioned, it is popular in the classroom as well as the press to refer to ‘Communism on the left,’ and ‘Fascism on the right.’ People and parties are often called ‘Leftist,’ or ‘Rightist.’ The public do not really understand what they are talking about.”

“These terms actually refer to the manner in which the various parties are seated in the parliaments of Europe. The radical revolutionaries (usually the Communists) occupy the far left and the military dictatorships (such as the Fascists) are on the far right. Other parties are located in between,” notes Skousen.

Skousen created a scale to measure government in terms of locus of political power. On one side of the Founders Political Spectrum was 100% Ruler’s Law (tyranny) to  0% or No Law (anarchy). The idea was to strike a balance with People’s Law – hence the United States became a Constitutional Republic, not a Democracy which the Founders feared.

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Skousen wrote, “Government is defined in the dictionary as ‘a system of ruling or controlling,’ and therefore the American Founders measured political systems in terms of the amount of coercive power or systematic control which a particular system of government exercises over its people. In other words, the yardstick is not political parties, but political power. Using this type of yardstick, the American Founders considered the two extremes to be anarchy on the one hand, and tyranny on the other. At the one extreme of anarchy there is no government, no law, no systematic control and no governmental power, while at the other extreme there is too much control, too much political oppression, too much government. Or, as the Founders called it, ‘tyranny.'”

Skousen’s scale went from Anarchy to Constitutional Republic to Democracy to Oligarchy to Dictatorship.

State Courage Rising: Kansas leading the way

Kansas is showing no fear and leading the way in standing against the Washington D.C. bullies who threaten freedom! The Tenth Amendment is the solution to a growing problem.

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Movie “God’s Not Dead” in theaters nationwide March 21st

I went to my local AMC theater to see the film “Lone Survivor“. What amazed me was the trailers for two Hollywood films coming out this year. Both films were Biblically based, one titled “Noah” and the other “Son of God“. I am always wary of movies coming out of Hollywood about the Bible. Not since Charlton Heston has Hollywood truly portrayed the Bible in a meaningful and inspirational way, as it was meant to be.

Now I learn about a third movie being released on March 21st, 2014 titled “God’s Not Dead” featuring Willie and Korie Robertson, the Duck Commander himself.

Watch the trailer for God’s Not Dead:

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American Family Association notes, “You may have heard some buzz about the exciting and important new film God’s Not Dead, releasing nationwide on March 21st. The trailer, featuring Duck Dynasty’s Willie and Korie Robertson, went viral within hours of its release… We believe that God’s Not Dead, which follows college freshman and devout Christian Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper) on his mission to disprove his dogmatic professor’s (Kevin Sorbo) belief that there is no God, has a powerful message that our culture needs to hear and deserves our full support.”

There are several ways that you can support God’s Not Dead:

  • Follow God’s Not Dead on Facebook
  • View and share the God’s Not Dead trailer
  • Sign up to receive updates about God’s Not Dead
  • Mark your calendar to see God’s Not Dead in theaters on March 21

Your support will impact just how far and wide the message of God’s Not Dead is spread. Thanks in advance for joining us in supporting this timely and much-needed film.

Two Veterans’ vision for a “Todah Menorah Memorial” is realized

Two Florida veterans have joined together to create a Todah Menorah Memorial. Todah means thank you in Hebrew. The memorial is to thank those military forces that in 1944 freed thousands in Nazi death camps. These forces were American, Canadian/British and Russian. The Today Menorah Memorial is according to Phil Berkowitz and Gene Sweeney co-Founders of LiberatorFoundation.org, a simple “thank you” from all of those who were freed to all of those who freed them.

Todah Memorial Sculpture 3D Rendering Video:

The Liberator Foundation website states:

In 2013, Philip Berkowitz commissioned an artist to create a World War II memorial in honor of fallen American, British and Russian soldiers. The public can now visit the Todah Menorah memorial and share in expressing Mr. Berkowitz’s appreciation for those ‘boots on the ground’ who helped to liberate captive Jews.

Everyone has something they need to say before their time on this Earth ends. It can be as simple as an, “I love you,” or “You’ve always been a good son.”

For many of us, we wait too long and chances are missed to pass on our wisdom, wishes or final words.

Philip Berkowitz has chosen to use his time to thank the British, Russian and American soldiers who helped to liberate the Jewish people from the Nazi death camps. Mr. Berkowitz’s statement extends a poignant, Thank You, for the millions of lives lost saving the Jewish people from extinction.The Todah Menorah was sculpted in clay using historical relics as models. It was then cast in the lost wax process. Both sculpting and casting takes mastery and years of training. The artist used the best foundries and the final sculpture weighs approximately 1,300 pounds. The patina is a classic liver and museum brown.

Berkowitz has a vision to place a Todah Menorah Memorial within the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Russia and Israel.

According to Sweeney, “The Todah Menorah Memorial is non-political and non-religious. It is a tribute to those brave soldiers from the Allied nations who came to the aid of those oppressed. The Nazi death camps held men and women of all religious beliefs and different nations. The death camps were the darkest time in 20th century human history. What better way to recognize our military than with this memorial?”

Philip Berkowitz has chosen to use his time to thank the British, Russian and American soldiers who helped to liberate the Jewish people from the Nazi death camps. Mr. Berkowitz’s statement extends a poignant, Thank You, for the millions of lives lost saving the Jewish people from extinction. The Todah Menorah was sculpted in clay using historical relics as models. It was then cast in the lost wax process, Gene Sweeney researched and found the best foundry, the patina is a classic liver and museum brown and the final sculpture weighs approximately 1,300 pounds.

Berkowitz notes that elements of the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions were part of the liberation of the survivors of the death camps. The Canadian forces were under the command of the British Army and therefore it is fitting that both nations be recognized along with the Russians.

To view the list of the Allied Liberating Forces of the USA, Great Britain and Russia by clicking here.

Sweeney states he has reached out to various Private Individuals, Jewish/Interfaith Organizations,Philanthropic Foundations, Private/Public Companies, Civic and Military organizations to help with this project and the feedback has been very positive.

There are two Special Viewing Exhibits and Presentations scheduled so far this year the first is on  Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 at 4:30pm at the Eisenhower Recreation Center Eisenhower Recreation Center, The Villages FL – Must See Video | in coordination with Lifelong Learning College – The Villages – Lifestyle.  A second Special Viewing Exhibit and Presentation, A PUBLIC INTERFAITH HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE EVENT, Co-sponsored by Temple Shalom Oxford, FL and Saint Timothy Catholic Church is scheduled for Tuesday, at April 29, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. EST (doors open 3:30 p.m.) at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, Spanish Springs, The Villages, Florida.

There is limited seating for the formal presentations, so please RSVP, donations are greatly appreciated.

Both full size and miniature replicas of the Todah Menorah Memorial will be available by special order, for more details please visit the Liberator Foundation website or contact E.F. (Gene) Sweeney, Executive Director Liberator Foundation, Inc. at g.sweeney@liberatorfoundation.org.

The Todah Menorah Memorial Story on Fox News 35 in Orlando, FL:

To download and print the Todah Menorah Memoria brochure click here.

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Muslim Brotherhood) likens jihad terror to struggle in U.S. against “income inequality”

He says the jihadis are struggling for “democracy” because they won an election in Egypt (that was almost certainly rigged) and would probably win one in Syria. He doesn’t care, of course, about the fact that if his stout Jeffersonians prevailed, women and non-Muslims would be denied basic rights in the ensuing “democracy.” And as for struggling against “income inequality,” this is an outright call for totalitarian control of the economic system, since income inequality results from achievement inequality, and ability inequality. That kind of control of the economy is not at all incompatible with Islam and Sharia.

“Dem Rep. Ellison: Islamist Terrorists Struggle For Democracy Like We Struggle Here For Income Equality,” by Mark Finkelstein at Newsbusters, January 17:

…Asked on Morning Joe to explain the disproportionate amount of terrorism against the United States that emanates from the Islamic world, Ellison, the first Muslim Member of Congress, asserted that it is the struggle for democracy, not the Islamic faith, that motivates the terrorism. In a giant leap, Ellison then compared people in Islamic countries “who don’t want to yield power to the vast majority” . . . to the struggle in the United States over . . . “income inequality.”…Ellison never explained why the struggle for democracy in Islamic lands prompted the murder of thousands of Americans on 9-11, the Fort Hood massacre, and other Islamist attacks on the West.

Note: Give historian Jon Meacham credit for having asked the question about the disproportionate amount of terrorism coming from the Islamic world. The rest of the panel eschewed the controversial while interviewing Ellison about his latest book.

JON MEACHAM: How do you talk to people — you must have constituents. You must have people who say what is it with the Islamic world? Why does such a fundamental threat to our national security seem to come disproportionately from that world of faith?KEITH ELLISON: You know what? What I tell them, it’s not about the faith. What it’s really about is in some parts, particularly in the Arab world, there has been, quite frankly, a lack of democracy. We all just saw the Arab Spring ripen into the Arab Winter and now in Egypt we don’t know what’s going to happen in Syria, wow, what’s going to happen there. But it’s really not the faith. What it is is, you know, people who don’t want to yield power to the vast majority and people are struggling over that. And people struggle over that all over this world. We struggled over it here, which is why I named the book, “My country ’tis of thee.” And right here in the United States today, we’re trying to struggle for a greater amount of inclusion and democracy and when you look at income inequality, I mean, this is a real challenge.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX): Defund Obamacare, Fund Military Pensions

In an email Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz calls again for Congress to defund Obamacare. He also calls upon his colleagues to fully fund military pensions. The Ryan-Murray budget does neither of these things.

On the Senate floor Cruz states, “This $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill is outrageous enough, but on top of that it provides direct funding for Obamacare, which is destroying jobs, killing insurance plans, causing premiums to increase and people to lose their doctors. We should defund Obamacare and focus our tax dollars on priorities that help Americans, such as restoring full funding for military pensions for the men and women who protect us. Instead, the Senate squelched any debate over Obamacare and proceeded to pass its trillion dollar spending bill no one has even read. The fact that the Washington establishment is hailing a massive $1 trillion omnibus spending bill as a worthy achievement is exactly what’s wrong with our government today.”

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Senator Cruz notes, “This week, once again, Washington politicians failed to listen to the American people. The Senate passed a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, and the Majority Leader and Senate Democrats refused to reexamine the detrimental harms many families are facing due to Obamacare. The expansion of federal power and the lawlessness promoted among Senate Democrats and the President must stop.”

“Just this year, President Obama has delayed the employer mandate by a year, without the approval of Congress. He has chosen to modify enforcement of drug crimes, without the approval of Congress. He has granted legal status to illegal immigrants, without the approval of Congress,” states Senator Cruz.

I agree with Senator Cruz when he says, “We have had enough. It is time to make D.C. listen.”

Islam – What the West Needs to Know

Leonard Magruder, President of Vietnam Veterans for Academic Reform, a group which is currently on a mission to have all America see, “Islam: What the West Needs to Know”. The movie ties terrorism to the Koran. Magruder received a note from Gregory Davis, producer of the film, stating, “free showings of the movie in public settings are generally fine.” However, regarding Mr. Magruder’s appeal that citizen groups show the film on local Public Access TV, they will first have to contact Mr. Davis at info@quixoticmediallc.com.

Magruder said he was “appealing especially to the many Vietnam veteran groups that have worked with him over the years on various mission, since they could probably  put together any fee involved in showing the film on local public TV and would be especially motivated as the film directly relates to US national security.”

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Mr. Magruder told reporters, “On the various missions in support of their causes we have in our files over a thousand letters of support from Vietnam vet groups.  In one mission, during the 2004 election 38 veteran units responded to our call for polls, in which 6325 responses showed that 80% of all of them would not vote for Kerry, a finding sent out by United Press and was supported later by a much larger poll by Military Times. We have a photo of a large number of vets supporting my mission in Chicago to have PBS show a film on Vietnam they were boycotting, holding signs saying ‘PBS: Show the Film.” Wrote General Westmoreland, ‘Congratulations on getting the PBS film shown around the country.'”

Magruder believes, “We can do it again.We want to create a public demand that President Obama stop failing in foreign policy due to his ignorance regarding the Koran as the root cause  of terrorism.”

Narrated by five of the nation’s top experts on Islam and terrorism, and documented with quotes direct from the Koran, the film establishes without a doubt that the violence against non-Muslims, happening in Myanmar and around the world, and here on 9/11 and later in Boston is, and has always been, an inherent characteristic of Islam. The widespread viewing of this film would create a firewall against that collective multiculturalist absurdity that Islam is “a religion of peace,” a mantra that leaves us totally open to disaster. It sets a definitive standard against which all arguments that Islam is a “religion of peace” must fail. Most of the most important points are in the first half hour. One hour has almost all of them.

Magruder reports, “Here in Lawrence, Kansas, we are putting together a large group of ordinary citizens to approach City Hall with the demand that they sponsor a showing of the film on the local public TV stations. We urge civic leaders in all communities receiving this article to start putting together groups for the same purpose.We are also going to the director of the K.U. Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics to demand that they show the film to the student body. The Institute is being totally irresponsible in keeping this issue off the agenda. Their very mission statement says: “Only through political and civic participation can citizens redirect the course of our nation.”

Mr. Magruder concludes, “I need one person to report that they have shown the film on local TV to their community. I’ll send out a press release to major media telling that it has been done in one community, urging others to follow. Once again I urge everyone to act. Time is running out, especially as regards Iran and nuclear weapons.”

The world cannot live any longer with a religion whose mission is to either convert or murder the rest of mankind, and now may have access to the weapons of mass destruction that can make it possible.”For more information contact Leonard Magruder at magruder44@aol.com or visit v-v-a-r.org and wmdterror.com.

Taliban Commander Forces 10 year-old Sister into Suicide Bombing

A young girl handed herself into a Helmand police station saying her brother had told her to carry out a suicide attack.

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A young Afghani girl has been detained by border police in Helmand province after attempting a suicide bombing. She told police that her brother, a local Taliban commander, had ordered her to carry out the attack. Her age is estimated at between 8 and 10. She was found in a state of “shock and confusion.”

The girl, named Spozhmai, told police that her brother Zahir, a local Taliban commander, had convinced her to attack a police station. He had threatened her with allegations of “illicit relations” with the police. She refused to wade across a cold river to carry out the attack and was beaten by her father on her return. Scared, she ran away from home, and handed herself into the police the next day.

The Commander of border police in Lashkar Gah ,  Col. Hamidullah Sediqi, said: “She was forced by two Taliban commanders to wear the suicide vest and blow up the police base. “One of the commanders is her brother. As you can see, this innocent girl, she shouldn’t be doing this. No one and no religion allows her to do this.”

Fawzia Koof, an Afghani member of Parliament said “It’s the first time that we have had a girl so young who is motivated by her brother,” Koof said. “How can it [sic] be so brutal that he is not nice to his own sister?”

Arrested: US Iranian for sending F-35 technical manuals to Tehran

One wonders what is in the heads of security officials at Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford when they cleared Mozaffar Khazaee to work on testing of the engines for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.  Khazee, a dual US Iranian citizen since 1991 got laid off by P&W last August and steals thousands of pages of documentation when he left for Indianapolis.  He was caught  by customs officials in Long Beach , California shipping boxes of the F-35 documentation and manuals to his brother in Tehran.

Khazaee was arrested at Newark international Airport  on January 9th prior to boarding a flight that would have ultimately taken him to Tehran.

Watch this Fox CT report  on the P&W  Iran industrial espionage arrest:

Was Khazee simply a disaffected laid off P&W employee with misplaced loyalties  or was he a so-called sleeper agent. for the Islamic Regime in Iran?  Certainly, he could have done a better job of concealing the documents that he purloined. That incompetence may ultimately have been his undoing. Doubtless both the Pentagon and P&W security will have their hands full investigating this latest security breach. Is this a case of  inadequate clearance checks by the maligned security clearance  contractor USIS who you may recall cleared Snowden when he took his job in Hawaii with Booz Allen and skipped out with a veritable treasure trove of NSA intercepts to his ultimate destination in Russia?  Note that P&W,’s parent corporation, United Technologies Corporation, was caught in an earlier episode with passing unauthorized helicopter software information to China for which it paid $75 million in fines in 2012.

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Dual US-Iranian Citizen Mozaffar Khazaee mugshot.

Note these excerpts from in this Hartford Courant article, Ex-Pratt Worker Allegedly Tried To Ship F-35 Files To Iran:

The East Hartford defense contractor, the sole manufacturer of the aircraft’s engine, declined to comment on how Mozaffar Khazaee, 59, slipped thousands of pages of documents, diagrams, blueprints and technical manuals out the door before he was laid off in August along with hundreds of other employees.

Federal authorities arrested Khazaee at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on Thursday before he could board a plane bound for Frankfurt, Germany, to meet a connecting flight to Tehran, Iran, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Connecticut.

Pratt and the Pentagon are highly sensitive about compliance issues after Pratt parent United Technologies Corp. paid $75 million in 2012 to settle charges that Pratt and another UTC unit violated arms control laws and made false statements about exporting military helicopter software to China.

Company spokesman Ray Hernandez said in an emailed statement that the company “has been fully cooperating with the government on this matter and will continue to do so.”

The evidence against Khazaee — filed in an affidavit that was unsealed by a federal judge in Bridgeport after the arrest was made — shows how authorities learned of his plan to ship dozens of boxes, labeled as household goods, to western Iran on a large container ship. Documents filed by federal agents do not address a motive.

In October, Khazaee hired a company to ship the boxes from his apartment on Oakland Street in Manchester to the port in Long Beach, Calif., where they were to be loaded onto the NYK Libra, according to court documents.

In late November, customs agents at the port inspected the shipment and found the documents, and days later identified them as belonging to three separate companies. Documents obtained by federal authorities indicated that the ultimate recipient of the shipment would be Khazaee’s brother-in-law, Mohammad Payendah in Hamadan, Iran, the affidavit said.

Khazaee became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1991, according to the affidavit. He holds U.S. and Iranian passports and has traveled to Iran five times in the past seven years.

The shipment mainly contained documents related to military aircraft engines, including the F-35 Lightning II built by Lockheed Martin and what federal agents referred to as the J136 engine, which could refer to the F136 engine designed, though ultimately not built, by General Electric and Rolls-Royce for the F-35.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on The New English Review.

Chickens Attacking Public School Children

Public schools have a learning disability….they just cannot stop picking on Christian students.

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Elbert Guillory: “Why I Am a Republican”

Louisiana Senator Elbert Guillory (R-Opelousas) explains why he recently switched from the Democrat Party to the Republican Party. He discusses the history of the Republican Party, founded as an Abolitionist Movement in 1854. Guillory talks about how the welfare state is only a mechanism for politicians to control the black community.

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Did President Obama nearly Fumble the Nuclear Football?

In the column “24” Style Drama As Three American Heroes Foil False Flag Nuclear Attack On US,UK Examiner reported:

Three brave Americans stood up to Tyranny a few weeks ago and told Barack Hussein Obama, literally, to take a flying leap as they refused orders to illegally divert control of several nuclear weapons to agents of Barack Hussein Obama.

On this episode of The Truth Is Viral, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and former CIA spy Dr. Jim Garrow explains how the actions of these men – an Army General, an Air Force General, and a Navy Admiral – who were in charge of safeguarding the nation’s nuclear stockpile, saved the lives of 300 million Americans from the devastating effects of a planned EMP attack on the United States: A “false flag” EMP attack perpetrated by the Obama administration using our own nuclear weapons.

As reported by Anthony Gucciardi and Infowars, a secret transfer of nuclear weapons from Dyess Air Force Base was ordered by the Obama administration; but according to Dr. Garrow this transfer broke every established protocol concerning the storage and movement of weapons in the nation’s nuclear stockpile and the officers in charge refused to carry them out.

According to seismographic records, on October 8th a magnitude 4.5 earthquake occurred off the coast of South Carolina, giving credence to Dr. Garrow’s claim that one of the weapons was actually detonated at sea to keep it out of the hands of traitors who would destroy the United States; the others, according to Dr. Garrow, are still missing.

Read the rest at: http://bobpowell.blogspot.com/2013/12/24-style-drama-as-three-american-heroes.html

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President Obama: Time for a vote of “No Confidence”

What do we do when our system of checks and balances fail? We find a new way … listen to a solution from MG Paul Vallely, US Army (Ret.).

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Drew Zahn from World Net Daily reports:

Some have proposed marches. Others hearings. Some have demanded the president’s resignation. Some have called for impeachment, even though a Democrat-controlled Senate would be unlikely to oust their party’s leader.

Polls show Americans of all parties are upset with the direction of the country, but what can they actually do to make a difference?

Retired Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely, as chairman of Stand Up America, has been at the forefront of many of these rallying cries, encouraging Americans to take action in a number of ways.

But now the former deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army in the Pacific has settled upon a battle plan he believes could actually work: a House-led, parliamentary style vote of “no confidence” in Obama’s administration.

“I have already achieved a level of ‘no confidence’ in Obama as a leader, but now I urge you to examine this concept,” Vallely wrote in an email to supporters obtained by WND. “If you agree with me that all confidence is lost, I urge you to then ask yourself what is in the realm of the possible. I implore you to push aside the urge to try and fix everything in one fell swoop.

Read more.

New Ad titled “Sanction” Targets Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL)

Today the Emergency Committee for Israel released “Sanction,” a 30-second TV ad that will begin airing this weekend in Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s congressional district.

The ad contrasts Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s very public pro-Israel rhetoric and tough talk on Iran with her behind the scenes obstruction of a new bipartisan Iran sanctions bill.

The spot will air multiple times on Sunday political shows in South Florida and will run through next week on cable news and during sports events.

Emergency Committee for Israel executive director Noah Pollak said, “This ad highlights the contradiction between Rep. Wasserman-Schultz’s very public pronouncements of support for Israel and her behind the scenes campaign to stymie bipartisan Iran sanctions on behalf of President Obama. As her constituents find out the truth, we hope they will demand a more responsible approach on this important issue.”

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ABOUT THE EMERGENCY COMMITTEE FOR ISRAEL

The Emergency Committee for Israel seeks to provide citizens with the facts they need to be sure that their public officials are supporting a strong US-Israel relationship. The Committee’s mission is to educate the public about the serious challenges to Israel’s security and about what elected officials in this country are doing and should do in order to meet those challenges.

In 2010, Israel faces an increasing threat from terrorism supported by hostile regimes that refuse to accept the Jewish State. Iran continues its pursuit of a nuclear weapon and its support of terrorist groups. Syria continues to arm Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon with ever more modern weapons. And Hamas, with Iranian support, continues to hold hostage the people of Gaza, refusing to renounce violence or recognize Israel’s right to exist.

Despite these threats, Israel has made unprecedented concessions in the name of peace, unilaterally withdrawing from territory, supporting Palestinian aspirations for an independent state, and offering to engage without precondition in talks with the Palestinian Authority.

Still, the current administration in Washington seems determined to extract ever more concessions from Israel, and to respond to each setback in the peace process by placing more pressure on the Israeli government. This policy of making one-sided demands on Israel has failed to produce progress and has only emboldened Israel’s enemies.

At the same time, the American people overwhelmingly favor a policy of strong support for the Israeli people and their democratically elected government.

We know that, when provided with the facts, the American public will support those public officials dedicated to maintaining a strong US-Israel relationship and committed to keeping Israel safe and secure. The Emergency Committee for Israel will engage in the public debate about U.S. policy toward Israel, and will keep the public informed about the votes, statements, and records of their elected leaders so as to help hold them accountable to the pro-Israel voters they represent.