Israel lobby's cross-hairs
served six terms in the United States House of
Representatives between 1993-2003. McKinney was
the first African-American woman to represent Georgia in
the House. McKinney was the Green Party presidential
candidate in 2008. McKinney earned a B.A. in
international relations from the University of Southern
California, an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts
University. Before entering politics, she worked as a
high school teacher and later as a university professor.
Hi, this is
Cynthia McKinney and I am please to be able to make this
video presentation for the Washington Report on the
Middle East [Washington Report on Middle East Affairs].
The way in
which one can best understand the terrain is to do the
research. One can go to the Congressional Record and
read laying out the facts. Earl Hilliard was a member of
Congress who served along with me. He was from Alabama,
I was from Georgia. He was the first African-American to
be elected to Congress from—since reconstruction and I
was the first African-American woman to be elected to
Congress from the State of Georgia.
So Earl and
I together went to Washington, D.C. and we both served
on the International Relations Committee and we both
ended up being targeted by the pro-Israel lobby merely
because we attempted to do our job and represent our
constituents and represent the good people of the United
a book. The name of the book is
Ain't Nothing Like Freedom and it explains my
experiences with the pro-Israel lobby from candidate to
having a redistricting case go all the way up to the
Supreme Court. And the Anti Defamation League becoming a
party to that lawsuit joining in with five racists
whites who did not want black representation for them
and their community in Georgia in the Congress.
part of the comments that I'd like to make are around
this issue of being caught in the eye of the storm. In a
political campaign, the idea that's put forward is that
you have to -- if you want to prevail, if you want to
win, money, message and media are ways in which you can
direct the torrents of the storm rather than to become a
victim of the storm.
The pro-Israel lobby usually has a whole lot of money
and those of us who act of conscience generally don't.
You don't have to equal the dollars in the bank. What
you do have to do is have enough money in order to do
the things that are necessary in order to have a
successful campaign. Enough does not necessarily mean
the same as or equal to.
I ended up
being extremely embarrassed for no fault of my own. And
then only to be told when I challenged Andy [Andrew
Young} and said what happened? Why did you do this? Then
Andy said that he just didn't' want to make them upset.
Him not making them upset meant that I became expendable
to him and I was his friend, his -- my very first Chief
of Staff was his daughter. And that was the way I was
treated because he didn't want to make them upset.
that I just jotted down in my notes was the need for
critical discernment. Knowing who's who in the zoo. We
need to read the media of the other side. So I make sure
that I read Haaretz, I read Forward, I read the Jewish
who's who in the zoo will also lead you to my next
topic, which is the 99 percent club. We have members of
Congress who are wonderful on 99 percent of the issues,
99 percent of the votes. But it's the one issue when it
comes to Israel and the United States relationship with
Israel and holding Israel accountable for breaches of
International law, breaches of U.S. law and our just
sense of human rights and dignity, they're not good on
We have lots
of members of Congress who are in the 99 percent club.
But 99 percent unfortunately is not going to get that --
the 99 percent club are not going to be the members who
will stop us from being involved in these wars. They're
not going to be the members who will speak up when the
United States is violating human rights and just basic
dignity of other people.
item that I want to discuss is why is this important.
It's important, one, because there's a group of us, we
care about the dignity of the earth. We care about human
dignity. We care about liberty. And we also know that
you cannot support those war mongers, those who are
ready to kill in an instant, those who hold cabinet
meetings and decide that they're going to assassinate
Those who are willing to support a President who by an
executive order, by writing an executive order, will
condemn to death an individual. Or those who will not
stand in the way of the machine, the war machine when it
decides that an entire country has to be destroyed.
We have to
know who's who in the zoo. And 99 percent, that 99
percent club isn't good enough. It hasn't been good
enough for the people of Palestine. It hasn't been good
enough for the people of Libya. It hasn't been good
enough for the people of Syria. It won't be good enough
for the people of Ukraine. That 99 percent club is a
club that at the end of the day is at the cutting edge
of everything that we are against.
therefore, it's time for us to decide that we are going
to win. It's time that we become the candidates who will
say no to this awful agenda that dehumanizes, oppresses
I hope that you've received my message and that you
understand that we have to utilize the tools that are
there before us. The writings of others, the floor
statements like Gus Savage's "Laying Out the Facts." That
we have to understand who is our friend and who is in
opposition to us. And sometimes our friends come from
places where we least expect it. And those who are
opposed to us come from places where we least expect it.
We have to
understand that we have to remain open, our senses
attuned to something new, to this new paradigm that has
been thrust upon us. But if we want peace and not war,
if we want dignity and not repression and oppression, if
we want love and not division and hate, then we're going
to have to adjust to this new political paradigm and
find friends in places that we didn't find them before.
to have to do things that we didn't think that we could
do before. And we're going to have to step outside of
our level of comfort. So for our sake and for our
children's sake, let's do what we have to do to become
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