21 Reasons to Retire Jim Moran #5: His well-documented anti-Semitic comments

Jim Moran’s history of anti-Semitic comments is infamous and well-documented. We won’t go so far as to call Jim Moran an anti-Semite because we don’t know his heart. But his comments without a doubt are anti-Semitic in nature. All the details and sources documenting everything below are on Moran’s Greatest Hits!. Here’s the (relatively) short summary.

In 2001, Moran said to the American Muslim Council that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was coming to Washington “probably seeking a warrant from President Bush to kill at will with weapons we have paid for.”

A couple weeks before the United States and international forces invaded Iraq to oust dictator Saddam Hussein, Moran said this to anti-war constituents in Reston:

“If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq, we would not be doing this. The leaders of the Jewish community are influential enough that they could change the direction of where this is going, and I think they should.”

Moran’s comment was condemned by local Jewish groups and such prominent political leaders as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD), Virginia Governor Mark Warner (D) and a group of six other Jewish Democrats who signed a joint letter to Moran saying they would not support him for re-election in 2004. Note how Moran was condemned by not just Republicans but all the Democratic leadership. Moran made a half-hearted apology that a local Jewish group called “woefully inadequate”. Many elected officials and community leaders called for Moran to resign. Moran was forced by Democratic leadership to step down from his post as House Democratic regional whip.

And there’s more to the story that we don’t know about. Moran’s campaign pollster said Moran had a history of using other anti-Semitic language in private. Moran denied this, so the pollster resigned in protest.

Moran brought a new round of condemnations from the Jewish community on himself in 2004 when his campaign distributed 40,000 copies of the Falls Church News Press‘s endorsement of him, which was described as “hate literature” because it read, “This election is not about Moran’s ability to lead, or about news headlines accusing him of questionable public statements or personal finances. It’s about a cabal of powerful Washington-based interests backing the Bush administration’s support for right-wing Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon’s handling of the Middle East conflict trying to upend an outspoken and powerful Democratic opponent.”

Moran didn’t learn his lesson. In a 2007 interview with Tikkun magazine, Moran said that the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is “the most powerful lobby and has pushed this war from the beginning. I don’t think they represent the mainstream of American Jewish thinking at all, but because they are so well organized, and their members are extraordinarily powerful — most of them quite wealthy — they have been able to exert power.” He claimed that AIPAC and its supporters believe “that if you have people who are hostile toward you, it’s okay to kill them, rather than talk to them.”

Watch CNN’s report of the story in 2007:

The Jewish Community Council of Washington said of Moran’s statements: “He uses several age-old canards that have been used throughout history that have brought violence upon Jews. He uses clearly anti-Semitic images such as Jewish control of the media and wealthy Jews using their wealth to control policy.”

16 Jewish House Democrats wrote a joint letter, described by Politico as “blistering”, condemning Moran’s latest comments as fitting “the anti-Semitic stereotypes some have used historically against Jews.” The letter was signed by such prominent Democrats as Congressmen Rahm Emanuel (D-IL; went on to become Barack Obama’s White House chief of staff), Henry Waxman (D-CA), and Barney Frank (D-CA). Waxman, who organized the letter, said, “If I lived in his district, I wouldn’t vote for him.”

Is this the person you want representing you in Congress?