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Bibi: Cancel Congressional Speech. You Don't Speak for Us!
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was invited to address a joint session of Congress on March 3, 2015 by House Speaker John Boehner. Neither Netanyahu nor Boehner bothered to inform the Democratic minority nor Pres. Obama of the invitation causing consternation among Democrats. Netanyahu intends to lobby Congress and the American people to oppose a possible nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 powers. He also intends to lobby on behalf of added punitive sanctions against Iran. These are provisions opposed by the President and most Democrats. Jewish leaders like Abraham Foxman of the ADL and Rabbi Rick Jacobs of the Union for Reform Judaism have asked Netanyahu to cancel the speech. 14 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and two U.S. senators will not attend. Vice President will be out of the country and not attending. The President has announced he will not meet with Netanyahu due to the Israeli election coming only two weeks after the speech. Many analysts have noted that the speech is a campaign ploy to boost Netanyahu's image in the mind of the Israeli electorate. They see the entire incident as a spectacle and cynical political ploy. In Haaretz, Netanyahu has announced that he will go anywhere in the world including the U.S. Congress to "speak on behalf of the Jewish people." Tell Bibi: YOU DO NOT SPEAK FOR ME! Cancel the speech! Call on your elected representatives to boycott the Netanyahu speech. If they do attend, ask them to show their disapproval by sitting on their hands.
Call on Sean Penn to refuse a humanitarian award from right-wing extremist, Sheldon Adelson
Sean Penn is one of the world's preeminent humanitarians. Sheldon Adelson is a gambling tycoon, oligarch, and right-wing pro-Israel extremist. Penn embarrasses himself and the values he stands for by accepting an award from right-wing extremists.