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Cynthia McKinney Drops Bombshell: Candidates to sign pledges of support for “Israel”

by Richard Edmondson, source

In an interview which aired on Press TV on Saturday–one day before the AIPAC conference got under way in Washington–former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney revealed what amounts to some pretty startling news regarding the extent of the Israeli lobby’s influence over Congress.

During her years in Congress, she stated, candidates for both the House and the Senate were requested to sign pledges of support for Israel, documents in which the candidate promised to vote to provide consistent levels of economic aid to the Zionist state. Refusal to sign the pledge meant no funding for the candidate’s campaign.

“You make a commitment that you will vote to support the military superiority of Israel—the economic assistance that Israel wants, that you would vote to provide that,” McKinney, who served in Congress from 1993-2003 and again 2005-2007, tells Press TV interviewer Marzieh Hashemi in the two-part video program below.

According to McKinney, the pledge also included a vow to support Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel.

“Every candidate for Congress at that time had a pledge, they were given a pledge to sign…” she said. “If you don’t sign the pledge, you don’t get money. For example, it was almost like water torture for me. My parents observed this. I would get a call and the person on the other end of the phone would say ‘I want to do a fundraiser for you.’ And then we would get into the planning. I would get really excited, because of course you have to have money in order to run a campaign. And then two weeks, three weeks into the planning, they would say, ‘Did you sign the pledge?’ And then I would say, ‘No, I didn’t sign the pledge.’ And then my fundraiser would go kaput.”

During her years in Congress, McKinney opposed U.S. involvement in foreign wars, questioned the official version of the events of 911, and introduced articles of impeachment against former President George W. Bush. Her final term in Congress came to an end after AIPAC, or the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, funneled money into the campaign of her opponent, Hank Johnson.

McKinney’s comments to Press TV came on the eve of the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, which was addressed Sunday by President Barack Obama. Last Thursday, Obama gave a “major speech” on the Middle East in which he suggested that a basis for peace in the region might be a withdrawal by Israel to its pre-1967 borders. However, in his speech Sunday, the president, quite predictably, backtracked on the proposal—and it may well have been Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who laid down the law to him.

“On Friday, I was joined at the White House by Prime Minister Netanyah, and we reaffirmed that fundamental truth that has guided our presidents and prime ministers for more than 60 years—that, even while we may at times disagree, as friends sometimes will, the bonds between the United States and Israel are unbreakable, and the commitment of the United States to the security of Israel is ironclad,” Obama told the conference.

He also clarified what he had meant by his reference to “1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps” made in his speech Thursday. “By definition, it means that the parties themselves—Israelis and Palestinians—will negotiate a border that is different than the one that existed on June 4, 1967,” he said.

See full speech here.

McKinney was a candidate for president on the Green Party ticket in 2008. Also in 2008 she sailed aboard the Free Gaza ship Dignity as it attempted to deliver humanitarian supplies to Gaza, making a second effort to reach the blockaded territory the following year on the Spirit of Humanity. Both ships were blocked from reaching their destination by the Israeli Navy.

Her comments about the pledges required of candidates for Congress are made in the second part of the program. In the first part she discusses how her congressional district in Georgia was dismantled through a legal suit brought about with the assistance of the Anti-Defamation League.

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10 responses to “Cynthia McKinney Drops Bombshell: Candidates to sign pledges of support for “Israel”

  1. kate be May 23, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    These folks never stop. I have read that every senator & representative get an AIPAC approved intern whether they wanted one or not. They insist on intruding; if you refuse the intern you’re automatically smeared as antisemitic, and all the pressure (a la Goldstone) to coerce conformity are brought to bear.

    Cynthia McKinney wins my admiration for being able to withstand endless abuse at the hands of arrogant racists.
    We are all brothers and sisters, we are neither ‘chosen’ or ‘outcast.’ tnx

  2. realistic bird May 24, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    That is so insulting; I’m half way across the world and find that very patronizing. Hopefully, the Americans will someday be able to get rid of all these influences.

    Thanks Kate

  3. Bill, the school bus driver May 24, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Our country was founded upon Christian morals and principles; the foremost being individual liberty and sovereignty. To have our leadership burdened with the need to support Israel, with her socialistic bent, is to ask them to go against our people.
    We must stop spending “our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor,” on foreign problems; instead, making the strength of our country foremost.
    George Washington warned us about this, and we’ve closed our ears, as well as our senses to his wise words. Look where it has taken us. We are just about to become an appendage to the New World Order.

  4. James May 24, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    ‘Pro-Israel lobby has stranglehold on US political system’

    http://www.presstv.com/usdetail/181337.html

    Additional via http://tinyurl.com/AIPACStrangleholdonUS

  5. Larsar May 24, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Just how does one propose to accomplish such a task, when the very
    candidates lie to the people, then the very same candidates install a
    usurper into the WH.. A totall fabricated individual, conjured up by the
    NWO, with the candidates backing everything they do. Everything this so called president, this USURPER has done is NULL & VOID, just by the SIMPLE fact he did not meet the qualifications set forth in the CONSTITUTION,therfore everything has been an ALICE IN WONDERLAND mockery of our system of government. The are many SCAM artists with the halls of CONGRESS; they are the ones to blame ; the true ‘NENEMY COMBATANTS of the PEOPLE.

  6. leodelion May 25, 2011 at 5:09 am

    People are s l o w l y waking up, but will it do any good?
    Israel controls our monies and news media.

  7. pk1225 June 7, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Worse than that, these “zionists” control most of the pro-White websites as well. Try expressing an honest opinion on Alex Linder’s VNN or either of Jamie Kelso’s sites and you will see what I mean. Try exposing the zionist connection to 9/11 on Stormfront, lol. Lots of people have been banned for doing that.

    These supposed WN forums try to get pro-White people to express hate so they can use that against you. But when you make posts condemning the hate or exposing that 9/11 was an attack from “Israel”, these supposed WN sites will censor and ban you.

    We are surrounded with deception, and not many can see their way through it. The zionist lock on the flow of information is a stranglehold on true free speech, and without that it is extremely difficult to get people to recognize exactly how the West is being destroyed.

  8. slindauer2010 June 24, 2011 at 4:24 am

    Oh really. Well then, all members of Congress should be required to register as Foreign Agents of the Israeli government. They should face federal prosecution in the event that they fail to notify their constituents in full disclosure advertisements that they have prior commitments to serve the people of Israel. Those who fail to inform voters of their dual obligations should be sent to prison.

  9. George October 21, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Read the book “Protocols of the learned elders of Zion”.It was written
    over 100 years ago, but it is relevent to this day.

  10. Freemanontheland November 20, 2012 at 9:56 am

    In light of the recent murderous events, the ongoing occupation of Palestine, theft of land and the blockade of Gaza, I pledge:
    To disengage financially, socially and politically from the racist and brutal regime occupying Palestine, its friends and supporters.
    To make life as uncomfortable as possible for members, friends and supporters of the racist and brutal regime occupying Palestine.
    To openly speak out about the murderous activities of the racist and brutal regime occupying Palestine.
    To demand from politicians and persons of influence world wide an end to the brutal occupation of Palestine.
    To provide the people of Palestine and Gaza with every support I can gather.
    This I pledge – November 2012
    Inhabitant of the planet Earth.

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