The Democratic Majority for Israel
A new pro-Israel group has formed. Strangely enough, it's a group formed by Democrats. Their website is here. Of the 16 board members of this group, only one, Jennifer Granholm, is from Michigan. It would be nice to see other Michigan representatives. Maybe they're members, but they aren't on the board.
Here are DMFI's guiding principles:
A vital component of that vision has been Democrats’ long standing commitment to a strong, mutually beneficial, U.S.-Israel relationship—a vision and a relationship grounded in shared values and shared interests.
We celebrate Israeli democracy and the right of the Israeli people to determine their own future without outside parties imposing solutions.
We are also proud of the Democratic Party’s role in leading fights for equality, economic opportunity, education, environmental protection, gun safety, immigrant rights, civil rights, voting rights, women’s rights and the rights of LGBTQ people. We oppose efforts to restrict or diminish these rights in U.S. law and policy. We will speak out against bigotry and discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation or gender preference.
Some of these principles go outside of advocating for Israel, but one must play to one's base. Part of their mission statement says:
We will work to maintain and strengthen support for Israel among Democratic leaders including presidential and congressional candidates as well as with the grassroots of progressive movements. We are committed to doing so because we recognize that America’s relationship with Israel, the sole democracy in the Middle East, is a mutually beneficial one based on shared values and shared interests.
It sounds good. As Israel is the only Middle Eastern nation that subscribes to the same values that Democrats claim as their own, it makes sense that Democrats would support Israel, but things don't always work that way in the real world.
For example, here is an article from the Daily Wire by Ryan Saavedra about the normalization of anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party focusing on the three current Democratic freshman darlings. In the article, Saavedra gives details on each representative's ties to anti-Semitism. We already knew a lot of these ties, but it's convenient to have them all in one place.
We, at MJAC, hope that this new organization, DMFI, can turn the tide and reduce the steadily gaining influence of Democratic Judeophobes.