In just a matter of hours, notorious Islamophobe Daniel Pipes & Commentary Magazine writer Jennifer Rubin will headline a high-dollar fundraiser for the Tea-Party opponent of JStreetPAC endorsee, Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky.
Yes, this is the same Jennifer Rubin who wrote that American Jews have a "sick addiction" to liberal values.
And yes, this is the same Daniel Pipes who said that a vibrant American Muslim community "presents true dangers to American Jews" and has opposed every peace process in the past two decades.
They'll be following the lead of Alan Dershowitz, who headlined his own anti-Jan fundraiser this past summer (In response, JStreetPAC supporters raised over $40,000 in a matter of hours).
I couldn't paint you a clearer picture of what we're up against. And you won't find a clearer picture of who we support than Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky.
Jan is one of our movement's most important and influential allies. She's a powerhouse in Congress, and a true leader in the progressive and Jewish communities.
The battle lines couldn't be more starkly drawn.
Rep. Schakowsky's Tea Party-affiliated opponent has called on Jan to return our contributions and renounce our support. He's tried to make JStreetPAC itself a campaign issue, preferring to attack us instead of providing a real vision for America's foreign policy.
But Rep. Schakowsky has rejected those calls and continues to speak with deep understanding and conviction on the role the US can play in securing Israel's future as a Jewish, democratic home:
I reject calls by my GOP opponent to return campaign contributions from JStreetPAC and his cynical attempt to turn Israel into a partisan wedge issue at this delicate and potentially historic moment. I stand behind President Obama's efforts to provide Israel with the lasting peace and security that only a two-state solution can achieve. And I commend JStreetPAC for its ongoing efforts to encourage debate and broaden the pro-Israel tent.
As the peace talks hang on the precipice, and the window for achieving a two-state solution continues to close, let's make it clear that Rubin, Pipes and their ilk can't deter bold steps for peace by playing partisan politics over Israel.
Click here to thank Rep. Schakowsky for fighting back with a $25 contribution.
Alan Dershowitz headlined a fundraiser for Jan's opponent Joel Pollak this summer that raised $30,000 -- but JStreetPAC supporters topped that by a wide margin, raising $45,000 for Rep. Schakowsky while their fundraiser was going on.
The strength of our first response reminded the political world that the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement is a force to be reckoned with.
Now it's our time to do it again.
Jan will not stay silent with the possibility of peace in sight -- and neither will we.