THE BLOG
07/10/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Defend Rep. Donna Edwards From Intimidation on Israel and Mideast

Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D, MD-4), one of JStreetPAC's first endorsed candidates, is under attack from the right-wing for her views on Israel -- and she needs our support right now.

Last week, Politico ran a story entitled "Should Edwards be shvitzing?," quoting three separate Jewish community officials in her district signaling "concern" about her "reservations about support for Israel that others" don't share. Now, some are "preparing to back a primary challenge to Edwards." All because she doesn't buy their hawkish views of what it means to be pro-Israel.

This is exactly how -- for decades -- established pro-Israel groups have enforced right-wing message discipline on Israel in Congress. They intimidate members of Congress, particularly junior ones, and threaten to fund a challenge.

But not this time -- and not to our friend Donna Edwards.

Let's show that there's real support for pro-Israel, pro-peace members of Congress by helping Congresswoman Donna Edwards scare off any possible challengers. Will you make a gift right now to her reelection campaign through JStreetPAC?

Click here to make a gift to Congresswoman Edwards' campaign through JStreetPAC.

Make sure to put a note in the comment on the contribution form that your contribution is for Donna Edwards. Your entire contribution will go directly to her campaign.

Even early in her Congressional career, she has fast become a real leader on our issues. She's supported every Congressional resolution and letter backing strong U.S. leadership to achieve a two-state solution. She's spoken out on the need for an end to violence, an end to settlement expansion and for greater humanitarian aid for Gaza.

She's proudly refused to toe a hawkish line on Israel, while reaffirming her belief that Israel will only be secure when the US engages strongly to bring about a two-state solution with the Palestinians.

"As Americans, we have a strong interest in ensuring peace, stability, and security for Israel and the entire Middle East, and that is why I urge American diplomacy to be active and fully engaged in the region with our international partners to find a lasting solution," Congresswoman Edwards stated this January.

She's already visited Israel and the West Bank, and is one of a handful of Members of Congress to have visited Gaza this year to get a first-hand view of the situation.

The status quo may want to scare Congresswoman Edwards away from taking a leadership position on these issues within her party and in Congress. We need to send a message that this kind of intimidation doesn't fly any longer. Thanks to you -- and to JStreetPAC -- Congresswoman Edwards will have the funds she needs to fight off any challengers.

Click here to make a gift to Congresswoman Edwards' campaign through JStreetPAC.

Don't forget to put a comment in the contribution form that your gift is for Donna Edwards' campaign.

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