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Nov 08 2011

Lancman discusses ‘Worldwide Campaign against Israel’

The question of a new anti-Semitism and its relationship to the Israel delegitimization movement will be the subject of a forum at the St. John’s University School of Law in New York, co-hosted by Assemblyman Lancman, the Israeli consulate in New York, the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, and the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center & Archives on Tuesday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m. eastern time

Assembly Member Rory Lancman’s op-ed  article discusses antisemitism across the world.

A little background: on Monday, swastikas were painted on two public libraries and a synagogue in Elmhurst. Lancman writes the article with this demonstration of hate fresh on his mind. Communities are outraged.

In the op-ed, he discusses antisemitism on a global level.

Posted on  Jpost.com

Anti-Semitism and anti-Israel advocacy

How much of the rising crescendo of worldwide criticism aimed at Israel reflects anti-Semitism? Perhaps not the traditional anti-Semitism of blood libels, global conspiracies and crude personal slurs about greed and dishonest dealings, but anti-Semitism manifested in a new way, with Israel now acting in the role of the despised Jew of old? The question comes at a critical time for both America and Israel. Both countries are being forced to make difficult choices in the months and years ahead on such profound issues as Palestinian statehood and Iran’s nuclear program, in an atmosphere where these choices are framed less by their intrinsic merits than by the metastasizing external, political and economic pressure being applied by anti-Israel advocates.

But if that advocacy is rooted in anti-Semitism—and is exposed as such—then much of its political and economic pressure is stripped of any veneer of legitimacy and drained of its power.

Anti-Israel advocacy has reached extraordinary proportions in both its breadth and zeal, aimed squarely at delegitimizing the Jewish state and denying it the rights, protections and privileges accorded to other nations. There are simultaneous worldwide lawfare and boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns being waged to handcuff Israel’s right to defend itself against terrorism, suffocate the country’s economy, deny its citizens free movement and, fundamentally, to offer justification for those who attack Jews and Jewish property.

For Full Article: http://www.jpost.com/Magazine/Opinion/Article.aspx?id=244695

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Queens Politics wishes this symbol of hate and intolerance will disappear forever. On November 4th, City Council Member Danny Dromm held a rally against bias crimes in front of one of the libraries.

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Oct 07 2011

Lancman Examines Occupy Wall Street Protest

Legislator feels empathy. Offers insight in an Op-ed to the HuffPo.

In an Op-ed column to the Huffington Post, State Assembly Member Rory Lancman (D-25) takes a look beyond the occupation of Zuccatti Square.

Rory Lancman was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He’s a very down to earth guy and he likes to update his Twitter and FB, unlike many pols who leave it dry and lacking character. I always know what he’s up to. Lancman received his B.A at Queens College and has always lived in the neighborhood. So, he’s really in touch with what’s going on. He’s also a regular visitor to my Democratic Club.

Everyone is talking about the Occupation, so you can mention the Corporate Political Activity Accountability To Shareholders Act  to your friends and sound like  a genius.

QP breaks the letter down in bulleted format for ease of reference.

 

There is a lack of specific demands by the protestors.

Reoccurring themes are considered the source of the problem:

  1. Accountability on Wall Street for the financial crisis.
  2. A political system controlled by people, not corporations.
Results:
  • Wall Street protest reflects frustration across America.
  • Middle-class homeowners are being hurt the most.
  • i.e Warren Buffet pays less tax than most of us.

According to the Op-ed letter,

There are “shovel-ready” solutions in the form of existing bills currently before the New York State legislature.

Legislation and case law have weakened the protections of people who got a bad deal from investors.

The solution: Cut Red Tape, Increase Transparency
  1. Empower  New York’s famous Martin Act, which keeps financial fraud accountability simple.  To do this they must pass the Institutional Investor Recovery Act, which would unleash the power of the Martin Act by allowing public and union pension funds to bring their own lawsuit without waiting for the Attorney General.
  2. Legislation pending in both chambers would extend this surcharge for families making over a million dollars a year — which means most affected families would still see a tax cut.
  • New York can stop the lobbyists and predatory corporations by heeding the Supreme Court’s challenge to improve shareholder control and corporate disclosure of political expenditures.
  • The “Corporate Political Activity Accountability To Shareholders Act” requires corporations to tell shareholders what they hope to buy with their money.

We should urge our legislators to support this.

What are the results of the demonstration?  T.B.A

The question now is where that frustration leads us.  Here in New York, and in state legislatures around the country, we have a unique opportunity to crack down on abuses of the financial system, level the economic playing field, and empower people rather than corporations in the political process. But it will require focus on concrete measures. The three discussed above are a good start.

- This is a break down of an Op-ed for skeleton facts. I believe in state solutions and I believe Lancman’s suggestions are worth further examination. Discussion?

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UPDATE:

Today, 4\7  NY1 reports that the message has reached the White House and the President has responded.

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