Why Congress Ignores Pro-Palestinian Activists

Juan Cole has a typically conspiratorial theory for explaining why congressmen have ignored the pro-Palestinian marches that occurred in a handful of American cities this past weekend:

The US Senate and the US House of Representatives are not afraid of street protests in San Francisco. And why should they be? What sort of threat is it to them, that we say if they don’t change their legislation we will . . . walk in the street? Their response would be, ‘Make sure you have comfortable shoes; now, I have to see this nice lobbyist in my office in a thousand dollar suit and alligator shoes who has an enormous check for my current political campaign.’

Well, I have an alternative to Cole’s thesis: maybe it’s not the slimy pro-Israel lobbyists – who are so rich that they practically wear money – that pro-Palestinian activists should blame for not being heard.  Rather, maybe the problem is the pro-Palestinian activists themselves.

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