Listening to Valley residents is one of the most important parts of my job. Town Hall Meetings are an opportunity to discuss issues facing Congress, including health care, the economy, taxes and education. The meetings also are a chance for you to meet my constituent service staff and get help dealing with federal agencies.
Dear Friend, As the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism and Nonproliferation, I work extensively on issues concerning the United States' relationships with countries in the Middle East. On July 7th, from 7:00 - 8:30 PM, I will be joined by Gil Artzyeli, Deputy Consul General of Israel inLos Angeles, as I host a special town hall focusing on recent developments in the Middle East, including terrorism, the US-Israel relationship, Iran's nuclear weapons program, and sanctions against Iran. The town hall will be held at Temple Ramat Zion, at 17655 Devonshire Street in Northridge. The event, kosher refreshments, and parking are free. I hope to see you on Wednesday, July 7th. My constituent services staff will also be at the synagogue to help you deal with any problem you're having with any federal agency. If you have any questions, please feel free to call my office at 818-501-9200. Sincerely, Congressman Brad Sherman
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For those of you who I haven't met I'm Brad Sherman from America's best named city, Sherman Oaks. I have represented half the San Fernando Valley in the United States Congress for the last 14 years. One of the reasons I'm in Congress is to fight for a strong US/Israel relationship (huge applause). That is why I turned down a chance to serve on the Ways and Means Committee - because I wanted to continue to be a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and to Chair the Sub-Committee on Terrorism and Non-Proliferation.
Interesting that on July 1, 2008, during Sherman's last reelection, I attended another Middle-East town hall - this one at Temple Judea - that also featured an Israeli official as guest speaker. That gentleman, much like Mr. Artzyeli, spent much of his time emphasizing the Iranian threat to Israel, the Arab world and the United States. That 2008 town hall also focused on Israel's interests and attacked Israel's dissenters. I regret to say, that at both events, had the attendees been empowered to attack Iran and close every Mosque in America, I believe it would have happened. No wonder that in 2008, when I attempted to get Iranian residents in Sherman's district to go to his Middle-East event, not one would attend. They knew what vitriol awaited them.
This year I didn't even try. That's a pretty sad scenario when residents of a Congressional district with roots to the region being discussion, are afraid to attend their own Congressman's discussion. What does that say about our democracy and the man they've chosen to represent it? Not much, I'm afraid. As an American, it's difficult to digest how vehemently fellow Americans can support a foreign nation to the detriment of their own. Those in that sanctuary Wednesday evening wouldn't hesitate to use American blood and treasure to protect and defend Israel - even if it meant global hatred for America, our young Americans dying, our social services being cut, and our infrastructure further decaying. While Sherman and those in the Temple would allow Americans to die protecting rich mighty Israel, they would readily punish Americans for non-violently helping the needy and inspiring good will through their work. Sherman has not backed down one iota from his criticized threat to investigate Americans involved with the Free Gaza Flotilla. On Wednesday he stated the following:
The 1996 Anti-Terrorism Act makes it a crime to provide anything to a terrorist organization. There's no exception that says, 'Oh it's just school supplies, or, oh, it's just cement, or, oh, I have a pure heart. I've read Gandhi. I'm a man of peace. None of these are defenses and that is why I've written to the Attorney General and called him to say that every American on that Flotilla should be subject to criminal investigation (cheers and applause).
You had mentioned that any American who gave aid to Hamas would be considered a terrorist. Well I guess I'm considered a terrorist sir because I went on a peace delegation in May in 2009 and I brought humanitarian toys and supplies to the children of Gaza and I just want to let you know that I'm not a terrorist. I'm a human rights activist and you need to realize that these people are living in a virtual prison in Gaza and I witnessed it first hand for myself so I know (audience interruptions). I have a quick comment. I don't have a question. I'm just telling you as a citizen activist I witnessed the destruction and devastation. I had friends on the Flotilla. They did nothing to be called (unintelligible due to interruptions).
At what point do these people become Americans-first? Or will they ever? For asking a question about Sherman's representation, I was told to "go live in Gaza." Maybe the next time I should respond with "go live in Israel." Why not? If Israel is their first allegiance, perhaps they should just reside there. My first allegiance is to the United States, which I won't sacrifice for Israel - and neither should Brad Sherman, Chuck Schumer, Joe Lieberman, Howard Berman, Jane Harman, Henry Waxman and more... It's time to ask the question: When will Jewish and Israeli victimhood finally end? The victim card played out a long time ago.
Jews, despite Sherman's demands for special protection on campuses for Jewish students, are in no more danger in the United States than any other group. Yet fear and victimhood permeate their lives. Sherman's personal requests for pro-Israel call-ins to television and radio shows when he appears, and his offer of talking points to counter criticisms of Israel, are concerning coming from a Representative in the United States Congress. Why isn't Sherman more worried about restoring America's image than restoring Israel's? At what point does Sherman's American loyalty win out? Or does it? Artzyeli, who speaks with a strong Hebrew accent, ended the evening with these words:
I'll say again, Israel is not flawless. We made, throughout our 60 years, we made mistakes like any other country but trying to vilify Israel and to accentuate each and every (undecipherable) Israel does and to put a magnifying glass with each and every aspect of any action of Israel - this is un-proportional. This is an obsession with Israel. Again, criticize, if you have criticism of Israel it's legitimate. No problem. All countries can be criticized but this obsession is just beyond out of proportion and it's biased and this when it comes from Jews it's awful... Again, I'm referring to those who believe in the human rights of the entire world except of Israelis...
Reed is NOT Jewish. Reed attended the town hall Wednesday evening and caused no disruption. At the end of the event he exited and entered the synagogue courtyard where he was met by Temple security who asked him to leave the premises and escorted him to the street where he was then met by LAPD officers who threatened to arrest him if he didn't leave the area. Reed left, but has since filed a complaint against the LAPD officer. Here's Reed's press release detailing his several encounters, one of which was with Congressman Sherman's mother.
Media Contact: Jeff Marks E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE MARK REED REMOVED FROM PUBLIC TOWN HALL WITH INTIMIDATION AND THREATS BY ARMED GUARDS AND LAPD Northridge, California (July 7, 2010) Mark Reed, Candidate for Congress in the 27th Congressional District, was in attendance at a public town hall hosted by his opponent, incumbent Congressman Brad Sherman, this evening when private armed security guards escorted Mr. Reed off the property. There, LAPD officers waited on the street and threatened to arrest Mr. Reed if he did not immediately enter his vehicle and leave the area. As a constituent of the 27th District, Mr. Reed was within his rights to attend. He was not disruptive. The meeting was being held at Temple Ramat Zion in Northridge California. It was a public forum open to all constituents of California's 27th Congressional District. The topic of the event was the Middle East, specifically, terrorism, US-Israel relations, and Iran's nuclear weapons program. The town hall was hosted by Congressman Sherman and featured Gil Artzyeli, Deputy Consul General of the State of Israel. As the event was getting underway, Matt Dababneh, Congressman Sherman's District Director, along with an armed guard and two unarmed security guards, informed Mr. Reed that he could not display a sign on his vehicle. Mr. Reed removed the sign from the premises. The sign was then displayed on a van across the street legally parked on public property. When Mr. Reed entered the temple, he was confronted by Lane Sherman, the Congressman's mother, who informed him that he was "Not welcome there", that he "should leave", and that he was a "bad man." An insult she repeated multiple times. Mr. Reed notified Mrs. Sherman and other bystanders that he was "there to listen." He also reminded Mrs. Sherman that Congressman Sherman has been "ignoring his requests to debate." During the event, Mark Reed was quietly listening to the public discourse and comments. He was not disruptive. He did not attempt to engage Mr. Sherman or Mr. Artzyeli in dialogue. He was not campaigning inside the event. At the end of the public forum, Mr. Reed went outside. Several of his fellow constituents engaged Mr. Reed in discussion about the event and the positions offered by Mr. Sherman. At that time, Frank Guzman, a private security officer employed by the temple from Nastec International Security, asked Mr. Reed to leave. Mr. Guzman was armed. Another armed guard, two unarmed guards, and a woman who claimed to be a staff member of the temple, accompanied Mr. Guzman in his request. When Mr. Reed inquired as to the cause for his ejection, the guard simply replied that it was private property and he had to go. Mr. Reed accommodated the request. The guards escorted him to the street. When Mr. Reed stepped onto the public street, officers of the LAPD confronted him. The officers informed him that he had to "leave immediately or he would be arrested." When Mr. Reed inquired about the reason for his removal from a public area, the officers only responded with increased threats of arrest. Fearing they would take him into custody, Mr. Reed entered his vehicle and left. Eyewitness Jack Marino of Burbank said, "Mark was talking to a group of people. Next thing I know, there's a group of people moving Mark down the pathway and out of the temple. I saw the guard and a woman in a blue shirt." When he went into the street, Mr. Marino adds, "I saw Mark's truck, and there were two (police) cruisers there." Eyewitness David King of North Hills said, "A woman from the temple told Mark he had to leave right away or he would be arrested." When asked about Mr. Reed's behavior at the event, eyewitness Jay Stern of North Hills said, "From everything that I have seen, if there was a disturbance or a concern, I don't know how Mark got fingered. Because he was standing at the back of the hall. I saw him. He didn't do anything. The next thing I know, he's not there."
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When Kathleen got to her car, the police explained there was a call made of a suspicious car parked on the street and they needed to run Kathleen's information - which they did, only to find out everything was in order. Kathleen was the owner and for the second or third time that evening this 67 year old non-violent peacemaking great grandmother needed to explain that she was NOT a terrorist. Interestingly, for that entire evening in the Temple, Kathleen sat quietly. I was seated near her so I was aware of her decorum. She was one of the more respectful attendees in that sanctuary with a true air of serenity, yet she was the most under scrutiny.
Those who were screaming for bombs, sanctions, curtailing freedoms, removing tax exempt status from Mosques - those who were the most aggressive and angry, weren't bothered by anyone. But this one woman who'd put her life on the line on an uncertain journey for peace, became the perceived danger for displaying peace. It's time for an anger reprieve and a reassessment of our values. Here's a photo of Kathleen's car. Would you have called the police? I wouldn't.
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