Julia, the enormity of 9/11 has made people forget the first real sign that President Bush cared deeply about Jews and Israel - and that was his refusal to participate in the anti-Semitic Durban international hate-fest. Leading the opposition - and a disgraceful delegation to Durban - was your pal and mine, John Conyers.
In May 2002 Conyers was one of 17 House Democrats who voted against a Resolution (HR 392) expressing support for Israel as it faced terrorist attacks that killed more than 600 civilians, including several Americans. The resolution stated that “the United States and Israel are now engaged in a common struggle against terrorism.” Whether Conyers voted against this resolution because he represents more Arab-Americans than any other Member of Congress, or because radical American Muslim groups lobbied against it, or because many leftwing radicals like himself now support the Palestinians who refuse to make peace with the Jewish State, Conyers did not say.
In 2001 the United States withdrew most of its diplomatic participation in the United Nations’ World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia And Related Intolerance in Durban, South Africa after it became clear that the gathering would give prominence not only to anti-American but also to anti-Israel and anti-Semitic leaders. Despite this, several leftwing Americans including Congressman Conyers and six other congressional Democrats attended and lent their prestige to what became an anti-Jewish hatefest.
Oh, and here he is hosting a meeting in Washington for another friend to Israel and Jews, Louis Farrakhan. I think it is lovely that Conyers and his colleagues at the Congressional Black Caucus have a “sacred covenant” with “minister” Farrakhan.
And who can forget the mock impeachment Conyers held? It became a forum for, among other charges, testimony and leafleting to the effect that the Jews are behind not only the war in Iraq, but also 9/11.