Jewish Group Calls for Rescission of Palin's Invitation to Iran Protest Rally

The National Jewish Democratic Council is calling on the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations to rescind its invitation to Sarah Palin to participate in the protest rally against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:

Monday’s protest against Ahmadinejad is too important to be tainted by partisanship. Unfortunately, the campaign of Senator John McCain is much more interested in scoring political points than insuring there is bipartisan solidarity around the anti- Ahmadinejad efforts. Therefore, we call upon the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations to withdraw the invitation to Governor Sarah Palin and we applaud Senator Hillary Clinton’s decision to not attend the rally after the attendance of Palin was announced.

By withdrawing Palin’s invitation, the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations will be able to return the focus to America’s outrage towards the genocidal musings and nuclear ambitions of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

My earlier post on Hillary's refusal to appear with Palin is here.

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    Palinpalooza continues. (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by myiq2xu on Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 07:56:00 PM EST
    Why should Governor Palin be uninvited just because Hillary declined to attend?

    Ahhh, (5.00 / 0) (#2)
    by befuddledvoter on Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 07:58:33 PM EST
    because Palin will distract form the real goal, and turn the event into a partisan media circus.    

    What???? (5.00 / 0) (#5)
    by STLDeb on Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 09:39:12 PM EST
    I totally do not understand that logic.  Turn this into a partisan issue????  Sure, Palin is the current veep choice of the republican party but, come on now, have we become that belittling that we can't put aside politics for one rally.  Sheesh!

    I would also like (none / 0) (#7)
    by Steve M on Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 09:54:40 PM EST
    to keep it a non-partisan event, but then the GOP sent their VP candidate to help her overcome her problem with Jewish voters.  Can't really help that, but they're the ones who made it partisan.

    Agree to Disagree (none / 0) (#9)
    by STLDeb on Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 10:03:45 PM EST
    Steve ... I fully respect your opinion but we'll agree to disagree.  Yes, she is the current veep selection, however, this group invited her.

    Yes this is a political year but what I'm trying to say is even if she would go, NEITHER party should use this for political gain.  

    This back & forth, Hillary/Palin, is taking away from the real issue of this person should be protested, coming into our free country to speak when that country doesn't give their citizens the same rights.  That's my point I'm trying to make.  



    This is an election year... (none / 0) (#8)
    by Thanin on Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 09:58:41 PM EST
    with less than 50 days until the vote.  She is the VP on the ticket of one of the major parties in this country.  Any event theyre involved in from this point on is going to be politicized, for good or bad.

    Hmmm (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by nell on Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 08:22:47 PM EST
    Well, I don't see how Palin is at fault on this one...she was invited, she is choosing to go. Hillary decided not to go, knowing that their first handshake would be turned into a media fire storm. I love Hillary, but frankly, I thought she handled this one poorly. She should have just quietly asked the organizers to make sure they would not be in the same place at the same time instead of publicly scolding them for inviting the other woman. It's silly. She is running for vice president, if you don't like it, don't vote for her, but it seems foolish for anyone to suggest that she is wrong for going after being invited...they chose to invite her and it really only got politicized when Hillary publicly pulled out.

    Tempest in a teapot. (none / 0) (#4)
    by oculus on Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 08:34:42 PM EST
    Guess what?  I'm still not voting for McCain/Palin.

    Just out of curiosity... (none / 0) (#6)
    by kredwyn on Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 09:42:25 PM EST
    who didn't see this coming?

    I agree with oculus...a total tempest in a teapot.

    Kinda odd.... (none / 0) (#10)
    by kdog on Thu Sep 18, 2008 at 09:22:17 AM EST
    for a protest group to turn down the support of a prominent politician.  No?

    If I was organizing a protest against the drug war, I'd take all comers...right wing, left wing, any wing....as long as you are against the drug war.

    Bad form by the protest group, imo.