FMEP Legislative Round-Up: May 20, 2022


1. Bills, Resolutions, Letters
2. Members Weigh in on Nakba Resolution
3. Hearings
4. On the Record

New from FMEP:

1. Bills, Resolutions & Letters

(WEAPONIZING US BANKING SYSTEM TO TARGET PALESTINIANS)  HR 7824 (pdf): Introduced 5/18/22 by Lamborn (R-CO) and 11 cosponsors (10 Republicans plus Vargas, D-CA, who can be counted on to be an original Democratic co-sponsor on pretty much every bill targeting Palestinians and those who support them, irrespective of any broader, problematic implications of the bill that might give even similarly-inclined fellow Democrats pause), “To deter foreign financial institutions from providing banking services for the benefit of foreign terrorist organizations and from facilitating or promoting payments for acts of terrorism”, aka, the “Taylor Force Martyr Payment Prevention Act.” This is a companion to S. 3318, introduced 12/6/21 by Cotton (R-AR) and having 16 all-Republican cosponsors). Per Cotton’s explainer at the time his bill was introduced, this legislation is intended to deter foreign banks from making martyr payments by putting at risk their access to the U.S. financial system.” Further background:

  • The 2022 campaign to once again attack the Biden Administration for granting aid to the Palestinians (aid that is NOT going to the Palestinian Authority) kicked off in earnest last week, with former Trump Administration official Jason Greenblatt publishing a a piece 5/12/22 in the New York Sun, To Stop the Terror in Jerusalem, Enforce the Taylor Force Act.
  • That was followed by the Free Beacon’s 5/16/22 report, How the Palestinians Pay Terrorists as Biden Pumps Millions of Aid Dollars Into Their Government (which suggests, inaccurately, that the Biden Administration is directly funding the PA).
  • Now, along with Lamborn’s bill, we have: ‘I Don’t Understand’: Parents Of Slain US Veteran Call Out Biden For Reportedly Giving Aid To The Palestinian Authority (Daily Caller 5/18/22).
  • And upping the ante further, check out this Tweet from Daily Caller’s Jennie Taer 5/18/22, which suggests that Republicans are getting ready to accuse the Biden Administration of being actively responsible for terrorism against Israel: NEW: GOP Rep. Gohmert said earlier today that if the Biden admin provides aid to the Palestinian Authority knowing that their ‘martyr’ payments to terrorists and their families continue, there’s a potential they could be an ‘accessory’ to terrorism. ‘We hope we won’t get there
  • Further context: attack on aid to Palestinians in House Appropriations Committee hearing this week – Mast (R-FL-18) 05/17/2022: Tweet – “Why is Biden pouring taxpayer dollars into the Palestinian territories to “set conditions for a viable two-state solution” when they’ve admitted they don’t support it? Here’s the USAID Administrator admitting that the Palestinian Authority wouldn’t even try to make it work: Link to video” [see Section 3, below, for more details]
  • Also see: Cotton (R-AR) 05/18/2022: Tweet – “Radical Islamic terrorists shouldn’t be rewarded for killing innocent people, and banks should be held responsible for processing any sort of terrorist payments.” & Cruz (R-TX) 05/16/2022: Twitter thread – “The Biden administration is ideologically committed to elevating the Palestinian government and pouring money into Palestinian territories. 1/x They’ve been doing this while they clearly knew that the same Palestinian government was inciting terrorism and using fungible money to reward terrorism against Israelis and Americans. It’s disgraceful and unacceptable. 2/x” [both linked to Free Beacon article]
  • Also see: Zeldin (R-NY) press release touting the new House bill
  • And in contrast, see: In contrast, see: Israel enthusiastic about U.S. resuming Palestinian aid, Power tells Congress (Jewish Insider 5/18/22)

(RECOGNIZING THE NAKBA & PALESTINIAN REFUGEE RIGHTS) H. Res. 1123: Introduced 5/16/22 by Tlaib (D-MI) and 6 Democratic cosponsors, “Recognizing the Nakba and Palestinian refugees’ rights.” Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Note: Unsuprisingly, statement/tweets in recent days suggest an organized effort to portray this resolution as antisemitic and to use it to bash not only the sponsors but the Democratic party in general. For further discussion see Section 2, below.

(SCIENCE DIPLOMACY) H. Res. 1126: Introduced 5/17/22 by Foster (D-IL), “Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives in support of science diplomacy, and for other purposes.” Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. The “whereas” clauses include: “Whereas the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME), a scientific facility in Jordan, will bring together scientists from Israel, Iran, and the surrounding regions to work cooperatively on dozens of simultaneous experiments in fields ranging from biological and medical sciences to archeology.”


(GRANDSTANDING IN SUPPORT OF $$$ FOR ISRAEL THAT ARE DEFINITELY GOING TO BE PROVIDED REGARDLESS OF YOUR INPUT) Scott letter to SFOPS leaders: On 5/19/22, Sen. Scott (R-FL) sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs to “emphasize the importance of continued security assistance funding for one of the United States’ great partners, Israel” and to urge them to include $3.3 billion in security assistance to Israel for Fiscal Year 2023, so that we may continue to display unity with Israel and show the world that our relationship is unyielding.” Also see Scott’s press release —  Congress Must Continue to Support Israel, Fund Security & Defense Initiatives). NOTE: as was the case with a similar House letter a few weeks ago (urging appropriators to provide funding for Israeli missile programs), this letter is an exercise in brazen grandstanding. Why? Because the $3.3 billion that Scott is “urging” be included in the FY23 SFOPS bill is already explicitly provided under the current US-Israel Memorandum of Understanding (negotiated by the Obama Administration), and funded every year by Congress, like clockwork. As a reminder, the MOU states: “...Pursuant to this understanding, over the ten-year period beginning in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 and ending FY2028, FMF grant assistance would be at $3.3 billion annually.” As such, this letter is kind of like a random person standing on the side of a freeway waving at cars to keep driving — and then issuing a press release seeking credit for the fact that traffic kept moving…

(EXPLAIN VISA TO KSA OFFICIAL) Malinowski-Fitzpatrick letter to Blinken: On 5/18/22, Reps. Malinowski (D-NJ) and Fitzpatrick (R-PA) sent a letter to SecState Blinken “to register concern regarding the May 2022 and July 2021 visit to the United States of Khalid bin Salman al Saud, Saudi Arabia’s defacto defense minister and close advisor to the Kingdom’s defacto [sic] leader Mohammed bin Salman…We seek to understand the rationale for Prince Khalid’s multiple visits and whether the Department of State reviewed allegations regarding his alleged role in targeting Saudi dissidents, consistent with the Administration’s Khashoggi Visa Ban.” Also see: press release; Lawmakers question Khashoggi Ban as Saudi prince visits US (Al Monitor). 

(INVESTIGATE DEATH OF PALESTINIAN-AMERICAN JOURNALIST) Carson-Corea letter to FBI Director Wray: On 5/16/22 The Intercept broke the story that Reps. Carson (D-CA) and Correa (D-CA) were circulating (for cosigners) a letter calling on the FBI to investigate the killing in the West Bank of Palestinian-American journalist Shrieen Abu Akleh. The text of that letter, made public by Americans for Peace Now, states,

As Members of Congress, we are deeply concerned by the death of Ms. Abu Akleh. Journalists worldwide must be protected at all costs. The U.S. State Department called Ms. Abu Akleh’s death “an affront to media freedom.” We welcome the actions and statements taken so far by the U.S. Department of State supporting a thorough investigation by the Israeli government. However, given the tenuous situation in the region and the conflicting reports surrounding the death of Ms. Abu Akleh, we request the State Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) launch an investigation into Ms. Abu Akleh’s death. We also request the U.S. Department of State determines whether any U.S. laws protecting Ms. Abu Akleh, an American citizen, were violated.

As an American, Ms. Abu Akleh was entitled to the full protections afforded to U.S. citizens living abroad. We, the undersigned Members of Congress, urge you to uphold the values that our nation was founded on, including human rights, equality for all, and freedom of speech. We have a duty to protect Americans reporting abroad.

Media: Shireen Abu Akleh: US lawmakers demanding FBI investigate killing (Al Jazeera, 5/19/22).  Carson, Correa letter calls for U.S. investigation into death of Palestinian-American journalist (Jewish Insider 5/20/22)

Tweets: Omar (D-MN-5) 5/16/22: “Congress to demand FBI investigation into killing of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, per draft letter I obtained“;  5/19/22 Tweet from AAI’s Jim Zogby: “BREAKING NEWS: tonight 1/4 of House Democrats sent a letter to the State Dep’t & FBI calling for an independent investigation into the shooting of #ShireenAbuAqla. Letter was led by @RepAndreCarson @RepLouCorrea @BillPascrell. It’s a call for justice for an American journalist.

(BANISH IRANIAN OFFICIALS FROM TWITTER) Tenney et al letter to Elon Musk: On 5/12/22, Rep. Tenney (R-NY) led a letter, cosigned by 8 House Republicans, to Elon Musk regarding his “recent acquisition of Twitter” [notwithstanding the fact that, this week, that acquisition appears to be in question]. The letter states:It is unacceptable that U.S.-designated foreign entities freely use Twitter, despite U.S. laws and regulations that prohibit the provision of goods and services to them. We therefore ask that as you begin to review Twitter’s business practices and policies, you will work to ensure full compliance with U.S. laws prohibiting the provision of services to U.S.-designated entities.” Also see:

2. Members Weigh in on Nakba Resolution

As noted above, on 5/16/22, Rep. Tlaib (D-MI) and 6 Democratic cosponsors introduced H. Res. 1123, “Recognizing the Nakba and Palestinian refugees’ rights.” Unsurprisingly, statement/tweets in recent days suggest an organized effort to portray this resolution as antisemitic and to use it to bash not only the sponsors but the Democratic party in general. Fpr more, see:

Tweets/statements by sponsors

Tlaib’s press release and 5/16/22 Twitter thread: “Today, I introduced a resolution recognizing the Nakba (catastrophe), where 400 Palestinian towns and villages were destroyed, over 700,000 Palestinians uprooted from their homes, and made refugees.On this day, we must promote human rights & justice. The Palestinian people since the 48 Nakba have been living under oppression and violent racism. Silence + blank checks enables more death and violence. The Nakba is well-documented and continues to play out today. We must acknowledge that the humanity of Palestinians is being denied when folks refuse to acknowledge the war crimes and human rights violations in apartheid Israel. #Nakba74! A special thank you to @RepMarieNewman, @BettyMcCollum04, @Ilhan & @RepAOC for joining me as original cosponsors of the #NakbaResolution and to all the incredible people all across America who continue to stand for what is right, no matter how hard the fight may be. Another special thank you to @RepCori and @RepBowman for joining as cosponsors.

McCollum (D-MN-4) 05/17/2022: Tweet – “I am a proud co-sponsor of this resolution authored by @RashidaTlaib. The cause of peace, justice, human dignity, and a better future for Palestinians demands we recognize and acknowledge the traumas inflicted upon them.

Newman (D-IL-3) 05/17/2022: Tweet – “I am honored to be an original co-sponsor of this resolution. We cannot understand the current conflict without acknowledging the tragedy of the Nakba. I’m proud to stand with Palestinians in #IL03 and everywhere as we call for your history to be recognized and respected. Link to quoted tweet

Bowman (D-NY-16) 05/17/2022: Tweet – “No one should be driven from their home. Today, I’m proud to be an original sponsor of a resolution recognizing the Palestinian Nakba, which commemorates the 74th anniversary of the tragedy where 700,000 Palestinians fled and were expelled from their homes, making them refugees.

Omar (D-MN-5) 05/18/2022: Retweet of @mehdirhasan – “Yes, that is how some Israeli historians have described what happened to the Palestinians in 1948: as ethnic cleansing!” My @MehdiHasanShow commentary on @RashidaTlaib’s attempt to get Congress to commemorate the ‘Nakba,’ the Palestinian ‘catastrophe’: Link to video

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/16/2022: Retweet of @YousefMunayyer – “Historic! For so long, Palestinians have been denied a chance to narrate their own experiences and now, once again, Rep. Tlaib gives voices to the Palestinian experience in Congress by commemorating the Nakba with this resolution. Link to quoted tweet

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/16/2022: Retweet of @OmarBaddar – “This is BIG! Rashida continues to be a leading voice of conscience in Congress, bringing recognition of the Nakba before the body responsible for arming & funding Israeli apartheid. We need more people with her courage & that of sponsors of this resolution! Link to quoted tweet

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/16/2022: Retweet of @4noura – “The Nakba is ongoing and definitive of Palestinian life. Thank you for this disruptive intervention @RashidaTlaib. #Nakba #OngoingNakba #Palestinian #Freedom Link to quoted tweet

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/16/2022: Retweet of @codepink – “Finally, the ugly reality of the ongoing Nakba has been brought to Congress, laying bare US complicity in decades of brutal Israeli occupation and apartheid. Thank you, @RepRashida, for being a fierce advocate and brave voice for the Palestinian people. Link to quoted tweet

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/16/2022: Retweet of @DAWNmenaorg – “Today is a historic day: @RepRashida has introduced a House resolution recognizing the Palestinian Nakba in commemoration of the 74th anniversary of this catastrophic crime against the Palestinian people that still shapes their experience today. #Nakba74 Link to image

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/17/2022: Retweet of @jdakwar – “Reckoning with the Nakba is crucial to advancing peace with justice in Palestine. Kudos to @RepRashida and the original cosponsors @RepMarieNewman, @BettyMcCollum04, @Ilhan & @RepAOC Link to quoted tweet

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/17/2022: Retweet of @EmgageAction – “Thank you @RepRashida for introducing this historic #Nakba resolution to Congress, and @AOC, @BettyMcCollum04, @Ilhan, and @RepMarieNewman for signing as co-sponsors. We support recognizing the forcible exodus of Palestinians from their homeland

Tweets/statements by opponents

Kennedy (R-LA) 05/17/2022: Tweet – “Inflation is running amok and Americans can’t afford to fill up their gas tanks. Meanwhile, radical liberals in Washington are pushing an anti-Semitic resolution that attacks Israel’s very existence.”

Zeldin (R-NY), press release: Rep. Zeldin Statement on New Anti-Israel Resolution by “Squad” Members

Banks (R-IN-3) 05/17/2022: Tweet – “Israel, the only Jewish state in the world, is America’s closest ally. Will @SpeakerPelosi condemn this disgusting anti-Semitism or is Democrat leadership now totally in lockstep with The Squad? Shameful and dangerous!

Blackburn (R-TN) 05/18/2022: Tweet – “How would you classify this anti-Semitic speech from the squad?” 

Emmer (R-MN-6) 05/17/2022: Tweet – “Absurd & dangerous.

Scott (R-FL) 05/17/2022: Tweet – “Israel is our great ally & the continued anti-Semitism from radical socialists in the House is horrific. These are @SpeakerPelosi’s Democrat members. Does she agree with them? If not, she must immediately condemn this.”

Scott (R-FL) 05/17/2022: Tweet – “This is anti-Semitism, plain and simple. They’re not even trying to hide it anymore. Israel is our strongest ally in the Middle East and we must do everything in our power to support them. Period.”

Wagner (R-MO-2) 05/18/2022: Tweet – “This resolution is shameful and offensive. It’s sad that in 2022, there are still people in power who refuse to accept the legitimacy of the Jewish state. I stand with Israel and against this blatant anti-Semitism.”

Zeldin (R-NY-1) 05/17/2022: Tweet – “The ‘Squad’ just proposed a reso in Congress to force the US to formally recognize “Nakba”, labeling the creation of Israel a ‘catastrophe’. They never miss an opportunity to dangerously promote its antisemitic, anti-Israel agenda.” Also Zeldin on GETTR:Members of the far-left ‘Squad’ just introduced a resolution in Congress to force the US to formally recognize ‘Nakba’, labeling the creation of Israel as a ‘catastrophe’. This is just the latest in a long line of antisemitic, anti-Israel statements, policies and actions by the most radical voices in the Democratic Party. Whether it’s supporting the antisemitic BDS movement, falsely accusing Israel of war crimes, or suggesting that support for Israel by members of Congress is ‘all about the Benjamins’, the ‘Squad’ never misses an opportunity to dangerously promote its antisemitic, anti-Israel agenda.”

Loudermilk (R-GA-11) 05/18/2022: Twitter thread – “The Democrats in Washington are increasingly more anti-Israel and, in too many cases, anti-Semitic. I will continue to stand with Israel, as our greatest ally in the Middle East, and I oppose all attempts to paint a false picture of their history and existence.”


US Congress: Rashida Tlaib introduces Nakba resolution’ (Al Jazeera 5/16/22)

Mehdi Hassan Tweet – “Look it up. I don’t care which country you are, if you are violating human rights… if you are committing war crimes, you will hear [from] this Member of Congress.” @RashidaTlaib, speaking to me, & responding to critics who say she only picks on Israel” (with link to video clip)

Tlaib, Squad introduce resolution recognizing ‘catastrophe’ of Israel’s creation – Resolution comes days after Israeli Independence Day (FoxNews 5/17/22)

Tlaib, Squad push resolution labeling Palestinian Arabs the ‘indigenous inhabitants’ of Israel (Jewish Insider 5/18/22)

Rashida Tlaib introduces resolution for US to formally recognize Palestinian Nakba (Times of Israel 5/18/22)

US Congress must understand ‘trauma’ of Nakba, Rashida Tlaib says (Al Jazeera 5/18/22)

Pro-Palestine activists welcome Congress resolution recognising Nakba (Middle East Eye 5/18/22)

‘Nakba recognition’ resolution submitted by Rashida Tlaib, ‘squad’ (Jerusalem Post 5/18/22)


3. Hearings

June 8, 2022: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing entitled, “The Path Forward On U.S.-Syria Policy: Strategy And Accountability.” No details have been released with respect to witnesses.

May 25, 2022: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a 2-panel hearing entitled, “The JCPOA Negotiations and United States’ Policy on Iran Moving Forward.” The sole witness on Panel 1 will be Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley. Panel 2 witnesses will be Karim Sadjadpour, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and Mark Dubowitz, FDD.

May 18, 2022: The House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa and Global Counterterrorism held a hearing entitled, “The Impact of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine in the Middle East and North Africa.” Witnesses were:Hanna Notte, Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (statement); Frederic Wehrey, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (statement); Caitlin Welsh, CSIS (statement); and Grant Rumley, WINEP (statement).  Also see: video

May 18, 2022: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a business meeting in which, among other things, they considered S. Res. 390, “A resolution expressing appreciation for the State of Qatar’s efforts to assist the United States during Operation Allies Refuge.

May 17, 2022: The House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing entitled, “The FY23 Budget Request: USAID’s Foreign Policy and International Development Priorities.” The sole witness was USAID Administrator Samantha Power (statement). Also see: video.

  • Note: at 1:43:00 in the hearing, Rep. Mast (R-FL) devotes his full 5 min of Q&A to attacking US humanitarian aid to the Palestinians (really, just listen to it for yourself to get a sense of just how much Mast despises/dehumanizes the Palestinians, and holds USAID in total contempt). And in her openly frustrated response, Power – among other things – raises the PA’s prisoner payments, which she calls “pay to slay” and which she labels “outrageous.” Also see Mast’s tweet about his…exchange… with Power – Mast (R-FL-18) 05/17/2022: Tweet – “Why is Biden pouring taxpayer dollars into the Palestinian territories to “set conditions for a viable two-state solution” when they’ve admitted they don’t support it? Here’s the USAID Administrator admitting that the Palestinian Authority wouldn’t even try to make it work: Link to video”.
  • Also note: Mast’s comments come on the heels of a similarly-themed question/comment from Granger (R-TX) during the SFOPS subcommittee hearing on the FY23 USAID budget, in which (at 46:30) she tells Power: “I just returned from Israel and I am concerned about the increased violence, and I remember the last time when Israel was being bombarded by rockets, the loss of life would’ve been much worse had we not invested in iron dome, a program I strongly support. The United States should be using assistance to the Palestinians as leverage for de escalating tensions and preventing violence, are you using this assistance as leverage? If not, why not?

4. On the Record

Media – General

Jewish Insider 5/20/22: NORPAC activists meet with more than 300 congressional offices [“Issues on the group’s agenda included supporting the scheduled $3.8 billion in aid set to be provided to Israel in 2023 under the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding, nuclear negotiations with Iran and specific bills aimed at countering the proliferation of Iranian drones, blocking U.S. funding from supporting the U.N.’s Commission of Inquiry investigating Israel and investigating the content of United Nations Relief and Works Agency’s (UNRWA) educational materials.“]

Middle East Eye 5/13/22: Shireen Abu Akleh: US lawmakers divided over journalist’s killing


Media & Members re: Elections


In These Times 5/18/22: Overcoming an Onslaught of Dark Money Attacks, Progressive Summer Lee Declares Victory

Mondoweiss 5/18/22: Summer Lee declares victory in Pennsylvania, but pro-Israel super PACs helped make it a close race

Haaretz 5/18/22: Progressive Democrat Declares Victory in Pennsylvania Primary Despite Unprecedented AIPAC Opposition

Levin (D-MI-9) 05/17/2022: Retweet of @maxberger – “Given the flood outside money by AIPAC, crypto and billionaires, it’d be a great night for progressives if @SummerForPA wins in PA-12 and @JamieforOregon wins in OR-5. Still more big match-ups to come in @JCisnerosTX race in TX and @Andy_Levin’s race in MI.”

Omar (D-MN-5) 05/17/2022: Retweet of @AdamGreen – “Reminder: @AIPAC didn’t run ads against @SummerLee about Israel, their supposed mission. They called Summer a bad Democrat, a lie and especially rich coming from a group that endorsed dozens of insurrectionist Republicans in Congress. Her current 47 vote lead in #PA12 is sweet. Link to quoted tweet

Omar (D-MN-5) 05/18/2022: Retweet of @allinwithchris – “.@chrislhayes on how AIPAC is spending millions to sway races: “They recognize that Israel is not the top issue for the voters—so what they did instead was launch an almost comically disingenuous attack claiming Summer Lee is ‘not a real Democrat.'” Link to video

The Intercept 5/16/22: Summer Lee Faces AIPAC Spending Onslaught in Final Days of Pennsylvania Primary

Jewish Insider 5/16/22: Kathy Barnette presents a different side [“Kathy Barnette, a longshot Republican Senate candidate in Pennsylvania who has suddenly leapt into contention ahead of Tuesday’s primary, has argued that America cannot ‘co-exist with the homosexual agenda’ and that ‘two men holding hands’ is ‘not normal.’ Elsewhere, she has written that ‘pedophilia is a cornerstone of Islam,’ amplified the conspiracy that former President Barack Obama ‘is a Muslim’ and likened Islam to Nazism. But the Kathy Barnette who spoke with Jewish Insider in a brief interview on Sunday presented a different front. Describing herself as an ‘unflinching friend to Israel, to Jews’ and ‘to all law-abiding Americans,’ Barnette, 50, pledged that she will be ‘unrelenting toward’ those who ‘are racist or intolerant’ if she is elected to the Senate.”]

CNN 5/17/22: Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Kentucky, Idaho and Oregon primaries [“Re: PA “…United Democracy Project, the group aligned with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, pouring more than $2 million — the vast majority of it aimed at damaging Lee — into an already heated intra-party ideological proxy fight.”]

Jewish Insider 5/16/22: Echoes of OH-11 in heated Pittsburgh House race [“In a matter of weeks, the race for an open House seat in Pittsburgh and its surrounding suburbs has burst onto the front lines of a high-profile Democratic civil war that has figured prominently in several recent primary battles around the country, particularly where opposing approaches to Israel have fueled tensions between the party’s mainstream and activist wings…The United Democracy Project, a new super PAC affiliated with AIPAC, the bipartisan pro-Israel lobbying group, has invested most heavily in the race. For nearly the past month, UDP has unleashed a barrage of attack ads targeting Lee. ”]

Vox 5/15/22: Summer Lee could be the latest addition to the Squad [“Recent tension in the race has centered on millions in outside spending on political ads, including those paid for by AIPAC’s super PAC, a pro-Israel group backing Irwin. The AIPAC- affiliated group has expressed concern that Lee wasn’t supportive enough of Israel, something she has pushed back on, while defending past remarks she’s made about the country’s treatment of Palestinians.”]

New York Post 5/14/22: ‘Squad’ wannabe Summer Lee spooks Jewish voters ahead of Pennsylvania primary


The Intercept 5/18/22: Rep. Kurt Schrader, the “Joe Manchin of the House,” Nears Defeat in His Oregon Primary

Omar (D-MN-5) 05/17/2022: Retweet of @maxberger – “This race really shows what an impact AIPAC’s SuperPAC money had on progressive vs moderate races. It looks like @JamieforOregon will take out an incumbent – because outside SuperPACs “only” spent $785,001 on her race. They spent at least $3m in PA-12, NC-1 and NC-4. Link to quoted tweet

North Carolina

WUNC 5/17/22: Foushee dominates Democratic primary in NC 4th Congressional District

Jewish Insider 5/16/22: In NC-04, Israel emerges as an issue in Democratic primary’s final weeks [“AIPAC’s super PAC pumped nearly $300K this quarter to support state lawmaker Valerie Foushee, while progressives lined up to support Nida Allam ahead of Tuesday’s primary.”]

The Assembly 5/10/22: Buying a Blue Seat – How the race for North Carolina’s most progressive district became the most expensive Democratic congressional primary in state history.

Spectrum Local News 5/12/22: Dem primary for bright blue congressional district in N.C. shows split between left, establishment [“The primary race has attracted millions in outside spending, with most going to support Foushee’s campaign. The top candidates in the race show the divide in the Democratic Party between the progressive wing on the left and the more centrist wing.”]

New Observer 5/11/22: In expensive primary for NC Democrats, Clay Aiken criticizes Valerie Foushee for PAC money [“Foushee, a longtime elected official and a state senator, has benefited from $2.4 million spent independently by super PACs funded by pro-Israel group AIPAC and a crypto-currency billionaire”]


Texas Tribune 5/16/22: South Texas Democrats fight to shape their party’s future in primary runoffs

New York

Jacobin 5/16/22: Israel’s Defenders Are Funding a New Effort to Defeat Socialists in New York


Levin (D-MI-9) 05/19/2022: Retweet of @EvanTraylor – “Let’s help keep @Andy_Levin in Congress!! We need his strong moral leadership on so many issues, including Israel/Palestine. Link to quoted tweet

Levin (D-MI-9) 05/17/2022: Retweet of @OurRevolution – “ANDY LEVIN vs BIG MONEY DMFI and AIPAC are pouring money into the race for Michigan’s 11th, backing conservative Dem Haley Stevens against one of our strongest working class fighters in Congress – @Andy_Levin. But Andy has our movement. Link to image


Jewish Insider 5/18/22: Rob Bassin on the impact of the United Democracy Project [“UDP spent $2.1 million backing Foushee and $2.4 million supporting Davis and opposing Smith. The super PAC topped out at a staggering $2.7 million on behalf of Irwin, a mainstream Democrat who — even with backing from the party establishment in Allegheny County — had struggled to gain traction until the final weeks of the bitterly contested race to succeed outgoing Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA)…’I think it’s notable,’ Bassin said, ‘that in a very short period of time, the pro-Israel community has demonstrated it can be a significant political force.’”]

The Forward 5/18/22: Progressives and pro-Israel groups each claim victories in May primaries

Times of Israel 5/18/22: Pro-Israel groups see mixed results after pouring millions into Democratic primaries

JTA 5/18/22: Candidates backed by pro-Israel PACs, including 2 affiliated with AIPAC, won primaries in NC

NBC News 5/18/22: Progressives hoped for big 2022 primary gains, but the results have been mixed

Haaretz 5/18/22: Two Wins and One Stinging Loss for AIPAC in Tuesday Democratic Primaries

Jerusalem Post 5/18/22: Candidates backed by AIPAC and J Street face off for first time

Newman (D-IL-3) 05/18/2022: Retweet of @_Goldwasser_ – “AIPAC & DMFI are pro-occupation, pro-apartheid. They are pro-Israel only if you desire Israel’s future to be continued occupation & apartheid. If you believe in Israel as described in its Decl of Independence — equality for all its inhabitants — they are decidedly anti-Israel.

Perfect Union 5/17/22: INVESTIGATION: The Super PACs Trying To Take Down Working Class Candidates For Congress

The Guardian 5/17/22: Pro-Israel lobbying group Aipac secretly pouring millions into defeating progressive Democrats

Teen Vogue 5/17/22: How Primary Races in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Texas Will Impact Progressives

Common Dreams 5/17/22: AIPAC’s Super PAC Spends Millions to Defeat Summer Lee, Other Progressives

Jewish Insider 5/17/22: What we’re watching in today’s primaries

Bowman (D-NY-16) 05/16/2022: Retweet of @justicedems – “WATCH: Why have Republican-funded groups like DMFI and AIPAC spent millions of dollars to try to beat progressives like @SummerForPA, @JCisnerosTX, @BernieSanders, @ninaturner, and @JamaalBowmanNY in primaries? Link to video

Politico 5/16/22: Where megadonors are spending big money to shape the Democratic Party’s future

Haaretz 5/16/22: AIPAC’s Super PAC Faces First Big Test in Crucial Democratic Primaries [“The pro-Israel group’s United Democracy Project has spent unprecedented amounts promoting centrist Democrats ahead of Tuesday’s votes in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. How effective will it prove?’]

The Intercept 5/15/22: Jewish Progressives Sound the Alarm as Pro-Israel Groups Target Marginalized Candidates – AIPAC and DMFI are leading scorched-earth campaigns in Democratic primaries. Progressive Jews warn the tactics are all too familiar.

Newman (D-IL-3) 05/13/2022: Retweet of @BernieSanders – “With very few exceptions, @daveweigel being one of them, nobody in the mainstream media is covering the major story of this primary season and that is how billionaires, through AIPAC, are spending millions to defeat progressive candidates. Link to quoted tweet

Omar (D-MN-5) 05/13/2022: Retweet of @jeremyslevin – “Here are the latest @AIPAC ads targeting @IlhanMN with Islamophobic hate, saying she thinks “there is no difference between America and the Taliban” (a blatant lie). Dozens of Jewish groups demanded they take them down last year. They refused. Link to image

Sanders (I-VT) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “AIPAC stands with pro-Israel Democrats and Republicans. They stand with Republican insurrectionists who refused to certify Biden’s election. But, mostly, they stand with billionaires who want a “two-party” system that is united in support of large corporations and the rich. Link to quoted tweet


Members on the Record

Killing of Palestinian-American Journalist/Attack on Her Funeral

Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) 5/19/22: Instagram Live video, including (among other things) – killing of Shrieen Abu Akleh. Excerpt: “…they try to make it seem as though you know that believing that Palestinians are human beings that deserve human rights is like somehow inherently antisemitic. It’s not. And it’s insulting, I believe, to the actual profound amount of antisemitism that our Jewish brothers and sisters are confronting right now…[well worth listening to in full]

Gottheimer (D-NJ-5) 05/17/2022: Tweet – “The killing of Palestinian-American journalist, Shireen Abu Akela is tragic and heartbreaking. There must be a full investigation with submission of all forensics and cooperation from all parties.”

Durbin (D-IL) 05/16/2022: Tweet – “The killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is a tragic loss, and a reminder of the risks journalists take to bring us the truth. I urge all parties to participate in a timely, credible, and independent investigation of the events that led to her killing. Link to quoted tweet

Casten (D-IL-6) 05/15/2022: Tweet – “Not only am I horrified by the shooting of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, but I’m deeply disturbed by the attacks by Israeli police on mourners. Both atrocious attacks warrant thorough investigation.

Wasserman Schultz (D-FL-23) 05/15/2022: Tweet – “I’m heartbroken by Shireen Abu Akleh’s tragic death. A swift, thorough, objective probe and accountability into her death and her producer’s injuries is needed. My condolences to her loved ones. Journalists must work without fear of violence. Press freedoms are vital.”

McCollum (D-MN-4) 05/14/2022: Retweet of @Harbpeace – “@BettyMcCollum04: “I’ve called for restrictions on US aid to Israel to ensure our tax dollars are not funding blatant human rights abuses – and such restrictions should certainly be applied to this situation if Israeli security forces are found responsible for Shireen’s death”

Schneider (D-IL-10) 05/14/2022: Twitter thread – “I want to extend my condolences to the family, community and coworkers of Al Jazeera journalist, and Palestinian American, Shireen Abu Akleh. The death of any journalist in the line of duty is a tragedy. I join the Administration in condemning Abu Akleh’s killing and call for a full and complete investigation of her death, and holding to account those responsible. This can only be achieved with cooperation between Palestinian and Israeli authorities. I was also disturbed by the scenes at her funeral, including video of people throwing objects at the procession and of police brutally assaulting mourners. Israel must investigate the events surrounding the funeral, including the actions of its police officers, and take corrective action to prevent such situations in the future. I continue to pray for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, as well as all people throughout the region. I remain committed to seeking pathways, such as the historic Abraham Accords, to promote coexistence, mutual respect and shared prosperity.”

Beyer (D-VA-8) 05/13/2022: Retweet of @ChrisVanHollen – “Agree. This simply adds trauma on top of a tragedy. Need immediate accountability for these attacks on people mourning the death of American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. And her killer must be brought to justice. Link to quoted tweet

Bowman (D-NY-16) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “Shireen Abu Akleh is a renowned Palestinian-American journalist whose tragic murder is an affront to the freedom of press and truth. A full investigation and accountability must follow. May she rest in power

Bowman (D-NY-16) 05/13/2022: Twitter thread – “No one should be attacked while mourning. There’s no excuse. This is a prime example of the inhumane treatment of Palestinians living under occupation. We need a full and independent investigation of Shireen Abu Allen’s murder and this abhorrent violence by the Israeli police. Link to quoted tweet Shireen Abu Akleh

Castro (D-TX-20) 05/13/2022: Retweet of @BarakRavid – “BREAKING: U.S. officials conveyed to the Israeli government a protest about the actions of the Israeli police during the funeral of Shireen Abu Akleh, U.S. & Israeli sources tell me. The sources said there is anger and frustration among Biden administration official over this”

Castro (D-TX-20) 05/13/2022: Retweet of @Rushdibbc – “The closest video of the #Israeli police suppressing the funeral procession of Shireen Abu Aqleh as the coffin was leaving the French hospital towards the cemetery Link to video

Castro (D-TX-20) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “I condemn the violence by the Israeli police at Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral. There must be an independent investigation into her murder and those responsible must be brought to justice. Link to quoted tweet

Connolly (D-VA-11) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “I am deeply saddened by the tragic killing of American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. Accountability for those responsible must be immediate, impartial, and transparent. I stand with my colleagues in Congress in defense of press freedom and the protection of journalists worldwide.

Dingell (D-MI-12) 05/14/2022: Tweet – “This is indefensible. We need a full, transparent, and independent investigation into the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh and these disturbing attacks by Israeli police on mourners. Those responsible for these actions must be held accountable.

Escobar (D-TX-16) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “The murder of Shireen Abu Akleh and the attacks on mourners by Israeli forces are horrific. Every person should be able to pray and mourn their loved ones safely and without fear of violence. Palestinians deserve better than this. Shireen deserves better than this. Link to quoted tweet

García (D-IL-4) 05/13/2022: Retweet of @SenSanders – “The attack by Israeli forces against mourners at the funeral of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is an outrage. The United States must condemn this, and demand an independent investigation into her killing.

Jacobs (D-CA-53) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “This is horrific and inexcusable. We need a full investigation into this violence and the death of Shireen Abu Akleh. Link to quoted tweet

Khanna (D-CA-17) 05/13/2022: Twitter thread – “We must have an independent investigation into the killing of renowned Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. I agree with Secretary Blinken that every family deserves to lay their loves ones to rest with dignity and in peace. Link to quoted tweet Once again I extend my deepest condolences to her family and all those mourning her loss.”

Levin (D-MI-9) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “Live coverage of Israeli officers attacking attendees of Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral, almost toppling the casket to the ground, disturbed me deeply. What can justify this?

Markey (D-MA) 05/13/2022: Twitter thread – “The killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is a tragedy and there must be a fair, thorough, and transparent investigation. Journalism is not a crime and there must be accountability for her murder. Using violent force against grieving mourners at a funeral is uncalled for and inexcusable. Israeli police must let Palestinians mourn the loss of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh without interference.”

Newman (D-IL-3) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “Shameful and horrifying. I can’t believe that I have to say this, but Palestinians should be able to pray, live and mourn without being violently attacked. The US government cannot continue turning a blind eye to this brutality. Link to quoted tweet

Omar (D-MN-5) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “This is just cruel. Link to quoted tweet

Sanders (I-VT) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “The attack by Israeli forces against mourners at the funeral of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is an outrage. The United States must condemn this, and demand an independent investigation into her killing.”

Sherrill (D-NJ-11) 05/13/2022: Twitter thread – “The killing of Palestinian-American journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh is a horrific tragedy. There must be an independent investigation to hold those responsible accountable. Journalists bravely cover war, expose corruption, and hold the powerful to account. We must defend the right of journalists to safely report the news around the world.”

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “The brutal apartheid government of Israel. Link to quoted tweet

Warren (D-MA) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “The killing of Shireen Abu Akleh and the attacks on mourners by Israeli forces at her funeral are deeply disturbing. A free press is a cornerstone of democracy and journalists should not be killed for doing their jobs. We need a full independent investigation.”

Wild (D-PA-7) 05/14/2022: Retweet of @SecBlinken – “We were deeply troubled by the images of Israeli police intruding into the funeral procession of Palestinian American Shireen Abu Akleh. Every family deserves to lay their loved ones to rest in a dignified and unimpeded manner.”

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/13/2022: Retweet of @ArabsForBernie – “@BernieSanders @daveweigel This is truly indefensible and disrespectful, as is the killing of #ShireenAbuAkleh. Your silence is troubling. Link to video


Palestinians (general)

Levin (D-MI-9) 05/19/2022: Retweet of @AbdulElSayed – “Great episode – and loved the special shout-out to @Andy_Levin for speaking truth on Palestinian rights. Link to quoted tweet

Levin (D-MI-9) 05/19/2022: Tweet – “Thanks @TVietor08 and @brhodes for the important work you do to uplift Palestinian voices and educate American audiences on the occupation. And thanks for shining a light on the attacks I’m facing for speaking truthfully about it, too. Link to quoted tweet


Israel – General

Levin (D-MI-9) 05/18/2022: Tweet – “It was a pleasure to host Israeli intelligence expert and former Mossad director Efraim Halevy for a briefing with House colleagues. We had a productive discussion on Iran nuclear deal negotiations, a two-state solution and ways to further peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Link to image

Price (D-NC-4) 05/17/2022: Tweet – “It was a pleasure to participate in @jstreetdotorg’s National Leadership Summit yesterday! I joined a panel discussion with @Rep_Stansbury on the current political landscape regarding policy towards Israel, moderated by J Street President, @JeremyBenAmi. Link to image

Risch (R-ID) 05/17/2022: Tweet – “I welcome the news that @usairforce will participate in a joint exercise with our #Israeli partners. The Chariots of Fire exercise is an important, and long-overdue, show of deterrence in the face of #Iran’s continued aggression and nuclear enrichment. Report: US refuelers to take part in largescale Israeli drill for strike on Iran… |

Lamborn (R-CO-5) 05/16/2022: Tweet – “I had a great time celebrating the 74th anniversary of Israel’s independence with Ambassador Michael Herzog last week in Washington, D.C. I will always advocate for a strong partnership between the U.S. and our friend and ally, Israel. Link to image

Weber (R-TX-14) 05/17/2022: In reply to Tweet – “@IDF Good work, @IDF”

Cramer (R-ND) 05/16/2022: Tweet – “It was great to meet with Dan Rosen & Yehuda Neuberger from @AIPAC! We discussed the importance of a strong relationship with Israel and what America can do to assist in promoting peace in the area. Link to image

Long (R-MO-7) 05/15/2022: Retweet of @HananyaNaftali – “I’m waiting to board my flight back home to Israel and with me waiting a monk, a Rabbi and a Muslim couple. This is Israel. People of all faiths are happy and protected.”

Young (R-IN) 05/16/2022: Twitter thread – “Why is the Administration delisting Terror Groups that have targeted our Spanish, Japanese, Israeli, and Egyptian allies? @SecBlinken must answer for this. US set to remove 5 groups from foreign terrorism blacklist… | If under a national security waiver, what is the justification? If it is alleged that groups have changed their conduct, where is the evidence of that?”

Babin (R-TX-36) 05/14/2022: Tweet – “I had a fantastic meeting with Yossi Dagan, Israeli Mayor of the Samaria Region, earlier this week. Israel is our strongest Middle Eastern ally. Maintaining and strengthening that alliance is critical to achieving peace within the region. America must always stand with Israel! Link to image

Bacon (R-NE-2) 05/14/2022: Retweet of @NebraskaYR – “We will always support Israel! Link to quoted tweet

Blackburn (R-TN) 05/14/2022: Tweet – “Four years ago today, our Embassy in Israel was finally moved to their capitol, Jerusalem. Promises made, promises kept.”

Fleischmann (R-TN-3) 05/14/2022: Tweet – “On this day, 4 years ago, the U.S. Embassy in Israel officially moved to Jerusalem. We must always stand with our ally, Israel, and do all we can to support them against those who wish them harm.”

Mast (R-FL-18) 05/15/2022: Tweet – “While the world looks to us for leadership, Joe Biden has turned his back – on Afghanistan, on Ukraine, on Israel, on freedom. Link to image

Miller-Meeks (R-IA-2) 05/14/2022: Tweet – “It was an honor to meet with Israeli Consul General @YinamCohen this week in honor of Israel’s 74th Independence Day. I am proud to support Israel and a strong alliance between our nations! Link to image



Cicilline (D-RI-1) 05/17/2022: Tweet – “Very encouraged to see so many in Lebanon seizing the opportunity to make their voices heard at the ballot box. Now, the newly elected Lebanese government must pass reforms to help their country through the current political and economic crises. Hezbollah Loses Majority Bloc in Lebanon Election, Results Show… |

Risch (R-ID) 05/17/2022: Tweet – “In #Lebanon’s weekend elections, #Hezbollah & its allies lost seats to pro-reform candidates, demonstrating a desire for change. After years of political stalemate, Lebanese leaders must advance reform. The Lebanese people deserve justice & accountability, not more corruption.”



Inhofe (R-OK) 05/17/2022: Tweet – “Biden conceded to terrorists by removing al-Gamaa al-Islamiya from the terrorism list. Al-Gamaa’s leader, ‘The Blind Sheikh,’ plotted to attack tunnels & bridges in NYC. Al-Gamaa sent jihadis to Syria.   If @POTUS gets away w/ lifting this designation, he will lift the IRGC’s. Link to image

Kinzinger (R-IL-16) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “I’m proud to know Dr. Attar, a Chicago MD who has risked his life to help those in dire need. From #Syria to #Ukraine, he’s volunteered in their hospitals & witnessed the devastation & horror. In both places, innocent people are targeted by Putin with impunity. Enough is enough. Link to quoted tweet

Wilson (R-SC-2) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “I am gravely concerned that the Biden administration has lifted sanctions on the brutal Assad regime via a General License. Back in March my @RepublicanStudy wrote to @StateDept on this and received no answer. Link to quoted tweet



Bacon (R-NE-2) 05/18/2022: Tweet – “Iranians want a government that respects their human rights. Iranians want freedom and a government that they can respect. We hope to see someday soon an Iran that safeguards its citizens freedoms, that is secular, nuclear weapons free and at peace with its neighbors. Link to quoted tweet

Gooden (R-TX-5) 05/17/2022: Tweet – “Joe Biden is shipping pallets of baby formula to the border just like he helped ship pallets of cash to Iran.”

Murray (D-WA) 05/18/2022: Tweet – “Families need us to treat cybersecurity like the national security threat it is. As China, Iran, Russia, and other adversaries get more aggressive with their cyberattacks, we’ve got to make sure we aren’t just keeping up here—but keeping ahead. Link to quoted tweet

Risch (R-ID) 05/17/2022: Tweet – “Biden easing sanctions on the #Maduro regime will strengthen its criminal network, exacerbate the horrific humanitarian crisis, and allow malign actors like #Russia, #Iran, #Cuba, and others to continue intervening in our hemisphere. My full statement. Risch: Biden Admin’s Venezuela Policy is Incoherent | United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

McCaul (R-TX-10) 05/16/2022: Tweet – “LR @RepMcCaul “I am deeply disturbed by reports from Iran of regime violence against protestors and internet outages. The Iranian people have a right to free assembly and free speech, and these rights must be respected. The world is watching.” Food protests continue across Iran as one person reported dead… |

Pfluger (R-TX-11) 05/16/2022: Twitter thread – “Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran are actively working to harm the US and our allies through cyberspace. Congress must pass my bill (H.R. 7302) to send a clear message that the U.S. will not tolerate any attacks on our critical infrastructure. E.U., U.K. and U.S. accuse Russia of cyberattack on internet provider | My bill deters would-be attackers by making sure the administration responds adequately to any attack and protects the energy sector by codifying its designation as “critical infrastructure.” Read more: Pfluger Introduces Bill to Protect Critical Infrastructure… |

Pfluger (R-TX-11) 05/16/2022: GETTR Post – “Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran are actively working to harm the US and our allies through cyberspace. Congress must pass my bill (H.R. 7302) to send a clear message that the U.S. will not tolerate any attacks on our critical infrastructure. E.U., U.K. and U.S. accuse Russia of cyberattack on internet provider |

Donalds (R-FL-19) 05/16/2022: Retweet of @LibertyIranian – “We feel that it’s important for the Iranian people to know U.S. politicians support them. Please see below for a 2021 IAL video clip from @RepDonaldsPress. “I fully support the Iranian people standing up for their freedom and rights.” #IranProtests #IranProtests2022 Link to video

Fallon (R-TX-4) 05/16/2022: Tweet – “I look forward to the day when the Iranian people are free from persecution by their own government. Link to quoted tweet

Perry (R-PA-10) 05/16/2022: Tweet – “The Voice of America cannot be the voice of oppression, and fraud waste and abuse. It’s long past time for Congress to look into the United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM). @HouseForeign @HouseForeignGOP Link to quoted tweet


Saudi Arabia/Yemen

LaMalfa (R-CA-1) 05/17/2022: Tweet – “Whose side is President Biden on? It’s certainly not America’s. President Biden shut down domestic gas and oil production while forcing us to pay top dollar for Saudi oil. Saudi oil tycoons are celebrating record profits while the American people pick up the tab. Link to quoted tweet

Boyle (D-PA-2) 05/16/2022: In reply to Tweet – “@EdwardGLuce @RanaForoohar I feel seen”

Grassley (R-IA) 05/17/2022: Tweet – “On Jan 20 2021 the US went from being energy independent to energy dependent Proof the Pres asked Saudi Arabia to import more oil into US high ga$ price$ are a direct result of Biden Admin energy policies The only way to get price$ down is to reverse Biden’s bad energy policies Link to image

Loudermilk (R-GA-11) 05/17/2022: Tweet – “In Feb, Pres. Biden turned to Saudi Arabia to help alleviate the fallout from his admin’s war on American energy. Today, the Saudi oil giant Aramco is the richest company in the world, recently surpassing Apple. This is just another example of Biden’s ‘America Last’ agenda.”

Rubio (R-FL) 05/16/2022: Tweet – “Master Sgt Cory Haggett, a #Florida native who grew up near @Hurlburt_Field, was awarded a Silver Star for courageously rescuing four fellow servicemen during an enemy raid in the Arabian Peninsula. Florida & our nation salute Master Sgt Haggett’s incredible bravery & service! Link to quoted tweet

Stabenow (D-MI) 05/16/2022: Tweet – “This is absurd!   Oil and gas companies are making choices to keep prices high at the pump so that they can pad their pockets with record profits. Saudi Aramco Posts Record Quarterly Profit on Surging Oil Prices… |

Stabenow (D-MI) 05/17/2022: Tweet – “Michigan families shouldn’t pay astronomical gas prices just so oil and gas companies can earn record profits. It’s wrong and it needs to stop now! Saudi oil company Aramco’s profits spike 80% amid Ukraine war, volatile energy markets… |

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/17/2022: Twitter thread – “The world’s worst humanitarian crisis today is in Yemen, where the Saudi/UAE coalition are bombing of civilian targets, including hospitals, schools & water treatment plants, and blockading Yemeni ports with American weapons and support. Link to video The Saudi coalition is undermining the current ceasefire. Congress must pass a #WarPowersResolution for #Yemen to end US support for this massacre and pressure Saudi/UAE to peace. Yemen: A glimmer of hope in a devastating war… |

Long (R-MO-7) 05/16/2022: Tweet – ““#Saudi #oil giant @Aramco’s first-quarter profits surge 80%.” As our dependence on foreign oil increases, so do their profits. #JoeBidenYouDidThis #DrillBabyDrill”

Long (R-MO-7) 05/16/2022: Tweet – “#JoeBidenYouDidThis #Saudi #oil giant ⁦@aramco⁩ first-quarter profits surge 80% | ⁦@FoxBusiness⁩ Saudi oil giant Aramco’s first-quarter profits surge 80% | Fox Business

Pallone (D-NJ-6) 05/15/2022: Tweet – “Big Oil companies worldwide are raking in record profits while ripping off consumers at the pump. The House will take action this week to hold price gougers here in the United States accountable and to help lower costs for consumers. Saudi Aramco Posts Record Quarterly Profit on Surging Oil Prices… |

Gaetz (R-FL-1) 05/14/2022: Retweet of @weartv – “LIVE: Northwest Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz stops by Channel 3 studios to talk NAS Pensacola attack latest and more — Gaetz asks Navy to provide documents in lawsuit against Saudi Arabia over terror attack… |   WEAR ABC 3… |

Gaetz (R-FL-1) 05/13/2022: Tweet – ““Responding to Gaetz’s questions, the admiral acknowledged the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security issued a memorandum Jan. 13, 2020 — calling for what Gaetz described as “continuous review for international military students”” NAS Pensacola families seek help holding Saudi government accountable for Dec. 6 attack… |

Gaetz (R-FL-1) 05/13/2022: GETTR – “ICYMI: Congressman Matt Gaetz joined Bob Solarski for an interview on WEAR-3 Pensacola, where they discussed holding Saudi Arabia accountable for the 2019 terrorist attack at NAS Pensacola, Democrats recklessly spending another $40 billion on the war in Ukraine, how our public health institutions should respond amid reports of a new COVID wave this year, and more! WATCH: Gaetz: I’m Not Sure That 40 Billion Dollars ISN’T Going To Start World War 3 |



Long (R-MO-7) 05/14/2022: Retweet of @starsandstripes – “Pentagon awards latest contract in $265 million project to expand remote air base in Jordan Pentagon awards latest contract in $265 million project to expand remote air base in Jordan… |



Meeks (D-NY-5) 05/16/2022: Tweet – “CM @RepGregoryMeeks: Egyptian political activist @Alaa Abd El-Fattah is 45 days into a hunger strike in response to abuse he has endured in prison. I join his family and civil society in calling for his release and the return of his legal rights. #FreeAlaa British citizen on hunger strike in Egypt jail says farewell to family… |



Burchett (R-TN-2) 05/18/2022: Tweet – “Greek leader warns Congress against weapons sales to Turkey | The Hill Greek leader warns Congress against weapons sales to Turkey | The Hill

Lesko (R-AZ-8) 05/16/2022: Tweet – “This is an invasion! The #BidenBorderCrisis is a major threat to our national security! Link to quoted tweet

Fallon (R-TX-4) 05/16/2022: Tweet – “Having unvetted people flooding into our country is a national security risk. Make no mistake about it, Biden’s policies are causing this crisis. Link to quoted tweet

McCarthy (R-CA-23) 05/16/2022: Retweet of @BillFOXLA – “NEW: Border Patrol in El Paso sector report there were more than 1,200 illegals crossings in their sector yesterday alone. They included Haitians, Cubans, Nicaraguans, and some from Turkey. @FoxNews Link to image

Malliotakis (R-NY-11) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “Nicole has joined a bipartisan effort in Congress to pass the Armenian Genocide Education Act to ensure the @librarycongress educates about atrocities committed against Armenians, Greeks & more by the Turkish Ottoman Empire. @ANCA_DC @cher @KimKardashian Congressional support grows for Armenian Genocide Education Act… |

Pallone (D-NJ-6) 05/13/2022: Twitter thread – “The United States and our NATO allies should welcome Finland and Sweden with open arms. Their entry would strengthen NATO and serve as a critical deterrent to Russian aggression. It’s shameful that Erdogan is seeking to drive a wedge in the alliance during a time of crisis. Link to quoted tweet His outrageous claims about Finland and Sweden are yet another example of Turkey’s failure to live up to its NATO obligations. He has consistently shown that he is not a reliable partner and that he is not committed to advancing the shared democratic values of the NATO alliance.

Pappas (D-NH-1) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “I strongly oppose the Biden Administration’s proposed sale of weapons and equipment to Turkey. Their increasingly belligerent rhetoric and behavior towards Greece, a reliable democratic NATO ally, cannot be ignored. Pappas Leads Bipartisan Opposition to Biden Administration Proposal to Sell Weapons to Turkey… |


United Arab Emirates

Long (R-MO-7) 05/14/2022: Retweet of @HananyaNaftali – “I send my deepest condolences to the UAE over the passing of the great leader and President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan. He will forever be remembered for his courageous and loving leadership. We in Israel stand with the UAE. Link to image

Long (R-MO-7) 05/15/2022: Retweet of @HananyaNaftali – “I congratulate Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for becoming the President of the UAE. May we continue to strengthen the peace between Israel and the UAE and counter radicalism together. Link to image

Inhofe (R-OK) 05/14/2022: Tweet – “I want to congratulate my friend H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed on his election as UAE President. He is a brave leader and vital U.S. partner, who shares our interest in a peaceful Middle East free of extremists. I wish him all the best. Link to quoted tweet

Bishop (R-NC-9) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “The NBA announced they’ll be playing games next year in the UAE, where human rights are as hard to come by as the NBA’s other business partner, Communist China. Like the rest of woke corporate America, the NBA rarely practices what they preach to Americans. Link to video

Inhofe (R-OK) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “I send my condolences to my friends in the UAE on the passing of their President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan. He was an important friend to the U.S., always committed to working together to strengthen security. I know our partnership will remain strong in the future.

Menendez (D-NJ) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “My sincere condolences to the UAE & its citizens on the passing of President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, ruler of Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Khalifa built a legacy of partnership with the US, & we will hold the Emirati people & the Al Nahyan family in our thoughts as they mourn his loss.”

Risch (R-ID) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “I’m saddened by the death of President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. #SheikhKhalifa played a key role in modernizing the #UAE. I extend my heartfelt condolences to his friends, family, and the #Emirati people for their loss.



Wilson (R-SC) 5/17/22:  Statement in Congressional Record — “Celebrating 50 Year Relationship between Qatar and the U.S.”

Bacon (R-NE) 5/17/22: Statement in Congressional Record — “Commending Qatar and the U.S. on 50 Years of Diplomatic Relations

Green (D-TX-9) 05/14/2022: Tweet – “Incredibly grateful to Qatar for extending a hand of friendship to Houston & facilitating the construction of 5 soccer fields in #TX09. These fields will allow the community to enjoy a safe recreational space & reduce the risk of flooding along Sims Bayou. Gooooooool!  Link to image


Other – Middle East

Menendez (D-NJ) 5/19/22: Floor statement calling on the Senate to confirm Barbara Leaf as Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs

Cruz (R-TX) 05/17/2022: Tweet – “Chuck Schumer is advancing the nomination of Barbara Leaf, despite her role covering up and lying about Joe Biden’s disasters in the Middle East. Link to video