Photos courtesy Twitter accounts of Rep. Chellie Pingree and Alan Dershowitz.
Dumb is the word Alan Dershowitz uses first to describe Congresswoman Chellie Pingree’s support of a bill sponsored by one of her progressive colleagues that would change the rules around Israel’s ability to defend itself from terror attacks or detain and interrogate suspects. He goes on to prosecute the case for how Rep. Pingree’s support of a bill that is now before Congress will lead to an increase in the recruitment and use of children for terrorism.
Writing for the Gatestone Institute, Dershowitz takes aim at Pingree, the Congresswoman from Maine’s First Congressional District, and a small group of like-minded progressive members of Congress.
In the piece, published on Thanksgiving at GatestoneInstitute.org, the Harvard Law professor takes Pingree and nine other members of the “Progressive Caucus” to task for their sponsorship of a bill that would essentially end U.S. financial support for Israel in the circumstance where Israel defends itself against a terrorist attack by a child, or detains and interrogates a child as a suspect in a terror attack.
The line of reasoning put forth by the prominent Harvard Law professor is that by tying United States policy and funding for Israel to the age of terrorists who attack Israel, the legislation sets up a scenario where Middle Eastern terror groups are given strong incentives to use more children to execute terror-related activities against Israel in hopes of triggering a loss of U.S. funding.
While Dershowitz says the exact ages of terror suspects that would trigger decertification of American funding support are not clear in the proposed legislation, the bill does mention Israeli detention of individuals as old as 17 years of age.
Dershowitz, a self-described liberal Democrat, calls the bill dumb, and an attack on the Jewish victims of terror attacks, citing decades of terrorist organizations recruiting young people to carry out terror attacks because the Israeli justice system is more lenient on them. He says some of the most barbaric attacks carried out against Israelis “have been committed by Palestinian teens who have been recruited by terrorist leaders.”
In closing, Dershowitz asks if these same members of Congress would protest the detention of attackers if Americans in New York or Los Angeles or Boston were facing similar attacks at bus stations and grocery markets.
“For shame,” Dershowitz declares. “On this group of ‘progressive’ Democrats, which include the following members of Congress: Mark Pocan (WI), Earl Blumenauer (OR), André Carson (IN), John Conyers, Jr. (MI), Danny K. Davis (IL), Peter A. DeFazio (OR), Raul Grijalva, Luis V. Gutiérrez (AZ), and Chellie Pingree (ME). They give a bad name to the Democratic Party, to the Progressive Caucus and to Congress.”
The legislation supported by Rep. Chellie Pingree and colleagues also has the support of CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations.