Prog lawmakers challenged to reject local backers’ blame of “Israel’s apartheid regime”

By Michael Bielawski

Stillshot from Israel Twitter account of Palestinian men with dead body of Israeli woman, taken from video this weekend.

The group Champlain Valley Democrat Socialists of America has reposted a social media post on X (formerly Twitter) from their national counterparts stating that they blame “Israel’s apartheid regime” for the violent terror attacks that killed more than 600 Israelis over the weekend.

The original post by the national organization for the Democrat Socialists of America account states, “DSA is steadfast in expressing our solidarity with Palestine. Today’s events are a direct result of Israel’s apartheid regime—a regime that receives billions in funding from the United States. End the violence. End the Occupation. Free Palestine.”

The message continues over four additional posts. It continues, “This was not unprovoked. For over 60 years, Palestinians have faced ethnic cleansing, torture, bombings, and housing demolitions. Gaza is still under a blockade.”

Both a prominent Burlington Democrat Ed Adrian and Vermont GOP chair Paul Dame want three progressive lawmakers – Sen. Tanya Vyhovsky and Reps. Kate Logan and Brian Cina – to denounce the views of the group that endorsed them in the last election. 

The legislative members that Dame and Adrian allude to are Rep. Brian Cina, P/D-Burlington, Rep. Kate Logan, P/D Burlington, and Sen. Tanya Vyhovsky, P/D Chittenden Central. All were endorsed by the Champlain Valley DSA during their elections.

“I don’t often agree with the VT Republican Party, but when you’re right, you’re right,” Adrian said. “It’s time for those aligned with DSA to choose what is right.”

Dame thinks likewise: ”A Vermont chapter of a national Socialist organization has issued a statement of support for those who have led this greusome attack on Israel. But even more alarming is the fact that this local organization has endorsed at least three sitting Vermont legislators in the Democratic Primary.”

“The images and video coming from Israel has been disturbing. It is repulsive to think that the Champlain Valley DSA has become so insensitive and short sighted to use this weekend to push a policy point and repeat the talking points of the terrorists who have committed these acts.”

In a phone interview with VDC he added, “That to me means we have people in Vermont taking the opportunity of a terrorist attack on Isreal to talk about their support for Palestine,” Dame said. “And I think Vermonters deserve to know whether our elected officials who were endorsed by the Champlain Valley DSA also support those statements and do they support the terrorist attacks against Israel?”

Other voices are also calling for clarification on the social media repost.

VDC emailed Vyhovsky and Cina and didn’t receive any comment back as of presstime Monday afternoon. Their social media accounts contain no mention of this weekend’s events.

Cina is the main bill sponsor of the law that made today Vermont Indigenous People’s Day, rather than the formerly Columbus Day. Progressives generally regard Israel as a European, imperialistic power oppressing ‘indigenous’ Palestinians.

Champlain Valley DSA is not the only Vermont-based advocacy group to support Hamas.

Vermonters for Justice in Palestine – longtime supporters of the Boycott/Divest/Sanction movement that tried and failed to secure Burlington City Council support last year – this weekend published several comments by Jewish authors critical of Israel’s Palestian policy and also included this statement by the Adalah Action Network: “As the Israeli regime declares war on the Palestinians and we brace for what’s to come – it is vital to remember that Israel has been carrying out unspeakable atrocities against the Palestinian people for over 70 years and has entrapped over 2 million Palestinians in Gaza with a suffocating siege for 17 years. No cage goes unchallenged….We call on people of conscience around the world to take a stand and publicly declare their support for the Palestinian people.”

VTJP is scheduled to hold its monthly meeting tonight. 

Both Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Becca Balint issued statements deploring the Hamas violence.

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  1. For one thing, Israel has declared war on Hamas, not on the Palestinian people.
    In my continuing research I unearth more and more material. Some of it is pretty damning of Israeli actions. It is more damning of the actions of the various groups, PLO, Hamas, etc. They blocked efforts by the state of Israel to improve the lives of Palestinians and welcome them into a democratic republic which offered religious freedom, prosperity, and, in practice, equality.
    The tactics employed to prevent the Palestinian people from working with Israel for the betterment of all included threats, murder, etc. Similar were used by insurgents in Algeria.
    Those who control such violent groups don’t fight for freedom or equality. They want to maintain their own power. Furthermore, most of the leadership and rank and file are openly Marxist. Many openly display the Hammer & Sickle emblem. Iran backs them. Iran is backed by Russia.

  2. As I have stated in the past, our elected officers need to be vetted by the public before elections to show who they really are and what they stand for!

    • A synopsis:
      “Under the so-called Gaza-first approach, the [Gaza] Strip was to serve as a litmus test for the broader Oslo project,..”

      Unfortunately, for everyone, the Palestinians lost control in Gaza to the Iranian proxy Hamas extremists. Then, in August 2005, the Gaza disengagement was a tremendous gamble for Israel. Yet everyone hoped that the Palestinian people would seize this historic opportunity to build an independent mini-state.

      The rest of the story, as they say, is now history. But don’t blame Israel or the Palestinian people. Blame Iran and their allies, Russia, and China.

      • The residents of Gaza ELECTED Hamas. They chose them to run Gaza. They are indeed to blame for their situation. At any point they could have made different choices.

  3. why did the Biden administration let Iran get their hands on 60+Billion ? you know they did,nt buy pizza with that money….think about it !

    • $6 Billion was released, Lisa. Not $60 Billion. I’ll chalk this ‘misinfo’ up to a ‘typo’.

      • Or…. perhaps you were referring to the $60 Billion in Iranian oil revenues that it receives because the Biden administration has not been enforcing the prior trade restrictions put in place by the Trump administration. In either case, … it’s terrible policy.

    • Much agreed, but the amount was $6 billion…Low Life Vegetable Joe Zero should be held largely responsible for this Iranian backed murderous Hamas attacks on so very innocent children and all victims of this reprehensible attack on humanity…any Israeli counterattack is so very justified to eradicate these cold hearted and soulless terrorists…there is no justifiable reason to excuse this wanton slaughter of the innocent, as several posters seem to advance…Keep in mind that Biden was barbequeing with ‘friends’ while innocents were being gunned down and was totally mute on responding to this tragedy…Trump would have been on the airways immediately in condemning this atrocity and offering support to Israel in every way…Biden’s weak response was that there should be a cease fire and non-retaliatory response…so if America were attacked, this would be this spineless American Neville Chamberlains’s response? This guy is pathetically useless. If reelected, America should hold its head in shame as we spiral into a spineless void…Democrats need to be voted out and out and out of office on every level.

  4. This country continues to ignore the true threat to this planet. It’s not global warming and it’s not the white MAGA republicans that Joe hates and Hillary wants to reprogram. Once Iran finishes(if not finished now)their nuclear device(s) there will be tons of blood shed. Joe opened our border and who knows how many Muslim terrorist have entered our country and have established sleeper cells. Joe has failed at just about everything he touches. Sleep well America, continue to vote demon crat and speed up our end.

    • Yes Pede. There are many in our country who really don’t get it. They aren’t too worked up about the carnage in Israel because they’re “ just Jews” so who cares. And besides, it’s Israel so don’t they deserve it or something??? But if you can’t bring yourself to care about Jews across the world, at least consider that this too can happen here. There are plenty of people living here now who support Hamas; some are even elected officials! Why does anyone suppose that they wouldn’t do here what they just did in Israel? Slaughtering families in their homes, elderly people on the street and young people at a music festival is really pretty easy if you’re inclined to do these things. I guarantee you that we have many in the US who would.

  5. Do these people have their head up the butt or what?

    These are the same people who have turned( and continue to turn ) Burlington into the cesspool is has become today.

    The end game is to have a homogeneous mass of indistinguishable sludge that used to be a civilized society.

    My condolences to the people of Israel for this murderous travesty and apologies to them for these mindless idiots who enable the killing of innocent people.

    At times such as these we are all Jews.

  6. In order to keep their positions, Vyhovsky, Cina and Logan will do well to just lay low for a few. They may very likely agree with the rest of us and see the gut wrenching violence committed against innocent Israelis. But if they just ride it out and keep their mouths shut they’ll come out unscathed.

  7. They have the freedom to think whatever they like. However, the reality is that breaches of security due to breaches in trust or a slackening of vigilance can cause a catastrophe. I realize politicians schmooz with anything that moves and has money. But befriending potential national enemies may come at a high price for society. Does any agency watch what our politicians are doing? And yes, on their off hours.

    • “Does any agency watch what our politicians are doing? And yes, on their off hours.”

      Supposedly, the voters do. But if the majority doesn’t recognize “… that breaches of security due to breaches in trust or a slackening of vigilance can cause a catastrophe”, it’s a moot point and the rest of us will just have to deal with it.

      What’s happening in Israel and Gaza is but a symptom of your larger observation. Someone else is watching. Just a ways north, proxies for Ukraine and Russia are going at it. The Darien Gap in Panama. Chinese aggression over Taiwan and Tibet. The U.S. border fiasco. The Globalist take-over of the U.S. government. The Covid pandemic. The forced indoctrination of families in our public-school monopoly. The general destruction of individual liberty and freedom by wealthy oligarchs around the world. The threat we face is world-wide and infinitely diverse.

      One would think this to be a conspiracy theory, except for the fact that the oligarchs actually published their intentions.

      Read the 1972 report ‘The Limits to Growth’, sponsored by the Council of the Club of Rome, precursor to today’s World Economic Forum. It’s an exposé on growth trends in world population, industrialization, pollution, food production, and resource depletion.

      Then read ‘The First Global Revolution’, the Club of Rome’s 1991 follow-up report.

      “In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill….. The real enemy, then, is humanity itself.”

      It’s not that these aren’t legitimate concerns. Of course, they are. The question is how these issues are handled. On the one hand we have free enterprise that assumes individuals have the wherewithal to solve our own problems, diverse as they may be.

      On the other hand, we have the ‘omnipotent moral busybodies’ who’s ‘very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.’

      So, choose your poison wisely grasshopper. And Godspeed. Or, ‘May the force be with you’. Take your pick.

  8. God is in control. Anyone who possesses a prideful, haughty spirit will soon find out what that truly means. Why do they work so hard and tirelessly to remove God from our lives? They know what is coming and they are trying to accelerate what is not in their control. The enemy knows Biblical text better than those who proclaim to follow it – they weaponize it against us while denying it’s credibility.

    Matthew 24:6-13 KJV
    6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
    7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
    8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
    9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
    10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
    11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
    12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
    13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

    Isaiah 54:17KJV
    17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.

    Psalm 91KJV
    91 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
    2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
    3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
    4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
    5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
    6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
    7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
    8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
    9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
    10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
    11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
    12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
    13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
    14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
    15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
    16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

  9. To the Progressives and Socialists that our not only trying to destroy the United States and condone what is happening in Israel is disgusting. I’m still waiting for a statement from our Commiecrat congresswoman, Becca Balint regarding Israel. To all the Communists, Socialists or Progressives, Liberals or whatever you call yourselves today is this the kind of thing you stand for?



    This is not WAR. These are war crimes.

    This is a message
    from the Lord:
    His eyes are on everyone,
    especially the tribes
    of Israel.[a]
    So he pronounces judgment
    against the cities
    of Hadrach and Damascus.[b]
    Judgment will also fall
    on the nearby city
    of Hamath,
    as well as on Tyre and Sidon,[c]
    whose people are clever.
    Tyre has built a fortress
    and piled up silver and gold,
    as though they were dust
    or mud from the streets.
    Now the Lord will punish Tyre
    with poverty;
    he will sink its ships
    and send it up in flames.

    Both Ashkelon and Gaza
    will tremble with fear;
    Ekron will lose all hope.
    Gaza’s king will be killed,
    and Ashkelon emptied
    of its people.
    A mob of half-breeds
    will settle in Ashdod,[d]
    and the Lord himself
    will rob Philistia of pride.

    No longer will the Philistines
    eat meat with blood in it
    or any unclean food.[e]
    They will become part
    of the people of our God
    from the tribe of Judah.
    And God will accept
    the people of Ekron,
    as he did the Jebusites.[f]

    God says, “I will stand guard
    to protect my temple from those
    who come to attack.
    I know what’s happening,
    and no one will mistreat
    my people ever again.”

  10. In my mind there is only one world religion, named PEACE and one world cult named Violence.

    No one who believes and acts in PEACE can get there through violence, and no one who believes and acts in VIOLENCE can believe in PEACE.

    The elite present themselves as the smartest on the planet by the fact of their immense wealth, and the god-like power they wield with it.

    If, however, they were honest and true in their concern about climate change they would be funding millions of small organic farms, for you and I know that healthy soil sequesters carbon, and that living soil is the basis of life, as is clean water and air.

    They would be talking about how to train 6 million young organic farmers and fund 3 million here in the US (all the farms 100 acres or less and capable of feeding the 300 million Americans, in addition the extra 10 million people here, what with no border).

    Globally that would be all the talk at the WEF and The WHO, how to initiate 800 million small organic permaculture farms.

    The distribution network for the goods, the health benefits the schooling etc etc. IT WOULD BE A BIG DEAL, for in this manner their stated problem of climate change would be handled collectively for the good of all, even the animals that are treated humanely on small farms rather than these grotesque factories.

    And yet, what are the funding powers of the world doing? They are instead funding war as if it is an act of peace. WAR being the most egregious perversion of nature and natural resources. Out of one side of their mouths they say, climate change CLIMATE CHANGE, and the other, they say WAR is the only way to defend peace.

    The question is do WE, you and I practice PEACE, and its protection (this of course is not a doormat peace, however its protection is the subduing of violence, not proactive violence), and it includes the stopping of financial violence, such a debt money where those who need it most have the hardest time getting it at the greatest expense.

    I invite ideas to get ewegrow.com off the ground so that we the PEACEFUL may become WE the economically enabled to provide a peaceful economy. Taking sides to VIOLENCE is joining that cult, all of our transformation ahead rests on moving away from obedience to the cult of Violence and its political class implementers.

  11. PS, how does reality manifest? by our seeing in our minds eye. then our subconscious fulfills the conditions that we imagine. So for PEACE to prevail, will prevail if we all are harping on the conditions of violence? Or will PEACE prevail when we all are brainstorming on its manifestation? The demonic leaders of the cult of Violence have control of the media, the political class, the (current) money supply. Give them NOT control of your mind and your minds eye. Devote times to seeing in your minds eye the peace that we need. SEE it, SAY it, speak it do it. Make a hard line differentiation between PEACE and VIOLENCE. Pay more attention to images and imaginings of that which you want. Ewegrow.com will help you do that.

  12. It must be clear by now that this whole narrative…Israel as racist apartheid state…the oppressive colonizers of other peoples land etc. is not some outlier notion here in Vermont. Isn’t this the pervasive view shared by most of our neighbors…Israel is the victimizer not Jews returning home???? This revisionist simplification of history is echoed in the view that colonizing the Americas was a genocidal undertaking…that missionary work was cultural eradication. It’s discouraging that we live in a culture where such delusional backwardness is the standard…not the exception.