We mourn for many tragedies on Tish’ah B’Av. From the return of ten spies who gave our ancestors a discouraging report of Eretz Yisrael, to the many defeats that the subsequent generations have suffered since then, reasons to fast and sit on the floor while reading the Kinos have increased. In our time, it has become necessary for Jewish advocacy organizations to confront leaders in the community who have put progressive politics ahead of security for Israel.
“Andy [Levin] frequently and one-sidedly criticizes Israel, defends and even fundraises for its worst detractors...and, from his seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, authors and supports highly problematic legislation,” former AIPAC president David Victor wrote in an email to supporters in January. “And he does so as a Levin, a name which, due to his uncle and father, commands respect and admiration on Capitol Hill. To make matters worse, Andy sincerely claims to be a lifelong Zionist, proud Jew, and supporter of Israel.”