Last week, the US Campaign to end the Israeli Occupation, a coalition of anti-Israel groups sent out an email blast urging their members to “Ask Your Members of Congress to Attend Pro-BDS Briefing”, touting what they described as “ the first-ever pro-BDS briefing on Capitol Hill”
The panel discussion featuring Shezza Abboushi Dallal, Philip Farah, Code Pink’s Alli McCracken and Rahul Saksena was originally scheduled for Friday, September 16.
Congressional rules prohibit the use of official offices to host groups that advocate discrimination. Rooms in the Rayburn building must be booked through a member of Congress. How did this group of extremists get sponsorship of a room on Capital Hill?
The real story shows how underhanded and manipulative Israel-haters can be.
The room was originally reserved by a former staff member of Texas congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. The event was cancelled after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D – Calif) intervened.
Jackson Lee's communications director, Mike McQuerry reported that the room was booked in March, and was “done without the knowledge of anyone in the office."
"We've taken our name off of booking the room," he continued. "We weren't involved with planning."
McQuerry denied an association with the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, the group hosting the event.