Nearly a decade ago, Chicago-area pro-Israel activists began referring to Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) as “J Street Jan” because her support for the Jewish state appeared to be waning and she had already become a champion of the progressive J Street, whose “support” for Israel is disingenuous.
If there was ever a doubt that the 73-year-old representative had completely abandoned Israel for the progressive agenda, doubt no more.
According to the Facebook page of the vehemently anti-Israel Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) – Chicago chapter, Schakowsky met with the organization and took pictures with leaders last week.
JVP, which the Anti-Defamation League claims is “the largest and most influential Jewish anti-Zionist group in the United States” and has co-sponsored events “comparing Israel to Nazi Germany,” expressed gratitude for Schakowsky’s leadership, saying, “We so appreciate 9th District Representative Jan Schakowsky taking the time to meet with Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago yesterday, and are grateful for her progressive leadership in Congress!”
This anti-Israel appearance by the congresswoman, who represents Chicago’s north side and northern suburbs, is just the latest chapter in a career that has run on pro-Israel credentials while giving legitimacy to the vilest enemies of the Jewish state.
Schakowsky appeared on stage last February with convicted terrorist Rasmea Odeh at an anti-immigration ban rally at Chicago’s O’Hare airport.
Odeh masterminded the 1969 Jerusalem supermarket bombing that left Hebrew University students Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner dead at the scene. She served 10 years of a life-sentence in an Israeli prison before being released in a prisoner exchange.
Odeh was being championed by progressive groups as a victim of Israeli oppression, a bandwagon Schakowsky appeared to have jumped on. Late last year, Odeh was deported to Jordan for lying on her visa application.