Tasini, Israel, “New McCarthyism”

A side-note to Gur’s excellent, news-making interview with Jonathan Tasini on Room Eight:

It’s kind of interesting that Tasini’s views on Israel have remained below the radar until this point, even if he is a protest candidate.

Here’s a picture of him back in March addressing a memorial event for Rachel Corrie, the pro-Palestinian American activist who was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer while protesting the demolition of a home in the Gaza Strip. The event was organized after the New York cancellation of a biographical play, “My Name is Rachel Corrie.”

I don’t know what Tasini said there, but the text accompanying this photo gallery describes the event this way:

“Declaring that the Sharon government could destroy her body but could never kill her spirit, people have stood up to those who would cave in to the new McCarthyism that attempts to stifle opposition and protest to the unjust policies of the U.S. and Israeli occupations.”

– Josh Benson