US Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D-New York) spoke out on Tuesday against US conservative
pundit Glenn Beck’s upcoming visit to the Knesset.
“Glenn Beck is on the
fringe,” Lowey, who visited the Knesset as a part of the International
Conference of Jewish Parliamentarians, told The Jerusalem Post. “He doesn’t
represent the Democrats’ or the Republicans’ views. It’s unfortunate that he’s
getting this publicity.
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“This is a free country, and people are free to
invite whoever they want, but I don’t understand why or wherefore someone would
bring Glenn Beck” to speak in the Knesset, Lowey said.
On Monday, MK
Danny Danon (Likud) announced that Beck would address the Knesset Immigration,
Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee, which Danon heads, on July
Beck plans to discuss how Israel can recruit its friends in the US to
fight delegitimization, and to film the committee meeting in anticipation of a
mega-event in Jerusalem on August 24.
Lowey said it would be
“counterproductive and foolish” to bring Beck to speak in the legislature,
because he “does not represent a mainstream view.”
Danon said in
response: “I am proud to host and cooperate with anyone who supports us and
expresses it in every forum possible.”