Professor wants people with 'Jewish-sounding' names to fax senators over Iran sanctions

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  • When asked to provide examples of “Jewish sounding names,” Kleiman told the reporter to “go play in traffic.”
  • Suggested readers 'yell at Senate Democrats who support the Iran sanctions bill.'
  • A professor from UCLA is asking people who “have a Jewish-sounding name” to urge their senator to vote against a bipartisan measure that would impose an embargo against Iran.

    Professor of public policy Mark Kleiman asked readers of his Washington Monthly blog “to yell at Senate Democrats who support the Iran sanctions bill,” which he called a “lunatic piece of warmongering legislation.”

    "[I]t’s especially important for politicians to hear from Jewish constituents who prefer the good outcome offered by the Obama/Kerry approach to the bad one sure to result by deliberately torpedoing an amazing diplomatic success."   

    Kleiman believes that Jewish voters can play an especially big part in changing Democrat’s minds on their support of the bill, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

    “Please consider making your voice heard especially strongly if you’re Jewish or have a Jewish-sounding name,” wrote Kleiman, who also provided a form letter to help those with “a Jewish sounding name” fax their senator.

    When talking with the Washington Free Beacon about his post, Kleiman took shots at casino magnate Sheldon Adelson for supporting pro-Israel causes.

    “There’s a carefully cultivated misimpression that warmongering with respect to Iran is popular with Jewish voters, while in fact it’s popular only with Sheldon Adelson. So it’s especially important for politicians to hear from Jewish constituents who prefer the good outcome offered by the Obama/Kerry approach to the bad one sure to result by deliberately torpedoing an amazing diplomatic success,” wrote Kleiman in an email.

    In a follow up email with the Washington Free Beacon, Kleiman explained the rationale behind relying on students with a “Jewish sounding name”.

    “Because – given the false impression cultivated by Adelson’s money – an email from someone named Shapiro has a surprise factor not generated by the same email from someone named O’Hara,” wrote Kleiman.

    When asked by a reporter to provide examples of “Jewish sounding names,” Kleiman told the reporter to “go play in traffic.”

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