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October 28, 2010

Rep. Jan Schakowsky: A Perfect Pro-Israel Voting Record

Listed in: Israel, Fact Sheets

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) is the definition of a staunchly pro-Israel member of Congress. However, her strong record on Israel has come under attack by a fringe candidate who seeks to use Israel as a partisan wedge issue.

This fact sheet can be downloaded as a pdf.

Schakowsky’s pro-Israel record speaks for itself.


In their endorsement of Schakowsky, the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board noted:


“Where Pollak, a legal researcher and writer, completely runs afoul of the truth, however, is in his effort to portray Schakowsky as insufficiently pro-Israel. What nonsense.

Schakowsky, who is Jewish, calls the insinuation ‘hurtful.’ She has been an unwavering friend of Israel, with an overwhelmingly strong pro-Israel voting record.”


Read the endorsement in its entirety.


Schakowsky’s record on Israel is exemplary:  


  • Schakowsky supports “crippling sanctions” against Iran.


She has co-sponsored all major Iran sanctions legislation proposed in the House since 1999.


  • Schakowsky emphatically supports economic and military aid to Israel.


She is in favor of U.S. funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile shield, which protects Israeli citizens from Hamas and Hezbollah rockets.


  • Schakowsky stood up for Israel’s right to defend itself in its fight against Hamas in Gaza during both Operation Cast Lead and the flotilla incident.


She has joined calls for the immediate release of Corporal Gilad Shalit from his Hamas captors.


  • Schakowsky has consistently joined efforts to celebrate and affirm the special nature of the U.S.-Israel relationship


  • Schakowsky voted to condemn the biased Goldstone report.


  • Schakowsky supports at negotiated two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians.


She also has been a vocal opponent of Palestinian terrorism and intransigence.


More about Schakowsky’s pro-Israel record can be read here.