1Kudos to both, even if Kerry made all the necessary disclaimers for Master-AIPAC. Br. Keith was due a substantive action, after his vote debacle on the Gaza massacre. Hope this helps him, hope this gives at least 3 representatives some idea of the destruction that Israel unleashed.
In a story in the Star Tribune (please try to leave a comment there, supporting Keith as the Israeli foot-soldiers are hard at work):
Rep. Keith Ellison, one of the first high-level U.S. officials to enter the Gaza Strip in more than three years, said he is haunted by the scenes of destruction from Israel’s recent military incursion.
“I have an image of a woman sitting in the rubble of her home burned in my head,” the Minnesota Democrat said in a cell phone interview Thursday on his way back to an Israeli check-point.
The second floor of the house he visited had collapsed at an angle. Where a family with five children had once lived, “all that remains is a lean-to,” Ellison said.
Ellison, who met with Gaza civilians and relief workers for about nine hours Thursday, said he was not there to assign blame for the violence, though he said the civilian devastation he witnessed was hard for him to understand.
On Friday, he plans to tour the Israeli towns of Sderot and Ashkelon, which have been targets of numerous rocket attacks by Hamas forces in Gaza.
“I’ve always believed we need to resolve this thing by diplomacy,” said Ellison. “I’m even more convinced of that now.”