Fake News: 13 Jewish U.S. Senators And 27 Jewish U.S. Representatives Do NOT Have Dual U.S. And Israel Citizenship

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fake News: 13 Jewish U.S. Senators And 27 Jewish U.S. Representatives Do NOT Have Dual U.S. And Israel Citizenship

Are there 13 Jewish U.S. senators and 27 Jewish U.S. representatives who have dual U.S. and Israel citizenship? No, that's not true: A meme listing 40 Jewish members of the 112th congress (in 2011) falsely claims that each one has dual U.S. and Israel citizenship and therefore holds "dual loyalty" between the two nations. None of the senators and representatives named were born in Israel and one only was born outside of the United States -- Sen. Michael Bennet, a Colorado Democrat born in New Delhi, India. None of these politicians carry Israeli passports.

While the false claim has circulated since 2011, it was being shared again in 2019 by followers of Q, the purported intelligence source who is leaking messages from the inside about President Trump's war against the "Deep State." This post (archived here) was shared on October 29, 2019 listing the 40 Jewish members of congress with the message:

This is so HUGE, multiple fassets involved.
Mossad intertwined with FBI, CIA & DOJ & DeepState.
DS politicians with duel citizenship will not be able to claim asylum if embassies are closed worldwide. Oh shit moment for DS!🙌
Q 916 "We are saving Israel for last."

This is what social media users saw:

This is the text in the meme:

Corporate U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives that are Israel Dual Citizens:
The US Senate
Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Benjamin Cardin (D-MD)
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Al Franken (D-MN)
Herb Kohl (D-WI)
Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Joseph Lieberman (Independent-CT)
Carl Levin (D-MI)
Bernard Sanders (Independent-VT)
Charles Schumer (D-NY)
Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Michael Bennet (D-CO)
House of Representatives
Gary Ackerman (D-NY)
Shelley Berkley (D-NV)
Howard Berman (D-CA)
Eric Cantor (R-VA)
David Ciciline (D-RI)
Stephen Cohen (D-TN)
Susan Davis (D-CA)
Ted Deutch (D-FL)
Eliot Engel (D-NY)
Bob Filner (D-CA)
Barney Frank (D-MA)
Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ)
Jane Harman (D-CA)
Steve Israel (D-NY)
Sander Levin (D-MI)
Nita Lowey (D-NY)
Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
Jared Polis (D-CO)
Steve Rothman (D-NJ)
Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
Allyson Schwartz (D-PA)
Adam Schiff (D-CA)
Brad Sherman (D-CA)
Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
Henry Waxman (D-CA)
Anthony Weiner (D-NY)
John Yarmuth (D-KY)

The list of Jews in congress originated in a January 2011 article by JewishCurrents.org titled "Jews in the 112th Congress" The website said the list was "based on research by Alyssa Goldstein, our magazine's intern at Bard College." The list with the same names in the same order was then published as a graphic in a September 23, 2018 article on Conservative-Headlines.org titled "Senators and Congressmen Who Hold Dual Citizenship with Israel" which suggested that all of the Jewish members of congress were "real traitors":

Many of our Senators and Congress hold dual citizenship citizenship with Israel. We are in Syria because of Israel. Ask yourself who is the real traitors to the country sacrificing American soldiers for the benefit of a foreign country.

The 2018 article neglects to acknowledge that several of those listed had been out of congress for several years, and one -- Sen. Frank Lautenberg -- had died five years earlier.
The claim that these Jewish politicians were inherently disloyal to the United States because they were Jewish was boosted in 2018 when "Q" posted a "Q drop 916", which read "We are saving Israel for last." It was interpreted by Q followers as a message that Israelis would be dealt with last by President Trump in his battle to destroy the "Deep State."
Q drop 916.png
Some Q followers put the list of Jewish members of congress together with that message to suggest a day of reckoning was coming in which those Jews would find no refuge.
The claim has major flaws -- not the least of which it predicts that President Trump will round up all Jewish politicians for treason. None of those politicians were born in Israel or have otherwise applied for Israel citizenship. If they are not born there, they would have to apply.
There are two notable examples of U.S. senators who had dual citizenship and renounced their second one in recent years. Both were Republican candidates for president in 2016. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas was born in Canada and was legally a Canadian citizen until he renounced it in 2016. Senator Michele Bachman became a citizen of Switzerland automatically when her husband, who has applied for and was granted Swiss citizenship, registered their marriage with the Swiss government in 2012. Bachman formally renounced it several days after it was made public in 2012.

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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