Likely Democrat Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders denounced the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Sunday evening, accusing the pro-Israel organization of promoting, wait for it, “bigotry.” He trashed AIPAC while announcing he is boycotting their conference this weekend. He trashed the Israeli government too.
That is because Bernie Sanders takes his orders from James Zogby, and Linda Sarsour, and CAIR. Over the last four years AIPAC’s leaders have chosen not to confront the anti-Israel bigot Bernie Sanders, out of fear of the backlash from the Democrat Party and the Left. Today AIPAC’s leaders are paying the price for their cowardice. Now the gloves need to come off. AIPAC must go to war with Bernie Sanders, or they risk losing what is left of their credibility. If Bernie Sanders is elected president he will ostracize AIPAC and pro-Israel Democrats. AIPAC must do everything within their power to prevent Bernie Sanders from being elected POTUS!
As president, I will support the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians and do everything possible to bring peace and security to the region. 2/2
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 23, 2020
You can support the Palestinian & Israeli people without supporting leaders or organizations that oppose the freedom & liberation of the Palestinian people. Thank you @BernieSanders. #SkipAIPAC https://t.co/Cstr9EVGGL
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) February 23, 2020
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) February 24, 2020
Bernie Sanders to skip AIPAC policy conference.
Israel National News, February 23, 2020:
Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders announced on Sunday he would boycott the AIPAC annual conference which is scheduled for next week.
“The Israeli people have the right to live in peace and security. So do the Palestinian people. I remain concerned about the platform AIPAC provides for leaders who express bigotry and oppose basic Palestinian rights. For that reason I will not attend their conference,” he tweeted.
“As president, I will support the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians and do everything possible to bring peace and security to the region,” he added.
Sanders was one of several Democratic presidential hopefuls who declined to speak at last year’s AIPAC conference, but he previously said he would not object to attending this year’s conference.
His statement follows that of Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who indicated she would skip the AIPAC conference and did not push back against questionable assertions about the lobby.
Former US Vice President Joe Biden, on the other hand, rejected pressure to skip the conference, saying, “No, because I’m there to convince. Convince them to change their position.”
Sanders has repeatedly criticized the Israeli government, most recently last week when he asserted that it is racist.
In response to a question on how US-Israel relations would look under his administration, Sanders replied, “To be for the Israeli people and to be for peace in the Middle East does not mean that we have to support right-wing, racist governments that currently exist in Israel.”
Senator Sanders has never attended our conference and that is evident from his outrageous comment.
— AIPAC (@AIPAC) February 24, 2020
.@BernieSanders is now the de facto leader of @TheDemocrats. His official stance is to divert US taxpayer funds from programs designed to jointly develop military technology and hardware with Israel and instead give that money to Hamas.
— RJC (@RJC) February 23, 2020
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