Sanders Battles Pro-Israel Group AIPAC, Claims it Promotes “Bigotry”
Socialist Senator and Democratic presidential frontrunner Bernie Sanders (VT) accused the pro-Israel super PAC, AIPAC of promoting “bigotry,” and announced he would not attend its annual conference.
Breitbart points out that Sanders did not get specific in his comments and didn’t cite any examples.
On Twitter, Sanders said he would not attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s conference because of its connection to “leaders who express bigotry and oppose basic Palestinian rights.”
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
Congresswoman Omar reacted to Sanders’ announcement and suggested every Democratic candidate should follow suit.
On Twitter, she wrote, “Thank you @BernieSanders for standing up for Palestinian human rights. All candidates should follow Bernie’s example and #SkipAIPAC!”
Thank you @BernieSanders for standing up for Palestinian human rights.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 24, 2020
AIPAC blasted Sanders in a statement, calling his comments an “truly shameful” and an “odious attack” on the mainstream political event.
Senator Sanders has never attended our conference and that is evident from his outrageous comment.
— AIPAC (@AIPAC) February 24, 2020
Last year, Omar outraged many when she suggested that American political support for Israel is all about money.
The freshman lawmaker responded to a tweet about Congress and Israel, writing, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby.”
She then suggested that AIPAC bought off politicians.
The congresswoman responded “AIPAC!” when one individual on Twitter asked who she thought paid American politicians to be pro-Israel.
The American Jewish Committee demanded Omar apologize for her “stunningly anti-Semitic” statements, writing on Twitter, “@IlhanMN, Suggesting that a Jewish organization is buying off American politicians is both demonstrably false and stunningly anti-Semitic. American politicians are pro-Israel because Americans are. Apologize.”
House Democrats then released a rare joint statement in which they called upon Omar to apologize for her “deeply offensive” remarks.