Bernie Accuses Pro-Israel Group AIPAC of “Bigotry,” AIPAC Responds

2020 Democratic party frontrunner Bernie Sanders took aim at pro-Israel group AIPAC via twitter, accusing them of “bigotry.”

Sanders tweeted:

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. 1/2

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

AIPAC responded, writing:

Senator Sanders has never attended our conference and that is evident from his outrageous comment. In fact, many of his own Senate and House Democratic colleagues and leaders speak from our platform to the over 18,000 Americans from widely diverse backgrounds — Democrats, Republicans, Jews, Christians, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, progressives, Veterans, students, members of the LGBTQ+ community — who participate in the conference to proclaim their support for the U.S.-Israel relationship.

By engaging in such an odious attack on this mainstream, bipartisan American political event, Senator Sanders is insulting his very own colleagues and the millions of Americans who stand with Israel. Truly shameful.

Sanders supporter Ilhan Omar had previously drawn condemnation from her congressional colleagues for attacking AIPAC and evoking anti-semitic tropes.

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