MoveOn wants Democratic candidates to skip pro-Israel conference


Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, have all said they won't be attending the AIPAC three-day conference starting Sunday in Washington D.C. In addition, former Beto O'Rourke, and John Delaney have also said they won't attend.

"The Democrats have proven to be anti-Israel".

MoveOn made a decision to call on Democratic presidential candidates to boycott AIPAC's conference after more than 74 percent of its members expressed support for the move in an online survey.

However, their timing looks awfully cynical in light of Wednesday's plea by influential liberal group for Democratic presidential candidates to skip the AIPAC conference altogether for reasons largely related to Israeli policies, which have been internationally condemned for their apparent contempt for universal concepts like human rights and the rule of law. The crowded Democratic field is battling to appeal to its progressive base as the party continues to lurch further to the left.

Abudayyeh also credited lawmakers like Omar and Tlaib, "who actually come from the mass movement", for opening up the debate about AIPAC and Israel. Omar has also had to apologize for similar past comments that were widely interpreted as anti-Semitic. It was broadened to include the condemnation of other forms of bigotry.

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Ultimately, however, a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in response to the remarks never named Omar and passed by a vote of 407-23.

Still, more than a dozen Democrats will be vying for their party's nomination in the 2020 primaries, before the victor will try to defeat Donald Trump in the general election later that same year.

"I think Donald Trump has a lot of thoughts about the Democratic Party because frankly, he's scared about who he is going to potentially face", Xochitl Hinojosa told "America's Newsroom" Friday. When asked if the president really believes that Democrats hate Jewish people, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dodged the question and shifted the blame to Democrats. "It's a disgrace", Trump said Friday.

In support of Omar, Sanders, who is Jewish, said anti-Semitism should not be equated with legitimate criticism of the right-wing government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu, who faces an election in April, will also be attending AIPAC along with his opponent Benny Gantz.