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As Pro-Palestinian Politicians Win Primaries, US Jews Ask If It’s ‘a Wave or a Ripple’

Democrats pick Palestinian American and former Michigan state Rep. Rashida Tlaib to run unopposed for the congressional seat that former Rep. John Conyers held for more than 50 years. PHOTO: Al Goldis/AP

In recent weeks, three Democratic candidates highly critical of Israel have won elections; Jewish Democratic leaders deny a broader trend

By Eric Cortellessa | 18 August 2018

THE TIMES OF ISRAEL — This summer has been a good one for pro-Palestinian candidates running for the US Congress.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has slammed Israel’s West Bank occupation, shocked the political world with her upset victory over veteran congressman Joe Crowley for his New York House seat.

Illhan Omar, who has called Israel an “apartheid regime,” won the Democratic nomination for a Minnesota House seat.

And Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American who calls for a one-state solution that would spell the end of Israel as a Jewish state, and for gutting US military aid to Israel, won her party’s nomination for a Michigan House seat. […]

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