AS DEMOCRATS SHIFT LEFT ON PALESTINE, 2020 CONTENDER KAMALA HARRIS GIVES OFF-THE-RECORD ADDRESS TO AIPAC | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


AS DEMOCRATS SHIFT LEFT ON PALESTINE, 2020 CONTENDER KAMALA HARRIS GIVES OFF-THE-RECORD ADDRESS TO AIPAC

Kamala Harris gave an off-the-record speech at the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, on Monday. Her speech, which emphasized the need for a strong relationship between the United States and Israel, came amid a gradual leftward shift on Israel among some members of the Democratic Party.

Democratic lawmakers are increasingly sympathetic to the plight of Palestinians; while not anti-Israel, more and more rank-and-file party members believe the U.S. should be more mindful of Israeli human rights violations. AIPAC is a powerful, pro-Israel lobbying force and has made opposition to former President Barack Obama’s Iran deal a key priority. It is also currently supporting legislation to make some support for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement — which seeks to hold Israel accountable for violations of international law — a felony.

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