Sinema Championed Creation of ‘Department of Peace’

Senate candidate's far-left associations continue to fuel criticism

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Democratic Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema once spearhead efforts to create a "Department of Peace," a signature policy of far-left anti-war doves who view America's efforts to defend itself internationally as overly aggressive and wrong, according to vote information viewed by the Washington Free Beacon.

Sinema, one of many far-left candidates across the country vying to turn Congress blue, pushed for several years as an Arizona state lawmaker to establish a "Department of Peace," an effort championed on the federal level for many years by radical, anti-Israel politicians such as Dennis Kucinich, a former Ohio congressman known for outlandish proposals rejected by the plurality of federal lawmakers.

Sinema co-sponsored an Arizona initiative to form a Department of Peace in 2006, and was the lead sponsor of the effort in 2007 and 2008, according to information published by the Arizona state legislature.

Sinema's state-level effort paralleled federal attempts to form such a department spearheaded by Kucinich.

Sinema's support for this movement, which has been routinely dismissed as outlandish and far-fetched, is likely to fuel ongoing questions about her past associations with anti-Israel groups and radical leftist.

Those who have supported a Department of Peace have come under fire from more mainstream politicians who have described the idea as unserious.

Sinema has a history of backing far-left fringe groups, including some that have harshly criticized Israel as an occupying force.

Sinema dove into anti-Israel activism in the early 2000s, when she organized for the Arizona Alliance for Peace and Justice (AAPJ), a group whose members have denounced Israel's "disproportionate" use of  "violence and oppression."

Sinema also once served as a spokesman for Women in Black, an anti-war group that was founded in part to support Palestinians during the Intifada.

In addition to her alliance with anti-Israel organizations, Sinema has thrown her support behind far-left causes, leading some to raise questions about what they described as uneven behavior.

The Free Beacon previously reported in 2003 that Sinema recalled "singing and spiraling" in a "pagan" dance pit during an anti-war protest rally.

Synema did not respond to a request for comment by press time.

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Adam Kredo is senior writer reporting on national security and foreign policy matters for the Washington Free Beacon. An award-winning political reporter who has broken news from across the globe, Kredo’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, Commentary Magazine, the Drudge Report, and the Jerusalem Post, among many others. His Twitter handle is @Kredo0. His email address is

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