Rep. Betty McCollum (D., Minn.) released a statement Wednesday calling recent ads run by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) "hate speech," denouncing the pro-Israel lobbying group as a "hate group."
Students at the University of Chicago are demanding that the university disclose and retract its investments in Israel and the West Bank in a push to pressure the school to divest from what they term an Israeli occupation and human rights abuses.
A Democrat-backed effort to boycott the nation's leading pro-Israel group is gaining steam, worrying center-left advocates of the Jewish state who have been struggling in recent months to ensure their party continues to uphold the historically close U.S.-Israel relationship.
Jamaal Bowman, a progressive Democrat running to unseat incumbent Rep. Eliot Engel (D., N.Y.), embraced The Jewish Vote, a far-left group aiming to "harness the power of the progressive Jewish resistance," at a January rally.
MSNBC host Chris Matthews said Israel's longtime prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was one of the world's "bad guys," lumping him in with brutal dictators such as Russia's Vladimir Putin and Turkey's Recep Erdoğan.
Former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg clashed with a far-left, anti-Israel activist who confronted him at a campaign event, to whom he said, "I respect your activism and I appreciate your joining us."
A spokesman for the Charles Koch Institute said Wednesday that accusations a new think tank supported by Koch is harboring anti-Semites are “absurd” and “grossly mischaracterize the positions” of the organization. But he declined to defend the statements of affiliated scholars questioning the loyalty of American Jews, suggesting that some of them comprise a “fifth column” inside the United States, and promoting a conspiracy theory that Israel conducted a “false-flag” chemical attack on Syrian civilians.
Israeli leaders have agreed to the framework for a Palestinian state that would see the new country more than double in size with its capital located in Eastern Jerusalem, according to information provided by the White House.