Several Democratic Presidential Candidates to Boycott AIPAC

Several Democratic presidential candidates will skip the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s policy conference this year after a leading advocacy group called on them to boycott the event.

MoveOn, a prominent progressive group with millions of members, called on Democratic presidential candidates to boycott the pro-Israel American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual conference.

Iram Ali, campaign director at MoveOn Political Action, said in a statement:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) participate in the event, which begins Sunday.

MoveOn decided to call on Democratic presidential candidates to boycott AIPAC’s conference after over 74 percent of its members expressed support for the move in an online survey.

In a series of tweets, MoveOn highlights four main reasons not to go to the AIPAC Conference.

AIPAC is an American pro-Israel lobby group based in Washington D.C. The AIPAC Policy Conference is the largest gathering of America’s pro-Israel community. The conference is a celebration of the U.S.-Israel partnership and the premier meeting to lobby their Congressional office to reinforce the U.S.-Israel relationship.

AIPAC controversial history came under the spotlight after U.S. Congresswomen Ilhan Omar said that members of Congress support Israel because of money they receive from the pro-Israel lobby.

Source: Palestine Chronicle