Liberal Group Calls On 2020 Democrats To Boycott AIPAC Conference

    A liberal organization is asking Democratic presidential candidates not to attend this year’s AIPAC policy conference, Politico reported.

    MoveOn, a progressive public policy advocacy group and political action committee, said that AIPAC is too close to the Israeli government, run by Benjamin Netanyahu, and has a history of Islamophobia.

    “It’s no secret that that AIPAC has worked to hinder diplomatic efforts like the Iran deal, is undermining Palestinian self-determination, and inviting figures actively involved in human rights violations to its stage,” Iram Ali, campaign director at MoveOn Political Action, wrote in a statement to Politico.

    It’s unknown if any candidates are planning to attend the annual conference, which is on Sunday.

    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is a bipartisan lobbying group and one of the largest pro-Israel groups in Washington. It doesn’t donate money to candidates or have a political action committee.

    Last month, Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota accused AIPAC of bribing politicians to support Israel, a comment that was called anti-Semitic.

    MoveOn called for the boycott after most of its members approved of it in an online survey. Prior to the survey was comments noting AIPAC’s “anti-Muslim and anti-Arab rhetoric while giving platforms to Islamophobes.”

    Alyssa Fisher is a writer at the Forward. Email her at fisher@forward.com, or follow her on Twitter at @alyssalfisher

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