“There is a wedge growing within the Democratic Party. On one side, a group of progressive lawmakers genuinely believe that all people—Palestinian included—deserve to live in safety and freedom, and that the U.S. should not fund Israel’s oppression of Palestinians.”
BY JASON LEMON ON 5/14/21
PresidentJoe Biden, House SpeakerNancy PelosiandSenateMajority LeaderChuck Schumerappear to be at odds with a vocal segment of theDemocratic Partythat has criticized Israel’s actions toward the Palestiniansamid the region’s escalating conflict.
Last weekend, Israeli security forces cracked down on Palestinian worshippers and demonstrators at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, drawingswift condemnationfrom prominent progressiveDemocrats. That crackdown came as Palestinians demonstrated against an attempt to evict several Palestinian families from homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem.
Israeli officials describe the issue as a private real estate dispute between Jewish owners and Palestinians that is being resolved in Israel’s courts. Palestinians and their supporters view the expected evictions as emblematic of a wider Israeli strategy to remove Palestinians to make way for Israeli settlers.
After the initial tensions surrounding Al-Aqsa…
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