The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is reportedly helping to fund advertisements attacking Senator Bernie Sanders in Nevada.
Pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC is encouraging its members to donate to a Super PAC, launching an anti-Sanders campaign run by the Democratic Majority for Israel (DMFI) group, The Intercept reported.
Democratic Majority for Israel, an AIPAC-linked organization that wants to silence Democratic criticism of Israel's human rights abuses, plans to spend thousands of dollars to pay for attack ads against leading candidate Bernie Sanders in Nevada https://t.co/ukcxgQdGdE pic.twitter.com/hkJu6MB9SW
— IMEU (@theIMEU) February 14, 2020
According to The Intercept’s sources, AIPAC is helping fund DMFI’s anti-Sanders advertisements by “allowing donations to DMFI to count as contributions to AIPAC”.
The DMFI, which was founded by longtime AIPAC strategist Mark Mellman, spent $800,000 on similar ads ahead of the Iowa caucus.
The ads will now appear in Nevada, which is set to have a caucus for the Democratic nomination on February 22.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "When we look what what happened in that debate stage, who brings up Palestine? Sen. Bernie Sanders." pic.twitter.com/BOsRMd5dDV
— The Hill (@thehill) February 11, 2020
Senator Bernie Sanders is seeking to challenge President Donald Trump in November’s presidential election. Sanders won the New Hampshire’s high stakes Democratic primary earlier this month, and will now move on to more difficult battlegrounds.
Sanders launched a scathing attack on the Israeli government at a Democratic debate in December, calling for a total overhaul of policy towards the country.
The presidential hopeful has previously vowed to end unconditional US support for Israel and promising to redirect some of the annual $3.8 billion in aid to humanitarian relief in Gaza.
— Palestine Chronicle (@PalestineChron) January 23, 2020
“The American taxpayers’ funding of Israel’s military adventures continues unabated, despite the rapidly changing political reality in the Middle East, and the shifting US role in the region,” wrote Ramzy Baroud, Palestinian journalist and editor of The Palestine Chronicle.
“The unconditional – and, often, self-defeating — US government funding of the Israeli war machine is linked largely to domestic American politics and, indeed, the unparalleled power wielded by the pro-Israel lobby in the United States,” Baroud added.
(Palestine Chronicle, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, Social Media)