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After AIPAC ad implying she’s worse than ISIS, Rep. Betty McCollum calls the pro-Israel org a “hate group”

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Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum has put out a statement that refers to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) as a “hate group.” McCollum’s comments come just days after AIPAC pulled and apologized for Facebook ads that targeted pro-Palestine lawmakers and implied they were worse than the terrorist group ISIS.

AIPAC ran a series of Facebook ads that referenced “radicals in the Democratic party.” The text of the ad was accompanied by a collage featuring Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Betty McCollum (D-MN). “It’s critical that we protect our Israeli allies especially as they face threats from Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah ISIS and — maybe more sinister — right here in the U.S. Congress,” one of the ads read.

McCollum has become a target of the pro-Israel organization as a result of introducing H.R.2407, an historic piece of legislation that aims to prohibit U.S. taxpayer money from being used to detain Palestinian children in Israel.“Israel’s system of military juvenile detention is state-sponsored child abuse designed to intimidate and terrorize Palestinian children and their families,” said McCollum after introducing the bill, “It must be condemned, but it is equally outrageous that U.S. tax dollars in the form of military aid to Israel are permitted to sustain what is clearly a gross human rights violation against children.” H.R. 2407 currently has 23 cosponsors.

“We offer our unequivocal apology to the overwhelming majority of Democrats in Congress who are rightfully offended by the inaccurate assertion that the poorly worded, inflammatory advertisement implied,” AIPAC later said in an apology on Twitter.

“AIPAC claims to be a bipartisan organization, but its use of hate speech actually makes it a hate group,” reads McCollum’s statement, “By weaponizing anti-Semitism and hate to silence debate, AIPAC is taunting Democrats and mocking our core values. I hope Democrats understand what is at stake and take a stand because working to advance peace, human rights, and justice is not sinister – it is righteous.”

A coalition of progressive organizations recently launched a campaign encouraging Democratic presidential candidates to skip AIPAC’s annual policy conference next month.

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Her opponent in her next election’s coffers just expanded exponentially. But it’s the Russians “interfering.”

(Pro-)Zionist groups like AIPAC and ADL are hate groups: They passionately hate justice, accountability and equality – perhaps only but definitely especially when they apply to I-P.

Before Russia, there was Israel, interfering in our country, getting their oligarchs and wealthy diaspora to contribute millions of dollars to political campaigns, controlling what the media says, getting the media, and their vicious trolls, to attack politicians like Betty McCollum who criticize Israel and it’s crimes, funding their opponents, and generally meddling in our politics, supporting those who will benefit Israel first. Politicians and Presidents invited them, and allowed them to stay and operate… Read more »

To be brief: Major kudos to Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum!! She is a great and courageous American humanitarian who comprehends the horrors inflicted on the indigenous defenselss Palestinians for nearly 72 years by Zionists of foreign origin paid for in large measure by U.S. taxpayers (about $15 million per day.) The fanatical, pro-“Israel,” anti-Palestinian lobby is scared to death of her. She is also tilling the ground for the future. Zionism, a 19th century racist,… Read more »

Rarely has a spade been so expertly and publicly and honestly called a “spade”. Kudos Rep McCollum (and thanks to the other 23 sponsors of the draft legislation).