The Palestinian Refusal to Attend the Bahrain Conference Demonstrates a Lack of Interest in Statehood

June 25 2019

Today, Middle Eastern leaders meet in Manama for a U.S.-backed conference on the economic reconstruction of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. On the table is a detailed $50-billion proposal for the amelioration of the Palestinian economy. Yet the response of the Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas has been to boycott the conference altogether. Evelyn Gordon examines the perverse reasoning behind this decision, and the even more perverse reasoning of its defenders:

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More about: Donald Trump, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority

Bernie Sanders Denounces AIPAC’s “Bigotry” after Headlining a Conference of Bigots

Feb. 27 2020

The Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has declared that he won’t attend the annual conference of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which begins this Sunday, because of the “platform [it] provides for leaders who express bigotry and oppose basic Palestinian rights.” While Sanders has no qualms about libeling AIPAC—until recently a regular stop for political candidates of both parties—he has never attended one of its gatherings. Last year, however, he was the speaker for the annual conference of the Islamic Society of North America, where, writes Asra Normani, no small amount of bigotry was given a platform:

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More about: AIPAC, Anti-Semitism, BDS, Bernie Sanders, Ilhan Omar, Linda Sarsour