Polls for 2016 presidential election: Bernie Sanders, the only Jew in the race will boycott AIPAC conferenceÂ
Washington: It is said that whoever is backed by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), wins the presidential election in the US. While this may be oversimplification of a very intricate electoral process, no one doubts the huge influence the Jewish organization wields over both the political parties in the country.
Nonetheless, the only Jewish presidential hopeful in the fray, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is also the only presidential candidate who has said he will not join the AIPAC set to be held the next week.
To many people who have become habituated to see their presidents and presidential candidates bowing their head at the AIPAC or before the Israeli leaders, this seems unbelievable. While Bernie Sanders may certainly lose a few votes, he is going to win the respect of many of his fans who are opposed to the Zionists.
Instead of going to the AIPAC, Sanders has called for more equality between Israelis and Palestinians. While addressing Robert Cohen, the chief of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, on Friday – Sanders, expressed regret that he could not conduct a speech at the event due to his busy campaign schedule.
While showing his uncanny grasp of intricate Middle East issue, he said “Obviously, issues impacting Israel and the Middle East are of utmost importance to me, to our country and to the worldâ€¦Unfortunately, I am going to be travelling throughout the West and the campaign schedule that we have prevents me from attending.”
The only Jewish candidate to have won a primary in the US presidential polls, Sander’s decision came after more than 18,000 people signed petitions calling for Sanders to turn down AIPAC’s invitation to join the conference. A statement posted on the two petitions, both launched by Max Blumenthal – a prominent activist and author who opposes Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories – said that Sanders “does not belong” in the conference, which it said features “Islamophobes, anti-immigrant activists and religious extremists”.