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Eli Lake

Bernie Sanders Boycotts Pro-Israel Americans

The front-runner is lending legitimacy to a movement that seeks to make AIPAC toxic within the Democratic Party.

There is a double standard at work here.

There is a double standard at work here.

Photographer: Mark Felix/Agence France-Presse-Getty Images

With Bernie Sanders emerging as the front-runner to win his party’s presidential nomination, pro-Israel Americans must grapple with an uncomfortable question: Does the Democratic Party still support the world’s only Jewish state?  

What raises the question is next week’s annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC. Sanders announced this week that he would not be attending, saying on Twitter: “I remain concerned about the platform AIPAC provides for leaders who express bigotry and oppose basic Palestinian rights.”