Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) promised activists Monday that she would press Israel’s government to end its “occupation” over Palestinians.
Activists from the progressive Jewish organization IfNotNow — which advocates for ending “the military rule over Palestinians in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza” — approached Warren during a campaign event in New Hampshire and asked for a commitment.
In a video posted to the group’s Twitter feed, it shows one woman telling Warren, “Hi, we’re American Jews. We really love the way you’re fighting corruption. We’d really love it if you also pushed the Israeli government to end occupation.”
“Yes. Yes. So I’m there,” Warren replied adamantly, before shaking hands with the two and posing for a group photo.
IfNotNow was so exited about Warren’s answer, they issued a news release and praised the candidate on social media for “breaking with the @AIPAC status quo of simply paying lip service to a two state solution.”
The news release noted:
In the past, Warren has regularly spoken of Israel as a strong ally in a tough neighborhood and has appeared at AIPAC events and used right-wing talking points. But as her career has gone on, her views on the issue have grown to be farther in line with her progressive values. She was one of 60 Democrats to boycott [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s speech in Congress, she supported the Iran Deal, spoke out against the Embassy move, and opposes efforts to criminalize the BDS movement.
Last month, Warren hired IfNotNow co-founder Max Berger as her campaign’s director for progressive partnerships. Berger has come under fire over a now-deleted tweet from 2013 saying he “would totally be friends with Hamas.”
Personal news: I just finished my 1st week as Director for Progressive Partnerships with @ewarren. She’s gonna be an excellent president.
If you work in movements or progressive politics & want to chat, reach out!
Also, tell me where to find good szechuan in Boston. #TeamWarren
— Max Berger (@maxberger) June 21, 2019
A spokesman for Warren’s campaign defended Berger on Tuesday, telling the Jewish News Syndicate that the controversial tweet was taken out of context.