Elizabeth Warren Vows to End Israeli 'Occupation' - WATCH
2020 Democrat tells activists she is committed to ending Israel's 'occupation'
Democratic 2020 hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) told anti-Israel activists on Monday that she wants to end Israeli “occupation.”
Senator Warren has taken increasingly anti-Israel stances in recent years.
Warren, who is rapidly moving up through the ranks of Democratic Party presidential contenders, previously boycotted a 2015 address to Congress by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Earlier this year, the Massachusets Democrat also accused Netanyahu of corruption and “embracing right-wing extremism.”
After a town hall in New Hampshire on Monday, an activist named Becca Lubow, from the radical left-wing group IfNotNow, approached Warren, asking her if she would commit to pushing “the Israeli government to end Occupation.”
Warren answered saying: “Yes. Yes. So I’m there.”
BREAKING: Our members in New Hampshire just asked @ewarren if she would commit to pressuring the Israel to stop their 52 year military Occupation over the Palestinian people.— IfNotNow🔥 (@IfNotNowOrg) July 8, 2019
She said YES. pic.twitter.com/8GLhNMQ2gf
In a statement, IfNotNow applauded, what it described as, Warren’s increasingly “progressive” stance on Israel:
Here's our press release detailing how @be_ccahh got a commitment from @ewarren to pressure Israel to end the Occupation and the significance of @ewarren breaking with the @AIPAC status quo of simply paying lip service to a two state solution. pic.twitter.com/sW270N8n8j— IfNotNow🔥 (@IfNotNowOrg) July 9, 2019
The word “occupation” was not defined, however.
Although, some anti-Israel activists consider the very existence of Israel to be an “occupation.”
According to Breitbart, IfNotNow is a fringe group that began in the midst of Israel’s war against the Palestinian terror group Hamas in 2014 — a war for which Hamas was almost universally blamed, and in which Hamas fired rockets at civilian population centers.
As Breitbart News noted earlier this year (original links):
IfNotNow seeks to disrupt the connections that many American Jewish organizations have with Israel. It blames American Jewish support for Israel for the persistence of the Israeli occupation of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), though most Palestinians in that territory live under the administration of the Palestinian Authority.
In addition to staging sit-ins and protests, members of IfNotNow attempt to infiltrate Jewish summer camps and tours of Israel, where they launch demonstrations or expose the mainstream Jewish community to anti-Israel propaganda.
In one episode in 2018, members of IfNotNow were arrested while reciting the Kaddish — the traditional Jewish prayer for the dead — near the offices of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, memorializing Palestinians killed in “protests” at the Gaza border. (The vast majority of Palestinians killed were members of Hamas, and they were trying to infiltrate Israel to carry out attacks, not stage a non-violent protest against Israeli policies.)
Recently, IfNotNow supported Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) after she repeatedly used antisemitic rhetoric.