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Democratic congressional candidate Rush Darwish, a Palestinian-American, is under scrutiny in the Illinois Jewish community for his statements in support of boycotts against Israel and accusation that one of his challengers changed her views on Israel to attract "Jewish donors," according to reports in the local media.
Darwish is one of several Democrats running to unseat Rep. Dan Lipinski (D., Ill.). Darwish's candidacy is focused on "his Palestinian-American roots, [raising] money in Arab-American communities across the nation, and [working] to register and turn out the vote among Palestinian-Americans," according to a new report in the Chicago Sun-Times.
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The report draws attention to Darwish’s stance on Israel and raises questions about the remarks he has made about Jews.
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Darwish has been public about his support for pro-Palestinian causes such as the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, or BDS, and has sought to portray his challengers as wedded to the so-called pro-Israel lobby, according to the report.
"At a campaign kick-off event in June, Darwish in a speech incorrectly said Lipinski got $15,000 from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel influential lobbying group," the paper reported. "However, AIPAC is...
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