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Progressive Jewish group endorses Sanders for president

Progressive Jewish group endorses Sanders for president
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Overnight Defense: Defense bill among Congress's year-end scramble | Iranian scientist's assassination adds hurdles to Biden's plan on nuclear deal | Navy scrapping USS Bonhomme Richard after fire Biden faces new Iran challenges after nuclear scientist killed MORE (I-Vt.) won the endorsement of a progressive Jewish group as the Vermont lawmaker consolidates progressive support for his White House bid. 

IfNotNow, a 35,000-member group dedicated to ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, said Sanders’s foreign policy embodies Jewish values of justice and supports his efforts to promote Palestinian freedoms. 

“We are inspired and moved to action by Bernie and the #NotMeUs movement, which deeply embodies the Jewish call to pursue justice and repair our broken world,” said Dani Moscovitch, IfNotNow’s co-founder and campaign director. 

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“Like us, Bernie rejects the false choice between being a proud Jew and supporting Palestinian freedom," she added. "He has embraced the common sense position that the Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian people should end — and that our tax dollars should stop funding it.”

Sanders, the only Jewish candidate left in the race, has been an outspoken critic of the Israeli government, hammering its policies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as “racist.” He has gone further than any other candidate in the race with his proposals regarding Israel, saying he would leverage billions of dollars in military aid to Jerusalem over the practices toward the Palestinians. 

“They know, as I do, that the United States must play a major role in bringing people together to end Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories and build a future of security, dignity, and equality for all Israelis and Palestinians,” Sanders said of IfNotNow’s endorsement. “”As a strong supporter of Israel who also believes its people have the right to exist in peace and security through a two-state solution, I am proud to have their endorsement.” 

IfNotNow is just the latest in a string of activist groups to come out in support of Sanders after the withdrawal of Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Warren, Brown voice support for controversial Biden budget office pick Biden's economic team gets mixed reviews from Senate Republicans MORE (D-Mass.) from the presidential race, which cleared the progressive lane for the Vermont senator. 

Sanders in recent days has garnered endorsements from the Working Families Party, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Justice Democrats, among others.