Bernie Sanders would be the first Jewish nominee — and he’s triggered a fight over Jewish identity

Bernie Sanders

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a rally at Discovery Green on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Houston. Suggested reading: True Fasting: A Message of Compassion and Love from the Old Testament

Source: The Washington Post

By Michelle Boorstein

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders could become the first-ever Jewish major-party nominee. He once lived on a kibbutz. His Brooklyn accent is iconic for many Jews.

But the senator from Vermont illustrated this week why he’s a lightning rod for the Jewish community, saying he would boycott the massive American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference that starts Sunday and accusing its leaders of welcoming bigots.

“The Israeli people have the right to live in peace and security. So do the Palestinian people,” Sanders tweeted. “I remain concerned about the platform AIPAC provides for leaders who express bigotry and oppose basic Palestinian rights. For that reason I will not attend their conference.”

His announcement cranked up to a boil a simmering left-right divide among American Jews over his candidacy.

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