Why Young Jews and Democrats Are Waving Goodbye to AIPAC

My generation has only known Israel as an occupier. We won’t back anyone who supports that injustice – including the powerful lobby that is AIPAC

Emily Mayer
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The festival that is the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual conference began on Sunday in a slightly desperate fashion.

Despite AIPAC’s recent wins around moving the Jerusalem embassy and waves of anti-BDS legislation on the federal, state, and local level, AIPAC President Mort Fridman opened the conference not with a victory cry but with a besieged appeal to the Left: "To my friends in the progressive community, I want you to know we are partners in this project...There are very real forces trying to pull you out of this hall and out of this movement and we cannot let that happen - we will not let that happen!"