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'Talk About Palestine': Activists Interrupt Cory Booker Campaign Rally

In Newark launch of Democratic presidential hopeful's 'Justice For All' national tour, protesters wave flags and shout 'justice for Palestine'

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Marcy Oster
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Two people shout slogans pro-Palestine at the guest area while Sen. Cory Booker speaks to supporters during a campaign event in Newark, New Jersey, April 13, 2019.
Two people shout slogans pro-Palestine at the guest area while Sen. Cory Booker speaks to supporters during a campaign event in Newark, New Jersey, April 13, 2019.Credit: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/AFP
JTA
Marcy Oster

Pro-Palestinian activists interrupted the “hometown kickoff” for the presidential campaign of Sen. Cory Booker.

New Jersey Democrat Booker held the event in Newark, New Jersey, where he served as mayor in 2006-2013. The rally on Saturday was the launch of a two-week national tour for Booker, titled “Justice For All.”

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The pro-Palestinian protesters picked up on the theme, shouting “Justice for Palestine,” according to reports. They waved Palestinian flags and keffiyahs, a traditional Arab headdress.

“You say ‘Justice For All’ and he named, you know, clean water, housing, affordable health care, freedom but he doesn’t … talk about Palestine. They’re struggling just as much as us here — even more,” Wajeeh Abushawish, who was part of the group, told Yahoo News.

The protesters were part of the Students for Justice for Palestine chapter at Rutgers Newark campus.

Booker met with some of the protesters after the event.

Booker is a co-sponsor of a Senate bill that would penalize businesses that comply with Israel boycotts.

He announced his presidential bid in late January.

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