Coverage byÂ ForwardÂ of US Representative Betty McCollumâs groundbreaking speech at USCPRâs 2018 national conference, Together We Rise:
A US Democratic Party congresswoman described Israelâs nation-state law as âapartheidâ at a Palestinian rights event, MondoweissÂ reported.
Accepting a leadership award at the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights conference on September 30, Rep. Betty McCollum said that Israelâs policies were âbrutalâ and âcruelâ and explained herÂ billÂ to end U.S. funding for the detention of Palestinian children.
McCollum didnât hold back when describing theÂ law, which defines Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.
âFriends, the world has a name of that form of government thatâs codified in the nation state law, and itâs called apartheid,â she said.
Following her speech, USCPR executive director Yousef Munayyer sent anÂ emailÂ to supporters praising the congresswoman for using âapartheidâ to refer to Israeli policies. âThis moment is a benchmark in a narrative shift we have all been working towards for a long time,â Munayyer wrote.
The nation-state law has also been condemned by Israelâs liberal parties and mainstream diaspora Jewish groups like the Jewish Federations of North America.
McCollum said that she doesnât see criticizing Israel as an act of anti-Semitism.
âWhy canât I hold a foreign government accountable for how they abuse an entire population of people under their control?â she asked the crowd.
McCollum, who has represented St. Paul in Congress since 2001, is endorsed by the left-wing Jewish group J Street.
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