A progressive group of young Jewish activists who oppose Israel's attitude towards the Palestinians has expanded its organization in hopes of greatly influencing the democratic White House race.
IfNotNow launches 501 (c) (4) and trains organizers in the early early state of New Hampshire, the POLITICO group said. Its aim is to raise $ 100,000 in its first quarter to raise funds.
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to founder Emily Meyer, "without acknowledging the basic dynamics and explicit actions of the Israeli government that create a one-state reality in which Palestinians are deprived of fundamental rights."
The organization also subtracts a page of the book for groups as Black lives the issue and the US Civil Liberties Union: He plans to apply for Presidential Candidate for Birds at public events to create viral moments and provoke the Democratic Party to the left the question of Israel.
interrogation plans is Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Who runs a campaign this weekend in New Hampshire. Sanders called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's "racist" government. In addition to urging candidates to adopt more progressive positions with regard to Israel, the group says it hopes to draw public attention to the changing attitudes of the Democratic Party and clarify the positions of the candidates. on specific issues.
Other activists have already been able to influence the news cycle by 2020 by challenging campaign candidates and asking them straight questions: Former Vice President Joe Biden was captured by a camera telling the ACLU a volunteer supported the revocation of the Hyde Amendment. His campaign later stated that he was in fact supporting the ban on using federal dollars for abortion services only to change his position again once he was reprimanded by the abortion rights groups.
"The Democratic Base is quite political in their views on where the Democratic Party is," Meyer said, calling Biden and Seri Book as presidential candidates who are particularly incompatible with liberal voters.
IfNotNow believes that it is time for Israel to be at the center of the initial debate. : Only 26% of Democrats favor the Israeli government, according to a Pew Research Center survey of 2019.
So far, IfNotNow has focused on attempts to change the way Jewish people and institutions, such as Jewish summer camps, discussed the issue of Israel. The move of the group into electoral politics earned them praise from the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress.
"It is time to realize that the status quo does not work to achieve peace in the region," said Raschida Tileb. (D-Mich.) "If NOTNow is one of the organizations that gives me hope that we are making progress towards a just and lasting peace."
The organization can not stop the race in 2020: IfNotNow's local heads are also in talks about potential approval of candidates in congressional competitions and fieldwork for them. However, he does not expect to approve a candidate in the presidential main group.