Father Raphael Warnock, a Democratic Senate candidate in Georgia who marched to a withdrawal race in January, was discovered last year signed a statement comparing Israel’s control over the West Bank. with “former oppressive regimes”, such as “military occupation in Namibia under apartheid South Africa.”
Warnock, who has won 32.87% of the vote in his race, will face Senator Kelly Loeffler in an election in January. Loeffler split votes with Republican Rep. Doug Ducey to win 25.97% of the vote.
The letter was written by a group of faith leaders from historically African-American and South African churches, all of whom just made a trip to Israel in the spring of 2019. Warnock is part of the group that signed the signing. letters.
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The letter suggested that the group while visiting the occupied territory witnessed: “Today’s physical walls once existed among the Palestinians in a political wall reminiscent of the Berlin Wall”, along with ” The heavy militarization in the West Bank, reminiscent of Namibia’s military occupation by racist South Africa. “
During World War I, South Africa launched a military campaign and colonized Germany in southwestern Africa, today Namibia. In 1988, after decades of extreme international pressure, South Africa signed an agreement at UN headquarters to give up Namibia.
The group said they had seen both Jewish and Palestinian perspectives. However, they said they were shocked at the “inability to prevent the swallowing of Palestinian lands from almost making the proposed two-state solution impossible”.
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The National Church Council Group said it witnessed: “Discrimination law allows one for Jews and another for Palestinians; we found evidence of forced deletion; abandoned homes, olive trees uprooted or confiscated and taken over, shops and businesses are sealed with doors to close all commercial activities.
In particular, the Radical National Baptist Convention, in a decisive resolution Warnock was a member of the delegation, called on the United States to “end all military aid to Israel” and “cooperate with the United Nations to demand, “Among other things, that Israel:” stop building or expanding existing, illegal Israeli settlements, checkpoints and roads in the occupied Palestinian territories. . “
But Warnock’s campaign says he opposes an end to direct military aid to Israel.
“Pastor Warnock has a deep respect for the priceless relationship the United States has with Israel and how Georgia continues to benefit from that friendship. The reticence he expressed about the settlement did not change his strong support of Israel and his belief in its security – which is why he opposes the termination. Direct military aid to such a strong ally, ”Warnock campaign spokesman Terrence Clark said in a statement to Fox News.
Senator Loeffler’s campaign said Warnock’s signature of the letter follows a “history of anti-Israeli positions.”
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“Raphael Warnock has a history of going against Israel, from advocating Blacks against Semitism and defending Jeremiah Wright’s anti-Semitic comments, to calling Israel an ‘oppressive regime.’ ‘to fight terrorism,’ Loeffler’s campaign communications director Stephen Lawson said in a statement to Fox News.
“Kelly Loeffler steadfastly supports America’s strongest ally, that’s why the Georgians are hard-working to support her,” continued, “Kelly will always stand by Israel and will always stand up. School against leftist extremists like Raphael Warnock, whose dangerous agenda will threaten Jews’ lives and livelihoods both at home and abroad. ”