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Progressive Jewish Groups, Palestinians Call Out UAE Normalizing Ties With Israel: ‘Nothing to Do With Peace’ – Newsweek

Progressive Jewish groups in the U.S. and Palestinians called out the decision by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel to normalize diplomatic relations, arguing that the move does not contribute to a peaceful solution of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

On Thursday, President Donald Trump first announced the historic decision, with the UAE becoming only the third Arab state to officially normalize ties with Israel. Arab nations have largely backed Palestinians since the founding of Israel in their homeland in 1948. In 1980, Egypt became the first Arab state to normalize relations with Israel, followed by Jordan in 1994.

“During a call with President Trump and [Israeli] Prime Minister Netanyahu, an agreement was reached to stop further Israeli annexation of Palestinian territories,” Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Mohammed bin Zayed tweeted on Thursday. “The UAE and Israel also agreed to cooperation and setting a roadmap towards establishing a bilateral relationship.”

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But Palestinians and progressive Jewish groups dismissed the reasoning put forward by the UAE, arguing that Israel had long been annexing land recognized as belonging to Palestinians under United Nations agreements. They said this agreement would simply end the formal annexation process launched by Netanyahu.

“The Palestinian leadership rejects and denounces the UAE, Israeli and U.S. trilateral, surprising announcement,” Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a senior adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in a statement, Reuters reported.

Mohammed Bin Zayed and Donald Trump
President Donald Trump shakes hands with UAE leader Mohammed bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi during a meeting at the White House on May 15, 2017.
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“After months of mounting pressure against Prime Minister Netanyahu’s annexation plans from around the world, this treaty—recognizing the informal ties that have existed between Israel and the UAE for years—gives Netanyahu diplomatic cover to say that he stopped formal annexation of the West Bank,” Jewish-American group IfNotNow’s political director, Emily Mayer, said in a statement emailed to Newsweek.

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“Meanwhile, the Israeli government can continue doing exactly what it has already been doing for decades—removing Palestinians from their land and stripping them of their rights,” she said.

Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s executive committee, tweeted that Israel was being “rewarded for not declaring openly what it’s been doing to Palestine illegally & persistently since the beginning of the occupation.” Ashrawi said the decision by the UAE and Israel was just making “secret dealings” formal.

May you never experience the agony of having your country stolen; may you never feel the pain of living in captivity under occupation; may you never witness the demolition of your home or murder of your loved ones. May you never be sold out by your “friends.” https://t.co/CBaNl1QQqx

— Hanan Ashrawi (@DrHananAshrawi) August 13, 2020

Retweeting bin Zayed’s post about the decision, Ashrawi wrote: “May you never experience the agony of having your country stolen; may you never feel the pain of living in captivity under occupation; may you never witness the demolition of your home or murder of your loved ones. May you never be sold out by your ‘friends.'”

Representative Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat who is the first Palestinian-American woman to serve in Congress, criticized the decision on Twitter, calling it “another Trump/Netanyahu deal.”

“The focus needs to be on promoting solidarity between Palestinians & Israelis who are joining together in struggle to end an apartheid system. We must stand with the people,” she wrote.

The focus needs to be on promoting solidarity between Palestinians & Israelis who are joining together in struggle to end an apartheid system. We must stand with the people.

This Trump/Netanyahu deal will not alleviate Palestinian suffering—it will further normalize it.

— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) August 13, 2020

“Annexation off the table in exchange for $$$ and nothing more for Palestinians. Nothing to do at all with peace,” Rabbi Alissa Wise, the deputy director of Jewish Voice for Peace, tweeted.

“Despite how unsurprising it is that the #UAE normalized relations with #Israel, it is as disappointing as ever to witness the failure of Arab nationalism and the endorsement/surrender to a colonial future,” Noura Erakat, a Palestinian-American human rights attorney and professor at Rutgers University, tweeted.

But some progressive groups welcomed the decision.

“J Street welcomes today’s announcement that Israel is suspending plans to annex parts of the West Bank and that the United Arab Emirates and Israel are taking steps to establish more normalized ties,” J Street, a nonprofit liberal advocacy group that works for a peaceful resolution to Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Arab tensions, told Newsweek.

“This decision by Prime Minister Netanyahu signals a major retreat from repeated threats to carry out de jure annexation and indicates that efforts to oppose annexation—in Israel, the U.S. and around the world—have achieved significant success,” the organization said in a statement.

Newsweek reached out to the Palestinian National Authority government for further comment on the announcement from the UAE and Israel, but it did not respond in time for publication.

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Progressive challenger Cori Bush upsets longtime incumbent Lacy Clay in Missouri Dem primary – Fox News

Progressive challenger Cori Bush defeated longtime incumbent Rep. William Lacy Clay overnight in the high-profile Democratic primary in Missouri‘s 1st Congressional District — a race that grabbed national attention as a party fixture and Congressional Black Caucus member tried to fend off a younger activist who came up through the Black Lives Matter movement.

Bush’s 48.9% to 45.5% victory is yet another win for Justice Democrats, the group that backed the successful Democratic primary challenges by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over longtime Rep. Joe Crowley in 2018,  and educator Jamaal Bowman over powerful Rep. Eliot Engel this summer.

“They counted us out,” Bush said after her Tuesday win. “They called me — I’m just the protester, I’m just the activist with no name, no title and no real money. That’s all they said that I was. But St. Louis showed up today.”

The 10-term Clay was defending a seat that’s been represented by his family for more than half a century. The incumbent succeeded his father – the late Rep. William Clay Sr. – who held the St. Louis-area seat for more than 30 years and was one of the founders of the Congressional Black Caucus.

ST. LOUIS PROSECUTOR WHO CHARGED COUPLE FOR DISPLAYING WEAPONS WINS DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

The 64-year old Clay’s was facing a second straight primary challenge from Bush, a nurse who enjoyed the backing of some of the biggest names on the left.

‘From the Bronx to St. Louis, the Squad is here to stay, and it’s still growing.’

— Justice Democrats

Bush, who is also Black, lost to Clay two years ago by double digits. In her second challenge to Clay, she was endorsed earlier this year by then-presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. And she recently landed the backing of Bowman.

Justice Democrats, which was founded in 2017, noted that Bush was one of the first-ever candidates it backed.

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“From the Bronx to St. Louis, the Squad is here to stay, and it’s still growing,” the organization tweeted early Wednesday morning.

Bush’s campaign spokeswoman, Keenan Korth, said voters in the district were “galvanized.”

“They’re ready to turn the page on decades of failed leadership,” Korth said.

The 44-year old Bush gained momentum as the primary neared. The ordained minister who says she got involved in politics as a Black Lives Matter activist in the wake of the 2014 fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., raised nearly $240,000 in the spring, including $170,000 in June alone. That was a major increase in her fundraising compared with the prior 14 months of her campaign.

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Both candidates embraced progressive policies and civil rights legislation.

Bush will now be considered the clear favorite in November’s general election in a distict that overwhelmingly favors Democrats.

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Progressive groups urge Biden to tap Warren as running mate | TheHill – The Hill

A pair of national progressive groups are urging former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump tweets ‘we all miss’ Ailes after swiping at Fox Senior Trump campaign official reassigned in staff shakeup Poll: Biden, Trump locked in neck-and-neck battle for North Carolina MORE to tap Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenManchin draws line against repealing legislative filibuster Progressive groups urge Biden to tap Warren as running mate Young Turks host says Elizabeth Warren should be Biden’s VP pick MORE (D-Mass.) as his running mate, the latest push by activists to install a liberal on the presidential ticket. 

In an open letter to Biden, Progressive Democrats of America and RootsAction.org said that picking Warren would not only install an experienced lawmaker as his No. 2 but would also send a message to liberals that he was trying to unite the party ahead of the general election.

“If you want to unify the party and take back the White House, then you should choose the running mate best suited to those goals: Elizabeth Warren,” they wrote.

“Senator Warren is deeply qualified to be our next vice president, bringing decades of experience and a track record of leadership on issues from the Green New Deal to fighting corporate greed and corruption – issues that excite the progressive voters you’ll need to win the White House. Few senators have fought harder and more consistently for the kinds of structural reforms that would lift up working-class families and communities.” 

Progressive Democrats of America said in a separate release that it polled its members last week on who they backed for Biden’s running mate, with 52 percent saying they prefer Warren. Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisProgressive groups urge Biden to tap Warren as running mate Young Turks host says Elizabeth Warren should be Biden’s VP pick Karen Bass’s star rises after leading police reform push MORE (D-Calif.) finished in a distant second with 18 percent.

“For voters and activists who supported Bernie SandersBernie SandersHickenlooper beats back progressive challenge in Colorado primary Progressive groups urge Biden to tap Warren as running mate Young Turks host says Elizabeth Warren should be Biden’s VP pick MORE in the primary, it’s vital that Biden choose a running mate with a longstanding progressive track record of fighting for the working families of this country,” said Alan Minsky, executive director of Progressive Democrats of America. “Elizabeth Warren fits that bill, and she’s popular with Democratic voters in the progressive and centrist wings of the party.”

Biden has been the target of a sustained pressure campaign from an array of outside groups to pick their preferred running mate, though he has said he would prioritize someone with whom he’s “simpatico” and prepared to lead the country.

Warren is reported to be among those being seriously considered by the Biden camp and is undergoing the vetting process, with allies saying she’d be able to win over progressives who remain skeptical of Biden’s centrist brand of politics.

However, the former vice president has been urged to pick a woman of color as his running mate in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month and widespread unrest over police brutality and systemic racism. 

Among the other contenders being considered for vice president are Harris, Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsProgressive groups urge Biden to tap Warren as running mate James Carville on Biden VP pick: Wouldn’t care if it was Sarah Palin, ‘I just want to win this thing’ Warren top choice for VP for some Black progressives MORE of Florida and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

“We’re just underway now in the hard vet of going into the deep background checks that take anywhere from six to eight weeks to be done,” Biden said at a press conferenceTuesday. 

“Early August. I can’t guarantee you Aug. 1, but it will be in early August, several weeks before the convention,” he added, referring to the Democratic National Convention that will be held from Aug. 17 to Aug. 20 in Milwaukee.

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