Palestinians See Opportunity in American Division Over Israel


Middle East Eye spoke to USCPR Executive Director Yousef Munayyer about poll findings released by the Pew Research Center that indicate that support for Israel among Democrats is at an all-time low:

“These numbers are a reflection of several years of trends that have become most apparent in the Donald Trump era,” said Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights.

“As Democrats build around ideas of inclusion and equality, Republicans gather around ‘faith’ and maintaining the status quo,” he said. “As each party has become more attune to its base, the contrast between their own respective values and the values represented by Israeli policies became clearer.”

“For those concerned with holding Israel to account for its denial of Palestinian rights, this opening is an opportunity to have some honest conversations about how US policy should be adjusted with the general public and policymakers alike,” he said.

“Such conversations were reflexively dismissed in the past or considered taboo and while that continues to be the case on the right side of the American political spectrum, liberal and progressive spaces, as well as racially- and ethnically diverse spaces, are more open than ever to talking about change in US policy.”

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