In my latest piece for Mondoweiss, I examine two primary races in Pennsylvania and what lessons they hold for Palestine advocacy. One is the apparent victory of Summer Lee in the 12th congressional district. The other is John Fetterman’s victory for the Democratic nomination for Senate.
Lee has been attacked because her experience as a Black woman in the US has made her empathetic with Palestinians under Israel’s boot, and she has had the temerity to express this feeling, even while supporting Israel’s security.
Fetterman is as extreme an example of a PEP (Progressive Except for Palestine–I wrote a book about it, one which will be out in paperback in a few days. Check it out). Although there are a few other issues, such as fracking, that he is not aligned with progressive values on, he’d clearly be one of the most progressive figures in the Senate. But on Palestine, an issue he probably doesn’t care much about, he has staked out a very hawkish position.
Check out my analysis at Mondoweiss.