Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D., Mass.) presidential campaign promoted the endorsement of an Iowan who has called pro-Israel politicians “puppets” and heads an extreme anti-Israel organization that has lavished praise on Palestinian terrorist Yasser Arafat.
John Dabeet, the leader of Americans and Palestinians for Peace (AMPAL) and a school board member from Muscatine, Iowa, endorsed Warren in November, praising her for standing up for Palestinians. In another sign Democratic 2020 contenders are willing to associate with anti-Israel activists, the Warren campaign last week included Dabeet in a group of “Iowa leaders” backing her in the Democratic primary.
Dabeet this month called Israel a “fake democracy,” and his organization referred to Arafat, the deceased head of the terrorist Palestinian Liberation Organization, as the “immortal leader” and “martyr leader” in 2016.
In March, Dabeet tweeted an Intercept article about Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) and called him “another AIPAC Puppet,” referring to the pro-Israel lobbying group. He supported the confirmation of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense in 2013, despite the opposition of what he called the “Israeli Likud lobby” over remarks Hagel made in 2007 about the political influence of the “Jewish lobby.”