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Israel Boycott Supporter Wins Missouri Democratic Primary

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A supporter of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) against the State of Israel, Cori Bush, has been declared the winner of the Democratic primary race in Missouri’s First Congressional District.

Bush defeated Lacy Clay, a 20-year incumbent who supported Israel in a district with a significant Jewish population. Moreover, it was Clay who in the final days of the campaign, disseminated a booklet exposing Bush’s ties to Palestinian Activist Linda Sarsour and her support for BDS, Jewish Insider first reported.

The mailer featured a number of charges against the progressive candidate including her support for an end to military aid to Israel, according to the report. It also alleged that she “failed to condemn antisemitic comments by her fellow staffers while working as a national surrogate for Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.”

Jewish Insider reported that Bush had openly stated her support for BDS on her campaign site, which was since removed. “I stand by the right of Palestinians to live as a free people just as the people of Israel and we as U.S. citizens are allowed to do,” the page read. “We also stand by their right to call for a boycott on goods and services that the government that is currently oppressing them profits from, in order to draw attention to their plight.”

Bush has been backed by Justice Democrats, the Democratic Socialists of America and the Sunrise Movement. If she succeeds in her Congressional bid, Bush will likely join a few freshman members of Congress who support BDS, including Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who won her primary in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District this week.

“Congrats Missouri, you just allowed a Jew hating, Linda Sarsour loving, new member of the squad to win your state’s Democratic primary,” StopAntisemitism.org wrote on Twitter Wednesday, following the release of Tuesday’s primary results.

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Kyle Rittenhouse Found ‘Not Guilty’ On All Counts

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After three and a half days of deliberation, the jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse on all counts. “Jurors in the polarizing case said they had voted to acquit Rittenhouse, 18, of homicide, attempted homicide and other charges related to the August 2020 shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin” reports The Washington Post.

Rittenhouse testified during the trial during which he  became so emotional he was unable to speak in between sobs as he attempted to describe the shootings. The judge called a brief recess for Rittenhouse to regain composure.

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” Rittenhouse said on the stand. “I defended myself.”

National Review reports “As the verdict was announced, Rittenhouse, overwhelmed with emotion, burst into tears and dropped to the ground, struggling to breathe. After collecting himself, he embraced the defense counsel who represented him throughout the trial.”

Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, who was 26 at the time. Rittenhouse testified that he fired in self-defense and pleaded not guilty to all counts.

National Review reports:

“Rittenhouse was arrested on August 26, 2020, after shooting three people during the riots that followed the police killing of Jacob Blake, a black man who was brandishing a knife and in the process of violating a restraining order when police arrived on scene.

He was initially indicted on charges of first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional reckless homicide, failure to comply with an emergency order from a local government, and possession of a dangerous weapon.”

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