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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,” wrote on Twitter Wednesday, following the release of Tuesday’s primary results.

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Pope Francis calls for universal ban on ‘so-called surrogate motherhood’



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Pope Francis called for a universal ban on surrogacy, likening the practice as an unborn child “turned into an object of trafficking.”

“I consider despicable the practice of so-called surrogate motherhood, which represents a grave violation of the dignity of the woman and the child, based on the exploitation of situations of the mother’s material needs,” Francis said in a speech to the Holy See on Monday.

The “uterus for rent” process, as Francis has called it, was estimated to bring in $14 billion in the U.S. in 2022, and is projected to grow to a $129 billion market by 2032. National Review reports Individual surrogacies can cost anywhere from $60,000 to $200,000 plus in the U.S. Rising infertility rates, an increase in the number of fertility clinics, and “sedentary lifestyles” contribute to surrogacy’s recent popularity, according to Global Market Insights.

“A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Surrogacy is already banned in many European countries. In the United States, commercial surrogacy, or for-profit surrogacy, is legal in some states, and the practice has been used by celebrities who are very public with their decision to use surrogacy.

Altruistic surrogacy, the method by which a woman carries another person’s child for no official compensation, is legal in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa, Greece, and Iceland, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The speech was about threats to peace and human dignity. “A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Francis also listed Russia’s war on Ukraine, the Israel-Hamas war, climate change, and increased weapons production as great threats to peace on Monday.

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