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Weiner: Israel Not Occupying Palestinian West Bank

HeadlineJul 25, 2013

Anthony Weiner entered the New York mayoral race in May. While his sexual exploits have dominated talk of his campaign, Weiner has received almost no attention for recent comments on the Israel-Palestine conflict. In a video posted by the website The Daily Beast, Weiner told a questioner he stands by his previously held view that Palestinian land in the West Bank is not under military occupation by Israel.

Questioner: “Sir, do you still believe the West Bank is not occupied?”

Anthony Weiner: “Yes, I do. I believe it’s — I believe that the status of that area is left to be decided by the people who are there.”

Questioner: “So it’s not occupied by Israel?”

Anthony Weiner: “I’ve got to tell you something. You know, there are disagreements about what constitutes the West Bank. Nice to see you, my friend.”

Israel has occupied the West Bank since 1967. Weiner was a strong supporter of the Israeli government while in Congress, once sponsoring a measure to bar the Palestinian delegation at the United Nations. At the time, he infamously stated the delegation “should start packing their little Palestinian terrorist bags.”

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