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New York City politicians spar over Israel, Palestine

The leaders in New York City’s mayoral election both defended Israel over the recent conflict with the Palestinians, though other politicians more to the left spoke in favor of the Palestinian cause.
NYC mayoral candidate Andrew Yang speaks at a press conference at Tweed Courthouse in Manhattan on May 11, 2021 in New York City.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has again seeped into New York City politics. Some candidates for New York City mayor defended Israel in statements regarding the ongoing violence between Israelis and Palestinians, including the two front-runners in the race. 

Democratic candidate Andrew Yang, who also ran for president in 2020, said he is “standing with Israel” and condemned actions by the Palestinian military and political organization Hamas. 

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