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Senators concerned about extremist summer camp for Palestinian Americans - Rafael Medoff

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) are raising questions about an American-funded school in Ramallah that is running an extremist summer  camp for Palestinian teens including many who are American citizens.  The “Go Palestine” summer program, run by Ramallah Friends School, includes anti-Israel films and lectures by militants, some with terrorist connections.  Schumer said, “If true, this school should be cut off because entities that receive USAID should be teaching about democracy and coexistence - not intolerance and extremism.”

Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman and CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said, “I endorse the calls by Senators Schumer and Cardin for an investigation to make sure that no U.S. government funds are being used, directly or indirectly, to support a camp that promotes BDS or other anti-Israeli extremism.