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Sanders outdid Clinton 2-1 among Michigan Arab Americans

WASHINGTON – Arab Americans in the Dearborn area voted 2 to 1 for Bernie Sanders in the Michigan Democratic primary, the Dearborn-based Arab American News reported Wednesday, March 9, the day after Sanders upset Hillary Clinton.

Sanders, the only Jewish candidate running for president from either major party, campaigned among Arab Americans, broadcasting campaign ads in the Dearborn area in Arabic, according to website, The Intercept. At an event on the eve of the primary, Sanders said he would be even-handed in brokering peace between Arabs and Israelis.

The Arab-American News endorsed Sanders, citing what it said was his “unequivocal” condemnation of Islamophobia.

“His foreign policy will not be dictated by a military industrial complex that promotes war for profit or Christian Zionist groups that lobby Washington to support Israel for theological reasons,” the newspaper said, although it said his posture on Israel was deficient, in part because he defends Israel’s right to self defense and has blamed Palestinians in part for hostilities.

Foxman: Trump knew his Hitler-like salute was evoking fascist symbolism

Donald Trump knew he was evoking fascist symbolism when he asked supporters at a campaign rally in Florida to raise their right arms and pledge to vote for him, former Anti-Defamation League leader Abraham Foxman said.

The salute at a rally March 5 for the front-running Republican presidential candidate prompted a backlash on social media, where comparisons to Hitler were rife.“It is a fascist gesture,” Foxman told the Times of Israel news website. “He is smart enough — he always tells us how smart he is — to know the images that this evokes. Instead of asking his audience to pledge allegiance to the United States of America, which in itself would be a little bizarre, he’s asking them to swear allegiance to him.”

At the rally at the University of Central Florida’s arena in Orlando, Trump said: “Raise your right hand. I do solemnly swear that I — no matter how I feel, no matter what the conditions, if there’s hurricanes or whatever — will vote, on or before the 12th, for Donald J. Trump for president.” Hands went up throughout the audience amid loud cheers and a recitation of the “pledge.”

“As a Jew who survived the Holocaust, to see an audience of thousands of people raising their hands in what looks like the ‘Heil Hitler’ salute is about as offensive, obnoxious and disgusting as anything I thought I would ever witness in the United States of America,” he told The Times of Israel.

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