See: “Israel Firsters”

Via Free Beacon:

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.) last Thursday criticized a hotly contested proposal concerning Palestinian refugees for not putting “the United States’ interests first” — a charge that critics said evokes the “Israel firster” slur at the center of the Middle East debate.

While debating an amendment sponsored by Sen. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) that would examine exactly how many Palestinian refugees benefit from U.S. tax dollars, Leahy expressed that the proposal does not put “the United States’ interests first.”

“Frankly, Mr. Chairman, as a member of this committee, I always look at what is in the United States’ interest first and foremost, and this would hurt the United States’ interests,” Leahy said, emphasizing the words “United States.”

“It may give a momentary advantage to one side or the other after we spend all that money, but it hurts the United States’ interests,” Leahy said.

Observers in the room said they were taken aback by Leahy’s comments, which evoked the ongoing controversy over the term “Israel firster,” a slur that has its roots in the white supremacist movement and implies a person is putting the interests of the Jewish state over those of the U.S.

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