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Pascrell (Still) Won't Repudiate anti-Semitic Slurs
by Joel Himelfarb
On the eve of an election that will decide his political future, Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., remains under fire for refusing to condemn anti-Semitic comments from his supporters. With New Jersey losing a congressional seat due to federal redistricting, Pascrell and fellow eight-term Democratic Rep. Steve Rothman are running against each other in Tuesday's hotly contested primary in the 9th Congressional District. The winner will be favored to win in November in this heavily Democratic district.
In the waning days of the primary race, American Arab Forum (AAF) President Aref Assaf (who has a large-sized picture of Pascrell and an Arabic-language Pascrell campaign sign emblazoned on his Facebook page) continued to suggest that supporters of Rothman, who is Jewish, are putting Israel's interests ahead of America's.
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