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Mass. group pushes anti-Israel resolutions

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A group in Massachusetts is campaigning for localities to pass nonbinding resolutions questioning Israel’s democracy.

"Shall the state representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of a nonbinding resolution calling on the federal government to support the right of all people, including to non-Jewish Palestinian citizens of Israel, to live free from laws that give more rights to one people of one religion than another?" says the ballot question proposed in at least four localities by a group called Mass. Residents for International Human Rights, the Associated Press reported this week.

Two localities approved the ballot questions last year, it said.

The initiative appears to be a softer version of earlier failed efforts in the state to have localities to divest from Israel.

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