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May 23, 2006
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A leading Jewish congressman came to the defense of a colleague who is in a dispute with AIPAC. Rep. Betty McCollum has banned officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee from lobbying her until the organization apologizes for a volunteer who allegedly said McCollum supports terrorists. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.), the ranking Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives’ International Relations Committee, said the alleged attack by the AIPAC supporter “is an approach reminiscent of the Taliban” and violates the spirit of free debate. Ackerman is one of AIPAC’s strongest supporters in the House.

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