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California Assembly candidate accuses Israel of genocide and offers support for Louis Farrakhan

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Source: JTA

South Gate, LA, CA – A Democratic candidate for the California State Assembly said Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinians and offered her support for antisemitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

Maria Estrada, who is running in a district representing suburban Los Angeles, finished second in the June 5 primary with 28 percent to qualify for the November election. She will be vying for the seat against the incumbent, fellow Democrat Anthony Rendon, who also serves as the Assembly speaker.

In an op-ed published in the Los Angeles Jewish Journal, Rabbi Abraham Cooper and Harold Brackman of the Simon Wiesenthal Center noted that Estrada posted last year on Facebook: “Democrats turn a blind eye to the genocide against Palestinians and justify it by bringing up the Holocaust. As if what happened 70 years ago justifies it. Anyone who believes they are one of ‘God’s chosen people’ automatically feels superior and justified in all they do. Religious fanaticism is used to justify apartheid and crimes against Palestinians and no one should be okay with it. #FreePalestine”

On Tuesday, Estrada posted a screenshot of a dictionary definition of the term genocide and wrote: “Because some people are unsure of the meaning of the term genocide because the number of people being murdered isn’t enough for them. #FreePalestine.”

She added in a comment: “The argument from Zionists is that the number of Palestinians has grown. Apparently they aren’t killing enough Palestinians for them to consider it a genocide.”

The op-ed also said that Estrada tweeted that “I, for one, enjoy listening to Farrakhan’s sermons.”