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Starbucks Union Championed by Bernie Sanders and AOC Celebrates Hamas Attacks

 


A labor union championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.), and other liberals expressed solidarity with Hamas terrorists after the worst domestic terrorist attack in Israel's history.


Starbucks Workers United, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), expressed "Solidarity with Palestine!" in deleted social media posts. Union chapters in Iowa, Chicago, and Boston promoted rallies in support of the Palestinian attacks, including a "Long Live Palestinian Resistance" rally to be held in Boston on Monday. Hamas slaughtered hundreds of Jews in an invasion into southern Israel over the weekend. More than 700 Israeli civilians have been killed, as have 9 American citizens.


The Starbucks union, which represents 9,000 baristas, joins other American liberal groups in siding with Palestinians over their Israeli targets. The Democratic Socialists of America, which counts six House Democrats as members, held rallies in several American cities to call for support for Palestinians. A Harvard University dean and dozens of student groups at the Ivy League school blamed Israel for provoking the Hamas attack.


Starbucks Workers United has landed support in the past from Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders, and Sen. John Fetterman (D., Pa.). Ocasio-Cortez cheered the union after it voted in 2021 to organize the first store in Buffalo. Sanders called the union a "tremendous inspiration" after it formed that year. Fetterman said in July he would "continue to stand" with the union.


The union's rhetoric is perhaps no surprise. Jaz Brisack, an original organizer of the union, has praised Palestinian terrorist Rasmea Odeh as a "freedom fighter," the Washington Free Beacon reported. She has stated, "From the river to the sea, Palestine shall be free," a chant widely seen as a call for genocide against the Jewish state.


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