Adam Milstein, a major pro-Israel funder, has withdrawn from speaking at the annual AIPAC policy conference following a series of tweets in which he accused two Muslim lawmakers of clashing with “American values.”
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee distanced itself from Milstein.
Milstein, the chairman of the Israeli American Council, said his views as expressed on Twitter had been “mischaracterized.”
“My social media postings represent my views — and my views alone,” Milstein said in a statement to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. “I have no interest in allowing this mischaracterization of me to distract from the important work of AIPAC. For this reason, I will not be moderating a panel at this year’s AIPAC Policy Conference.”
Milstein had been slated to moderate a panel on anti-Semitism at the conference next week.
AIPAC’s spokesman, Marshall Wittmann, said Milstein’s views were not those of the lobby.
“Mr. Milstein is not a representative of AIPAC and his views are not ours,” Wittmann said in an email.
Milstein’s family foundation has donated to AIPAC’s affiliate, the American Israel Educational Foundation, as well as a number of pro-Israel and Jewish groups.
Milstein’s tweets, highlighted among others by staffers for J Street, the liberal Jewish Middle East policy group, come after one of his targets, Rep. Ilhan Omar was accused of invoking dual loyalty slanders in discussing the pro-Israel movement’s influence.
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