How many Alaskans support Hamas terrorists? In a state with the highest percentage of military veterans in the nation, and third in the nation for the percentage of active duty military members, not many in Alaska are terrorist sympathizers.
But Alaska’s Democrat Rep. Mary Peltola finds herself straddling yet another issue, with one foot in each camp on the question of Hamas terrorists and Israel.
Although she voted yes on Wednesday to a resolution support Israel against Hamas and all terrorist attacks, Peltola also has accepted the maximum allowed in campaign funds from fellow Democrat Pramila Jayapal, an anti-Israel hardliner.
Peltola took $6,000 in two payments from Democrat Rep. Pramila Jayapal who didn’t vote for the anti-Hamas resolution. Jayapal, the socialist from Seattle, voted “present” on the question of standing with Israel against terrorists.
Jayapal said she believes “that Netanyahu’s extreme right-wing government has engaged in discriminatory and outright racist policies and that there are extreme racists driving that policy within the leadership of the current government. I believe it is incumbent on all of us who are striving to make our world a more just and equitable place to call out and condemn these policies and this current Netanyahu government’s role in furthering them.”
Peltola is also conflicted in another realm. She came out in support of the union that is organizing Starbucks workers. After Palestinian Hamas terrorists killed over 1,400 Israelis in a surprise attack on Oct. 7, the union planted its flag solidly with Hamas on more than one occasion, including this statement on Oct. 20, in which the union said it stood by Palestine against Israel — and attacked the Starbucks company at the same time: