Congressional candidate David Mandel condemns U.S. veto of Gaza ceasefire resolution; releases TV commercial

California Congressional District 7 Democratic candidate David Mandel issued a statement today condemning the U.S. veto of a United Nations resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. Mandel is one of two candidates challenging Democratic incumbent Doris Matsui.

"Tuesday, the United States once again vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, the only country to vote no," Mandel said in his statement. "Once again, the U.S. has declined to join the rest of the international community and call for an end to the relentless genocidal violence and humanitarian disaster perpetrated by Israel." 

Mandel, who identifies as a "proud Jewish man" and a human rights attorney, said the vote was disappointing but unsurprising.  

"At this point, our government seems committed to becoming a pariah state," he said. "Continuing to back a genocidal, apartheid state can only end in the complete ruin of what remains of America's international reputation as a global leader."

The U.N. vote was 13 - 1, with the only no from the U.S. The United Kingdom abstained. 

Mandel has made the conflict a cornerstone of his candidacy. Matsui was not mentioned in his statement.

As the longtime Sacramento representative in Congress, Matsui has been routinely criticized on social media platforms by progressive Democrats for not advocating a ceasefire. Nationally, the calls for a Gaza ceasefire have splintered Democrats and could be an electoral threat to President Joe Biden.  

In addition to his statement, Mandel also released a campaign commercial that will be seen locally on CNN, MSNBC, and other cable networks. The commercial highlights Mandel's stance on the conflict. 

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