How the Israel Lobby Protected Ukrainian Neo-Nazis

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US Congressman John Conyers (D) wanted to block US funding to neo-Nazis in Ukraine, but the ADL and Simon Wiesenthal Center refused to help

This article originally appeared at AlterNet

AlterNet has learned that an amendment to the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have forbidden US assistance, training and weapons to neo-Nazis and other extremists in Ukraine was kept out of the final bill by the Republican-led House Rules Committee.

Introduced by Democratic Representative John Conyers, the amendment was intended to help tamp down on violent confrontations between Ukrainian forces and Russian separatists. (Full text of the amendment here: link)

A USA Today/Pew poll conducted in April while the NDAA was being debated found that Americans opposed by more than 2 to 1 providing the Ukrainian government with arms or other forms of military assistance.

If passed, Conyers’ amendment would have explicitly barred those found to…

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