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House Opponents Wooing Key Russian Bloc

Firebrand and Israel critic Charles Barron squares off against Hakeem Jeffries before Jewish group.

Assistant Managing Editor

In an appeal to Russian-speaking voters on Tuesday, two candidates in the House race to succeed Rep. Edolphus Towns offered stark contrasts in their views on Israel and the Middle East.

But the two, in consecutive appearances before representatives of Jewish Russian-speaking media and community activists, were confronted mostly with questions about other issues, suggesting the long history of harsh Israel criticism by Councilman Charles Barron may not hurt his chances of garnering that community’s vote.

Political rivals Hakeem Jeffries, left, and Charles Barron.
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