Antisemitism is rearing its ugly head in New York City amongst outstanding political leaders and activists tied to the Democratic Socialists of America amid fierce fighting within the Middle East between Israelis and Palestinian militants in Gaza, Jewish leaders stated.
The DSA-backed Brooklyn Assemblywoman Phara Souffrant Forrest tweeted a pro-Palestinian map that exhibits “Palestine” the place the Jewish State of Israel ought to be with the hashtag #Free Palestine.
She took the tweet down after being known as out by Queens Assemblyman Dan Rosenthal, who’s pro-Israel and represents an enormous Jewish constituency.
“For decades, terrorists attacked Israel under the banner of throwing all the Jews into the sea, and now they have allies in the New York State legislature openly supporting genocide of the Jewish people,” Rosenthal stated.
Souffrant Forrest, in making an attempt to avoid wasting face, then accused Israel of working towards apartheid in a subsequent tweet.
“I deleted a previous tweet that led to misunderstandings about my position. My position has always been about peace and justice. I stand against apartheid because I believe that all people deserve to live under equal rights regardless of ethnicity or religion,” stated the first-term lawmaker.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx/Queens) has grow to be the face of the DSA in New York and nationally after she toppled former Congressman Joe Crowley in 2018. She accused President Biden of taking the “side of occupation” — Israel — within the battle.
Meanwhile, the Lower Manhattan chapter of the DSA tweeted, “From the River to the sea, Palestine will be free!”
That’s a phrase broadly thought-about antisemetic by Jewish activists and lawmakers as a result of “from river to the sea” to them means wiping the Jewish State of Israel off the map.
The American Jewish Congress, in a “translate hate” definition on its web site stated, “From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free” is a typical call-to-arms for pro-Palestinian activists. It calls for the institution of a State of Palestine from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, erasing the State of Israel and its folks.
“It can be a rallying cry for terrorist teams and their sympathizers, from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) to Hamas, which known as for Israel’s destruction in its authentic governing constitution in 1988.
The AJC added, “There is of course nothing antisemitic about advocating for Palestinians to have their own state. However, calling for the elimination of the Jewish state, or suggesting that the Jews alone do not have the right to self-determination, is antisemitic.”
Michael Nussbaum, president of the Queens Jewish Community Council, stated he’s by no means seen such open hostility towards the Jewish State of Israel from elected leaders and activists in New York who’re affiliated with the DSA.
“It is pure and simple. They don’t want a Jewish State of Israel. I call it antisemitism,” Nussbaum stated.
Nussbaum stated the DSA is fanning the flame of antisemitism by urgent candidates in search of its endorsement to support the boycott, divestment and sanctions motion towards Israel. He stated the anti-Jewish hate is “on the doorstep” of prime DSA-backed elected leaders together with Rep. AOC.
Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, government vp of the NY Board of Rabbi, known as DSA an “adversary” of Israel and the Jewish folks.
“They don’t recognize Israel’s right to exist but there’s a place for Iran,” Potasnik stated.