“This is anti-semitism. Plain and simple,” Rep. Max Rose (D-NY) tweeted.
The Democratic Socialists of America is a pro-BDS (Boycott the Jews) organization that backs AOC, Rashida Tlaib, Jamaal Bowman, Bernie Sanders, and other anti-Semitic Democrats. This is a group that is working to deligitimize Israel and pro-Israel Americans in the Democrat Party. Frankly they are succeeding. Will De Blasio, Pelosi, Schumer, and Biden denounce this open anti-Semitism from DSA? Not a chance. They need the votes of these far-Left Jew-haters. Jewish Americans need to leave the Democrat Party.
StandWithUs Calls on All DSA-Endorsed Candidates to Condemn NYC-DSA's Antisemitismhttps://t.co/a6YjtbvJny
— StandWithUs (@StandWithUs) August 14, 2020
NYC DSA asks local candidates to pledge not to visit Israel
By Jewish Insider, August 14, 2020
New York City Council candidates seeking the support of the Democratic Socialists of America are being asked to agree not to visit Israel if elected.
“Do you pledge not to travel to Israel if elected to [the] City Council in solidarity with Palestinians living under occupation?” reads a questionnaire sent out by the DSA and first reported by NY1’s Zack Fink. “Even though foreign policy falls outside the purview of municipal government, gestures like travel to a country by elected officials from a city the size and prominence of New York still send a powerful message, as would the refusal to participate in them.”
The other question in the foreign policy section asks candidates about their support for the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment movement against Israel.
— Zack Fink (@ZackFinkNews) August 13, 2020
The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of New York, sponsors annual trips for elected officials and business leaders.
Michael Miller, JCRC’s executive vice president and CEO, described the questionnaire as “despicable” and “utterly reprehensible.” Elected officials “should not be denied an immersive opportunity to deepen their understanding of Israel,” Miller said in a statement. “Including this demand — on the same day that a historic peace agreement was announced between Israel and the United Arab Emirates — reveals a policy undeniably singed by anti-Semitism.”
The DSA is seizing on its growing political clout in New York this year ahead of the city’s 2021 municipal elections, which will see a record number of seats ― 35 open seats — up for grabs. Of the 51 members of the City Council, only 16 members are up for re-election.
This year, seven out of the eight DSA-backed candidates running for U.S. Congress or for New York’s state legislature won their races.
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