Anti-Israel Left Has Become New York Dems’ Ugly Future — Op-Ed
Progressives’ rise to power in New York’s Democratic Party also means soaring anti-Semitism. The latest is the bill from Democratic Socialist lawmakers Jabari Brisport (D-B’klyn) and Zohran Mamdani (D-Qns.) that would punish New York-based charities that supposedly engage in “unauthorized support of Israeli settlement activity.”
Legislative leadership in both houses has made it clear that the bill is DOA — for now.
Brisport and Mamdani engaged in age-old anti-Semitic tropes of deception and disguise: The Jewish outfits in their crosshairs “masquerade as charities”, “funnel hundreds of millions of dollars to ethnic cleansing”, “white supremacy” by Israel’s (multiracial!) Jewish community somehow drives (nonexistent!) “apartheid” there.
Let’s take note of the single-minded, punitive focus on the Jewish state and its alleged crimes. Neither puts anywhere near the same energy into defending actual victims of current and ongoing genocide, like China’s Uyghurs.
The bill is a clear warning about just how wedded the next generation of New York Democrats is to anti-Israel rhetoric and policies. It’s adjacent to open Jew-hatred.
And Mamdani and Brisport are far from the only examples. Late April saw City Council Shahana Hanif and Sandra Nurse (both D-B’klyn) vote “no” on a resolution to establish an “End Jew Hatred” day.
Also, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez not long ago joined her Squad in (briefly) stopping US support for Israel’s purely defensive Iron Dome and falsely claimed Israel cages Palestinian children. (NYP / VFI News)
“God, we ask that Israel is recognized universally as a just and rightful country and that any misconceptions surrounding it are quickly disproved and not taken seriously. We are grateful for the nations that believe in us, but we also pray for the elimination of the hatred displayed against Israel and the Jewish people.”