Pritzker touts his pro-Israel credentials, but will not comment on an anti-Israel activist and convicted terrorist holding an event at his hotel.
Billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker announced on Tuesday that he will be forming an exploratory committee to run for the Democratic nomination for governor of Illinois. Pritzker may find it difficult to get the support of Chicago’s Jewish community, though, given his silence on an anti-Israel convicted terrorist using his one of his properties.
Pritzker, a venture capitalist, and heir to the Hyatt fortune, has an estimated net worth of $3.4 billion, and would be one of the few people who could self-fund a campaign against Gov. Bruce Rauner (R-IL).
The Washington Free Beacon‘s Adam Kredo recently reported on a concerning conference taking place at a Hyatt hotel, organized by Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and featuring speeches by Rasmea Odeh and Linda Sarsour.
Odeh was “convicted by Israel of engaging in terrorist bombings that killed and injured many,” and Sarsour is “a prominent anti-Israel activist.”
Chicago’s Jewish community is very concerned about the conference and has asked the Hyatt to cancel the event.
According to the Free Beacon’s reporting:
Jay Tcath, executive vice president of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago, told the Washington Free Beacon that many in the pro-Israel community have been victims of JVP’s anti-Israel campaign.
“We are all too aware of both players,” Tcath said, referring to JVP and Odeh.
“The top leadership of Hyatt is both aware fully of JVP and Odeh and who they are,” Tcath said.
Multiple emails to a top adviser for Pritzker about the situation concerning Hyatt and JVP were not returned.
Pritzker has touted his pro-Israel credentials in the past, but his continued public silence on JVP hosting an event at one of his properties could be very concerning to many in Chicago’s Jewish community.
Given the recent string of hate crimes across America aimed at Jewish communities, Pritzker’s silence on this issue could very well prove problematic for Pritzker’s hope of securing the Democratic nomination.
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