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Schumer’s Claim That BDS is Anti-Semitic Poses Problems for Gillibrand

“Whether they know it or not, they are actively participating in an anti-Semitic movement," Chuck Schumer said about the BDS movement at AIPAC on Monday.

By NTK Staff | 03.06.2018 @9:53am

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the highest-ranking Jewish-American in an elected office, appeared to be calling fellow New York senator and possible 2020 candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) an anti-Semite during a speech at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference on Monday.

“We must continue to stand firm against the profoundly biased campaign to delegitimize the state of Israel through Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions,” Schumer declared. “While Iran publicly executes its citizens, Turkey jails its journalists, scores of Arab nations punish homosexuality with imprisonment and torture, why does BDS single Israel out alone for condemnation?”

“When there is such a double standard, when the world treats everybody one way and the Jew or the Jewish state another way, there’s only one word for it: anti-Semitism. Let us call out the BDS movement for what it is,” Schumer concluded. “Let us delegitimize the delegitimizer, by letting the world know: when there is a double standard, whether they know it or not, they are actively participating in an anti-Semitic movement.”

The crowd at AIPAC broke into raucous applause at Schumer’s statement, that the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) efforts were anti-Semitic. BDS is a campaign that promotes various forms of boycott against the state of Israel.

Fellow New Yorker Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has a complicated history with the BDS movement, and by Schumer’s standards would be consider supportive of an anti-Semitic movement.

In August 2017, Gillibrand withdrew her support from an anti-BDS bill, the “Israel Anti-Boycott Act,” legislation that had strong bipartisan support.

The Washington Post reported that Gillibrand had withdrawn “her sponsorship of anti-BDS legislation after fielding hostile town-hall questions from activists organized by the far-left Jewish Voice for Peace.”

It should be noted that the Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), which helped to influence Gillibrand’s change of mind, has ties to convicted terrorist “Rasmea Odeh, who was convicted by Israel of engaging in terrorist bombings that killed and injured many.”

Gillibrand claimed that she pulled her support from the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, after meeting with the American Civil Liberties Union, which raised concerns that the bill “chills free speech.” However a week later, in an op-ed, Gillibrand said that she did not think the Israel Anti-Boycott Act would limit free speech, but would still oppose the legislation.

The New York editorial boards blasted Gillibrand for abandoning the bipartisan legislation, with the New York Daily News saying that it was “the behavior of a coward, which is surely not how New York’s junior senator wants to be known.” The New York Post published a scathing editorial titled, “Kirsten Gillibrand’s profile in cowardice,” after Gillibrand pulled her support from the first major piece of legislation that would combat the BDS movement.

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