New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is in hot water, after he held up an activist’s sign that offended a number of people.
On Friday, a picture was posted to Twitter by a pro-Palestinian group featuring members of the organization posing with Sen. Booker. In the picture, Booker is seen holding their sign, which says “From Palestine to Mexico, all the walls have got to go.”
Not only did the sign offend those calling for a stronger border with Mexico, it offended many Jews and pro-Israel activists who say the Palestinian movement is undermining Israel’s security. The Palestinian movement has called for the destruction of Israel and is directly supported by many terror groups, including Hezbollah. Iran and Syria have also used the Palestinian conflict to launch attacks on Israel.
According to The Daily Caller, the group Booker posed with is the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, a self-described “coalition of 330+ groups” working “for a US policy toward Palestine/Israel based on freedom, justice, and equality.”
Booker was quickly called out once the picture began to circulate on social media.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) August 3, 2018
Booker is now claiming that he had no idea he was holding an anti-Israel sign. He says he thought it was only anti-border wall with Mexico.
He basically admitted that he supports Israel having strong borders, but not America.
Here’s the original tweet with an uncensored photo.
— Palestinian Rights (@US_Campaign) August 3, 2018
The Daily Caller details how Booker backtracked on endorsing the sign he held.
“Just before delivering a speech in New Orleans, Senator Booker was approached by dozens of people for photos,” Booker’s spokesman, Jeff Giertz, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency via email.
“In one instance, amid the rush, he was posing for a photo and was passed a sign to hold – he didn’t have time to read the sign, and from his cursory glance he thought it was talking about Mexico and didn’t realize it had anything to do with Israel,” said Giertz said. “He hopes for a day when there will be no need for security barriers in the State of Israel, but while active terrorist organizations threaten the safety of the people living in Israel, security barriers are unfortunate but necessary to protect human lives.”
Booker reportedly posed with Leah Muskin-Pierret, who is the government affairs associate for the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights. The organization “endorses the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel,” according to JTA.
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