KLATSKY: Why is the ‘Pro-Israel’ Senator Cory Booker Aligning with BDS Activists?


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Last week, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) met with the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, a radical organization that supports the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Movement. Booker took a picture with them holding a sign saying “From Palestine to Mexico, Walls have got to Go.”

Which is weird, considering the fact that there is no wall on the southern border of the United States.

What makes it even weirder is that the wall separating Israel and the West Bank is responsible for preventing the murder of many Jewish women and children. So, by Booker’s logic, should we tear down all walls and go for full open borders across the planet?

I’m sure that would work out great.

Never mind the fact that the girl in the t-shirt next to Booker shows that the far left knows absolutely nothing about Palestine or Palestinian views. LGBT people across the Middle East (except in Israel) are jailed, murdered, and stoned to death. Approximately 98 percent of Palestinians live in areas that are under control of their own leaders, not Jews.

What about freedom of speech, press, religion, assembly, and the other rights in the Middle East? Whelp, not in “Palestine.” Those rights are not guaranteed in the Gaza Strip (which has been controlled by Hamas since 2005) or the West Bank (which is headed by Palestinian National Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas). In contrast, Israel is the only free, tolerant democracy in the Middle East.

But, never mind any of that.

It doesn’t matter that Jerusalem has been the only home for the Jewish people since they built it 3,000 years ago. It doesn’t matter that after Israel declared its independence in 1948, Azam Pasha, leader of the Arab League, said to the BBC, “This will be a war of extermination. There’s not going to be a Jew left.”

It doesn’t matter that the Jewish people, on numerous occasions, have proposed deals to the Palestinians that would result in peace.

As far as we can tell, it doesn’t matter to Cory Booker that the Palestinians have rejected every single one of those deals, because they don’t believe in the existence of Israel or the existence of the Jewish people.

According to USCPR’s website, the people Sen. Booker took the picture with, their mission is to “work to stop US support for Israel until it ends its denial of Palestinian rights.” Which is weird. . . because Israel has openly acknowledged the existence of Palestinian presence and control of the Gaza Strip and (in most part) in the West Bank.

After the picture with Senator Booker reached the internet, he then backtracked on his stance.

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,” Booker’s spokesman Jeff Giertz said. “[Sen. Booker] 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.”

But, when violent rioters in Gaza threw rocks at IDF soldiers and flew molotov cocktail bombs to land in Israeli settlements, Senator Booker was more concerned with complaining about free-market internet access and playing basketball.

Now, in Booker’s defense, it may be possible that he actually didn’t read the sign. Maybe he didn’t comment on the violent riots in the Middle East when the US Embassy opened in Jerusalem because he actually does support Israel, but didn’t want to deal with the anti-Israel vitriol from the left by openly saying it.

But, it seems more likely that he is willing to support Palestinian causes because they live in poor, undeveloped areas controlled and governed by terrorists who are fighting back against the “oppressive” Jews who have built nice cities, drive nice cars, and live in nice houses due to their adoption of Western values and democracy.


Avery Klatsky is a high school senior from Dallas, Texas. His political interests include foreign policy, economics, free speech, and more.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.

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Avery Klatsky is a high school senior from Dallas, Texas. His political interests include foreign policy, economics, free speech, and more.

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