Chess great says ‘the far-left meets the far-right when it comes to intolerance, especially antisemitism.’
Kasparov wrote in a tweet to his more than 564,000 followers on Twitter that “A NYC Socialist questionnaire stipulating that candidates refuse to visit Israel. Repulsive. As always, the far-left meets the far-right when it comes to intolerance, especially antisemitism.”
A NYC Socialist questionnaire stipulating that candidates refuse to visit Israel. Repulsive. As always, the far left meets the far right when it comes to intolerance, especially anti-Semitism. https://t.co/VT81sOSmnZ
— Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63) August 14, 2020
“The questions about Israel comes at the end of the 12-page questionnaire, which was sent out late last month,” The New York Post reported.
“Do you pledge not to travel to Israel if elected to Cityb Council in solidarity with Palestinians living under occupation,” asked the Democratic Socialist, a group that advocates the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.
The German and Austrian parliaments declared BDS to be an antisemitic movement.
The socialist organization asked in its survey to politicians: “Do you support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement? If not, why.”
Farhadian Weinstein, who is also a former federal prosecutor and a former senior prosecutor in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, added that “This questionnaire tells Jewish people seeking public office not to travel to their spiritual and cultural homeland. Only Jews, nobody else. I urge all of the other candidates for Manhattan DA to join me in repudiating this question and refusing to answer if/when asked.”
The New York Post reported that liberal Manhattan Democrat, state Sen. Brad Hoylman, wrote: “This is repugnant and should be withdrawn.”
The New York tabloid reported that former Councilman David Greenfield, who oversees the largest Jewish charity in New York, the Met Council, termed the questions “Antisemitism. Plain and simple.”
Israel’s acting general consul to New York, Israel Nitzan, tweeted: “Demanding elected officials pledge not to travel to Israel represents not only a shameful display of ignorance, but is antisemitic in singling out the Jewish state. Dialogue and face-to-face interactions are the way to solve and bridge any differences.”