Shown smiling with members of a radical anti-Israel group with financial ties to terrorist groups…
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker is under fire for posing with an anti-Israel sign alongside pro-Palestine activists, and is now claiming that he didn’t know what the sign said.
At the Netroots Nation Conference in New Orleans Friday, Booker posed with members of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights — a radical anti-Israel group with financial ties to terrorist groups — and held up a sign condemning Israel’s security wall.
“From Palestine to Mexico, All Walls Have Got to Go,” the sign read.
— Palestinian Rights (@US_Campaign) August 3, 2018.
His spokesperson, Jeff Giertz, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that Booker had no idea what the sign said and that he was just taking pictures with fans.
“Just before delivering a speech in New Orleans, Senator Booker was approached by dozens of people for photos,” Giertz told JTA. “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.”
Giertz said that Booker still supports Israel’s separation barrier and that his position has not changed.
“[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,” he said.
And although Booker has historically been pro-Israel, he has become less vocally supportive, even declining the chance to speak at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee earlier this year.
As a 2020 presidential hopeful, Booker’s silence could be because he’s trying to cater to his party’s wishes — many on the left defended Booker and claimed the photo was a sign of “progress.”
Booker did not mention Israel in his speech at Netroots, though he did add that things have gone “savagely wrong” in the United States.