(New York, NY -- August 14, 2020) -- StandWithUs strongly condemns the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) for subjecting New York City Council candidates to an antisemitic litmus test.
"NYC DSA's hateful agenda would ban council members from visiting Israel even to see friends and family or connect with Israelis as people," said Carly Gammill, Director of the StandWithUs Center for Combatting Antisemitism. "Why are anti-Israel extremists so desperate to prevent political leaders from seeing the region for themselves? Because they're trying to dehumanize Israelis and dismantle Israel as a Jewish and democratic state. We call on all candidates endorsed by the DSA to unequivocally denounce this antisemitic litmus test." NYC DSA's bigoted "questionnaire" follows a recent interview where the co-chair of the organization refused to affirm Israel's basic right to exist. The organization also officially supports the global boycott campaign against Israel which seeks to eliminate Israel and violate the rights of Jewish people to self-determination in their ancestral home. StandWithUs applauds political leaders in New York for speaking out against the NYC DSA's antisemitism. We will continue to combat hatred against Jews in all of its forms across the political spectrum.
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