A Democratic senator was documented with a sign that reads “From Palestine to Mexico, all the walls have got to go,” a slogan developed by the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights.
By: JNS and World Israel News Staff
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) was seen posing with a sign featured by a pro-BDS Palestinian group.
Booker, a rumored 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, is seen holding a sign that reads “From Palestine to Mexico, all the walls have got to go,” a slogan developed by the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR).
According to the watchdog group NGO Monitor, “USCPR is a national coalition of hundreds of groups working to advocate for Palestinian rights and a shift in US policy, and is a leader and mobilizer of anti-Israel BDS campaigns.”
USCPR posted the picture of Booker on its Twitter page on Friday.
“Excited to be here at Netroots Nation talking with progressives like Sen. Cory Booker about our shared commitment to freedom, justice and equality for all people,” the tweet said.
Booker’s spokesman, Jeff Giertz, later attempted to defend him when he told JTA that “he didn’t have time to read the sign. From his cursory glance he thought it was talking about Mexico and didn’t realize it had anything to do with Israel.”
Booker, who represents a state with one of the largest Jewish communities in America, has long fostered ties with the Jewish community and is noted for his study of Jewish texts during his time at Oxford University. However, he has drawn the ire of some within the pro-Israel community in recent years for his support of the Iran nuclear deal.