Members of ‘No IDC NY’ a liberal activist group are being accused of anti-Semitism for mocking the names of two Jewish politicians — House candidate Dan Goldman and state Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz.
In a now-deleted Tweet, a member of the group wrote on Twitter, “The jerk buying a House seat with inherited money is ‘Goldman’ … the IDC-adjacent Assembly member is ‘DINOwitz.’ Who came up with these names, Dickens?”
The tweet was soon slammed by many, with prominent Democrats accusing the group of dabbling in anti-Semitism, including by trotting out a trope involving money and power. “A tweet dripping with Antisemitism,” tweeted Bronx Congressman Ritchie Torres. “The normalization of Antisemitism is a sign of how poisonous our politics has become.”
Dinowitz responded with his own statement on Twitter, saying, “I’ve been the target of anti-Semitic attacks from both the far right and the far left. This tweet from an extremist, anonymous account selectively singles out two Jewish politicians and is disgusting. It’s a classic display of antisemitism and should be condemned.”
During an interview Sunday night, Dinowitz added: “Anti-Semitism these days seems is becoming acceptable. Aside from being anti-Semitic, making fun of people’s names is juvenile.”
No IDC NY took down the offending tweet following complaints and apologized on Sunday. “We’re sorry — no anti-Semitism was intended and we took this down when folks expressed concerns it could be taken the wrong way,” a rep from No IDC NY added.