Facing condemnation from former Mayor Bill de Blasio- a leading opponent and the head of the state Democratic Party, Manhattan-Brooklyn congressional candidate Yuh-Line Niou endorsed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel in her platform.
The state assemblywoman who represents Chinatown and the Lower East Side is ironically running for an open seat in the 10th Congressional District that takes in brownstone Brooklyn, parts of heavily orthodox-Jewish Borough Park, and downtown Manhattan.
“I believe in the right to protest as a fundamental tenet of western democracy, so I do support BDS,” Niou said in an email to the Jewish Insider.
Soon after, De Blasio slammed her views, saying, “The BDS movement does not recognize the right or need for Jewish statehood. That is unacceptable. I have always opposed BDS and will build a strong coalition within the Democratic Party to stop BDS from undermining Israel’s economic & physical security.”
On the other hand, State Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs called Niou’s backing of BDS “offensive and I condemn it.” “She should pull out her history book. Her position shows a lack of understanding of the region,” he said.