After the Democrats let Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) off the hook for her numerous anti-Semitic remarks, by refusing to censure her, President Trump blasted the Democrat Party, calling them “anti-Israel” and “anti-Jewish.” His accusations did not sit well with the leaders of the Democrat Party, who have relied on the blind support of Jewish Americans for decades.
Democrat candidates for president, like Beto O’Rourke, however, are helping to prove President Trump’s claim. In a recent townhall meeting, Beto O’Rourke condemned Israel and accused Israel’s elected prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu of being a racist.
Beto O’Rourke spoke at the University of New Hampshire on Wednesday night. When Robert Francis (Bet0) was asked about the BDS movement (boycotting Israel) and how he would address the Palestinian-Israel conflict, O’Rourke took the opportunity to trash Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu, calling him a “racist.”
Mondoweiss posted the transcript of O’Rourke’s response to a Palestinian-American woman. “As an American who stands for the ideals that this country was supposedly built on, dignity justice and equality, I really want those ideals to be seen in Israel and Palestine for both Palestinians and Israelis,” she said, and then went on to ask O’Rourke if he would “hold Israel accountable for its human rights and international law violations,” as well as Turkey and Saudi Arabia too. She was cheered by the crowed.
The Facebook poster who goes by “UR” and identifies herself as a Palestinian-American student, posted the video of O’Rourke’s response, along with her commentary to her Facebook page:
I had the opportunity tonight to confront Beto O’Rourke on Palestinian human rights, BDS and UNRWA. I preface by giving you all the short answer, which is that he did not answer my question, and that unfortunately I was unable to push any further given that the microphone was taken from me after I asked the question.
In his response, he rightfully called Netanyahu a racist and spoke in support of Palestinians living in dignity, however the three main points of my question; do you pledge to restore funding to UNRWA, do you pledge to support the free speech rights of Americans who support the BDS movement and do you pledge to hold our ally Israel accountable for human rights abuses and international law violations, remained unanswered.
The Palestinian-American student asked O’Rourke if he would uphold the rights of Palestinian-Americans to call for the boycott of Israel.
Here is Beto’s response:
Thank you for your questions and the way in which you posed them and the context that you provided for everyone here. You’re right, we’ve got this opportunity to live our values. And these truths that we hold so dear, that we are all created equal. All of us needs to mean, All of us, not relationships of convenience for short term security gains but relationships that allow us to continue to be the example for so much of the rest of the world. And we cannot be that if we do not believe in the fundamental human rights and human dignity and safety of our fellow human beings regardless of what side of the line they may stand or sit on.
The only way that I know that we can help to secure that in the Middle East specifically with the Palestinian Authority and Israel is to have two states whose people are guaranteed their security, their safety, their dignity and their political rights. Right now of course we do not have that. And we have problems on both sides. I don’t know that we have a willing partner on the part of the Palestinian Authority.
I know that in Prime Minister Netanyahu we have someone who has openly sided with racists in that country, someone who has warned about Arabs coming to the polls, someone who seeks to exploit division and fear and hatred, that is not somebody who is negotiating in good faith.
When I visited the West Bank and met a young woman perhaps your age… What surprised me when I was talking to her about a two state solution is that she said I don’t care. Whether it’s one state or two state, I want to be treated with dignity. I don’t want to be patted down and searched every time I go to work or try to go to school. I just want to live like everyone else just wants to live.
We are about to lose the last best chance for a two-state solution. On one side wee are changing the facts on the ground. If we continue to allow settlement construction and expansion. On the other side, we are going to fail an opportunity for good faith and good will to make sure that we can guarantee the security of the Israeli people.
So, dignity, safety and security for all concerned, that has to be our policy and our actions have to follow suit.
Here’s the video showing the first part of Beto’s answer where he trashes Israel and “white America”:
Here’s the second part of Beto’s response: