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NYC Mayoral Candidate Andrew Yang Vows to Fight Anti-Israel Boycott: “BDS Rooted in Antisemitic Thought”

NYC Mayoral Candidate Andrew Yang Vows to Fight Anti-Israel Boycott: “BDS Rooted in Antisemitic Thought”

BDS “rooted in antisemitic thought and history, hearkening back to fascist boycotts of Jewish businesses.”

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New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang has vowed to fight the antisemitic boycott movement if he becomes the city’s next mayor. In a column penned for the left-leaning Jewish magazine Forward, Yang likened the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement to Nazi boycotts of Jewish businesses. 

“Not only is BDS rooted in antisemitic thought and history, hearkening back to fascist boycotts of Jewish businesses, it’s also a direct shot at New York City’s economy. Yang wrote. “Strong ties with Israel are essential for a global city such as ours, which boasts the highest Jewish population in the world outside of Israel,” he added.

By coming out against the anti-Israel boycott movement, which Yang rightly characterizes as antisemitic, he is at odds with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. Some upcoming leaders of the party, including Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, support the BDS campaign and have argued in favor of a boycott of Israel.

The former Democratic presidential candidate recently announced his bid to run for mayor of New York City. Yang dropped out of the primaries in February 2020 after a poor showing and endorsed Joe Biden the following month.

Addressing New York’s Jewish voters in his Forward op-od, Yang wrote:

I share the Jewish community’s anger about the recent rise in hate crimes. In 2019, anti-Jewish attacks made up 58% of all hate crime complaints in New York City. (…)

A Yang administration will push back against the BDS movement, which singles out Israel for unfair economic punishment. Not only is BDS rooted in antisemitic thought and history, hearkening back to fascist boycotts of Jewish businesses, it’s also a direct shot at New York City’s economy. Strong ties with Israel are essential for a global city such as ours, which boasts the highest Jewish population in the world outside of Israel. Our economy is struggling, and we should be looking for ways to bring back small businesses, not stop commerce. (….)

During my campaign, and if I am elected Mayor, I will continue to look to the Jewish community as a source of inspiration for what is possible in New York City. And I will stand with my Jewish neighbors against antisemitism and anti-Jewish violence. New York is New York thanks to our city’s Jewish population — past, present and future.

Despite pro-BDS views espoused by some members of the notorious squad within the Democratic Party, there is widespread political consensus against the anti-Israel boycott in the United States. In July 2019, the House passed passed a resolution condemning the BDS movement. The motion got overwhelming bipartisan support, passing by a vote of 398-17, with five abstentions.

President Donald Trump’s administration took concrete measures to combat the movement, declaring BDS antisemitic and defunding anti-Israel boycotters.  The U.S. “will immediately take steps to identify organizations that engage in hateful BDS conduct, and withdraw US government support for such groups.” Secretary Pompeo declared in November 2020. “We want to join all the other nations that recognize BDS for the cancer that it is,” he added.

While Yang took flak for calling BDS antisemitic and likening it to the boycott of Jewish businesses by the German Nazis, this is an accepted view in Germany and the most of Europe. In a May 2019 resolution passed by the German parliament, the lawmakers condemned the BDS for employing methods and rhetoric similar to that of the Nazis. Besides Germany, several European parliaments including Austria and the Czech Republic have passed similar laws and resolutions. 

Secretary Mike Pompeo announces U.S. action against the BDS movement

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Yang seems “relatively good” compared to most liberals.

However, I’m not convinced that he’s doing anything more than just trying to portray himself as the “benevolent totalitarian” that Bernie Sanders wanted to be.

I don’t agree with his solution, but at least he identified a huge issue that the US must face in the years to come:

For years we’ve heard the refrain from the chattering classes (of both the Left and the Right) that “automation will create more jobs than it displaces”. Well, I don’t think anyone can say that’s true any more, and Yang, alone among all the 2020 Dem presidential candidates, was willing to talk about it.

Unfortunately, all the hand wringing is counterproductive when we should be embracing a process that eliminates thousands of dirty and dangerous jobs. The biblical allegory of Adam and Eve banished from the Garden of Eden reminds us that technological progress is an effort to return there. So far, the only ones (and I’m sorry to say they’re on the Left) who get this are the advocates of FALC–“Fully Automated Luxury Communism”.

We don’t need a Universal Basic Income. We need individuals to get more of their income from capital and less from labor in a market of shrinking market for the latter. This can be done by eliminating all taxes on capital gains and income from capital, and taxing labor at high marginal rates with the provision that all labor income saved or invested would be exempt (much as we do currently with 401k plans). This would encourage individuals to phase out their labor effort over time. What you you think, Andrew?

    JusticeDelivered in reply to sestamibi. | January 23, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    I agree about replacing people in dangerous jobs with automation.

    I started my engineering career as an entrepreneur, in commercial sound, then high security systems, then surveillance systems. Then I went into medical electronics, and then automation control systems. All of this was in my first 15 years.

    While doing automation I often caught flack over taking away jobs. At that time more technical jobs than were lost.

    Still, the truth is that the jobs lost were suitable for dumb people, and jobs created they were not ever going to be filed by those people. That was 40 years ago. Today, automation is replacing far more jobs than are created. Those jobs are often highly skilled. Reading x-rays, and other medical tests are an example of this.

    I do not see this as being bad. People can and should return to doing more things for themselves. One reason I no longer had debt by 35 is that I did home improvement, virtually all repairs, built furniture and much more. During that time I also ran side businesses.

    The woman I married loved having babies and toddlers, but had little patience for children after that, and since I was self employed by that time, I pretty much raised our children.

    I think that overall, children are much better off if they have a lot of contact with both parents, just like America had in earlier times. I see automation freeing up parents to do more for themselves and their children. I think that everyone is better off having diverse skills, and directly passing those skills on to their children.

    henrybowman in reply to sestamibi. | January 24, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    “automation will create more jobs than it displaces”

    It’s still true. The problem is that they’re in India and China.

If a person is serious about fighting Jew-hate, the first step is to leave the Dhimmi-crat Party, if one is a member/supporter.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to guyjones. | January 23, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    One thing which I really admire about Jews is that highly value both children and education. The world would be a much better place if American blacks and Middle Easterners adopted similar cultural practices. That also applied to poor whites, who are often poor because they make an abnormally large number of bad life choices.

      The problem wtih Jews (coming from the point of view of a conservative Jew) is liberal Jews. They are more dangerous to the survival of Jews than Mulsim nuthouse with nuclear weapons. Liberal Jews are liberals first, Jews second, if at all – other than by birth.

      As we’ve seen in this past fake election, powerful people can only be destroyed from within. Xi may have bought off our nation, but enough of our nation happily sold itself. Liberal Jews have been selling themselves – and other Jews – for their own neurotic vanity for longer than other Jews care to remember.

      The problem wtih Jews (coming from the point of view of a conservative Jew) is liberal Jews. They are more dangerous to the survival of Jews than Mulsim nuthouse with nuclear weapons. Liberal Jews are liberals first, Jews second, if at all – other than by birth.

      As we’ve seen in this past fake election, powerful people can only be destroyed from within. Xi may have bought off our nation, but enough of our nation happily sold itself. Liberal Jews have been selling themselves – and other Jews – for their own neurotic vanity for longer than other Jews care to remember. The likes of Norman Lear come to mind.

    Milhouse in reply to guyjones. | January 23, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    In NYC there is no way to succeed in politics without being a Democrat (unless you’re in Staten Island)

      guyjones in reply to Milhouse. | January 24, 2021 at 5:06 am

      I’m not referring to Yang’s ambitions or to New York City political realities, but, rather, proffering a general moral principle.

      The last 2 mayors before di blasio were Republican.

      But now, I’m convinced di blasio did not win the actual vote. I am convinced the NYC mayoral elections for the past 2 cycles were rigged using “voting software”.

        Bloomberg was a Democrat who chose to run in the Republican primary because he had no competition

        Giuliani was a Liberal.

        And no, there is no software fraud, here or anywhere else. Once De Blasio got the Dem nomination there was no way he could have lost. The GOP candidates against him (Lhota and Maliotakis) had no chance. Maliotakis is good, and she is now in Congress, where she can maybe do some good.

But, but, but, Jew privilege.

I guess DiBlasio is term-limited out. Shame. I would have liked to see a Yang vs. DeBlasio primary. It would be like spending Saturday afternoon watching Godzilla vs. Megalon — you aren’t really rooting for either monster, you’re just enjoying watching them destroy the city.

    Milhouse in reply to henrybowman. | January 28, 2021 at 4:18 am

    Yes, De Blasio is in his last year. As of the end of this year his tenant will have to move out and he’ll be practically my neighbor again (if I were a crow I could probably fly to his house in about a minute).

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