By COLlive reporter
He should know better!
Zellnor Myrie, who is running to represent Crown Heights in New York’s 20th Senate District, claimed ignorance when asked about the anti-Israel BDS movement.
“He said he that he isn’t educated enough on the matter to comment and that he believed that that is handled on a federal level,” said Andrea Karshan, a Jewish resident of Crown Heights.
Karshan, a former intern for incumbent State Senator Jesse Hamilton, said she spoke to Myrie about a host of issues and was disappointed that Jewish concerns weren’t covered at a candidate’s forum.
Karshan wrote on Twitter that she informed Myrie that the NY State Senate recently voted on BDS and that in addition to Israel, other important issues for the community are housing, anti-Semitism and crime.
“Jews and blacks in Crown Heights need to stop pointing fingers at each other and blaming each other,” she said. “That we all together need to fight the housing crisis and crime in this area. I also urged him to speak out against the recent attacks against Jews.”
Karshan said that she does not walk alone in the neighboorhood’s streets after 10 PM out of fear of crime.
She also told him that “I know many Jews who have left Crown Heights due to high rents or are struggling to pay their rent. The housing crisis isn’t just affecting blacks, it is affecting all of us.”
These comments were first reported by Kings County Politics. Myrie didn’t directly respond to their request for comment.
“Zellnor’s focus is protecting and expanding affordable housing – an issue that affects constituents of the 20th Senate District across ethnic and religious groups,” said a spokesperson for Myrie’s campaign. “He looks forward to partnering with a range of organizations, including Jewish community groups, to encourage interfaith dialogue about issues of concern to Central Brooklyn.”
Hamilton and Myrie have been locked in a contentious race since the relative newcomer first announced his candidacy, Kings County Politics reported. The primary election is September 13.
Hamilton has been an ardent supporter of Israel, and recently released a mailer pointing out that support, which includes supporting tax credits for Yeshiva tuition [including Christian schools in other parts of the district], his opposition to the Iran nuclear accord deal, and getting funding for both small business opportunities and increased healthcare, the website reported.