By COLlive & Jewish Insider
New York elected officials used the New York congressional breakfast of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of in Midtown Manhattan on Sunday morning to double down on their support of Israel.
“I work very hard for Israel every day, I try to do it in a bipartisan way. There are some who try to make Israel a partisan issue. That is detrimental to Israel. We cannot let that happen,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
The remarks were directed at the recent uproar after Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) accused the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) of paying members of Congress to support Israel, in addition to an anti-Semitic insinuation. Omar apologized.
Schumer, who has denounced the comments, told participants at JCRC: The Jewish-American community and supporters of Israel “assume because we know the story of Israel that everyone knows.”
He said: “What we need is a massive education campaign. We need our biggest philanthropists to put money into this, I don’t care if they’re Democrat or Republican. We need to be online, we need to be on the campuses, and not with the occasional effort that we see, but all the time. We need all of us to be missionaries and explain the history.”
Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee who refused to remove Omar from the committee, said: “I want to pledge to you that on the Foreign Affairs Committee we are going to stand by Israel… And I want to assure you that there is nothing to be afraid of. We have work to do, and we are going to do it.”
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) stated: “What I can pledge to you is that the future of the Democratic Party is not going to involve BDS and anti-Semitism… and you will see us tested on that in the days to come.”
Maloney added, “If there are people who are engaging in anti-Israel rhetoric, they are going to hear from me. Our party shouldn’t be the home of people targeting the state of Israel, and it concerns me when I hear some of the rhetoric that bends in that direction. So I intend to speak out against it.”
Congresswoman Yvette Clarke acknowledged Mrs. Devorah Halberstam of the Jewish Children’s Museum, for the work on behalf of educating the youth of all diverse cultures on the beautiful Jewish Heritage. “The support of Israel and its security has been, and always will be, supported and protected,” Clarke stated.