The Anti-Defamation League maintains a dossier on City Councilman Charles Barron. Its material was referenced during Monday’s news conference where his candidacy for Congress was denounced.
Pressure maybe applied to AFSCME to withdraw its support following after its local affiliate District Council 37 has endorsed Barron candidacy. Barron has been labelled an anti-Semite and hater of Israel for his past statements about Jews, Israel and that nation’s treatment of Palestinian Arabs.
|Backgrounder: Charles Barron|
New York City Councilman Charles Barron has associated with anti-Semitic hate groups and promoted extreme anti-Israel positions intended to demonize the Jewish state since his election in 2001.
During media interviews and frequent speaking engagements around New York City, Barron levels a range of accusations against the Jews and the Jewish state, most notably that it should never have been created. In June 2010, for example, he asserted that Blacks, not Jews, are the “real” Semites—a position frequently advanced by anti-Semites in an effort to delegitimize Jews. In addition to Barron’s public pronouncements, he has engaged with the broader anti-Israel movement and participated in campaigns such as the pro-Hamas Viva Palestina US convoy to Gaza.
Perhaps more troubling are Barron’s close ties to radical groups like the New Black Panther Party (NBPP), the largest organized black militant hate group in the United States. Barron has forged strong ties with some of the most anti-Semitic and racist members of the NBPP’s leadership, finding common ground over what they perceive as legal and social injustices affecting African Americans.
Anti-Defamation League Backgrounder: Charles Barron.