Say one thing about Charles Barron — he doesn’t pander.
In his decade in public office he has never sugarcoated his views on the Middle East, making it clear that in every possible scenario his sympathy and loyalty go to the Palestinians. While he often talks of “evenhandedness” in Middle East policy, his mindset often shows anything but, seeing malice in every Israeli and altruism in every Arab.
Several current and former New York Jewish elected officials gathered to denounce the congressional candidacy of Charles Barron for his anti-Israel views.
Ex-Mayor Ed Koch, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), City Councilman David Greenfield and state Assemblyman Dov Hikind, among others, gathered in front of the Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in downtown Battery Park at a news conference Monday to call Barron, a Brooklyn Democrat, an “enemy of the State of Israel” and the New York Jewish community.
Firebrand and Israel critic Charles Barron squares off against Hakeem Jeffries before Jewish group.
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In an appeal to Russian-speaking voters on Tuesday, two candidates in the House race to succeed Rep. Edolphus Towns offered stark contrasts in their views on Israel and the Middle East.
But the two, in consecutive appearances before representatives of Jewish Russian-speaking media and community activists, were confronted mostly with questions about other issues, suggesting the long history of harsh Israel criticism by Councilman Charles Barron may not hurt his chances of garnering that community’s vote.