ALBANY — Assembly Democrats are up in arms over the NYC Democratic Socialists of America calling on political candidates not to travel to Israel.
Dozens of state lawmakers signed off on a statement Tuesday condemning the progressive party’s stance, a move sure to ratchet up tensions as a quartet of DSA-linked candidates are expected to join their ranks next year.
“No political organization that embeds antisemitism into its platform should be welcome in the halls of our legislature,” the lawmakers wrote. “The DSA’s position cannot be rationalized. It is offensive, antisemitic, and dangerous, particularly at a time when antisemitism is on the rise in the United States and in the New York area.”
The criticism follows media reports from last week that revealed a candidate questionnaire the NYC-DSA sent to City Council candidates included a pledge to “not to travel to Israel if elected.”