Edited by; TJVNews.com
As hostilities continue to escalate by the Hamas terrorist group in Gaza against innocent civilians in Israel in this latest round of conflict in the Middle East, it appears that sentiments surrounding the politically charged conflict have spilled over to the New York City political scene.
On Wednesday, it was reported that New York City Democratic mayoral contender Andrew Yang issued an apology for his earlier comments in support of Israel. Critics on the left and several progressives including New York Congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez launched a hashtag campaign on Twitter accusing the candidate of supporting genocide by rallying behind Israel’s right to defend herself against Iranian backed Hamas terrorists in Gaza.
The tweet on Monday night by Yang that set off this firestorm of controversy amongst the radical leftists and Israel haters who work in his campaign said: “The people of NYC will always stand with our brothers and sisters in Israel who face down terrorism and persevere.” Yang also said that he stood with “the people of Israel who are coming under bombardment attacks, and condemn the Hamas terrorists.”
As a result, Palestinian activists and others who stand in staunch opposition to Israel’s existence created the hashtag “#YangSupportsGenocide.” This is an erroneous reference to Israel purportedly oppressing its Palestinian population and is at the center of the far left’s propaganda machine.
The New York Post reported on Tuesday that pro-Hamas supporters confronted Yang while on the campaign trail while he was in Queens. The report also indicated that a local Muslim group canceled an event with Yang to in which food was to distributed to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, a holiday that marks the end of the month of Ramadan.
On Wednesday, Yang offered his apologies for offending his campaign volunteers.
He said on Twitter that: “I spoke to a group of volunteers yesterday, some of whom have been with me for years. They felt that my tweet was overly simplistic in my treatment of a conflict that has a long and complex history full of tragedies.”
He added that his volunteers felt his earlier post “failed to acknowledge the pain and suffering on both sides.”
“They were, of course, correct,” Yang wrote. “I mourn for every Palestinian life taken before its time as I do for every Israeli.”
“Support of a people does not make one blind to the pain and suffering of others,” Yang added.
For her part, Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez condemned Yang’s tweet as “chest-thumping.”
On the other side of the political aisle was Texas Senator Ted Cruz who responded to Yang’s earlier tweet by posting: “Bravo to Yang for opposing the rabidly pro-Hamas & anti-Israel attacks from fellow Dems Omar & Tlaib.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) comprise the “Jihad Squad” in Congress.
Cuurently, Yang, 46, is leading the pack of Democratic hopefuls for the mayor in the June 22nd primary. Yang received name recognition upon entering the race as he threw his hat in the ring during the 2020 presidential race.