The Coalition for Jewish Values blasted Democratic Georgia Senate runoff candidate Raphael Warnock in a letter on Friday for anti-Semitic statements that they said make them “concerned” about his fitness for office, Breitbart reported.
In the letter, addressed to the liberal Jewish Democratic Council of America because of the group’s support of Warnock, the rabbis said they were “concerned and hurt by the manner in which the Reverend brushed aside his past rhetoric against Israel and the Jewish community, and even blamed his opponents for ‘trying to use Israel as yet another wedge issue.'”
In 2018, Warnock accused Israel of shooting “unarmed” Palestinians like “birds of prey.” In 2019, he signed a letter that said Israel was an “apartheid state,” although he claims he no longer holds that stance.
In a meeting with the JDCA, Warnock was largely unapologetic about his former statements and made excuses for them, rather than showing any real support for Israel or the Jewish people.
Warnock makes excuses
Regarding his comments against Israel in 2018, Warnock said, “I’m a pastor. I preach every Sunday. I preach a lot of sermons,” claiming the comments were about “human rights and the ability to be heard.”
“This non-answer is frightening,” the rabbis countered in the letter. “How was speaking about human rights and being heard relevant to his claim that ‘we saw the government of Israel shoot down unarmed Palestinian sisters and brothers like birds of prey?'” they wrote, adding, “We must say this openly: Rev. Warnock misused his pulpit to bear false witness. He saw no such thing, because it never happened. Each and every element of his statement was false, defamatory, and bigoted.”
While Warnock has recently condemned the anti-Israel Boycott, Divest, Sanctions movement, the rabbis said that he has nevertheless expressed support for “utilizing economic pressure” against Israel to effect change — the exact model and goal of BDS.
The rabbis said that as it stands, Warnock is not suited for the office. “We hope to hear from you that there is clear and compelling evidence that Rev. Warnock renounced these positions before seeking public office. Otherwise, it remains clear that placing him in a position of power would be playing a dangerous gamble with history’s longest form of hate,” they wrote.
The Republican Jewish Coalition supported the rabbis’ letter, saying: “We applaud and thank Rabbi Ilan Feldman of Atlanta and Rabbi Avigdor Slatus of Savannah for honestly and fearlessly speaking out about the antisemitic statements of Senate candidate Raphael Warnock. … Their voices should be heard, and their concerns should be taken seriously by every Georgia voter.”
If Republicans don’t win at least one of the two Georgia runoff elections in January, and if Democratic nominee Joe Biden is sworn in as president on Jan. 20, Democrats will control both the executive and legislative branches.
Should Democratic control be solidified in this way, the party is likely to pack the Supreme Court, get rid of the Senate filibuster and give amnesty to all illegal immigrants.