A Florida congressional candidate is facing a backlash for comments he made in support of the rights of Palestinians and his support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Omari Hardy, who is standing as a candidate for the Democratic primary in the Broward-Palm Beach County 20th Congressional District, expressed his support on social media.
“I understand that standing up for Palestinian rights comes at a political cost. I’m fine with that,” the congressional candidate tweeted. “I did not run for Congress to politicise people’s human rights,” he added. Hardy’s views have put him at odds with others in his party, in particular, some members of the Florida Democratic Party Jewish Caucus.
The Caucus told The Sun Sentinel that it “opposes the election of Omari Hardy because of his positions on (..) fundamental issues”. Rabbi Alan Sherman, a former president of the Palm Beach County Board of Rabbis, went even further, writing an op-ed for the newspaper describing Hardy as the “Hitler of South Florida”. The fundamental issues include Hardy’s support for the BDS movement and his opposition to the US funding of Israel’s Iron Dome missile system.


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