I am collecting all evidence that the Israel/Palestine issue is being discussed in our political races. And here is another Congressional race in which Israel support has become politicized, a little bit anyway. In Queens, New York’s 6th District, several Democrats are contending to replace the very pro-Israel Gary Ackerman, who is retiring.
Israel and Middle East politics has also figured prominently in the campaign. [State Assemblyman Rory] Lancman sent out a mailer attacking [City Councilwoman Elizabeth] Crowley for saying she thinks Israel is a “distraction.”
Crowley said the quote is taken out of context and that Lancman is spending too much time focusing on the security of Israel.
“Is it the most important issue? Is it the most important issue?” Crowley asked.
“It’s an extremely important issue,” Lancman answered.
[State Assemblywoman Grace] Meng did her best to stay out of the fray. But when candidates had the opportunity to challenge each other directly, she took aim at Lancman for sending out this mailer that reads, “It’s A Dangerous World.”
The assemblywoman described it as “fear mongering.”
“A piece of literature that literally scared my children,” Meng said.