House candidate Yuh-Line Niou said Wednesday she would vote “no” to any pro-Israel resolution opposing the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against the Jewish state.
“I would not vote for anything that contradicts the BDS movement’s right to exist,” said Niou, a House Representative, during PIX 11’s Democratic primary debate for the 10th congressional district.
Niou was asked how she would vote on such a resolution — passed by the House of Representatives in 2019 but defeated by far-left Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — after expressing her support for the BDS movement in an interview with Jewish Insider last month had brought .
She infuriated pro-Israeli activists just days later when she posted a photo of herself preparing to bite into a loaf of challah bread.
When asked to clarify her position Wednesday night, Niou said she “absolutely” supports Israel’s right to exist.
However, she stressed that in order to engage in “non-violent and peaceful protests,” it was important to “protect the freedom of expression rights of the BDS movement.”
“I myself have never boycotted Israel. But I think it’s really important to make sure they have the right to free speech. I think the movement is important because I have so many friends who are obviously fighting for Palestinian human rights,” Niou said.
The redrawn 10th Ward — stretching from lower Manhattan to brownstone Brooklyn to parts of Borough Park — has a sizeable pro-Israel Jewish population.
Critics of the BDS movement say it is an anti-Semitic attempt to delegitimize Israel and ensure its economic and political isolation, with the ultimate goal of its destruction.
Other candidates running for the open seat include House Impeachment Attorney Dan Goldman, Rep. Mondaire Jones, Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, Rep. Jo Anne Simon, and former Brooklyn Congresswoman and Attorney Elizabeth Holtzman.
https://nypost.com/2022/08/18/house-candidate-yuh-line-niou-vows-to-oppose-anti-bds-measure/ House candidate Yuh-Line Niou vows to oppose anti-BDS measure