Lawmaker Backs Arab Activist Who Praised Palestinian Rock Throwers

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A Brooklyn councilman stirred controversy Monday for expressing support on social media for an Arab-American activist who praised Palestinian rock-throwers.

Linda Sarsour, the director of the Arab-American Association of New York, had recently tweeted a photo of a Palestinian boy holding rocks standing in front of Israeli soldiers, and captioned it as “the definition of courage.”

In response, Rory Lancman, a Queens councilman, tweeted, “No. The definition of barbarism.” To which Sarsour replied, “The Zionist trolls are out to play.” Following a week of public spats, Sarsour decried on her social media page “the brutal occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people.”

In the comments section, Councilman Carlos Menchaca, whose district includes parts of Boro Park, posted, “#IstandWithLINDA Estoy Contino, mi hermana! #solidaridad Stay Strong.” The Spanish phrase means, “I’m with you, my sister.” (The post actually said “Contino,” rather than the correct “Contigo.” But his office confirmed to Hamodia he meant to write “Contigo,” for “with you.”)

Menchaca’s chief of staff, David Estrada, insisted that Menchaca did not support terrorism and promised that the councilman would clarify his support for Sarsour. As we went to print, no statement was issued.

“Dr. Martin Luther King, in 1968, understood that ‘anti-Israel’ is anti-Semitism,” Sen. Simcha Felder told Hamodia. “It is unfortunate that liberal elected officials like Councilman Menchaca condone and defend anti-American and anti-Semitic remarks made by their ‘sister.’”