Rep. Torres: I’ve received threats for supporting Israel

Ritchie Torres speaks to the media in Bronx, N.Y. on Nov. 3, 2020.Adam Hunger / AP

Ritchie Torres speaks to the media in Bronx, N.Y. on Nov. 3, 2020. (Adam Hunger / AP Photo)

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UPDATED 12:29 PM PT – Monday, December 13, 2021

Democrat congressman Ritchie Torres (D-N.Y.) slammed his own party for supporting the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement against Israel.

While speaking to the Israeli-American Council over the weekend, the progressive described how struck he was with just how much hatred he has received for supporting Israel. He said he’s received death threats and has been the target of a campaign by the Democratic Socialists of America to silence him politically.

Rep. Torres described a bizarre encounter he had with a Queers for Palestine activist, pointing out that Palestine doesn’t tolerate homosexuality.

“And so I asked her, she was LGBTQ, what is your opinion of Hamas?” explained the New York lawmaker. “And she said I support Hamas because Hamas represents the liberation of the Palestinian people, and at that moment I found myself in a state of shock. For a moment, I thought I was hallucinating.”

Rep. Torres said he feels that many progressives, which he normally considers himself a part of, have blurred the lines too much between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.

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