Andrew Gillum, Florida’s Democratic candidate for governor, has aligned himself with several prominent anti-Semitic organizations known for promoting boycotts of Jewish goods and individuals, the Washington Free Beacon reports.
Gillum, who is riding on a wave of support from progressive young Democrats highly critical of Israel, is running against Rep. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.), a prominent Israel supporter.
Gillum could face tough questions about his associations with several anti-Israel groups that support boycotts and have ties to individuals convicted of committing terror acts against Israel. While Gillum has committed to “push back against anti-Israel efforts, like BDS,” he has not distanced himself from several organizations leading the charge.
One such group, Dream Defenders, has publicly endorsed Gillum, describing him as one of the “most progressive” candidates in the country.
Gillum has touted the organization in public remarks, saying he is “pleased and proud” to be endorsed by it.
Dream Defenders routinely criticizes Israel for perpetuating what it describes as a “genocide” of the Palestinians and has led at least “two delegations to Palestine” in recent years, according to the organization’s website.
On one of its 2016 trips to the region, Dream Defenders employed convicted terrorist Mahmoud Jeddah as a tour guide. Jeddah, a onetime member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, spent 17 years in an Israeli prison for planting four hand grenades on a Jerusalem street, wounding nine civilians. He was later released in a prisoner swap.
One of the group’s co-founders and former members, Ahmad Abuznaid, has a long history of anti-Israel activism and of promoting the BDS movement, according to the watchdog Canary Mission, which tracks anti-Semitic activism online.
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