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NY State Assemblymember Deletes Tweet Showing All of Israel as “Palestine”

The deleted tweet also included the caption “#FreePalestine.”

Aaron Bandler is an investigative journalist for the Jewish Journal. Originally from the Bay Area, his past work experience includes writing for The Daily Wire, The Daily Caller and Townhall.

May 13, 2021
Phara Souffrant Forrest (NY State Assembly photo)

New York State Assemblymember Phara Souffrant Forrest deleted a May 13 tweet of a map showing all of Israel as “Palestine.” The deleted tweet also included the caption “#FreePalestine.”

Forrest had also written in a since-deleted tweet that the map showed “historic Palestine.” “The reality on the ground is apartheid,” she added. “We need to make sure that our tax dollars don’t support the oppression of any peoples.”

Among those who criticized the tweets were the Anti-Defamation League New York / New Jersey chapter. “It is incendiary and outrageous, especially at such a sensitive time, for any public official to make references to erasing Israel’s existence from the map or denying its Jewish history as well as leveling claims of apartheid,” they tweeted.

 

Forrest later tweeted that she had deleted her previous tweet of the “Palestine” map because it “led to misunderstandings about my position. My position has always been about peace and justice. I stand against apartheid because I believe that all people deserve to live under equal rights regardless of ethnicity or religion.”

 

But not everyone bought her explanation. “As your constituent, I’d like to know where is your apology for tweeting a call for genocide,” Tali Goldsheft, Director of Communications at Americans for Ben-Gurion University, tweeted in response. “I stand against apartheid as well. Israel is not an apartheid [state].”

 

Rabbi Andrew Jacobs of Ramat Shalom Synagogue in Florida replied to Forrest, “Your dangerous, hateful tweet can’t simply be deleted. The damage is done. We now know your views. They are not peaceful.”

 

Forrest also tweeted on May 12 that it’s a “moral stain” that the United States “government and elected officials continue to prop up an Israeli state dedicated to apartheid. We can and must change that. #BDS #FreePalestine.”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center tweeted in response, “Please don’t legitimize lie demonizing Israel and your Jewish neighbors. Israel has 9+ million citizens nearly 20% Arab. Want to help Palestinians? Denounce #HamasTerrorists for using Gazans as human shields for 1000s of rockets launched against Israeli civilians.”

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