If you’ve ever tried to argue with someone on the Left over toxic influences in the Democratic party, they’ve probably smugly reminded you that they at least keep their crazies in check. “Come on,” the usual line runs, “at least we don’t let the Farrakhan types hold Federal office!”
Well, if this story from the Weekly Standard is any guide, that excuse is now completely broken. Meet Charles Barron, New York City Councilman, former Black Panther, anti-Israel demagogue and probable Democratic nominee to be the next Congressman from New York’s 8th district:
How bad is Mr. Barron’s anti-Israel zealotry? Consider these lovely quotes from the Standard article:
In 2010, he told a reporter that in New York’s Crown Heights neighborhood, Jews “only make up 20 percent of the population, but they’ve always walked these streets as if they owned them, and acted as if they are the only ones in the community that matter.”[...]
Barron has also called into question the legitimate existence of Israel.
“Where should we start [the discussion]?” he said at a Brooklyn church in 2010. “Should we start with the 1906 Zionist Convention, or in 1914, with the Balfour Declaration? With Menachem Begin, the terrorists, all the wars, you want to discuss Israel becoming a state in 1948 when it should not have? Who are the terrorists? You want to talk about the definition of terrorism? How do you define acts of piracy?”
Not bad enough? Well, how about this – Barron has compared Israel’s handling of the Palestinians in Gaza to concentration camps. Yes, literally:
Israel is out of control. They’re off the hook, they’re out of line; and Barack Obama has to stand strong and so do does Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state, to say that this kind of aggressive, terroristic behavior and act of piracy will not be tolerated and the blockade should be lifted immediately, immediately. There’s too many children and women and innocent men of Gaza dying because you’re isolating them and not allowing anything in. It’s like having a concentration death camp. It’s horrible, and the whole world is and should be outraged.