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Anti-Israel, ‘Amsterdam News’ Favorite, Charles Barron Loses Vote

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

It looks like someone went up to Charles Barron and slapped him.

The former member of the City Council and the Black Panther party was handily defeated by Hakeem Jeffries for the newly redrawn 8th Congressional District. The new district is mainly African-American, with a significant percentage of Russian Jews and Hispanics. Jeffries won in a landslide with more than half the precincts reporting, taking 75 percent of the vote.

According to The Daily News, Barron is demanding a recount.

“When we launched this campaign we knew we were going up against … the entire New York Democratic political leadership,” Barron said. “You know you good when you made the governor do a robo call for a primary.”

While not the most intense election, the contest between the two candidates may have been the most interesting. Barron is better known for his derogatory comments about Jews and Israel. Among what he considers his best achievement in his three-term tenure in City Council was hosting Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe. He called Gaza a “concentration camp” and eulogized Muammar el-Qaddafi as a “freedom fighter.”

(As a parenthetical note, Barron called a proposal by a board member of the CUNY school system to have students take remedial classes in the high school “ethnic cleansing.” When I asked him about it a year later, he seemed puzzled. “I said so much stuff, I’m not sure,” he told me.

While some predicted that it wouldn’t be much of a contest, the election achieved notoriety by the sheer number of endorsements that Jeffries received. He was endorsed by The New York Times, The New York Post, The Daily News. The New York Observer didn’t actually endorse Jeffries, but instead shrilly begged for President Obama to step in and stop Barron.

Virtually the only paper of note to endorse Barron was the Amsterdam News. (Note: The link to the AN endorsement will take you to the Barron website, because the original endorsement on the newspaper’s site has been scrubbed. JP)

“The man is a hater and a bigot whose only redeeming quality is his candor,” the Observer wrote about Barron. “The man makes no attempt to hide his loathing of white people, Israel, his colleagues and anybody else who doesn’t share his demented views.”

In terms of fundraising, Jeffries managed to rack up over $350,000 compared to Barron’s measly $50,000.

Barron did manage to get the endorsement of the city’s largest public union and Congressman Ed Towns, the previous holder of the seat. Barron also unwittingly received a toxic endorsement from David Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the Klu Klux Klan. In the video, posted on Youtube, in between bouts of anti-Semitic paranoia Duke stuck out an olive branch in the style of the late Rodney King.

“Black leaders like Barron should work to lessen the enmity between blacks and whites and realize that the Jewish extremists in America keep the whites and blacks from mutually solving our interests and differences,” Duke says in the clip.

During the election itself, Barron supporters clad in yellow faced off against a virtual army of Jeffries supporters.

“The election results prove that the Jewish and African American communities are more united than most people would assume,” said Ezra Friedlander, CEO of the Friedlander group, a public and government relations group based in DC and New York. “The voters rejected a divisive demagogue and elected a bright, talented and forward thinking individual who has the potential to develop into a star.”

The question has also become what to make of former Congressman Ed Towns, long thought to be a strong supporter of Israel, who nonetheless endorsed Barron.

“I voted for Charles Barron,” Harold Mansfield, 77, told the Bayside Patch. “I vote every year, every chance I can get. I always voted for Ed Towns because he takes care of us seniors, and he said Barron was his man, so that’s my man.”

Jonathan Noble, a former District Legislative Director for Rep. Towns and an Orthodox Jew, said he was surprised by the Towns endorsement. But he added, “I hope this does not diminish Towns’ legacy as a bridge-builder. I’ve always admired him for that.”

Rift Emerging Between N.Y. Jewish, Black Democrats over Anti-Semitic Candidate

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Several current and former New York Jewish elected officials gathered on Monday to denounce the congressional candidacy of Charles Barron, because of his anti-Israel views.

Ex-Mayor Ed Koch, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), City Councilman David Greenfield and state Assemblyman Dov Hikind gathered in front of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in downtown Battery Park for a news conference calling Barron, a Brooklyn Democrat, an “enemy of the State of Israel” and the New York Jewish community.

Barron, a city councilman, is facing state Assemblyman Hakeen Jeffries in a June 26 Democratic primary, in a bid to succeed 24-year incumbent Rep. Edolphus Towns, also a Democrat, who is retiring at the end of this year.

Last week, Barron has won the crucial endorsement of Rep. Towns.

This week, Barron was endorsed by Elinor Tatum, Publisher and Editor in Chief of the New York Amsterdam News, the largest local African American publication.

Jewish politicians at Battery Park expressed support for Assemblyman Jeffries and called Barron an “anti-Semite,” “hateful” and a “bigot.”

In its endorsement of Barron, the Amsterdam News, which in the past has endorsed both candidates in various capacities, wrote, possibly reflecting the paper’s attitude regarding the riff with Jewish Democrats over his candidacy:

“Jeffries is more moderate and more palatable to some, but at this point, this seat needs fire—someone who might just take Washington by its ear and make it listen. We need attention brought to our communities, and a leader who will do that is Barron.”

Barron has made several explicitly anti-Israel statements, including a speech in which he said Israel should not be a state.

He has also said the true Semites are the blacks, not the Jews.

Reflecting on the 1991 Crown Heights riots, Barron said, “Even when leaders moved in to quell the violence, they never dealt with the perception that Jews get preferential treatment in Crown Heights. They 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 were the only ones that mattered.”

Barron said about the Orthodox Jews of New York: “There is a way of thinking that says black life is not as good as Jewish life. That way of thinking has real consequences. It puts a chip on the shoulders of those made to feel inferior and gives a false sense of entitlement to those placed on high. The fact that they [religious Jews] have their own ambulance service and volunteer police detail in the heart of the community speaks to that.”

Barron made statements comparing the situation in Gaza to concentration camps.

Barron has publicly praised foreign dictators such as the late Muammar Gadhafi of Libya and Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

In a televised debate between the two candidates, Jeffries said, “I certainly can’t compete with Charles Barron for the pro-Gaddafi vote.”

Jeffries also attacked Barron’s criticism of President Barack Obama. “Charles Barron has been willing to go after the President of the United States in such a reckless, vicious and disrespectful fashion. In the context of Muammar Gaddafi, my opponent called … President Obama essentially a murderer.”

“To compare Israel to Nazis, calling what Israel is doing a genocide? Israel’s trying to survive in a tough neighborhood,” Rep. Nadler said during the news conference. He added that Israel is “not doing anything like Nazis. To even put them in the same universe is a disgrace to the English language.”

Nadler said Barron’s election to Congress, “to some extent would legitimize this kind of anti-Semitic discourse, and we don’t need that.”

Some JTA Content was used in this article.

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