NY State Legislator Shares Image Erasing Israel From The Map

By Carly Ortiz-lytle May 14, 2021 | Image Source: Washington Examiner

A member of the New York State Assembly shared an image erasing Israel from the map in a now-deleted tweet amid escalating fighting between Israel and Hamas.

Phara Souffrant Forrest, a Democratic Socialist, shared an altered map of the Middle East in which Israel was labeled as Palestine, and the Dome of the Rock was prominently featured. The map erased all Israeli territory, including the areas of the nation that are not recognized as disputed territory. The image was accompanied by “#FreePalestine.”

The first-term assemblywoman’s post was widely criticized, including by Souffrant Forrest’s colleague in the New York State Assembly.

Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal wrote that the image was reminiscent of the Hamas goal to “wipe Israel off the map.”

StopAntisemitism.org accused Souffrant Forrest of wiping 7 million Jews “off the map.”

Erielle Davidson, a policy analyst for the Jewish Institute for National Security of America, said the map was baffling and argued the pro-Palestinian “movement is about *erasing* the Jewish state.”

Forrest attempted to clarify her post by saying that the “reality on the ground” in Israel is “apartheid.” Both tweets were later deleted.

Forrest later said that her tweet had “led to misunderstandings” about her position on the conflict and that her position has “always been about peace and justice.”

Souffrant Forrest represents parts of Brooklyn, including sections of Crown Heights, a heavily Jewish neighborhood. Her campaign page touts an endorsement from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who, on Wednesday, accused President Joe Biden of taking “the side of occupation” after the president said that Israel has a right to self-defense.

Hamas has launched hundreds of rockets at Israel in the past week, the vast majority of which were intercepted by the country’s Iron Dome missile defense system. At least 90 people have died in the conflict, including 83 Palestinians.

The IDF is reportedly drawing up plans for a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip as experts in Middle East politics warn that the conflict has the potential of escalating into a full-scale war.

A delegation from Egypt is in Tel Aviv to broker a ceasefire agreement and has met with officials from both Hamas and the Israeli government.

Author: Carly Ortiz-lytle

Source: Washington Examiner: New York state legislator shares image erasing Israel from the map