A pro-Israel activist calls it "unacceptable" that a U.S. senator known for his vocal support of Israel was photographed holding a sign promoting a radical pro-Palestinian organization.
Last week, Sen. Cory Booker was seen in a photo with members of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, a group known for promoting the BDS movement to boycott and isolate Israel from the world.
The group posted the photo to its Twitter account (see above) that shows the senator holding a sign that reads, "From Palestine to Mexico, All Walls Have To Go."
The photo op is viewed by some as an attempt by Booker to win over the far-left wing of the Democratic Party, which is virulently anti-Semitic and anti-Israel, but which he needs to fulfill his aspirations for an expected White House run in 2020.
Booker, in fact, was speaking at the annual Netroots Nation conference last week that brings together far-left activists.
Laurie Cardoza-Moore, president of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, says the wall Booker supports tearing down was built to protect Jews from terrorists.
"It is unacceptable," she says of the sign.
According to The Daily Caller, a spokesman for Booker told a Jewish publication that the senator posed for the photo before making a speech and "amid the rush" of numerous well-wishers he did not realize the sign was referring to Israel's security.
Booker apparently had no problem with the reference to Mexico since the spokesman said Booker mistakenly believed the sign was referring only to a wall with that country, not Israel.
Sen. Booker "hopes for a day when there will be no need for security barriers in the State of Israel," the spokesman said, "but while active terrorist organizations threaten the safety of the people living in Israel, security barriers are unfortunate but necessary to protect human lives.”
The influence of a radical, anti-Israel group is "problematic" for not just Booker but for the entire Democratic Party, since the party is already witnessing a rift with socialists and communists, says Cardoza-Moore. It doesn't help to see Booker posing with that sign, she adds.