Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Raphael Warnock is being slammed by his Republican opponent Senator Kelly Loeffler for condemning Israel’s slaughter of men, women and children in a sermon over 2 years ago. Warnock, a Reverend at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, made the comments in May, 2018 after nearly 60 Palestinians, including an infant, were killed by Israeli Defense Forces in the open-air prison of Gaza. Here are the comments that Georgia Republicans have deemed unacceptable, controversial and “anti Semitic”:
“We saw the government of Israel shoot down unarmed Palestinian sisters and brothers like birds of prey. I don’t care who does it, it is wrong. It is wrong to shoot down God’s children like they don’t matter at all. And it’s no more antisemitic for me to say that than it is anti-white for me to say that Black lives matter. Palestinian lives matter.”
This wasn’t the first time Reverend Warnock stood up for the humanity of the Palestinians. Last year he signed onto a letter with other church leaders from the U.S. and South Africa who went to Palestine and witnessed Israel’s horrific treatment of Palestinians themselves. From Middle East Eye:
“[The letter] decried the blockade of Gaza, settlement expansion and the segregation of Israelis and Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, among other Israeli policies.
“‘We saw the patterns that seem to have been borrowed and perfected from other previous oppressive regimes,’ the statement reads, describing what the pastors witnessed during their visits.
“‘The ever-present physical walls that wall in Palestinians is a political wall reminiscent of the Berlin Wall… The heavy militarization of the West Bank, reminiscent of the military occupation of Namibia by apartheid South Africa.’”
Unfortunately Reverend Raphael Warnock has allowed the attacks from Senator Loeffler, an anti-Black racist who supports President Donald Trump, to convince him to turn away from his advocacy for human rights. In an op-Ed for the Jewish Insider, Warnock opined that Israel is the “greatest proponent of democracy in the Middle East” and deserving of “unconditional military aid” from the United States. He now claims that Israel is not practicing apartheid and that the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement is “anti-Semitic”. In the United States, supporting apartheid and war crimes is a must if one wants to get into a position of power. Only in the USA is condemning the gunning down of Palestinian children a political death sentence.
Oh, too bad that Warnock has backtracked on his earlier position. Thank you for this information.
Yes, very disappointing. How does one go from believing that Palestinians are children of God who don’t deserve to be killed, to believing that boycotting those who kill them is “antisemitic”?
Clearly he’s being pressured to toe the line.