Andrew Yang's Israel Support Sees New Yorkers Turn on Him: 'Not Fit to Be Our Mayor'

Andrew Yang has been criticized for showing support for Israel amid "bombardment attacks" from Hamas while failing to acknowledge the recent violence against Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Yang, a 2020 Democratic candidate for president who is now running for Mayor of New York, said he is standing with Israel after Palestinian militants fired rockets from Gaza early Tuesday morning as Israel unleashed new air strikes which left 24 people dead, including nine children.

Israel has denied the claims, saying they killed 15 Hamas fighters and that six Israeli civilians were hurt by retaliating rocket fire.

"I'm standing with the people of Israel who are coming under bombardment attacks, and condemn the Hamas terrorists," Yang tweeted.

"The people of NYC will always stand with our brothers and sisters in Israel who face down terrorism and persevere."

The attacks came after escalating violence at the Al-Asqa Mosque in the heart of Jerusalem's walled Old City, which is the third holiest site of Islam and the holiest site of Judaism.

Israeli armed forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday, firing rubber-coated bullets, tear gas, and sound bombs at Palestinian worshippers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, leaving hundreds injured.

There has also been rising tensions in recent weeks over the planned eviction of dozens of Palestinians from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of east Jerusalem.

Yang has now been condemned for showing support for Israel amid attacks from Hamas, the Islamist militant group that has ruled Gaza since 2007, including from those living in the city where he hopes to become mayor.

Comedian and podcast host Katie Halper wrote: "I'm a native Jewish New Yorker whose family died fighting Fascists in Spain and Nazis in Poland and I'm standing with the people of Palestine who are under illegal dehumanizing occupation, and I condemn Israel's terrorist regime."

National security and foreign policy reporter Murtaza M. Hussian tweeted in response to Yang: "Why not say something expressing the desire for both innocent Israelis and Palestinians to be able to live safely and freely. This thing pretending where one side of the conflict are not human or doesn't exist is completely insupportable."

Political commentator Dr. Abdul El-Sayed added: "'Math' teaches us something about symmetry. Yes, targeting civilians is wrong. So why ignore state-sponsored violence against Palestinians? Where's your condemnation of attacks on innocent Palestinians at #AlAqsa or forced displacement at #SheikhJarrah or bombings of Gaza?"

Oscar-nominated film maker Josh Fox said: "This is not only shameful pandering but it is morally wrong & an apology for ethnic cleansing. Even worse, you are trying to own the specific pain of the Jews in NYC and simplify an abhorrent situation by justifying violence. You're not fit to be our mayor."

Others have also condemned the NYC mayor hopeful, using the "Yang Supports Genocide" hashtag.

Neither Yang nor the lobbyists using him as a puppet to solidify control of NYC for capital believe Palestinians are human beings. FOH, signed, a Jewish native New Yorker

— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) May 11, 2021

This is a disgustingly cynical move. You’ve said nothing about Sheikh Jarrah. Nothing about evictions. Nothing about the gross violations of human rights and international law. Nothing about the violence of an occupying force. You are awful.

— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) May 11, 2021

This really tells you a lot about 🇺🇲 ideology. This is the ambient common sense in US political culture. I'm sure Yang doesn't know anything about this. This is just what morons think they are supposed to say

— Vincent Bevins (@Vinncent) May 11, 2021

Someone can't be happy right now#YangSupportsGenocide

— JaySe7en 🦺♿🍀🕊 (@J7_TreeOfLibrty) May 11, 2021

Maybe not the most tasteful statement to make within hours of Israel bombing Gaza and killing 20 Palestinians, 9 of whom were children. But then again I’m not a soulless piece of shit politician so what do I know?

— Sami Zayn (@SamiZayn) May 11, 2021

Sen. Ted Cruz did praise Yang for opposing the "rabidly pro-Hamas & anti-Israel attacks" from Democrats such as Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

Stephen Miller, former political adviser for Donald Trump, also tweeted that Yang's views are "exactly right."

Yang, who has received support from Orthodox Jewish groups during his mayoral campaign trail, previously condemned the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement to "fascist" boycotts of Jewish businesses.

The BDS calls for the boycott and imposing of sanctions against Israel until it recognize the rights of Palestinian citizens living in Israel and return all the land seized in the occupied in the West Bank.

"A Yang administration will push back against the BDS movement, which singles out Israel for unfair economic punishment," Yang wrote on the Jewish American website Forward in January.

"Not only is BDS rooted in antisemitic thought and history, hearkening back to fascist boycotts of Jewish businesses, it's also a direct shot at New York City's economy."

Yang has been contacted for further comment.

New York City Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang speaks at the "Rally Against Hate" in Chinatown on March 21, 2021 in New York City. Yang has been criticized for showing support for Israel while failing to acknowledge the recent attacks against Palestinians Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images