Florida Senator Under Fire for Links to Boycott Israel Movement

A Demonstrator holds a flag while wearing a t-shirt carrying images of Iranian spritual leader Ayatollah Khomeini (L) and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a rally to mark Al-Quds day on the last friday of the holy month of Ramadan in Sydney on August 2, 2013. Demonstrators carrying banners …

The Jerusalem Post reports: Pro-Israel activists in the Miami area plan to protest a Florida state senator active in the Black Lives Matter movement who visited the West Bank as the guest of a group that backs the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Organizers of the protest against Dwight Bullard said they object to the groups and people he met while visiting the region in May under the aegis of a Miami-based civil rights group, Dream Defenders. His delegation met with a founder of the anti-Israel BDS movement and were led by a tour guide identified with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a State Department-designated terrorist group.

The outcry against Bullard’s participation is one of several recent signs of emerging tensions between the Black Lives Matter movement and the mainstream Jewish community.

At least one major national pro-Israel group, the Israel Project, is backing the protest of Bullard.

“Any Florida state legislator who would go to Israel and choose to meet with those groups, it’s more than troubling, it’s deeply disturbing,” said Ken Bricker, the Israel Project’s Southeast Regional director. “I have to wonder if the constituents in his district [are] aware of who he is and what he believes in.”

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