Gillum’s 413-word platform on the issue outlines his belief in a two-state solution, support for former President Barack Obama’s 10-year, $38 billion military aid package to Israel, and endorsement of strong anti-BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanction) policies that go as far as to include a bill preventing Florida “from investing in or doing business with” companies that protest Israel.
“I will continue to support anti-Boycott, Divest and Sanctions [BDS] legislation passed last year with overwhelming support in both houses of the legislature,” Gillum said, referring to Florida’s Senate Bill 86, which prevents the state from working with companies that protest Israel. The bill passed unanimously in the Florida senate in 2016 and requires the State Board of Administration to maintain a database of “scrutinized companies” boycotting Israel.
“As Governor, I will continue to push back against anti-Israel efforts, like BDS, that question Israel’s existence as a Jewish state, and will support bipartisan measures that help deter such practice,” Gillum added.
It would seem the disappointments come more quickly nowadays.
During the primaries, one of the only times Gillum was questioned on his views of Israel and Palestine was in a June 30 podcast for Moguldom, a media platform focusing on black issues. In the interview, Gillum espouses vastly different views from the ones he embraces in the campaign paper, deriding Israel’s military responses.
“What we’ve seen is in my opinion an outsized response that has created a humanitarian crisis,” Gillum told Moguldom. He went on to rebuke president Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, the contested capital between Israel and Palestine.
Who is David Singer and did he have anything to do with this??
A spokesperson with the Gillum campaign verified the authenticity of the position paper on Wednesday, confirming that it is “a paper the campaign produced.”
“This is an extremely nuanced issue, and through his own personal experience and his own ideals, he has come to the conclusion that he is not a supporter of the BDS movement,” David Singer, a campaign adviser to Gillum, told Orlando Weekly in an interview. Singer continued, “To be a progressive thinker, and as someone with progressive values, does not mean you are in lockstep with every position of the progressive movement. And this is one where he simply is not.”
Nice framing Singer! I’d recommend to Gillum to be very careful with any ‘advice’ from David Singer.
The document is emblematic of a new chapter in Gillum’s candidacy where bigger donors and more complex political winds will blow his way.
This new stance is “emblematic” of the amount of money in politics and the outsized influence of those “bigger donors”.
Gillum could not immediately be reached for comment, but reaffirmed in a statement to Orlando Weekly his stance on the matter: “I believe a two-state solution will further the important and difficult work of building peace in the region, while ensuring Israel maintains its Jewish and democratic character with internationally recognized and secure borders.”