ST. PETERSBURG — Charlie Crist and Karla Hernández today denounced comments by Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, who recently said that “you cannot claim to hold progressive values, yet back Israel’s apartheid government.”
“There is no place in our party for comments like this,” said Charlie Crist. “I do not hesitate to call out anti-Semitism when I see it. Our support for Israel’s enduring existence as a democratic, Jewish state is not some political litmus test – it reflects our commitment to the values we hold most dear.”
“My husband’s family fled anti-Semitism, which is why I know it must be denounced in all of its many forms,” said Karla Hernández. “Charlie and I know that this hateful ideology must be challenged wherever it is found.”
Crist and Hernández’s condemnation of this hateful rhetoric comes at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise in Florida, according to a new report, which found a 40 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents in 2020 and a 50 percent increase in 2021.