Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) “didn’t realize” a sign he was photographed holding was connected to a pro-Palestine movement, his office said Friday, the Washington Examiner reported.
“Booker held a sign that read ‘From Palestine to Mexico, all the walls have got to go,’ as he was photographed with three other people at the Netroots Nation progressive political convention in New Orleans.”
A spokesman for Booker told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that Booker was caught in a rush of people asking for photos when he was handed the sign to hold.
“He didn’t have time to read the sign, and from his cursory glance he thought it was talking about Mexico and didn’t realize it had anything to do with Israel,” Jeff Giertz said in a statement.
“He hopes for a day when there will be no need for security barriers in the State of Israel, but while active terrorist organizations threaten the safety of the people living in Israel, security barriers are unfortunate but necessary to protect human lives,” the statement continued.
The U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights tweeted the photo. The group, according to its website, aims “to stop US support for Israel until it ends its denial of Palestinian rights.”
— Palestinian Rights (@US_Campaign) August 3, 2018