The evidence is mounting that Julia Salazar, a DSA candidate for State Senate in New York, lied about being raised Jewish. The BDS supporter and anti-Israel activist with hate groups such as If Not Now, was caught out in a Tablet article.
A 2009 funeral notice for her father, a former commercial airline pilot named Luis Hernan Salazar, indicates that the service was held at the Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Ormond Beach, Florida. When reached by phone, Alex Salazar, the candidate’s older brother and the operator of a number of Florida mango farms, said that one of their father’s brothers was a Jesuit priest. (He also seemed to know very little about her campaign and seemed surprised when I told him she stood a good chance of winning.) “There was nobody in our immediate family who was Jewish … my father was not Jewish, we were not raised Jewish,” he said. Their mother, Christine Salazar, indicated in a public September 2012 Facebook post that she planned on attending services at the Brooklyn Tabernacle, a nondenominational evangelical church in downtown Brooklyn.
In response to these revelations, Julia Salazar rushed out a bunch of angry denials, contradictory stories and attacks on the Jewish community. She admitted that she had been born in Miami, but tried to attribute her previous claims of being an immigrant to a staff member.
Except that she was caught on video making those claims out loud.
The latest evidence hasn’t been helpful either.
A former fellow student at Columbia University, meanwhile, told Haaretz that the Democratic socialist had “lied about her immigrant identity and she’s lying about being Jewish.”
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the former student said Salazar first spoke with him in 2010, expressing a desire to be involved in pro-Israel activism, and “stated unequivocally that she wasn’t Jewish.”
The former student said Salazar became active in the Christians United For Israel organization around this time. “In July 2011, she attended the CUFI summit and in the fall semester she nominally founded CUFI at Columbia University.”
Later, he said, they discussed her decision to join a CUFI trip to Israel, “after she expressed interest in going and we clearly discussed the fact that Birthright wasn’t an option since she wasn’t Jewish,” he said, referring to the free roots trip for Diaspora Jews.
But despite the evidence, fellow socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Democratic Socialists of America stand by their grifter. They’ve repeated Salazar’s bizarre accusations that pointing out her lies is an attack on a “woman of color”. (Salazar’s mother was Italian.)
New York City DSA co-chair Bianca Cunningham responded to Jewish outrage at Salazar’s appropriation of a Jewish identity to attack the Jewish community by doubling down on accusation of racism aimed at Jews. The DSA has bought its anti-Semitic ticket and is riding.
This isn’t the DSA’s first brush with anti-Semitism.
However, on October 6, 2017 she claimed non-Jews could not be Zionists without being influenced by Jewish friends or loved ones. In this same exchange, she commented that she “enjoys listening to Farrakhan’s sermons”, as well as claiming Democrats turn a blind eye to Palestinians, and “justify it by bringing up the Holocaust. As if what happened 70 years ago justifies what is happening now.”
Just the continued Corbynization of the American left.