DURHAM COUNTY – The Bull City is no stranger to radical leftists holding prominent leadership positions. Their Mayor Pro Tem is a bona fide Social Justice Warrior with all the trappings you’d expect. Now the Durham County has a candidate for the Board of Commissioners who seems most notable for attacking Israel and stoking anti-police sentiments.
“On December 2, Nida Allam filed as a candidate for Durham, North Carolina’s Board of County Commissioners. Allam is currently Third Vice Chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party. Allam’s social media accounts, including her official Facebook campaign page, features anti-Israel posts suggesting that her vision for Durham includes foreign policy against Israel. For example, on her Facebook campaign page, Allam wrote about what she calls “the dehumanization of Palestinians through the US’ tireless support of Israel’s illegal colonization & occupation.” In 2018, Allam tweeted, “This is the United States of Israel.”
In recent years, elected officials in Durham have felt comfortable focussing on foreign policy against Israel. In 2018, the Durham City Council passed the “Israel Resolution” making Durham the first city in the United States to boycott police trainings specifically with Israel. 11 local rabbis wrote that the Council’s attack on Israel was a “punch in the gut” to the Durham Jewish community. The Council has made the local Jewish community feel targeted and attacked, which resulted in three separate lawsuits filed against Durham. Rather than oppose this foray into foreign policy, Nida Allam championed the attack. In 2018 Allam signed a petition given to the Council demanding that Durham ban police trainings with Israel.
Voice4Israel is concerned that Allam is campaigning for local office (Durham Board of County Commissioners ) by attacking Israel. As one Durham official told Voice4Israel, “local government should focus on paving the roads, not Israel.”
That is not exactly what a county should want in a candidate for commissioner, especially of a county that prides itself on such liberal tolerance and diversity. Yet Allam is more than just a candidate for local office; she’s actually a leader in the North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP), serving as Third Vice Chair of the Party.
She, nor the NCDP would speak to her past anti-Semitic comments within context of her role with the Party. Another vice chair opined that Allam wouldn’t even deal with issues concerning Israel as a local elected official. For some reason that doesn’t allay the concerns of those worried her views promote hatred of a particular ethnic/religious group.
And besides, her radicalism is not limited to tired and typical Leftist anti-Israel commentary. She hates the police, too. (Or really loves them?)
That view would seem to taint someone seeking public service to work with county officials, including all sorts of law enforcement, in one of North Carolina’s more problematic crime zones.
“[…] Voice4Israel understands and embraces the need for safety and tolerance in Durham. Opposition to policing, demeaning of Israel, and an atmosphere of scapegoating Jews have already been nurtured by the Durham City Council. Now two City Council members — Jillian Johnson and Charlie Reece — are publicly supporting candidate Nida Allam. The Jewish Community needs to know what Nida Allam stands for and who is supporting her. […]”
The group makes a point to say they stand against ALL intolerance, saying, “Though many of Allam’s views are objectionable and arguably antisemitic, such personal attacks against her and her faith are to be strongly opposed. We at Voice4Israel stand in strong opposition to Islamophobia and to all forms of hate speech.“
Hopefully the voters of Durham County stand up to the increasingly radical politics of the Left and deny Allam a seat on the county commission. In the mean time, is it any surprise that this is representative of the increasingly extreme N.C. Democratic Party?