Summary

Bill de Blasio was born in 1961 and is currently serving as the Mayor of New York City.

De Blasio was first elected Mayor in 2013 and reelected in 2017. A graduate of New York University and Columbia University, de Blasio worked in the 1994 reelection campaign of U.S. Representative Charles Rangel and as campaign manager of Hillary Clinton’s 2000 U.S. Senate bid. in the New York City Council, where he was elected in 2001.

De Blasio served on the City Council until 2009. That year, de Blasio ran and was elected as New York City Public Advocate. He served as Public Advocate until 2013, when he was elected Mayor in a landslide election.

Below is Mayor de Blasio’s record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.

Mayor de Blasio opposes the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. He has argued that the BDS movement is undermining the existence and survival of the State of Israel and that BDS is contrary to the progressive imperative to protect all oppressed people everywhere and always. 

In July 2019, speaking on a panel at the Muslim Collective for Equitable Democracy Conference in Washington D.C, Mayor de Blasio said: “I believe in the right to free speech, so I will use my right to free speech to oppose BDS.”

Mayor de Blasio has spoken out against anti-Semitism and has repeatedly emphasized the need to not tolerate and to actively counter it. He emphasized the need to fight anti-Semitism also while participating in the 2015 International Mayors Conference in Israel organized by the American Jewish Congress. He also strongly criticized Rep. Ilhan Omar for her anti-Semitic comments arguing that “what Representative Omar said unfortunately squarely fits in a tradition of suggesting that somehow Jewish people have dual loyalties” and that he found that “really troubling”.

He strongly supports the two-state solution and has stated that would challenge anyone who thinks the State of Israel should not exist, as well as anyone who would deny Palestinians a home.

During the first Democratic debate on June 26, Mayor de Blasio expressed his support for reentering the Iran nuclear deal.

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