Gov. Maggie Hassan stressed her support for Israel and called "wrong and harmful" her church's movement to boycott companies in Israel following a critical story by a conservative, DC-based media outlet

Jul 10, 2015 7:11 PM

Landrigan: Gov. Maggie Hassan condems own church's anti-Israel movement

CONCORD - Gov. Maggie Hassan condemned her church’s divestment from Israel campaign late Friday a short time after a conservative Washington media outlet attacked her for being silent on the topic.

The Washington Free Beacon story repudiated Hassan for not immediately speaking out against the United Church of Christ’s call in June to cut ties with all Israeli companies as part of its Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction movement.

Hassan has been a member of the UCC church in Exeter for several years and its now-retired pastor gave a prayer at Hassan’s first inauguration in January 2013.

Less than an hour after the story was posted online, Hassan took to her own office twitter account to make clear her view.

"Gov. Hassan fully supports the State of Israel & its right to exist & defend itself," Hassan tweeted.

"The Governor believes the BDS effort is wrong & harmful."

Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley called the story "transparent smear attempts" at Hassan and the respected Exeter church where she worships.

"(U.S. Sen. Kelly) Ayotte must condemn these vile and baseless attacks launched by her allies," Buckley said in a statement.

Other prominent Democrats such as presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton had already spoken out on this issue.

A Hassan spokesman did not respond to requests for comment, the Washington Free Beacon reported in its story.

Republican State Chairman Jennifer Horn said there was no excuse for Hassan being silent.

"Israel is our closest and most reliable partner in the Middle East, and our government must do everything possible to support one of our strongest allies. It’s extremely troubling that likely-Senate candidate Maggie Hassan is refusing to join other prominent Democrats like Hillary Clinton in denouncing the disgraceful BDS boycott movement,” Horn said.

“Hassan’s shameful silence speaks volumes about her views on Israel and shows that she is unwilling to stand up for our best friend in the Middle East.’’

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, has been a strong defender of Israel and its struggles with Palestinians during her first term visited the country with a Senate delegation meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


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