Mastriano’s Wife Responds To Antisemitism Claims:
“We Probably Love Israel More Than A Lot Of Jews Do”

First, some background via the New York Times:

The race between Mr. Mastriano, a state senator, and his Democratic opponent, Attorney General Josh Shapiro — a Jewish day school alum who features challah in his advertising and routinely borrows from Pirkei Avot, a collection of Jewish ethics — has also centered to an extraordinary degree on Mr. Shapiro’s religion.

Mr. Mastriano, who promotes Christian power and disdains the separation of church and state, has repeatedly lashed Mr. Shapiro for attending and sending his children to what Mr. Mastriano calls a “privileged, exclusive, elite” school, suggesting to one audience that it evinced Mr. Shapiro’s “disdain for people like us.”

It is a Jewish day school, where students are given both secular and religious instruction. But Mr. Mastriano’s language in portraying it as an elitist reserve seemed to be a dog whistle.

Last night Mastriano’s wife responded to the criticism:

I’m just going to say, as a family, we so much love Israel. In fact, I’m going to say we probably love Israel more than a lot of Jews do. I have to say that because. And the reason why I say that is because I’ve given and we’ve given for, I would say, at least ten years to outreach to Israel and Jerusalem. We have, I have visited Israel, we saved for five years. We’re just an average family. We’re not wealthy, wealthy people.

We saved four for five years to make a trip because that it was that important for us to educate our son on loving other cultures and understanding different backgrounds. And so we actually took him there in high school as homeschool families. We felt that was very important and hence why we saved for five years, um, Doug has actually been there more than once. We are we are extremely pro-Israel, pro Jewish community.

And the issue that you’re speaking of has to do with the hypocrisy of one individual, like like we homeschool. Okay. I understand not everyone can homeschool, but I would like for to provide as much of an opportunity for Pennsylvanians to choose that if it’s possible, if Doug was in a position to do something. What we see is that somebody that is able to have the money to go to a expensive private school doesn’t want others to have that same ability.