Democratic Socialists of America Want to Expel Far-Left Rep. Jamaal Bowman Over Israel Diplomatic Trip
“stated in a Monday letter that anti-Zionism and support for ‘BDS’ policies — boycotting, divesting and sanctioning the Israeli government and Israeli businesses — were non-negotiable stances for membership in the party”
There is a long list of things that can get you canceled by the left, even if you’re a member. Somewhere in the top ten on that list is not actively hating the nation of Israel.
Rep. Jamaal Bowman of New York is so progressive that he is sometimes referred to as the only male member of the squad, but even that can’t save him now that he participated in a diplomatic trip to Israel.
Timothy Nerozzi reports at FOX News:
Rep. Jamaal Bowman targeted for expulsion by fellow socialists for Israel visit
The Democratic Socialists of America’s BDS & Palestine Solidarity Working Group has called for the immediate expulsion of Rep. Jamaal Bowman after the New York congressman did not apologize for participating in a diplomatic trip to Israel, which the group characterized as “Zionist propaganda.”
Bowman, a far-left legislator who supports defunding the police, is one of several congressional Democrats who are DSA members.
The BDS & Palestine Solidarity Working Group stated in a Monday letter that anti-Zionism and support for “BDS” policies — boycotting, divesting and sanctioning the Israeli government and Israeli businesses — were non-negotiable stances for membership in the party. The Working Group’s call for expulsion comes after Bowman allegedly failed to conform to the party platform after a previous email warned Bowman of the group’s discontent.
“[W]e explicitly told Bowman that just like the propaganda trips sponsored by Zionist groups, Zionist propaganda events are carefully constructed to validate Zionism by advancing certain narratives that normalize Israeli apartheid and the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from historic Palestine,” the Monday letter stated.
These lunatics are not even kidding around. Here’s more from their letter:
DSA BDS and Palestine Solidarity Working Group Formally Calls For The Expulsion of Rep. Jamaal Bowman
Representatives from DSA’s National Political Committee (NPC), NYC, Lower Hudson Valley, and our working group met with Rep. Bowman and his team on Friday November 19th. Since that meeting, Rep. Bowman’s office communicated that they were not ready to accept our most significant demands, including refusing to rescind participation in the J Street U Town Hall and discontinuing his relationship with the Zionist lobby, equivocating on supporting the Defend the 6 Resolution, and no clear commitment to opposing any future funding for the state of Israel. For this reason, in conjunction with his other recent actions, we call for the NPC to formally begin the process of expelling Jamaal Bowman from the DSA.
The problem for Bowman is that the DSA helped get him elected.
Jon Levine reports at the New York Post:
The DSA’s endorsement played a large role in Bowman’s upset primary win over longtime Rep. Eliot Engel last year. The 16-term liberal warhorse had been chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a ferocious Israel advocate.
Bowman is also a close ally of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Queens), and as a member of “The Squad,” he has aligned himself with the Democratic party’s most vocal anti-Israel voices, including Reps. Cori Bush (D-Missouri), Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan).
“Incumbency may be more important than principle for DSA people,” said Hank Sheinkopf, a veteran Democratic political consultant who noted that several swaths of Bowman’s district were “heavily Jewish.”
As such, the congressman has declined to express support for BDS and voted in favor of funding Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, which had been depleted during a brief but bloody conflict with Hamas in May.
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