Assessment: Private socialist message boards show fury at Jamaal Bowman. He’s responded by shunning the Jewish state …
A far-left member of Congress is scrambling to boost his anti-Israel bona fides after rank-and-file members of the Democratic Socialists of America privately lashed out at him for visiting the Jewish state.
Rep. Jamaal Bowman (N.Y.), an “active” member of the DSA, was hammered on a private message board of the organization in the final weeks of last year for traveling to Israel, with many members calling for the national organization to expel him.
“And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another” Matthew 24:11
One socialist on the message board posting as RyanMosgrove said Bowman’s conduct was in “direct opposition” to the DSA’s “stated values and goals,” and that he “should not remain a member.” Another socialist posting as Gabe said Bowman’s trip to Israel empowered an apartheid state.
“The impact of Jamaal Bowman’s public, repeated legitimization of Israeli apartheid extends beyond an internally voiced disagreement with the platform,” Gabe wrote in his argument for expelling Bowman, which he asked his fellow socialists to keep contained to the private message board and off social media. “If we lack the organizing power in a given place to endorse a candidate who is going to put the priorities of our movement over other lobbies, especially lobbies for apartheid states like Israel, we shouldn’t endorse candidates there.”
Gabe’s views were echoed by nearly all on the private message board, which the Washington Free Beacon obtained access to. The group’s message board requires a login for anyone to access its posts. At issue was not only Bowman’s trip to Israel, which was sponsored by liberal anti-Israel group J Street and included a meeting with Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett, but also his vote last September in support of funding Israel’s Iron Dome defense system.
“Do you think Bowman’s visit and photo op with an Israeli war criminal was ok?” asked Gabe. “Do you think his Iron Dome vote was correct?”
The national organization elected not to expel Bowman, but the backlash has spurred the lawmaker to sprint to the left to win back the supporters he lost.
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