Democratic Socialists of America Won’t Expel Rep. Jamaal Bowman for Pro-Israel Stance, but Withholds 2022 Endorsement

Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) is an outspoken critic of Israeli government policies. But a trip to Israel in November aroused anger from members of the Democratic Socialists of America. (Photo: Mark Lennihan/Associated Press)

The Democratic Socialists of America decided not to expel Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.), a dues-paying member of the group, for actions he took that conflict with the DSA’s support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

The group, which endorsed Bowman’s 2020 primary run, is nonetheless withholding its 2022 endorsement of Bowman “unless he is able to demonstrate solidarity with Palestine in alignment with expectations we have set,” the DSA’s national political committee said in a statement Thursday. To begin the process of seeking the DSA’s national blessing, chapters in Bowman’s district would first need to nominate him for reelection.

Calls for Bowman’s expulsion from the DSA gained traction among individual DSA members and local chapters following a trip he took to Israel in November with the liberal pro-Israel group J Street.

During the tour, which emphasized Palestinian human rights, Bowman and several of his progressive congressional colleagues were photographed meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, a right-wing politician at the helm of a centrist governing coalition.

Bowman had already rankled some DSA members with his September vote for additional U.S. funding of Israel’s defensive Iron Dome technology.

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SOURCE: The Huffington Post, Daniel Marans