New York politician defends push to restrict aid to Israel

By JNSRep. Jamaal Bowman (DN.Y.) defended his support for a bill that would restrict US military aid to Israel.

Bowman, who serves as US representative for New York’s 16th Congressional District, is one of 18 members of the Democratic House who endorsed the proposed legislation by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn) to regulate US taxpayers’ money for Israel . It states that Israel cannot use American aid to detain Palestinian children, damage Palestinian property, and support the unilateral annexation of parts of Judea and Samaria.

The bill was supported by J Street and IfNotNow.

“My decision to sign this bill was not in a vacuum. It was created in consultation with many members of the district’s Jewish community who also supported the law, ”Bowman said in an online discussion with Rabbi Michael Miller, CEO of New York’s Jewish Community Relations Council, posted on YouTube. “In order to arrive at a two-state solution, we have to have honest discussions about what is happening on the ground – to ensure the long-term security of Israel, the Jewish community and the Palestinians there.”

Bowman stated that the draft law is not aimed at directly conditioning aid, but instead calls for “more transparency about the use of aid, particularly with regard to the detention of Palestinian children.”

He added that “the safety of the Jewish community as a whole and of the people of Israel is and will remain a top priority of mine.”

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