This article, published in The Forward, discusses a letter from Jewish leaders to Representative Bowman, which was coordinated and delivered by NYJA
As the Democratic Socialists of America is urged to expel U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman over his recent visit to Israel, a diverse group of Jewish leaders in his district is applauding him for making the trip, which they called “politically courageous.”
The group of rabbis and activists from the Bronx and Westchester County planned to send a letter on Tuesday to Bowman, who was elected last year, commending his decision to join a congressional trip to Israel earlier this month amid fierce pushback from the far left.
“Some voices on the political extremes are speaking out loudly against direct, meaningful engagement with the conflict,” reads the letter, spearheaded by the New York Jewish Agenda, a liberal Jewish advocacy group launched last year. “But we know that an appreciation for nuance and complexity that comes with firsthand experience can effectively equip leaders with the knowledge and context to push back on the oversimplified narratives that dominate too much of the conversation around this issue.”
Last week, Bowman met with the socialist group’s national political committee…