The Lobby byes US “Democracy”

In the US, progressive congressman and Israeli critic Jamaal Bowman lost his primary Democratic race to George Latimer, who received heavy funding and support from pro-Israel lobby groups in New York’s 16th Congressional District.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) spent $14m in the district’s primary, making it the most expensive race in the history of the US House of Representatives.

AIPAC is spending a total of $100 in an effort to oust progressive American lawmakers who have been critical of Israel’s war on Gaza.

In his speech conceding defeat, Bowman vowed to keep fighting for his policies, including those related to Palestine.

“We will continue to fight for a free Palestine now, and God help us build a better world where everyone understands when we say ‘Free Palestine,’ it is not antisemitic,” he said.

The lawmaker, who regularly criticises AIPAC, mentioned them again in his speech.

“We should be outraged when a super PAC of dark money can spend $20 million to brainwash people into believing something that isn’t true,” he said. “They spent a record amount of money, the most in US history, to beat this Black man.”

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