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Rep. Jamaal Bowman says ‘from the river to the sea’ chant isn’t hate speech during debate

Rep. Jamaal Bowman insisted the phrase “from the river to the sea” — which means the destruction of Israel — isn’t hateful during a excessive stakes debate on Monday evening.

The two-term congressman defended anti-Israel protesters who use the controversial phrase, despite the Anti-Defamation League’s criticism that’s requires the annihilation of the Jewish state.

“I know some do, others don’t, I do not,” Bowman stated in response to a query from an viewers member at Monday’s News 12 debate in opposition to Westchester County Executive George Latimer forward of June’s Democratic major.

Rep. Jamaal Bowman claims chant From the River to the Sea isn't hate speech during debate with challenger George Latimer
Rep. Jamaal Bowman insisted the phrase “from the river to the sea” — which means the destruction of Israel — isn’t hateful during a excessive stakes debate on Monday evening. News 12 Westchester

Meanwhile, Latimer provided a pointy distinction to Bowman’s transient evaluation.

“I think it is hate speech because I think it’s clear that from the river to the sea has meant specifically the eradication of the Jewish population from the land of Israel,” Latimer stated.

Latimer, 70, additionally stated some younger protesters is perhaps parroting the phrase whereas not understanding the which means behind it.

Rep. Jamaal Bowman
Bowman, 48, made clear earlier in the debate he believes in Israel’s proper to exist and desires a two-state answer. Latimer has additionally stated he agrees with a two-station answer. News 12 Westchester

“What’s behind the marketing campaign that’s being advanced is to try to delegitimize Israel and that there be a free Palestine is a hopeful sign, but it has to accept the fact that there is an Israel there as well,” he stated.

Bowman, 48, made clear earlier in the debate he believes in Israel’s proper to exist and desires a two-state answer. Latimer has additionally stated he agrees with a two-station answer.

The two sparred for almost 60 minutes during the native tv debate, during which sparks flew at instances.

Protestor pictured holding sign that reads from the river to the sea
The two-term congressman defended anti-Israel protesters who use the controversial phrase, regardless of the Anti-Defamation League’s criticism that’s requires the annihilation of the Jewish state. Jonah Elkowitz for NY Post

The warfare between Israel and Hamas has been a focus of the race between Bowman, a former educator who lives in Yonkers, and Latimer, who has served in a number of completely different elected places of work and lives in Rye.

Bowman — a vocal critic of Israel — referred to as for a everlasting cease-fire following the atrocities of Oct. 7, whereas persistently slamming Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

He’s additionally confronted warmth after calling Israel an apartheid state and questioning reviews of rape Hamas carried about in opposition to Israelis during the terrorist assault.

George Latimer
Latimer, 70, additionally stated some younger protesters is perhaps parroting the phrase whereas not understanding the which means behind it. News 12 Westchester

Latimer, who has voiced stronger assist for Israel, has acquired appreciable monetary assist from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee or higher often known as AIPAC, which Bowman criticized him over on Monday.

“You’re the number one recipient of AIPAC money in the country,” Bowman stated, with Latimer reducing in, “And why do you think that is?”

He then claimed AIPAC is bankrolled by a “rightwing Republican who wants to destroy our democracy.”  

At one level, Bowman additionally accused Latimer of portraying him as the “angry black man” after Latimer criticized his governing type.

“You can’t preach and scream at them on the steps of the Capitol,” a riled up Latimer stated. “He’s ineffective as a congressman.”

An animated Bowman then raised his arms as he took exception to Latimer’s scathing overview.

“The angry black man, the angry black man,” Bowman stated. “It’s the southern strategy in the north. And they expect us to be quiet about it, we’re not going to be quiet about it.” 

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