"Squad" Democrats Seek Rep. Hakeem Jeffries' Support to Defend Against Pro-Israel Criticism

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 11/16/2023
House "Squad" Democrats are seeking the support of House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) in order to defend themselves against potential criticism from pro-Israel Democrats. The Squad, a group of lawmakers on the far Left, has recently faced significant criticism for their position on the war in Gaza.

This criticism stems from their frequent vocalization of concerns regarding Israel and their calls for a ceasefire. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), known for her strong progressive stance, faced censure due to the support she received from pro-Israel Democrats and Republicans.

This move has prompted pro-Israel groups to express their intention to endorse primary challengers against other members of the Squad.

According to a report by Politico, Jeffries, known for his vocal support for Israel, made a commitment to protect current officeholders during a private meeting held last week. One of the major obstacles that he will face, as well as the primary concern of the Squad, involves persuading the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) to refrain from allocating funds towards Democratic primaries in opposition to them. AIPAC, a powerful pro-Israel organization with significant connections to various members of Congress, poses a significant challenge in this regard.

Representative Summer Lee, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, expressed her desire for Jeffries to speak out with the same level of urgency and assertiveness as those who are currently opposing their cause.

According to an article from Slate, it has been reported that AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, is projected to allocate a substantial amount of $100 million towards primary campaigns targeting members of the Squad. There is growing concern among Progressive House Democrats, including Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), regarding the potential outcome.Representatives Cori Bush (D-MO), Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Lee are currently being challenged by primary opponents.


According to Jayapal, the issue lies in the fact that if a significant amount of money is required to maintain the current officeholders in power, there will be less funding available for crucial districts and potential districts that can be won over. This situation is a genuine concern. It is crucial to emphasize the significance of conveying a clear message to AIPAC, urging them to cease their actions, and affirming our unwavering commitment to protect and support our members.

Accusations of racism have been raised by certain members of the Squad, including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). In an interview, Ocasio-Cortez expressed her concern about the targeted racial discrimination faced by many of her fellow Squad members. She emphasized the necessity of having leadership that would actively defend and support these members in such situations.


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