Rep. Jamaal Bowman to NY newspaper: 'I am in full support of Israel'

Bowman added that he is "also in full support of the human rights of the Palestinian people."

Jamaal Bowman, above, is challenging longtime congressman Eliot Engel for his House seat (photo credit: BOWMAN FOR CONGRESS/JTA)
Jamaal Bowman, above, is challenging longtime congressman Eliot Engel for his House seat
(photo credit: BOWMAN FOR CONGRESS/JTA)
Democratic nominee for New York's 16th congressional district in the 2020 election, Jamaal Bowman, who recently beat Representative Eliot Engel in the Democratic primary, told City&State New York about how his views on US-Israel relations and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict differ from his predecessor.
"One stark contrast between myself and Congressman Engel is I've been critical of occupation, annexation and detaining Palestinian children – where Congressman Engel has not. And it doesn't mean that, you know, I'm not pro-Israel," Bowman told City&State New York.
However, Bowman added that he is "in full support of Israel," but is "also in full support of the human rights of the Palestinian people."
During his campaign, Bowman garnered endorsements from Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders, both of whom have been openly critical of Israel.
Engel, Bowman's predecessor, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee was an outspoken Israel advocate.

In the interview with City&State New York, the Democratic nominee also discussed his views about poverty and inequality at a time his country is experiencing one of its worst economic crises in years.