Time to pull the fire alarm

It’s hard to find a video clip that fully captures the degraded madness of Rep. Jamaal Bowman’s rally with Bernie Sanders and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez in the South Bronx yesterday. Let’s go with the clip tweeted out by Rep. Ritchie Torres. After all, the rally took place in his district. Was Bowman trolling for illegal votes?

Bowman’s campaign has degenerated into an anti-Semitic hatefest. Yesterday Bowman was hating on AIPAC, the organization that promotes support for Israel on a bipartisan basis. Bowman is proud of his hostility to Israel. In Tuesday’s primary AIPAC supports Bowman’s opponent, Westchester County executive George Latimer.

Bowman has expressly disparaged “segregated” Jewish communities in his district. This Politico story quotes Bowman: “In New York City we all live together. [But] Westchester is segregated. There’s certain places where the Jews live and concentrate. Scarsdale, parts of White Plains, parts of New Rochelle, Riverdale.”

It’s not entirely clear to me from Politico’s reporting, but I believe Bowman was referring to the eruvim (“area[s] enclosed by a wire boundary which symbolically extends the private domain of Jewish households into public areas, permitting activities within it that are normally forbidden in public on the Sabbath”) within the designated communities. They’re the kind of thing that set Hitler off as a young man in Vienna.

Bowman will be remembered for pulling the fire alarm next to an emergency exit in one of the House office buildings in order to delay a vote on the House floor. That was a crime. Pulling the fire alarm on this guy now would be a blessing.

UPDATE: Having asked around about the places designated by Bowman, I take it he simply disapproves of Jewish neighborhoods. Why he singles out these neighborhoods in this respect isn’t hard to figure out, but what a disgrace. The Washington Free Beacon’s Meghan Blonder quotes Young Israel of Scarsdale Rabbi Jonathan Morgenstern:

“In talking about his Jewish constituents as people who live ‘segregated’ in certain places where only ‘the Jews’ live and ‘concentrate,’ congressman Bowman has literally entered the annals of the most pernicious anti-Semites in our history,” Morgenstern told the Washington Free Beacon.

“We live together to practice our religion; we build communities around our central places of worship, because many of us don’t travel on Shabbat and the holidays, and even if we do, we want to cultivate our connection to our communities, families, and our Jewish traditions,” he continued. “We also seek to live and dwell in harmony with our neighbors of all faiths, ethnicities, colors, and creeds.”

Blonder’s story unsurprisingly concludes: “Bowman’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment.”

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