Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez slam AIPAC at Bowman rally in NYC; pro-Palestinian protesters disrupt event

Progressive US lawmakers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders have spoken at a New York City rally promoting the primary election of Rep. Jamaal Bowman, and Israel critic who is facing AIPAC-backed Westchester County Executive George Latimer in this coming week’s high-profile primary, which has focused on the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.

In a profanity-laden speech, Bowman leads a “ceasefire now” chant and says: “I’m not supposed to fight back? We’re gonna show them who the fuck we are.”

Sanders slams the pro-Israel AIPAC lobby’s $14 million contribution to Latimer’s campaign, telling the crowd: “What this campaign is about is telling the billionaire class and their greed and their super PACs that they are not going to destroy American democracy.”

Ocasio-Cortez similarly says: “These Wall Street people don’t give a damn about us. AIPAC doesn’t give a damn about us. AIPAC doesn’t give a damn about the Bronx. They don’t give a damn about Westchester.”

About 1,200 people attend the rally, according to Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign.

A group of pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel protesters demonstrate against the trio, accusing them of not being sufficiently critical of the Jewish state and of supporting US President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign. They deface several campaign buses and chant, “Intifada Intifada!” and “Genocide Joe has got to go.”

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