To the editor:
(re: “Bowman defends Israeli aid bill,” April 22)
I am deeply saddened to learn that members of this community oppose efforts to ensure that our tax dollars do not fund violence against children and families living under Israeli occupation.
While Avi Weiss has condemned Congressman Jamaal Bowman for co-sponsoring the historic H.R. 2590, many others are heartened by this support for Palestinian rights.
This bill is the first of its kind, and would ensure that our tax dollars are not used to imprison and torture Palestinian children, steal and destroy Palestinian homes and property, or further annex Palestinian land.
I believe that by signing on to this bill, Bowman acted in good conscience and has shown us that all people deserve to live with dignity and respect. As a longtime Jewish resident of his congressional district, I thank him for supporting such a critical piece of legislation.
While there is much more work to be done, the Palestinian Children and Families Act is a way forward, and takes us a step closer to ensuring that Palestinians can live in safety and freedom.