Anti-Israel Rep. Jamaal Bowman lost his bid for re-election in Tuesday’s primary race in New York’s 16th Congressional District.

He was defeated by George Latimer, a self-described pro-Israel centrist who currently serves as the Westchester County Executive. Latimer had significant financial backing from pro-Israel groups like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which spent nearly $15 million supporting Latimer’s campaign.

While both Bowman and Latimer condemned Hamas’ massacre against Israel on Oct 7, Bowman was notably one of just a few progressives who voted against a House resolution backing Israel’s right to self-defense. He supports a two-state solution without preconditions and has often accused Israel of committing “genocide.”

In his victory speech Tuesday night, Latimer called for more civility in politics and said all representatives must find ways to work across political divides.

“We have to fight to make sure we don’t vilify each other, and we remember that we’re all Americans, and our common future is bound together,” he told supporters at an event in White Plains.

Weighing heavily in Bowman’s loss was an energized effort by Westchester County’s Jewish community to stop the antisemitic congressman from winning a third term in office.

According to the Jewish Council of Fair Elections Monitors, with a concerted get-out-the-vote push across dozens of synagogues like Congregation Torat Moshe, 73% of the Jewish electorate voted in the primary. A stark contrast to the 51% turnout figure recorded across the wider 16th Congressional District popular vote.

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