The American Jewish Congress congratulates all those who earned the electorate’s trust in the New York primaries this week. Both incumbents and first-time candidates have now been called to respond to the moment and to the important expectations of the American people in a particularly difficult time for us all.

We would like to especially congratulate Jamaal Bowman, Ritchie Torres, and Mondaire Jones, who ran impressive campaigns in their bids to represent New York’s 15th, 16th, and 17th congressional districts, respectively. While their races have still not been officially called pending the counting of mail-in ballots, they look poised to replace veteran incumbents in Congress who have long been staunch friends of Israel.  

New York’s congressional delegation has always been overwhelmingly supportive of Israel. We welcome the recent statements of Mr. Bowman, Mr. Torres, and Mr. Jones who have all declared their support for Israel’s security and continued U.S. aid to Israel, as well as their opposition to the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. As a new generation of lawmakers enters Congress, we are encouraged by their commitment to maintaining steadfast bipartisan support for Israel.

The recent primaries represent an important moment for New York residents, as they voiced their preference for who they want to represent them in Congress. We look forward to keeping an open dialogue and working with all current and future Members of Congress on the challenges we face and the issues that are of critical interest to the Jewish Community and our nation.

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