Several House Democrats who have criticized Israel over its response to terrorist attacks by Hamas on Oct. 7 have drawn primary challenges for their seats in 2024.
The Biden administration and the leaders of both parties in both houses of Congress have supported Israel in the aftermath of the attacks, which killed over 1,000 Israelis, many in a gruesome manner. However, a few members of the House Democratic Caucus who support Palestinian political interests have criticized Israel for its military response to the attacks, which has led to several candidates challenging them for their offices in 2024’s congressional elections.
Democratic Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri’s 1st District, a former Black Lives Matter activist who has strongly opposed Israeli action in Gaza following the attacks, is being challenged by St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell, who dropped his challenge to Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri in order to take on Bush. Bell identified Bush’s posture on the issue of Israel as a primary reason for his candidacy.
Representative Cori Bush spoke after Rep Tlaib, before the demonstration at Cannon demanding Israeli ceasefire.
“We must be willing to speak out against war and violence, and our government’s complicity