Left-wing billionaire George Soros joined his son Alex Soros in steering maximum campaign donations to Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), who has recently come under fire from Democrats over her anti-Israel rhetoric, second quarter filings show.
The Soroses contributed $6,600 each on June 29 to the campaign for Jayapal, who said she’s “been fighting to make it clear that Israel is a racist state” at a July 15 progressive event in Chicago held by a group called Netroots Nation. Dozens of House Democrats released a statement on July 17 calling the comments “dangerous and antisemitic” from the congresswoman, who has since tried to walk back her comments and apologize.
The donations are a further window into how George Soros in particular has bankrolled campaigns and nonprofit organizations that have sought to delegitimize the Jewish state of Israel. In 2020, the Soros-backed Foundation to Promote Open Society granted $250,000 to Alliance for Global Justice, an anti-Israel charity in Arizona the Washington Examiner reported is linked to Palestinian terrorism.
The foundation that same year gave $25,000 to Democracy for the Arab World Now, which recently launched a campaign to pressure the United States government to revoke a visa for a top Israeli official. Still, many left-leaning groups, such as the Anti-Defamation League, have sought to offer that criticism of Soros from Republicans about his political influence amounts to antisemitism since the Hungarian native survived the Nazi-Hungary occupation and is of Jewish descent.