Democratic megadonor George Soros and his son Alex Soros collectively donated $10,000 in late 2023 to the leadership PAC of Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), a prominent member of the anti-Israel "Squad," as revealed in Federal Election Commission filings.
The contributions were directed to Build Our Movement, a PAC affiliated with Jayapal, with Lauren Lalonde, the campaign manager for the congresswoman, serving as its treasurer.
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This disclosure comes amid increased scrutiny of Jayapal's critical remarks about Israel, particularly following attacks by Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups in October of the previous year.
“Israel remains the only vibrant, progressive, and inclusive democracy in the region,” she wrote in their statement at the time. “Arab parties serve in the Knesset, women serve at the highest levels of the military, and the country remains an oasis for LGBTQ+ people in a region hostile toward the community. Pluralism flourishes in Israel.”
“We are deeply concerned about Representative Pramila Jayapal’s unacceptable comments regarding our historic, democratic ally Israel, and we appreciate her retraction,” the statement added.
Jayapal faced controversy in July when she retracted her earlier characterization of Israel as a "racist state," a statement that had prompted more than 40 House Democrats to denounce her comments as "unacceptable."
The House Democrats emphasized Israel's status as a vibrant, progressive, and inclusive democracy in the region. In addition to these recent contributions, Jayapal's campaign had previously received $6,600 each from both George Soros and Alex Soros in June.
George Soros, a billionaire widely known for his influential liberal donations, has a history of supporting political campaigns and nonprofits challenging the legitimacy of the Jewish state of Israel. Criticism against Soros has sometimes been equated with accusations of antisemitism, given his Jewish background.
The Soros Foundation to Promote Open Society, which reportedly provided over $2 million to Al-Haq, an organization designated as a terrorist group by Israel.
Al-Haq collaborates with the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, another designated terrorist group. Samidoun, in turn, is associated with the Alliance for Global Justice.
The organization is an Arizona-based charity funded by Soros, maintaining close ties with the U.S.-designated terrorist organization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.