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Ilhan Omar: A Jewish Perspective

Ilhan Omar: A Jewish Perspective

If there’s one person who’s possibly been giving Democrat lawmakers more headaches than President Trump it’s ironically their own Representative Ilhan Omar.

While it might seem initially odd for Democrats to be so perturbed by one of their own politicians, the reality is Omar’s continuous controversy regarding her purported anti-Semitism is simply a spark that’s underscoring substantial divides amongst members of the party.

DNC leadership like Speaker Nancy Pelosi have been desperately attempting to maintain the veneer of party unity while at the same time taking the proper steps to ensure there isn’t a mass exodus of Jews from the blue ranks due to a lack of response. The results thus far have been… less than ideal. Politico relays,

“House Democratic leaders are struggling to contain the controversy over Rep. Ilhan Omar’s comments about Israel, with the caucus fighting behind closed doors over whether — and how — to respond.

Tensions ran high at a caucus meeting Wednesday as some Democrats privately vented that Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team had failed to adequately respond to the escalating political crisis, with too little outreach to their own rank and file.

Democratic leaders, including Pelosi, are attempting to soothe relations within the caucus after abruptly halting plans to vote on a measure condemning anti-Semitism, which some lawmakers complained would have gone too far in targeting Omar.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee is now rushing to rewrite that resolution to condemn hate speech more broadly to win over a group of lawmakers — including progressives and lawmakers of color — who have rushed to Omar’s defense.”

That last tidbit means that the initial move by Democrat leadership to actually condemn anti-Semitism – something they would naturally and rightly have been lauded for – has now been diluted to a blanket statement condemning ‘hate speech’ in general towards Judaism as well as Islam and other religions; that is if they end up making a statement on the matter at all.

Of course, most of us have already been living our lives with that understanding that hate speech is wrong. However, Democrat leadership appear to feel the need to emphasize it legislatively, as various members of the party continue to have a tough time with the concept; particularly regarding the sole Jewish country on the planet and Jews/Jewish allies more broadly. Unfortunately backlash from those members, as well as more broadly the anti-Israel bloc, has thrown a wrench in the works.

“They [outraged Democrats] have a problem because the Democratic Party leadership … they have to have a blanket, generic, meaningless statement because if they were actually going to be exact and focus and really oppose anti-Semitism, about a third of this new Democratic progressive party would walk,” National Review Institute fellow Victor Davis Hanson explained on The Story with Martha MacCallum”because they really do not like Israel and they are very resentful of this Jewish state.”

The Verdict: Antisemitism or Fair Game?

Ilham Omar and her legislative allies’ refusal to back down from remarks that many on both sides of the aisle have been decrying as exceedingly problematic is undeniably rooted in the matter of Israel. More focally the ongoing regional conflict with Palestine and, as far as folks like Omar are concerned, its illegitimate existence.

They argue that their contentions – supported by the likes of ex-Klan pariah David Duke – are validly rooted in the immorality of Israel and that any criticism of said contentions is akin to betrayal to the Jewish state with Omar herself complaining at opponents,

“I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee.”

Of course, what Rep Omar continuously fails to recognize (or chooses to ignore) is that very notion – that support for Israel’s continued existence means one has been ‘bought out by the Jews’ – is exactly the dangerous bigotry she’s being lambasted for.

There’s certainly nothing immoral or wrong about having critical opinions of other countries as a lawmaker regardless of which country that may be or what religion they follow; Israel included. But it is when that criticism manifests not with substantive, evidence-based debate, but in the form of longstanding prejudice – prejudice we should note that has caused repeated genocides of the Jews for millennia – that it crosses over into the realm of anti-Semitism.

Let me be crystal clear: Ilhan Omar should absolutely be able to criticize Israel all she wants. That is her sacred right as an American, as well as her purview as a lawmaker. But she should absolutely *not* be permitted to do so using ignorance and hate without being challenged by decent people from all ends of the pollical spectrum. Luckily it seems most people, even many Democrats, agree.

There’s certainly much to criticize in regard to Israel and even as a Jew – and thus I suppose a member of Omar’s illusory cabal – I constantly find myself taking issue with various policies, laws, and international moves made by the Jewish bastion. Be it the use of flechette rounds in urban areas, bloated sectarian welfare systems, or political corruption.

But Rep Omar isn’t doing that at all. She’s not criticizing settlement policy or military blunders, she’s accusing people here who don’t share her intense disdain for the tiny nation of being ‘bought by the Jews’. That isn’t criticism, its bigotry.

That same jaded accusation of some form of ‘secret dual loyalty’ – not just to the home country but also to some enigmatic Jewish ‘world order’ for lack of a better term – has been levied against us and used as the rationale for committing atrocities against us time and time again be it the massed slaughters of the dark ages or the gas chambers of Nazi Germany.

I refuse to sit idly by as the same ignorance that inspired the murder of my ancestors is spread under the guise of critiquing a foreign country. These repeated accusations are dangerous, they are offensive, and they are downright discriminatory.

Jews have been a dedicated part of America since its founding and Jewish Americans – as well as allies of other faiths whether in Congress or our hometowns – continue to be dedicated to *America* whether Ilhan Omar is capable of accepting that or not.

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16 Comments

  1. meg

    omar was “probably” (that word is like the Fake News uses) brought in by osama….the WORST President in History….destroy America AND his buddies; omar, aoc show outright they are in line after osama. PLEASE THINK BEFORE YOU VOTE meshell osama in office, another osama to ruin AMERICA. GET THEM OUT OF OFFICE OVER “OUR” AMERICA

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    • Keith Grayson

      I recently reviewed craigslist political forum posts from early in the Obama reign and was shocked to see the predictions that Obama was going to lead / turn the country socialist and that he was disregarding the constitution as was his Fed agencies. They sounded paranoid the but now look smart.

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  2. Charles

    Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall + we all know how it ends…..

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  3. Maury Joseph

    Modern Anti-Semitism has many DISGUISES.
    Most if not all can be easily detected and ‘debunked’.

    Any attempt justify or defend anti-semitism by stating that one has
    First Amendment Rights is bogus unless one adds the words,
    “and has the Right to be Wrong and suffer the consequences.”

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  4. Marilyn

    I still do not understand how any Jewish person can be a democrat today?! The democrat party has been overtaken by people intent on destroying our country! They are full of hate against American citizens who voted for Trump, not to mention their hate of Trump! They hate Christians and Jews! They only care about illegals coming in for their vote and to be able to have control over them once they get here. They truly only care about blacks for the same reason! These dems are destroying everything good about our country!

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    • GloG

      Agree! democrats hate PRESIDENT Trump, his supporters, Christians, and Jews. They would exterminate all who oppose democrat stupidity if they believed they could get away with it. But they better wake up and realize that Jews are God’s chosen people. Go ahead and fight against God. He’s big enough to handle it.

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  5. Don Nicholas

    Not to worry! The MSM will give the democrats all the cover they need., like the racist murdering Govenor of Virginia. Remember him? No? The media gave him cover. Ah Virginia, our newest blue state.

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  6. Charles

    It is time for the Jewish people to leave the democracts and come over to the Republicans — It shows who the democracts are siding with muslim people
    over the Jewish people

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    • Mary

      So true
      That is so true. The dems are smoothing over Omars words she meant
      News not Mmuslims. They are trying to make it sound good. liers.

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  7. Michael Turner

    Dems are just a bunch of worthless liars!!!!

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  8. Larry

    iihan omar is as she professes a muslim. A religion and lifestyle built on hate of anyone that is not like them or for that matter will not convert to them. They have been taught from their youth to hate all those that are different, Jew as well as all other non muslim. They have been killing for hundreds of years. And will continue as long as allowed. As Americans she has the right of free speech. That doesn’t mean we should sit by and not use our freedom of speech and voice our opposition to her hate speech. Why was America founded? If we cannot stand up for our constitutional rights and live for the things we stand for and voice opposition to this kind of talk we will cease to exist. And it’s already happening when those that susposidly lead take a weak stand. GOD bless America home of the free land of the brave ?

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  9. Marshall

    This situation brings to mind the NFL and that idiot quarterback and the commissioner who failed to squash him like the bug that he is.

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  10. Carole ANNE Quinn

    ILHAN OMAR, REPORTEDLY, HAS RECEIVED FUNDS FROM GEORGE SOROS, WHICH MEANS “HAVING TO PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE”….TO HIS AGENDA WHILE GRINDING, WHAT APPEARS TO BE, HER OWN AX AS A RADICAL (MUSLIM, VERSUS NAZI OR WHATEVER ELSE).

    SOROS IS A JEW WHO TURNED AGAINST HIS OWN PEOPLE. HIS BILLIONS USED TO SUBVERT THE WORLD COME FROM THE CONFISCATION OF THE JEWELRY, GOLD FILLINGS OF TEETH AND OTHER VALUABLES OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE ON THEIR WAY TO THE DEATH CAMPS, CREMATORY OVENS AT THE HANDS OF “THE RADICAL NAZI”….ADOLPH HITLER.

    OMAR SPINS HER PRESENT HOT WATER ISSUE AS AN AFFRONT AGAINST HERSELF, FALSELY DECLARING THAT SHE’S BEING FORCED TO “PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE” TO ISRAEL BECAUSE ISRAEL AND THE USA HAVE BEEN …….ALLIES……. FOR MANY DECADES. THIS IS THE DISTINCTION. SHE OBVIOUSLY……. HASN’T….. EVEN PLEDGED ALLEGIANCE TO THE USA, SO HER HAVING TO “PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO ISRAEL” IS THE BIGGEST JOKE YET COMING FROM THE IGNORANCE AND TREASON OF THE DEM PARTY.

    BEING AN “ALLY” TO ANOTHER COUNTRY HAS ABSOLUTELY….. NOTHING AT ALL TO DO…… WITH PLEDGING ALLEGIANCE TO SUCH.

    THE ISSUE R/T MUSLIMS ISN’T ABOUT RELIGION, AS IN THIS NATION, WE HAVE THIS INDIVIDUAL RIGHT. IT’S ABOUT BEING “RADICAL OR RABID” AS A MUSLIM OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT MANIFESTS ITSELF AS HATRED, HARM, INJURY, DEPRIVATION TO SPECIFIC GROUPS OF PEOPLE THEIR OWN NATIONS, OR THEY ALONE, HARBOR.

    OMAR FORGOT THAT WHEN SHE CAME HERE, PART OF ACCEPTING OUR HOSPITALITY, WEALTH, FREEDOMS WAS…THE “I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL” PART.

    ANYONE WHO CAN’T, IN GOOD FAITH, MAKE THAT PLEDGE DOESN’T BELONG IN OUR COUNTRY, MUCH LESS IN OUR GOV’T..

    THERE SHOULD BE NO DEBATE ABOUT HOW TO REPRIMAND/SANCTION OMAR. SHE SHOULD BE PROMPTLY REMOVED FROM THE HALLS OF OUR GOV’T. AND BE DEPORTED BACK TO SOMALIA AS “BEING UNWORTHY” OF CITIZENSHIP IN OUR NATION. SHE’S ANOTHER “ALIEN TAKER” WHO GIVES BACK NOTHING BUT TROUBLE.

    SEEING THAT PELOSI AND HER DEM SQUAD SEEM TO BE INCAPABLE OF MAKING RIGHT AND JUST DECISIONS IN THIS CASE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND OUR MILITARY WARRIORS SHOULD ALL TAKE A STAND FOR THE IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL OF THIS “SCOURGE”. IF THIS SORT OF THING IS NOT STOPPED NOW, THE MOVEMENT WILL CONTINUE INFECTING AND METASTASIZING.

    IT DIDN’T TAKE OMAR LONG TO START USING HER GOV’T. OFFICE TO DIVIDE THE NATION AND WORK TO DEPRIVE OUR CITIZENS OF LIBERTY AND JUSTICE.

    NOT ONLY DOES SHE APPEAR TO BE A “RABID” MUSLIM, BUT ALSO TO BE “RABID” AMONG THE UNWITTING, MISGUIDED FEMINISTS WHOM SHE, AOC, TBLAID AND GANG ARE ALL MOBILIZING TO HELP SUBVERT OUR NATION.

    ANTI-SEMITISM IS WRONG……. PERIOD……. AND IS AGAINST OUR NATION’S POLICIES…….NO VOTES NEEDED.

    OMAR’S ATTEMPT TO HOLD OFF ON THE VOTE TO….. “THROW IN ANTI-ISLAMABAD, ET AL” …..IS A MEANS TO HER END. SUCH ACTION…. IS NOT…. GOING TO PREVENT OUR PEOPLE FROM TAKING ACTION WHEN WE HAVE TO….WHETHER IT’S AGAINST ….”RADICAL”…..GERMAN NAZIS, RADICAL ISLAM, RADICAL RUSSIA, CHINA, OR ANY OTHER ENTITY ON THE MOVE TO HARM, INJURE, SUPPRESS THE WELFARE, FREEDOMS OF ALL OUR CITIZENS HERE AND PEOPLE ABROAD.

    NANCY PELOSI AND THE DEMS HAD BETTER PUT DOWN THE “BONG” , AWAKEN FROM THEIR STUPOR, DISPENSE WITH THE TRUMP WITCH HUNT, GET BEHIND HIM, DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR OUR NATION AND PEOPLE, OUST THE MUSLIM/SOROS INTERLOPERS AND THE AOC’S WHO SUPPORT THEIR TREACHERY……ASAP.

    IN CASE YOU ALL HAVEN’T NOTICED THE SLIME ON YOUR DESIGNER SHOES, YOU ARE ON YOUR WAY TO DROWNING IN RABID MUSLIM SHIT IN THE SWAMP THAT YOU’RE ALL CREATING FOR THIS NATION.

    NO ONE CARES IF THAT’S THE CHOICE YOU MAKE FOR YOURSELVES…..GOOD RIDDANCE. HOWEVER, OUR MEN, WOMEN AND K-9 FORCES HAVE LOST BLOOD, LIMBS, MINDS, LIFE, FAMILIES, ABILITY TO WORK, FIGHTING TO PROTECT OUR LAND, PEOPLE, FREEDOMS, CONSTITUTION AND NATION. WE HAVE BEEN A NATION DEDICATED TO HELPING EACH OTHER AND PEOPLE ALL AROUND THE WORLD. WE ARE NOW UNDER GRAVE, SERIOUS THREAT BY FOREIGN BORN INTERLOPERS SLITHERING INTO OUR COUNTRY AND GOV’T..

    WITHOUT “PHYSICAL CONSTITUTION” AND CONSTITUTION OF LAW THERE WILL BE NOTHING BUT CHAOS, TURMOIL AND ECONOMIC COLLAPSE. THIS IS WHAT SOROS, OMAR, TLAIB, AOC AND THEIR CONTINGENT ARE SETTING US ALL UP FOR.

    THIS NATION NEEDS TO SNAP TO ATTENTION AND “RUN THIS RADICAL PACK OF WOLVES OUT OF DODGE”…..NOW IS NOT SOON ENOUGH.

    ALL YOU MAINLINE NEWS MEDIA URCHINS HAD BETTER CRAWL OUT OF THE SACK, BAG, SEWER OR WHEREVER YOU’RE HANGING OUT AND START REPORTING ON WHAT’S REALLY COMING DOWN THE PIKE HERE. IF THE DEMS AND THEIR RADICAL ARM ARE SUCCESSFUL, YOU’RE ALL GOING DOWN THE DRAIN LIKE ALL THE REST OF US. YOU’LL BE FINDING OUT THAT YOU ARE ONLY “THE ELITE CLIQUE OF SUCKERS” WHO HAVE BEEN SOLD THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE.

    WHAT YOU’RE DOING IS WRONG AND IF YOU’RE SMART, YOU’LL KNOCK IT OFF.

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  11. Mike Boston

    STOP THE TAP-DANCING! SHE IS A MOHAMHEAD SPY AND ANTI-JEW AND ANTI-AMERICAN. REMOVE HER FROM THE COUNTRY FOR TREASON.

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  12. Joseph Patrick Meissner

    It is good to remember that it was the Ottoman (largely Muslim ) country and empire that welcomed some 100,000 people of Jewish background from Spain when that country required all to either convert or leave centuries ago.

    Also we should be very careful when discussing any ethnic group It starts with prejudicial thoughts and word, then slogans, then signs, then small acts of boycotts, then marches, maybe book burnings, protests, rioting, imprisonments, and further acts of oppression. We must stop this at the beginning. Also it always good to love all, no matter how much we may resent them, be jealous of their success or riches or accomplishments, or be nursing grudges, ill wishes, and distorted hearts. So love all.

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  13. Edard

    I would personally (am the only child of survivors of the Holocaust) knock this useless, ignorant’s teeth out!
    Any refugee, immigrant who comes to our America, must enter the way I did with my parents: proof of clean health, free of diseases, my father who survived Auschwitz had to show he had a needed profession or skill: he was a metal worker, so he could support our family. We learned English and we passed the citizenship test. This vermin is a threat to our country!

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