Fleitz: Don't ignore Reps. Omar and Tlaib and their hateful anti-Semitic,
Date: July 20, 2019
Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., has once again acted on her virulent anti-Semitic and
anti-Israel views by introducing a repugnant resolution in the House comparing
Israel to Nazi Germany and supporting the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)
movement that seeks to wage economic warfare on the Jewish state.
While falsely labeling President
Trump’s legitimate criticisms of her radical positions and bigoted
statements as “racist,” Omar continues to demonize Israel and seek to turn
it into a pariah state cut off from economic, cultural and academic ties with
the rest of the world.
in her resolution: “Americans of conscience have a proud history of
participating in boycotts to advocate for human rights abroad including …
boycotting Nazi Germany from March 1933 to October 1941 in response to the
dehumanization of the Jewish people in the lead-up to the Holocaust.”
Omar’s resolution was co-sponsored by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and
Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.
Omar and Tlaib – along with Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of
New York and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts – call themselves “the
squad” and have drawn criticism from mainstream Democratic politicians as well
as President Trump for their extremist positions.
Even Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York – a staunch
Democrat and no friend of President Trump – has called BDS anti-Semitic and
“We must continue to stand firm against the profoundly biased campaign
to delegitimize the state of Israel” through BDS, Schumer said in March.
"When there is such a double standard, when the world treats everybody one
way and the Jew or the Jewish state another way, there's only one word for it:
Michael Goodwin had an excellent take on this in a New York Post op-ed,
writing: “Indeed, Omar, whom I regard as an unrepentant anti-Semite, further
cemented her reputation by introducing legislation Thursday making it legal
to organize boycotts against Israel. Predictably, she drew comparisons of the
Jewish state to Nazi Germany and apartheid South Africa. Don’t expect more
than a peep out of dissenting Dems. They’re afraid of her and of the shocking
anti-Israel sentiment on the left.”
Omar submitted her resolution in response to five pro-Israel bills under
consideration by the House and Senate that condemn the murderous Palestinian
terrorist group Hamas, improve Israel's security, and oppose the BDS movement.
While the anti-BDS resolutions are expected to pass both houses, Omar’s
resolution is expected to go nowhere. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif.,
rejected Omar’s resolution out of hand, telling the Jerusalem Post: “I
can’t imagine that any committee is going to mark up or take seriously any
I wrote an article in
March praising the fabulous speech by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to
the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in which she
condemned the BDS movement. Pelosi noted correctly that BDS does not recognize
the right of Jewish people to national self-determination or accept a two-state
solution to create a Palestinian homeland living side by side in peace with the
Jewish state of Israel.
Pelosi also praised Israel as “an ally for peace and security in the
region,” and said “if you care about American security, you must care about
Sadly, Pelosi’s party appears to be moving in another direction. None of
the Democratic presidential candidates spoke to the AIPAC conference because of
pressure from far-left groups like MoveOn.org.
In fact, Pelosi was forced to water down a House resolution condemning
anti-Semitism in response to statements by Omar because of opposition from House
progressives. Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., angrily condemned the watered-down
resolution in a House floor speech as "spineless" and
Even though it will never pass, Omar’s resolution should not be ignored.
Not only does this indicate that she and Tlaib are not backing down from their
anti-Semitic and anti-Israel views – I fear it represents the future of the
Democratic Party, which is slowly being taken over by far-left, anti-Semitic,
For decades, support for Israel was a bipartisan position held by
Democrats and Republicans. Unfortunately, the ranks of Democratic supporters of
Israel are shrinking.
Democratic leaders must start vocally opposing Omar and Tlaib and their
hateful anti-Semitic and anti-Israel rhetoric.
Israel is a democracy and strong ally of the United States that deserves
the support of all Americans. And anti-Semitism is an ancient and toxic
prejudice that has no place in the United States.