Allow Anti-Semitism to Spread with their Weak Resolution
March 9, 2019
owe the American people an apology after the House passed the watered down
resolution against hate speech. Their refusal to directly condemn anti-Semitism
in their ranks is shameful and troubling. Instead they continue to downplay
comments and make excuses for their peers.
flurry of top Democrats have come forward in defense of Ilhan
Omar, including Bernie
Harris, and Elizabeth
Warren. Just this week, Speaker Nancy
Pelosi said that Omar “may not understand the full weight of her
words.”¯ Make no
mistake, Omar knows exactly what she is saying. However, the muted outcry of the
Democrats in response to the frequent anti-Semitic tropes from Omar and others
should tell us a lot about the seismic anti-Israel shift taking place within
their party today.
anti-Israel comments are not new. In 2012, Omar tweeted that Israel has
“hypnotized the world.”¯ Just a few
weeks ago, she argued that members of Congress who support Israel were bought
and paid for by Jewish money. Just last week, she accused American supporters of
Israel as having an “allegiance to a foreign country.”¯ Time and again we see her deeply
held anti-Semitic beliefs on full display. When Omar is called out for her
repeated anti-Semitic comments, she pivots to attacking Israel, which, let us be
clear, is nothing more than code for anti-Semitism.
only do Democrats refuse to directly condemn her comments, their leadership gave
her a spot on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the very panel that oversees
our diplomatic relationships with, among others, Israel. Our country may give
her the right to believe as she would like, but Congress has a duty to ensure
that those beliefs do not jeopardize United States national security interests
or lead the Israeli people to question our commitment to their nation. It was
not long ago that supporting Israel and unequivocally denouncing anti-Semitism
was considered to be apolitical. However, Democrats now defend their colleagues
who use this rhetoric to attack one of our most steadfast American allies. This
cannot be tolerated.
this trend of anti-Semitic tropes on the left is hardly unique to Omar.
Democrats failed to denounce Keith
Ellison for his unapologetic associations with Louis Farrakhan, who
believes Jews are “satanic”¯ and who once
called Adolf Hitler a “very great man.”¯ Democrats
seemed to have no issue when their members embraced Linda Sarsour, who chaired
the Women’s March and has been accused of anti-Semitism. They said nothing
when it was revealed that Rashida
Tlaib wrote a column in favor of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions
movement several years ago in a publication run by Farrakhan himself. It has
become incredibly clear that Democrats have allowed anti-Semitism to exist
anti-Semitic statements need to be condemned by Democrats and Republicans alike.
The watered down House resolution serves only as a gateway for anti-Semitic
tropes to rage on among the Democrats. Their failure to singularly denounce
anti-Semitism will not go unnoticed by Jews and all Americans who have been
following along. Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us. Fool us
repeatedly, shame on you all.