an Antisemite Openly Roams the Halls of Congress
March 12, 2019
Democrats leading the House of Representatives could not bring themselves to
make a simple declaration condemning Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for her
repeated antisemitic remarks — suggesting that Israel is hypnotizing members
of Congress, that members are being bribed by Jews, that Jews are only concerned
with money, and that they have dual loyalty to the United States and
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wilted under pressure from her far-left colleagues and not
only refused to explicitly condemn Omar, but endorsed a milquetoast resolution
condemning nearly every form of bigotry (anti-Christian prejudice was notably
listened to people like Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), who insisted that there
must be “equity in our outrage,” that all forms of hate needed to be denounced,
and that “there is no hierarchy of hurt.”
Indeed, many forms
of intolerance exist; however, that does not excuse the failure to
condemn a 2,000-year-old hatred that is unlike any other.
endemic in most of the world’s societies, and it is responsible for
centuries of blood libels, pogroms, and terrorism directed only at Jews,
and leading to the greatest genocide in world history — the murder
of six million Jews in the Holocaust.
tragically, that was not the end of this ancient hatred. It continues to this
day in the genocidal aspirations of Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, and
extremists on the political right and left.
see this scourge today in the form of the Boycott, Divestment, and
Sanctions (BDS) movement — endorsed by Omar — which seeks the
destruction of Israel. Its advocates have spread to college campuses, United
Nations bodies, the women’s and Black Lives Matter movements, faculty and professional
academic associations, and the entertainment industry.
hatred is hatred. But no form of bigotry is as pervasive in as many places as
now purveyors of antisemitism are ensconced in the world’s greatest democratic
institution — the US Congress. I use the plural because Omar’s colleague Rashida
Tlaib (D-MI) is also a BDS supporter who has made her
own antisemitic statements, such as raising the trope of Jews’
dual loyalty by suggesting that senators who supported anti-boycott legislation
“forgot what country they represent.”
gave Omar the benefit of the doubt at the outset of her tenure in Congress.
I applauded her wearing traditional Muslim garb and openly expressing her faith.
Now, however, it appears that she is consumed by hatred for Jews. Other bigots
have tried to disguise their hatred, but Omar can’t contain her contempt,
doubling down on her views even after being told they are antisemitic.
to Omar’s defenders, I was reminded of the days of segregation —
when racists roamed the halls of Congress, openly expressing their prejudices
and fighting against civil rights legislation. I never thought I would see
any members express antisemitic views with impunity and be appointed to
positions of power — in Omar’s case, the House Foreign Affairs
Committee — where they can try to adversely affect legislation affecting
the Jewish people and their homeland. The Democrats’ inaction on
Omar was in stark contrast to the deserved condemnation of the bigoted
remarks of Congressman Steve King (R-IA), who was eventually stripped of
all his committee assignments.
incendiary antisemitism is penetrating the broader body politic. She
is challenging the morality of the Democratic Party, which failed the test last
week to demonstrate its intolerance for Jew-hatred. The resolution they passed
was meaningless, because any statement that condemns everything,
who will rise to oppose Omar?
that it’s clear her Democratic colleagues do not have the backbone to stand up
to Omar, it’s up to her constituents to act. Just two months into her
first term in office, instead of serving the needs of her constituents, Omar has
decided to use the platform they have given her to attack
Jews and Israel.
that what voters had in mind when they elected her?
Omar has used up the reservoir of good will generally granted to those who begin
new jobs by repeatedly insulting the Jewish people even after being told that
her words are dangerous and hurtful,” Minnesota Democratic State Senator
Ron Latz said, urging her to “discuss policy without inflaming religious
also have reason to be angry with her “bait-and-switch” position on BDS.
During a primary debate in a Minnesota synagogue, Omar said that she did not
support BDS. But after winning her seat, she admitted to being a
proponent of the campaign that seeks the destruction of Israel. This seems less
surprising now that she has been exposed as an antisemite.
2020, Omar will again face the voters, and it is up to them to send a message to
Omar, the Democratic Party, and the rest of America that Jew-hatred has no place
in American politics and that the people of Minnesota do not want to be
represented by an antisemite.