Don’t Be Fooled by the Democrats’ Resolution on Hate

By Jonathan Marks

Commentary Magazine

March 8, 2019


“Americans Stand Apart in Support for Israel,” said Gallup in 2005, the same year that the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel got started. In 2019, this week, the Democratic party found itself at odds internally over a resolution that only implicitly condemned Ilhan Omar for repeatedly invoking anti-Semitic stereotypes. In the end, they succeeded in passing a generalized resolution on hate by pretending that anti-Semitism hardly ever comes from the left.

They couldn’t pass anything that acknowledged the most recent source of the “dual loyalty” charge the resolution admittedly addresses because the left wing of the party, old and new, agree that the main issue raised by Omar’s remarks was the reaction to them. According to this brand of analysis, the response to Omar was a “dishonest smear” designed to keep Congress slavishly subservient to Israel. This is an endorsement of Representative Omar’s anti-Semitic assertions that Congressional support for Israel is “all about the Benjamins” and that those who question her comments are really demanding loyalty to a foreign country.



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