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      Omar is challenging decades-long unconditional American support for Israel while many American legislators are demanding loyalty oaths that enable Israel to continue doing as it pleases – with total impunity.

      While freshman Minnesota Congresswoman Omar’s alleged antisemitism has been dominating the headlines in the US in recent weeks, in Israel, the controversies have barely been reported on in Hebrew media, and you’d be hard-pressed to find many Israelis who even know who she is. Yet much of the attacks and condemnations she is facing originate in talking points and policies created by the Israeli right, specifically under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the last decade.

      Omar has made repeated claims in recent weeks – some not too carefully crafted — that Israel (a country that holds millions of Palestinians under violent occupation) has outsized influence on American foreign policy and that its lobbyists use money to maintain that support.

      Since Sunday, she has been defending herself against a barrage of attacks from both Democrats and Republicans for one sentence – arguably one word — she said at an event last week: "I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country." This has been slammed as a charge of dual loyalty (though she did not specify Jews directly in her comments), an antisemitic trope.

      As this has been going on, Omar has been facing death threats and Islamophobic attacks herself, including a poster last week at a Republican Party event which likened her to 9/11 terrorists.

      Omar is one of only two Muslim women ever elected to Congress, along with Rep. Rashida Tlaib from Michigan, and they are both the first members of Congress to openly support the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. This has made them the targets of an incomparable onslaught of scrutiny and attacks.

      The Israeli government has invested millions of dollars in its campaign to combat BDS around the world, and has worked hard (and largely succeeded) to equate BDS – a non-violent tactic to secure Palestinian rights — with antisemitism, arguing that it denies Israel the right to exist. As an Israeli and a Jew, I do not challenge Israel’s right to exist, but I do challenge its right to exist as the Jewish supremacist, undemocratic, violent state that it is. That does not make me an antisemite, and neither does solidarity with the call for BDS.

      Yet this talking point has been fully adopted in Washington. When you look at the anti-BDS legislation that has already swept half of the US and further efforts on a federal level to penalize American businesses which so much as favor a boycott of Israel, it’s no wonder Omar is being attacked. It’s practically a given she would be. A Muslim congresswoman supporting a boycott of Israel is unprecedented in Washington. She is challenging decades-long unconditional American support for Israel while many American legislators are demanding loyalty oaths that enable Israel to continue doing as it pleases – with total impunity.

      As Democratic Representative Juan Vargas from California inadvertently confirmed in a tweet denouncing Omar, “questioning support for the US-Israel relationship is unacceptable.” President Donald Trump’s tweet Tuesday that Omar is “under fire for her terrible comments concerning Israel” and that it is a “dark day for Israel” also appeared to be an admission that this has nothing to do with Jews or antisemitism and everything to do with criticizing Israel and US foreign policy.

      It’s important to highlight that at the core of the contemporary dual loyalty canard is Zionism’s goal that there be no daylight between Jewish religious, ethnic and national identities. Israel claims to speak for Jews globally and then when people call out Israeli policies, it can conveniently cry out antisemitism. This is the weaponization of antisemitism that we are seeing play out in American domestic politics, and that the Democratic leadership is conceding to.

      The fact is that Israel under Netanyahu has normalized right-wing antisemitism in countries like Hungary and the US, while simultaneously demonizing as antisemitic those who try and undermine Israel’s infrastructure of occupation. Without that precedent, the US government would not have the credentials to do to Ilhan Omar what it is doing.

      House Democrats have delayed a vote that was scheduled for today on a resolution condemning antisemitism that does not mention Omar by name but is clearly meant to serve as a rebuke of her comments. It does not offer anything innovative about fighting real threats of antisemitism. If it is meant to address the dual loyalty charge, then where was the resolution after President Trump told a room full of American Jews in December that Israel is “your country”?

      During the event at which Omar made the statement for which she is under attack, Omar also said, after acknowledging the emotional connection some American Jews have to Israel and likening it to her children’s connection to Somalia: “But we never really allow space for the stories of Palestinians seeking safety and sanctuary to be uplifted. And to me… the dehumanization and the silencing of a particular pain and suffering of people should not be OK and normal. And you can’t be in the practice of humanizing and uplifting the suffering of one if you’re not willing to do that for everyone.”

      As a Jew, an American and an Israeli, these sentiments represent my values much more than those claiming to be combatting antisemitism under the guise of the preservation of the US-Israel special relationship.

      Mairav Zonszein is an Israeli American freelance journalist


      https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/ilhan-omar-is...

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          DougSabbag
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          I can assume you don't read and understand the Bible and God's covenants to the Jewish people. Read your Bible and start with Exodus 14, and then read Numbers 34. The problems are that Muslim nations and non-Christian nations in the UN do not accept God's words of the Bible. And God told Moses to lead the people of Israel to the land of Canaan and gave them the entire land as their homeland. It was to be divided among 9 and one-half tribe. The Palestinian people Were Not included. Most of the Arabic nations are governed by the Qur'an and the Islamic teachings, that its writings are hatred for the Jews. The hatred goes way back to Abraham's oldest son Ismael. I too was once ignorant about the Jews in Israel and the conflicts with the Palestinian people.

          From the very beginning, the Philistines were either allies or deadly enemies of God’s people. They played a pivotal role in the lives of Samson (Judges 13:1; 14:1), Samuel (1 Samuel 4:1), Saul (1 Samuel 13:4), and David (1 Samuel 17:23).

          The Israelites frequently referred to the Philistines as “uncircumcised” (Judges 15:18; 1 Samuel 14:6; 2 Samuel 1:20), meaning, at that time, those who had no relationship with God. They were not God’s chosen people and were to be strictly avoided as a contaminating evil.

          With the exception of Jeremiah chapter 47, there are very few prophetic references to the Philistines. In the end, the Philistines were assimilated into Canaanite culture. They eventually disappeared from the biblical record and from history altogether, leaving behind the name “Palestine” as a testimony of their existence.

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              steve crawford
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              Steve, anyone who in any way thinks for a second that any 'God' would in any way actually support what the Israelis are doing to the Palestinians, is completely removed from HUMANITY and reality.

              There is no rationalization or justification for one group of people killing another group of people to steal their homes.

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                  DougSabbag
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                  I will go back to something I said on another thread. This attack on Rep. Omar really isn't because she is anti-semitic but because she is part of a new breed of law maker who is challenging the way things are being done. We used to be a Nation that stood up for people who were being attacked and treated unjustly by a foreign entity and today we seem to endorse those who impose this injustice upon others.

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                      Richard Caslon
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                      Rep Omar represent the Islamic hatred of the Jews and mainly the people in Israel. Sadly too many Americans young and old have very little knowledge of the hatred by Muslims who are following the Islamic tenets as written in the Qur'an. Many Muslims have migrated to the USA and bought their world hatred with them of the Jews. And like Michigan and some other cities, they want to establish communities with their own laws, Sharia Laws. FYI, The so-called "Israel's pillaging of Palestine " has Nothing to do with the history of other nations. Read your Bible and start with Exodus 14, and then read Numbers 34. The problems are that Muslim nations and non-Christian nations in the UN do not accept God's words of the Bible. And God told Moses to lead the people of Israel to the land of Canaan and gave them the entire land as their homeland. It was to be divided among 9 and one-half tribe. The Palestinian people Were Not included. Most of the Arabic nations are governed by the Qur'an and the Islamic teachings, that its writings are hatred for the Jews. (Qur'an 5:51) The hatred goes way back to Abraham's oldest son Ismael. (Gen 21) and also (Num 34). I too was once ignorant about the Jews in Israel and the conflicts with the Palestinian people.

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                              DougSabbag
                              2 months ago

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                              I think a big mistake was made after WW2 when the allies gave Jews a national homeland in Muslim territory. I think we should have given them half of Utah or Wyoming to share with the Mormons.

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                                  Amalek
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                                  Considering they were in Europe, I think they should have carved out a piece of Europe - and they should have purchased the land rather than killing people to displace them.

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                                      DougSabbag
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                                      The truth hurts those the most who refuse recognize what is really going on.

                                      Blind loyalty to one country while ignoring all their human rights abuses says more about those who support Israel than it does about those who don't. The idiots in the congress, senate, white house prove that they don't care as long as the gravy train of money isn't interrupted.

                                      Omar is correct, it is all about the bejamins period.

                                      S/S

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                                          Retired669
                                          2 months ago

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                                          Thank you for the support.

                                          Not only is she correct, but it is time for Americans to stop allowing the corruption of our government to continue.

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                                              Retired669
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                                              It is not all about the Benjamins. The right supports Israel because it gives them political power. They win some Jewish votes for that. There are also some evangelicals with a perverse theology that says if we can just get all the Jews to return to Israel, Jesus will return to smite them.

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                                                  DougSabbag
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                                                  I've been reading with interest the posted topics related to pledged allegiances to Israel as a foreign nation and ally and accusations of antisemitism against those who dare question the smarts of it. And I will continue to do so as to become as well informed as I can. As of now I can honestly say I don't see what all the fuss is about. No one, and no nation, should ever be beyond question.

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                                                      Dajuan Candle
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                                                      The Zionist Agenda is to accomplish creating an 'Eretz Yissrael', which is a specific area of land, primarily including Palestine but going further than that.

                                                      So, they have not completed their mission, yet.

                                                      They are endeavoring to accomplish this goal at ANY COST to humanity. Another words, they will, as they have been, kill people - civilians - as needed, toward the goal.

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                                                          Dajuan Candle
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                                                          'all the fuss' is about money, power and land.

                                                          This was Palestine, but, it was renamed 'Israel' from a violent colonization which has been enabled via American support.

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