It doesn’t take much courage for an American politician to publicly oppose antisemitism. But only under certain circumstances.
If the person or group that stands guilty of hatred of Jews is a conservative, a Republican, or someone who can be tied to the political right, it’s open season on them. But if it’s a Democrat or someone who can hide behind the label “person of color” or a potential victim of “Islamophobia,” then she can count on woke mobs on social media, pop culture influencers, and partisanship to not only protect her but to also put any potential accusers in the dock as racists.
That’s why Rep. Ilhan Omar and other members of the left-wing “Squad” have evaded accountability in the past and what’s still protecting them as the results of a recent dustup with party moderates indicated.
After a surge in violent antisemitism inspired in no small part by vicious attacks on Israel by members of their party’s left-wing, some Jewish Democrats seemed to have had enough. After Omar compared the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban, the 25 Jewish members of the House of Representatives who are Democrats (two others are Republicans), met informally. Their discussion focused on whether it was time to rebuke Omar by name for her latest effort at demonizing the Jewish state, as well as besmirching the United States.
To their credit, 12 of them did so, signing on to a statement that rightly takes her to task:
Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misguided. Ignoring the differences between democracies governed by the rule of law and contemptible organizations that engage in terrorism at best discredits one’s intended argument and at worst reflects deep-seated prejudice.
The United States and Israel are imperfect and, like all democracies, at times deserving of critique, but false equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups. We urge Congresswoman Omar to clarify her words placing the U.S. and Israel in the same category as Hamas and the Taliban.
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