What’s a good Zionist to think? Ilhan Omar, one of the first of two Muslim women to be elected to Congress (D- Minnesota), is a new kind of politician who can openly side with Hamas against Israel or spread “Protocols of Zion”-style conspiracies on Twitter, claiming that Jews possess the supernatural ability to hypnotize the world as they unfurl their “evil.”
Omar also supports the “boycott, divestment and sanctions” movement (BDS).
Omar’s comment came in response to a website called Muslim Girl, which pressed her on her appearance during the campaign at a Minneapolis-area synagogue. During that candidates’ forum, she said that BDS “stops the dialogue” and is “counteractive” to achieving a two-state outcome.
Omar offered the prescribed Democrat line, noting that her opposition to anti-BDS legislation but framed it as a free-speech issue.
“Ilhan believes in and supports the BDS movement, and has fought to make sure people’s right to support it isn’t criminalized,” her campaign told Muslim Girl after the election. “She does, however, have reservations on the effectiveness of the movement in accomplishing a lasting solution.” Lasting solution? What might that be?
Omar insists Israel is an “apartheid regime,” however, Israel’s laws, make no distinctions based on a person’s race. Every person in Israel has the ability to participate in the democratic process, and all have equal standing under the law, including Muslims.
Not one Democratic Party leader has condemned the growing hatred that has come to symbolize the Democratic Party.
FBI statistics indicate that Jews were the victims of 60 percent of religiously motivated hate crimes in 2017, although they were just 2 percent of the population. It is not just Jew hatred on the far Right–the average American Jew is more likely to encounter an aggressively “anti-Zionist” BDS activist on a campus (or a progressive march) than a white supremacist.
So it goes.