The Case for Ilhan Omar, Palestine and Israel

Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) tweets about the pro-Israel lobby: After the Muslim Congress member tweeted Sunday night that American political leaders’ support for Israel is “all about the Benjamins,” — Ilhan Omar: a political firestorm broke out over the question of whether the tweet was anti-Semitic.

Omar’s tweet was a pretty clear example of the first kind of anti-Semitism. Plenty of Jews who are critical of the Israeli government, including me, found her comments offensive. It was false — support for Israel is complex and related to many more factors than just lobbyist money — and it played into centuries of conspiracy theories about Jewish money corrupting Western politics.

I agree. To me, Omar’s tweet was anti-Semitic, but wait.

I love my Muslim brothers and sisters as much as my Jewish brothers and sisters. I want us to unite. I want peace in the Middle East. I want Palestine to become a sovereign nation, just like Israel. Nothing about protecting Israel while attacking Palestine is acceptable to me. NONE OF IT.

America voraciously supports Israel while condoning Muslims/Palestinians to endure in squalor, homelessness, and unimaginable suffering, and without a country. How is that fucking acceptable?! What am I missing? Tell me! Because, from my purview, it’s wholly unconscionable.

If the UN resolution had allowed Palestine to join the United Nations as a full member state, it would have immediately been recognized as an independent country. Thus, Palestine (nor the Gaza Strip nor the West Bank) is not yet an independent country. Apr 8, 2018 (Media Bias Fact Check)

How is it biblically tolerable to any Jew or Muslim that we kill each other? Where in the Bible, Torah, or Quran is it written? Nowhere. The problem is zealotry. Every form of extremism terrifies me. Show me where and how extremism has produced favorable results.

Yitzhak Rabin was the Prime Minister of Israel before his assassination by a right-wing extremist Jewish person: In 1992, Rabin was re-elected as prime minister on a platform embracing the Israeli–Palestinian peace process. [cont.]

While Ilhan’s statement was anti-Semitic, as mentioned, she’s a proud Muslim woman, too, fighting for Palestine and equality for Muslims. All of that said, in her heart, I don’t believe she’s anti-Semitic.

In my very humble opinion, I think she’s trying to figure out how to navigate a political tsunami that favors Israel and demonizes Palestine/Palestinians/Muslims. She wants Muslims/Palestinians to be treated equally. She wants Palestine to be a sovereign nation. She’s right. We need her. Of course, she has to figure out how to achieve that, but landmines await every time she opens her mouth. Again, that’s unacceptable. She shouldn’t be forced to stay silent on a topic that is profoundly vital to balancing the political landscape in the Middle East and in America, for Muslims, Jews and Palestinians.

And, then there’s this, a dangerous tweet crafted by a mother fucking extremist, bigot and Islamophobic. The democrats are the face of antisemitism?!

Nobody should be anti-Israel OR anti-Palestine.

Equally scary, is the idea that swaths of Jewish voters abandon democrats over an anti-Semitic comment by Omar, who, like Yitzhak Rabin, wants peace in the Middle East, and to see Palestine become, I digress… a sovereign nation, and wants Muslims treated equally in the United States, too.

For the love of fucking God, white nationalists have been coming HARD for Muslims, Jews, LGBTQ, African Americans, and Latinos. Since Cunt (Trump) descended the escalator, hate crimes have and continue to spike exponentially.

The number of hate crimes in the United States in 2017 topped a previous high, with law enforcement reporting 7,175 incidents — an uptick of 17 percent over the five-year high reached in 2016. — SPLC

More hate crimes were carried out in the United States last year, with an uptick in incidents motivated by bias against Jews, Muslims and LGBT people, among others, according to new FBI data released Monday.

We need each other. We are minorities. Can we please find the way? —I don’t know. So, I’ll leave you with this…

 

 

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11 Responses to The Case for Ilhan Omar, Palestine and Israel

  1. Astamari says:

    I’ve worked in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon (among many other countries). There are Palestinians in all three countries. I have had work colleagues who were Palestinians. They were Muslims, Christians and secularists. Palestinians have been the most well-educated, per capita of any Arab nation.

    A significant portion of the conservative American support for Israel comes from the fanatic Armageddon-loving crowd who look forward to the day (soon according to them) when Jesus will return and Israel will be destroyed.

    What I am saying in all this is that our foreign policy towards Israel and Palestine is deranged and continually self-defeating.

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  2. IM Rowpog says:

    I suppose I’m wasting my breath by pointing out that “Semite” is not narrowly defined as “Israeli” or “Jewish”, or “Hebrew”, and therefore the term “antisemitic” does not include merely “anti-Zionism”, or “anti-Israeli”, regardless of what the MEvangelicals would have us believe.

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    • revzafod says:

      Sem·ite
      /ˈsemīt/
      noun
      noun: Semite; plural noun: Semites

      a member of any of the peoples who speak or spoke a Semitic language, including in particular the Jews and Arabs.
      

      Note that last word.

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  3. StringOnAStick says:

    Omar’s stumble provided the RW with something they are always on the lookout fir: a potential wedge to pry America Jews away from the D party. I watched the video and I think her comments were taken out of context then smeared, and my liberal Jewish husband agrees. AIPAC throws around way too much weight in DC and demands complete obedience.

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  4. 9thousandfeet says:

    Where in the Bible, Torah, or Quran is it written? Nowhere.

    Hmmmm. Are you sure about that?
    To my eye they all contain rich veins of alibis and recommendations for the killing of all sorts of people, and for all sorts of absurd reasons associated with race, gender or behavior.
    Anyone with an appetite for being a bloodthirsty asshole and a talent for cherry-picking without regard for context can find justification for almost anything you can dream up.

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    • Dennis Cole says:

      Exactly. If your Holy Book contains instructions on how to treat your slaves, how to subjugate your women, and how to slay thousands of “infidels,” then you don’t get to justify its use as a moral guideline.

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  5. Scottie says:

    Hello TG & all. I guess I am woefully ignorant on my Jewish stereotypes and tropes. When I heard what she had said I thought she was simply pointing out the large sums of money AIPAC was throwing around, as does every lobbying group with as much money as they possibly can. I did not take that as anti-semitic just anti-money buying votes. I also support the goal of getting money out of politics and ending the legal bribery for votes. I have learned a lot about Jewish stereotypes in the last few weeks. I guess she should have phrased it differently. But would it have made a difference to those who were just waiting to pounce on her for any reason? I think it was a mistake in phrasing that I could have made in ignorance, not out of malice. She did offer a sincere apology. Hugs

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  6. sleeve98 says:

    What’s the Hebrew word for “Apartheid?”

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  7. roket says:

    I blame Moses.

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  8. Ten Bears says:

    This is a bit of a disappointment. Might have to make some adjustments.

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