Jerry Klinger
Shaping the Future by Remembering the Past

An oppressed woman of color stands up to the Pro-Israel lobby

Ilhan Omar is the first Muslim woman to be elected to Congress. She was elected as a Democrat to represent Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, November 2018.  Omar, a rescued refugee from Somalia, came to the U.S. She is achieving the American dream.  She has a radically different world view of good and evil both in the U.S. and abroad.  Omar is smart, adept, photogenic, and knows how to manipulate the system for her desired goals. She is vociferously pro-Palestinian.

She, though not entirely alone, has brought to the Congress and the public her personal, deep-seated anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism inserted into the body politics, no matter how seemingly innocuous and benignly presented as reasonable criticism, festers until it fully infects with deadly results.

Omar has brought up historic, anti-Semitic canards as factual reasons Jews support Israel. She has presented Jewish Americans as duplicitous – the dual loyalty claim. She characterized Jewish interests as all about the “the Benjamins” . Omar said – “Israel has hypnotized the world; may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”

For a short five minutes of outrage, a direct censure of Omar’s classic anti-Semitism tried to raise its head in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.  By minute six, the censure of Omar no longer named her. The censure of her anti-Semitism dissolved into a banality against all hate and bigotry with special sensitivity to anti-Islamism.  The resolution failed to note, American Jews experience anti-Semitism at levels multiples times those  American Muslims suffer the hatred of anti-Islamism.  Omar got a pass from Congress and the media.

Omar is using her notoriety. She, along with her fellow freshman Congressional Squad Members, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, are running ahead of President Obama’s stated, vague objective, the fundamental transformation of America. All four, assert their personal narratives of Human and Civil Rights, while contradictorily claiming they remain oppressed women of color.

All four are key leaders of the very influential Democratic Party’s Progressive Caucus.  They actively, none more so than Omar, endorse the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement to delegitimize the State of Israel.

The Anti-Defamation League described BDS.

“Many of the founding goals of the BDS movement, including denying the Jewish people the universal right of self-determination – along with many of the strategies employed in BDS campaigns are anti-Semitic. Many individuals involved in BDS campaigns are driven by opposition to Israel’s very existence as a Jewish state.   Often time, BDS campaigns give rise to tensions in communities – particularly on college campuses – that can result in harassment or intimidation of Jews and Israel supporters, including overt anti-Semitic expression and acts.  This dynamic can create an environment in which anti-Semitism can be expressed more freely.

And, all too often, BDS advocates employ anti-Semitic rhetoric and narratives to isolate and demonize Israel.”

Herzl’s opus, Der Judenstaadt (Israel), translates as the State of the Jews.  To an anti-Semite, the operative words are not the State of the Jews but the word Jew.

July 16, Representative Omar brilliantly introduced a resolution in the U.S. Congress, “H.Res.496 – Affirming that all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad, as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.”

Her co-sponsors are Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib and, surprisingly, honored civil rights icon, Representative John Lewis of Georgia.

American fundamental rights, freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of thought, freedom to advance objectives peacefully, to do what is right, is the stated goal of the resolution. Any reasonable individual will not find the stated purpose of HR. 496 objectionable.

Omar’s resolution is designed to counter the anti-BDS movement that has garnered 25 State legislative actions.

It is a deliberate false flag resolution.

The anti-BDS movement is not a movement supporting Israel.  It is a movement against hate, bigotry, the control of thought, differences of opinions and anti-Semitism. It is a positive affirmation of Human and Civil Rights.

The anti-BDS movement does not object to legitimate criticism of Israel. It objects to the one side demonization of Israel and its derivative demonization of people who support Israel.

Demonization does not end with Jews who support Israel, it warps. BDS descends into pure societal terrorism.

Representative Lewis, just a few weeks ago, was a co-sponsor of an anti-BDS resolution in the House of Representatives.  It is unfortunate that the respected gentlemen chose to mistakenly associate his name with an anti-Semite, even for higher idealistic reasons.  Lewis’ highly recognized name will be marketed by BDS supporters and anti-Israel bigots.

Idealism does not coexist peacefully with hate. The face of BDS has put on nice business suits and speaks, liltingly, softly to the cameras.

Omar was given a pass by the Democrat leadership, by the media.

Hate has taken a step forward towards legitimization.

Anti-Semitism is working its way into America.

American Jews, anti-Trumpers, are silent, once again…

About the Author
Jerry is the president and founder of the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation, www.JASHP.org. He is the son of Survivors of Buchenwald and Bergen Belsen. He is a former Yeshivah student and served with the IDF in the Sinai. He is the author of over 100 articles in publications ranging from the Jerusalem Post to the Prairie Connection to the San Diego Jewish World. Jerry is frequently interviewed on T.V. and Radio about the American Jewish experience. The Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation has completed projects in 37 US. States and in 5 countries. Over 7,000,000 people annually benefit from one of JASHP's projects. JASHP has completed seven projects in Israel. Most recently, the first ever historic memorial to the Exodus in Israel, July 2017. The Exodus was known as the "Ship that Launched a Nation". December 2017, the Machal Memorial in Jerusalem to the 5,000 Jewish and non-Jewish volunteers who came to Israel when they needed her most during the War of Independence.
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