By Mark Alan
Nancy Pelosi and Democratic leadership announced today that anti-Semitic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar would be appointed to the Foreign Affairs Committee. Earlier this week, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib met with a Hezbollah supporter known for espousing hatred of the Jewish people. The two freshman representatives are America’s first Muslim congresswomen, but their historic elections have been greatly overshadowed by their views of the Jewish people.
The Democratic Party has been ignoring anti-Semitic views on the left, and with Omar’s appointment to the Foreign Affairs Committee, they now appear to be rewarding it. Anti-Semitism has been creeping into Democratic politics for quite some time now. Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz has been extremely critical of the Democratic Party for their embrace of anti-Semitic candidates, and has repeatedly referred to comparisons of Donald Trump and Hitler by Democrats as a form of Holocaust denial.
Congresswoman Omar has repeatedly refused to apologize for a 2016 tweet in which she called Israel evil, and accused the nation of “hypnotizing” the planet. When asked about the comments yesterday during an interview with CNN, Omar bizarrely said it was regrettable she was being criticized. Omar also feigned surprise at the question, pretending she had never heard it before, even though she has been asked about the tweet countless times in the past.
During Representative Rashida Tlaib’s first day in congress, Buzzfeed reported that a map in her congressional office was altered to replace Israel with a Post-It Note reading “Palestine.” Earlier this month, Tlaib raised more eyebrows when she was photographed meeting with a man known for his anti-Semitic views. The man is a Hezbollah supporter, and has advocated removing all Jewish people from Israel. Tlaib has accused members of congress of being more faithful to Israel than the United States, promoting the anti-Semitic view that the US is somehow obedient to Israel.
Both Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar support a boycott of Israeli goods and services, commonly referred to as BDS. Both congresswomen have also accused Israel of discrimination. Neither woman has advocated boycotting any country except for Israel, and it’s blatantly obvious their promotion of the boycott is rooted in anti-Semitism. So far, Democratic leadership has shown no desire to defend the Jewish people against these vile anti-Semitic attacks.