Over the past several weeks there has existed significant disagreement and confusion among elements of the Democratic party. Three new members of Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., have made comments that seem to have splintered their colleagues.

Most recently, Omar has made several comments that are anti-Semitic. First, in one of her tweets, she said that the pro-Israel lobbying group American Israel Public Affairs Committee was effectively buying off American politicians, saying that it is “all about the Benjamins, baby.” For those unaware of this term, it refers to $100 bills. Needless to say, this ignited quite a bit of controversy. This was heightened when she suggested that groups supporting Israel were pushing members of Congress to have “allegiance to a foreign country.”

Our nation has long been a staunch ally of Israel, as Israel is our major ally in the Middle East, and outside of the United Kingdom, is probably the most creditable one we have. Republicans have been critical of these comments, as they are not only hurtful, but also morally wrong. Several months ago, Rep. Steve King, R Iowa, was stripped of his committee assignments as a result of inappropriate comments regarding white supremacy. However, Omar, in spite of her comments, still has a committee assignment on the important House Foreign Affairs Committee. Why is she still on this committee? Any thoughts?

Democratic leaders have been reluctant to criticize this virulent hate speech. After significant paper-shuffling and delay, they passed an omnibus hate speech bill in the House, condemning any and all of every potential element of hate speech, but refusing to imply or make anything designating any condemnation of Omar. Remarkably, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., stated that she felt Omar was confused and certainly did not express anything that could be considered anti-Semitic. In addition, her two freshman associates Tlaib and Ocasio-Cortez rushed to her defense.

Three senators who are running for president, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, were all supportive and unapologetic for her remarks. It should also be noted that while Omar was running for election she denied support for the organization BDS, but Nov. 14, 2018, after the election, she admitted her support for this organization. BDS stands for Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions, and all of this is aimed 100 percent at Israel. With this in mind, any alleged Omar “apology” is obviously insincere.

Although I am not Jewish, nor is my wife, we do not countenance this type of hate. We have a reason that is indelibly burned into our minds. While I was serving in the Air Force we went on leave in Germany. While in Munich, we took a side trip and went to see the infamous concentration camp Dachau. The feeling that you have as you draw near to it is chilling when you consider the number of Jewish people exterminated there. The old barracks behind the barbed wire is the first thing you see, and then you arrive into a courtyard.

Pointed out to us were the “hanging tree” and an area where firing squads executed prisoners for target practice. We then were taken through the “shower areas,” which in fact were the gas chambers. Adjacent to the gas chambers were the furnaces. Each furnace had four slots where the victims were incinerated, two in the middle were for adults and the ones on either side were for children. After seeing this gruesome house of horrors, there is no way anyone could have any part of anti-Semitism at any time, ever.

Why is the Democratic leadership reluctant to criticize the anti-Semitism that has recently been expressed by one of its representatives? Your thoughts?