Anti-Semitism with organized confusion

By Jan Dolcater | Mar 21, 2019

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?

Comments (11)
Posted by: JUNE DOLCATER | Mar 29, 2019 13:42

Riley,

You are  apparently of the same ilk of Horvath that cannot face reality and fact. To discuss with such is a waste of time and effort. Individuals of this nature are generally blinded with hatred and have unhappy and warped outlooks.

Adios, chump

Jan Dolcater, Rockport

 



Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Mar 29, 2019 13:16

Who is going to sponsor a public face to face dialogue between these two? Isn't that where healing has an opportunity to take place; even though they both may come away with their minds unchanged?



Posted by: Kevin Riley | Mar 29, 2019 10:22

Jan,

Your OP was in fact a rant. A rant filed with myths, lies and fear.

You got nothing, are easily triggered so you call names and run away. Kinda like a “snowflake”.

 



Posted by: JUNE DOLCATER | Mar 29, 2019 09:33

Ron,

You are consistent arrogant ,condescending, and pathetic ! Not worth anything more

Jan Dolcater Rockport



Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Mar 29, 2019 07:59

I see now, Jan, that your simple minded interpretation of a complex situation is the real problem.  If my "rant" was too long for your attention span, that too is part of the problem.

I'll attempt to simplify:

1) The BDS is not in total opposition to Israel, only to the fascist government of Netanyahu and the crimes against humanity that it commits almost every day.

2) There was indeed a strong faction of religious zealots in the original founders of Israel and an even stronger racist element.

"Ze’ev Jabotinsky, the founder of the Revisionists, who were the ideological ancestors of today’s Likud Bloc, expounded his view in his famous 1923 paper entitled “The Iron Wall”. In his view while the Zionists could offer the Arabs the benefits of “civilization”, he said the Palestinians were people like any other and that no indigenous population would ever willingly accept foreign settlement.

“Then, in December 1982, came the first fading, pre-Xerox photocopies, neatly stacked in files in an archive outside Tel Aviv...   documents, such as Lieutenant-Colonel Yitzhak Rabin's order to the Yiftah Brigade of July 12 1948 to expel the inhabitants of the just-conquered Arab town of Lydda, shed light on the creation of the Palestinian refugee problem. “


“In 1928, Frederick Kisch, the chairman of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, told Weizmann that he had "always been hoping and waiting for" a solution of "the racial problem of Palestine" by way of a transfer of its Arabs to Mesopotamia. And, in 1930, he wrote that "it should not be impossible to come to an arrangement with [King] Faisal [of Iraq] by which he would take the initiative in offering good openings for Arab immigrants ... There can be no conceivable hardship for Palestinian Arabs - a nomadic and semi-nomadic people - to move to another Arab country where there are better opportunities for an agricultural life."


“Pillage was almost de rigueur, rape was not infrequent, the execution of prisoners of war was fairly routine during the months before May 1948 (the country was under British administration and the Haganah had no PoW camps), and small- and medium-scale massacres of Arabs occurred during April, May, July and October to November. Altogether, there were some two dozen cases”


.- Benny Morris, “The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1947-1949” http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1122471,00.html

3) And what else would you call a country that occupies another nation's land without giving them any political recourse to oppose the occupier's actions.  Did you know, Jan, that Palestinians can't even dig a well without Israeli permission -on their own land- and that permission is almost impossible to get especially if an illegal Israeli "settlement" is nearby.  They can't even irrigate crops.  Tell me that's not apartheid.

4) Of course Israel cannot be trusted.  How many other "allies" of America have been caught spying on us?  How many other allies have sunk our ships and killed our troops?  How many other allies are continually pushing for the US to go to war to protect them?  Tell me what exactly we get out of a deal that costs us billions a year?  

5) If you read a little more closely you'll find that I never wrote that Hamas and Hezbollah "were" freedom fighters only that they consider themselves as such.  Hezbollah wouldn't even exist if Israel hadn't invaded and held their lands in Southern Lebanon for almost twenty years.  Israel by it's own actions has created its "terrorist" problem but that's what happens when you steal a homeland from its rightful inhabitants.  (I see you wouldn't commit yourself to any such action if invaded since you won't answer my question, Jan.  I have to conclude that you, and all your conservative ilk, would probably become collaborators and be good little willing servants of the invaders.)

6)  Yes, Rep. Omar is doing exactly that, trying to remove undue influences that are bending our government to foreign benefit.  After all what you think that Russian oligarch money is doing in those Republican coffers.

"During the 2015-2016 election season, Ukrainian-born billionaire Leonard "Len" Blavatnik contributed $6.35 million to leading Republican candidates and incumbent senators. Mitch McConnell was the top recipient of Blavatnik's donations, collecting $2.5 million for his GOP Senate Leadership Fund under the names of two of Blavatnik's holding companies, Access Industries and AI Altep Holdings, according to Federal Election Commission documents and OpenSecrets.org.

Marco Rubio's Conservative Solutions PAC and his Florida First Project received $1.5 million through Blavatnik's two holding companies. Other high dollar recipients of funding from Blavatnik were PACS representing Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at $1.1 million, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham at $800,000, Ohio Governor John Kasich at $250,000 and Arizona Senator John McCain at $200,000.

In January, Quartz reported that Blavatnik donated another $1 million to Trump's Inaugural Committee. Ironically, the shared address of Blavatnik's companies is directly across the street from Trump Tower on 5th Avenue in New York.”
https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/08/03/tangled-web-connects-russian-oligarch-money-gop-campaigns

7) And this is low, Jan, even for you.  Don't feed me that right wing propaganda about George Soros and the "Naxis."  that's been debunked a number of times and only a brain dead conservative would believe it or try to use it.  Next you'll be shrieking about Hillary's pedophile den in the basement of some pizza parlor, right?

And with a little logic and critical thinking, Jan, you would realize that Abraham was already in the "promised land" when God made that promise.  And how far away do you think a woman and small child on foot could have wandered when God made his second promise to them.  You see, Jan, they both deserve to live and prosper in Palestine but the Zionists want a racist, theological state with the power to exclude and cast out.  

As Winston Churchill as British Colonial Secretary after WWI once said, ‘the Jews, whom we are pledged to introduce into Palestine and who take it for granted that the local population will be cleared out to suit their convenience.’”

Cleared out.  And that's what they're doing to this day.  I know, as a conservative, that you're incapable of putting yourself in anyone else's position but try to imagine being on the wrong end of that statement.  Maybe that's what trump's troops were complaining about when they shouted, "Jews will not replace us!"  Maybe that's the real fear of white supremecists in this country, that they actually will become "Palestinians."



Posted by: JUNE DOLCATER | Mar 28, 2019 20:24

Ron,

I read your rant with a great deal of interest and I find it remarkable that you claimed to have Jewish heritage. However, before delving into the positions that you support.I am reminded of competitors that rambled long and often far too long. That approach revealed their lack of commitment or understanding of reality and that is your post in spades

Lets examine your positions that are important to you. 1)  You support BDS which is 100% in opposition to Israel -  Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions. 2) Israel is a country of religious zealots. 3) Israel is an apartheid nation 4) Israel is an 'ally' that cannot be trusted  5) Hamas and Hezbollah are freedom fighters and not terrorists 6) Rep Omar is attempting yo protect democracy  against subversive foreign influences translated Israel 7)George Soros is a traditional Jewish individual who in fact worked with the Nazi SS to fetter out Jewish prisoners that were potential problems for German in their concentration camps. He is really a sterling character.

By the way Ron, God promised Abraham in Genesis that he would be led to the Promised Land and Moses did that later as he led the Jews out of Egypt and to Israel.  Also you did not have in proper context in discussing Hagar as she was being led into the wilderness away from Abraham and Sarah and not into a area of promise.

It is apparent to me that you should renounce your Jewishness and become a Palestinian

Best wishes,

Jan Dolcater ,Rockport



Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Mar 27, 2019 12:53

Well, it certainly took you long enough to get your nerve up, Jan, or were you simply busy googling all that right wing nonsense.  Kind of a slow study, don't you think?  Well, bear with me for a while here, and I'll have a question for you at the end.  I'd like to hear your answer.

You know, Jan, simply calling an organization "terrorist" doesn't make it so and because an organization is Pro-Palestinian doesn't make it anti-Israel, or "evil" in your words.  Again: anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism. The British once referred to Jewish guerilla groups in Palestine as "terrorists" when they were murdering people in their beds in order to have their own country.  I'm sure Hamas and Hezbollah feel the same way about being called terrorists when they probably feel like freedom fighters.  

Your right wing sources would be suspect in any case but in this case I doubt the validity of any of them.  Do you think writing about Omar's supposed  "anti-Semitic Islamic ideology" makes it true?  It's not, and you should be ashamed for stooping to cheap propaganda.  And have you forgotten that Palestinians are also "Semitic?"  

"and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.

18  Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand;  for I will make him a great nation.”

-The Holy Bible: King James Version, The First Book of Moses, Called Genesis 21

I'm sure that passage is foremost in the minds of Hamas and Hezbollah though it is regularly ignored by Israel and your "Zionists of America."  

"The Zionist organization of America?"  Really, isn't that just another arm of AIPAC?  I personally find it hard to believe that anyone can be "Zionist" and American at the same time since Zionists stand against everything Americans are supposed to believe in, and for which Rep. Omar stands.  Why else would they commit to this smear campaign now except that she exposes Israel's crimes, such as murdering unarmed Palestinians.   

"For nearly a year, Israeli snipers have shot down unarmed, unthreatening peaceful protesters on the Gaza side of the border, which is just murder. Israeli soldiers have killed hundreds this way, including small children, women, medics and journalists, and wounded thousands more with live ammo or military grade tear gas. Washington is upset about Saudi Arabia killing one journalist. Israeli snipers have killed several, and wounded hundreds!"
https://www.juancole.com/2019/03/bankrupt-arkansas-boycott.html

Of course pointing out these crimes -by our "ally"- makes anyone simply another of that "Who's Who" of anti- Israel propagandists and haters" in your words.  Why is it anti-Semitism only when Jews are the victims but "anti-terrorism" when Palestinians are being slaughtered by Israelis?  And it's the Arab-American Institute by the way and not the "anti-Israel Arab-American Institute."  See what I mean.  So, really, why should anyone believe your litany of complaint based on such biased -and bogus- information.  Hell, why should anyone believe a Republican after this:

"A former leader in the American Nazi Party is about to be the only Republican on the ticket for a congressional race in Illinois.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Arthur Jones, a Holocaust denier...  speaking at KKK and neo-Nazi events, giving the Nazi salute and shredding the flag of Israel. He called the Confederate flag the symbol of “white pride,” “white resistance” and “white counterrevolution.” Jones also told the Sun-Times that the Holocaust was “an international extortion racket.”
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/arthur-jones-republican-nomination_us_5a77d3f6e4b0905433b5bd84

So, Jan, why no mention of this guy?  Or all the other anti-Semites on the right side of the spectrum?  Biased much?  Luckily, there are Jews who see more clearly.


"It is political conservatives who claim the left is dangerously full of antisemitism. Where is their denunciation of the extreme right? Barely a peep about that. Yet it is generally conservative politicians who include antisemitic tropes in their ads. These include pictures of candidates surrounded by money, references to moneyed Americans such as George Soros and claims that Jews control the media. Interestingly these were mostly Republican ads and a smattering of minor party ads. No Democrats. But it is Republicans who are leading the attack on Ilhan Omar after doing little to address the scandalous advertising produced by Republican candidates." -David A. Teutsch, The Times of Israel, https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/author/david-a-teutsch/



And apparently those evil anti-Semites aren't the only ones with terrorist connections.

"A new investigation carried out in coordination with The Democratic Bloc, an Israeli nonprofit organization founded in 2018 to research and monitor anti-democratic trends in Israel, reveals a web of interconnected groups, individuals, and websites in Israel and the United States—including several American nonprofit foundations that appear to have been founded for the purpose of funneling tax-exempt dollars to Kahanist causes, some of which are directly linked to Jewish terrorist groups." https://www.thenation.com/article/israeli-extremists-us-tax-dollars/

Those are the people Netanyahu is now partnering with so openly to solidify his hold on power since right wing associations are becoming easier with trump in office.  With such blatant disregard for all the principles of a civilized society Israel's transformation into a fascist state is almost complete and I have to wonder how long before your "Zionists" come up with their final solution to the Palestinian problem? How else can you explain this:

"A disturbing new trend has emerged in the political ads of the Israeli elections. Campaign ads seem to be competing over which candidate has killed the most Palestinians.
https://forward.com/opinion/418408/how-did-israeli-elections-get-so-racist/

That's some ally there, Jan.  Hell, despite the stroke-fest by our two demagogues recently, they don't even trust our "president."  (But, really, can we blame them.)

“The Israelis...   said that the Americans advised them not to expose any sensitive sources to members of the Trump administration, lest that information reach Iranian hands, until it becomes clear that Trump does not have a compromised relationship with Russia and is not vulnerable to extortion,” the report states."
http://addictinginfo.org/2017/01/15/bombshell-israeli-spies-reveal-trumps-pee-party-is-just-the-tip-of-a-fast-melting-iceberg/


I notice you've also ignored the fact that George Soros is Jewish, though a more traditional one, believing in traditional principles that don't include using snipers to murder children or imprison them because they might resist having their country stolen.

" A report a year earlier from British legal experts concluded that the conditions the Palestinian children are subjected to amounts to torture, and just five months ago the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe deplored Israel’s policy of arresting underage children, declaring, “An end must be put to all forms of physical or psychological abuse of children during arrest, transit and waiting periods, and during interrogations.”
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE--1.7021978?fbclid=IwAR3Ydfa_pxd3swTvRzutIF9-9vi7MGey7z7VTxQBHBViYQHgWi3lcLDL9to


Certainly sounds like apartheid to me, Jan.  And what else could you call a country but "apartheid" when it occupies another people's land without that people's consent and confiscates large portions of it without due process, continually destroys that people's infrastructure including agricultural lands, schools, wells, homes, and entire villages.  What we have is one people destroying another people in order to absorb their territory in a deliberate disregard for civilized behavior and international law.   How does that make them an "ally" to the US?  And if it does what does that make us?

And, yes, I do support the  Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement.  It's my personal choice as an American who I will do business with and who I won't, isn't it?  Should you be allowed to dictate who I am to support?  Should anyone?  Trying to make it illegal is simply more evidence that Republicans either don't believe in democracy, don't understand it, or refuse to support it. (And yes Israel is a pseudo-democracy but last I heard the Palestinians in their own lands don't get a vote about how they are treated.)  Maybe you'd like some of that "apartheid" in this country, Jan, but not as long as the constitution forbids it.  (I have no doubt you would. It's in the conservative DNA.)

Speaking of Republicans:

"The sweeping anti-corruption, democracy reform bill passed by Democrats in the House last week included measures to prevent foreign money from influencing future elections, but every single House Republican voted against the bill.

Christian Science Monitor reported on Monday that the Democrats’ bill, H.R.1, was meant to address “an urgent need to close loopholes that could allow foreign money to surreptitiously influence American voters, citing in particular a Kremlin-linked company that bought divisive Facebook ads and a Trump administration tax rule change last summer that could allow illegal foreign donors to evade detection.”

Dark money groups were previously required to disclose their donors to the IRS, but that changed last summer. In July, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin changed the rules, citing “privacy violations and the fact that donor information was not necessary for tax administration (because donations to such groups are not tax-deductible)” as reasons there is no need for the disclosures."
https://mavenroundtable.io/theintellectualist/news/all-republicans-vote-no-on-bill-that-would-have-blocked-foreign-funding-in-2020-H1mi1U7LdUeYN3jfpUqwuA/?fbclid=IwAR3KsVT9YL-dZMzvBVcuOR4TOGNLWhjHYchauXxNa7ANPxzT48Z_bQpct_E


So, Rep. Omar's attempt to protect our democracy from aggressive and subversive foreign influences was voted down by Republicans.  Who could have guessed?  I could have.  All that Russian oligarch money has it's influence, doesn' it.

For your other question, Jan, I would prefer allies in the middle east that we can trust.  Israel has never proven that in my opinion but rather proven that it will do anything it pleases that benefits Israel, or at least the right wing government presently in power.  Israel is not concerned with benefiting anyone else and America has only been useful as a shield it uses for it's own protection.

And as long as we're talking about Iran perhaps you can tell me why we need thirty-five military bases surrounding the borders of that country.  How many bases do they have on our borders, Jan?  And since Iran is threatened by nuclear armed Israel isn't it just a little understandable why they would want a nuclear deterrent of their own?  Since Iran has a history of interference by the US -having destroyed their democracy in favor of a despot in the fifties- isn't it logical that they would mistrust us?  No, I wouldn't want a theological authoritarian country as an ally, but it wouldn't hurt us to try and understand their viewpoint as a historical consequence of our own actions.

And now I have a question for you, Jan, one I have asked numerous right wing Americans before and never gotten an answer.  What if your country was invaded by a force of religious zealots, one that claimed the very land under your home as their own by right of some religious myth of theirs.  What if these people moved in and took over the rule of your town, your neighborhood, your state, and began demolishing American homes and businesses to build their own structures.  What if they established their own laws giving you no say as to your future or even the security of your home and family, cutting off your power, your water, your access to the land you consider yours, your very living.  What if they showed up one day and said that your claim to the land that your people have lived on for thousands of years is invalid and that you have twenty-four hours to pack up and leave.  What if they shot your sons and any other "natives" that dared to resist or even protest.  

What would you do , Jan?  Would you just bow your head, carry your personal  belongings off to some refugee camp, and sit there for years in privation waiting for justice to be done with the deed to your former home clutched in your hand?  Would you try and find room in some other country of white people, you know, a country of "your own kind?"  

Or would you fight back.  Would you stand up and resist no matter what the consequences, no matter how many times you lose, no matter what names they call you what lies they tell about you, no matter how powerful their friends, no matter what the cost.  

I guess what I'm asking, Jan, is would you have the guts to be a Palestinian?  I'm guessing not.



Posted by: JUNE DOLCATER | Mar 26, 2019 23:36

Ron,

Thought it would be helpful to enlighten you in regards to the new congressman Ilhad Omar, D, Minn, I have reviewed some recent articles from the Daily Caller, Jerusalem Post, Washington Examiner, and the Jewish News Syndicate. This reveals the following for you and other readers of this column that they should know and be aware of.

Rep, Omar on the 23rd just passed was the keynote speaker at CAIR's 4th Annual Banquet in California. For those unfamiliar with CAIR, it is a notable pro-Palestinian organization with ties to Islamic terror groups. The U.S. Justice Department has listed CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator in funding millions of dollars to the terrorist organization, Hamas. Hassan Shibly, the executive director for CAIR, Florida. In the past Shibly has emphatically stated that Hamas or Hezbollah are not terrorist organizations, which is factually untrue.

In February of this year Omar has falsely called Israel evil and an apartheid regime. The Zionist organization of America has urged that Rep. Omar be removed from her committee assignment on the House Foreign Committee. The ZOA has pursued several of Omar's tweets to check out her sources of funding. A review of the Federal Election Committee. has revealed a virtual "Who's Who" of anti- Israel propagandists and haters. The BDS ( Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) leader who founded the virulent and violent Students for Justice in Palestine and Americans for Palestine has contributed 3 times to her campaign. James Zogby, president of the anti-Israel Arab-American Institute gave Omar $2700. The George Soror's funded Move On.org contributed $5000 for Omar. In addition Bend the Arc Jewish Action Committee PAC founder  chaired by anti-Zionist George Soro's son, Alex Soros also contributed to Rep. Omar. Lastly and not least "Nancy Pelosi for Congress" plunked out $2000 for her support. What an outstanding cast of characters!! You must be proud.

Her recent comments and tweets are not the innocent missteps of a naïve or ignorant individual, but her expressions of anti-Semitic Islamic ideology which have been put forward across our nation.is an accurate understanding of her philosophy and ideals.

I am curious Ron, do you with your Jewish heritage support along with Omar the BDS ( Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) ?

Also who do you prefer as an ally in the Middle East Israel or Iran.? Based on your prior rant it is certainly not very evident.

Hopefully this time you will try to respond these questions put forward and not try and change the subject to others

Jan Dolcater Rockport



Posted by: MARY JEAN CROWE | Mar 22, 2019 15:18

Ronald Horvath, your excellent, insightful response to Jan Dolcater deserves wider distribution and readership.  Have you considered submitting it to TRJ as an Op Ed piece, or a Letter to the Editor?  I respectfully suggest that you should.  Thank you for your efforts.



Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Mar 22, 2019 08:08

Ilhan Omar's remarks were not anti-semitic, Jan.  That's a lie, and if you had any Jewish blood, as I do, you wouldn't throw such terms around so freely.  Perpetrating this "anti-semitic" lie is too typical of a party that relies more and more on false rhetoric of this type if for no other reason but to back up a pathological liar as your president.

Anti-Zionism is not anti-semitism nor is criticism of the Israelis lobby's efforts to buy the allegiance of our elected officials.  Her remarks were anti-corruption, the corruption of a party that stands by silently while a mentally deranged demagogue demonizes honest people in favor of other demagogues all the while encouraging violence and intolerance against minorities.  

 

And, really, does your side of this argument have any room to criticize when one of your president's supporters murdered eleven people in a synagogue in Pittsburgh?  Doesn't that sound more anti-semitic to you, or does it simply not fit into your false narrative?  You probably won't be pleased to know that many American Jews don't agree with you:

"We're enormously proud to stand with over 30 Jewish organizations worldwide to say no to this harmful definition of anti-semitism and yes to human rights and the freedom to protest."  -Rebecca Vilkonmerson, Executive Director, Jewish Voice for Peace.

If you had a ounce of critical thinking, Jan, you would connect the dots between those who perpetrated the horrors at those death camps with the supporters of trump who carry Nazi flags and scream "Jews will not replace us!"  You know, those "very fine people" trump refuses to condemn.  Where's your criticism of them?  Where's your criticism of a president that even Jews know is guilty of spreading hate.

"In a letter penned to President Trump in the wake of this Saturday’s mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, 11 members of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, told him that he’d no longer be welcome in the city unless he denounces white nationalism.

In the letter, the group told Trump that the people targeted by gunman Robert Bowers at the Tree of Life synagogue were “not the only group you have targeted.”

You have also deliberately undermined the safety of people of color, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities,” they wrote. “Yesterday’s massacre is not the first act of terror you incited against a minority group in our country.”
http://deadstate.org/jewish-leaders-to-trump-youre-not-welcome-on-pittsburg-until-you-fully-denounce-white-nationalismfbrefreshforcefbrefreshforce/

Ilhan Omar was simply, in good conscience, pointing out the toxic relationship between conservative politicians and a foreign lobby that gets most of the money it uses to bribe our congressmen from our own country;  four billion a year buys plenty of loyalty from a questionable "ally" but it also gives them the cash to buy allegiance from a party that recognizes no other kind of "loyalty."  

"On February 15 the British Guardian did something American newspapers, magazines—and historians–rarely do: it published an analysis of pro-Israeli financing in American politics. “The data examined by the Guardian suggests that the pro-Israel lobby is highly active and spends heavily to influence US policy.” (“Pro-Israel Donors spent over $22 million in lobbying and contributions in 2018,” The Guardian online, US edition, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/feb/15/pro-israel-donors-spent-over-22m-on-lobbying-and-contributions-in-2018)

And I'm sure that most of the outcry against Omar is probably because she has introduced legislation to reveal such activities:

"The bill includes the Protect Against Unlawful Lobbying (PAUL) Act, authored by Rep. Omar, which strengthens the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) and makes sure that lobbyists representing foreign countries act in good faith and operate with full transparency."

Does that sound like a good idea to you or would you prefer these foreign agents do their work in secret?  I think I know.

And really, can we be so proud of an ally that commits crimes against humanity?

"A United Nations inquiry has found Israeli forces may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity by targeting unarmed children, journalists and the disabled in Gaza. The report, released by the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday, looked at Israel’s bloody response to weekly Great March of Return demonstrations, launched by Palestinians in Gaza nearly a year ago, targeting Israel’s heavily militarized separation barrier. The report found Israeli forces have killed 183 Palestinians — almost all of them with live ammunition. The dead included 35 children. Twenty-three thousand people were injured, including over 6,000 shot by live ammunition."
https://truthout.org/video/un-finds-israel-intentionally-shot-children-journalists-and-disabled-people/

There's something for you to think about, Jan.  If that doesn't "chill" you then your indignation over these false claims is indeed simply an act.



Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Mar 21, 2019 16:18

Just remembering the Irish when they came off Ellis Island and took Dock jobs for slave pay. But they survived and one Irishman became President; John F.Kennedy. Women were not allowed to work and multiple children were born at an average of 10 to a household. I do expect one day to see a woman become President. One can only aspire for woman equality in executive pay and status. I am optimistic! I am 84 and still waiting.



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