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Trump's attacks on Ilhan Omar aim to stoke fears ahead of the 2020 election
Trump and Republicans are using Omar to drive a wedge within the Democratic party and ‘foment hatred of Muslim Americans’
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Beyond the opportunistic outrage-theater in the left/right dialectic Punch-and-Judy-show, Omar said something almost revealing in her awkward way. In near Trump-like fashion, her Id-revealing language seemed to almost discard the nearly 18-year-old fantastic narrative that is starting to stink just like a soft-boiled egg that's just as old. Rep. Omar is right. Some people did something on 9/11. The real question is, who those people are and what that something was.
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*about 9/11/2001 (who knows how or if she'll backtrack, but her statement was almost Sigmund Fraud-ian)
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Backlash after Ilhan Omar-9/11 reference grows
The video Drumpf retweeted on Friday pulls a snippet of Omar's recent speech to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in which she described the 2001 attack on New York's World Trade Center as "some people did something" and includes news footage of the hijacked planes hitting the Twin Towers.Remember: This is like sending Trump death threats after he failed to fully punish the attacker at the Unite The Right rallye. It didn't happen. Why? Because left-wingers follow by a codex of minimum decency. The right fails to grow this certain amount of decency. Therefore, Ms. Omar's life is threatened by now.
The Muslim politician also tweeted a quote from former President George W Bush, who said days after the attacks: "The people - and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!"They knocked them down. You couldn't find a more misplaced expression to a terrorist attack than this one. I'm impressed those wanna-be Conservatives ran after him for having ridiculised this attack already. It must be because he invaded the Middle East shortly after, and - of course - because he's a white Christian man.
"Was Bush downplaying the terrorist attack?" Omar tweeted. "What if he was a Muslim."
Javier Munoz, star of the Broadway hit Hamilton, also hit back at Drumpf, saying "it's absolutely NOT normal to demonise" Omar with "anti-Muslim rhetoric", while Ibram X Kendi, a professor at the American University, said anyone who did not stand with Omar "stands with Islamophobia, with racism, with politicians deploying lies to inflame racial and religious terror in the country".
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Soudan : les contestataires appellent à un ralliement de l'armée. Plusieurs ambassades occidentales à Khartoum plaident pour une "transition politique crédible".
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US Representative Ilhan #Omar called on God to forgive her detractors after President Donald Trump mocked her criticism of Israel on the day a supporter of his was charged with death threats against her.
Trump, mentioned the freshman #Democrat during a speech to the #Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas. He gave a “special thanks” to Omar before pausing and continuing in a sarcastic tone: “Oh, I forgot. She doesn’t like Israel. I forgot. I’m so sorry.”
Omar drew an avalanche of accusations of anti-Semitism last month after criticizing the influence of the #pro-Israel #lobby group AIPAC on American #politics. Critics said she used Jew-hating tropes, forcing her to apologize to those, who were offended by the way she expressed her views. While never mentioned by name, she seemed omnipresent during last week’s AIPAC gathering, with senior speakers across the political aisle making references to the controversy one after another.
The lawmaker responded to Trump’s Saturday remark by quoting the words of #Prophet #Muhammad cited in the hadith – #Islam’s revered recollections of the life of the prophet. Omar is a refugee from Somalia and a Muslim woman representing Minnesota’s 5th congressional district.
رَبِّ اغْفِرْ لِقَوْمِي فَإِنَّهُمْ لاَ يَعْلَمُونَ My Lord, forgive my people for they do not know. [url=https://t.co/mtEzMrCLKF]https://t.co/mtEzMrCLKF[/url] — Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 7, 2019
Incidentally, on the same day the US Attorney’s Office said it had charged Patrick Carlineo, 55, from upstate New York, with threatening the assault and murder of Omar. Carlineo is accused of calling the representative’s office on March 21, calling her “a fking terrorist” and saying he will “put a bullet in her fking skull.”
When questioned by the authorities, Carlineo said he was “a patriot, that he loves the president, and that he hates radical Muslims in our government,” court papers said. Omar, he claimed, “supported Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.” If convicted, he faces up to ten years behind bars.
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She apologized. He never will.
He is a #Nazi. She is not.
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Bill de Blasio challenges Councilmember Kalman Yeger on Palestine comment
First: A letter to him, published by Mondoweiss.
You speak about Israel providing Jewish safety. Standing up for Israeli apartheid, as you have repeatedly done, does not promote safety. Quite the contrary. Our notion of safety is a city and a world in which all people feel and are safe. Yes, that means safety through solidarity with one another. That means safety by opposing all forms of injustice, which very much includes the injustice of occupation and the denial of a people’s right to live freely in their homes and their land.I feel like the only African-American Conservative Sen. who was asked about whether Kanye West's comment that slavery was a voluntary choice in the Southern states. It always gives me the creeps. On the one hand, I have a certain understanding of Israel and it's special needs in terms of security, especially when thinking of the Red Alerts when rockets are launched above Tel Aviv, but on the other hand, mtuual agitation towards violations of the opposite side will only worsen the situation. Oh, and also, the IDF should have a talk with their Social Media employee. Some of their Twitter posts are comparably pubescent.
In all your remarks, your lack of recognition of the Nakba (catastrophe in Arabic) of 1948, which refers to the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and land during the creation of Israel, reveals a gross disregard for the rights and well-being of the Palestinian people. That is also true about your lack of recognition (and denial) of the ongoing Nakba that Palestinians endure at the hands of a brutal Israeli government that disregards their basic civil and human rights.
Now, for what has happened, and what sparked the letter signed by oh-so many people. Of course the Haaretz has reported about it:
The tweet, which read, “Palestine does not exist. There, I said it again. Also, Congresswoman Omar is an anti-Semite. Said that too," was instantly met with backlash on social media and from city officials.Can you hear it? It sounds like: «Resign! Resign!»
In a radio interview, De Blasio later added that Yeger should apologize, saying that “people in public life should be about unifying people and finding ways to work together. What he is doing is the opposite, he should stop.”
City officials, including Council Speaker Cory Johnson, have said they believe Yeger should be removed from his position on the City Council’s immigration committee if he does not apologize.
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This is what got Rep. Ilhan Omar in trouble:
At a recent event, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said, in a reference to American Jewish supporters of Israel, “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says that it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country.” When criticized by House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey (D-N.Y.), who is Jewish, Omar wrote on Twitter, “I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress.”This is what Vice President Mike Pence said today at the annual conference of AIPAC, the America-Israel Political Affairs Committee, the preeminent American pro-Israeli lobbying group:
As I stand before you, eight Democrat candidates for president are actually boycotting this very conference. So let me be clear on this point, anyone who aspires to the highest office in the land should not be afraid to stand with the strongest supporters of Israel in America. It is wrong to boycott Israel, and it is wrong to boycott AIPAC.and
Anyone who slanders those who support the historic alliance between the United States and Israel should never have a seat on the Foreign Affairs Committee of the United States House of Representatives.I mean, call me silly, but I think Pence has just made Omar’s point.
Do you want to know more?
- Ilhan Omar’s dual loyalty charge was about more than anti-Semitism | TheHill
- Did eight Democratic candidates ‘boycott’ the AIPAC conference? – The Washington Post
- Mike Pence Smears Ilhan Omar in AIPAC Speech: Did He Just Prove Her Point?
- What Did Ilhan Omar Say? – Institute for Policy Studies
Originally posted at: http://hill-kleerup.org/blog/2019/03/27/loyalties.html
On the AIPAC and Netanyahu
Netanyahu, for one, certainly doesn’t need another AIPAC speech: He’s been making them for 35 years, since he became Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations. But the lobby’s annual jamboree was a convenient pretext for him to fly to Washington and get the endorsement from Drumpf that he believes will help him in the election.
He called AIPAC a “great organization” and took a few digs (without specifically naming her) at freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who has been at the center of controversy for attacking AIPAC using barely veiled anti-Semitic tropes. But you could see his heart wasn’t in it.
_ To remain viable over the coming years, AIPAC will need to retain the support it still has on the Democratic side and fight to regain that which it has lost from the party’s more progressive wing. A Drumpf-embracing Bibi is toxic in those sections of American politics.__
Jews overwhelmingly support the Democratic Party: 71 percent voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, according to the Pew Research Center, and 79 percent voted for Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections. And Democrats overwhelmingly believe Israel is an important ally of the United States: In a 2016 University of Maryland survey, 70 percent of Democrats said this is the case.
In 2018, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) found that 71 percent of American Jews rate Drumpf’s performance as unfavorable. (Disapproval of Drumpf is even higher among Democrats as a whole.) And according to AJC’s survey, 57 percent of American Jews disapprove of how the president is handling U.S.-Israel relations. American attitudes toward Netanyahu are less commonly measured in polling data, but anecdotal evidence from events in recent years suggests that American attitudes toward the Israeli prime minister are cold.
“Trying to suppress free speech, even unpopular speech … will only add momentum.” And when Omar criticized AIPAC directly, claiming that the organization’s influence in Washington is “all about the Benjamins,” or financial influence, Democrats in the House were unable to rally behind a straightforward condemnation of anti-Semitism.
On Monday, Vice President Mike Pence—a man who serves in the administration of a guy who thinks “very fine people” were among those chanting “Jews will not replace us” in Charlottesville—devoted a large chunk of his AIPAC speech to attacking Omar.Just imagine it: Palestinians threaten peace in the Middle East because they are no Jews. This is obscure...
But the real headliner so far has been Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer—a man who, at last year’s conference, said that the reason there is “not peace” is because Palestinians “don’t believe in the Torah.” During his speech on Monday night, Schumer thankfully avoided the theology, but still managed to compare Omar’s comments over the past few months to overtly anti-Semitic things said and done by House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy and President Donald Drumpf:
But as a black Muslim woman, it appears that Omar is expected to keep her mouth shut about these issues, as evidenced by this week’s bipartisan pile-on. Unfortunately for AIPAC and the leaders in her party, she doesn’t seem to be taking their advice.
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On the viral meme that distorts Quran verses (in relation to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D - MN))
The interpretations of nine verses from the Quran that the meme includes were made by one of the founders of the site, who describes himself as a freelance writer, not a religious scholar. In total, he had offered 36 reinterpretations of verses from the Quran. Several of them have been repeated in online publications since then, illustrating how misinformation persists for years and spreads online.
Muhammad, the founder of Islam, was persecuted, at least in part, for his religious message and had to flee his home in Mecca for the nearby town of Medina. There, he and his followers remained in conflict with the Meccans, and those struggles are referenced in the Quran.
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«Apply this country's virtues equally upon every nation in this world», by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D - MN)
I fled my home country of Somalia when I was 8 years old from a conflict that the United States later engaged in. I spent the next four years in a refugee camp in Kenya, where I experienced and witnessed unspeakable suffering from those who, like me, had lost everything because of war.
At a time when we spend more on our military than the next seven countries combined, our global armed presence is often the most immediate contact people in the developing world have with the United States. National security experts across the political spectrum agree that we don’t need nearly 800 military bases outside the United States to keep our country safe.
It must be hard for a true US-American to be citizen to a country that is more interested in either destroying or intervening in a country militarily, than taking care of its people's education. What kind of country is this? I don't know, and I guess that there is no Republican who can give me a decent answer to this question, simply because there is no such answer. It's terrifying to think of...
And we cannot continue to turn a blind eye to repression in Saudi Arabia — a country that is consistently ranked among the worst of the worst human rights offenders. Whether it is the murder of dissenters such as Jamal Khashoggi or war crimes against civilian populations in Yemen, we must hold all of our allies to the same international standards as our enemies.
I highly acclaim this virtue to be true.
We must acknowledge that this is also the historical homeland of Palestinians. And without a state, the Palestinian people live in a state of permanent refugeehood and displacement. This, too, is a refugee crisis, and they, too, deserve freedom and dignity.
This has been official bipartisan U.S. policy across two decades and has been supported by each of the most recent Israeli and Palestinian leaders, as well as the consensus of the Israeli security establishment. As Jim Mattis, who later was President Trump’s defense secretary, said in 2011 , “The current situation between those two peoples is unsustainable.”
I would question how Mr. Mattis meant this quotation from 2011 in regards to the Palestinian people. Because since he is a retired general and a US-American, I would believe he meant it in such a way that he saw them as the problem rather than the other victimised side of the conflict which was supposed to have its fair share of a peace deal, including internationally recognised borders.
Working toward peace in the region also means holding everyone involved accountable for actions that undermine the path to peace — because without justice, there can never be a lasting peace. When I criticize certain Israeli government actions in Gaza or settlements in the West Bank, it is because I believe these actions not only threaten the possibility of peace in the region — they also threaten the United States’ own national security interests.
But of course it's all because she is a Muslim woman, and generally, all Muslims are taught to hate Israel and wish for its demise.
Peace and respect for human rights: These are universal values. They are what drove Americans to organize and protest for equal rights and civil rights. They are what motivated nonviolent movements from South Africa to South Asia to the American South. These are the values that propelled me to get involved in public life, and I know they are the values that drove Minnesotans to give a Somali American refugee a chance at representing them in Congress.
I wonder if she read of the people of Minnesota's fifth district who are upset about her comments in Congress. I really hope she is going to travel back to her district to speak to those people. As a Representative, she should feel urged to keep in touch with her people. It seems like not everyone agrees with her. I, so far, have only read one article on this topic, although there have been three or four.
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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D - MN) claims Israel to be historical homeland of Palestine
The Minnesota representative said that “without a state, the Palestinian people live in a state of permanent refugeehood and displacement. This, too, is a refugee crisis, and they, too, deserve freedom and dignity.”
“I support a two-state solution, with internationally recognized borders, which allows for both Israelis and Palestinians to have their own sanctuaries and self-determination,” she wrote. “This has been official bipartisan US policy across two decades and has been supported by each of the most recent Israeli and Palestinian leaders, as well as the consensus of the Israeli security establishment.”
“When I criticize certain Israeli government actions in Gaza or settlements in the West Bank, it is because I believe these actions not only threaten the possibility of peace in the region – they also threaten the United States’ own national security interests,” Omar said.
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Jeanine Pirro expelled from Fox News after islamophobic comments
Pirro has not said anything about taking a vacation. She hasn't tweeted since last weekend. All together, the circumstances suggest that she has been suspended by Fox in the wake of her comments.
At the same time, there is no indication that she has been fired from Fox. She is one of the network's highest-rated weekend hosts, well known for her vehement defenses of President Drumpf and attacks against his perceived enemies.
Among many other critics, a Fox News staffer pushed back on Pirro's statements. Hufsa Kamal, a producer on Fox's "Special Report with Bret Baier," tweeted: "@JudgeJeanine can you stop spreading this false narrative that somehow Muslims hate America or women who wear a hijab aren't American enough? You have Muslims working at the same network you do, including myself."
I actually wonder how a man like him, of his belief, is able to work for this channel. I mean, among this one incident that included islamophobia, this entire broadcasting service is a whole mess of spreading hatred against minorities, also the regular channel of the man who called mainly islamic countries shitholes. I wonder how he can stand it. Does his reason include a regular payment?
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Trump welcomes Jexodus, encourages Democratic Jews to turn Republican
Drumpf has asserted that though Jewish Americans tended to be reliable Democratic voters, the party’s lurch to the left in recent years, as evidenced by its splintering over Omar’s comments, has alienated Jewish voters.
A website for Jexodus only lists a spokesperson, model and former Drumpf campaign staffer Elizabeth Pipko, and no other staff. A description on the website says that Jewish millennials are "tired of living in bondage to leftist politics" and accuses Democrats of taking the Jewish vote for granted.
The president, who himself has been accused of promoting anti-Semitic stereotypes and not thoroughly denouncing hate speech, has positioned himself as a champion of Israel throughout his presidency.
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Fox News rebukes its host Jeanine Pirro for comment on Omar
"We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro's comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar," Fox News said in a statement. "They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly."
Pirro suggested on her Saturday show that Omar's beliefs about Israel stem from her religion. Omar is Somali-American and a practicing Muslim who wears a religious head-covering called a hijab.
Funnily, there are Muslims in her district who state that she doesn't represent Islam, which sounds about right. I mean, no-one would ever say that David Koresh represented American christianity. It's simply not true, but what else was to be expected from Fox News' hosts? I mean, you can read it later on, I still have an article about Tucker Carlson remaining in my bookmark lsit.
"Special Report with Bret Baier," tweeted: "@JudgeJeanine can you stop spreading this false narrative that somehow Muslims hate America or women who wear a hijab aren't American enough? You have Muslims working at the same network you do, including myself."
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On the people in Minnesota's 5th district, which elected Ilhan Omar
"Anti-Semitism is real in this country," Mohamed Omar, who is not related to the freshman Democrat, said in an interview in a private study, as children nearby hurried to Friday afternoon prayers. But the controversy, he said, is a "distraction."
Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman of Temple Israel, a Reform Jewish congregation that is the oldest synagogue in this city, said many of members of her community have called her over the last month to say they were troubled by Omar's comments.
But, the rabbi added, "in my mind, tweets are not the way that you communicate complex, complicated issues when you are a member of Congress."
This is a sentence that is able to refer to so many topics that nowadays are conversed and discussed via Twitter. 280 letters per message are simply not how you lead a decent conversation on a complex topic.
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US Democrats fail to cope with the Ilhan Omar case
McCain, a co-host of "The View," ripped Omar for sending out the message, calling it “trash” and “beneath a sitting member of Congress.”
“Rashida, Ilhan, and Alexandria have at times dared to question our foreign policy, and the influence of money in our political system. And now, lobbying groups across the board are working to punish them for it,” Ocasio-Cortez’s team wrote in a fundraising email that also referenced freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), who, along with Omar, is one of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress.
“On one end, we know that there are members who are going to be free. They're going to candid. They're going to be fearless in their approach to getting their message out,” he said. “There are other folks who are going to be more measured and pragmatic, and I don't think we're in a place to condemn one methodology over the other.”
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On Rep. Ilhan Omar (D - MN) and the Republicans
Where a few weeks ago, cable television networks cut to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s live commentary about Drumpf and Russia, this week they carried her uncomfortable words about seething fellow Democrats.
As Pelosi and Democratic leadership have come under pressure to rebuke Omar, for example, three of the party’s presidential candidates — Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) — pushed back. The result was a watered-down resolution introduced on Thursday that did not single out Omar by name and condemned both “anti-Semitism” and “anti-Muslim discrimination.”
White House aides are in the midst of a pressure campaign pushing GOP lawmakers not to support a resolution set to rebuke the president for invoking his national emergency powers to build his border wall. Next week, Drumpf is likely to quash the measure with the first veto of his presidency.
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«Against anti-Semitism in the US», by Lee Zeldin (R - N.Y.) & Ted Budd (R - N. C.)
It is OK to have reasonable, legitimate criticism of any government in the world, including the U.S. government and those of our allies, but when it is in the name of that criticism that deep and dark hate towards other people costs innocent people their lives and freedom from discrimination, than silence is especially never an option.
In January, a resolution was passed in the House or Representatives rejecting white supremacy, naming a GOP colleague. The very next day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-N.Y.) placed the resolution on the docket and, on Jan. 15, the entire House of Representatives rushed to the House floor to almost unanimously (424-1) vote in favor of this resolution, including us.
It is time to speak up. It is time to renounce blatant hatred and bigotry in all forms from white supremacy to anti-Semitism. It is time to send a clear, resounding message to the entire world that anti-Semitic and anti-Israel hate will not be tolerated, and it starts with us, here in the chamber of the House of Representatives.
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I’ve read Rep. Omar’s recent comments about the influence of the pro-Israel lobby in American politics and honestly, they only way they can be considered anti-Semitic is if you consider any criticism of the government of Israel or American foreign policy toward it to be, per se, anti-Semitic.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-MN“But she’s talking about money! And everyone knows the libel against Jews as fat-cat wealthy people!” And, yes, those are pernicious and anti-Semitic stereotypes (ironically garbled from anti-Semitic prejudice that allowed European Jews to lend money at interest, then socially punished them for it).
But the money flowing into pro-Israeli lobbying coffers and political action committees isn’t just from American Jews. Political and financial support for Israel comes from a substantial chunk of the Christian Right (some of whom see an Israeli state as necessary for the End Times). Other non-Jewish Americans see Israel as a stalwart ally (which could be debated, though in Middle Eastern terms they’re probably better than a lot of the alternatives), or as a representative democracy in region full of autocrats (which makes unwillingness to criticize the actions of that democracy all the more odd), or believe in a Zionist goal of a Jewish homeland given the historically terrible and devastating history of European Jewry that culminated in the Holocaust.
So equating criticism of money spent on behalf of Israeli interests through PACs and lobbying with criticism of wealthy Jews is kind of a stretch, unless you make it a whole lot clearer that’s what you’re doing.
I don’t see any of that in Rep. Omar’s statements.
“But now she’s talking about allegiance_, and we all know about the pernicious accusation that Jews have a divided loyalty between the nation and other Jews.”_ I’m well familiar with that, including the analogous anti-Catholic prejudice that we seem to have gotten over as a nation. And, again, we see the twisted history of a persecuted community ghettoized and forced to band together against prejudice becoming, itself, taken as a “divided loyalty.”
But, again, Rep. Omar didn’t say that Jews were pushing for (or held) an allegiance to a foreign power. She was clearly noting that there are a lot of politicians who are so knee-jerk pro-Israel that, regardless of whether it is in American interests or not, they will support Israeli government actions. As might be demonstrated by, well, anyone criticizing Israeli state actions drawing criticism as being anti-Semitic and anti-American and pernicious and deserving of rebuke and punishment.
Sort of like what’s happening to Rep. Omar.
One might expect it in politicians and pundits framing everything about Israel as a false dichotomy — you either steadfastly stand behind the Israeli state, no matter what it does, no matter what level of apartheid it enforces, no matter how it deals in bad faith with the Palestinians, no matter how it drags down American relations with other states in the region — or you’re un-American, you’re anti-democracy, you want Israel destroyed, and you’re an anti-Semite.
Which does, in fact, seem to be the reaction going on. Which makes suggestions that some folk seem have as much allegiance to Israel as to America a rhetorically uncomfortable but not altogether unjust.
All of which is a ridiculous position to take. We criticize our own government for its actions … why can we not criticize Israel’s government? We can say that Trump, or Obama, or Bush, or Clinton are dumb or corrupt or destructive or whatever … why can we not criticize Benjamin Netanyahu as vigorously? We can say that the US is doing something wrong … why can we not say that Israel is doing something wrong. We can critique our government’s actions without suggesting that America should be destroyed … why is criticism of Israeli government policy made out to be a desire to see Israel destroyed.
It’s altogether possible that someone doesn’t think that Israel isn’t acting wrongly in its relations with its neighbors and with the Palestinian Arabs. Fine. But we should be able to have that debate without recourse either to (a) blaming it on the Jews or (b) being accused of blaming it on the Jews.
But if critical suggestions that a wide array of American supporters (not just Jewish ones) and politicians (ditto) seem to have knee-jerk support for anything that the Israeli government does draw fire as being inherently anti-Semitic … well, I think it merely confirms the suggestions being made.
Do you want to know more?
- House Dems will take floor action to confront Omar’s latest Israel comments
- Trump calls controversial Omar comments ‘a dark day for Israel’
- Ilhan Omar’s Criticism Raises the Question: Is Aipac Too Powerful?
- Ocasio-Cortez calls condemnation of Omar ‘hurtful’
- She Wouldn’t Promise Not to Boycott Israel, So a Texas School District Stopped Paying Her
- A Texas Elementary School Speech Pathologist Refused to Sign a Pro-Israel Oath, Now Mandatory in Many States — so She Lost Her Job
Originally posted at: http://hill-kleerup.org/blog/2019/03/05/allegiance.html
Are there double standards for lying before Congress?
Both men pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress, but Cohen also pleaded guilty to tax evasion, filing false statements on a loan application and hiding an illegal campaign contribution. That last one involved payments to porn star Stephanie Clifford (also known as Stormy Daniels) to buy her silence in the closing weeks of Drumpf’s presidential campaign.
Abrams supplemented that cash with a $10 million contribution from the sultan of Brunei. Abrams gave the sultan’s representative a Swiss bank account number to complete the transaction.
Labels aside, there is credible and corroborated reporting that the Contras killed unarmed men, women and children, committed rape and torture, attacked civilian facilities, such as hospitals and food warehouses, and conducted mass kidnappings. While not all Contra groups were human rights violators, some acted with extreme brutality.
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WV GOP office going the Islamophobic way
(Thanks a lot, WV GOP! Now, when some of the oh-so Republican supporters and voters come up with Mr. Northam's blackface scandal, we can adress this incident to counter these highlights. And also, if you want to adress her insensitive decisions and so on (just remind me of them, I tend to forget them), remember that the GOP still didn't kick out Steve King.)
The booth at WVGOP Day, which was called "Republicans Take the Rotunda," also featured a book titled "Readin', Writin', and Jihadin' The Islamization of America Public Schools" and pamphlets titled "Islam in a Nutshell The Muslim Brotherhood," "Interfaith Dialouge or Deception," and "The Four Stages of Islamic Conquest." Not far away were cardboard cutouts of President Donald Drumpf, signs for "Drumpf Pence" and displays featuring West Virginia Republicans.
Delegate Mike Angelucci alleged the House sergeant at arms called all Muslims terrorists in an argument over the poster. "That's not freedom of speech," Angelucci said. "That's hate speech, and it has no place in this House. I don't want to see her representing the people of this state in this House again."
The GOP is a national threat
Ms. Omar's tweet was also linked in the article, and I scrolled through only a bit, until I came over this comment that showed that the US used to be better than this. The Arlington cemetery showed this the best, but have a look yourself, if you please.
Twitter link to the comment
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Senate likely to block Yemen bill
“It’s no surprise that the Republican leadership in the Senate would try to use any means to thwart the will of the Congress and thwart the will of the people. It’s just disgraceful,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said in an interview. “I’ve been around this place for 30 years. When there’s a will, there’s a way. If you want to pass something, you do it. And if you don’t want to do it, you find every excuse under the sun to say why you can’t do it.”
But House Republicans will likely try again to add language condemning anti-Semitism, a move that would put Democrats in an uncomfortable political position to vote “no” on the amendment in order to ensure that the War Powers resolution advances to Drumpf’s desk. If that amendment passes, the measure would face the same obstacle from the Senate parliamentarian.
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Authored by Daniel DiMartino
While neither ‘ #Medicare for All’ nor a #wealth #tax will turn America into Venezuela overnight, all it would take is a series of catastrophic policies.
The first time I couldn’t buy #food at the grocery store, I was 15 years old. It was 2014 in Caracas, Venezuela, and I had spent more than an hour in line waiting. When I got to the register, I noticed I had forgotten my ID that day. Without the ID, the #government #rationing system would not let the supermarket sell my family the full quota of food we needed. It was four days until the government allowed me to buy more.
This was fairly normal for me. All my life, I lived under socialism in Venezuela until I left and came to the United States as a student in 2016. Because the regime in charge imposed price controls and nationalized the most important private industries, production plummeted. No wonder I had to wait hours in lines to buy simple products such as toothpaste or flour.
And the shortages went far beyond the supermarket.
My family and I suffered from #blackouts and lack of water. The regime nationalized electricity in 2007 in an effort to make electricity “ #free.” Unsurprisingly, this resulted in underinvestment in the electrical grid. By 2016, my home lost power roughly once a week.
Our water situation was even worse. Initially, my family didn’t have running water for only about one day per month, but as the years passed we sometimes went several weeks straight without it.
For all these problems, the regime has blamed an iguana, right-wing sabotage and even the weather.
A rich country, wasted resources
The excuses for these shortages were hollow: In reality, Venezuela has the largest proven oil reserves in the world to use for electricity, and three times more fresh water resources per person than the United States. The real reason my family went without water and electricity was the socialist economy instituted by dictators Hugo #Chavez and Nicolas #Maduro.
The #welfare programs, many minimum-wage hikes and nationalizations implemented by their regimes resulted in a colossal government deficit that the central bank covered by simply printing more money — leading to rampant #inflation. Now, prices double every few weeks, and the standard of living continues to plummet.
Mosaic depicts late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, left, and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on Jan. 30, 2019. (Photo11: JUAN BARRETO, AFP/Getty Images)
I watched what was once one of the richest countries in Latin America gradually fall apart under the weight of big government.
I didn’t need to look at statistics to see this but rather at my own family. When Chavez took office in 1999, my parents were earning several thousand dollars a month between the two of them. By 2016, due to inflation, they earned less than $2 a day. If my parents hadn’t fled the country for Spain in 2017, they’d now be earning less than $1 a day, the international definition of extreme poverty. Even now, the inflation rate in Venezuela is expected to reach 10 million percent this year.
Venezuela has become a country where a woeful number of children suffer from #malnutrition, and where working two full-time jobs will pay for only 6 pounds of chicken a month.
#American #liberals embrace same #failed #policies
Though so many of us Venezuelans fled to the USA to escape from the destructive consequences of socialism, liberal #politicians like Sen. #Bernie #Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. José #Serrano, D-N.Y., have praised the same kind of policies that produced famine, mass exodus and soaring inflation in Venezuela.
Even worse, in recent weeks, Democratic Reps. #Ilhan #Omar, #Ro #Khanna and #Tulsi #Gabbard have mischaracterized the protests against Maduro and condemned President Donald #Trump’s widely supported moves to help end Maduro’s dictatorship.
Additionally, many congressional Democrats support #Medicare for All and the #Green New Deal, proposals that would nationalize the health insurance industry, guarantee everyone who wants it a job and massively raise taxes, increasing government intervention in the economy like few countries except Cuba and Venezuela have seen before. Proponents think that they can give all Americans quality health care, housing and everything for free and that somehow, politicians can do a better job at running a business than the business owners themselves.
Di Martino, center, with his parents in Caracas, Venezuela, in December 2016. (Photo11: Family handout)
These proposals would skyrocket the budget deficit and national #debt, which just reached a record $22 trillion. If that is not enough, Rep. #Alexandria #Ocasio-Cortez endorsed paying for the proposal by asking the Federal Reserve to print money. This is exactly what produced Venezuela’s nightmare.
Even so, liberal #economist Paul #Krugman recently argued in a column that “whenever you see someone invoking Venezuela as a reason not to consider progressive policy ideas, you know right away that the person in question is uninformed, dishonest, or both.”
I can assure Mr. Krugman that I’m neither uninformed nor dishonest. Of course, it’s true that neither Medicare for All nor a wealth tax alone would turn the United States into Venezuela overnight. No single radical proposal would do that. However, if all or most of these measures are implemented, they could have the same catastrophic consequences for the American people that they had for Venezuela.
In his recent State of the Union address, President #Trump said: “America will never be a socialist country.” I sincerely hope that the president is right, and that every American can resist the lure of #false #promises — so this great country can always shine above the dark cloud of socialism, and avoid Venezuela’s fate.
Daniel Di Martino is a Venezuelan expatriate and Young Voices contributor studying economics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Follow him on Twitter @DanielDiMartino.
Democrats and Israel
J Street was set up to counteract AIPAC, the target of Omar’s ire, and push for a more moderate, balanced U.S. policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But it also opposes BDS and some of the positions of farther-left Israel critics. The group dropped its endorsement of Rep. Rashida Tlaib before the midterm elections when it became clear she does not support a two-state solution.
There are a couple of people in the caucus who have come out in favor of BDS, but there’s 230 members who have not. I don’t see that as a sharp divide. What I see is Republicans who, for partisan purposes, are trying to drive a wedge in the Democratic Party.
Talking about cooperation that is needed to make progress in favour of all US-Americans.
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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D - MN) accuses Jewish groups of financing pro-Israel bill
Omar's comments touched upon a long-running, and particularly ugly, thread of the anti-Semitic movement — that Jewish money fuels backing for Israel in the United States and elsewhere. A freshman Democrat, Max Rose of New York, said, "Congresswoman Omar's statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself."
This doesn't answer the question, though. She wanted to know whether Jewish groups fueled campaign donations that now led to this bill which she rejected on her behalf.
And the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee is a non-profit that doesn't donate directly to candidates.
"Equating [Omar and Tlaib's] criticism of Israel to Steve King's long defense of white supremacy is obscene (McCarthy said it's worse). In the US, we're allowed to criticize our own government: certainly foreign governments. The GOP House Leader's priorities are warped."
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Au procès de Mehdi Nemmouche, accusé de l'attentat sanglant au Musée juif de Bruxelles en 2014, quatre journalistes doivent témoigner ce jeudi. Ex-otages de Daech en Syrie, ils ont subi les accès de violence du djihadiste français quand il était l'un des gardiens de prison des islamistes à Alep.
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Congressman Lee Zedlin (R - N.Y.) continously insulted Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D - MN)
It started on Tuesday, when he found out he had been chosen as the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Exciting! But he couldn’t fully rejoice in the honor of being the second-most-powerful member of a House subcommittee because he also learned that he would have to work on the panel alongside freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).
“I wish Hitler would have done his fucking job.” Zeldin, who is Jewish, tagged her in the post and asked if she disagreed with the caller’s rant.
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Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D - MN) adresses her comments on Daily Show
“You are someone who has been very outspoken, you've always spoken your mind and spoken directly to people, voters, your colleagues, et cetera, and recently you've come under fire for a few of your previous comments,” Noah told his guest.
“That happened for me,” Omar said. “I was like, ‘Do not call me that, that's not what I was doing.’ And I was like, oh, I see what you're saying now. So I had to take a deep breath and understand where people were coming from and what point they were trying to make, which is what I expect people to do when I'm talking to them about things that impact me or offend me.”
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