Omar Offers Resolution Supporting Boycott of Israel
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, the first Somali American to be elected to Congress, has been in the news lately. The kerfuffle concerning the “send her back!” chants that occurred at the most recent President Trump monster MAGA rally has drowned out a more important bit of news surrounding the fiery, radical House member, a member of the so-called Squad of four radical female members of Congress that includes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The Hill explains:
“Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) introduced a House resolution Tuesday that would reaffirm Americans’ rights to boycott ‘in pursuit of civil and human rights.’
“The resolution, co-sponsored by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), comes ahead of a potentially ugly intraparty fight over another resolution to condemn the global boycott, divest and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
“The resolution seeks to affirm 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’ and ‘opposes unconstitutional legislative efforts to limit the use of boycotts to further civil rights at home and abroad.’”
The BDS movement is an anti-Semitic organization that seeks to destroy the State of Israel through economic warfare. It is particularly aimed at Israeli companies that operate in the West Bank. Ironically, the BDS campaign has tended to hurt Palestinians who are employed at these enterprises.
Omar compares the BDS boycott of the Jewish state to similar ones of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. But it is more like the Nazi era campaign to “do not buy from Jews!” The Nazi campaign was designed to cripple Jewish owned businesses in Germany as a prelude to the Holocaust.
Ilhan Omar is an anti-Semite. She once accused supporters of Israel of being motivated by money rather than conviction. As the Times of Israel noted:
“Omar, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, was responding on Twitter to Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCathy’s vow to ‘take action’ against her and Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, both of whom support the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.
“’It’s all about the Benjamins baby,’ Omar tweeted, reacting to another tweet from the prominent journalist Glenn Greenwald, who said it was ‘stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans,’ referring to McCarthy’s pledge.”
The statement, which fed on an anti-Semitic trope about Jews and money, elicited an attempt in Congress to censure Omar. However, the measure, under pressure from the radical left, was watered down to condemn all forms of bigotry. It should be noted that President Trump did not get the same consideration when more recently the House passed a measure that rebuked him by name.
Omar, in the meantime, told Real Clear Politics that she does not regret her anti-Semitic remarks. She has also made light of the 9/11 attacks, characterizing it as, “Some people did something.”
To compound the irony, Rep Omar has announced her intention to visit Israel, a country she has frequently vilified, along with another member of the Squad, Rep Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich, a Palestinian American and another critic of Israel. Israel may not allow them to visit, citing a recent law that bars entry to the Jewish state to supporters of economic boycotts such as the one being waged by the BDS.
President Trump and his supporters hope and some Democrats fear that Ilhan Omar and her sisters in the Squad become the face of the modern Democratic Party. One indication of how much of they will become the symbols of the Democrats will be how far the pro-boycott resolution will go. Will it even be taken up by a committee? Will it get a vote on the floor?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has tangled with the Squad before, will doubtless try to block a vote on the resolution. Omar will likely then make a lot of noise how, once again, the speaker is targeting “women of color.”
Trump has gotten some flack about the chanting that occurred at the most recent rally. He has disavowed the chant, after due consideration. He has thus maintained the moral high ground so long as Nancy Pelosi failed to bring her unruly members to heel.