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By: Haider Umar/Arab America Contributing Writer
The most circulated story propagating around political news regarding Palestine is that Ilhan Omar is an out-right Anti-Semite because she represents the rights of U.S. citizens and stands to pledge allegiance to our flag, rather than that of a foreign nation. Negative rhetoric about Ilhan is circulating again due to her supposed discriminatory comments. The president yet again chimed in on the situation and stated that Omar’s latest controversial statement ‘is a dark day for Israel.” It is most definitely a “dark day” but not for Israelis but for the Palestinians whose human rights Ilhan Omar fights to protect.
Ali Abunimah, director at electronicintifada.net, wrote the piece “Ilhan Omar under attack for telling the truth about Israel lobby.” The Electronic Intifada has also covered how charges of anti-Semitism are used in Britain. See the pieces “Yes, of course, Israel is interfering in British politics” and “Israel lobby funders back breakaway British MPs” by Asa Winstanley.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Democrats are taking action Wednesday in response to controversial remarks by Rep. Ilhan Omar about Israel by passing the Anti- Semitism Resolution, the second such criticism of the freshman Democrat from party leaders in recent weeks.
Controversies have riddled the freshmen congresswomen’s agenda for the past month, or so, she is the first Somali-refugee elected to Congress, and she is also one of the first practicing Muslim congressional officials in our nation’s history.
Many prominent progressive Organizations banded together in support of Ilhan Omar, as they beseeched Speaker Pelosi and Democratic leadership from partaking in such actions against Omar’s right to voice her opinions to her constituents.
A guardian of the People
Her successful introduction into Congress was however short-lived as Ilhan has become the supposed “public enemy #1” to some for her courageous stance against the influence of special interest groups on our government’s involvement in foreign nations, according to Omar such unchecked intrusion can have a severely damaging impact on the scope of American civil liberties. Ilhan also spoke about the impact such practices of foreign interest implementation can have on the nations and people we try to “help” under the banner of democracy.
Here’s Ilhan schooling a Trump envoy to Venezuela, for human rights atrocities that happened under his watch:
Abba Solomon author of The Speech, and Its Context: Jacob Blaustein’s Speech “The Meaning of Palestine Partition to American Jews.” said: “’Anti-semitic tropes’ are tendentiously read into Omar’s comments. AIPAC allies should stop hiding behind Jews, and Democratic politicians should stop feigning such sensitivity to Jewish feelings when Zionist lobbying is the subject. It’s an offensive game.
All such criticism or discriminatory labeling of Ilhan was advanced when a tweet of hers addressing the influence of money in politics was spun off as an “Anti-Semitic” trope. “ It’s all about Benjamin’s baby” Right-winged opposition of Omar exploded with outrage at the fact that someone mentioned money as an underlining influencer of U.S. politics, Blasphemy! Republicans cried!
During a Town Hall meeting at Busboys & Poets last week, Ilhan spoke about how our politicians seem to be focusing more on agendas set up for them through allegiance to a foreign nation rather than the United States. An Uproar emerged yet again in Congress, as senior staff of the Republican party started to villainize Omar, as they urge Democratic leadership to remove her from the Foreign Affairs Committee, where Ilhan’s a prominent member.
Fellow progressive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) has defended Ilhan by saying that she has faced the consequences for speaking out about interest groups and is slandered as an anti-Semite, racist rhetoric that posters in a Republican-sponsored event showcased proudly. Posters such as these are a little indication of the Republican standard of ethics towards racism.
Ilhan continues to bravely face the fangs of her opponents who so blatantly employ bigoted tactics but yet hold a double standard when it comes to issues they want to cause a scene. Ilhan spoke about peace, posterity and conveying the voices of people that haven’t been heard for decades, who have been neglected, to manipulate her message into the false context of Anti-Semitism is shameful. Ilhan has stood up for the rights of the Semitic children of Palestine numerous times. She stands for the rights of U.S. civilians and their civil liberties.
Ilhan’s brave stance against oppression and human rights violations and her outspoken attitude towards special interests groups is being condemned by her party; a betrayal caused because of growing democratic party tensions over Foreign interest influence in U.S. government.