Opinion: Shame On Nancy Pelosi For Endorsing Ilhan Omar

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WASHINGTON (JNS/Farley Weiss)- On March 7, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Resolution 183 condemning anti-Semitism. The resolution, which passed 407-23, was initiated in response to anti-Semitic comments made by Democratic Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

The text of the resolution, whose purpose was to “ensure safety” for the Jewish people, states that “accusing Jews of being more loyal to Israel or to the Jewish community than to the U.S. constitutes anti-Semitism.”

Clause 1 rejects the perpetuation of anti-Semitic stereotypes, including the pernicious myth of dual loyalty and foreign allegiance, especially in the context of support for the U.S.-Israel alliance.

This is relevant to Omar’s Feb. 27, 2019 categorization of supporters of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship as people who “push allegiance to a foreign country.”

This followed Tlaib’s tweet the previous month, in which she criticized Sen. Marco Rubio’s anti-BDS efforts with the accusation: “They forgot what country they represent.”

Rubio responded, “The ‘dual loyalty’ canard is a typical anti-Semitic line.”

Neither Omar nor Tlaib has apologized for their textbook anti-Semitic statements.

In 2016, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance adopted a working definition of anti-Semitism, which since has been widely adopted around the world, including by the U.S. State Department. The definition includes various anti-Israel activities, such as opposition to the existence of a Jewish state.

This does not mean that Israel is above criticism; it means that opposing the existence of the Jewish state and the right to Jewish self-determination is anti-Semitic. Hence, by definition, Tlaib’s opposition to the existence of the Jewish state of Israel clearly constitutes an anti-Semitic view.

The BDS movement, supported by Reps. Omar and Tlaib, aims to weaken and ultimately destroy the sovereign state of Israel by economic, social and political means. Cofounded by Omar Barghouti, who opposes the establishment of Israel in 1948, the BDS movement aims to undermine the only democracy in the Middle East and a loyal ally of the United States. It is most telling that Omar misled the public during her election campaign by saying that she opposed the BDS movement, and only came clean with her true views after she was elected.

Omar is up for reelection. She has a strong Democratic challenger in the primary in her heavily Democratic district. Her challenger is African American Antone Melton-Meaux, whose father is a decorated Vietnam veteran, whose mother grew up picking cotton and whose wife is a surgeon.

Melton-Meaux, a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, founded a law firm in Minnesota. A recipient of the prestigious Congressional Black Caucus Fellowship, he worked with former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile.

He raised $3,200,000 in the last quarter, compared to $471,000 raised by Omar, and had twice as much money in the bank for the last month of their primary campaign.

It should have been easy, then, for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to endorse him for Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District over Omar, whose outrageous anti-Semitic statements and anti-Israel agenda have been greatly problematic for the Democratic Party. Sadly, however, she endorsed Omar.

The Republicans had a similar decision regarding Congressman Steve King. Its leadership under Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy rightly endorsed his primary challenger, Randy Feenstra. That endorsement, and his dropping of King from all committees, helped lead to King’s loss. Pelosi should have behaved similarly. She should have dropped Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee and endorsed Melton-Meaux.

Former basketball champion Kareem Abdul Jabbar recently and bravely wrote about the “shocking lack of massive indignation” concerning recent anti-Semitic statements made by black athletes and celebrities. Thankfully, several of them since have apologized for their remarks.

In contrast, the anti-Semitism of Omar and Tlaib has become acceptable within the halls of Congress. Pelosi had an easy opportunity to stand up against this anti-Semitism by endorsing Melton-Meaux, but she failed to do so.

Jabbar quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous comment that “an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Jabbar also said that “it is not enough to have good intentions, because it’s the actual deeds—and words—which have the real impact.”

Pelosi is not anti-Semitic. However, her decision to endorse Omar was not the act of someone standing against anti-Semitism.

Farley Weiss is president of the National Council of Young Israel. He is an intellectual property attorney for the law firm of Weiss & Moy.

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27 COMMENTS

    • Gee, I wonder whether you’ve ever commented on the many anti-Trump articles and comments here. Or is your concern limited to only politicians from one party?

    • You are PureEvil to move to gaza where your terrorist buddies live.

  1. This is your Democratic Party anti idreal anti Semitic with no shame. They know fools will still vote for them like lemmings
    But where’s NYS Senator chucky Schumer the self anointed shumer yisroel No where to be found until election time
    Switch parties to wake them up. And yes they will notice these trends

  2. Voting for Democrats is voting for anti-Semites to have more power and chas v’shalom do worse than they already have. Remember that every time you vote (as I”YH in November).

  3. I honestly don’t chap how is apposing Israel “anti-semitic”. You can say it’s wrong to oppose Israel but how is it anti-semitic. Let’s just for once air this out. I’m willing to listen and understand.

    • Judaism is a religion. You are antisemitic if you oppose the Jewish religion.
      Israel is a nation. One can oppose what Israel does, but that is anti Israel, not antisemitic.

    • That’s because you are an ignorant moron, those who oppose Israel oppose it because it is a Jewish state, that is why they only oppose Israel even though there are dozens of nations who are even worse than what they accuse Israel of.

      • Wow. I have never been called an “ignorant moron” before, or a “deranged evil poster.”
        As far as I know, Israel is a secular state. No nation is perfect.
        But can I pose a question to everyone? What if the 1948 war had gone the other way. Now the Jewish population would then be in the current position of the Palestinians Do you not believe that the Jewish population would be reacting the same way the Palestinians do today? All oppressed people try to rebel or topple the government in control

  4. I honestly don’t chap how is apposing Israel “anti-semitic”. You can say it’s wrong to oppose Israel but how do you get to anti-semitic. Let’s just for once air this out. I’m willing to listen and understand.

  5. She does not oppose the Jewish state.
    Her dual loyalty canard is just as invalid as accusing her of having dual loyalty to Somalia or Islam/Koran.
    Boycotting is a valid weapon against any company, state or country that are doing acts that you feel are unjust.
    All Jews should realize we are in golus edom and yishmael before the acharis hayamim.

    • Ah. So the German boycotts of Jewish businesses were justified, then, according to your logic? After all, Hitler built up a following by claiming that they had stabbed Germany in the back…

      • Hitler boycotted Jews. BDS boycotts Israel. One is a people, a race. The other is a country a political entity. Sort of like America sanctioning Iran and many other countries.

        • If the only reason you are boycotting the country is because it’s Jewish than that is anti semitic, if its for the reasons they claim then they would be boycotting many more countries than just Israel.

          • The other – possibly problematic – countries are either already being boycotted or condemned or being treated indifferent by the US and other western super powers. While Israel is not just not being boycotted they are in fact being nurtured and hailed as the heroes by our country. So – in their defense – the US is the enabler here, and they are the only ones left to speak out against them. So therefore we come back to the original question, how does opposing Israel translate into anti-semitism.

  6. Is Joe Biden alive? We haven’t heard from him in quite some time. Just like Osama bin Laden, they put out some prepared videos from 3 years ago.

  7. Joe Biden IS alive, gets dressed up by his handlers, gets trotted out to read large print statements on teleprompters, doesn’t answer questions and takes frequent naps.
    The hour is getting late _ they have to trot him out for longer time chunks or else…

  8. The democrat party has fully embraced anti Israel Jew haters because they are their base and they want to stay in power.

  9. Omar is out. Deep in my heart I feel she is anti-American. The alternative candidate “African American Antone Melton-Meaux” will win. (I wish him well)

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