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Left-Wing Democrats: ‘If Hating Israel Is Wrong, We Don’t Want to Be Right’

Posted on | March 7, 2019 | 3 Comments

 

That tweet by Colorado leftist Saira Rao perfectly encapsulates the problems of the new Democrat majority in the House. Nancy Pelosi wanted to pass a resolution — obviously aimed at Ilhan Omar — condemning anti-Semitism. But this has failed, because the Left has welcomed Jew-haters into their ranks, and anti-Semitism is particularly prevalent among radical “women of color” (WOC, in social-justice shorthand) like Linda Sarsour. On elite university campuses now, the anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) movement unites radical students and, not incidentally, serves as a Trojan Horse for anti-white racism. What is meant, after all, by BDS rhetoric condemning Israel as an “apartheid state”? Conservative Jews like David Horowitz and William Jacobson have been warning about this tendency for years. When you see Nancy Pelosi linked to David Duke (!!!) in left-wing rhetoric, you see how serious this threat is in Democrat politics.

 

Ilhan Omar keeps doubling down, and Pelosi is trapped:

Democrats have had the majority in the House of Representatives for just two months, but they’ve already been sidetracked by an ugly divide over anti-Semitism and other bigotry.
For weeks, tensions on Capitol Hill have been rising over remarks from freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota questioning the allegiance of Israel supporters in Congress. Her comments drew condemnation from many of her fellow Democrats and prompted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California to push for a vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism. Rather than putting the issue behind them, however, the move has prolonged the controversy and put a spotlight on divisions inside the party around a highly sensitive issue.
The resolution came after Omar criticized politicians by using anti-Semitic tropes, prompting condemnation from several Jewish Democratic lawmakers and an apology from Omar last month. But Omar later dug in when she suggested pro-Israel interests pushed members of Congress to pledge allegiance to a “foreign country,” drawing further outrage from her colleagues.
Pelosi had a choice: She could issue piecemeal condemnations and hope the issue disappeared, or nip it in the bud with a strong resolution staking out the House’s stance on anti-Semitism. She chose the latter but didn’t count on the resistance from allies of Omar. After an ugly scrum broke out on Wednesday behind closed doors, the vote was tabled. Leadership is now rewriting the resolution to condemn all hate, not just anti-Semitism.
Members from both the Congressional Black Caucus and the younger, far-left wing of the party were furious about the leadership’s gambit. They questioned singling out Omar for condemnation. What about bigotry from Republicans, including President Donald Trump? And why were Democrats so focused on a woman of color, one of just two Muslims in Congress? Could the added scrutiny even put Omar in danger?
“Like some of my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus, I am concerned that the spotlight being put on Congresswoman Omar may put her at risk,” California Sen. Kamala Harris told reporters Wednesday. Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts — who like Harris are running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination — also voiced their support for Omar.
Others on the left asked why Democrats were condemning only bigotry against Jews. “We think that hate and racism in our country is growing. American Jewish, LGBTQ, Latino, immigrant, Muslim — it is something that needs to be looked at as a whole instead of just trying to come up with a hierarchy of hurt and pain,” Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, another freshman Democrat and the other Muslim in Congress, told CNN on Wednesday.

So, Democrats can’t condemn anti-Semitism because, without anti-Semitism, they’d lose “the younger, far-left wing of the party” — the Jew-haters who support Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

In case I haven’t reminded you lately, some of my cousins are Jewish Democrats. They despise Donald Trump, but I wonder: How long will they be able to maintain their anti-Trump stance if Pelosi fails to suppress the Jew-haters in her coalition? You can go back as far as the 1960s and see how this poisonous weed has grown on the Left.

Anti-Israel politics functioned as a proxy for anti-Semitism among “Black Power” radicals, and anti-Semitism was a proxy for anti-white racism. In 1996, I interviewed a former activist for SNCC who bemoaned how “Stokely Carmichael and that crowd ran the white people out of the movement” circa 1966. That tendency flourished again in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and, while it seemed to fade during the Obama years, it continued growing with the BDS movement on college campuses. Now, with Trump in the White House and Democrats controlling the House, Pelosi finds herself yoked to this radicalism and it will be difficult, if not impossible, for her to disentangle herself from the anti-Israel/anti-white sentiment that flourishes among “the younger, far-left wing of the party.”

“All is proceeding as I have foreseen . . .”


 

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