Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar – famed member of “the squad” – proposed a resolution this week that calls for the United States to “boycott, divest, and sanction” Israel. Omar compared the boycott of the Jewish state and strong U.S. ally to that of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
At this point there should be no question left in anybody’s mind that Ilhan Omar is an anti-Semite.
If a Republican had called for such a thing the mainstream media would have been all over them. They would have been instantaneously labeled as a “bigot” from coast to coast. Omar on the other hand, has a rich history of making anti-Jewish comments only to face absolutely no backlash as the liberal media helps to sweep it under the rug.
Although the resolution doesn’t explicitly name Israel or the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, she told media outlets that the resolution concerns the Jewish state:
“We are introducing a resolution … to really speak about the American values that support and believe in our ability to exercise our First Amendment rights in regard to boycotting,” Omar told Al-Monitor.
“And it is an opportunity for us to explain why it is we support a nonviolent movement, which is the BDS movement,” she added.
The resolution was quickly shot down by Republican representatives, one in particular being Rep. Lee Zeldin. Zeldin slammed Omar for introducing it, adding that she brought “her hateful twist” by advertising the BDS movement.
“Israel is our best ally in the Mid East; a beacon of hope, freedom & liberty, surrounded by existential threats,” Zeldin wrote in a tweet. “Shame on Rep Omar for bringing her hateful twist on that reality to House Foreign today, propping up the BDS movement & blaming Israel for all of its challenges.”
The resolution affirms the right to boycott as an expression of free speech and cites examples of boycott movements against Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, and apartheid South Africa.
“Americans of conscience have a proud history of participating in boycotts to advocate for human rights abroad including … boycotting Nazi Germany from March 1933 to October 1941 in response to the dehumanization of the Jewish people in the lead-up to the Holocaust,” Omar said in the resolution introduced Tuesday.
Omar’s measure will be co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, the first female Palestinian-American lawmaker in Congress who openly supports a one-state solution in the Israeli-Palestine conflict, and U.S. Rep. John Lewis.
The resolution, however, will likely run into a wall built by her own party. Democrats who acknowledge that the BDS movement is wrong are already working on a resolution to condemn it.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee passed on Wednesday a resolution that accuses the BDS movement of promoting “principles of collective guilt, mass punishment and group isolation,” the Times of Israel reported.
It remains unclear if the resolution will be introduced to the whole Congress next week amid fears over intra-party clashes.
“I think the timing would not be very wise to take up additional measures around the Middle East,” Rep. Mark Pocan told Politico. “Donald Trump just brought us all together, so let’s take advantage of that.”
While the media has recently crucified President Trump for a simple tweet in which he (indirectly) called out Omar for being anti-American. After introducing something like this that goes against American interests, what more proof do the people need that he is right?