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We believe that it is critical for the resolution to condemn all forms of bigotry. In today’s political climate, antisemitism and Islamophobia are frighteningly prevalent, their flames being fanned at the highest levels, including by the current presidential administration. We must work hand-in-hand to combat them together. A congressional resolution cannot afford to glance over the alarming spike of actual antisemitism, Islamophobia, and religious bigotry in the U.S. today, particularly from the far-right that is by far the greatest purveyor of hate crimes, as statistics show. To single out Congresswoman Omar with unfounded accusations of antisemitism in itself perpetuates an Islamophobic stereotype that Muslims are inherently antisemitic. Americans, including Muslims, can and should be, able to criticize Israeli policies or American policies toward Israel without being falsely accused of antisemitism.

Furthermore, no nation-state should be above criticism. No lobby, whether representing foreign or domestic interests, should be above criticism. Criticizing Saudi Arabia or the Saudi lobby is not inherently Islamophobic; similarly, criticizing Israeli policies or the Israeli lobby is not inherently anti-semitic. Representative Ilhan was consistent in her critique of both. Censoring and silencing political commentary, even on sensitive issues deemed unpopular by some, weakens our democracy and is counter to the interests of our country and our core values of free political expression. The Democratic leadership should also not gloss over or erase the many prominent Jewish voices who penned op-eds, ran interviews, or took to social media to echo the above points.

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Most with those making <50k, least, wealthy.

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jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/democratic-national-committee-rejects-fox-news-for-debates-citing-new-yorker-article/2019/03/06/a0bdf55c-402e-11e9-922c-64d6b7840b82_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.1015ea940479&utm_source=reddit.com

The Democratic National Committee has decided to exclude Fox News Channel from televising any of its candidate debates during the 2019-2020 cycle as a result of published revelations detailing the cable network’s close ties to the Trump administration.

In a statement Wednesday, DNC Chairman Tom Perez cited a story in the New Yorker magazine this week that detailed how Fox has promoted President Trump’s agenda. The article, entitled “The Making of the Fox News White House,” suggested that the news network had become a propaganda vehicle for Trump.

“I believe that a key pathway to victory is to continue to expand our electorate and reach all voters,” said Perez in his statement to The Washington Post. “That is why I have made it a priority to talk to a broad array of potential media partners, including Fox News. Recent reporting in the New Yorker on the inappropriate relationship between President Trump, his administration and Fox News has led me to conclude that the network is not in a position to host a fair and neutral debate for our candidates. Therefore, Fox News will not serve as a media partner for the 2020 Democratic primary debates.”

polarbear4

We’ll stick with our own propaganda stations, thank you!

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orlbucfan

Every one of these judges can be removed by impeachment/recalls etc.. That includes the whole level from local to SCOTUS.

jcitybone

Vote may never happen

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-democrats-erupt-in-protests-over-indirect-sanction-of-rep-omar-for-alleged-anti-semitism/2019/03/06/c06bcd18-4022-11e9-85ad-779ef05fd9d8_story.html?utm_term=.da4ff11f6c2b&utm_source=reddit.com

House Democrats erupted into a full-scale brawl Wednesday, challenging leaders over indirectly sanctioning freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar for alleged anti-Semitic remarks amid an outcry over party inaction to President Trump’s divisive comments on race.

In a closed-door session, Democrats protested plans to vote this week on a resolution condemning religious hatred, a measure prompted by Omar’s comments last week suggesting supporters of Israel have “allegiance to a foreign country.”

The remarks have exploded into a larger debate over how Congress should respond to individual racial and religious grievances. It also touched off Democratic concerns that the splintering was overshadowing the newfound majority’s agenda, with Republicans seeking to capi­tal­ize politically on the divide.

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) said Wednesday there may not be a vote this week on any resolution. “We’re discussing what is the best way to address it,” he said.

Many of those speaking out Wednesday were members of the Congressional Black Caucus, who bristled at the notion that Omar (Minn.) would be targeted for a rebuke — even an indirect one, as Democratic leaders had planned — while lawmakers remain silent about Republican behavior, especially that of Trump.

“I think there’s a big rise in anti-Semitism and racism, and that’s a bigger conversation we need to be having.” said Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.). “But it starts at 1600 Pennsylvania. It doesn’t start with one member out of 435 members of Congress.”

polarbear4

Yay!!!!!!🎇📲🎊

jcitybone

The WaPo piece by Waldman defending Omar was great though

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-slandering-of-ilhan-omar/

Even though there is an actual member of Congress who has called himself “David Duke without the baggage” and the president peddles racist bigotry of all stripes, The Washington Post somehow found it journalistically appropriate on Monday to compare Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, to Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar. Omar, a Democrat who has criticized the relationship between Israel and the United States, spoke out recently about “ending oppression, or the freeing of every human life and wanting dignity” in light of Israel’s human rights abuses against Palestinians.

The piece was written by Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the far-right, Koch-funded Ethics and Public Policy Center, a think tank once led by Elliott Abrams, Donald Trump’s Venezuela envoy. Omar questioned Abrams last month over his role in human rights abuses and his conviction for lying to Congress.

jcitybone

https://thinkprogress.org/republicans-vote-against-anti-semitism-measure-yemen-bill-ilhan-omar-d6d1ac9bbde7/

Sonya Meyerson-Knox, the media program manager at Jewish Voice for Peace, which has said that it does not see Omar’s comments as anti-Semitic, also highlighted the double standards.

“When we see criticism of representative Ilhan Omar coming from someone like Rep. Kevin McCarthy who has made anti-Semitic tweets of his own or more recently by Rep. Jim Jordan [(R-OH)], who kind of had an anti-Semitic tweet over the weekend, and they are still somehow able to criticize [Rep.] Ilhan Omar, there is nothing good faith going on there and it is absolutely unmitigated hypocrisy,” said Meyerson-Knox.

“There is legitimate anti-Semitism, and it is growing, and we are gravely concerned about that,” she added. “We see it coming from the White House, when [the president] defends the people carrying tiki torches in Charlottesvile. We see it coming from members of Congress… We see it coming from who gets placed in the Trump administration. And we certainly see it in international leaders, from Hungary and Brazil and whatnot, so it’s no doubt that anti-Semitism is on the rise. It’s just that criticizing the state of Israel, whether or not you are a seated member of Congress, is not anti-Semitic.”

jcitybone

It’s not up to him in any case

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ilhan-omar-foreign-affairs-committee_n_5c7fa182e4b0e62f69e818af

The House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman said he won’t remove Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from the panel over comments that have been criticized as anti-Semitic, despite Republican calls for her ouster.

“I don’t know that that would do anything except exacerbate the situation even more,” Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) told CNN, saying that he wasn’t even considering booting the freshman lawmaker from the committee. He said the decision would be up to House leadership, not him.

jcitybone

Except she said nothing about Jewish dual loyalty, she was talking about her dual loyalty

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/06/opinion/israel-ilhan-omar.html

When I see that dual-loyalty charge coming from a congresswoman who first signaled opposition to B.D.S. and then support for it, when I see it coming from a congresswoman who has never been to Israel, when I see it coming from a congresswoman who, to my knowledge, has never criticized the Palestinian leadership for its corruption and failure — time and again — to seize on peace overtures from Israeli leaders who, unlike Netanyahu, actually wanted to forge a two-state solution, when I see it coming from a congresswoman who seems to be obsessed with Israel’s misdeeds as the biggest problem in the Middle East — not Iran’s effective occupation of four Arab capitals, its support for ethnic cleansing and the use of poison gas in Syria and its crushing of Lebanese democracy — it makes me suspicious of her motives.

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humphrey

Sometimes it doesn’t pay to be overly cautious.

humphrey

humphrey

This is an example how the MSM tries to control the narrative.

humphrey

jcitybone

humphrey

humphrey

Fox News brainwashing its audience. LOL

polarbear4

Half of them know it’s a lie, but they want to believe it, so they do.

humphrey

Good grief!

polarbear4

JHC.

humphrey

Abolish ICE!

humphrey

humphrey

If some of these Republicans actually had a brain they would be dangerous.

polarbear4

#NotRacist

humphrey

polarbear4

polarbear4

If only.

polarbear4

Good thread.

polarbear4

https://shadowproof.com/2019/03/06/house-democrats-ilhan-omar-rebuke-implodes-israel/

Then, as well as now, Omar refused to allow the vilification to stop her from advocating for those “silenced for many decades and many generations.”

“We’re here to fight for the people of our district who want to make sure that there is actual prosperity, actual prosperity, being guaranteed,” Omar declared. “Because there is a direct correlation between not having clean water, and starting endless wars. It’s all about the profit and who gets benefit.”

“There’s a direct correlation between corporations that are getting rich, and the fact that we have students who are shackled with debt. There is a direct correlation between the White House and the people who are benefiting from detention beds.”

Omar concluded, “What people are afraid of is not that there are two Muslims in Congress. What people are afraid of is that there are two Muslims in Congress that have their eyes wide open, that have their feet to the ground, that know what they’re talking about, that are fearless, and that understand that they have the same election certificate that everyone in Congress does.”

Powerful.

orlbucfan

So was the backlash. I am very glad to see it. 🙂

polarbear4

It’s behind a firewall for me, but it sounds awesome.

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