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Thanks for this Subir this certainly deserves its own thread. I likely will ad a few things that have been posted earlier.

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Insanely Bigoted Anti-Ilhan Omar Poster Displayed In W Virginia Capitol

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orlbucfan

It’s “unacceptable” to criticize a major source of political bribes? Really? Wonder how much AIPAC coin lines Vargas’s pockets? Plus, he’s violating our First Amendment rights. T and R, subir!!

Don midwest
Don midwest

Right!!! Can’t criticize bribes!!

What is the difference between a Mafia extraction of resources and a bribe?

An election?

jcitybone

Some more tweets from AOC. As I said yesterday, Vargas’s statement was a gift because it gave their game away.

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Don midwest
Don midwest

Well, well, Arron David Miller gets into the mix

a few years ago spent a week at Chautauqua Institution and they have an afternoon session in the Hall of Philosophy and Miller was on for the whole week

he is an “expert” in Middle East politics and worked on the issue for decades as a member of the State Department. He recounts a meeting with others and Bill Clinton that he was a chicken and didn’t speak up to make a recommendation that would change history. Or something like that. I listened hard and tried to discern his mission. It was not until later that I realized that he was a Zionist who was spinning the message under somewhat liberal garb. Making it seem impossible to resolve …

From the tweet I went to his twitter feed. It looks like this is the only tweet he had on the subject.

I went to Mondoweiss with their headline article from yesterday

‘I am told I am anti-American if I am not pro-Israel’ and that’s problematic — Ilhan Omar stands strong amid blizzard of attacks

which has additional tweets for and against the dems and their rush to judgement, or better said, rush to kiss ass

I think that Mondoweiss has been one of those outlets punished by the big tech companies and denied revenue. They used to show up much more often in my feeds.

magsview

You may recall that TOP made posting excerpts and/or links from Mondoweiss a serious offense. Can’t recall if it was a bannable offense. But, one way or another, it wasn’t allowed.

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This surprises me but it is his “verified” account.

Don midwest
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can’t be true…

even with a stopped clock right at least once every 24 hours, I never, never, thought that this jerk would be righ

orlbucfan

He sure made a big deal out of his Latino roots. He’s Jewish? Hard to swallow that one.

WindDancer13

According to Wikipedia, his mother was Russian Jewish. he grew up with Jewish teachings and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.

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Thanks, Subir. Lots of support in the day thread, too. #IStandWithIlhan.

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BREAKING: Ilhan Omar Shuts Down Congresswoman Who Slanders Her On Twitter

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His latest on this matter.

BREAKING: Democrats To Introduce Legislation Rebuking Ilhan Omar

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That color should be green for all the bribes AIPAC been paying out for decades.

jcitybone

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/03/ilhan-omar-israel-jews-anti-semitism-allegiance-dual-loyalty.html

Then there’s the substance of the matter. In recent years, Israel’s most conservative backers (the vast majority of whom are not Jewish) have taken steps that unfortunately blur the distinction between supporting a country and showing loyalty to it. Welcoming Netanyahu to Washington in 2015 was one example. Boehner made the unprecedented decision to invite the Israeli prime minister without first informing the White House, to ensure that “there was no interference” from the administration. Some suggested the move may have been unconstitutional. It is normal and healthy for Congress and the White House to clash over foreign policy. It is not normal, however, for opposition lawmakers and a foreign leader to publicly work hand-in-hand to undermine the diplomatic efforts of a sitting U.S. president. This does not mean Republicans were actively trying to undermine America’s interests on behalf of Israel; they saw them as one in the same. But given a choice between Netanyahu and Obama, as Saletan wrote, it was pretty clear who Republicans felt more loyalty to.

The raging fight over the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement—or BDS—is a more recent and clear cut example where Israel’s backers have placed its interests above those of their countrymen. Supporters of BDS—including Omar and her colleague Rep. Rashida Tlaib—are trying to borrow a page from the anti-apartheid playbook by economically isolating Israel so it will be forced to make a peace deal with the Palestinians. Israel’s backers see BDS as inherently antisemitic, in part because they believe it is an attempt to delegitimize the Jewish state’s existence, and because other countries aren’t facing boycotts for their human rights abuses (there aren’t a lot of campus activists protesting China’s decision to throw the Uighers in re-education camps, for instance). It’s a complicated issue, but pushed by pro-Israel activists, 25 states have come down hard on it by passing laws aimed at barring businesses and individuals from government contract work if they take part in BDS. A speech pathologist is currently suing the state of Texas because she allegedly lost her job after refusing to sign a contract promising not to support a boycott of Israel.

What do you call a law that prioritizes the economic well being of Israel over the free speech rights of individual Americans? Is it a “loyalty oath,” as Glenn Greenwald referred to it? Is it a pledge of allegiance? You can debate whether or not those phrases are appropriate. But to many observers, it clearly comes close enough.

But Omar’s not wrong to highlight just how difficult it is to question the U.S.-Israel relationship, and to want that to change. “It’s almost as every single time we say something,” she said moments before her allegiance remark, “our advocacy about ending oppression, or the freeing of every human life and wanting dignity, we get [labeled] something and that ends the discussion. Because we end up defending that, and nobody ever gets to have the proper debate about what is happening with Palestine.” While her approach has been somewhat counterproductive for the Jewish-American left-wing activists who are more emboldened than ever to speak out about what is happening with Palestine, her willingness to throw herself into a highly fraught political issue and not back down is admirable. If Israel’s most devoted U.S. backers are really so concerned over dual loyalty smears, maybe they should think more carefully about how they’re encouraging them.

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Bad enough many in Congress don’t want us to say BDS, they don’t want us to criticize Israel’s hideous and inhumane treatment of Palestinians, now they don’t allow criticism of the lobbying group AIPAC? AIPAC took down my former Georgia congress woman Cynthia McKinney because she criticized Israel. I’m calling “Cousin Leola” on AIPAC. (My family knows what that means. Lol)

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Here is what I posted over at DK about this article

Don midwest March 05 · 09:21:29 AM
Wow!!! An outstanding article!!

Shows how the political establishment works. Both factions.

They want to continue their ties to power and money.

Will the democrats see what they are doing, or will the House be like the Senate whose first piece of legislation was to support Israel against BDS?

Don’t the establishment democrats realize how they are playing into making AOC, Bernie and others more relevant?

Of course not, they, like Feinstein, are proud of their perch.

Thanks Subir

magsview

Thank you Subir! Great post.

Very disappointing behavior by Democrats.

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They just can’t stop themselves.

humphrey

The nytimes article is a very enlightening read.

It is also the story of how Aipac has harnessed its members’ pocketbooks. Unlike the National Rifle Association, the Human Rights Campaign and other powerful grass-roots advocacy organizations, Aipac, which is bipartisan, does not endorse or raise money for candidates. But its members do, with the organization’s strong encouragement.

Mr. Fiske’s Florida Congressional Committee is one of a string of political action committees with anodyne names — NorPac in New Jersey, To Protect Our Heritage PAC outside Chicago, the Maryland Association for Concerned Citizens outside Baltimore, among others — that operate independently of Aipac but whose missions and membership align with it.

Countless individual Aipac members and other pro-Israel donors give on their own — including megadonors like the billionaire Sheldon Adelson, a onetime Aipac backer who has started a harder-line rival to the group.

Today Aipac boasts 17 regional and satellite offices, a gleaming headquarters building near the Capitol and an annual budget so hefty that its chief executive, Howard Kohr, earned more than $1 million in salary and benefits in 2016. Traveling to Israel on a trip financed by Aipac’s education arm is practically a rite of passage for freshman members of Congress.

Aipac’s secret has always been an impressive system of “key contacts,” local volunteers — preferably friends, community leaders or former classmates of lawmakers — assigned to cultivate each senator and House member.

“I guarantee you that every senator who’s sitting in office now, including an indirect standoffish guy like Rand Paul, they’ve got five to 15 key contacts on their scorecards at the Aipac office,” Mr. Dine said, referring to the isolationist Republican senator from Kentucky.

The whole article is worth a read but access to the nytimes is not easy.

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Wow. Rania Is on board.

jcitybone

What do you expect Rep. Engel? For Dems to kiss Netanyahu’s ass?

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/05/us/politics/anti-semitism-ilhan-omar.html

The decision by House Democratic leaders to put a resolution condemning anti-Semitism on the House floor Wednesday has touched off a furious debate between older House Democrats and a new breed of young liberal activists over whether Representative Ilhan Omar is being singled out for disparate treatment.

The issue is pitting veteran Democrats like Representatives Eliot L. Engel, Nita M. Lowey and Jerrold Nadler — all of whom lead major House committees, and all of whom are Jewish — against Ms. Omar and left-leaning groups like Justice Democrats and IfNotNow, a movement led by young Jews to end the Israeli occupation of the West Bank

“Our generation refuses to ignore the shameful role the out-of-touch leaders in our community have played in elevating the attack on Ilhan,” IfNotNow said in a statement, adding, “Instead of combating the most severe dangers against Jews and all marginalized people, our Jewish and political leaders are attacking one of the first Muslim women in Congress.”

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, came to Ms. Omar’s defense, laying bare the generational divide vexing Democrats. She suggested that comments obliquely expressing racism or bigotry toward Latinos have never sparked such a furious backlash and rapid response from leadership.

Ms. Omar’s refusal to stand down has presented Democratic leaders with the question of how far to go to punish her, and whether she should lose her seat on the Foreign Affairs Committee, which Mr. Engel chairs.

So far, the leaders have shown little inclination to do so. But in an interview last month, Mr. Engel said he had a blunt talk with Ms. Omar before she took her seat on the panel.

“I talked to her about my views on Israel, and I said to her that we respect everyone’s views but this was something that I wasn’t going to allow to be swept under the rug,” he said then, adding, “it wasn’t a confrontational meeting. She was pleasant, but I made it very clear to her where I stood and what I expected.”

But it has also raised sharp questions from defenders, who say Republicans are not facing nearly the same kind of scrutiny. Mr. Nadler accused Representative Jim Jordan, Republican of Ohio, of anti-Semitism for using a dollar sign for the “S” in Tom Steyer’s name. Mr. Steyer, the billionaire liberal activist, has Jewish roots.

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https://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/democrat-featuring-activist/

Anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller was a speaker at a pro-Israel rally in New York City Sunday that also featured Eliot Engel, a New York Democrat. Engel’s presence at a rally that invited Geller, a blogger and activist whose bread and butter is casting aspersions on Muslims, raised eyebrows on Twitter and elsewhere.

Engel is a liberal Congressional Democrat, though he is a hawk on foreign policy issues. Geller is a far-right anti-Muslim blogger whose organization Stop Islamization of America was labeled a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Geller has called President Barack Obama “a muhammadan” and floated theories that Obama is the child of Malcolm X and was involved with a “crack whore.” And she is allied with Tea Party groups.

But those stark political differences melt away when it comes to showing up to support Israel’s assault on Gaza. Engel’s and Geller’s speeches were delivered to a rally featuring hundreds of people chanting things like “Israel wants peace, Hamas wants war” and “We are the Jews and we are not afraid.” The show of support for the Israeli assault on Gaza, which has killed at least 375 Palestinians, the vast majority of them civilians, was reportedly organized by local New York Jews.

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https://progressive.org/dispatches/dems-eye-hawkish-eliot-engel-to-chair-house-foreign-affairs-181114/

Unfortunately, on many key issues, his views are closer to that of Republicans than the majority of his fellow Democrats. Indeed, the prominent pro-Trump neoconservative activist Morton Klein has praised Engel’s likely ascension to the chairmanship, describing him as someone “who fully understands the truth of the Arab-Islamic war against Israel and the West.”

In order to frighten Americans into supporting a U.S. takeover of Iraq, Engel falsely claimed just prior to the 2002 war authorization vote to invade Iraq that the Iraqi government was still producing chemical and biological weapons. He was among a rightwing minority of Congressional Democrats who voted to authorize the illegal, unnecessary, and predictably tragic U.S. invasion of that oil-rich country.

More recently, Engel worked successfully to kill a Democratic-sponsored 2017 measure that would have ended U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s bombing of Yemen, which has killed many thousands of civilians and threatens millions more with starvation and disease.

He was one of only a handful of Democrats to oppose the Iran anti-nuclear agreement.

Engel has been particularly extreme and out of line with most rank-and-file Democrats when it comes to Israel and Palestine.

He was an outspoken supporter of Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, calling the move of the U.S. embassy to that multi-ethnic city “long overdue.” He opposes any United Nations involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and insists the United States should veto any and all U.N. resolutions critical of Israel. He has pushed for defunding the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees and he has co-sponsored legislation that would have jailed those who advocate boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against Israel or even just targeting the Israeli occupation.

Engel has attacked the United Nations, the World Court, and the European Union for raising concerns over Israeli violations of international humanitarian law. He has called for withholding U.S. contributions to the United Nations unless the U.N. retracts accusations of Israeli war crimes. He has insisted that Israel bears no responsibility for thousands of civilian deaths from the bombing of crowded urban areas in Gaza and has called the widespread expressions of concerns about Israeli human rights violations expressed in international fora as being part of “an anti-Semitic agenda.”

In 2010, he defended an Israeli attack on an unarmed humanitarian aid flotilla to Gaza sailing in international waters that killed ten crewmen, five of whom were shot at point blank range and not resisting. He insisted that the boats—with volunteers from such peace organizations as War Resisters International, the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, Jewish Voice for Peace, and Pax Christi—were actually “filled with hate-filled provocateurs bent on violence” who had ties to Hamas and terrorist groups planning attacks on the United States and that the ships filled with food and medical supplies “was really a Trojan Horse designed to attack the Israelis.”

polarbear4

All fine and dandy when they were tokens.

Now they are representing the best in us, the reason why we worked hard and celebrated hard that they were elected!

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Pulls on my heartstrings.

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One more action oriented comment.

WindDancer13

68 more letters needed to reach a goal of 400. As the letters are going to members of Congress, there needs to be some from every state and for those states whose representatives are behind this oppression, there needs to be a very loud outpouring.

Please make sure to add a personal note over and beyond what the letter states as those have more impact.

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polarbear4

The utter slap in the face attitude of the leadership continues to astound.

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Done.

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p.s. it goes to a message.

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polarbear4

Such a simple, but powerful, comment.

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If we’re going to ask the candidates, Bernie will have to answer, too. It’s going to be complicated for him, with his history. I hope he talks with Ilhan And not just his new advisors.

WindDancer13

Bernie has been critical of AIPAC and Israel’s policies. I see this resolution as part of a strategy against him also.

Look up his AIPAC speech given at a Utah rally in 2016 for more.

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https://thebaffler.com/latest/american-scapegoat-goldman

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But this resolution—and the uproar over Omar’s comments more generally—is not about anti-Semitism. It’s about exactly what Omar was discussing when she spoke the sentence that’s now being so senselessly scrutinized: confining the conversation about Israel and Palestine to the right-of-center mainstream and ensuring that Palestinian liberation is never allowed to be taken seriously. Unsubstantiated accusations of anti-Semitism are, as Omar herself observed, a favorite tool for accomplishing this task. It’s a convenient way to shut down a black Muslim woman’s advocacy for an oppressed people under the banner of a commitment to help the marginalized. The tactic is proving helpful for those who, in the wake of Omar’s clear commitment to anti-imperialism—shown, for instance, in her courageous, candid confrontation with Elliott Abrams—hope to halt her rise and stymy the ascendance of her way of thinking in the American political mainstream. The Democratic leaders’ choice to supposedly champion the fight against anti-Semitism only now, in the context of an attempt to discredit Omar, confirms that’s it not American Jews they care about protecting. It’s American empire.

jcitybone

https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a26673683/ilhan-omar-democrats-anti-semitism-resolution-republicans/

The Democratic majority in the House of Representatives is preparing to act on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, a measure prompted by some remarks Omar made regarding Israel that subsequently were made a meal of by opportunistic Republicans and angry and/or timid Democrats. (Her comments were inartful, truth be told. “Allegiance” is not the word to throw around idly in this context.) But the idea that, however clumsily expressed, opinions about this country’s relations with a foreign country should be so beyond the prerogatives of a member of Congress that they should prompt a congressional resolution is ludicrous.

Nevertheless, one of Omar’s Democratic colleagues, Juan Vargas of California, said precisely that on the electric Twitter machine.

Obviously, we are going to have to have a serious conversation about the limits of unquestioning support.

That the Republicans, the party of Steve King, would target Omar, a Somali refugee and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, was the easiest bet on the board. That this targeting would be energized in large part by pure bigotry was even more of a lock. But this resolution is pure capitulation by the Democratic majority.

We do not need another performative resolution against anti-Semitism just because somebody is raising performative hell against a freshman congresswoman. It is not going to stop the attacks on Rep. Omar. It is not going to stop the Republicans from making wild charges about any member of Congress who doesn’t look like Steve King. This is tantamount to those clearly unconstitutional laws “banning” the BDS movement that are cropping up in the states, and which, being aimed at a specific and non-violent means of political protest, are so nakedly contrary to the First Amendment that their authors should be ashamed of themselves.

It’s not going to be enough for Democrats to pass resolutions saying bad things are bad if they do so out of the fear that Republicans are still going to do double somersaults and land behind the Democratic lines and on both flanks. Stand by your people. Why not? Nothing else has worked.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/03/05/dishonest-smearing-ilhan-omar/?utm_term=.b901ccfca740&utm_source=reddit.com

In what is surely the most shameful decision of her current term as speaker, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has decided that the time has come for the House to rebuke Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for things she didn’t actually say, and ideas she didn’t actually express. In the process, Pelosi and other Democrats are helping propagate a series of misconceptions about anti-Semitism, Israel, and U.S. political debate.

I’m going to try to bring some clarity to this issue, understanding how difficult it can be whenever we discuss anything that touches on Israel.

To be clear, I do this as someone who was raised in an intensely Zionist family with a long history of devotion and sacrifice for Israel, but who also — like many American Jews — has become increasingly dismayed not only by developments in Israel but by how we talk about it here in the United States.

Now, back to Omar. Here’s the truth: The whole purpose of the Democrats’ resolution is to enforce dual loyalty not among Jews, but among members of Congress, to make sure that criticism of Israel is punished in the most visible way possible. This, of course, includes Omar. As it happens, this punishment of criticism of Israel is exactly what the freshman congresswoman was complaining about, and has on multiple occasions. The fact that no one seems to acknowledge that this is her complaint shows how spectacularly disingenuous Omar’s critics are being.

You may have noticed that almost no one uses “dual loyalty” as a way of questioning whether Jews are loyal to the United States anymore. Why has it almost disappeared as an anti-Semitic slur? Because, over the last three decades, support for Israel has become increasingly associated with conservative evangelicals and the Republican Party.

Ilhan Omar certainly didn’t say that Jews have dual loyalty. For instance, in one of the tweets that got people so worked up, Omar said, “I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee.” You’ll notice she didn’t say or even imply anything at all about Jews. She said that she was being asked to support Israel in order to have the privilege of serving on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which was true. Many on the right have called for her to be removed from that committee (see here, or here, or here, or here). Her argument, to repeat, isn’t about how Jews feel about Israel, it’s about what is being demanded of her.

And here’s the ultimate irony: Dual loyalty is precisely what AIPAC demands, and what it gets. Again, it makes this demand not of Jews, but of every member of Congress, and even of politicians at the state level whom you wouldn’t think would be conducting foreign policy. And it is working.

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WindDancer13

Establishment Dems are well known for falling into traps, especially traps of their own making. Assuredly, the outcome of their outrage over Omar’s comments will be to ramp up anti-Semitic fervor with the added bonus of unleashing even more hatred toward Muslims and Islams.

Is Omar also Black? They have themselves spawned a trifecta of hatred now. By their own actions and thoughtlessness.

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