Do Democrats Have An Anti-Semitism Problem Or Does Israel Have A Racism Problem?

by William Skink

I was disappointed to see James Conner piling on the smear campaign against Ilhan Omar. The opening of his recent blog post is rife with accusations unsupported by facts:

Minnesota Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar, now in her third month in the U.S. House of Representatives, does not like Jews and does not like Israel. She’s a duly elected anti-Semite who accuses American politicians of being bought and paid for by pro-Israel Jewish money. She also slurs the patriotism of American politicians, accusing them of subordinating their loyalty to the United States to their loyalty to Israel. Her comments are crude and ugly, and as Bret Stephens observes in today’s New York Times, she knows exactly what she’s doing.

Criticizing the influence of AIPAC does not mean Omar “does not like Jews”. Criticizing American politicians who think passing laws that undermine the 1st amendment of our Constitution in order to keep US citizens from boycotting Israel is not slurring the patriotism of those politicians.

If you live in Texas and don’t like the idea of billions and billions of your taxpayer dollars going to a government that executes unarmed children, medics and journalists, then your first amendment right to boycott that government no longer exists. How is that not putting loyalty to a foreign country ahead of loyalty to the constitutional laws of THIS country?

Accurately describing reality is not Anti-Semitism and Democrats don’t have an Anti-Semitism problem, the state of Israel has a racism/war crime problem.

Just last month UN investigators took a tentative step in acknowledging the intentional targeting by Israeli snipers of unarmed protestors. Why isn’t there more outrage over children and journalists being shot and killed by Israeli snipers?

UN investigators have accused Israeli soldiers of intentionally firing on civilians and said they may have committed war crimes in their lethal response to Palestinian demonstrations in Gaza.

The independent Commission of Inquiry, set up last year by the UN’s human rights council, said Israeli forces killed 189 people and shot more than 6,100 others with live ammunition near the fence that divides the two territories.

The panel said in a statement that it had found “reasonable grounds to believe that Israeli snipers shot at journalists, health workers, children and persons with disabilities, knowing they were clearly recognisable as such”.

Why is there no significant outrage and/or legislative condemnation of Israel for what it’s doing to Palestinians? If I say American politicians are too afraid of the type of immediate smear campaign Omar is experiencing, does that also make me an Anti-Semitic?

To further make his case that Democrats have an Anti-Semitism problem Conner has to go back more than 3 decades to 1984, when then-candidate Jesse Jackson referred to New York as Hymietown. I fail to see how Jackson + Omar = Democrat problem with Anti-Semitism in 2019.

James, I respect your independent-minded inclinations and tendency to avoid herd-thinking around issues like identity politics, but in this case I think you are dangerously conflating legitimate criticism with Anti-Semitism.

If Ilhan Omar should be considered an Anti-Semite for criticizing the influence of AIPAC and Anti-BDS legislation passed in states like Texas, then so should I.

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4 Responses to Do Democrats Have An Anti-Semitism Problem Or Does Israel Have A Racism Problem?

  1. Eric says:

    You obviously have forgotten the 8 years of the Obama Regime.

    The Great Leader had a chip on his shoulder against Israel since before he was inaugurated.

    I don’t think you understand the Jewish mindset.

    If you take something as small as a mouse, and back him into a corner, he will fight.

    Israel is surrounded by avowed enemies, that openly pray for their destruction.

    They are in survival mode, and when they say “Never Again!” They really mean it.

    They aren’t going to be always nice. They seem harsh sometimes. But they will endure.

    Can’t you respect that? Just a little?

  2. James Conner says:

    I do not support the BDS campaign. Neither do I support the laws intended to silence or punish critics of BDS or of Israel. And as I stated explicitly at Flathead Memo, I carry no brief for the current government of Israel’s excessively harsh responses to the Palestinians who continue shooting rockets and loosing explosives laden balloons into Israel, hoping to kill someone and provoke a disproportionate response that kills Palestinians who then earn sympathy from people whose understanding of history is limited to yesterday’s newspaper. Rep. Omar accused American politicians of being bought by Jewish money and American Jews of being more loyal to Israel than to their own nation. Those are old anti-Semitic tropes, and I do not believe she is trotting them out innocently or because she allegedly speaks imperfect English. She know’s what she’s doing, and what she’s doing is aiding and abetting the people who want to push Israel into the Mediterranean Sea. On this issue, William Skink and I respectfully disagree.

  3. Big Swede says:

    Regarding Israelis killing children.

    Yossi Shargal
    Yossi Shargal, former Retired From Aerospace Industry (1976-2017)
    Answered Nov 17, 2018 · Author has 872 answers and 64.2k answer views
    See the answers already given.

    I want to add the following 2 stories:

    Story 1:

    In the 1980s, the deputy Chief of the Armed Forces was killed by a grenade thrown at him by an 11 years old child… a child the soldiers refrained from shooting!

    After he threw the grenade, the soldiers immediately shot him (turned out he 3 more grenades on him) as an act of self-defense.

    Had there been any Western press around, they would have screened the last act of the whole show, namely, the shooting of the child.

    Story 2:

    During the 2nd Lebanon War, the Hezbollah was shooting rockets at Israel daily.

    They had 2 main modes of operation:

    Shoot from inside a school/house/hospital, to force Israel to bomb the building (and then bring in the Western press to shoot pictures).
    Send 2–3 guys with a short range mortar or similar weapon, on a small vehicle. They would stop in some unpredictable point, set up for shooting (less than 1 minute) and get away. Two such guys were detected by patrolling airplanes. The airplanes veered to a shooting position. Meanwhile, these guys were getting near a village and the pilots could clearly see that there were some children playing, a short distance ahead. Shooting the guys might result in the children also getting hit. The shooting was not authorized and these guys lived to shoot more missiles at Israel.
    During WWII, the British decided to bomb the SS Headquarters in Copenhagen. The HQ was located, by design, next door to an orphanage. This fact did not deter the British from bombing. Alas, the orphanage was hit, not the HQ, with many dead children. I have never seen a negative reference to this bombing.
    Israel, however, is held to a totally different standard.

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