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Israel Said to Deny Entry to Omar and Tlaib After Trump’s Call to Block Them

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JERUSALEM — President Trump called on Thursday for Israel to bar the entry of two American congresswomen who had planned to visit the West Bank, taking an extraordinary step to influence an allied nation and punish his political opponents at home.

It was reported last week that Mr. Trump was pressing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to deny entrance to the two women, Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, and Thursday morning he left little doubt. He said in a Twitter post while Israeli officials were still deliberating the matter that “it would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib to visit.”

Israel is still weighing whether to deny entry to Ms. Omar and Ms. Tlaib, officials said on Thursday. Both women have been vocal in their support of the Palestinians and the boycott-Israel movement.

Mr. Trump’s decision to recommend that another country block entry to two United States citizens, let alone members of Congress, is one of the most pronounced violations of democratic norms that he has engaged in since taking office in January 2017.

It also placed him at odds with the Republican leadership in Congress.

“I feel very secure in this, that anyone who comes with open ears, open eyes and an open mind will walk away with an understanding, just as all these members here do, that this bond is unbreakable,” the House minority leader, Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, told reporters in Jerusalem on Sunday, while leading a delegation of 31 Republican lawmakers. “I think all should come.”

Speaking at a joint news conference with Mr. McCarthy, Representative Steny Hoyer, the House majority leader, who was heading a delegation to Israel of 41 Democratic representatives, agreed.

Many Israelis and Jewish leaders have also expressed discomfort with the idea that American officials could be denied entry because of their beliefs or criticism of Israel. Just last month, the Israeli ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, said that Israel would not deny entry to any United States representatives.

Ms. Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, and Ms. Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat, were scheduled to arrive on Sunday for a tour of the West Bank, partly under the auspices of an organization headed by a longtime Palestinian lawmaker, Hanan Ashrawi, that was expected to highlight Palestinian grievances over the Israeli occupation.

The women were planning to visit the West Bank cities of Hebron, Ramallah and Bethlehem, as well as Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem, including a visit to the Al Aqsa Mosque, a hotly contested and volatile holy site, according to Ms. Ashrawi. Most of the delegation was expected to depart on Aug. 22, but Ms. Tlaib had been planning to stay on to visit relatives in the West Bank.

No meetings had been planned with either Israeli or Palestinian officials, other than Ms. Ashrawi, who is also a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee. She said the organization she leads, Miftah, was co-sponsoring the visit.

The purpose of the visit, Ms. Ashrawi said, was to give the congresswomen a way “to engage with the Palestinian people directly and to see things on the ground.”

“What are they afraid of?” she said, referring to the Israeli government. “That they might find out things?”

Ms. Tlaib and Ms. Omar, both freshmen, are the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. Ms. Tlaib, who is of Palestinian descent, has spoken often of her grandmother, who lives on the West Bank, while Ms. Omar, a Somali refugee, is the first woman to wear a hijab on the House floor.

But while they were hailed as symbols of diversity when they arrived in Washington, they quickly became embroiled in controversy over their statements on Israel and on supporters of the Jewish state. Ms. Omar apologized after she said support for Israel was “all about the Benjamins, baby” — a reference to $100 bills.

In early March, the House voted to condemn all forms of hatred after Ms. Omar said pro-Israel activists were “pushing for allegiance to a foreign country,” a remark that critics in both parties said invoked the longstanding anti-Semitic trope of “dual loyalty.”

Those remarks have been deeply problematic for Democratic leaders, who are trying to demonstrate solidarity with Israel. And they have given Mr. Trump and his fellow Republicans an opening to fan the flames of racial division, in an effort to break the longstanding alliance between American Jews and the Democratic Party.

Ms. Omar and Ms. Tlaib’s public support for the boycott movement had already drawn criticism from the White House. In remarks last month that were widely condemned as racist, Mr. Trump said that four congresswomen of color — Ms. Omar and Ms. Tlaib, as well as Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts — should “go back” to the countries they came from. Since then, the chant of “send her back” has become a fixture at President Trump’s political rallies.

Axios reported recently that President Trump had told advisers that he thought Mr. Netanyahu should bar Ms. Tlaib and Ms. Omar under a law that denies entry to foreign nationals who publicly show support for a boycott.

Under the law, passed in 2017, Israel can bar entry to people considered prominent advocates of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, a loose network that, among other goals, aims to pressure Israel into ending the occupation of the West Bank. Pro-Israel advocates accuse the movement’s supporters of anti-Semitism.

Last month, the United States House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan resolution condemning the boycott-Israel movement as one that “promotes principles of collective guilt, mass punishment and group isolation, which are destructive of prospects for progress towards peace.”

Mr. Netanyahu, for his part, is in the middle of a tight election campaign, and some analysts say he can ill afford to appear weak when dealing with high-profile critics of Israeli policies. At the same time, he is involved in a high-wire act of trying to balance Israel’s ties with the Democrats and his close embrace of, and support from, Mr. Trump.

“If they are prevented from entering, it will be the foolishness of the Netanyahu government,” said Alon Pinkas, a former Israeli consul general in New York, told Israel’s Army Radio on Thursday. “These are congresswomen of the majority party, which most American Jews vote for.”

One of the main points of contention over the planned itinerary appears to be the visit to the Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem. A sacred site revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as Temple Mount, the location of their ancient temples, it is a frequent flash point in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Danny Ayalon, a former Israeli ambassador to the United States and a former deputy foreign minister, told Israel’s Kan Radio on Thursday that the congresswomen should be allowed to enter Israel “but with restrictions.”

“If they want to stage a provocation by entering the Temple Mount with Palestinian hosts, then that can be prevented,” he said.

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AP: Netanyahu mulling “ban” on Omar, Tlaib entering Israel

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Will Benjamin Netanyahu cancel the Pallywood version of Vacation? After his government shrugged its shoulders at a planned visit by fierce Israel opponents Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar a month ago, the Associated Press reported this morning that the prime minister might have changed his mind. The day before the pair are due to arrive, Netanyahu has been meeting with consultants to determine whether he can block their entry into Israel:

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was holding consultations with senior ministers and aides on Thursday to reevaluate the decision to allow two Democratic congresswomen to enter the country next week.

An Israeli official said they are meeting about an upcoming visit by Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. The newly-elected Muslim members of Congress are outspoken critics of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians and support the boycott movement against Israel. Tlaib’s family immigrated to the United States from the West Bank.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, said “there is a possibility that Israel will not allow the visit in its current proposed format.”

It’s the “outspoken support” for BDS that’s the issue. Israel has rules that bar most BDS advocates from entry into the country, but that’s awkward at least when the advocates are also legislators in the country’s most important ally. Dana Weiss, a reporter for Israel’s Channel 12, says the decision has been made but that a final formulation for it is still under discussion (via Breaking Israel News and Instapundit):

It’s actually not “official,” at least not yet and not even by Weiss’ own description. The Washington Post reports that Netanyahu is already feeling some backlash from friendlier Democrats, who warn him that it’s likely to backfire:

Barring Omar and Tlaib from entering Israel, however, would amount to an about-face for Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer, who said last month that Israel would not deny entry to any U.S. lawmakers “out of respect for the U.S. Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America.”

The question about their entry status arose because of Omar and Tlaib’s upcoming visit to Israel and the West Bank slated for Sunday and a recently passed Israeli law that denies entry visas to foreign nationals who publicly back or call for any kind of boycott — economic, cultural or academic — against Israel or its West Bank settlements. …

Informed Wednesday that Israel would formally deny entry to Omar and Tlaib, Democrats in Congress quietly braced for a new public fight with the long-serving Israeli leader, said several congressional aides familiar with the discussions.

It is still unclear whether Netanyahu will follow through on that decision, however, after a private backlash from the Democratic leadership and some U.S.-based pro-Israel groups, who warned against barring sitting members of Congress from entering Israel because of their political beliefs, said the aides, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe sensitive discussions.

So far, there hasn’t been any public statement from the Israeli government. That could mean that Netanyahu’s reconsidering the reconsideration, and for good reason. He has to face another election in a few weeks, and this kind of last-minute reversal might not play well at home. If Israel had rejected the visit from the beginning, perhaps Netanyahu would have been on firmer political ground both at home and here in the US. This kind of reversal might give Tlaib and Omar more sympathetic treatment, at least in the short run, while making Netanyahu look more nakedly political.

Besides, what’s the risk for Netanyahu? The visit by Tlaib and Omar gives Israel at least as much opportunity for public-relations wins as it does that pair. These are not political geniuses; they are first-termers on the national stage here and greenhorns on the international stage. They’re going to make radical statements that can be easily refuted and gaffes that can be easily exploited. Netanyahu and his team should be able to run rings around them. If nothing else, he can accuse them of attempting to interfere in Israeli elections, which would delight Donald Trump after two-plus years of unfounded Russiagate accusations coming from their fellow Democrats.

In short, letting them in at this point would have less downside and much more potential upside than barring them at the last minute. Assuming Netanyahu wins his election and Trump doesn’t, the Israeli PM will need to warm up his ties to Democrats, which means it’s probably not a good idea to cut them altogether over a couple of rubes like Tlaib and Omar.

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BREAKING: Israel Bans Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib From Entering the Country Over BDS Support

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It looks as though Israeli officials have moved forward with a plan to refuse entry for United States congresswomen Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.

The move comes after Omar and Tlaib threw their support behind the BDS movement – Boycott, Divest and Sanctions. The movement is aimed at supporting Palestinian independence. Many see it as blatant anti-semitism.

Apparently the Israeli’s see it as anti-semitism as well. The two congresswomen are scheduled to visit Israel as part of a delegation this coming weekend. Throughout the week there have been various reports that Israel was considering a ban on Omar and Tlaib given their BDS support.

An Israeli government official decided Thursday that U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., should be barred from entering the country for a planned visit this weekend, according to Israeli media.

The two freshman congresswomen support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), a pro-Palestinian advocacy effort, but Israeli law says those supporting boycotts of the country may be denied entry. The decision to enforce the law against Tlaib and Omar was reportedly made by Israeli Interior Minister Arye Deri, but a formal decision and announcement have yet to be made as other parties reportedly weigh in.

On Thursday, Israeli news anchor and analyst Dana Weiss reported that Israeli officials had decided in favor of the ban for Tlaib and Omar.

The move comes after rumors that President Trump had expressed some displeasure that Israel would allow the freshman congresswomen to visit. Israel recently put Trump’s name on a town within their borders. In honor of Trump’s historic commitment to Israel, a small town within the Golan Heights region was named Trump Heights. The move came after Trump defied international criticism to move the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Congresswoman Tlaib claims to have family in the West Bank region and could possibly file a humanitarian request for visitation there.

 

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EU Preparing to Put Warning Labels on Jewish Products

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The European Union is preparing to add warning labels on Jewish products made in Israel. Not content with generations of antisemitism before and after the Holocaust, Europe’s ruling class apparently thinks it’s a good idea to push what is the equivalent of an in kind contribution to the boycott, divestment, and sanction movement.

Per The Washington Free Beacon.

The European Union is poised to mandate that Israeli products made in contested territories carry consumer warning labels, a decision that could trigger American anti-boycott laws and open up what legal experts describe as a “Pandora’s box” of litigation, according to multiple sources involved in the legal dispute who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.

The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice recently issued non-binding opinion arguing that EU law requires Israeli-made products to be labeled as coming from “settlements” and “Israeli colonies.”

This kind of ridiculous language ignores everything we know about the rules of war and about the standards every other country on earth is held too. It’s not an illegal “settlement” or “colony” when you beat off almost a dozen Arab countries that were trying to eradicate you in a hot war. But because antisemitism is so pervasive, Israel gets held to a completely different standard and is expected to hand every piece of land they rightfully won back over to terrorist groups that want to destroy them. It’s mind-numbing.

Even dumber is that the same EU Advocate General who made this decision also decided that products from the same area must be labeled as coming from “Palestine,” which does not exist. This is pure politics and simply a hand out to anti-Semites pushing BDS.

“The Advocate General’s opinion said that goods produced by Muslims are to be labeled from ‘Palestine,’ and goods produced by Jews labeled as coming from ‘Israeli colonies,’ Goldstein said. “Both people are living in the same geographic location, and yet Jewish goods are being treated differently.”

Keep in mind that such labels dictating products are from settlements and colonies is not required of any other nation on earth. This is why BDS is inherently anti-Semitic. It seeks to apply barriers to the only Jewish state on the planet while applying no such barriers to far worse actors. The same groups demanding Israel be boycotted are often against sanctions countries like Iran or Venezuela. This is the position Rep. Ilhan Omar holds, for example.

Europe is getting more and more militant against Jews. There’s been a sharp rise in violent antisemitism as massive migration from the Middle East has overwhelmed many countries. But to blame it strictly on that would not tell the whole story. Carrying just as much blame are the governments of many Western European countries that have long histories of antisemitism. France is actually who started this entire ordeal by first mandating Israeli businesses label their products with clearly political messages. That led to the lawsuit which the EU is now ruling on.

All of this is a call back to boycotts of Jewish businesses before the Holocaust in which Jews were mandated to post signs announcing who they were so anti-Semites could avoid them. It is simply astonishing that such tactics are on the verge of becoming law in Europe again. None of this appears to be getting better and it underscores, now more than ever, exactly why Israel is necessary as a safe haven for the Jewish people.

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AOC Proves She’s Not an Anti-Semite By Aligning With Anti-Semitic Groups

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Yesterday, I reported on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez directly endorsing the anti-Semitic idea of “white supremacist” Jews. The line was fed to her in an interview with “Ebro In the Morning,” where she agreed with the idea that the Israel-Palestinian issue is one of white supremacy and that Israel is “criminal” for simply defending their sovereignty.

The host continued, “There’s a lot of young Jewish people that I know that are absolutely against the occupation and I wanted you, because often on this program, we have the freedom to address the fact that something that you know people, it’s an oxymoron, how do you have white supremacist Jews? How do you have people like Stephen Miller? How do you have these individuals who are legit aligning with racism and white supremacy, but they’re Jewish and it’s something that most people can’t wrap their brains around. But it’s a real thing and what’s going on with Israel and Palestine, while it’s very deep, it is very, very criminal. It is very, very unjust.”

“Absolutely, and I think to where we’re at as a country when it comes to Israel-Palestine is very much a generational thing,” Ocasio-Cortez responded.

The entire notion of “white supremacist” Jews is a standard antisemitic trope that seeks to separate and delegitimize those that believe in the right for Israel to exist, instead painting them as diabolical oppressors manipulating their supporters.

In reality, Israel is held to a standard no other nation on earth is. In the normal rules of war, if you are attacked by every nation in your immediate vicinity like Israel was in 1967, yet you won that war, you’d never be expected to cede territory back to those that attacked. Despite that, Israel has ceded territory in bids for peace, yet they are still hounded as “occupiers” for not handing sovereignty to terrorist entities that call for their destruction and constantly perpetuate violence.

Even still, in the case of the Gaza Strip, Israel left it to the Palestinians over a decade ago. There is no occupation. Hamas controls everything while Israel only provides humanitarian aid in different ways. And how are they repaid? With more terrorism.

AOC’s understanding of the actual conflict and who is responsible for what approaches a five year old’s understanding of algebra. That is to say she has no understanding.

After receiving backlash for endorsing the above comments, AOC wanted everyone to know she’s not an anti-Semite though. To do that, she decided to go out and embrace a anti-Semitic groups insisting she’s not an anti-Semite, because I guess that make sense to her.

J Street is a rabidly liberal, anti-Israel front group that hides behind the claim of being a group that represents Jewish interests. Their only actual interest is in promoting the Democratic party. They support BDS, which even Nancy Pelosi admits is anti-Semitic. They are also one of the groups that defended Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitic comments, because again, they are simply a mouthpiece for far-left views, not actual Jewish interests.

The worst would be IfNotNow though and AOC was quick to give them a shoutout and a retweet of their support for her.

IfNotNow is a group that promotes antisemitism from its members, as well as partnering with other outwardly anti-Semitic groups. They aren’t subtle about it. They do not represent the Jewish community in any capacity and for AOC to claim their support as part of a “wide coalition” of support for her views is gross. It shows she cares nothing for actually rooting out antisemitism as long as she can find some group that confirms her biases.

Given that AOC literally advocates for violence against Israel in the interview with Ebro In the Morning, you’d think maybe she’d reflect on that or clarify what she meant. Instead, she runs to groups famous for their antisemitism and parrots them as if they give her credibility on the matter.

The new generation of Democrats have scarily hostile toward Israel and Jews in general. Jews simply do not check their inter-sectional boxes and are instead seen as white, wealthy oppressors. Logical debate on the matter of Palestinian terrorism is off limits and even when the Palestinians kill a pregnant lady, the anti-Semites in “the squad” are there to promote Hamas propaganda.

Groups like IfNotNow and J Street are trying to mainstream antisemitism under the guise of Jewish approval and politicians like AOC are using them as cover to hide their own prejudice. It’s pervasive nonsense and a dark road to go down.

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AOC: Palestinians — and other marginalized communities — “have no choice but to riot”

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Nothing much happening here, just the most famous progressive in the country (under the age of 77) who’s also a sitting congresswoman casually condoning riots as a response to certain injustices.

Which injustices? It’s not clear. Israel’s occupation of the West Bank? Yes, she says. Lacking clean drinking water? Yes, that too.

What about persistent refusal by the federal government to address climate change, such as by passing a Green New Deal? That doesn’t come up in the clip, but to progressives it’s a momentous injustice affecting everyone.

Seems like some mighty large riots might be justified.

Likewise, she called ICE detention facilities at the border “concentration camps” not long ago. Surely some rioting by “marginalized communities” in protest would be justified in that case under AOC’s logic.

Of note: Some headlines about her comments are framing what she said as being specifically about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Not so, although that’d be bad enough. She was quite clear in saying that riots in response to injustice are justified in many contexts, including here in the U.S.

“Once you have a group that is marginalized….once someone doesn’t have access to clean water, they have no choice but to riot,” Ocasio-Cortez said about a half-hour into the 55-minute interview…

“I’m not even talking about Palestinians,” she said. “I’m talking about communities in poverty in the United States, I’m talking about Latin America, I’m talking about all over the world.”

“Social destabilization is what happens when people do not have a plan or feel like there’s no vision for their future,” she said.

In one sense, she’s making an elementary point. Everyone has a right to resist tyranny. Defenses of the Second Amendment are explicitly premised on the need for people to be able to defend themselves with force from the government if need be. Rarely, though, do you hear members of Congress citing specific cases in which armed resistance is justified, for the sensible reason that there are oodles of cranks out there who might perceive some encouragement towards “direct action” on behalf of their own pet cause if they heard a moral defense of it from an influential political leader.

I mean, in AOC World, practically everything to the right of full socialism is tyranny of one form or another.

You have to look at it from her perspective, though. She completely escaped accountability for how her “concentration camp” rhetoric might have encouraged that nut who threw firebombs at ICE vehicles in Tacoma, as our media’s interest in how partisan rhetoric might encourage a “climate of hate” runs one way only. That being so, why shouldn’t her attempts at incitement get more brazen? She’ll pay no penalty.

Here’s the clip. I’m excited for the “you have no choice but to riot” phase of woke populist politics!

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AOC Gives Crazy Interview on Israel and White Supremacy

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Someone on her media team might want to reign her in a bit because this isn’t a good look.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez decided to sit down with a morning today show called “Ebro in the Morning,” because what could possibly go wrong? In the interview, the host naturally brings up Israel and this leads to some very ill-informed and ridiculous statements from the young Congresswoman. Perhaps worse though is what she explicitly voices agreement with in regards to the host’s words.

Transcript via The Washington Examiner. We’ll start slow.

“Now you look around the globe and you have multiple corrupt governments working together — you’ve got Israel, you’ve got America, you’ve got Russia, you’ve got the Saudis, right — all working in concert. And I bring up Israel because you’ve been vocal about Palestine, the occupation and what needs to go on there. And specifically, I even think people in Israel are trying to get Netanyahu as well,” the host said.

“I agree, I agree with that,” Ocasio-Cortez responded.

I love how out of all the awful governments on earth, this host chooses to equate the United States and Israel with Russia and the Saudis. And on what planet are the Russians working together with America? Our working relationship is essentially nil right now and it’s at it’s lowest point in decades.

Despite the idiocy of that statement, AOC jumps it to say “I agree with that,” probably not even being lucid enough to understand the logical fallacies that were just presented to her.

Then things got weird.

The host continued, “There’s a lot of young Jewish people that I know that are absolutely against the occupation and I wanted you, because often on this program, we have the freedom to address the fact that something that you know people, it’s an oxymoron, how do you have white supremacist Jews? How do you have people like Stephen Miller? How do you have these individuals who are legit aligning with racism and white supremacy, but they’re Jewish and it’s something that most people can’t wrap their brains around. But it’s a real thing and what’s going on with Israel and Palestine, while it’s very deep, it is very, very criminal. It is very, very unjust.”

“Absolutely, and I think to where we’re at as a country when it comes to Israel-Palestine is very much a generational thing. I think that when we start looking at it through that lens, a lot of this stuff starts to make sense. It’s like what you’re talking about, young Jews in Israel are sick of this.”

What the host is trying to say is clear because this is not a discussion about immigration or the United States. It’s completely about Israel and he’s positing that if you don’t support the Palestinian cause that you are a white supremacist. He even ties the two ideas together neatly by talking about “what’s going on with Israel and Palestine” directly after saying some Jews are white supremacists. It’d be ridiculous gaslighting to suggest otherwise, although I’m sure some will try.

And what does AOC do? She offers her support again for his point of view. “Absolutely” she says, agreeing with the idea that some Jews are white supremacists and that the Israeli government is run by such people in a criminal fashion.

This was bad enough that even Seth Mandel, who’s entire brand is taking a contrarian approach to most right wing complaints in politics, agreed this was bad.

Other parts of the interview also veered into stupidity. Namely, the ranting about the “occupation.” These people still don’t realize that Israel pulled out of Gaza over a decade ago. That area is completely run by Hamas, who were elected by the Palestinians.

Yet, she goes on to blame a lack of clean water on Israel, despite the fact that the only reason Gaza is somewhat livable is by the actions of the Israelis to provide them infrastructure and medical care. At one point in the interview, AOC also says the Palestinians have no choice but the riot, which sounds pretty much like an endorsement of the violence they are perpetrating.

Even past the veiled anti-Semitism, AOC’s pure ignorance of the actual Israeli-Palestinian conflict in this interview is enough to make it noteworthy.

Of course, no one outside of right wing media will mention all this because AOC is a Democrat and part of the protected class. But perhaps continuing to expose her and her gross ideology will eventually lead to more people turning against it? One can hope.

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Newsweek Op-Ed: Ilhan Omar Is Fighting For The White Working Class, Even As They Chant ‘Send Her Back’

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In a recent op-ed, Newsweek’s Domenica Ghanem claims that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is fighting for the white working class, even as they chant “Send Her Back.” Ghanem adds that “over the last month I have watched in awe as Rep. Ilhan Omar has responded to hate with not just grace, but policy.”

Grace? Ilhan Omar? Grace would mean she might express a little gratitude to the country which took her in as a refuge so many years ago, paid for her food, shelter and education and made it possible for her to enjoy the full, rich and free life she has today. Instead, she feels nothing but contempt for America.

Policy? Ghanem refers to Omar’s introduction of the Frank Adelmann Manufactured Housing Community Sustainability Act, a bill to stop people from being evicted from their mobile homes and the No Shame at School Act, which would make school lunches more affordable and stop efforts to shame kids whose families can’t afford their food.”

Both of these initiatives are directed toward lower income Americans who are already covered by existing government safety nets.

Sorry Ms. Ghanem. I’m not convinced.

When I think of Ilhan Omar, I think of her anti-Semitic remarks, her introduction of a House resolution to support the anti-Israel BDS movement, and the evil smile which crossed her face as she asked U.S. Special Envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams, “Do you think that massacre [a bloody conflict in San Salvador] was a fabulous achievement that happened under our watch?”

I remember the same evil smile when she told an audience that “ignorance was pervasive in this country” and her refusal to condemn Antifa and other terrorist groups. I also recall her reference to 9/11 as “some people did something,” the letter she wrote to a U.S. District Court judge asking for his compassion when “sentencing nine Minnesota Somali-American men convicted of joining the terror group ISIS.”

Grace? Fighting for white working class Americans? Not so much.

Apparently, I’m not alone. Many readers found Ms. Ghanem’s article to be completely divorced from reality. Here’s how others responded:

“How?”

“She’s done literally nothing. LMAO”

“Newsweek gives cover to blatant anti-semite. Who has sponsored zero bills to help anyone but BDS.”

“When you want to be the new ThinkProgress soooooo bad.”

“Oh Newsweek, we know you are a Dem cheerleader! @IlhanMN just said white men are the problem.”

“This is a farce. She is not and I repeat not working for the “white” anything. She wants this country “fundamentally” changed. Anti-American is the best description of this woman”

“Narrator: This is a joke.”

“I thought this magazine was on its last legs, but this is ridiculous.”

“Yes increasing the taxes of the middle class by 20-30% is a clear indicator of how much she cares about their “rights”

“And the facts to back up that statement would be?”

“Replying to @Newsweek @IlhanMN
$1”

“It’s amazing to me how much the media tries to help these people out.”

“We saw this same kind of fawning over Obama. Disgusting.”

“Name one thing she has done for anyone?”

“Hard pass.”

“Carry that water, Newsweek!”

“Y’all can not possibly believe this crap.”

“$15 an hour minimum wage is too much, it’s already causing people to cut back hours. Supporting abortion, the Green New Deal and open borders in no way helps the middle class. Newsweek has their socialist agenda right beside hers.”

“This lip-flapping is how
you got Trump elected,
and how you will do it again.”

“just because you say it doesn’t make it true. She’s a straight up extremist, and her disdain for America is palpable in the streets of her district”

“HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA”

And finally:

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Jake Tapper Questions Rashida Tlaib About BDS, Israel’s Right To Exist; Her Response Is Breathtaking

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., questions Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, as he testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

When I hear Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) speak, I can’t believe she was ever elected to public office.

The Palestinian-American Congresswoman recently co-sponsored a resolution in the House with her great pal Rep. Ilhan Omar to support the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. Last week, she was one of 17 lawmakers to vote against a House resolution to condemn BDS. She compared the BDS movement to the American boycott of Nazi Germany.

Tlaib spoke to Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union” this morning. Even Tapper was a bit ruffled by several of Tlaib’s replies. Below are some of the highlights.

Tapper addressed Tlaib, “So you talk about the hate agenda and there is criticism of you from fellow Democrats for your support for the BDS movement for boycott, divest, sanctions, an anti-Israel movement.”

She responds:

Well it is anti…it is criticizing the racist policies of Israel and it is a boycott…I can tell you that all around college campuses, there are Jews, Muslims, Hindus, all different kinds of backgrounds who are pushing back against racist policies in Israel because they see the human rights violations of children being detained…We all know that under Netanyahu’s regime, human rights violations have gotten worse.

Switching gears, Tapper asked her, “Do you think the Jewish people have the right to a state in the area where Israel exists now?”

Tlaib gave a qualified answer.

I truly believe the state of Israel is – it exists, correct.

But understand, does it exist in the detriment of inequality for the Palestinian people? The detriment of not moving forward in a peaceful resolution? We’re never going to have peace, I truly believe, if separate but equal is the way they want to go. And I could tell you I learned that from my African-American teachers in Detroit public schools who showed me what the pain of oppression looks like. We’re not gonna have peace if we don’t understand that we are dehumanizing Palestinians every single day when we choose Israel over their rights.

Tapper asks again, “Yes or no, does Israel have a right to exist?”

Tlaib replies, “Of course, but just like Palestinians have a right to exist. Palestinians also have a right to human rights. We can’t say one or the other. We have to say it in the same breath or we’re not gonna actually have a peaceful resolution.”

Not everyone was okay with Tlaib’s qualified answers when asked if she believes that Israel has the right to resist. Each time she was asked, she said “yes,” and each yes was immediately qualified by a “but.”

This didn’t sit too well with most conservatives. Here are some of the responses to Steve Guest’s tweet about Tlaib’s comments. (via Twitchy)

“Rashid Tlaib, as a US Congresswoman, exists to the detriment of Americans.”

“Democrats embrace anti-Semitic philosophy. Got that, America?”

“Baltimore exists to the detriment of Maryland.”

“”Baltimore is a shithole”: REEEEEEEEEEEE RACIST!  – “Israel is detrimental”: *crickets*”

“Tlaib: Free state in Middle East causing problems for rise of oppressive terrorist power.”

“Thank God for Israel.”  (Twitchy notes that for whatever reason, Twitter chose to ‘hide’ this reply on the thread.)

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Tapper to Rashida Tlaib: Why do you only want to boycott Israel and not, say, Egypt or Pakistan or Saudi Arabia?

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I would happily boycott Egypt or Saudi Arabia for human rights violations, Tlaib insists, responding to Tapper’s question.

Okay, he says. Then why don’t you?

I would do it if those boycott movements existed, she replies, or if there was a resolution on the House floor to that effect.

You can anticipate the reply to that: Why don’t those boycott movements exist? She’s begging the question Tapper is asking here.

And she’s a farking congresswoman. She could introduce a resolution about Egypt herself. Certainly she could use the enormous public megaphone that the Squad (and the president) have given her to broaden public awareness of human rights violations across the Middle East. So, again, to paraphrase Tapper, why doesn’t she?

The most charitable read on her comments is that Rashida Tlaib, social justice warrior, simply will not lift a finger to pressure a foreign regime unless someone else does so first. She’ll join the parade once it’s started, but don’t bug her to get it going. Just let her know where to show up after it’s begun.

The less charitable read is that, as the quote in the clip from Chuck Schumer suggests, the BDS movement and its progressive adherents have a special animus towards Israel that isn’t similarly inflamed by Islamic fascist regimes. Supply your own theory as to why.

Enjoy her displays of civic and geopolitical derring-do while you can, by the way, because Josh Kraushaar’s right that she’s probably not long for Congress:

The same identity-centered politics that generates so much attention for Tlaib and her three like-minded colleagues (Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley) is what’s jeopardizing her standing back home in her Detroit-area district. Tlaib struggled to win significant African-American support in her narrow primary win last year, and she faces the threat of a one-on-one matchup against established Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones in next year’s election.

Unlike Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley, who capitalized on the diversification of their districts to defeat white incumbents, Tlaib underperformed with the nonwhite voters in her district last year. She benefited from numerous African-American candidates splitting up the black vote, allowing her to win with just 31 percent of the vote, a narrow 900-vote plurality. (With fewer candidates on the ballot, Jones defeated Tlaib narrowly in a concurrent primary election to serve out the last eight weeks of the term after Rep. John Conyers’s resignation.)

How’d Tlaib pull off her win? White progressives, of course. She’s the sort of person who runs around calling for a $20 minimum wage (while offering her own interns $15) and insisting that the left’s bete noire, Israel, be isolated internationally. Ideologues handed her her term in the House, and Tlaib must be keenly aware that her only chance at a second term depends on them turning out en masse for her in next year’s primary against Jones (who’ll doubtless have establishment Dem support in hopes that she can rid Pelosi of her Tlaib headache). That is, if nothing else, it’s in Tlaib’s political self-interest to single out Israel for special opprobrium. It’s the sort of policy trash her base wants.

She did at least acknowledge Israel’s right to exist here, albeit quickly noting that it exists to the detriment of Palestinians. Doesn’t sound too two-state-y.

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