Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Democrats will take floor action Wednesday in response to controversial remarks by Rep. Ilhan Omar about Israel, the second such rebuke of the freshman Democrat from party leaders in recent weeks.
Pelosi and other senior Democrats have drafted a resolution to address the controversy, which ballooned over the weekend following a public clash between Omar and senior Jewish lawmakers.
The resolution, which began circulating to members Monday night, comes after a backlash from top Democrats who accused Omar of anti-Semitism for referring to pro-Israel advocates’ “allegiance to a foreign country.”
As always, I hesitate to even discuss Israel on my own fucking blog because every time I do, some people absolutely lose their fucking shit and act the fool. Regardless, we soldier on. First off, this:
Rep Omar says “So for me I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is ok for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country. And I want to ask, why is it ok for me to talk about the influence of the NRA…
— Stephen Miles (@SPMiles42) March 5, 2019
Earlier today Rep Vargas said that questioning support for the US Israel relationship is “unacceptable.” We have seen time and time again the false equation of condemning the policies of the Israeli govt as itself an act of antisemitism.
— Stephen Miles (@SPMiles42) March 5, 2019
In other words, she didn’t say what she is accused of saying, and she predicted people would lie about it and lose their shit. At any rate, I also had some thoughts on the twitter machine, and I will present them here:
I’ve never felt the Democratic leadership was more out of touch with the majority of the base than I do with this Ihlan Omar stuff. Do they not realize that the majority of their base just doesn’t think of Israel as some sacred cow? To most people under 40, unless they have marinated in wingnut propaganda and hardline zionist rhetoric, Israel is just another country. It’s not something special. It’s not been anything in the short lifetimes of the younger crowd been anything other than a problem.
Whether it’s shooting up flotillas, having snipers take out rock throwers, Netanyahu holding GOP gotv political rallies in congress, trying to sabotage the Iran deal, whatever, Israel is just another country and not one that seems particularly interested in pursuing the interests of Americans. This is especially true when you watch Donald Trump shit all over places like England, Germany, France, and Canada, which haven’t been as problematic as Israel.
So you have people wondering what the hell is going on with Israel that all these congressmen jump whenever someone tells them to, and it just confirms the belief that maybe Israel and AIPAC has more influence in US politics than they should. Not to mention- when has the House issued a resolution declaring anti-Islamic tropes are out of bounds when, well, hell half the GOP issues them every day?
So I don’t know what they are thinking. Obviously anti-Semitism is bad. But to the kids, it’s not any worse than the anti-Islamic, anti-immigrant bashing, attacks on LGBTQ, etc., that goes on every single day without notice. Add to it that no matter how carefully crafted anything Omar says, the same usual suspects will scream it is anti-Semitic. It’s like Israel’s “best friends” and most ardent supporters are going to, in the end, turn out to be her worst enemies. Shutting down legitimate debate and enabling Israel to continue down this path is going to be the death of that nation and when these old fuckers are gone, the only people left are going to be so sick of this bullshit treatment that Israel is going to be in a tight spot.
And right on cue:
It’s not my position to tell people how to feel, or that their hurt is invalid.
But incidents like these do beg the question: where are the resolutions against homophobic statements? For anti-blackness? For xenophobia? For a member saying he’ll “send Obama home to Kenya?”
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 5, 2019
This is not going to lead anywhere positive, and Israel’s outsized influence being wasted punishing people for speech is going to have serious repercussions for Israel. Considering there are legitimate threats to Israel’s existence, this is even more absurd. Israel’s hardline supporters seem most intent on making more enemies, rather than shoring up support. A decade of Netanyahu, who is basically Israel’s Trump, has made this worse.