Why do democrats hate Israel
The headscarf, of course. When Ilhan Omar rushes through the corridors of the Capitol, you can usually recognize her immediately, a colorful point in a crowd of gray suit wearers. Because of her, the House of Representatives lifted the 181-year-old ban on wearing headgear, and because of her, an evangelical pastor complained that Congress now looks "like an Islamic republic".
Omar has not even been in office for three months, and hardly a day goes by without headlines about the Democratic MP, one of only two Muslims in Congress. At the beginning these headlines were mostly positive, but now the criticism has prevailed.
Omar is responsible for that. The 37-year-old has already attracted attention twice with questionable statements. She first lamented the influence of the pro-Israel lobby group American Israel Public Affairs Committee on MPs in Congress by posting on Twitter that it was all about money. After their representatives from both parties accused them of using an anti-Semitic cliché, Omar initially apologized.
Shortly thereafter, however, she accused pro-Israeli organizations of "demanding allegiance to a foreign country" from US politicians. With this, too, Omar is alluding to an old anti-Semitic prejudice, said critics from left to right: the shared loyalty of the Jews, to whom the interests of Israel are more important than those of the country in which they live.
Omar has been one of the rising representatives of the Democrats since her election. It has a lot to do with her biography. She was born in Somalia. When civil war broke out there in 1991, the family fled to Kenya. After four years in a refugee camp, the family received a visa for the USA in 1995. She settled in the state of Minnesota, which is home to a large diaspora of Somalis. When Omar was elected the first MP with Somali roots in November, the Democrats celebrated her as a symbol of America's diversity.
"The Democrats hate the Jews," said US President Donald Trump
But there is also the other, more controversial side. Even as a local politician, Omar was a sharp critic of Israel. Among other things, she supports the BDS movement, which wants to force Israel to change course on the question of Palestine through boycotts and sanctions. "Israel has hypnotized the world," Omar wrote on Twitter in 2012.
The latest controversy is placing the party leadership in Washington in an uncomfortable position. Last week the Democrats passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism with other forms of minority hatred in an attempt to bypass direct punitive action against Omar.
That's not enough for Republicans. You are calling on the Democrats to remove Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which they refuse to do. Several prominent Democrats have backed the MP. The attacks on Omar were aimed at "blocking a debate on US foreign policy towards Israel," said presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who is himself Jewish.
James Clyburn, one of the most senior Democrats, expressed himself rather unhappily. Omar's statements were explained by the fact that her experiences in Somalia were "more personal" than those of the Jews whose parents had survived the Holocaust.
All of this is a welcome goal for Donald Trump. "The Democrats hate the Jews," said the US President, who once described neo-Nazis in Charlottesville as "very fine people," according to the Axios web portal. And when it comes to Trump's party, a certain double standard cannot be overlooked.
For example, some of the Republicans, who are now particularly loud about Omar's statements, used anti-Semitic stereotypes even recently when they railed against the influence of billionaires George Soros and Tom Steyer, whom one of these Republicans - MP Jim Jordan - called on Twitter " Tom $ teyer "designated.
As for Omar, the battle zone has long since shifted. The democrat received death threats. In West Virginia Parliament, strangers hung a poster linking them with the 9/11 attacks. And presenter Jeanine Pirro recently insinuated on Fox News that Omar's headscarf was proof that she was not loyal to the United States. That went too far even for the Trump-affiliated TV station: He distanced himself from Pirro.
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