Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., left, joined at right by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listens to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Last month, anti-Semitic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) co-sponsored a resolution in the House to support the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. BDS seeks to boycott Israel to protest what Palestinians perceive as the mistreatment of their people. She compared BDS to the previous boycotts of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
When questioned about her position by Al-Monitor, Omar said, “We are introducing a resolution … to really speak about the American values that support and believe in our ability to exercise our First Amendment rights in regard to boycotting. And it is an opportunity for us to explain why it is we support a nonviolent movement, which is the BDS movement.”
When asked his opinion of Omar’s resolution, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) said, “I can’t imagine that any committee is going to mark up or take seriously any pro-BDS resolution.”
“Am I worried about the overall BDS movement worldwide as an economic matter? No. As an effort to delegitimize Israel, of course. The comments here today are a tiny part of that delegitimizing effort.”
Recently, she and her great pal, Rep. Rashida Tlaib were two of seventeen members of Congress who voted against a House resolution to oppose the international effort to boycott Israel.
In the tweet below, the original definition stands next to the newly amended version. The difference is the addition of an 11th example of anti-Semitism, which is “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.” This is something that both Omar and Tlaib have done – very publicly.
Philanthropist Adam Milstein saluted the revision. He tweeted, “Kudos to @SecPompeo and Special Envoy Elan Carr. It’s more clear now, the BDS Movement is disgustingly Antisemitic.”
The State Dep. just updated the definition of #Antisemitism to include “Drawing Comparison of Contemporary #Israeli policy to the of #Nazis“. Kudos to @SecPompeo and Special Envoy Elan Carr. It’s more clear now, the BDS Movement is disgustingly Antisemitic https://t.co/6VEW9A1M1X pic.twitter.com/O0O78p6XiU
— Adam Milstein (@AdamMilstein) August 6, 2019
The American Center for Law and Justice, a constitutional law firm led by President’s Trump’s attorney, Jay Sekulow, initiated an online petition, “calling for Congress to censure Omar and Tlaib over rhetoric that the ACLJ describes as anti-Semitic.”
The petition, which can be accessed in the tweet below, states:
Rep. Omar said that support for Israel is ‘all about the Benjamins’ – a bigoted accusation that Jews control all the money. She’s attacked Jews and anyone who supports Israel as having a dual allegiance – another anti-Semitic trope.
Rep. Tlaib said she has a ‘calming feeling’ about the Holocaust. Someone espousing these bigoted views should not have access to classified information or sit on congressional committees such as the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Take action with us. Fight back against anti-Semitism. Demand Reps. Omar and Tlaib be removed from the committees and censured.
#AntiSemitism has no place in #America – and certainly not in #Congress. Congresswomen #IlhanOmar & #RashidaTlaib have repeatedly espoused anti-Semitic rhetoric. They must be censured. Sign our petition today. https://t.co/VBUF5OZJUF
— ACLJ (@ACLJ) August 11, 2019