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House approves revised anti-Semitism resolution after fierce debate on Rep. Ilhan Omar

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The House approved a revised resolution on anti-Semitism early Thursday evening with an expanded focus on white supremacists, “neo-Confederates,” and violence against black and Muslim Americans, to the disappointment of many Republicans and Democrats alike who had hoped to see language pin-pointing anti-Jewish rhetoric, or a censure of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

Omar was the subject of combative in-fighting among House Democrats during closed door meetings today and yesterday. Dogged by charges of anti-Semitism for posts made to social media since taking office, the current controversy over Omar began last week when she spoke at a bookshop in Washington DC about “a powerful lobby that is influencing policy” and said, “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.”

Her remarks were promptly decried by members of Congress as an anti-Semitic statement that accused Jewish-Americans of dual loyalty, and ushered in a debate over limits of discussion on Israel and criticism of a pro-Israel lobby, as well as Islamophobia.

By yesterday evening the immense pressure from the Congressional Black Caucus, liberal constituents and freshman representatives caused Dems to axe the resolution. Party leaders suggested it had morphed into a divisive and biased sanction against Omar who is naturalized citizen after entering the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia and is one of two of the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Senators Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand all released statements yesterday suggesting Omar had become the victim of an Islamophbic campaign.

In a surprise move, the resolution was rewritten today and H.R. 183 passed 407 in favor and 23 opposed.

Nearly twice as long as the original, the measure added definitions of anti-Muslim discrimination, condemned bombings of several black churches and mosques, and the Tree of Life synagogue massacre. The resolution cited FBI figures of skyrocketing hate crimes against Muslims, which increased by “99 percent between 2014 and 2016.” In 2017 hate crimes against Jews rose by 37 percent.

Here was Omar’s statement on the legislation:

The final text of the resolution repeated a rebuke of the anti-Semitic allegation of  Jewish “dual loyalty” found in an earlier version. Yet it included condemnations of similar allegations made against Japanese-American who were interned during WWII, and President John F. Kennedy who “was questioned because of his Catholic faith.”

Republicans did not support the rewrites led by Cedric Richmond (D-LA), the former chair of of the Congressional Black Caucus and Jamie Raskin (D-MD).

Doug Collins (R-GA) argued Democrats wasted a week on revisions, turning out a hasty and convoluted resolution presented to him less than an hour before debate opened. 

“I don’t know where to begin, I really don’t,” a frustrated Collins said, tossing his arms up in the air. 

“We are debating a resolution all of us should have learned in kindergarten.”

At one point, referencing its 7-page length, Collins mocked Democrats for not adding a condemnation against a death threat made towards him and his family. 

Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who voted against the resolution, castigated peers for writing a “watered down” resolution that diverted focus away from anti-Semitism.”

“This resolution as changed up over the last hour now condemn just about everything,” he said, later adding, “There has never been a persecution of a people like the jewish people, 1936 to 1945.”

Some Democrats expressed uneasiness with the resolution for similar reasons, but still backed it.

Eliot Engel (D-NY) said he would vote in favor even though he thought there should have been a separate resolution on anti-Semitism. 

“Questioning my allegiance is painful and personal,” Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) said.

“Israel is our friend,” speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said as she urged for unanimous approval, “but not every one of us in this body agrees on every provision, any consideration in that relationship. that’s a separate and complete issue from anti-Semitism.”

“All of us must remember as member of Congress, as president of the United States, that our words are weightier once we cross the thresh hold into Congress and indeed they weigh a ton when someone becomes the president of the united states,” Pelosi said. 

One notable revision signals to President Donald Trump as a source of racial discord. The resolution denounces “scapegoating and targeting of Jews in the United States have persisted for many years, including by the Ku Klux Klan, the America First Committee, and by modern neo-Nazis.”

America First Committee was an anti-Semitic group active in the 1940s that lobbied for isolationist policies and critics of the president have questioned if Trump’s “America First” slogan is an intentional namesake.

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  1. Marnie on March 7, 2019, 9:17 pm

    ‘Elliot Engel (D-NY) said he would vote in favor even though he thought there should have been a separate resolution on anti-Semitism.

    “Questioning my allegiance is painful and personal,” Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) said.

    “Israel is our friend,” speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said as she urged for unanimous approval, “but not every one of us in this body agrees on every provision, any consideration in that relationship. that’s a separate and complete issue from anti-Semitism.”’
    __________________

    There should have been a separate resolution on anti-Semitism? Why exactly? I guess he missed the part about hate crimes against muslims being up 99% and the death threats against Ilhan Omar? What is it about united as in united states that he doesn’t get? Finally a bill in place that was reworked with the refreshing note that there isn’t just one type of victim of hate here – so sorry Mr. Engel, it ain’t all about you anymore.

    wasserman-schultz – ditto for you baby.You feel pain do you? Interesting.

    pelosi – maybe you should seriously study what a friend is and keep that friendship out of american policies in the first place. And retire. Please.

    • Talkback on March 8, 2019, 4:45 am

      Marnie: “There should have been a separate resolution on anti-Semitism? Why exactly?”

      Why is there even a seperate definition of racism called antisemitism? Political exploitation.

      • Jon66 on March 8, 2019, 5:38 pm

        “Why is there even a seperate definition of racism called antisemitism? ”
        For the same reason there are terms like misogyny, islamophobia, ageism, and homophobia. Not all bigotry has the same cause or cure.

      • eljay on March 8, 2019, 10:09 pm

        || Jon66: “Why is there even a seperate definition of racism called antisemitism? ”
        For the same reason there are terms like misogyny, islamophobia, ageism, and homophobia. … ||

        And Zionism.

        || … Not all bigotry has the same cause or cure. ||

        True. But I believe that attempts should be made to cure every bigotry including anti-Semitism, misogyny, Islamophobia, ageism, homophobia and Zionism. You will disagree.

      • Talkback on March 8, 2019, 10:46 pm

        Jon66: “For the same reason there are terms like misogyny, islamophobia, ageism, and homophobia.”

        Ageism and homophobia are not subcategories.

        And the cause for racism is quite irrelevant for the definition of racism.

        But is there a cure for Zionism?

      • Jon66 on March 9, 2019, 10:19 am

        Talk,
        Can you define racism for me? I don’t understand your categories.
        By understanding the causes for specific hates it’s easier to combat them.

      • Talkback on March 9, 2019, 1:52 pm

        Jon66 “Can you define racism for me?”

        Prejudice or discrimination directed against a people as such.

        Jon66: “I don’t understand your categories.”

        Islamophobia and antisemitism are different forms/subcategories of racism.

        Jon66: “By understanding the causes for specific hates it’s easier to combat them.”

        You can’t “combat” hate. You can only criminalize it which leads to more hate.

        But since you focus on hate I could rephrase my definition:

        Hatred towards a (whole) people as such.

        Allthough it isn’t correct. Supremacist do not necesseraly hate a people they consider to be inferior. And some targets of racism even think that they are superior and that the hatred is only jealousy. That’s racist, too.

      • Abern on March 9, 2019, 2:41 pm

        Additional to the term’s redundancy, the term has been so corrupted it should be dropped from the common lexicon.

      • Jon66 on March 9, 2019, 3:30 pm

        Talk,
        So Jews are a people and Muslims are a people?
        Of course you can fight against hate.

      • Talkback on March 10, 2019, 6:24 am

        Jon66: “Talk, So Jews are a people and Muslims are a people? ”

        A racist considers them to be a “people” distinct from its own “people”. He doesn’t see them as Americans for example. He just sees them as “the Jews” and “the Muslims” he needs to defame as such. The targeted group doesn’t even have to be a race (in the modern sense). It’s the racist that treats and defames them as one.

      • Mooser on March 10, 2019, 12:00 pm

        “Can you define racism for me?” “Jon66”

        Why would anybody need to “define” racism for you? Don’t you know what racism feels like? You’ve never been a victim of racism? Never suffered from anti-semitism?

    • Misterioso on March 8, 2019, 9:41 am

      @Marnie, et al

      Well worth noting:

      https://www.rt.com/usa/451583-israel-lobby-millions-influence/

      “Meddling, anyone? Pro-Israel groups spent $22 million on lobbying & campaign contributions in 2018”

      RT QUESTION MORE, Feb. 15/19

      “Pro-Israel lobbyists funneled more than $22 million into the 2018 US election cycle, making the lobby far more active and influential than those aligned with other foreign nations, public records show.

      “Controversy was sparked last week after freshman Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar tweeted that pro-Israel money affected the decisions of members of Congress. Omar faced swift backlash and condemnation even from her own party, as her colleagues rushed to label her comments as ‘outrageous,’ ‘disgraceful’ and even ‘anti-Semitic.’

      “In the aftermath, the Guardian examined figures available from the Center for Responsive Politics – a D.C.-based organization which tracks money in politics – and found that the Israel lobby is indeed ‘highly active and spends heavily’ to influence lawmakers.

      “In response to a tweet from a Jewish journalist asking who she believed was ‘paying American politicians to be pro-Israel,’ Omar specifically highlighted the influence the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). While AIPAC does not donate directly to political campaigns, it does spend millions on lobbying.

      “Indeed, the publicly available data shows that AIPAC – which lobbied against the Iran nuclear deal in 2015 and supported Trump’s withdrawal from it in 2018 – spent more than any other pro-Israel lobbying group. AIPAC spent more than $3.5 million on lobbying during the 2018 election cycle and over $5 million in the year in total — which was the highest since tracking began in 1998.

      “The powerful group is also known for taking newly elected members of Congress on junket trips to Israel which the Intercept called ‘incredibly influential’ in that they provide new House members with a ‘distinctly pro-Israel viewpoint on complex controversies”’ in the region.

      “On the Democratic side, those trips are usually led by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who has received $1.02 million from pro-Israel groups during his career, according to CRP figures.

      “Pro-Israel groups and individuals gave nearly $15 million to political campaigns during the 2018 election cycle, the highest since 1990, with the J Street Pac giving the highest amount of $4.03 million. About $2.1 million was also spent on political activity by pro-Israel foreign agents registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act in 2017 and 2018.

      “Dan Auble, a senior researcher at CRP, told the Guardian that he has not observed many other countries that have ‘a comparable level of activity’ in terms of domestic lobbying.

      “It’s not just a handful of politicians receiving the pro-Israel money, either. In fact, the Israel lobby donates to the majority of politicians, spending money on 269 House representatives and 57 senators’ campaigns last year.

      “Interestingly, the Guardian noted that Democrats who demanded an apology from Omar coincidentally received some of the highest levels of contributions from the pro-Israel lobby.

      “Democrat Eliot Engel, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee (of which Omar is now a member), accused her of invoking an ‘anti-Semitic trope’ by suggesting that money from pro-Israel groups affects political discourse. Engel has received $1.07 million from the Israel lobby during his career – more than he’s received from any other industry. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has received $514,000 and Long Island Rep. Lee Zeldin, who called Omar’s tweet ‘sick & twisted’ has received nearly $330,000 from pro-Israel groups.

      “The Guardian also highlighted the fact that there’s probably ‘far more pro-Israel lobby money flowing into American politics’ than what is publicly tracked by groups like CRP, given that ‘dark money non profits’ aren’t required to disclose who their donors are. Billionaire Sheldon Adelson gave $250,000 to the Republican Coalition Jewish Victory Fund last year, for example, but that donation is not factored into the CRP tallies.

      “While the pro-Israel lobby spends relatively little in comparison with some other major industries, it spends far more in the foreign policy realm than PACs aligned with other countries – and over the decades, the money poured into US politics from pro-Israel groups has reached into the hundreds of millions, according to CRP.

      “For its efforts, Israel receives up to $4.5 billion in annual aid from the US, including the $3.8 billion promised every year for a decade under a deal signed by the Obama administration and about 700 million allocated by Congress last year to support Israel’s missile defense systems – a good return on investment, by any standards.”

      • amigo on March 9, 2019, 7:17 am

        It.s all about the benjamins baby.

        No trope there.

    • Misterioso on March 8, 2019, 12:46 pm

      @Marnie, et al

      Just received from Professor Lawrence Davidson – another “on the money analysis.”

      “Update on the Attack on U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (8 March 2019) by Lawrence Davidson”

      “We all owe Representative Ilhan Omar a debt of gratitude for doing what no Washington politician has had the courage to do, perhaps since Senator William Fulbright’s 1963 investigation of AIPAC. That is, she challenged the Zionist lobby’s role as an operative of the Israeli government.

      “It is perhaps Omar’s lack of historical awareness on the subject of American Zionist power (Nancy Pelosi explained that Omar did not understand the ‘weight of the words she used’) that allows her to speak out with such courage. Whatever the case might be, her forthright honesty is like a breath of fresh air wafting through the halls of Congress. That is, of course, why the Zionist lobby and its fellow travelers have their daggers drawn and are showing such public bloodlust.

      “The knee jerk charge that Omar’s statements are anti-Semitic constitutes an obvious red-herring. As Omar tellingly points out, it is a tactic that is designed to keep people from dealing with the real subject at hand—the inhumane treatment of the Palestinian people.

      “Here is how she put it: ‘If every single time we say something regardless of what it is … about foreign policy or … about ending oppression … we get to be labeled something … that [labeling] ends the discussion. Because we end up defending [ourselves] and nobody ever gets to have the broader debate of what is happening with Palestine. So for me, I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country.’

      “Omar’s statement describes reality in Washington and there is nothing anti-Semitic about it. When it comes to Israel, it is not just Jewish-American politicians who are expected to be ‘loyal’ to the Zionist state. Every politician is expected to support Israel or, at the very least, keep their mouth shut about Israeli demands for support.

      “So, it is at once very encouraging to see Omar take a stand—and this writer hopes she will continue to do so—but at the same time it is depressing (actually it is downright disgusting) to see the temper tantrums thrown by Israeli loyalists in the Congress no matter what their religion or ethnicity. After all, they are jumping up and down in support of a state that practices apartheid-style racism against Palestinians. That means Israel and its supporters are also a threat to the moral character of the Jewish people.”

      Lawrence Davidson
      [email protected]

      Blog: http://www.tothepointanalyses.com

      • Marnie on March 8, 2019, 2:05 pm

        I’ve started checking out Fox ‘news’ just to see what’s what. A few minutes ago I saw Ilhan’s face all over Fox, with the hysterical cries of antisemitism and the left is so radical (if only) and my only thought seeing that was just classic racial bias and hatred. They are absolutely unglued with this brave, intelligent woman who’s like nothing they’ve seen before. I feel so much respect for her and she is my hero.

  2. Qualtrough on March 7, 2019, 10:33 pm

    AIPAC’s starting to crumble. Oh sure, they still have some fight in them, but the handwriting is on the wall now.

    • Misterioso on March 8, 2019, 9:44 am

      @Qualtrough

      “AIPAC’s starting to crumble.”

      Indeed!! And the river of truth will become a flood.

      • Mooser on March 8, 2019, 2:28 pm

        Pres. Trump has just declared the Democrats “the anti-Jewish party.”

        That makes it simple for AIPAC. All they have to do is stick with the Repubs and make it the ‘pro-Jewish party’.

      • eljay on March 8, 2019, 2:42 pm

        || Mooser: Pres. Trump has just declared the Democrats “the anti-Jewish party.” … ||

        Now that Trump has given his official seal of approval to Zionist anti-Semitic conflation of Israel and Zionism with all Jews and all Jews with Israel and Zionism maybe Bibi will let him reprise his role of Grand Marshal of the Israeli Day Parade.

        “I am a great friend of Israel. I was the Grand Marshal of the Israeli Day Parade… I have so many friends. In fact one of them, one of my great friends — where is Jared, my son-in-law? Where is he? My son-in-law is Jewish, and he’s fantastic … So, there is nobody closer — and Bibi Netanyahu asked me to do a commercial for him, for his campaign. I did a commercial for him.”

        “I’m very pro-Israel. In fact, I was the head of the Israeli Day Parade a number of years ago, I did a commercial for Netanyahu when he was getting elected … People are born with hatred, they’re taught hatred. And I have to say, it’s mostly on the one side, not on the other side. But they’re taught hatred.”

        “It serves no purpose to say that you have a good guy and a bad guy. … it doesn’t help if I start saying– I’m very pro-Israel. Very. More than anybody on the stage. But it doesn’t do any good to start demeaning the neighbors … As a negotiator, I cannot [negotiate peace] as well if I’m taking big, big sides. With that being said, I am totally pro-Israel.”

      • Mooser on March 8, 2019, 8:13 pm

        Well, we will see if the Democrats are stupid enough to take the bait. I hope not.

  3. Kay24 on March 8, 2019, 12:54 am

    All that fake outrage from members of Congress, Joe Scarborough, and even Megan McCain shed tears apparently about “anti-semitism”. Yet, where is the damn outrage about this? Even AIPAC had harshly criticized Bibi’s cozy new alliance with a group the US State Department called “terrorists”.

    Netanyahu Sparks Outrage Over Pact With Racist Party

    “The embattled Mr. Netanyahu, grasping for every potential vote, has turned to the extremist party Otzma Yehudit, or Jewish Power, whose leaders have a long history of expressing support for violence against Palestinians, expulsion of Arabs from Israel and the occupied territories, and a ban on intermarriage or sex between Jews and Arabs.

    The prime minister arranged for the organization to merge into a somewhat more mainstream party of religious Zionists, the Jewish Home. That pact, announced Wednesday, could easily catapult Otzma Yehudit from the disreputable fringe into Israel’s next governing coalition.

    Otzma Yehudit’s leaders proudly call themselves disciples of Meir Kahane, the Brooklyn-born anti-Arab militant who served a term in Israel’s Parliament in the 1980s before his Kach party was outlawed in Israel and declared a terrorist group by the United States. He was assassinated in 1990.” New York Times

    So are they okay with Netanyahu spreading the hate by joining this despicable group?

  4. Spring Renouncer on March 8, 2019, 2:58 am

    I wish Bernie had come out with his strong statement days or hours before he did (news of his statement came out hours after the resolution passed). This might have put pressure on Dems. in the House. The way this played out really isn’t a loss for Ilhan, and it exposes Nancy Pelosi’s tepid leadership and cannibal instincts. She should go.

  5. Marnie on March 8, 2019, 4:47 am

    Could someone please post this video for me?

    Meghan McCain’s Meltdown
    The Young Turks

    Princess Meghan was in tears and just beside herself explaining how afraid she is WRT Ilhan Omar’s nonexistent antisemitic rant at Busboys and Poets a few days ago. She considers Joe and Hadassah Lieberman to be her ‘parents’ because I guess her dad and mom are both dead and she’s just a helpless little girl, age 34 and may be considering herself to be a zionist! When it was pointed out to her that Ilhan had apologized, she quickly retorted that yes, but there’s other stuff and attempted to talk over Sonny Hostin but Sonny didn’t allow. She’s not only rude, but repeats information that is inaccurate because her daddy or something and she is incredibly ignorant also.

    Maybe she was made an honorary tribal member by Bari Weiss the other day.

    Subscribe4.2M

    • Mooser on March 8, 2019, 8:19 pm

      “Maybe she was made an honorary tribal member…”

      That’s happened to me many times. It’s always an honor.

  6. Talkback on March 8, 2019, 4:50 am

    Mensh Gideon Levy:
    “What, after all, has Omar said? That pro-Israel activists demand “allegiance to a foreign country”; that U.S. politicians support Israel because of money they receive from the pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC, and that “Israel hypnotized the world.” What is incorrect in these statements? Why is describing reality considered anti-Semitic?” […]

    Due to the Israel lobby, the U.S. does not know the truth about what is happening here. Congress members, senators and shapers of public opinion who are flown here ad nauseam see only Israeli victimhood and Palestinian terror, which apparently emerged out of nowhere. Islamists, Qassam rockets and incendiary balloons – not a word about occupation, expropriation, refugees and military tyranny. Questions such as where the money goes and whether it serves American interests are considered heresy. When talking about Israel one must not ask questions or raise doubts.

    This cycle has to be broken as well. It’s not right and it’s not good for the Jews. Omar is now trying to introduce a new discourse to Congress and to public opinion. Thanks to her and her colleagues there is a chance for a change in America. From Israel we send her our wishes for success.

    When will the world dare to distinguish between legitimate criticism of an illegitimate Israeli reality and anti-Semitism?”
    https://www.haaretz.com/misc/article-print-page/.premium-keep-it-up-ilhan-omar-1.6999623

    Ilhan Omar Has a Less Bigoted Position on Israel Than Almost All of Her Colleagues
    http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/03/ilhan-omar-alleggiance-resolution-democrats-anti-semitism-israel-palestine.html

  7. Boomer on March 8, 2019, 6:35 am

    Politico has a good backgrounder on Omar and the Dems:

    https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/03/08/ilhan-omar-dean-phillips-minnesota-democratic-party-225696

    Among other things, I learned that hypnosis is an anti-semitic trope. Amazing how old a guy can get while remaining ignorant of so many important things.

    • Mooser on March 8, 2019, 2:23 pm

      “Among other things, I learned that hypnosis is an anti-semitic trope.”

      That’s why Dr. Caligari needed two cabinets!

      • Kay24 on March 9, 2019, 12:50 am

        “Trope” was the buzz word from those acting outraged about what she said.

  8. punterweger on March 8, 2019, 8:05 am

    This is an important victory for those who supported Ilhan Omar and the fight for justice and the rights of Palestinians. However, let’s not kid ourselves. The Israel lobby is going to redouble it’s efforts against us and the politicians who support our cause. I bet they are already frantically searching for candidates to primary Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, AOC and as many as possible of the others who crossed the lobby on this issue. Hopefully, the Democratic establishmen has learned a lesson: When AIPAC says ‘jump’ it is dangerous for them to simply say ‘how high’. We’ll need more such victories to really make that lesson sink in.

    • Boomer on March 8, 2019, 10:17 am

      re: “However, let’s not kid ourselves.”

      Right. It isn’t clear to me how this episode is perceived by the general public, whose views are formed by a few minutes of TV news or their Facebook feed, and perhaps (for a smaller group) a story in their local paper. Nor is it clear to me what the long term implications, if any, will be. It is clear, however, that the Lobby and its supporters won’t stop. For Omar, certainly, the beatings will continue until her attitude improves, or she is replaced.

      • Kay24 on March 9, 2019, 12:53 am

        Yeah, verbally beating her into submission, like many others were silenced.

        I still don’t see why we can criticize the NRA and it’s gun lobby strongly, but not be able to
        say one negative thing about AIPAC and Israel. It does not make sense at all.

  9. Jejasalo on March 8, 2019, 11:02 am

    How ironic that it takes the election to the House of a Muslim female to cause an earthquake over bigotry and racism to shake the halls of power. ‘Me thinks thee doest protest too much’ -oh leaders of our great Democracy. Had Ilhan been an Indian Hindu woman in a sari would any of this have happened?

    Spare me the tempest made to cleanse us all of our prejudices so we can start all over smiling & holding hands.

    This storm is about Islam, not Judaism. Only a practicing Muslim, female, African immigrant elected to Congress could have created such hysteria. We’ve been so busy slaughtering Muslims – in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, Yemen and Palestine that we haven’t noticed that the demons glaring back at us in our mirrors are us, not them.

    • oldgeezer on March 9, 2019, 11:22 pm

      Muslims in general, Arab Muslims specifically, have been demonized on the big screen, small screen, news broadcasts, and print for 70 years at least. I wonder who can list the last three movies which were shown in the west where the lead positive roles where either Muslim or Arab. Now prepare a list of movies where the bad guys are Muslim or Arab. For additional bigotry and bias toss in the fact that Arabs are depicted as Muslims in total disregard for the fact that Arabs can be Muslin, Jewish or Christian (amongst many other religions).

      The extent of the massive propaganda spewed against Arabs may, or may not, equal the propaganda spewed against Jewish people prior to WWII. But it has been constant for many decades. Not only portrayed as violent but also as throwbacks intellectually. It’s not relevant and justifies nothing. The fact remains that there is no other group which has been the target of such vile and viscious racism and bigotry as Muslims/Arabs since that time period. No not even Jewish people who are the target of vile racism and bigotry and that should not be denied or diminished.

      Never again has become a laughable catch phrase.

      Here we are still doing the same old crap against other people.

      Will Israel ever tire of killing innocents? Their political sphere is based on who killed the most or is willing to kill the most. A sick sick society and no sign of any sanity on the horizen. People like jackdaw thinking of themselves as mainstream while their violent murderous racism is worn on their sleeve as a badge,

  10. klm90046 on March 8, 2019, 3:34 pm

    Dual loyalty is all I hear. What’s so bad about dual loyalty? I’m loyal both to my wife and to my girlfriend.

    • RoHa on March 8, 2019, 11:26 pm

      But do you ask your wife to show greater loyalty to your girlfriend?

      • klm90046 on March 9, 2019, 4:55 pm

        @RoHa: Keep your nose out of my bed(s), please. HaHaHa!

      • RoHa on March 9, 2019, 10:21 pm

        So you don’t want me to ask your wife about her view of your dual loyalty?

  11. Talkback on March 10, 2019, 7:55 am

    Phyllip Bennis Interview on Young Turks: Ilhan Omar Controversy Getting Out Of Control
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpg4QrrFWHk

    She makes an interesting point. Instead of giving American taxpayer’s money to Israel the same amount of money could provide 367800 [!] veterans with health care.

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