Perhaps we coming to one of those 'parting of the ways' moments, it's going to be interesting and a bit searing no doubt. Jonah Ben Avraham writes, I am still waiting to find out what happened to all the Gandhians and MLKians in the face of the Great March, they seem to have lost their tongues, predictably.
"Omar Is Being Attacked Because She Poses a Challenge to White Supremacy"
"What is perhaps more surprising — and disappointing — is the failure of some on the left to recognize this attack on Omar for what it is: a cynical, racist weaponization of antisemitism to discredit a progressive politician.
After Omar’s apology, the Jewish anti-occupation group If Not Now “[welcomed] Omar’s apology for her unfortunate word choice.” Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrated her “capacity to acknowledge pain & apologize,” and thanking “Jewish leadership who brought her in, [rather than pushing] her out, to heal.”
Perhaps even more worse, Bernie Sanders hasn’t said a word about the entire controversy, even though his strong defense of Omar could have a big impact.
Examples abound around progressive media: “Two things can be true,” they suggest. “Omar’s statement can be anti-Semitic, and she can still be a champion of social justice that we should defend. After all, she apologized.”
There’s only one problem with this line of reasoning: the tweet simply wasn’t anti-Semitic, and the resounding concession that Omar did something wrong — and had something to apologize for — has done substantial harm to the credibility of anti-racist, anti-imperialist politics on the nation’s highest political stage."
"Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is the latest public figure to be smeared with such false accusations of antisemitism by Zionists who are alarmed at the growing support for Palestinians in Congress"
And thankfully many Jews seem at ease in the virulence of their unremarked racism which presumably will cost them nothing in way at all, for the moment. Halaby at CP gives MW a shout out.
“Don’t mind him,” Omar told Iftikhar, “he is just waking up to the reality of having Muslim women as colleagues who know how to stand up to bullies!”
Confirming suspicions that we live in the darkest timeline, Zeldin then issued another tweet, this time directly attacking Omar for her foreign policy views. The freshman congresswoman, a critic of the Israeli government, has drawn the ire of conservatives attempting to paint her views as anti-Semitic. This week was no different after she said Americans should not be afraid to criticize Israeli policies, as Americans often criticize those of Iran ― another state with overt religious values.
“Those poor innocent ISIS fighters & Palestinian terrorists right? Give me a break! That’s a problem no matter your religion or gender Ilhan,” Zeldin wrote.
He continued, “Your anti-Semitic & anti-Israel hate is strong & wrong & those terrorists have US blood on their hands as well.”
Because Palestinian American Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) refused to take the annual brainwashing trip to Israel, and because she suggested that the junket AIPAC-funded indoctrination trip should include visits to the West Bank, she was accused of being a terrorist, an anti-Semite, anti-Israel, and an ISIS sympathizer.
On January 15, 2019 Huff Post’s Haley Miller reported that Israeli-born Hallandale Beach Commissioner Annabelle Lima-Taub “Proudly signed [a Facebook petition on 2/8/2019] seeking to remove Tlaib from Congress. She called Rep. Tlaib a ‘Hammas-loving anti-Semite.’” According to Taub, who is Jewish, Tlaib associates with “those terrorists [who]have US blood on their hands.” Taub also charged that there is “NO place in government [for Tlaib]. … She is a danger and [I] would not put it past her to become a martyr and blow up Capitol Hill.” Talk about Israeli tropes; Taub delivered over 30 minutes’ worth of diatribes conjuring up vile accusations."
Michael Howard comments at AHT, he deals with the trope meme.
Baptism by Fire: Ilhan Omar and the American Zionist Juggernaut
"A few months ago I wrote an essay explaining why we shouldn't expect the new crop of progressive lawmakers to stand up to Israel and its spear carriers on Capitol Hill and in the US media. The American people have had Zionist propaganda rammed down their throats for fifty years, ever since Israel embarked on its quest to rob what remains of the Palestinian peoples' homeland. Since this end can only be achieved through terrorism (see every Israeli military campaign in history), the Zionists within and without Israel have done their level best to manipulate people into believing that their terrorism is in fact anti-terrorism: the Muslims are the terrorists, and we're simply defending ourselves.
Depicting Palestinians, and Muslims in general, as homicidal maniacs is essential to maintaining the illusory image of Israel as a vulnerable democratic state encircled by inherently violent actors seeking its destruction—and thus one in need of ideological, diplomatic and military assistance. Hence the modest $4 billion checks Washington cuts to Israel every year. The Muslims-are-terrorists line is also useful when the US decides to spend trillions of dollars it doesn't have invading and occupying Muslim-majority countries. "Our strategy is this," George II said in 2007: "We will fight them over there so we do not have to face them in the United States of America."
"Them" meaning terrorists, meaning Muslims, who hate our freedom and want to kill us all.
Don't you see that Israel is up against a global death cult bent on tearing down Western Civilization? Pay no mind to the fact that militant Zionists—the Irgun—coined the tactic of bombing buses and large crowds in the 1930s. That was before the Zionists had Apache helicopters and nuclear bombs. Again, never mind. History is unimportant. Just listen to George II: "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." Here he is again: "Either you're with us, either you love freedom, and with nations which embrace freedom, or you're with the enemy." Israel loves freedom. Do you?
Until recently, Ilhan Omar, freshman legislator from Minnesota, was unaware of these manufactured truths. So ignorant was she that she actually hinted that the array of pro-Israel lobby groups in Washington, led by AIPAC, give out large sums of money to political campaigns in order to influence US policy in a way that is favorable to … Israel. Obviously that's code for, "I hate the Jews," and Omar was duly raked over the coals for her anti-Semitism. The dressing-down was bipartisan: along with American imperialism and corporate supremacy, Israel is one topic on which the Democrats and Republicans always see eye to eye. I wonder why that is?
Omar folded like a lawn chair. No surprise there. In her weak-kneed apology she wrote: "I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes." Excuse me while I go and vomit. Omar's accompanying tweet reads: "Listening and learning, but standing strong." Learning what? How to stop worrying and love Zionist propaganda?
Rather than consent to being "educated" by Pelosi and Co., Omar ought to have conferred with her fellow Muslim colleague Rashida Tlaib's, who stood firm after calling Trump a "motherfucker"—an apt description. Alas, Omar submitted to the will of Israel's American forces. It's a classic case of baptism by fire (Jews can substitute another ritual). Anyway, it's difficult to fault Omar: would you want your career destroyed before it got off the ground?
Proud to have bullied into silence another potential truth-teller, the Democratic Leadership issued a sententious statement lauding Omar's capitulation. "We are and will always be strong supporters of Israel … because we understand that our support is based on shared values and strategic interests. … Congresswoman Omar's use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel's supporters is deeply offensive."
"Trope": another word abused and ruined by the US political and media establishments."