Batya Ungar-Sargon is a fraud and a coward.
I have repeatedly challenged her to explain why she is willing to attack Ilhan Omar, but doesn’t issue the same condemnation of Tom Friedman for saying far more serve criticisms, or the AIPAC affiliated lobbyists quoted on the Al Jazeera documentary about the Israeli Lobby.
Needless to say, she has refused to respond.
Following her slander of Omar, she was clearly shocked at the response she received the significant backlash from Ilhan’s defenders, including many Jews. She defended herself in the Forward with a totally disingenuous piece insisting there are non antisemitic ways to criticize AIPAC. Of course, she never bothered to outline how this is to be done.
One gets the feeling that this was a defeat for the lobby and Israel’s attack dogs. They took on the wrong target and only served to highlight Omar’s profile and made her into a hero.
I must say, even Peter Beinart came unhinged in his piece on the issue. He wrote the following:
“Accusing a largely (though not officially) Jewish organization like AIPAC of buying politicians is different than accusing the NRA or the drug industry of buying politicians because modern history is not replete with murderous conspiracy theories about how gun owners and pharmaceutical executives secretly use their money to control governments”
In other words, even if it is true that AIPAC is doing what any other lobby is doing, namely using money to influence politicians, we’re not allowed to talk about it because of the history of anti Semitism. This is insanity.
If that was not bad enough, Fareed Zakaria then delivered a pious whitesplaining lecture to Omar and Tlaib, that they need to be extra careful when talking about Israel and the lobby because they were Muslims and women of colour.
It was nauseating.