A pair of high-ranking U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are under review after they shared and liked social media activity promoting unfounded conspiracy theories regarding Rep. Ilhan Omar and immigration.
Those pols would never claim that “it’s all about the Benjamins.” (Or the Sauls, Moshes, Sarahs or Davids either, presumably.)
Yet, these same legislators refuse to condemn extremists who brand Israel an illegitimate apartheid state. Instead, they assert that we must have a “discussion” about our Israel policy.
Naturally, these politicians demand unqualified support for the rights of women, LBGTQ people and minorities. Yet they are tepid about the delegitimization of the only state in the Middle East that actually affords equal protection to all of the above.
A lot of progressives also develop laryngitis when some in their ranks claim that they oppose Israel’s very existence as a Jewish state. The assertion is that, by definition, a Jewish state is discriminatory and “racist.”
There is an unfortunate and ironic outcome from Rep. Ilhan Omar’s recent tweets and public statements. Surely unintentionally, she appears to have stifled, rather than opened up, discussion on Israeli government policies.
My leftist friends also seem to have no problem with doing business with, for example, China or Cuba, where opposition political rallies are limited to one person in a solitary prison cell. Yet these lefties support or tolerate those who support the boycott, divest and sanction (BDS) movement against Israel. This, even though the Jewish state has more political parties of all stripes than there are Starbucks baristas in Manhattan.
The unifying principle, however concealed by the progressive foxes, is clear. If a state is not Jewish, it may persecute, imprison or execute members of any political or minority group it chooses to, without fear of sanction. But if the one Jewish state defends itself against terrorists who attack school buses, it is grounds for a worldwide boycott.
Accordingly, I urge my fellow Jews to send some “Benjamins” to Ilhan Omar’s reelection campaign. Through her unvarnished bigotry, she exposes the anti-Semitic double standard that undergirds the left’s foxlike attitude toward Israel.
Who knows, Ms. Omar’s frank prejudice, and the lack of opposition to it by many progressives, may yet rouse even uber-liberal Jews from their lamb-like stupor — a stupor that prevents them from seeing where the most dangerous anti-Semitism really lurks.