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I am Jewish, and I stand with Rep. Ilhan Omar

I am a Jewish resident of Baltimore, and I stand with Ilhan Omar (“Criticism of Ilhan Omar goes much too far,” March 5). Her comments regarding the outsized influence of AIPAC and the harm it causes to Palestinians were accurate, not offensive. I am outraged by the lengths Democrats have gone to silence debate on Israel and Palestine.

At a time when prominent Democrats are mired in blackface scandals and the Maryland Democratic Party has yet to excommunicate a delegate who used the n-word, it is impossible to believe that the motivation for condemning Rep. Omar is purely that of fighting bigotry.

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Ilhan Omar is one of the best and most inspiring young congresswomen that the Democratic Party has and the heavy-handed tactics being taken against her right now will hurt the future of the party and the country.

Daniel Rifkin, Baltimore

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