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Smear campaign launched against Rep. Omar upon criticism of Israel, AIPAC

13 February 2019

"Legitimate criticism of Israel's policies is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate that the United States and Israel share", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic leadership team wrote in a statement. "I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the foreign affairs committee".

To remind you, the universally accepted Working Definition of Anti-Semitism, issued by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, includes "2". None of the Democratic presidential hopefuls weighed in publicly as their party's House leaders chastised Omar.

Or, I'm just a poor girl from Somalia who doesn't know much about the historic evil of Jew hatred.

Omar's statement on Monday was the latest reckoning among Democrats of intense differences in their ranks over the US-Israeli relationship, highlighted by criticism from Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of MI. Please respect our intelligence, Congresswoman. We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity.

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Then she used all of the faux integrity with which she hoped those two paragraphs endowed her to deliver the real punch: "At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry".

Omar supports a movement known as BDS, for "boycott, divestment and sanctions" aimed at Israel.

Omar was responding to a tweet from Glenn Greenwald, a journalist who argued on Twitter that the Republicans' move to equate Omar and Tlaib's criticism of Israel to the embrace of white supremacist rhetoric by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, "is obscene". They are the first Muslim women to serve in Congress. Pelosi and other Democrats, including leaders and chairmen, laid down a marker making clear that Omar had overstepped.

Ocasio-Cortez's defense of Omar came after Omar's latest anti-Semitic incident over the weekend when Omar "displayed her blatant anti-Semitism by tweeting that GOP support for Israel was 'all about the Benjamins, ' and followed by accusing AIPAC of paying American politicians to support Israel", The Daily Wire reported.

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"To be suggesting that somehow members of Congress are being paid off by Jews, by AIPAC, that goes right into the anti-Semitic bias that has plagued the world for too long", he said. By focusing their attack on AIPAC, groups like JVP skillfully remove yet another line of defense against Jewish annihilation.

AIPAC, which is not a political action committee, does not make campaign contributions to politicians, but its individual members can make donations, and the organization spends millions on lobbying efforts for pro-Israel legislation every year. Omar said she was discussing the Israeli regime within the context of the Gaza War.

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, shown here at a news conference last month, is under scrutiny for comments she made on Twitter on Sunday.

The BDS movement according to their own website, "works to end global support for Israel's oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with worldwide law". In 2012 she wrote, "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evildoings of Israel". "We know that numerous attacks against her are created to discredit a new generation of political leaders who are opposed to the Netanyahu government's racist policies", wrote IfNotNow, an American Jewish activist group that opposes the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

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Smear campaign launched against Rep. Omar upon criticism of Israel, AIPAC