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Sun Mar 3, 2019, 02:24 PM

Ilhan Omar Is a Threat to US Empire

AIPAC’s supporters have never concealed the fact that the group holds enormous power in Washington. In 2011, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wrote: “I sure hope that Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, understands that the standing ovation he got in Congress this year was not for his politics. That ovation was bought and paid for by the Israel lobby.” AIPAC itself boasts that “the United States Congress has provided Israel with the strongest support of any institution in the world” in large part because of the “involvement in the political process” of its donors.

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The connections between US imperialism and Zionism should be obvious to anyone paying attention, but it needs to be emphasized at moments like this when progressives (especially Muslim progressives) like Omar are being attacked with outrageous claims of Jew-hatred. The fact is, this latest episode has very little to do with antisemitism. The Israeli government is a significant booster of antisemitic governments and movements in Hungary, Ukraine, Poland, and the United States (and its relationship with Jair Bolsonaro’s new government in Brazil flirts with antisemitic strands as well).

This history goes back at least a half century: Israel has often been happy to join the United States in backing antisemitic governments and movements across the world, specifically in Latin America, provided it fulfilled their settler-colonial or imperialist aims. During my AIPAC years, I watched from the inside as America’s most powerful “pro-Israel” organization hobnobbed and glad-handed numerous elements, especially segments of the Christian right, that were actively or passively complicit in antisemitic politics and networks.

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People like Omar are not being repeatedly (and most likely systematically) targeted because they are antisemitic. They’re not even being targeted because they’re critical of Israel per se. They’re being targeted because they challenge an eighty-years-long bipartisan imperialist consensus that is finally showing signs of fraying. The goal is to prevent the very kind of subversive moments Omar elicited last week during her questioning of unrepentant war criminal Elliot Abrams — moments that, if they added up, would have a real shot at finally moving us toward a vision of America beyond empire.


https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/02/ilhan-omar-aipac-israel-us-empire

Rep. Omar is facing a coordinated backlash by an entrenched and powerful lobby. The charge of anti-semitism is a convenient and effective way of trying to shut her down.

cross-posted from my thread over in Editorials:
https://www.democraticunderground.com/1016227693

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tritsofme Mar 3 #4
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Response to Devil Child (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2019, 02:44 PM

1. Given the constant harping

about Islamic terrorism during the Bush years, and the right-wing fanning of the flames of anti-Muslim rhetoric, it is hardly surprising that Omar is under fire.

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Response to Devil Child (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2019, 02:46 PM

2. And yet, the persons who are destroying the USA

are still in the WH and government. Matter of fact, majority in the GOP congress, administration and WH are Anti-Semitic and for some reason the AIPAC's can not see it.

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 3, 2019, 03:38 PM

3. I agree Iliyah, the misdirected focus towards Rep. Omar is quite frustrating

I'd rather see the collective wrath of AIPAC focus on the GOP rather than a freshman Democrat.

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 3, 2019, 04:52 PM

5. +1

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Response to Devil Child (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2019, 03:53 PM

4. Omar repeatedly peddles in anti-Semitic tropes and canards.

It is quite obvious what she is doing with her giant dog whistle.

I am very much looking forward to contributing to her primary challenger next year.

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Response to tritsofme (Reply #4)

Sun Mar 3, 2019, 06:46 PM

6. What tropes?

AIPAC directs campaign donations to politicians. They even have a fucking webpage specifically for that purpose:

https://www.aipac.org/act/congressional-club

And Operation Pillar of Defense (what Omar's "hypnotized the world" tweet was about) had a civilian kill ratio of 27 to 1 against the Palestinians according to the UN, yet the conflict was cast in a sympathetic light for Israel thanks to the usual roster of spin doctors.

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