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Sun Feb 5, 2023, 10:26 PM

What got Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off that House committee? Payback and prejudice, not antisemitism

The idea that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who has essentially given aid and comfort to those who supported an insurrection against the United States government, would accuse anyone of being un-American is as rich as it is Orwellian.

But there he was on Thursday, moments after leading a successful effort to bounce Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), a Black, Somalia-born Muslim woman, off the House Foreign Affairs Committee, disparaging her as disloyal to the United States.

For what?

According to the House resolution that passed 218 to 211 along strict party lines, for making an antisemitic remark four years ago, for which she was condemned by her own caucus, and for which she apologized. And for describing Israel as an “apartheid state,” a characterization used by at least two major human rights groups. For saying that “unthinkable atrocities” must be condemned, no matter who commits them — America, Israel, Hamas, Afghanistan or the Taliban. And for characterizing the 9/11 terrorist attacks as “some people did something.”


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lees1975 Feb 6 #1
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Mon Feb 6, 2023, 12:10 AM

1. She is a Muslim

and the far right wing can't stand the fact that she gets elected to Congress. And the foreign affairs committee will be used by the extremist right as a means of pushing white supremacy and immigration reform that is based on white replacement theory. So yes, I agree, it is prejudice.

Anyone who would evaluate that statement as anti-Semitic doesn't understand or know what anti-Semitism means. Her statement was purely political, not racist.

Representative Omar's presence in Congress, representing the state of Minnesota, says a lot about how the people in that state, in her district, value everything American and want to live up to its idealism.

She and her district stand in contrast to McCarthy's ignorance and pandering to an extremist element in congress. Good leaders listen to everyone.

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Mon Feb 6, 2023, 07:42 AM

2. As someone who used to work in a school...

I can tell you that 'antisemitism' is becoming a real sledgehammer of a buzzword. It can be used without any real proof and the damage it can do is detrimental. Just like those who like to use 'pedophile' against someone who works around children, the accusation needs no proof. One just makes it and then gets to watch the circus unfold. There is so much hate and evil in this country already, letting people get away with such baseless accusations should be something that never happens. When someone can ruin another life just by saying one word and then suffer no consequences for their actions... well, let's just say this is yet another example of why I do not trust our 'justice' system...

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