The anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) Is a Leftist, Jew-hating movement that appropriates the language of civil rights and “social justice” to spread the vicious lie that Israel oppresses Palestinians in the same way that South Africa oppressed black S. Africans with apartheid. It is nothing more than “old” anti-Semitism repackaged as anti-Zionism and hatred of Israel.
Here’s a memo to pro-Israel Minnesotans who voted for Omar:
The next time you see a tweet like this one, believe it.
….Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minneapolis and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, quickly met up with some of her fellow trail-blazing colleagues like Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
But back at home, many of her Jewish constituents were grappling with remarks her office made on Sunday to a website called MuslimGirl, claiming that Omar supported the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel.
This seemed like a bait-and-switch to many Jewish Minnesotans: When she was asked at an August primary debate held in a synagogue to specify “exactly where you stand” on BDS, Omar said that BDS was “not helpful in getting that two-state solution” — never explaining that she in fact supported the policy….
Omar, a former Somali refugee who became a community activist and then a member of the state House, appears to be the first member (or future member) of Congress to publicly support the BDS movement.
She cruised to general election victory in November in a district, Minnesota’s 5th, that hasn’t voted for a Republican since 1962. The district encompasses Minneapolis and some of its suburbs, including St. Louis Park, which has a large Jewish population. The seat opened up when 12-year incumbent Rep. Keith Ellison — who had faced criticism from some Jewish groups for his pro-Palestinian votes and past ties with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, but had a good working relationship with local Jewish institutions — announced he was running for state Attorney General, which he was also elected to last week.
Omar, currently in her first term in the state House, was seen as one of the front-runners in the district primary of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (Minnesota’s version of the Democratic Party). But some in the Jewish community were concerned about her past comments about Israel. During a 2012 war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, Omar tweeted: “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.” Many saw this as repeating an anti-Semitic tropes about Jews using magic to control world events….
During the primary debate, held…about a week before the election, Omar never mentioned that she was not only a defender of the right to boycott but a supporter of boycotts herself. “I believe right now with the BDS movement, it’s not helpful in getting that two-state solution,” she said in response to being asked “exactly where you stand on” BDS. “I think the particular purpose for [BDS] is to make sure that there is pressure, and I think that pressure really is counteractive. Because in order for us to have a process of getting to a two-state solution, people have to be willing to come to the table and have a conversation about how that is going to be possible and I think that stops the dialogue.”….
And here are other Democrats who are flip-flopping now that the election is over: