Rep. Ilhan Omar retweeted a message that praised Sen. Rand Paul’s assaulter.
Paul got 6 broken ribs when his neighbor physically attacked him; the man got 30 days in federal prison and a $10,000 fine, plus a $582,834 lawsuit judgment.
Omar was responding to Paul’s suggestion that she doesn’t appreciate America.
Paul said she should go to Somalia as an adult and see the country where she was bornDavid Martosko, “Republican senator Rand Paul offers Somali-born Ilhan Omar a ticket to visit her home country and she shoves back by retweeting praise for the neighbor who attacked him“, Daily Mail, July 29, 2019
Omar and Tlaib have tried to bring Israel down. And sometimes, we don’t hear them being condemned enough. But what the House just did is historic!
Omar and Tlaib (as well as others) have revealed their true colors time and time again. They distort history, refuse to denounce terrorism, hate America, and want to destroy the one and only Jewish state. And although it is upsetting that Congress is sometimes too silent regarding this duo, Resolution 246 is a big slap in the face!
Resolution 246 is a resolution that opposes the BDS Movement and boycotting Israel. 398 House members voted for it. This shows the bipartisan support for Israel in Congress. Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib have tried to bring down the Jewish state. And although this resolution is not the be all end all, it is definitely a start.Leah Rosenberg, “This resolution opposing BDS is a slap in the face to Omar and Tlaib!“, IsraelUnwired, July 25, 2019
Supporters of B.D.S. are no less slippery. Representative Omar says, “We must support an end of the occupation and seek to achieve a two-state solution.” The movement she supports, however, does not. Nowhere in the movement’s official documents is there any recognition of Israel’s right to exist within in its pre-1967 borders. Mr. McConnell and Mr. McCarthy are not wrong to remind us that “Omar Barghouti, one of the movement’s co-founders, proclaimed in 2013 that ‘no Palestinian — rational Palestinian, not a sell-out Palestinian — will ever accept a Jewish state in Palestine.’”
If you ask even the most prominent B.D.S. supporters and leaders about their strategic vision for victory, they inevitably start talking about South Africa and the need to be “on the right side of history.” What they cannot offer is a remotely practical theory of how their movement will somehow lead to a better life for Palestinians, much less their “free Palestine, from the River to the Sea” pipe dream.Eric Alterman, “Does Anyone Take the B.D.S. Movement Seriously?“, New York Times, July 29, 2019
She came here and we fed her, we clothed her, she got welfare, she got [schooling], she got healthcare, and then, lo and behold, she has the honor of actually winning a seat in Congress, and she says we’re a terrible country? I think that’s about as ungrateful as you can get.
And so — I’m willing to contribute to buy her a ticket to go visit Somalia, and I think she can look and maybe learn a little bit about the disaster that is Somalia — that has no capitalism, has no God-given rights guaranteed in a constitution, and has about seven different tribes that have been fighting each other for the last 40 years.
And then maybe after she’s visited Somalia for a while. … She might come back and appreciate America more.Rand Paul, “Rand Paul Offers To Help Buy ‘Ungrateful’ Ilhan Omar A Ticket Back To Somalia“, Huffington Post, July 29, 2019
Omar, one of two Muslim-Americans elected to the House last fall, earlier was criticized by Gottheimer and other House Democrats for questioning the loyalty of American Jews and suggesting that lawmakers were paid off to support the Jewish state.
House Democratic leaders initially were reticent about allowing a vote on this latest resolution, fearing that a large number of defections would play into the Republican effort to woo Jewish voters. In the 2018 midterms, Jewish voters supported Democratic candidates by 79 percent to 17 percent, according to network exit polls reported by CNN.
Gottheimer and several other House Democrats helped force a vote by indicating that they otherwise might support a separate Republican-led pro-Israel measure that passed the Senate earlier this year.
“There was a belief that there would be large swath of Democratic members that might vote against the resolution,” Gottheimer said “Ultimately, the case was pretty clear to stand up agains the BDS movement, to stand up against anti-Semitism, and to stand up for a two-state solution. That’s what echoed pretty clearly.”Jonathan D. Salant, “How Jersey Democrat acted to separate his party from ‘The Squad’ so despised by Trump“, NJ.com, July 27, 2019
Dan Le Batard isn’t leaving ESPN anytime soon, and though he certainly has a problem with the way the company handles politics, he apparently plans to follow the rules. Le Batard missed some scheduled appearances on his ESPN radio show and his TV show, Highly Questionable, last week after a fiery criticism of the way the Worldwide Leader handles political conversations on the network.
Le Batard said ESPN didn’t have the stomach for talking politics, instead using athletes as a “meat shield” and waiting for them to mention politics first before wading into political issues. The criticism came in light of Donald Trump’s “send her back” comments about a Muslim congresswoman of color, Ilhan Omar, comments that Le Batard lambasted as “obviously racist.”
Those comments were followed by some outcry about ESPN’s perceived political leanings, as well as a reckoning with ESPN brass for his comments, which flew directly in the face of ESPN’s public and private policies about politics. Le Batard reportedly met with ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro about the policy and his comments, and eventually missed his radio show on Monday. He had since returned to the airwaves and had decided to stay with the network, but now it seems he will be more careful with sharing his politics.Ryan Nagelhout, “Dan Le Batard Will Reportedly ‘Check With Higher-Ups’ At ESPN Before He Talks Politics Going Forward“, Uproxx, July 27, 2019
Carnahan, a Korean adoptee, said she’s proud of America and doesn’t understand “the negativity and the constant hate” voiced by Omar, including the congresswoman’s criticism of Israel, which some regard as having had anti-Semitic undertones…
As he watched his daughter Samantha, 14, compete in a keyhole horse race, Scott Brunsvold, 56, of Eyota, Minn., said he’ll probably vote for Trump again. He likes the president’s pro-business policies and thinks allegations about Omar’s tax and immigration history should be investigated…
Aaron Olson echoed those points as he lounged in Emerson Arena near his champion Brown Swiss cow. He called Omar “pretty shady” and predicted that Trump’s criticism will help him with rural voters. A Trump supporter, Olson, 42, farms and works at Geotek.Judy Keen, “Trump’s feud with Rep. Ilhan Omar influences the fight for Minnesota in 2020“, Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 27, 2019
The very working white people Trump himself claims to represent.Domenica Ghanem, “Ilhan Omar Is Fighting for the White Working Class—Even as They Chant ‘Send Her Back’“, Newsweek, July 26, 2019
Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) introduced H.Res.496 in the U.S. House of Representatives, concerning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. Rep. Omar told Al-Monitor last week that, “We are introducing a resolution … to really speak about the American values that support and believe in our ability to exercise our First Amendment rights in regard to boycotting … . And it is an opportunity for us to explain why it is we support a nonviolent movement, which is the BDS movement.”
As a rabbi of one of the largest synagogues in Rep. Omar’s district, I feel morally compelled to clarify the mission of BDS and the origin of the movement itself—why it is so incredibly dangerous and anti-Semitic.
BDS’s origins date to pre-state Israel. In 1945, the Arab League sought to prevent further Jewish development of British-controlled Mandatory Palestine by boycotting against “Zionist products.” In order to organize this new effort, a central boycott office was established. This date and history contain an important nuance—specifically because this takes place before the founding of the Israeli state. BDS has nothing to do with any displacing of indigenous peoples, in either 1948 or 1967.Rabbi Avi S. Olitzky, “The truth about the BDS movement”, The Hill,