He also said the “overwhelming majority” of House members — 398 of 435 — voted last monthfor a nonbinding resolution that condemned the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel, and only 16 out of 235 Democrats voted against.
Lastly, Hoyer said, only two Democrats have made statements about Israel that he finds problematic — Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who have come under fire for comments about Israel and for supporting the boycott Israel movement, or BDS. He said it was “absurd” to complain about their influence in comparison to that of President Donald Trump.
“You’re talking about two brand new members of Congress and president of the United States, who speaks for all the American people,” Hoyer said.Ron Kampeas, “Steny Hoyer has a tough job: Uniting Democrats on Israel“, JTA, July 9, 2019
Trump said that if Omar and Tlaib wanted to boycott Israel, “then Israel should boycott them,” according to a source with direct knowledge.
Israeli officials say congressional Democratic leadership pushed Dermer to allow the congresswomen into the country. Their advocacy, per those officials, is a major reason why Netanyahu will allow the two women in.
The Democrats had argued that if the Israeli government blocked Omar and Tlaib’s entry, then other Democratic members would cancel a planned, AIPAC-sponsored Israel trip in solidarity, these officials said.Jonathan Swan and Barak Ravid, “Scoop: Trump tells advisers Israel should bar entry to Reps. Omar and Tlaib“, Channel 13 News (Israel), August 2, 2019
At the Jewish federation round table, there was a consensus: The Palestinian-American freshman in the 13th District has got to go.
“We in this community will go against Rashida Tlaib,” said Lisa Lis, a philanthropist who is also a contributor to Democratic candidates, and who otherwise during the roundtable was vocal in her criticism of President Donald Trump.
There were nods around the table. I was told that there had already been outreach to Brenda Jones, the Detroit City Council president whom Tlaib defeated in last year’s primary, and who is considering another run. I was also told that pro-Israel folks were already socking away money to target Tlaib.Ron Kampeas, “Detroit Jews are caught between a rock named Trump and a hard choice among Democrats“, JTA, August 2, 2019
Omar has commented on Matt Duss’s reaction to this JTA article:
The second reason for claiming that Steyer is a Jew is ideological. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) actually is an antisemite. That embarrasses some leftists, who in most cases are reluctant to criticize her for it. I view that reluctance as unfortunate. For many leftists who still want Jewish support, it is far easier to try to change the subject to a Republican congressman who they can allege is antisemitic. In this case, they can gin up a story about how an attack on two Jews and a Christian in which Jews are nowhere mentioned is actually an attack on “rich Jews”.Jonathan S. Mark, “Tom Steyer is not a Jew. Stop saying that he is“, Times of Israel, July 9, 2019
Nor, unlike some other presidential hopefuls, has Mr Buttigieg shied away from criticising members of his own party who have been accused of antisemitism and demonising Israel.
Questioned about Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s attempt to equate alleged human rights abuses in Israel with Iran, Mr Buttigieg bluntly responded: “People like me get strung up in Iran so the idea that what’s going on is equivalent is just wrong.”Robert Philpot, “How Jewish donors are beginning to line up behind the presidential campaign of Pete Buttigieg“, Jewish Chronicle, August 8, 2019
Idan, 29, said Omar ‘does not represent millions of Muslims in the Middle East’
…The beauty queen went on to label Omar ‘anti American’ and ‘anti-Semitic’
…Idan previously said she faces being stripped of her Iraqi citizenship after she spoke out against the state and in support of Israel at the Human Rights Council
In 2017 she posed for a photo with Miss Israel at the Miss Universe pageantLauren Fruen, “Former Miss Iraq Sarah Idan says Ilhan Omar ‘does not represent me as a Muslim’ before the lawmaker hits back saying she is not her congresswoman“, Daily Mail, August 8, 2019
The working definition of antisemitism also includes the understanding that “antisemitic acts are criminal when they are so defined by law…. Criminal acts are antisemitic when the targets of attacks, whether they are people or property – such as buildings, schools, places of worship and cemeteries – are selected because they are, or are perceived to be, Jewish or linked to Jews,” according to the US government’s website. In addition, “Antisemitic discrimination is the denial to Jews of opportunities or services available to others and is illegal in many countries.”Jerusalem Post, “State Department Redefines Antisemitism: Don’t Compare Israel To The Nazis“, August 7, 2019
The move comes only weeks after US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) compared the anti-Israel BDS movement to previous boycotts of Nazi Germany in a resolution supporting the right to boycott Israel.
“Americans of conscience have a proud history of participating in boycotts to advocate for human rights abroad including … boycotting Nazi Germany from March 1933 to October 1941 in response to the dehumanization of the Jewish people in the lead-up to the Holocaust,” said Omar in the pro-BDS resolution, which was co-sponsored by Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and John Lewis (D-Ga.).
Ilhan Omar, 37, has been seen getting up close and personal with married aide Tim Mynett, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal
Last week, DailyMail.com told how Omar was dining and holding hands with a mystery man at a secluded Italian restaurant in Playa Del Rey, California in March
The man can now be identified as Mynett, who tried to prevent a bystander from taking a video of the couple
The relationship comes to light days after DailyMail.com revealed Omar recently split with her husband Ahmed Hirsi, the father of her three children
Mynett, 38, is a campaign fundraising expert, having previously worked for Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison as his national finance director
Omar took over Ellison’s congressional seat when he ran for Attorney General
Federal Election Commission records show Omar’s camp has paid Mynett’s company – E Street Group – more than $250K in consulting fees and travel expenses in a year
Mynett is married to Dr. Beth Mynett, but DailyMail.com has confirmed that he has left the marital home and is living in a D.C. apartment
Photos show Omar and Mynett are by each other’s sides at events, traveling to Los Angeles, New York City, Texas and Seattle together
Mynett and Omar both repeatedly refused to comment when asked by DailyMail.com about their relationshipMartin Gould, “Is Ilhan Omar having an affair with this Dem strategist? The man she was holding hands with at a secluded eatery is Tim Mynett, who has constantly been by her side, left his physician wife and was paid $250K by her campaign“, Daily Mail, August 6, 2019
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says he underwent lung surgery in a procedure he says stems from injuries suffered when a neighbor tackled him outside his home in 2017.
The Republican lawmaker tweeted that part of his lung damaged in the assault was removed during the weekend surgery in Tennessee.
Paul expects to return to the Senate in September.AP, “Rand Paul Undergoes Lung Surgery Stemming from Assault“, August 5, 2019
Connor Betts, the Dayton, Ohio mass shooter, was a self-described “leftist,” who wrote that he would happily vote for Democrat Elizabeth Warren, praised Satan, was upset about the 2016 presidential election results, and added, “I want socialism, and i’ll not wait for the idiots to finally come round to understanding.”
…He shared an article that criticized Democratic leaders like Nancy Pelosi for not supporting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley. “Read it,” he wrote.
…He shared posts about “concentration camps” at the border and wrote, “Cut the fences down. Slice ICE tires. Throw bolt cutters over the fences.”Heavy.com, Jessica McBride, “Connor Betts: Twitter Posts on Being a Leftist, Guns“, July 5, 2019