Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has been the subject of criticism for her history of making anti-Semitic comments. Even before the lawmaker was elected, she was known for her incendiary remarks against Jews in America and Israel. Nevertheless, despite condemnation for her comments from both the left and the right, Omar has continued her thinly veiled campaign against the Jewish state.
The congresswoman recently introduced legislation in the House of Representatives that, if passed, will support the Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS) movement, which is designed to cripple Israel’s economy as punishment for its alleged treatment of Palestinian refugees. Although she promised during her campaign not to promote the BDS movement, it is evident that she was not as sincere as her constituents believed.
Omar Introduces Anti-Israel Legislation
Omar introduced a resolution supporting the BDS movement, arguing that it was part of a long tradition of American boycotts. “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,” she said.
BDS is a worldwide campaign launched by Palestinians to encourage boycotts against Israel and is known for its ties to the terrorist group Hamas. Indeed, more than 30 members of the terrorist organization hold key positions in pro-BDS non-governmental organizations (NGOs). In the United States, they push for the federal government to cease federal aid to the Jewish state and to levy sanctions against Israel to pressure it to stop occupying what they consider the Palestinian territories. BDS also lobbies companies to curtail business activities with Israeli entities.
Curiously, those who support the BDS movement are silent about far more brutal human rights abuses by countries other than Israel. This has led some to view the movement as decidedly anti-Jewish. Regardless of the true motives of BDS proponents, it is apparent that such legislation could have an adverse impact on one of the closest allies of the United States.
Is Anyone Surprised?
Omar is not the only lawmaker who endorses the BDS movement. The other Squad members, Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), have all expressed support for the cause. Tlaib in particular came under fire when it was revealed that she had placed a Post-it over Israel on a map in her office and labeled it “Palestine.” Anti-Jewish sentiment among members of Congress is still in the minority, with most left-leaning officials still supporting Israel. But with the growing influence of the intersectional wing, it is not difficult to see that this trend could persist.
The establishment Democrats are currently feuding with the Justice Democrats, represented by the Squad, who threaten to back primary campaigns against politicians who are not “woke” enough. Their objective is to elect candidates who are more in line with their far-left beliefs. However, because polls show that, by and large, voters do not view the Justice Democrats favorably, it appears to be unlikely that they might succeed in their efforts. But as the party continues to move to the left, anti-Jewish sentiment could easily increase, and the establishment would be wise to keep a close eye on the more rebellious members.