Democrats go wobbly in response to anti-Semitic member

Michael Goodwin:
With zero apologies to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the chickens of the Democratic Party are coming home to roost.

Dems are now squawking mad over the overtly anti-Semitic comments of freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. With some fanfare, speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House would pass a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, citing charges Omar has raised repeatedly, including “the myth of dual loyalty.”

Unfortunately, Omar’s colleagues are not mad enough to name the very person whose conduct they are denouncing. Nor, as it turned out, did they have the votes even to do that. Their latest plan is to water the resolution down to mush by also condemning other forms of hate, including Islamophobia.

Their cowardice is not incidental to the problem. It is the problem.

Nor is it a coincidence that the Democratic Party is increasingly both the anti-Israel party and home to a growing number of anti-Semites. To be clear, the two things are not always the same, but something is going on when both are defining elements of a political organization.

One obvious truth is that Dems have failed to deal with anti-Semitism forthrightly, and now are confronted by a metastasizing cancer in their ranks.

Years ago, such as in 1984, when Jesse Jackson referred to New York as “Hymietown,” the outcry was slow at first but eventually unanimous. But Democrats are a different party today, in part because they moved sharply to the left under President Barack Obama. He had both prominent Jewish backers and a 20-year relationship with Rev. Wright, whose sermons mixed anti-Semitism with anti-Americanism.

Another development was Obama’s effort to lure Iran in from the pariah-state cold despite its vow to eliminate Israel. And as part of the party’s increased focus on social justice and income inequality, it found itself making common cause with radical bedfellows, including Occupy Wall Street, anarchists and other fringe elements.

To this day, the Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan, who has long embraced dehumanizing imagery and language about Jews, is nonetheless held in high regard by some Democrats, including a handful of top black elected officials. A 2005 picture of Obama with Farrakhan, taken at a Congressional Black Caucus event, only recently surfaced, with the photographer saying he was pressured to keep it secret to protect Obama from criticism.
Omar is an Islamic religious bigot who has bought into the lies of the Palestinians who were never called that until a few decades ago.  They are part of Arab Muslim colonization of the Middle East with dubious ties to the land they claim as a country.  The Romans first used the name Palestine as a way to try to delegitimize the Jews of Israel who had controlled the land for centuries. 

The Arab colonialist did not use that name until the nineteenth century when they were resisting the Jews reclaiming their homeland.  They still resist sharing it with Jews.  Gaza has become a Palestinian apartheid entity with no Jewish population.


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