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Posted 10 March 2019 - 11:51 AM

Rep. Ilhan Omar's Actions Fuel Fresh Doubts, Divisions In Her District

Disappointment, support follow remarks on Israel.

Star Tribune
By Torey Van Oot
March 10, 2019 — 8:38am

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Jeffrey Prottas is deeply troubled by U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar’s use of language long seen by many as anti-Semitic. Mohammed Amin thinks Omar is being unfairly targeted by critics. David Dobkin just wants the political firestorm to end.

“I hope the conversation for the next two years isn’t just about Israel,” Dobkin said.

The uproar over Omar’s recurring comments challenging political support of Israel has quickly thrust the freshman member of Congress into a searing national spotlight. It is also dividing voters in Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District, a diverse and deeply Democratic stronghold that easily elected her last fall.

Despite concerns about her views on Israel, Prottas hoped that Omar, 37, could become a transcendent character who would deftly break down race and cultural barriers. Now, as congressional leaders and presidential candidates debate her actions, he is less sure.

“I just don’t think it lends itself to enabling her to be a credible force in the Congress, unlike some of her freshman colleagues, who are taking positions on policies rather than speaking in broad general terms and reinforcing anti-Semitic tropes,” said Prottas, a Democrat from Golden Valley.

Omar inflamed critics last week after saying in a Washington, D.C., bookshop that she wanted “to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK to push for allegiance to a foreign country.” Before that, she drew widespread criticism for a tweet suggesting a financial motive behind U.S. political support for Israel, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby.” The tweet references a 1997 Puff Daddy song that includes a derisive reference to Jews. In 2012, she tweeted that “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.” Omar later apologized.

Like Omar’s earlier tweets, her latest remarks were rebuked by Jewish leaders and colleagues on both sides of the aisle for leaning on historically anti-Semitic themes. Republicans once again called for her to be stripped of her position on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. On Thursday, Congress responded with a vote to condemn hate in all its forms.
The latest controversy did little to smooth strained relations with the local Jewish community, which makes up a sizable share of Omar’s Minneapolis and suburban congressional district.

Avi S. Olitzky, senior rabbi of Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park, said Omar’s statements and behavior represent an “attack against the Jewish community with words, with tropes, and with imagery and language.”

“Our Jewish community expects more from our members of Congress,” he said. “We expect sensitivity and an acceptance of responsibility.”

Omar, who filled the House seat held by Keith Ellison, the first Muslim member of Congress, has apologized for the statements after the backlash, saying “my intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole,” noting that she has been attacked for her identity.

Kolmon Harris, an artist from Minneapolis, sees the backlash against Omar as overly aggressive and “totally inappropriate.” He called the outcry over her remarks “a conjured way of trying to stop serious questioning of Israeli policy and U.S. support of Israel.”

“One could point to the language that she’s using and suggest there are better ways to say some things, but that’s not an excuse for discounting what she’s saying,” said Harris, who is Jewish.

His daughter, Amber Harris, condemned what she called “obscene” attacks against Omar. The 28-year-old stay-at-home mom said the attacks are a concerted effort to beat back critics and ensure Democrats continue their lockstep support of the Israel.

“She’s trying to change the Democratic Party to what I think it should be,” Amber Harris said.

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 01:03 PM

"Doubts"? "Divisions"? What the hell did they expect? As I've said in other threads, why would anybody be surprised that this Muslim is acting like a Muslim? Did they vote for her believing she'd love Jews? Support Israel?

SHEESH Democrats are morons.

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 01:22 PM

View PostMontyPython, on 10 March 2019 - 01:03 PM, said:

"Doubts"? "Divisions"? What the hell did they expect? As I've said in other threads, why would anybody be surprised that this Muslim is acting like a Muslim? Did they vote for her believing she'd love Jews? Support Israel?

SHEESH Democrats are morons.

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If you set out to build a system directly opposed to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States it would be the Quran and Sharia law which are the bedrock of Islam. There are modern Muslims who are roughly like Protestant Christians and who condemn militant Jihad. Traditional Islam is as much a political animal as a religion and truly destroys the whole concept of separation of religion and the government. That's why it has so much appeal to the Progressive/Socialists, it is a club to beat people into surrender.
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Posted 10 March 2019 - 01:54 PM

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The uproar over Omar’s recurring comments challenging political support of Israel has quickly thrust the freshman member of Congress into a searing national spotlight. It is also dividing voters in Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District, a diverse and deeply Democratic stronghold that easily elected her last fall.


What is it with the media? It's not diverse if it's a "deeply Democratic stronghold". How can it be when everyone thinks the same way?
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Posted 10 March 2019 - 01:59 PM

View PostMagic Rat, on 10 March 2019 - 01:54 PM, said:

What is it with the media? It's not diverse if it's a "deeply Democratic stronghold". How can it be when everyone thinks the same way?

That struck me too. It's an oxymoron if I ever saw one.
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Posted 10 March 2019 - 02:15 PM

View PostMagic Rat, on 10 March 2019 - 01:54 PM, said:

What is it with the media? It's not diverse if it's a "deeply Democratic stronghold". How can it be when everyone thinks the same way?

I guess they could claim they meant racially diverse (I have no idea if that’s even true there though). Which is stupid in its own right, but typical of the left, thinking the color that’s on your skin brings diversity instead of the stuff that’s in your brain. Leftists can never understand that as a northern heritage white guy I have more in common with dark skinned black conservatives than with the palest white socialists.

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 03:03 PM

View Postzurg, on 10 March 2019 - 02:15 PM, said:

I guess they could claim they meant racially diverse (I have no idea if that’s even true there though). Which is stupid in its own right, but typical of the left, thinking the color that’s on your skin brings diversity instead of the stuff that’s in your brain. Leftists can never understand that as a northern heritage white guy I have more in common with dark skinned black conservatives than with the palest white socialists.

You got that right. The left thinks "diverse" means minority. They are nothing if not superficial. The description was so glaringly stupid, I needed to point it out.
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Posted 10 March 2019 - 04:03 PM

View PostMontyPython, on 10 March 2019 - 01:03 PM, said:

"Doubts"? "Divisions"? What the hell did they expect? As I've said in other threads, why would anybody be surprised that this Muslim is acting like a Muslim? Did they vote for her believing she'd love Jews? Support Israel?

SHEESH Democrats are morons.

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These freshman dish!ts haven figured out that we have trump because of idiots like themselves.
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Posted 10 March 2019 - 04:31 PM

View PostBuckwheat Jones, on 10 March 2019 - 04:03 PM, said:

These freshman dish!ts haven figured out that we have trump because of idiots like themselves.


Exactly. It was the manic stupidity of the "progressives" (a misnomer if ever there was one) who made Trump both necessary and inevitable in the first place.

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