Congressional Jew Haters

Politicians make promises in order to get elected to office. That's just the way it is. One thing, promised or not, that we expect our elected representatives to do is to work for the people being represented.

Rashida Tlaib, during her campaign, promised she would work for all kinds of things; economic justice, Medicare for all, environmental protection, and tons of progressive stuff, most of it, free.

Once elected though, she seemed more focused on being Palestinian than on serving her constituents. Part of being Palestinian for Tlaib, is hating Israel. That she does very well. In fact, that may be her main focus as an elected representative.

Tlaib has thrown herself into a controversy far outside of her Michigan district and far outside of the Washington D.C. beltway because hating Israel is more important than serving her district.

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) has thrown her weight behind anti-Israel faculty members at Pitzer College, a private residential liberal arts college in Claremont, California, with a curricular emphasis on the social sciences, behavioral sciences, international programs, and media studies.

AMCHA Initiative Director Tammi Rossman-Benjamin wrote in late November: “The Pitzer faculty’s attempt to implement academic BDS on campus and subvert the educational opportunities and academic freedom of their own US colleagues and students is absolutely reprehensible. These Pitzer faculty members have abrogated their most basic professional responsibility – to promote the academic welfare of their students.”

According to the LA Times, the small college’s cooperation with the University of Haifa involves only 11 students who have participated since its start in 2007.

Professor of Anthropology and of History Daniel A. Segal on Sunday celebrated on Twitter the fact that “Rashida Tlaib is in with ‘Suspend Pitzer Haifa,'” attaching an image of the congresswoman with a notebook reader urging the suspension of Pitzer’s relationship with Haifa University.

Meanwhile, another recently elected anti-Semitic representative, Ilhan Omar has decided that hating Jews is more important than serving her constituents, unless that's what they elected her to Congress to do.

Omar has claimed that she is merely “questioning” America’s relationship with Israel. But she’s lying because she’s done no such thing. She’s advanced no argument about why it isn’t in America’s strategic interest to maintain its current relationship with Israel. She’s adduced no reasons why the United States would be better off supporting the terror-exporting, America-hating government of Iran.

What she has done (and all she has done) is lie about Israel and the Jews. Telling such lies is no less anti-Semitic than “explaining” hostility towards the Jewish state by claiming that on April 19, the Jews who live there, like the ones who live here, will be eating blood-drenched matzah.

Omar’s actions, though, have afforded the world some badly needed clarity because they enable us to see who’s lined up with whom. David Duke’s website trumpets his agreement with Omar, and Omar hasn’t rejected his support.

This unity of purpose among Jew-haters shows clearly why it’s delusional to claim, as Paul Krugman recently did, that only the haters on the right are dangerous. There is no left or right on Jew-hatred; whether it comes from a Somali woman in a headscarf or a white man wearing a pointed hat, it’s all the same. If you’re lying about Israel, the Jewish state, or you’re lying about the Jews, as a people, then you’re an anti-Semite.

So far, most Democrats seem resigned to this new alignment of their party to open Judeophobia. Rather than dealing honestly with Tlaib and Omar, the Jewish Democratic Council of America is trying to shift the debate to Trump, claiming he's "weaponizing" anti-Semitism.

Three Jewish Democratic representatives have spoken out against Omar's bigotry in not quite the strongest possible terms.

We are three Jewish members of the US House of Representatives. One of us served 20 years as an officer in the US Navy, deploying six times in defense of our nation. She is married to a Navy veteran. Another is the father of a current Navy officer who in his first two years of service deployed three times for his country. One is the grandson of a World War II veteran who fought the Nazis and is married to a woman whose grandparents lost their entire family in the Holocaust. Our loyalty to our country runs deep.

That is why we were disappointed by the comments of our colleague Congresswoman Ilhan Omar suggesting supporters of Israel "push for allegiance to a foreign country." The dual loyalty canard is one of the more common and most pernicious attacks used to discredit "the other." It was deployed in the last century against Catholics like Al Smith and John Kennedy. It's used today to vilify immigrants, minorities, and people of non-Christian faiths, including both Jews and Muslims.

Well, it is a start. I hope.