In a completely predictable move, Ilhan Omar, along with Rashida Tlaib, has introduced a House resolution in support of the BDS movement. She has mislabeled it as a free speech issue. (It is also important to note that prior to her election, she told a Jewish audience at Beth El Synagogue that she was not in favor of the BDS movement. She immediately switched course upon being elected, but if you watch the video of her answering the BDS question, she mischaracterizes the BDS movement. Perhaps her Jewish audience, wanting desperately to have an excuse to vote for an anti-Semite over her Republican opponent, ignored that mischaracterization.)
Omar and Tlaib, both strongly anti-Israel, and both guilty of allowing anti-Semitism to seep into their political conversations, aren't alone. They've been joined by AOC and Ayanna Pressley and are now "the Squad." They're battling, not only Republicans, but also entrenched Democrats who seem to be getting rolled over by the Squad.
According to Barry Shaw:
The new radical force in American politics has come to be represented by what is called “The Squad”, four new and radical Democratic congresswomen who have used their sex and their ethnicity as a battering ram to force themselves and their radical policies at the center of their party. Anyone who stands in their way is condemned as a racist, even members of their own party including former Vice President, Joe Biden, and House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi.
Pelosi said, in a conversation with New York Times columnist, Maureen Dowd, after the four women voted against a Democratic bill for border funding, “These people have they public whatever. There are four of them, and that’s how many votes they got.”
Dowd referred to Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and Ayanna Pressley as “the Squad.” Pelosi flippantly under-estimated them.
Fox News host, Laura Ingraham, identified them as “the four horsewomen of the apocalypse” as early as last November.
And let's face it, Pelosi and her team doesn't know what they're up against, how to fight it. They're even confused as to whether they should fight it, since Jews are such an insanely reliable pro-Democrat voting block this may cost them nothing.
This new political force has rapidly gained ground in the United States where the Democratic establishment has been caught off guard and unable to present a coherent opposition to this powerful and organized momentum. Pelosi made the fatal mistake of appeasing them, only to discover when she objected to their policies she was accused by them of being a racist. Now she is unable to wrest power back from them.
The Squad isn't alone. They have welcomed powerful hate groups up to Capital Hill, Tlaib even conferring with Linda Sarsour and members of CAIR in her office. And while WE may be aware of CAIR's ties to terrorism, the refusal of mainstream media sources like the NY Times and Washington Post to bring those stories to light keep most Americans in the dark about the real CAIR and the real Linda Sarsour. AOC (only after being elected) has jumped right onto the anti-Israel bandwagon.
If American, big time news sources were truly interested in keeping the public informed, they would be asking questions only being asked by "far right" demonized publications like National Review:
Questions for Ilhan Omar:
8) Can you please explain why you believe sanctions against the Maduro regime in Venezuela are “bullying” and a form of “economic sabotage” against Venezuelans, but support the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement against Israel?
Questions for Rashida Tlaib:
9) A few months ago, pro-Israel group Stand With Us did an investigation looking at 18 individuals associated with you or your campaign. You have personally praised some of these individuals on Facebook for their work on your campaign. All 18 have publicly expressed sympathy for terrorism or posted blatantly anti-Semitic content — such as images depicting Jews as rats or suggestions that “Hitler would be a dove” compared with what they wanted done to Jews. There is also evidence that you followed an Instagram account that regularly posted anti-Semitic content, and that your campaign fundraiser shared similar material. How do you explain so many associations with people who promote anti-Semitism? Do you share any of these views?
Don't hold your breath. Anyone asking these questions is instantly labeled as "Islamophobic," racist, bigoted, and of course a far right Trump supporter.
But getting back to the Omar-sponsored resolution, it's not only that it comes out in favor of BDS under the guise of being a free speech issue. There is also this line of justification in the resolution:
Whereas Americans of conscience have a proud history of participating in boycotts to advocate for human rights abroad, including— (2) 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;
As Elder of Ziyon correctly points out:
This is Holocaust inversion and it is one of the examples of antisemitism under the IHRA definition, "Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis."
Yes, US Congress now has a resolution that will be debated that includes antisemitism.
But perhaps the most insidious part of the resolution is saying that it is only supporting "boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights." You see, boycotts are just another word for discrimination. Every boycott says that the boycotter will choose one provider of goods and services over another based on reasons that have nothing to do with the quality of the product. The exact same logic that protects boycotts of Israelis applies to bigots boycotting businesses owned by blacks or gays or immigrants or women. In order to forestall the free speech protection of boycotts against people who fall on the positive side of intersectionality pseudo-science, Omar and Tlaib are characterizing BDS not as a product of bigotry and antisemitism but as "pursuit of civil and human rights."
But there is a bigger issue here:
Even if this resolution gets defeated, their underlying logic that implies that Israel is a violator of human rights on par with Nazi Germany will be debated in Congress and enshrined in the proceedings of Congress forever. As I have recently noted, the debate itself is what BDS is after, not the boycott - they want to normalize anti-Zionism and its antisemitic components as a mainstream opinion.
This resolution and these ideas may or may not be being generated by Omar, Tlaib, and the Squad. They might only be conduits for larger organizations. After all, there are plenty of Jew-hating groups around the world, all of them focused on destroying Israel and the United States and returning Jews to our "proper place" as a despised, tolerated minority and all around scapegoat.
Adding to the mix are the Trump tweets suggesting that if certain elected representatives hate America they are free to go back, fix the countries they or their ancestors fled, and then come back to show us how it's done. Many commentators were up in arms about Trump's "racist" tweets. Even many Jewish organizations (as you would expect) have gotten angrier at Trump over these tweets than they have over the Squad's anti-Semitism. Anyone pointing out bigotry from the Squad members is automatically tarred as a bigot and accused of attacking women of color, logical argument be damned. Point out their anti-Semitism, and you are accused of "weaponizing" anti-Semitism. The Squad is holy and questioning their pronouncements is blasphemy.
But Caroline Glick doesn't care:
As Trump tweeted, the four sirens of the socialist revolution are a dire threat to the Democratic Party. By embracing the likes of Reps. Omar and Tlaib with their repeated statements against the United States, Jews and Israel and their tolerance for terrorist groups and terrorists, and by embracing Ocasio-Cortez who likens America to Nazi Germany, replete with “concentration camps,” the Democratic Party is indeed embracing anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism.
And, as Trump tweeted, it is the Democrats, not the Republicans — and certainly not the president — who are making Israel a partisan issue. They are doing so by abandoning Israel and embracing antisemitic conceptions of nationalism and of the Jewish and American nations.
This is only one episode. There will be more. And there will be more attacks on Jews and Israel from the Squad and their allies. Concentration camps, pro-BDS bills, and what ever else they can throw at us will be thrown.
Some people are encouraged due to the Squad's collective low polling numbers. Don't get too excited. Trump's presidency will be over in January 2024. Squad members come from safe districts. They have virtual lifetime appointments. Omar won her race with 78% of the vote. So did AOC. Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib ran unopposed.
These are the types of districts where the Squad's future allies are probably already being groomed. We need to figure out how to take the initiative on this mess. We don't want to turn into the UK, or France, or Germany, or Sweden or - well, we don't want to turn into Europe.