US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar @IlhanMN on March 3, 2019:
“We must be willing to combat hate of all kinds while also calling out oppression of all kinds. I will do my best to live up to that. I hope my colleagues will join me in doing the same.
Being opposed to Netanyahu and the occupation is not the same as being anti-Semitic. I am grateful to the many Jewish allies who have spoken out and said the same…
I have not said anything about the loyalty of others, but spoke about the loyalty expected of me. There is the difference…
My Americanness is questioned by the President and the @GOP on a daily basis, yet my colleagues remain silent. I know what it means to be American and no one will ever tell me otherwise.
I am told everyday that I am anti-American if I am not pro-Israel. I find that to be problematic and I am not alone. I just happen to be willing to speak up on it and open myself to attacks.
I have not mischaracterized our relationship with Israel, I have questioned it and that has been clear from my end…
I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee. The people of the 5th elected me to serve their interest. I am sure we agree on that!” https://archive.li/RN3WA
The United States is supposed to be a secular country. Our free speech and right to boycott is at risk due, in part, to the Israeli lobby. It is starting to look like that the US may need more Muslims in Congress to act as a counterweight to Israel, much as US Catholics and Protestants have sort of cancelled each other out within Congress. Of course, they need to be willing to stand up to Saudi, as well. And, she is. https://www.voanews.com/a/muslim-american-congresswomen-prompt-saudi-alarm/4752263.html We still do not know if she is Sunni, or Shi’a.
From MEMO https://www.middleeastmonitor.com:
“US: Omar’s comments trigger House vote on anti-Semitism
March 5, 2019 at 3:08 am | Published in: Asia & Americas, Israel, Middle East, News, Palestine, US The US House of Representatives will vote this week on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism after congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s latest remarks on Israel, Anadolu reports.
Top House Democrats are reportedly planning a vote for Wednesday and deciding whether the measure will condemn Omar’s comments specifically or anti-Semitism more broadly, The Washington Post reported.
“I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” Omar said at a town hall in Washington D.C. last Wednesday.
Her comments sparked outrage from members of Congress, with House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel calling them “unacceptable and deeply offensive”.
While the freshman congresswoman has apologized for her anti-Israel comments in the past, she stood her ground this time and doubled down on what she said.
“I am told every day that I am anti-American if I am not pro-Israel. I find that to be problematic and I am not alone. I just happen to be willing to speak up on it and open myself to attacks,” she wrote on Twitter.
“I have not mischaracterized our relationship with Israel. I have questioned it and that has been clear from my end.”
Reports of the resolution being drafted come as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a leftwing pro-Israel rights group, sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asking for Congress to take up a case condemning Omar for her anti-Israel comments.
“In light of these additional anti-Semitic statements by Rep. Omar, we ask that you give the entire Congress an opportunity, through a House resolution, to voice its rejection of her latest slur and make clear that no matter what may divide the 435 members of the House of Representatives, they are united in condemning anti-Semitism,” ADL CEO and National Director Jonathan A. Greenblatt wrote.
However, Omar herself has been a target of hatred. Last week, the chairwoman of West Virginia’s Republican party denounced an anti-Muslim poster on display in the state’s capital during a Republican event. It contained two images: one of Omar and one showing planes flying into the World Trade Center in reference to the Sept.11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.
The caption read: “Never forget, you said”…”I am proof you have forgotten.”
Greenblatt acknowledged the display of hate against Omar but said it was not an excuse to “rationalize anti-Semitism”.
The resolution marks the second time Congress has pushed forward legislation condemning Omar for comments made against Tel Aviv.
Last month, Republican lawmakers pushed legislation for condemning anti-Semitism after Omar said on Twitter that political support for Israel was entirely motivated by money doled out by the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC. This work by Middle East Monitor is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License“. Emphasis our own. See embedded tweets at original: https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190305-us-omars-comments-trigger-house-vote-on-anti-semitism/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/
For those who are bothered by US Congresswoman Omar’s head covering: A reminder re Christian head coverings – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_headcovering Up until at least the early 1980s, some Europeans used scarves to protect against wind and cold. They seem to have stopped because it became associated with Islamic extremism. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hijab
“Muslim men need to understand that the Quran says they should observe hijab first, not women: For some reason, a lot of men seem to think they can simply force women to observe hijab. Instead, the Quran and Prophet Muhammad are clear: in Islam, us men are not actually allowed to do that at all. The burden of modesty lies with us, by Qasim Rashid, Wednesday 29 March 2017 The Independent Voices, ‘There is not even any commandment to forcibly cover the heads of Muslim women, let alone non-Muslim women,’ says the Khalifa of Islam” Read more here: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/muslim-men-hijab-forcing-women-islam-teaching-mohammed-quran-modesty-a7655191.html