Showdown Looms in the US Democratic Party Following Stand of Somalia-Born Congresswoman on Israel
Comments by the Somalia born US congresswoman Ilhan Omar has led to an internal showdown over the issue of Israel and the Jewish people.
A pair of pro-Israel Democrats in the US House of Representatives are pushing a new measure to condemn the global “Boycott, Divestments, and Sanctions” (BDS) movement against the Jewish state.
Politico reports that House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL) sent a letter to colleagues Thursday describing the BDS movement’s attempts to strangle Israel’s economy as an “overly-simplistic and one-sided approach.
The measure could expose a deep ideological rift in the Democratic Party. New members like Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib openly support BDS and have been accused of being anti-Semitic.
Two weeks ago, the Democratic Party was embroiled in conflict over its decision to condemn Omar’s repeated statements about Israel and the Jewish people.
In 2012, the Somali-born congresswoman tweeted, “Israel has hypnotized the world. May Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”
Last month, she appeared on a news program and accused Israel of not being a real democracy because it is a Jewish State.
She also wrote that US support for Israel was “all about the Benjamins baby” and implied that Jewish organizations like AIPAC have bribed American lawmakers.
Her remark drew bipartisan criticism and a rebuke from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi