Will an increasingly progressive Democratic Party become steadily more anti-Semitic?
The Democratic Party’s civil war flared anew this week with a battle on the Israeli front. Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., made headlines with a Twitter outburst that criticized Israel backers, which was widely seen as anti-Semitic. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer echoed other party leaders when he called her comments “offensive and irresponsible.” Omar apologized, claiming ignorance of the “painful history of anti-Semitic tropes” — as if she had never heard them before, or been exposed to them her entire life?
Please. The person who tweeted that “Israel has hypnotized the world” knew exactly what she was doing.
Rep. Omar seems to be managing her crisis. Maybe she will be disciplined by Democratic Party leaders, maybe not. President Donald Trump called on her to resign from Congress, or at least from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and she blasted him right back. But in a larger sense, l’affaire Omar is a symptom of a much deeper problem in the Democratic Party. Most of them just don’t like Israel.
According to a Pew survey, in the dispute between the Israelis and Palestinians, only 27 percent of Democrats side with the Jewish state. Almost equal numbers of Democrats side with the Palestinians, and the subset of left-wing Democrats are pro-Palestinian by almost two to one. So it is not at all controversial for Omar to trash the American Israel Public Affairs Committee for its pro-Israel advocacy, especially among progressives.
The now trendy Democratic Socialists of America have even called for Israel to be eliminated.
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