Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) came out strongly against President Donald Trump’s new round of sanctions against Iran, calling them an “unmeasured response” and “economic warfare,” opining that the president “cannot claim to want deescalation and then announce new sanctions with no clear goal. This is not a measured response!”
However, while Omar has been adamant in her conviction that sanctions would “starve the innocent people of Iran,” she doesn’t seem to have the same concerns about those living in Israel, further exposing the congresswoman’s entrenched anti-Semitism.
Omar’s disconnect on Israel
The Minnesota Democrat has long been a vocal supporter of the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement against Israel, which works to apply pressure — though primarily economic means — to halt what advocates see as the unlawful occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Golan Heights. Israel, on the other hand, views the BDS movement as a campaign designed to delegitimize and undermine it in the eyes of the world.
According to Omar and BDS leaders, Israel is an “oppressor” of Palestinians and must be punished for “occupying” land those people believe is rightfully theirs.
In reality, Israel has simply defended itself against historical attacks and now rightfully controls the land that the BDS movement designates as belonging to Palestinian interests.
Despite facing intense, ongoing pressure to abandon its lawful control of the contested territories, Israel has attempted to facilitate fairness for everyone in the areas of these settlements, but, at the same time, keep itself safe.
Bias on display
Omar is apparently blind to the contradictions inherent in her stance on sanctions against Iran and Israel. While she claims to be a champion of equality and justice, she is hypocritically quite selective as to who deserves to be the beneficiaries of those objectives.
She and the other members of her “squad” in Congress have repeatedly and unabashedly shown their animus toward Israel, a key American ally, while simultaneously appearing to side with terrorists in Iran and elsewhere.
Interestingly, as Fox News reported, though Omar endorses crippling economic sanctions as an entirely appropriate approach toward Israel, she has railed against their use against the totalitarian regimes in Cuba and Venezuela, a fact highlighted by Michael Ahrens, a communications director with the Republican Party.
“Ilhan Omar has now decried sanctions on the Castros in Cuba, Maduro in Venezuela, and the Ayatollah in Iran,” Ahrens tweeted. “At the same time, she’s the leading voice in Congress on sanctioning the Jewish people in the world’s only Jewish state. Wonder why,” he continued.
Judgment in 2020
It is disappointing indeed that someone with Omar’s views was able to win elected office in America, but that only goes to show that there are indeed places in our great country where sentiments like these not only exist, but thrive.
The vast majority of Americans do not share Omar’s beliefs, however, and with any luck, Minnesota voters will soundly reject her virulently anti-American philosophy at the polls this November and prevent her from returning to the halls of Congress.