Tlaib, Omer and Cortez disproportionately single out Israel while remaining silent about how the Palestinian Authority and Hamas oppress their own people. 

The US House of Representatives recently elected new congressmen and congresswomen of which a majority are from the Democratic Party.    While the Republicans and a number of traditional older Democrats are still tireless advocates of the State of Israel, who share the common value of fighting for human rights in the Islamic world and assisting the Middle East’s only democracy, there is a group of fringe Democrats who were elected who seek to weaken Israel’s security while empowering radical dictatorships.

Ilhan Omer, who recently came out in support of the BDS Movement, opposed anti-BDS legislation when she served in the Minnesota Legislature. And last September, she was the keynote speaker at a Dear Gaza dinner, which sought to raise money in order to help Hamas, a brutal terror organization who rules the coastal strip and systematically abuses the local population.  But while Omer was silent on how Hamas abuses its own people, she once wrote on Twitter: “Israel has hypnotized the world. May Allah awaken the people and help them to see the evildoings of Israel.”   Omer also believes that Israel is an apartheid state.  When someone criticized Omer on twitter for this belief, she replied: “Drawing attention to the apartheid Israeli regime is far from hating Jews.”

 

Ilhan Oma
Ilhan Oma

Rashida Tlaib, aside from supporting the BDS Movement, has adopted the belief that Israel is a racist society and believes that the US should stop sending military aid to Israel. A report in Algemeiner noted that in 2014, she was the keynote speaker at one of Detroit’s largest BDS rallies, where she shared the platform with the Michigan chapter of CAIR, a Muslim Brotherhood front group.   The Muslim Brotherhood is a terror group who has been waging numerous terror attacks against Egyptian forces and is the parent organization of Hamas.   Furthermore, the report claims that she supported Rasmeah Odeh, a Palestinian female terrorist who murdered two Israelis that was deported from the US.  Tlaib supports a one-state solution and has likened Israel to the Jim Crow South: “Separate but equal does not work.”

In fact, while Tlaib is considered so extreme that even J Street retreated from supporting her after she came out against the two-state solution, she was elected with the support of Linda Sarsour, the very same Women’s March leader who is an outspoken anti-Semite, who called for cutting off the vaginas of pro-Israel Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Brigitte Gabriel, and who is a supporter of the vile anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who called Jews termites. Meanwhile, although she recognizes that she is no expert on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez has accused Israel of committing a “massacre” against the Palestinians during the Great March of Return and has compared what happened in Gaza to Ferguson.

Rashida Tlaib
Rashida Tlaib

Tlaib, Omer and Cortez disproportionately single out Israel while remaining silent about how the Palestinian Authority and Hamas oppress their own people. They also refuse to speak up about how Lebanon inflicts apartheid policies on the Palestinians or how Palestinians are systematically persecuted in Syria. This is blatant hypocrisy at its best. However, there are other Democrats who have actually come out and praised an anti-Israel tyrant. Congresswoman Yvette Diane Clarke glorified Sheikh Hasina, the Bangladeshi dictator who systematically oppresses Hindus, Christians, Buddhists and other minorities within her country. She told the Daily Sun: “Sheikh Hasina is not only your Bangladeshi pride. She also is our pride. She is the champion of all of us. The Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina must have your Bangladeshi support.” In fact, Sheikh Hasina has the support of ISIS and other radical Islamist groups but not the minorities and pro-democracy advocates within her country.

Are these Democrats just fringe politicians or do they reflect a larger trend? While not all Democrats are this extreme, the fact that over 50 percent of the Democratic candidates are being supported by J Street, who systematically criticizes Israeli policy while doing everything it can to salvage the Iranian nuclear deal, is a troubling development. The Iranian nuclear deal did nothing to stop a nuclear Iran but did empower the mullah’s to wage terror across the Middle East region and to further oppress their own people. Furthermore, more and more Democrats are calling for the establishment of a Palestinian state, which by its very nature will be a non-democratic entity that persecutes Christians, Jews and other non-Muslims living in their midst, as well as local human rights activists, journalists and pro-democracy advocates.

Nevertheless, it is critical to note that prominent Middle East scholar Dr. Mordechai Kedar claimed that the Democratic Party’s views on Israel are not monolithic: “The Democratic Party is not one idea. It is supermarket of ideas from the far left of Bernie Sanders all the way to the center like Ben Cardin.” While he did note that President Donald Trump has been excellent for the State of Israel, he added that Trump is not taking into account other American issues, such as universal health care, employment and other things that Israel has nothing to say about. Some analysts warn that the fact that Trump is so pro-Israel while being so bad on some of these other issues, such as women’s rights, immigration, minority rights, the environment and some of his foreign policies especially in regards towards Mexico and other countries in Latin America, will in the long term create more hostility to Israel especially among liberals and progressives.

Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez
Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez

But Kedar believes that the fact that congressmen like Ilhan Omer, Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez exist among Democrats is indicative of the decline of American Jewry: “While the Jewish community in the US is diminishing from the demographic point of view, the Muslim groups in the US are growing. Their influence becomes bigger and bigger. After September 11, a Muslim could not say anything in public in a way that is not viewed as totally American. Today, they not only preach against Israel but also against American interests. The Muslim presence in the street is having a great influence on the political party.”

Morton Klein, the President of the Zionist Organization of America, stressed: “We are concerned that more and more Democrats are expressing extraordinary hostility towards Israel, promoting BDS, criticizing moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, supporting a Palestinian terror state, etc. I am concerned that many new members of congress are among the most hostile members of Congress we have ever seen and many Democratic senators have become more hostile to Israel than ever. We still have many friends in the Democratic Party but their platforms have become more and more hostile towards Israel over the last few years. Those of us who care about Israel must be concerned about how the Democrats have transformed from strong supporters of Israel to having members that are increasingly becoming hostile to Israel.”

Nevertheless, despite these facts, Eytan Meir, who is a prominent Zionist activist in Israel, claimed that many Hebrew speaking Israelis are not aware of these new developments: “Most Israeli Hebrew speakers do not really know what is going on and no one understands the implications for what happens there.” With congresswomen like Omer, Tlaib, Cortez and Clarke, the time has come for the Israeli people to wake up and to start to tackle the increased level of anti-Israel pro-dictator sentiment among some House Democrats.

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Rachel Avraham is the President of the Dona Gracia Mendes Nasi Center for Human Rights in Middle East (under formation) and is a political analyst at the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights, which is run by Mendi Safadi, Israeli Communication Minister Ayoob Kara's former chief of staff. In addition, she is a counter-terror analyst at the Islamic Theology on Counter-Terrorism, a think tank run by British Pakistani dissident Noor Dahri. For over 6 years, she is a Middle East based journalist, covering radical Islam, terrorism, human rights abuses in the Muslim world, minority rights abuses in the Muslim world, women's rights issues in the Muslim world, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Jewish Diaspora, anti-Semitism, international affairs and other issues of importance. Avraham is the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings in the American, Israeli and Arab Media," a ground breaking book that was endorsed by former Israel Consul General Dr. Yitzchak Ben Gad and Israeli Communications Minister Ayoob Kara.