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But let&rsquo;s be clear: There is nothing outrageous about Israel&rsquo;s decision to bar entry to politicians who advocate its destruction. If Omar and Tlaib can boycott Israel, why can&rsquo;t Israel boycott them?<br />\n Omar says Israel&rsquo;s decision interferes with her ability to do her work &ldquo;as a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.&rdquo; Maybe so. But the problem is not that Israel barred entry to a member of that committee, but rather that there is an anti-Semite sitting on that committee. She has said &ldquo;Israel has hypnotized the world&rdquo;; has declared her hope that Allah will &ldquo;awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel&rdquo;; supports a boycott of Israel, a country she has compared to Nazi Germany; accused her House colleagues who support Israel of pushing &ldquo;for allegiance to a foreign country&rdquo;; and actually defended Omar&rsquo;s &ldquo;all about the Benjamins&rdquo; remark. (She later apologized for the last comment, but not all the others, before or since that one.)<br />\n How is it that she continues to sit on the congressional committee that helps set U.S. policy toward Israel? When Rep. Steve King defended white-supremacist views, the GOP leadership in the House stripped him of his committee assignments and voted 424 to 1 on a clear resolution condemning the Iowa Republican. Yet, after Omar made virulently anti-Semitic comments, Democratic leaders in the House could not bring themselves to do the same. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., actually defended Omar&rsquo;s &ldquo;allegiance to a foreign country&rdquo; remarks, saying &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t believe it was intended in an anti-Semitic way.&rdquo;&nbsp; I&rsquo;m sorry, what other way could she have intended it?<br />\n Like Omar, Tlaib has accused her colleagues of dual loyalty &mdash; a classic anti-Semitic trope &mdash; declaring &ldquo;they forgot what country they represent.&rdquo; She advocates a one-state solution, which means she opposes the very existence of the state of Israel. She wrote for Louis Farrakhan&rsquo;s publication, the Final Call, which regularly publishes anti-Semitic screeds. And, according to the Anti-Defamation League, she invited a Palestinian activist to her swearing-in who has praised Hamas and Hezbollah and has equated Zionists with Nazis.</p>\n<p> THE TWO showed their true colors when they chose not to join a bipartisan congressional delegation to Israel earlier this month in favor of a trip organized by Miftah, a rabidly anti-Semitic group that has accused Jews of using &ldquo;the blood of Christians in the Jewish Passover,&rdquo; has published neo-Nazi propaganda questioning &ldquo;the Jewish &lsquo;Holocaust&rsquo; tale&rdquo; in quotes and has celebrated terrorists who murder Israeli children. And, as though to prove Israel&rsquo;s point, after being denied entry, the two lawmakers shared a cartoon on Instagram by an anti-Semitic cartoonist who placed second in an Iranian newspaper&rsquo;s 2006 Holocaust cartoon contest.<br />\n The fact that Democrats tolerate, and even embrace, Omar and Tlaib is appalling. And it points to a larger problem. There is anti-Semitism on both the right and the left. On the right, anti-Semitism manifests itself in skinheads marching in Charlottesville chanting &ldquo;Jews will not replace us!&rdquo; On the left, anti-Semitism manifests itself in Democratic members of Congress who compare Israel to Nazi Germany. But while right-wing anti-Semites remain on the political fringes, where they belong, on the left, anti-Semites have found their way into the halls of power and are being defended by the party&rsquo;s leaders.</p>\n<p> MANY OF THE same Democrats correctly criticized President Trump for his weak response to Charlottesville are now openly defending Omar and Tlaib. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic presidential candidate, called it &ldquo;a shameful, unprecedented move.&rdquo; Warren&rsquo;s fellow candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., went so far as to defend the pair&rsquo;s views, declaring that &ldquo;opposing Netanyahu&rsquo;s policies is not &lsquo;hating the Jewish people.&rsquo;&rdquo;<br />\n But Omar and Tlaib don&rsquo;t just oppose Netanyahu&rsquo;s policies; they oppose the state of Israel. How sad that so many prominent Democrats are condemning Israel&rsquo;s decision to bar these anti-Semites more vigorously than they have condemned their anti-Semitism.</p>\n', created = 1574021321, expire = 1574107721, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:6a683fad1f614d6e0ea101761c25e721' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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If Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib can boycott Israel, why can’t Israel boycott them?

ISRAEL: August 21, 2019

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