A political crisis is brewing inside the halls of Congress. A few freshman Democrats have drawn the ire from both sides about their position on the U.S.’s relationship with Israel.
In the lead up to the 2018 midterm election, then-congressional candidates Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., — the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress — were criticized for a series of troubling remarks about Israel that were rooted in anti-Semitism. It all began with an escalation of violence in November 2012 initially provoked by Hamas militants. Omar, who was then active in Minnesota politics, tweeted, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”
That tweet came back to haunt Omar during her 2018 congressional run, as it dredges out an old anti-Semitic trope that Jews are somehow conspiring to take over the world.
As members of Congress, both Tlaib and Omar have faced criticism for rolling out another anti-Semitic trope, the suggestion that Jewish Americans have dual loyalties. In January 2019, Tlaib, responding to a Senate bill that would combat the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement against Israel, tweeted, “They forgot what country they represent.”
Read more at the Washington Examiner.