Among the many so-called historic demographic firsts achieved as a result of the midterm elections, Minnesota voters sent Ilhan Omar to the House of Representatives. Omar, a Somali-American, will be the first female Muslim member of Congress when she takes Keith Ellison’s old seat in January.
But now Jewish Democrats who supported her candidacy are experiencing buyer’s remorse. In a recent interview, Omar revealed that she is in favor of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israel, a stance that is in direct conflict with what she said during the campaign.
From the Washington Free Beacon:
Omar, a Muslim Somali-American elected last week to replace outgoing Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) in the House, fought accusations that she held anti-Israel views during her campaign. As part of that effort, she told a group of Jewish voters in the state that she opposed the economic boycott of Israel, calling it “counteractive” and “not helpful in getting that two-state solution.”
But Omar’s tune has changed since winning the election. In an interview published Sunday by MuslimGirl, Omar said she “supports the BDS movement.”
“Ilhan believes in and supports the BDS movement, and has fought to make sure people’s right to support it isn’t criminalized,” her campaign told MuslimGirl, which said Omar had been criticized for coming out against BDS. Omar’s campaign also pointed MuslimGirl to her vote against an anti-BDS bill in Minnesota’s state legislature and her argument that boycott movements were successful in South Africa.
The comment is seen as a complete reversal by members of the Jewish community in her district.
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of attending a Trump rally, you know he’s fond of reciting the old traditional fable “The Snake.” You know, the one that ends with the snake biting the woman that rescued him and, listening to her wail of horror, says: “You knew I was a snake when you took me in.”
Relevant, don’tcha think?
While Omar and her defenders are trying to make it seem as though there is no contradiction in her stated views, her detractors say the proof is in the pudding.
Here’s what she said during the campaign: “I believe right now with the BDS movement, it’s not helpful in getting that two-state solution. I think the particular purpose is to make sure that there is pressure, and I think that pressure really is counteractive. Because in order for us to have a process of getting to a two-state solution, people have to be willing to come to the table and have a conversation about how that is going to be possible and I think that stops the dialogue.”
Of course, the question is whether Omar really believes in a two-state solution or whether she, like fellow freshman Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, believes that the only path to peace lies in a hybrid Palestinian-Israeli state encompassing the entire territory.
Congressional Democrats have said that newbies who bring an anti-Israel stance with them to Washington will be frozen out of committees and legislation. Guess we’ll just have to see about that.
As for Jews who are miffed about the first Muslim congresswoman having anti-Israel views? The snake says it all.