The Zionist charge that anti-Semitism is on the rise on the left in the United States diverts from the real anti-Semitism that is on the rise, by the Trump-inspired white supremacists.
By Barry Sheppard | Green Left Weekly | Mar 21, 2019
‘Every single time we say something about foreign policy, regardless of what we say, our advocacy about ending oppression or the freeing of every human life and wanting dignity, we get labeled and nobody gets to have the broader debate of what is happening with Palestine.
‘Why is it okay for me to talk about the influence of the NRA, or fossil fuel industries or Big Pharma, and not talk about a powerful lobbying group that is influencing policy?
‘Now that you have two Muslims who are saying, ‘Here is a group of people that we want to make sure they have the dignity that you want everybody else to have,’ we get called names, and we get to be labeled as hateful?
’We know what hate looks like. We experience it every single day. . . .’
— Rep. Ilhan Omar
Two young Muslim women were elected to the United States House of Representatives in the 2018 election. Ilhan Omar is Black, and a refugee from war-devastated Somalia. Rahida Tlaib is of Palestinian descent, and has family living under Israeli oppression.
Both are outspoken supporters of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, which was initiated by the Palestinian grassroots to protest Israel’s oppression.
As supporters of BDS, they have been under attack from the Israeli lobby in the US, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which falsely claims BDS is anti-Semitic. Following Israel’s public stance, AIPAC claims that anti-Zionism, any assertion that Israel is an apartheid state, any noting of Zionism’s historic relations with real anti-Semitic forces, advocating a single democratic secular state that guarantees equal rights to Palestinians and Israeli Jews, and any major criticism of Israel — and much more along these lines — is anti-Semitism.
Both Omar and Tlaib have received multiple death threats from white supremacists and other Islamophobes.
Omar has been especially singled out for her statements attacking AIPAC. Republicans, mainstream Democrats and the media have attacked her as a result. Omar was falsely accused of saying that “Jewish money” dominates the US government after she noted that AIPAC is one of the country’s most powerful lobbies, and spends around US$100 million a year pressuring politicians to keep giving Israel billions for its military and to politically defend all Israeli policies.