To understand the gist of the case against Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, consider this statement that just came from Rep. Juan Vargas: “Questioning support for the U.S.-Israel relationship is unacceptable.”
At RootsAction, we fundamentally disagree. Questioning support for the U.S.-Israel relationship is not only acceptable -- from the standpoint of human rights, it is essential.
RootsAction has long opposed Israel’s policies toward Palestinian people, including the illegal occupation and ever-expanding settlements. We do not support the “U.S.-Israel relationship” that has provided many billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars to arming the Israeli military -- routinely and often lethally violating human rights in the process.
Please click here to support Rep. Omar’s outspoken courage as well as RootsAction’s work for the human rights of Palestinian people.
Already, the USA’s leading Israel-right-or-wrong group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), is gearing up to oust Ilhan Omar from Congress. The New York Times reported this week on AIPAC’s hopes to “punish Ms. Omar, a freshman Democrat from Minnesota, with a primary challenge in 2020.”
AIPAC has a long history of defeating the few members of Congress willing to speak out against Israeli policies. As more of them speak out, AIPAC is even more determined to silence Israel’s critics.
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While a lot of U.S. media coverage has been slanted against Congresswoman Omar, the New York Times just published a news article that includes some key points. It quotes a former Democratic Congressman from Washington State, Brian Baird, who said: “It is so disingenuous of some of these members of Congress who are lining up to condemn these questioning voices as if they have no campaign finance interest in the outcome.”
And Baird added: “If one dares to criticize Israel or dares to criticize AIPAC, one gets branded anti-Semitic, and that’s a danger to a democratic republic.”
It’s crucial to push back against that danger by stepping up support for real and open debate on these issues. You can help Ilhan Omar and RootsAction to do that.
—Norman Solomon, Jeff Cohen, and the RootsAction Team
>> New York Times: “Ilhan Omar’s Criticism Raises Question: Is AIPAC Too Powerful?”
>> M.J. Rosenberg, The Nation: “This Is How AIPAC Really Works”
>> Institute for Public Accuracy: “U.N. Report of Israeli Crimes and the Efforts to Silence Critics”
>> Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss: “'I am told I am anti-American if I am not pro-Israel' and that’s problematic -- Ilhan Omar stands strong against blizzard of attacks”