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Omar furor reflects intensifying national debate over Israel

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Only two options: pro-Israel or anti-Semite.

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I find it ridiculous some what to equate criticism of Israeli policies as being synonymous with being 'anti-semitic.' Such a cop out.

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Typical drivel. Other House members have been censored for similar or less. Omar should be stripped of her committees and then she can have more time to pow-wow with Farrakhan about her world views.

As for “views are shared by an ever-growing portion of younger generations in the U.S., including Jews” bad writing makes for a good point. If one Jew believed this and his friend joined it is a 100% increase. “Ever-growing proportion” is NOT a fact, it is simply a way to bs when you have no proof.

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Only two options: pro-Israel or anti-Semite.

Yes, exactly. You're so right. Which is why anyone who criticizes Poo-chin is actively hostile to the Russian people. Or why anyone who disagrees with the LDP regime is therefore prejudiced against Japanese people. The logic is simply foolproof.

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Only two options: pro-Israel or anti-Semite.

I don’t think so. Those who see criticism of Israel’s behaviour as inherently anti-Semitic are just trying to shut down honest debate, and those who attempt to dismiss clear anti-Semitic dog whistles if it comes from their ‘side’ need to be called out.

My own take is Israel should stop stealing other people’s land and should be severely pressured until they stop doing it.

I don’t think that’s an anti-Semitic statement.

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I don’t think so. Those who see criticism of Israel’s behaviour as inherently anti-Semitic are just trying to shut down honest debate, and those who attempt to dismiss clear anti-Semitic dog whistles if it comes from their ‘side’ need to be called out.

My own take is Israel should stop stealing other people’s land and should be severely pressured until they stop doing it.

I don’t think that’s an anti-Semitic statement.

I agree! Israel uses anti-Semitism as a crutch sometimes to deflect from the criticism that it receives.

Typical drivel. Other House members have been censored for similar or less. Omar should be stripped of her committees and then she can have more time to pow-wow with Farrakhan about her world views.

*Then the same should be done to "Dear Leader". He has made equally racist and anti-semitic statements, too! Don't you agree, Mike James?*

Donald Trump Blasted as ‘Anti-Semitic’ by Israeli Media for Making Jewish Stereotype

https://www.thewrap.com/donald-trump-blasted-as-anti-semitic-by-israeli-media-for-making-jewish-stereotype/

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Albert Einstein criticized much of what happened in Israel, so was he antisemitic? Or was he just a concerned human being?

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Actually, it says more about the role of the media in whipping up fear, anger and division than it does anything else... a tiny tempest in a teacup stirred aggressively by the press. It's only remarkable because for so long any criticism by US politicians of US support for Israel was unthinkable.

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I have to laugh. Jewish members of Congress, the media and academia say the most vile and unsubstantiated things about President Trump, but the moment they feel threatened, "anti-semitism" and "holocaust" code words are immediately plastered all over the news...

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@Jimizo

My own take is Israel should stop stealing other people’s land and should be severely pressured until they stop doing it.

“Stop stealing” misses the point ENTIRELY from the Palestinian activists’ point of view.

From “the sea to the river” alludes to the end of a Jewish state and return to pre-partition boundaries. However, what existed before that was a mandate awarded to Great Britain (essentially by Great Britain). The name of the mandate, “Palestine”, was based on the second century CE Roman name for southern Syria, “Syria Palaestina”. The mandate was carved out of the Ottoman Empire’s province of Greater Syria. That’s the name. The important point is the origin of those people’s calling themselves “Israelis” and “Palestinians”. Both claim to be descendants of original inhabitants.

Israeli is in essence a nation of immigrants and the descendants of immigrants from the late 19th century plus a tiny number of “always been heres”. They nevertheless have a verifiable historical connection to the land.

However, people calling themselves Palestines also have a comparable history in the late Ottoman period, but how much of the present population can trace their ancestry to older periods and how many people are descendants of “always been heres”? Someone please prove conclusively that MOST of the people who call themselves Palestinians today are the direct descendants of people who inhabited the region in pre-modern times. I suspect, like Jews, there really aren’t many. The Ottoman province was one of the poorest and most backward parts of the empire. It was also more sparsely settled in the past for good reason.

So here we have two groups who claim the same land to which neither really has an exclusive historical claim. However, given the Jew-hating rhetoric of the “true representatives of the Palestinian people”, Hamas, intolerant as they are of democracy, it’s unlikely that Israel, the only democracy in the region, will concede anything. They don’t intend to have a repeat of either the Holocaust or Masada. I don’t blame them, but ...

... Stop taking more land.

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Anonymous, entirely concur, peace can only occur with acceptance and moving on, not harking back and inflammatory rhetoric.

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This is supposed to be a free country where people at least live and let live, not intolerance and vitriol based on beliefs or biology. Instead we have a Democrat party which has decided a communist and an Islamist, neither of which have any sort of experience at anything relevant, are now the defacto leadership of the Democrat party and both are making racist, bigoted and divisive comments which the rest of the Democrat party is choosing to legitimize and the democrats media is choosing to protect. The Democrat party of America is falling victim to it's own political correctness it's own ideology

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