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    Benjamin Wallace-Wells, New Yorker, March 27, 2019: Ilhan Omar's embattled first months in office

    Many of us have no doubt seen the clips of Rep Omar in her role as a new House representative. Some of it is portrayed negatively, in so far as her outspoken views on Israel are concerned. The New Yorker article provides a more human story of her life. I like the woman.

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    Schmidt, what she said about Israel is correct; sorry it has nothing to do with "religion" it is the "behavior" of Israel in that region what causes unrest in the middle east. Of course the GOP and their "evangelicals" will protect that country because of "religion", due to the fact that they refuse to accept that Palestinians also have rights. Furthermore the US is the guilty one who helped to "steal" that land from the Palestinians in 1947 and still are helping them to "steal" the Golan Heights right now.
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    Dutch -- I agree. We've both written about this many times over the years. Anyone who criticizes Israel's apartheid polices against the Palestinians are branded as anti-Semitic. Even Jimmy Carter caught the wrath of the "Israel Firsters" when he published his book, "Palestine, Peace not Apartheid" in 2007. Just reading the Amazon customer reviews, you'll find many five and four star reviews complimentary of Carter's quest for peace in the Middle East. Then there are a bunch of one star reviews written by the Israel Firsters.

    Rep. Ilhan Omar is right to call out Israel for their apartheid policies against the Palestinians. I doubt that Donald Trump knows shit about the history of Occupied Palestine or Israel. His only motive is to split Jewish Americans away from the Democratic Party to get a few more votes.

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    She carries herself well and I love her committee questions, but off committee she can be tangent.
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    Very early in her career in Congress, Ms. Omar received a credible death threat from a right winger in New York - who was promptly arrested - and Trump's rhetoric has lead to further threats.

    If you look at a map, you'll notice that Somalia borders Kenya (where she spent 4 years as a refugee) and it is just west of Yemen, where Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E have been funding a civil war for 5 years. As a result, she knows a lot more about the war in Yeman than Trump does, and that's the main reason that Congress recently voted to halt arms sales to the Saudis.

    This is what she had to say about Yemen:

    "How can we make a decision to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia, knowing that they have been part of causing one of the most atrocious humanitarian crises in Yemen, when we know that they have a hand in what's happening right now in Sudan, what's happening in Libya, and the list can go on and on and on," she says.

    "Our alliedship with Saudi Arabia and the Emirates is immoral. I believe that it is one of the most absurd alliedships; it doesn't fit with any of our values. When we think about what is in the interest of our national security, entrusting them to help us with that is like trusting a thief to watch over your shop. We know that they can't be trusted in that process."

    https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/talktojazeera/2019/07/ilhan-omar-911-comments-trump-saudi-relations-190716160539559.html

    One of today's headlines in today's Washington Posts is this:

    "Trump asserts that no one should criticize the U.S. as he resumes his attacks on four legislators".

    For the record, there are at least 12 countries in the world where people can be punished for criticizing their leader - and one of them is the Netherlands!

    https://www.pri.org/stories/2014-03-12/how-these-12-countries-will-punish-you-insulting-their-heads-state

    For more than 40 years, Trump has believed that he should NEVER be criticized. When he was a private citizen, he would wring apologies out of his critics, or even get them fired from their jobs. As a politician, he has lost his ability to intimidate the media with legal threats, which is why he latched onto the "fake media" charges as soon as he became a candidate.

    http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/10/trumps-pipe-bombs-mainstream-media-clean-up-act.html

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    Sorry Arizona; you can criticize the leaders in the Netherlands and they do that every day. Rutte is an total ass and people say that aloud as well the news papers. As well our family and friends up there. If so, then all the news paper people would be in jail by now.

    Thus another piece of "fake news" I guess.

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    Ms. Omar is scheduled to be one of the speakers today at the first national gathering of Muslims in politics in United States history.

    Gold Star father Khizr Khan and Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, will also be in attendance.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/07/muslim-caucus-hold-conference-trump-attacks-190722231405411.html

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    The Republicans are doing everything that they can to discredit this lady.

    Just weeks after Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) was busted for campaign finance violations and using campaign money to pay her attorneys, the same representative that called for an investigation into that criminal activity has followed up and called for a federal ethics probe into her affairs while being in Congress.

    Republican Rep. Steve Drazkowski (R-Mazeppa), a critic of Omar, called for a federal ethics probe into Omar following the revelation of her unlawful use of funds and filing fraudulent tax returns.

    https://dcdirtylaundry.com/lock-her-up-call-for-federal-ethics-probe-of-ilhan-omar-ms-omar-appears-to-be-a-serial-career-criminal/

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    Due to the Holocaust, most of the world has been sympathetic to the state of Israel. The 1968 version of "Israelites" , by Desmond Dekker, exemplifies our support:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxtfdH3-TQ4

    Less understood , of course , is the plight of the Palestinians

    In order to highlight the problem, Rashida Talib (who has Palestinian ancestors) recently went to Israel with Ilhan Omar, who has been critical of Israel.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/squad-occupied-palestine-190731123054231.html

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    The Republicans are doing everything that they can to discredit this lady.

    Just weeks after Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) was busted for campaign finance violations and using campaign money to pay her attorneys, the same representative that called for an investigation into that criminal activity has followed up and called for a federal ethics probe into her affairs while being in Congress.

    Republican Rep. Steve Drazkowski (R-Mazeppa), a critic of Omar, called for a federal ethics probe into Omar following the revelation of her unlawful use of funds and filing fraudulent tax returns.

    https://dcdirtylaundry.com/lock-her-up-call-for-federal-ethics-probe-of-ilhan-omar-ms-omar-appears-to-be-a-serial-career-criminal/

    This is what Republicans do. They are ruthless in their pursuit of any violations of anything by prominent Democrats. I doubt that Ms. Omar intentionally violated laws regarding the use of campaign funds. But it seems to be a common practice in both parties to stretch the limits of what you can and cannot do with campaign donations, and of course, looking at Trump, there are different strokes for different folks.
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    Schmidt:

    I've got a lot of respect for Ms Omar. Apart from the fact that she survived a dangerous childhood, she is not afraid to speak "truth to power", which is why she is critical of Israel, a country that has gone from being a nation of oppressed people (by the Nazis) to a country that is oppressing the natives (Palestinians). That, of course, is EXACTLY what we did in America.

    Just ask Chief Sitting Bull.

    By the way, this is what your last paragraph would look like in her native tongue of Somali:

    ani waa waxa dadka reer Republicans ay sameeyaan. Waa arxan laaweyaal ah ku dayashooda wixii xadgudub ah ee ay u geystaan wax kasta oo ay sameeyaan dimuqraadiyiinta caanka ah. Waxaan shaki ku qabaa in Marwo Cumar si ula kac ah u jebisay sharciyada la xiriira isticmaalka lacagaha ololaha. Laakiin waxay umuuqataa inay tahay wax caam ah oo labada dhinacba ah inay fidiyaan xadka waxa aad kari kartaan iyo wixii aadan ku qaban karin tabarucyada ololaha, iyo dabcan, marka aad fiiriso Trump, waxaa jira dhaqdhaqaaqyo kala duwan oo loogu talagalay dadka kaladuwan.

    Today, she speaks better English than Trump.

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    In their minds and in the words they dump onto their base - Different equals bad and is less.

    She's not male. #1

    She's not white. #2

    She's not Christian. #3

    She's not born in America. #4

    She's not a Republican. #5

    The base is far too busy to actually think. They need to be told who to hate. Then they will be obsessed with the parties agenda.

    Line up sheep.

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    As always, anything related to Israel is complicated. The article below goes into more detail on HR-496, and is worth reading.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/israel-fears-visit-ilhan-omar-rashida-tlaib-190802102205045.html

    Here's the short version:

    Israel's racist policies inspire Trump and his xenophobic ambitions, as encapsulated by his senior policy adviser arch-Zionist Islamophobe Stephen Miller. Historically, Israel's foundations are built on a Zionist, ie racist and white supremacist entry prohibition - expelling and then banning indigenous Palestinian people from returning to their lands, while enshrining the 1950 Law of Return, which provides all Jews with the right to Israeli citizenship, regardless of country of origin. Further, Israel regularly employs entry bans and deportations against pro-Palestinian and human rights activists, such as Professor Noam Chomsky and, recently, Omar Shakir of Human Rights Watch (HRW).

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    This is what I wrote on 3/28/19 on this subject:

    Schmidt, what she said about Israel is correct; sorry it has nothing to do with "religion" it is the "behavior" of Israel in that region what causes unrest in the middle east. Of course the GOP and their "evangelicals" will protect that country because of "religion", due to the fact that they refuse to accept that Palestinians also have rights. Furthermore the US is the guilty one who helped to "steal" that land from the Palestinians in 1947 and still are helping them to "steal" the Golan Heights right now.

    Indeed Miller as well Pence/Pompeo etc. via the "evangelicals" keep their hypocrite "eyes" shut.

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    Israel has decided to bar two US Democratic congresswomen who support the international boycott movement — Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib — from entering the country, according to the deputy foreign minister.

    The move comes after President Trump tweeted that ‘‘it would show great weakness’’ if Israel allowed them in.

    To read the full story, visit www.BostonGlobe.com.