Comments On Israel Provoke Backlash 💭

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New diverse faces in Congress

In the midterm elections, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar (D) made history as the first Somali-American to become a member of Congress. She arrived in America 23 years ago from a refugee camp in Kenya. She joins one of the most diverse classes of new Congress members America has ever seen.

Controversial comments

In an interview with Yahoo News, Rep. Omar upset some with her views on Israel. When asked about how America should facilitate peace between Israel and Palestine, she stated that an “equal approach” to both nations is necessary. She continued by noting that she “chuckles” when America “upholds [Israel] as a democracy,” later comparing Israel to Iran.


LEANING LEFT:

Huffington Post: Rep. Ilhan Omar Says ‘Don’t Mind’ The GOP Calling Her Anti-Semitic

Newsweek: Republican Lawmaker Calls Freshman Democrat Ilhan Omar ‘Anti-Semitic’ and ‘Anti-Israel,’ Suggests She Supports Terrorists

The left portrays criticism of Rep. Omar as an attack on her experience and character. They mention that the right is making an effort to “paint” her as an anti-semite. In addition, the left makes sure to acknowledge Omar’s apology regarding an anti-semitic tweet that she posted 2012.

LEANING RIGHT:

Fox News: Rep. Ilhan Omar Slammed For Saying She ‘Chuckles’ When Israel is Called a Democracy, Compares it to Iran

Washington Times: Rep. Ilhan Omar: ‘I Almost Chuckle’ When People Call Israel a Democracy

The right paints Rep. Omar’s comments as misguided and uninformed. They make sure to implement the word ‘chuckles’ in their headlines, whereas the left largely ignores this detail. The right also specifically highlights her support of the BDS movement (a boycott movement against Israel) as well as her anti-semitic tweet from 2012.


A divisive issue

The reactions to Rep. Omar’s recent comments further highlight how sensitive and contentious the issue of the Israel-Palestine conflict is in the US. In light of this story, it is also important to note that anti-semitic acts are clearly on the rise in America.

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