Reader Opinion: Losing count of anti-Semitic smears
I've sadly lost count of the anti-Semitic smears coming from Rep. Ilhan Omar since she took her congressional seat. Ironically, Omar was elected with the support of Jewish voters in the most heavily-Jewish area of Minnesota. I am certain many had hopes for her to be a unifying force. To say she's failed in her first two months would be putting it mildly.
During her campaign, Omar assured local Jewish groups her past egregious comments on Israel and Judaism wouldn't be an issue or arise again, yet here we are.
As a Jew happily residing in central Minnesota, I certainly have no "dual loyalty" to Israel and the USA—as Omar and others have accused some—nor does my wife, my Jewish family or friends.
In her initial apology, Omar said she's "listening and learning," yet she's since quickly doubled down on anti-Semitic canards and insidious rhetoric.
She also has her facts wrong on Israel, which undermines our country's long-standing support toward our chief Middle East ally. Criticizing support for the only Jewish country in a region surrounded by substantially-larger nations, many sworn to Israel's literal destruction for generations, makes such criticism suspect.
While I was pleased to see Democrat leadership consider an anti-Semitism resolution, it was revised to include "all bigotry" due to blowback from progressive groups. Omar's name won't be mentioned, losing its overarching purpose.
One easy step would be removal of Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee. Eleven Jewish groups recently asked Speaker Pelosi to do this. When Rep. Steve King made racist remarks in January, the GOP removed him from all committee assignments, yet no similar action has been taken against Omar.
I also hope for further condemnation from Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Tina Smith and Minnesota's congressional delegation. Continuous denouncements of vile statements are vital.