Why Ilhan Omar Gets Away with Anti-Semitism

Thanks to some nasty comments President Trump made about her last week, the Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar has received a fair amount of sympathy from the press, while her autobiography garnered an enthusiastic review in the New York Times. But Omar is used to fawning treatment not only from the news media but also from the world of entertainment, having appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone and the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. One hears less about her use of crude stereotypes about Jews, her apologetics for Iran, or her support for the movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction Israel (BDS)—or of the enthusiastic accolades she has won from such fellow anti-Semites as David Duke. Jonathan Tobin comments:

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More about: Anti-Semitism, BDS, Media, U.S. Politics

Reclaiming Secular Zionism’s Religiosity

Feb. 24 2021

A recent article in an Israeli political journal argued that anyone who wishes to revive Israel’s moribund left must stay true to its secular heritage and “take a stand against both religion and religious people.” But to Gershon Hacohen this claim rests on a profound misunderstanding. While it is true that David Ben-Gurion and other early leaders of the Zionist left were secular insofar as they were agnostic and did not observe halakhah, their ideology was deeply enmeshed with the Hebrew Bible and Jewish traditions:

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More about: David Ben-Gurion, History of Zionism, Labor Zionism, Religious Zionism