American Scapegoat

Last week, at a Washington, D.C. bookstore and community space, congresswoman, Ilhan Omar, joined three other members of Congress for a town hall discussion. In response to a question from the moderator about anti-Semitism and criticism of Israel, Omar expressed empathy for her Jewish constituents who have an emotional connection to Israel. She then noted her concern that, because she and her Palestinian-American colleague Rashida Tlaib (also in attendance that evening) are Muslim, anything they say about Israel gets misunderstood—or willfully misinterpreted—as anti-Semitic. She went on to articulate the way this stifles the conversation about Palestinian liberation that she and Tlaib want.
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