How Ilhan Omar is changing the conversation about Israel — and upending the 2020 campaign

How Ilhan Omar is changing the conversation about Israel — and upending the 2020 campaign
Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib (Image: YouTube video screen grab)

[Ed. – Newsweek continuing to lionize the most fringe elements of the new Democratic Party.]

Omar, a Somali war refugee, and her fellow Muslim freshman, Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, are speaking out as ­never before against Israel’s 52-year occupation of the West Bank, U.S. financial and political support of the Jewish state, and discrimination against Muslims in the United States. Their ­remarks have fractured the Democratic Party, with older, mainstream members like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and nearly all the ­party’s Jewish ­lawmakers condemning their remarks. But prominent progressives, including Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, defend them.

Tlaib, the first Palestinian American woman in Congress, has called for a cut-off of U.S. military aid to Israel and a one-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict—a proposal Israel and its supporters view as spelling the end of the Jewish state. She also said that she wouldn’t join an annual trip to Israel this summer sponsored by AIPAC’s educational arm, which has become a rite of passage for new members.

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