Thursday, May 28, 2020

Last week in this very space we gave our backing to what we thought would be a US House of Representatives resolution condemning anti-Semitism and mentioning the atrocious language of freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

But the resolution that passed was not the same one we expected at press time. Instead of the focus only on fast-spreading anti-Semitism, the measure incorporated the “blah blah” of political correctness and called out hate against every minority community in America.

We don’t think it’s a bad gesture to condemn any sort of hatred. But the point of this resolution was to head off anti-Semitism, such as what we’re finding in schools where drinking games now include cups forming the shape of a swastika, and on Capitol Hill where Rep. Omar questions Jewish “dual loyalty.”

The vote was overwhelmingly in favor of the resolution. Yet nearly two dozen Republicans saw fit to oppose that bill. At least one of them, Lee Zeldin (R-NY), gets our admiration for not only voting against the measure but also speaking out against it.

“If (Omar) was a Republican,” he said, “this resolution would have been naming names. She’d be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee and we would be talking about anti-Semitism solely, singularly and forcefully.”

We also want to make clear to the Democratic Party their unimpressive lack of commitment to the cause of anti-Semitism. By not acting with force to quash the Omar influence on its party and by watering down the resolution, the Democrats are beginning to resemble Britain’s Labour Party behind its anti-Semitic leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

How long is the Democratic Party going to protect Omar and her ilk? We fear that as the days and weeks and months go by and we approach convention season, the planks of the Democratic platform will be bolstered by anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. This bodes well for none of us.