“There is an alarming rise of Jew hatred to the point where it has become systemic … I use the word systemic for a reason because Jew hatred is no longer on the fringes of society – it has become systemic. [It comes from] politicians like Ilhan Omar, who accuse Jewish Americans of having dual loyalty,” the Lawfare Project director, Jewish civil rights legal arm, said on “Fox News Live.”
“This is coming from someone in the United States right now in a position of power,” she added.
Goldstein, including some of Omar’s Democratic colleagues, view the congresswoman’s past statements on Israel to cross a line into anti-Semitism. Her critics say she leveled a “dual loyalty” charge against American Jews. According to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, whose working definition was adopted by the U.S. State Department, anti-Semitism includes, “Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.”
A resolution was put forward in March 2019 after Omar said, seemingly referring to America’s Middle East ally (Israel),
“I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country … I want to ask why is it OK for me to talk about the influence of the NRA, of fossil fuel industries or Big Pharma and not talk about a powerful lobbying group that is influencing policies?”
Other remarks by Omar that have received blow back include when she implied the U.S.-Israel relationship was “all about the Benjamins baby,” and in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper Omar was criticized for appearing to suggest that Jewish members of Congress were not equally interested in justice.
Omar has also compared the U.S. and Israel to the Taliban.
Brooke added that rising anti-Semitism is a sign of radicalism gaining its steam in America.
“There are governments, foreign governments like Qatar, which is the second-largest sponsor of terrorism around the world that are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into our institutions of higher education – they’re not only indoctrinating towards Jew hatred, but they’re also indoctrinating towards anti-Americanism and anti-democracy,” she said. “And the saying is – ‘Jews are the canary in the coal miners’ tunnel.’ So it is really important to focus on the rise of Jew-hatred because it is a symptom of further radicalization in the community at large.”