Tlaib’s latest anti-Semitic invective continues bad trend – Guest Contributor Ari Kaufman

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On the heels of Rep. Ilhan Omar’s multiple anti-Semitic smears I’ve written about, a fellow freshman congresswoman in the Midwest continues the bad habit. 

An old rule of debate is the first person to use a Holocaust analogy loses. Perhaps Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI) never learned this rule.

Less than a week after Holocaust Remembrance Day, she commented, among other things during a fawning left-leaning Yahoo podcast entitled “From Rashida With Love,” that thinking about the Holocaust gives her a “calming feeling.”

A BDS supporter, Tlaib went on to say that her Palestinian ancestors were impacted by the Holocaust’s aftermath, all while defending the one-state solution to theoretically resolve tensions between Palestinians and Israelis.
{It should be noted that the “one state solution” is an absurd, deadly policy supported only by extremists like Hamas terrorists. It effectively means the eradication of Israel, the first and only home of world Jewry after thousands of years of persecution. That is a genocidal policy supported by a U.S. politician.}
After her horrific rhetoric Tlaib, like Omar, conveniently played the victim and predictably engaged in straw man attacks, writing in part on Twitter: “Policing my words, twisting & turning them to ignite vile attacks on me will not work. All of you who are trying to silence me will fail miserably…it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways…”
Rashida Tlaib is a public figure, and like any politician, we will carefully listen to and closely analyze her words. No one wants to silence her. She knows this and her feckless comments do her a disservice. 
As to the substance, her claims are simply inaccurate. Palestinians did not “lose” anything after World War II. 
Once liberated concentration camp survivors left the nightmare of war-ravaged Europe, many of these Jews journeyed to their Biblical homeland of Israel to reunite with long-lost family and friends. Rather than greeting them, as Tlaib’s revisionism would have us believe, Arabs quickly rioted and convinced the compliant British to halt Jewish immigration. 
As soon as Israel finally and legally became a state in 1948, Arab countries quickly declared war on the new nation. They fought, and Israel miraculously prevailed. Since then, Palestinians could’ve had their own state many times, yet their belligerent leaders always refused, since the ultimate goal is the destruction of Israel, not peace. 
Jews were also in the Holy Land at least a thousand years before Arabs existed and constituted the majority in sparsely-populated Jerusalem since the early 19th century, as well as a clear majority along the Mediterranean coast since the 1910s. Arabs were a very small group in an area basically destroyed by the Romans 2,000 years before. 
And were regional Arab leaders three generations ago philo-Semitic, as Tlaib may have us believe? No, the precise opposite is true.
Haj Amin al-Hussein, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem (Muslim leader of Palestine during the Second World War), infamously met with Adolf Hitler late in 1941, where he thanked the Fuhrer for the “great honor he had bestowed” by receiving him. He also conveyed thanks, sympathy and “admiration from the entire Arab world” for support Hitler had shown in public speeches for the Arab and “especially the Palestinian cause.”
Indeed the Mufti sought a “Final Solution of the Jewish Question” just as much as the Nazis did.
Whether in America or Europe, open season for Jew hatred seemingly continues. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrat leadership inexplicably missed an easy opportunity in March for a resolution specifically condemning anti Semitism after Omar’s dangerous bigotry. 
Until repercussions for repugnant, hurtful comments by left-wing politicians occurs, we are unfortunately likely to see more of this disgraceful, vile rhetoric, including violence like last month at the San Diego synagogue.

A California native, former school teacher and military historian, Ari Kaufman has worked as a journalist for various publications around the country since 2004. He lives with his wife in Minnesota.

Omar’s shameful, anti-Semitic rhetoric deserves unequivocal condemnation

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Guest Opinion by Ari Kaufman

I’ve sadly lost count of the anti-Semitic smears coming from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) since she took her U.S. congressional seat just two months ago. This bigotry deserves broad condemnation with punitive actions behind it.

Ironically, Omar was easily elected with the support of many Jewish voters in the most heavily-Jewish area of Minnesota. Despite past examples to the contrary, I am certain many in the 5th congressional District — where she received nearly 80% of the vote last November —  had hopes for her to be a unifying and effective politician. To say she’s failed on that matter during her first two months in Washington would be a massive understatement.During her campaign, Omar apparently assured local Jewish groups, including the Minnesota Jewish Community Relations Council, that her past egregious comments on Israel and Judaism wouldn’t be an issue or arise again; yet here we are, with another insult and anti-Semitic statement seemingly occurring every week.

As a Jew happily residing in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, I put America first and surely do not have “dual loyalty” to Israel and the USA — as Omar and others like freshman representative and fellow Muslim Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) have accused some —  nor does my wife, nor do my Jewish family members and friends.

In her initial half-hearted apology on Feb. 11, Omar, at the tender age of 37, said she’s “listening and learning,” yet she’s since quickly doubled and tripled down on anti-Semitic canards and other insidious rhetoric.

Unsurprisingly, the congresswoman also has her facts completely wrong on Israel, which undermines the USA’s long-standing support toward our chief and only true Middle East ally.

Criticizing American support for the only Jewish country in a region, surrounded by substantially-larger Muslim nations (Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, et al.) sworn to Israel’s literal destruction for generations, makes such criticism suspect.

Christians, Jews, Americans and freedom lovers everywhere support Israel, Ms. Omar, because the nation is rooted in Judeo-Christian values; offers free and fair elections; vast contributions to defense, technology, medicine and science; and perhaps most importantly, as a military ally and the lone democracy in a region of autocratic regimes, enemies of Israel hate the United States as well.

While I was initially pleased to see Democrat leadership finally introduce an anti-Semitism resolution earlier this week, now I am dismayed.
First, the “resolution” was delayed, then, due to blowback from the increasingly anti-Semitic progressive wing, it was tweaked into a clumsy, Kindergarten-level “anti-hate Bill” to “confront the reality of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism and other forms of bigotry” with Omar’s name not even mentioned; though it passed easily, the bill became too broad, lost its teeth and overall purpose. This is all fatuous, to put it mildly.
Meanwhile, far left Democrats, many in the Congressional Black Caucus, and much of the media, along with dozens of Twin Cities politicians and national Muslim groups, are now staging fundraising events in support of Omar’s bigotry.

An easy and necessary step would be the removal of the unapologetic Omar — who has never visited Israel yet supports the viciously anti-Semitic BDS movement — from the powerful Foreign Affairs Committee, where she currently sits. More than a dozen Jewish groups of various political stripes, including the venerable and left-leaning Anti-Defamation League, recently asked Speaker Pelosi to do this. She has not and undoubtedly will not. The speaker continues to kowtow to young, naive radicals in her party, especially those “of color”.

Conversely, when Rep. Steve King (R-IA) made controversial racial remarks in January, he immediately offered an apology, while the Republican Party swiftly removed him from all committee assignments, yet no action has been taken by Democrats against Omar. Why not? Ilhan Omar is the quintessential definition of an anti Semite.

On a local level, I also hope for further condemnation of this bigotry from Minnesota’s Democrat Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Tina Smith, the rest of the state’s congressional delegation, and Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz. I surely don’t expect to hear from Omar’s congressional predecessor and current Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who has his own troubling history of anti-Semitic associations and invective.

So far there is simple silence, or unfathomable agreement with such hate from fellow radical leftists like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and the execrable Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT.), a leading 2020 Democrat presidential candidate.

Concurrence with anti-Semitic bigotry is not an option; turning the American Democrat Party into Jeremy Corbyn’s British Labour Party of Jewish hatred is not either, I’d hope. Continuous denouncements of vile, ignorant statements, however, are vital to our free republic.

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https://www.weeklystandard.com/scott-w-johnson/the-anti-israel-seat

https://www.twincities.com/2019/03/01/ilhan-omar-went-on-a-fence-mending-tour-with-local-jews-then-she-offended-them-again/

https://pjmedia.com/trending/the-morning-briefing-omar-antisemitism-resolution-put-on-hold-and-much-much-more/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/03/06/ilhan-omars-comments-were-anti-semitic-rhetoric-says-adl-talker/3078821002/

https://www.commentarymagazine.com/anti-semitism/dont-believe-ilhan-omar/

https://pjmedia.com/trending/facing-lawsuit-rep-ilhan-omar-deletes-tweet-smearing-covington-catholic-boys/

A California native, and former school teacher and military historian, Ari Kaufman has worked as a journalist for various publications around the country since 2004. He lives with his wife in Minnesota.

Withdraw from Syria

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President Trump announced this week his intention of pulling all US troops out of war torn Syria. This action has both good and bad reactions at home and abroad. I personally think this is a good move.

I never supported US Military involvement in Syria. President Obama has the US get involved in Syria’s civil war during the so-called Arab Spring movement. However our troops did not have a clear mission, objective, or goal. Nor was it clear on who the enemy was in this conflict.

Like most Arab Spring uprisings, militant hardline Leftist Islamic Fascists attempt to topple the government. In may cases this is a similar Leftist ruling totalitarian regime. But also it is generally mostly a secular government. And the Islamic fascists are deep fanatics of Shaira Law and the false religion of Islam.

Our involvement in Syria needed a review. President Trump promised one during his campaign in 2016. Under the Obama Administration US forces were assisting various rebel factions that we could not fully vet their ideology. We also were dangerously close to an open conflict with the Russian Federation who was also involved in the conflict with a clear goal of defending the al-Assad regime from any rebel forces. This placed the United States as a potential enemy in this conflict.

This was a very bad judgement call by then President Obama as it could have led to a new cold war or even a direct war with the Russian Federation. Also these Arab Spring militant Islamic Leftists are not friendly to the United State or to our only true ally in the Middle East, the state of Israel.

We are far better off with the devil we know in al-Assad in control of Syria than we are with another Islamic militant fascist state destabilizing the region. And Israel certainly doesn’t want another Arab stat with the goal of wiping Israel off the map right on her doorstep.

So as various pundits and talking heads on all sides condemn and condone the President for this action. And some will state the wrong reasons such as wanting to spread democracy or that the Russian Federation is our enemy and that the President is taking his orders from Putin and other such nonsense. I condone the action. We should have never entered the conflict in the first place.

The troops can come home and get a well deserved rest before being deployed elsewhere, such as the border. Maybe now we can consider a new deal with Israel. We should have a strong presence in the Middle East. Lets open a few bases in Israel where the mission is to defend our ally against Islamic terrorists and aggression. That is a mission I can support.

Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

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To put it mildly, the tension between the Israelis and the Palestinians over the Gaza Strip makes the Hatfields and McCoys look like a polite disagreement at a Lutheran potluck over whose Jello dish was better. Recently, those tensions came to a head when Hamas attempted to overrun the protective fence into Israel in Gaza and was met with violence. Reactions to this situation were mixed. Some said Israel was justified, while others lamented the death of Palestinian women and children. Still others wondered what stores were at the Gaza Strip.

Guess which side the Leftists took. Okay, they might be wondering about the stores, but most of them came down on Palestine’s side. And, yes, even Jewish Leftists came down on their side, which is a head-scratcher. I mean, it’s not like Palestine and Hamas want to wipe Israel from the face of the Earth or anything…oh, wait…

So, let’s take a trip to Palestine, thanks to the Leftist Lexicon. And the best part? You don’t even need to bring your passport!

Palestine

What the Left thinks it means – a country that is trying to fight against Israeli oppression and oppression

What it really means – a country that doesn’t exist today

That’s right, kids. You’re more likely to find Narnia or Hogwarts than you are to find Palestine in modern day 2018. Plus, I hear there’s a lot less violence in the former two, so there’s that.

Updated maps (excluding those of CNN and other Leftist media sources, by the way) do not show Palestine anywhere. This is not to say it didn’t exist previously, by the way. History and the Bible teach us it was a country, but as time went on, it was dissolved and became other countries. Its people assimilated into other countries and until recently things were quiet.

Then, the UN decided to recreate Israel using land in that part of the world where Jews had legitimate claim. Since then, the tensions skyrocketed like a SpaceX launch, bringing us to the present day where things aren’t much better. Yet, with all of that change, there are some constants. One, polyester should never be used to make suits. Two, Palestine didn’t reemerge. And three, Israel is still a target.

Palestinians groups like Hamas and the PLO before them love to sing the same song: Israel is oppressing us. They took our land, they kill our women and children, and are generally bad people. And Leftists, being suckers for a good sob story, have taken up for Palestine. With the frequent photos of the carnage, many non-Leftists are hard pressed to disagree.

Good thing I love a challenge.

There are many problems with the Left’s approach towards Palestinians, with the most obvious issue being the fact Palestinians are going after land that wasn’t part of Palestine. The bulk of what used to be their home country is in Jordan. There is some dispute over whether what is now Israel was a part of Palestine, but for the most part, Hamas and the PLO got their directions wrong.

So, that leads to the question of why Palestine is attacking Israel. Well, remember earlier when I said they wanted to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth? There’s your answer. Of course, the Left doesn’t believe them because of the photos they trot out whenever Israel decides not to take Palestinian crap. Yeah…about that…those women and children? They’re human shields. On a side note, where are the feminists on this? Oh yeah, supporting Palestine! Thanks, Linda Sarsour!

As far as the alleged oppression of Palestinians, you might want to take a look at Israel’s treatment of them. By comparison, Palestinians have more rights and enjoy a better way of life within Israel. They’re even allowed seats in the Knesset, the Israeli version of Congress. If that’s oppression, there are some Republicans in California and New York State who might want to sign up for that. On the other hand, we can imagine how Israelis are treated in the land the Palestinians call theirs. Let’s just say it’s not quite as hospitable. On top of that, Palestinian leaders treat their own people like Ike treated Tina, and it’s been pretty much a constant for decades. I mean, these people use women and children as human shields, put them in places where the leaders know there is a high likelihood they will be killed, and their properties look like Detroit after the Red Wings, Tigers, or Pistons win a championship (because we know the Lions won’t win a championship anytime soon.)

But, yeah, that’s Israel’s fault.

In spite of the facts on the table, the Left sticks up for Palestine for the same reason they take up for illegal immigrants: it’s an easy emotional appeal. Leftists love to take up for the underdog and they love to create images and ideas that play to our own love of them, which is both effective and manipulative. But once you realize it’s all a smokescreen, it’s easy to dispel the narrative.

No matter how you try to parse the situation, Israel was well within their rights to defend themselves against a hostile invading force trying to take land that doesn’t belong to them. That makes the Left’s arguments in favor of Palestine a really hard sell in my book. And by “really hard”, I mean impossible. The facts don’t line up, and they never will, which is why the Left has to make an emotional appeal.

But if they really cared about the Palestinians, wouldn’t they be doing more to stop the violence their leadership and Hamas have caused?

Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

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Last week, President Donald Trump announced America would recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel after decades and 3 previous Presidents promised and failed to deliver. To hear the Left’s reaction to the news, you’d think Trump set a puppy on fire on live television while doing unspeakable things to a picture of Rosie O’Donnell. Trump’s actions are going to start World War 23, cause the Middle East peace process to fall apart like Kathy Griffin’s career, and create mass death, destruction, and mayhem!

And that’s the opinion of the more sensible Leftists, all three of them.

If the Left had a Facebook relationship status with Israel, it would be “It’s Complicated.” Some would say America’s relationship to Israel is complicated, but is it? This week’s Leftist Lexicon takes us into the wonderful world of the only sane place in the Middle East.

Israel

What the Left thinks it means – a fundamentalist conservative country whose existence and actions cause strife for its neighbors and must change to stabilize the region

What it really means – a country resoundingly criticized by the Left for daring to think it deserves to exist

Without going into a long, drawn out explanation of the creation of Israel, let me try my hand at summarizing centuries of discord into an easy-to-understand manner. Once upon a time, there was a country called Israel that got broken up through various wars, invasions, and dating Yoko Ono. After being tossed from country to country, a group of Jews decided to reclaim the former country of Israel, and after some lengthy discussions and some arm-twisting from the US, they got their wish. This angered the neighbors, including a group of people claiming to be from Palestine, a country that doesn’t have any ties to the land where Israel sits today and refuses to stop being jerks to the Jews. The Left, being of big hearts and small minds, support the Palestinians because they’re the Cleveland Browns to Israel’s New England Patriots. Actually, I take that back. The Palestinians have a better running game.

Based upon this, you might think the Left hates Israel, and you’d be right to an extent. They do hate Israel, but they love the money coming from Jewish Leftists to pay lip service to Israel while at the same time working to support those who want to wipe Israel off the map. So, it’s a love/hate relationship in a way, only with more use of military force.

There is another possible reason the Left hates Israel; the Right loves Israel. Whether it’s for religious reasons or because they love the way Israel handles terrorism (Spoiler Alert: Israel makes Chuck Norris look like Lindsey Graham), the Right has Israel’s back. And when you really think about it, the Left hates people of faith (especially those of us who believe in God) and those who treat terrorists like terrorists instead of delicate flowers who were just misunderstood and need jobs. I wish I were kidding, but the Obama Administration actually advanced the idea there would be less terrorism if potential terrorists had jobs. Maybe, but I’m guessing there would be a lot of people calling in sick on a regular basis.

In spite of our history with Israel, we have a vested interest in being on their good side, and not just because of their badassery. They give us a strategic foothold in the Middle East, so our relationship needs to be as good as it can be as a means of protecting us from Muslim extremists. By the same token, Israel needs to be on our good side because we provide them with the technology and firepower needed to fend off those who want them to go the way of Pauly Shore’s Oscar hopes. This viewpoint makes our relationship with Israel feel more like a big brother-little brother dynamic. Sure, our little brothers may annoy us and get in trouble, but when push come to shove we have their backs.

While there are a lot more Leftist Jews than conservative Jews, the latter group is finding its voice and defending Israel while the former group keeps electing people like Chuck Schumer, who is as two-faced as they come when it comes to Israel. Which side ultimately prevails is still up in the air, but for the sake of both of our countries, we should be rooting for the side that supports Israel, not as a potential source of campaign cash or voters, but as a homeland worth protecting.

No Deal or No Deal

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Remember the Iran Deal, that great initiative from the State Department designed to get Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions? Well, it turns out Iran may not be following the spirit of the deal, in spite of following the letter of the deal.

Now, who could have seen that coming? I mean, aside from anyone not in the Obama Administration.

Not that I’m questioning the brilliance of the same Administration who came up with the brilliant concept of “hashtag diplomacy” and gave Samantha Power, Marie Harf, and John Kerry jobs. Far from it! I’m questioning the sanity of said individuals because no matter how you slice it, the Iran Deal makes the Minnesota Vikings giving up draft picks to get Hershel Walker seem brilliant. Come to think of it, that may be one of the conditions of the Iran Deal.

In the art of the deal, it takes two parties willing to negotiate in good faith for anything to happen. (Say…The Art of the Deal would be a great title for a book! Now, who would we get to write it?) If there are any misgivings or dishonesty, the deal will go south fast.

At the risk of metaphysical levels of understatement, Iran is not going to deal with us honestly, no matter what John Kerry says. How do I know this? Do I have a secret Bat Phone that connects me to Iran? Do I have more eyes and ears on the ground than a crash between trucks hauling potatoes and corn? Nope.

I understand Iran wants to kill us.

And I’m not sure John Kerry got the memo on that. It’s not like Iran is hiding its disdain for us, either. Their political and religious leaders out and out say it. Maybe we should chip in to get Rosetta Stone for the State Department so they can get up to speed quickly, or as quickly as the sloth-like government gets.

In the meantime, we’re having to deal with the consequences. Honestly, I believe Iran already has nuclear weapons (thanks in part to other countries who want us to go the way of “Hot Tub Time Machine 3”), and have a vested interest in playing a game with us. Think it won’t happen? Google “Hans Blix” and “Iraq WMDs” and get back to me.

Hopefully, the next President will be smart enough to tell Iran to take their deal and shove it. Until then, we should be prepared to watch Iran take more liberties, and watch President Obama and his State Department look like Joe Biden at a MENSA meeting.

Or on any given day.

Iranian Nuclear Deal

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The Deal with Iran created by President Obama is only best for Iran. This deal is not good for the United States or any of its allies in the Middle East or anywhere else in the world for that matter. It opens the door for Iran to get everything that they want and when they want it. It will allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons which in turn will be used against us and Israel.

Given Iran’s history of deciet it is inconceivable that they will actually keep their side of any deal offered. They may agree to it, but they are not required to abide by it. Because they will use Islamic law which allows them to break deals with non-musliums.

This deal must be defeated. And if it is defeated by Congress, who is supposed to make our laws and treaties with other nations, President Obama has stated he will veto the measure anyway. If that happens then Congress must immediently reject it a 2nd time so that the President gets the message loud and clear.

My personal thoughts on this matter and given the history of our Congress which has no backbone. The following will happen. Congress with reject the Iranian Nuclear Deal and President Obama will veto the rejection. And then Congress will shrug it’s shoulders stating nothing can be done and we have to abide by it now.

Hamas vs Israel

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We read and see alot about the conflict in the Gaza Strip between the Islamic group called Hamas and the State of Israel. What we see is the death of children and the destruction of property within the Strip. And it is saddening to the heart. However the bad guy in this story is not Israel or the Israel Defense Force (IDF). No, the bad guy is the Hamas.

Even the term “bad guy” is too weak of term for this organization. Hamas gladdly uses their own people and children as human shields. Putting them in direct harms way. While Hamas fires rockets into Israel to cause terror, death and destructions of the Jewish people. Israel pre warns people of the Gaza Strip that a bomber is on the way. Even giving them the exact time and place of the bombing. This is unheard of in the history of warfare.

Yet through it all, Hamas does not allow the innocents to move out of harms way. And in fact, deliberatly causes innocents to be in the exact place at the exact time of the bombing. To maximize the “villiany” of Israel for bombing innocents. No it is Hamas who is evil, not the Jewish people or Israel.

The Gaza Strip is very densely populated and the use of public places and private homes as militant terrorism is wide spread. Hamas continue to launch rockets into Israel by the 1000’s every day, knowing that homes and public places will be targetted by Israel troops and bombs. Each of these rockets costs well over $800 per rocket. If Hamas really wanted to help their own people. They would use the money to benefit those in the Gaza Strip instead of firing rockets into Israel.

But this will never happen. Hamas, like many of it’s Islamic neighbors have a deep hatred for Israel and the Jewish people. They seek only to destroy the nation of Israel and commit genocide of the Jewish people, wiping them out forever. Allah the demon Ba’al be praised.

Syria

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Only 9% of American’s believe that the US should get involved militarily with Syria. I am not part of that 9%. Syria is not an ally of the United States and removing Assad will only pave the way for a Islamist leader from the rebels to take control. Thus further destabilizing the region. And that will cause serious trouble for the only true ally the United States has in the Middle East. Israel.

So we should not put our young men and women on the ground. We should not put our planes in the air. We should STAY OUT of Syria. Islam has been fighting among itself since Muhammad died in 632 AD. We will only tip the balance towards someone we cannot trust even more that we cannot trust Assad.

The European powers and Russia are correct in this situation. We must stay out of Syria and wait and see what happens. If the fighting threatens Israel then we should get involved. But not until that happens.