Democratic leaders’ shocking silence over attacks on Israel by fellow Dems

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We’ve typically sounded alarms over fellow Democrats who demonize Israel. But currently, even our get together’s institution and its leaders have turn out to be complicit within the penalties — by failing to denounce these attacks. Voters must demand that high officers from each events converse up loudly.

Such attacks put Jews in tangible hazard and threaten the United States’ and Israel’s nationwide safety, on condition that Israel is our closest ally and the one secure democracy within the Middle East.

The harshest rhetoric emanates from the get together’s progressives. Yet the Democratic institution more and more appears OK with it. Even Vice President Kamala Harris, one of the crucial highly effective Democrats, really applauded a pupil who accused Israel of “ethnic genocide,” saying that the younger lady’s “truth should not be suppressed.”

It’s shocking: The declare of “ethnic genocide” is patently false, and it’s used as a rallying cry by extremists who search Israel’s destruction. It additionally performs right into a vile, twisted anti-Semitic stereotype that the Jewish state — and by extension, the Jewish individuals — are oppressors. For Harris to have endorsed that’s greater than alarming.

And she’s hardly alone. Indeed, anti-Israel sentiment has even infiltrated US policymaking, sending an excellent louder message and carrying actual penalties for Israel.

Even Vice President Kamala Harris applauded a student who accused Israel of “ethnic genocide.”
Vice President Kamala Harris applauded a pupil who accused Israel of “ethnic genocide.”
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Just weeks earlier than Harris’ remark, progressive Democrats efficiently pressured House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to reject $1 billion in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile-defense system. A separate measure to fund it in the end handed, but Pelosi had despatched a transparent message: far-left, anti-Israel lawmakers have a voice on the highest ranks of Democratic policymaking.

Pelosi has additionally seemed the opposite means when progressives sprout anti-Semitic rhetoric. In 2019, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) questioned American Jews’ loyalty to the United States, charging that US help of Israel was “all about the Benjamins” and taking part in into the anti-Semitic stereotype that Jews are monetary schemers.  Omar then pushed one other slur, casting Jews as deceitful oppressors by saying Jewish Democrats had been “not partners in justice.”

Pelosi stated nothing, and Omar confronted no repercussions: She saved her seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and continues to wield affect over the Democratic agenda.

To make certain, we don’t imagine Pelosi is anti-Semitic or that she opposes Israel’s proper to exist. Yet at instances, she’s prioritized politics and holding her caucus collectively over standing up for Israel and the Jewish individuals.

The bother is that turning a blind eye to such speech permits extremism to infiltrate the mainstream, with extreme penalties. Pelosi and different high Democrats are placing Israel’s survival and the Jewish neighborhood in danger.

And although Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (a Jewish-American himself) did denounce Omar’s remarks in 2019, he has lately aligned himself with the progressive left and, like Pelosi, has avoided denouncing different unfair slams in opposition to Israel by fellow Democrats.

During the Hamas attacks on Israel in May 2021, for instance, progressives known as for an finish to US navy assist to Jerusalem; Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bx-Queens) even echoed the false accusation that Israel is an “apartheid state.” Neither Schumer nor Pelosi condemned it.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). In 2019, Omar questioned American Jews’ loyalty to the United States.
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Schumer was additionally silent when Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ) condemned each Israel and Palestinians in the identical assertion, suggesting an ethical equivalence between them that’s neither logical nor supported by proof.

Nor did Schumer voice help for Israel in the course of the May battle, both in an impartial press launch or his common Senate flooring remarks. Instead, he joined 28 different senators who known as for a untimely ceasefire that will’ve harmed Israel’s efforts to forestall Hamas from waging future attacks.

How does high Dems’ silence imperil Jews? Here’s a method: During the May battle, the Anti-Defamation League recorded 305 incidents of anti-Semitism within the United States, a 115 p.c improve from the identical interval final yr.

It’s no coincidence. You can’t separate the rise in anti-Semitic violence from the rising affect of members in Congress who marginalize Israel, need to undermine Israel’s skill to defend itself and query the suitable of the Jewish state to exist with out dealing with penalties from get together management.

The attacks, and threats to Jews, gained’t decelerate except Americans — no matter get together or faith — demand their leaders converse up.  

Douglas Schoen is founder and associate in Schoen Cooperman Research, a polling and consulting agency. Andrew Stein is a former New York City Council president and state Assembly member.

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