in the vicinityVideoRep. Ilhan Omar compares anti-Israel resolution on the boycott of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union
Progressive members of Congress, Ilhan Omar resolution seeks to push back against the US laws to ban the boycott of Israel; reaction of the George Mason University law professor Eugene Kontorovich.
The tight-knit “Squad” of freshman progressive lawmakers have started to say goodbye, a curious new talking — defense of Israel, a boycott of similarities, which to the boycott against Nazi Germany.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., was the last, of these comparison, speaking on the house floor Tuesday in opposition to a cross-party resolution against the movement known as BDS — the calls for a boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel.
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To boycott “the right, is deep in the fabric of our country,” said Tlaib, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, before noting, “the Americans boycotted Nazi Germany in reaction to the dehumanization, imprisonment, and genocide of the Jewish people.” It also refers to boycotts against apartheid in South Africa.
The anti-BDS law was adopted by a vote of the 398-17.
Days earlier, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., introduced a resolution of their own, subtly BDS supports without explicitly mentioning Israel. That the resolution be also used in the Nazi Germany comparison.
“Considering that Americans have a conscience a proud history of participation in boycotts for human rights abroad, including … the boycott of Nazi Germany from March 1933 until October 1941, in response to the dehumanization of the Jewish people in the lead-up to the Holocaust,” the resolution said.
In comments to Al-Monitor, Omar, the resolution said, “a Chance for us to explain why it is that we support a non-violent movement, which the BDS movement.”
Some Jewish lawmakers bristle at the comparison, and the team continues the support to the BDS.
“In the twist of the knife, the text of Omar’s pro-BDS resolution goes so far as to draw the attempt a moral equivalence with the boycott of Nazi Germany,” Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-New York, wrote in a Fox News op-ed.
In the past, Omar accused members of Congress of the support of Israel by lobbyists, which means that you will be paid. She claimed on Twitter that the U.S. support for Israel “all about the Benjamins, baby.” Later deleted the tweet and apologized.
The other Squad members, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., for the anti-BDS bill, but Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, joined are Tlaib and Omar in Opposition.
Ocasio-Cortez entitled to say their voice to BuzzFeed News, it was a question of free speech and support for non-violent protests.
“And my concern with overly punitive to non-violent forms of protest is that it forces people into other channels, and I would hate to be a part of, you know, paving, that kind of way,” she said. Israel has in the face of attacks from the Hamas-led Gaza strip for years, most recently with rockets on Israel in may.
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Ocasio-Cortez, also has Holocaust comparisons in the midst of other political debates, including the description of the detention facilities at the U.S.-Mexican border as a “concentration camp”.
Despite the support for BDS that has some on the American left, the President of the Palestinian authority, Mahmoud Abbas, by contrast, is spoken in the past.
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“No, we support the boycott of Israel,” Abbas, the South African Reporter, said in 2013, according to the Times of Israel. He has said he is in favor of the boycott of the Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
“But we do not ask anyone to boycott Israel itself,” he explained, and said: “we have relations with Israel, we have mutual recognition of Israel.”
Fox News’ Lukas Mikelionis contributed to this report.