Pro-Israel Groups Slam Omar Comparing BDS To Boycotts Of Nazi Germany, Soviet Union

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Pro-Israel groups denounced U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for comparing the anti-Israel BDS movement to previous boycotts of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.

On Thursday, Omar announced a resolution supporting the right to boycott Israel. Her resolution seeks to push back against U.S. laws that ban the boycott of Israel, while affirming the right of Americans to organize boycotts of foreign countries.

“Americans of conscience have a proud history of participating in boycotts to advocate for human rights abroad including … boycotting Nazi Germany from March 1933 to October 1941 in response to the dehumanization of the Jewish people in the lead-up to the Holocaust,” said Omar in the pro-BDS resolution, co-sponsored by Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and John Lewis (D-Ga.), introduced this week.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean and director of the global social-action agenda of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said that her comparison is “proof that Omar is not an accidental or incidental anti-Semite. Serves the founders and goals of BDS by slandering Jewish Democratic state and Zionism. She should be condemned, not coddled, by her colleagues Democratic and Republican.”

As far as the Israeli-American Coalition for Action goes, executive director Joseph Sabag said “it’s unconscionable that a member of Congress would so casually make use of cheap lies and delegitimizing propaganda. In her words and actions, Congresswoman Omar has expressed the most vile anti-Semitism. Her use of this resolution to slander Israel and intentionally promote the misrepresentation of laws enacted across the country to prevent national-origin discrimination are entirely illegitimate.”

Endowment for Middle East Truth founder and president Sarah Stern told JNS that the freshman congresswoman’s words “are patently ludicrous.”

“First of all, the boycott of Nazi Germany came about as a response to the Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses,” she said. “Nazi Germany was a hate-infested, authoritarian regime that sought to exterminate every last remaining Jew from the face of the earth, and the Soviet Union was a despotic, repressive regime that also contained a heavy dosage of anti-Semitism.”

“Ironically, the [BDS] movement is based upon this very same ancient hatred—the anti-Semitism that laid at the heart of the heinous ideologies of her analogy,” continued Stern. “If the BDS movement was really about trying to help the lives of Palestinians, they would not shut down operations such as SodaStream, which employed scores of Palestinians in the West Bank.”

“These comparisons tarnish the legacy of historical movements for justice by associating them with a campaign of hate. It is sad that someone who has been a target of bigotry herself is promoting a global boycott aimed at ending Israel’s existence,” StandWithUs CEO Roz Rothstein, a daughter of Holocaust survivors, told JNS. “That said, we are encouraged by reports that this resolution will fail, due to overwhelming bipartisan opposition.”

“The resolution that Rep. Ilhan Omar has introduced defies American values and seeks to degrade the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel,” Club Z founder and executive director Masha Merkulova told JNS. “The anti-Semitic BDS movement is rooted in bigotry and hatred of Jews. It seeks to delegitimize the only Jewish State. While Rep. Omar is attempting to equate her actions to justified boycotts of Nazi Germany, in reality this resolution is reminiscent of the hateful Nazi boycotts of Jewish communities.”

She continued, “There is no place for anti-Semitic hate in Congress. We call on all members of Congress to come together and send a clear message to our next generation, which is watching them closely, that there is no place for anti-Semitism and bigotry in Congress.”

‘BDS pulls them apart’

Mixed reactions came from Jewish Democratic groups.

Jewish Democratic Council of America executive director Halie Soifer, without calling out Omar by name, simply told JNS that her organization “opposes the global BDS movement and supports anti-BDS legislation, while also defending the right of every American to free speech.”

However, Democratic Majority for Israel president and CEO Mark Mellman called such a comparison “unfathomable.”

“Millions of Holocaust survivors and their descendants, as well refugees from Soviet oppression living in Israel, will find such comparisons unfathomable,” he said. “I find them odious. In an effort led by parties of the left, the German Parliament officially labeled BDS as ‘anti-Semitism’—and they were right.”

“Moreover,” continued Mellman, “at a time when we need to be bringing Israelis and Palestinians together, BDS pulls them apart.”

The Republican Jewish Coalition, along with condemning the pro-BDS resolution, stated that there’s an issue beyond the measure.

“As Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You’re talking anti-Semitism,’ ” said RJC spokesperson Neil Strauss.

“To make her support of the anti-Semitic BDS movement even more reprehensible, Ilhan Omar is now comparing Israel to the pure evil, genocidal Nazi and Soviet regimes,” he continued. “This will only end when the Democrat Party stands up to Ilhan Omar and her friends’ hatred. Unfortunately, Rep. John Lewis has unbelievably chosen to join Omar, rather than stand for human dignity, a trait he has been known for his entire life. This does not bode well for the idea that the Democrats will find their moral bearings.”




  1. But yet, Eliot Engel knows better. The coward won’t throw her off his powerful committee. Eliot is the classic well behaved democrat who walks in lockstep & follows their playbook to a tee. Gives his Jewish brothers & sisters lip service then stabs them in the back. WE are the idiots who pay this tenured politician his salary.

  2. David Steinberg concludes his report with this list of possible crimes committed by Ilhan Omar.
    Consider the disturbingly inadequate evidence used to obtain FISA warrants on members of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Consider that Democratic representatives have demanded that Attorney General William Barr release grand jury testimony — itself an illegal act.
    Yet here we have:
    Verifiable UK and U.S. marriage records
    Verifiable address records
    Time-stamped, traceable, archived online communications (Convictions and settlements based upon social media evidence are commonplace, Anthony Weiner being a notable example)
    Background check confirmations of SSNs and birthdates
    Archived court documents signed under penalty of perjury
    Photos which can be examined to rule out digital manipulation
    The 2019 Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board investigation, which found Omar filed illegal joint tax returns with a man who was not her husband in at least 2014 and 2015
    Three years’ of evidence published across many articles — none of which has been shown to be incorrect, or have even been challenged with contradictory evidence from Rep. Omar or any other source
    Perjury evidence that stands on its own — regardless of whom she married:
    Long after June 2011, she was clearly in contact with the only man in either the U.S. or the UK with the same name and birthdate as the man she married. She was clearly in contact with several people who were in contact with him.
    Further, Preya Samsundar did contact him, published how she managed to contact him, and published his email admitting to being photographed with Omar in London in 2015. To be clear: Omar was legally married to an “Ahmed Nur Said Elmi” at the time she was photographed next to a man who admits his name is Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, and that he is in the photo.
    Samsundar published all of this information on how to contact Ahmed Nur Said Elmi a few months before Omar swore to that nine-question court document.
    Rep. Omar has refused all inquiries from her constituents, elected officials, and media outlets to provide any specific evidence contradicting even a single allegation suggested by three years of now-public information.
    In fact, Omar has responded by making information less available:
    In August 2016, after Scott Johnson and Preya Samsundar posted the allegations, Omar’s verified social media accounts were taken offline.
    Ahmed Nur Said Elmi’s social media accounts were also taken offline.
    When the accounts returned, a large amount of potentially incriminating evidence had verifiably been deleted.
    I found and published at least ten additional “before and after” instances of evidence still being deleted in 2018.
    Omar has released carefully worded, Clintonian statements that denigrate those seeking answers from her as racists. Yet she has repeatedly refused to answer questions or issue anything other than public relations statements.
    I have a large amount of information that we have not published for reasons including the protection of sources.
    Sources have expressed fear regarding published video and photo evidence confirming threats from Omar’s campaign team. These sources have shared other evidence of threats. I have contacted the federal authorities to share this and other unpublished information. Providing knowingly false information to the DOJ is a serious crime.
    I believe Scott Johnson, Preya Samsundar, and me, with our three years of articles, columns and posts, have provided more than enough evidence to give law enforcement authorities probable cause to open an investigation. Now would be the chance for law enforcement, and especially for Rep. Ilhan Omar’s House colleagues, to make a sincere stand against corruption and for the uniform application of the law.


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