“I shall not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on a committee,” Representative Ilhan Omar said, when Zionists in Congress and AIPAC questioned her right to serve on a congressional committee.
Omar failed to meet the litmus test members of Congress must meet in order to serve on certain committees where AIPAC business is handled.
Her plain and direct statement raised all kinds of hell in Congress, among both Democrats and Republicans, and brought a wave of vengeance from both AIPAC and ADL, with accusations of anti-Semitism against the freshman member of Congress. All other issues facing the nation became irrelevant, with the issue of anti-Semitism dominating the news.
“I want to talk about political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for alliance to a foreign country.”
No one can say it better than Paul Waldman writing in the Washington Post, when he complained about the unwavering attacks on the Congresswoman “for things she did not say, and ideas she didn’t actually express”.
Under demands and threats by AIPAC and ADL, Democratic leadership scheduled a “censorship” resolution directed against the Congresswoman “enforcing dual loyalty not only among Jews but among members of Congress to make sure that criticism of Israel is punished in the most visible way possible”, wrote Paul Waldman.
It is ironic that Congressional leadership – both Democrats and Republicans – never pushed for such punishment of anyone who criticizes the US, its policies, its practices and even its institutions, yet pushed resolution in favor of a foreign country, Israel.
If that does not prove the power and influence AIPAC has over Congress and the debate over foreign policy, then I do not know what does.
Over the course of the last few years, AIPAC and Israel loyalists have pushed for state and local legislation that mandate loyalty to Israel by punishing any organization or business that supports BDS. This again shows the power and influence of AIPAC and Israel loyalists demanding that American citizens either pledge allegiance to Israel or be denied and disenfranchised from doing business with the states.
Free Speech under Attack at US Universities
The same is true of free speech on campuses. President Trump, in support of Israel and in suppression of speech critical of Israel, is issuing a Free Speech on Campus edict, denying federal funding from universities that allow criticism of Israel on campus.
Of course – and no one can deny it, not even AIPAC – the primary mission of AIPAC is to enlist the support, by “hook or by crook” of members of Congress through offering or denying generous political support in return for legislation and generous funding directed solely for Israel, its army and its settlers.
If anyone knows of a case where and when AIPAC pushed for tens of billions in favor of American cities and communities, please share it with us. As it stands now, never has AIPAC sponsored legislation (it has a 100% track record) in favor of Detroit or Gary or clean water for Flint. Its sole mission is to serve the military, economic and political interests of Israel.
Now this uncalled for and unjustifiable punishment of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar once again confirms what AIPAC and other Zionists organizations are denying – dual loyalty – going as far as to say Americans must have and do have a duty to love Israel.
Don’t be surprised if, the next time we are at formal public or sports event, we will be asked to stand up and sing Hatikva along with our national anthem — this is the future that AIPAC sees and plans.
Israel and Zionism was never Judaism, and not all Jews are Israelis or Zionist, with the fact that a majority of Zionists are not Jews but Evangelical Christians, and are far from being Semitic.
Criticizing Israel and the ideology of Zionism is a constitutional right — not Congress, not AIPAC or ADL can ever change that. Let us hope so.
If we as citizens can criticize our country, the US, its leadership, its institutions and its policies, then certainly we must have the right to criticize any county or ideology we wish. Israel is not Judaism, in the same way Saudi Arabia and Iran are not Islam.
Hatikva is coming to your next event.
Sami, a Palestinian-American and a US Army Veteran (66-68), recipient of the “soldier of the month award and leadership award from the 6th Army NCO Academy, is an international legal and business consultant with over 40 years of international experience, in construction, hospitality services, conservation and defense, in the Middle East, Europe and North Africa. Sami is a holder of BA, MPA in Public and Environmental Affairs, Jurist Doctor from Indiana University. While at IU he was elected class president, student government president and chairman of the Indiana Students Association,
Active in peace movement as a co-author of the pre-amble for the One State for All of its people and voluntary service program SalamNation. A frequent contributor on national and international affairs. He resides in the United States.