The relevant portion of Camp & Goldfield's podcast, embedded below, begins at about 39:30.
The story just broke yesterday, and I caught up with most of it this morning. Kyle Kulinski recorded a special rant about it, just a talking-head-and-smartphone video not on his regular Secular Talk set. There are plenty of other progressive takes, including The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald and Mehdi Hasan, saying essentially the same thing: All Omar has done is tell the truth.
Also featured in this spat are Batya Ungar-Sargon, opinion editor for the Forward, and Chelsea Clinton. In a follow-up, Omar made it very clear that she believes that the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) wields outsize influence on Congresscritters of both parties. Predictably, because this is where political discourse is currently at, criticizing AIPAC for buying Congressional votes is regarded as anti-Semitism.
No, no, no, and fuck no. Why does it seem that only lefties feel duty-bound to keep pointing out the false equivalencies, and that mainstreamers attached to both corporate parties refuse to understand them?
For the People in the Back
Repeat after me:
- Not all Jews are Zionists.
- Not all Zionists are Jews.
- Not all Jews live in Israel; not even all of them want to.
- Not all inhabitants of Israel are Jews.
- Not all inhabitants of Israel—Jewish, Muslim, or other—support the current Israeli government or its actions.
- Criticizing Israel's government is not the same criticizing Jews.
- Even criticizing Jews, whether as individuals or as groups, is not the same as hating them, let alone wanting to see them dead.
- Criticizing an organization that represents the Israeli government is not anti-Semitism.
- Criticizing a legislator who takes campaign contributions from such an organization is not anti-Semitism.
- Criticizing wealthy Jewish donors to these organizations is not anti-Semitism.
- Refusing to bow to pressure to pledge loyalty to Israel is not anti-Semitism.
- Supporting a group that opposes the Israeli government and its actions is not anti-Semitism.
- Muslims (e.g., Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Keith Ellison) are not anti-Semitic just by virtue of practicing Islam.