Anti-Semitic. I don't think that it means what you (knee-jerk Zionists and AIPAC beneficiaries in Congress) think it means.
The relevant portion of Camp & Goldfield's podcast, embedded below, begins at about 39:30.
Five weeks into her first term in Congress, Rep. Ilhan Omar has dived into some hot water, and of course Twitter was quickly on fire over it. She was not pushed into that hot water. Her Twitter were impolitic and ill-advised, but not wrong and definitely not anti-Semitic in content. Nonetheless, her own party's leadership quickly and very publicly began throwing her under a whole procession of buses.
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.
In reading some of the tweets and some other commentaries on them, it occurred to me that something hadn't yet occurred to me: that folks sensitive to anti-Jewish language might interpret Omar's use of "It's all about the Benjamins baby" to mean something other than $100 bills. I'm usually pretty good at picking up on double entendres, but that one got away from me yesterday. "Benjamins" might also mean that nice couple over there who are throwing their son Matthew's bar mitzvah next weekend. (Imagine if she had said "It's all about the Benyamins" instead.)
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?
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