International Relations

Thoughts on criticism of Ilhan Omar?

2019-03-07 13:24 #0 by: Evelina

Ilhan Omar is a congresswoman who has been facing criticism due to her tweets that have been argued to be anti-semitic. This raises the problem surrounding the Israeli-Palestine conflict, which is that any criticism of the pro-Israel lobby Aipac from politicians in the US is considered to be anti-semitic, which stops any progression in the political debate. 

What do you think about the topic? 

Here's an article from The New York Times: Ilhan Omar's Criticism Raises the Question: Is Aipac Too Powerful?

Aipac is one the biggest lobbies in Washington, which always sides with Israel. 

"But the swirling debate not only around Ms. Omar but also around broader currents buffeting the Middle East has forced an uncomfortable re-examination of the questions that she has raised: Has Aipac — founded more than 50 years ago to “strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship” — become too powerful? And with that power, has Aipac warped the policy debate over Israel so drastically that dissenting voices are not even allowed to be heard?"

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“If one dares to criticize Israel or dares to criticize Aipac, one gets branded anti-Semitic,” Mr. Baird added, “and that’s a danger to a democratic republic.”

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2019-03-07 20:11 #1 by: Evelina

Thought I added this earlier but it didn't go through.

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