Mark Silk: Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Anti-Semitic Remarks Put Her in Bad Company

Democrat Ilhan Omar speaks after winning in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District race during the election night event held by the Democratic Party on Nov. 6, 2018, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)

As shown in this year’s Oscar-nominated documentary, “A Night at the Garden,” the massive pro-Nazi rally that took place in New York’s Madison Square Garden on February 20, 1939 begins with a German-accented voice intoning, “I pledge undivided allegiance to the flag of the United States of America…”

Why “undivided”?

No doubt the German-American Bund, which organized the rally, wanted to emphasize the loyalty of German Americans, which had been widely called into question during the Great War two decades earlier. But the organizers were at the same time calling into question the loyalty of Jewish Americans, whom the rally was intended to vilify.

The idea that Jews are a malign force who owe no allegiance to anyone or anything but themselves is classic anti-Semitism, and it was channeled by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) last week when she said at a Washington bookstore event, “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country.”

No wonder Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, on which the freshman congresswoman sits, denounced her statement as a “vile anti-Semitic slur.” No wonder House Democrats have drafted a resolution condemning anti-Semitism they intend to introduce Wednesday.

American history is, unfortunately, rife with accusations of disloyalty on the part of minority groups.

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Source: Religion News Service