Dear Representative Omar,
I really don’t like talking about politics, it’s WAY out of my comfort zone.
I’m a lot more at ease about talking about mental health issues and trauma that plays into that, even though I wish I didn’t have to discuss that, either.
But someone has to, and that’s how I feel about this particular matter.
I normally disagree with most things that President Donald Trump says and does.
But he was right about something this morning.
Your apology about Israel and its supporters was LAME.
My being pro-Israel, mind you it’s generally pro Israel, I don’t agree with everything that Israel has ever done, is because I feel it’s the right thing to do, being Jewish helps, knowing some of the anti-semitism I’ve experienced and that’s only occasionally selective as I don’t wear my Judiasm out in public, if I don’t tell people I’m Jewish, they don’t know.
And in my case being Jewish and pro-Israel, ain’t about the “benjamins”, baby, there ain’t any “benjamins” to be had in my case, I’m a poor Jew that believes and wishes more than anything, that there should be peace in the middle east.
I’m also a voter in Minneapolis who voted for YOU.
I thought you would encourage and foster peace and harmony between the religions and socio-economics, not widen the gap in the former.
I, sincerely hope for the sake of all your constituents and because it’s the right thing to do, that you learn more about anti-semitism here and abroad.
Not because of peer or political pressure but because it’s the right thing to do.
Just like anti-Muslim tropes have no place here, anywhere and in our government, neither does anti-semitism.
Editorial Note: I didn’t know at the time of publication, that people were asking for Rep. Omar’s resignation. as I loathe Twitter.
As someone who voted for her, I don’t want that, she made a bad rookie mistake that I honestly believe she can learn from in an honest and organic way.
If I thought she was organically a jew hater, I would not be defending her but I am, because I believe she can learn and grow from this.
And one last thing, I have to ponder, if Ilhan Omar was a white male Christian, would the backlash be the same?
I don’t think so.
Give her break and a chance to do the good that those of us who voted for her thinks she is capable of.
Additional note: People have questioned my motives for writing this and if I understood what this particular situation was about, which was about AIPAC, I get it, but this is not the first time Representative Omar has ventured in to territory that could be construed as anti-semetic.
I’m not going to name names, I do know she is surrounded by Jewish peers professionally and personally that respect her and vice versa. I don’t think they would have her support if she was a truly anti-semetic nor would she have mine.
I do think going forward she needs to be careful in what she says about Israel, Jews and the supporters of Israel. For those who support Israel for reasons that aren’t altruistic, not only are people aware of who they are, it will negative effect them, in the realm of politics but support should be because it’s the right thing to do, which is getting lost in this day and age, not just in our country where we can’t meet in the middle and see others viewpoint, but globally.