Anti-Semitism and Anti-Oppression

So basically a white GOP leader wants to punish Ilhan Omar for speaking out against the government of Israel because she tends to bring up the fact that Israel is oppressive and AIPAC buys out US politicians.

In response to this white guy, a journalist tweeted, “…It is stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans.”

And then Ilhan responded to this journalist and everyone lost it.

Her reply was shocking to both Democrats and Republicans.

Ilhan tweeted, “It’s all about the Benjamin’s baby.” She actually said it. In letters. On the internet. BENJAMINS.

And she added a music note emoji.

What could she have been thinking? Implying that politicians are motivated by cash money? What?!

So naturally everyone flipped out because apparently this is considered anti-Semitic tweeting. Even Chelsea Clinton had something to say for some reason even though I’m not sure why she is even relevant in the conversation or broader world for that matter.

Basically, the lesson of the day is, using your 1st Amendment right of free speech to criticize an oppressive not-US government, if the government happens to be Israel’s, is not okay in America.

America loves Israel.

America sends Israel billions of dollars in military aid and overlooks the fact that Israel is an apartheid state and if you dare point out the humanitarian crisis and internationally-deemed illegal stealing of land, and the pouring of bombs on Palestinian children, and the blockade and essential genocide towards Gazans - YOU are anti-Semitic

Which is complete bullshit. To be anti-oppression does not equate to being Anti-Semitic, even when it comes to Israel and you people need to get it together.

Anti-Semitism is real in this country.

It is disgusting and we need to stand against it.

Anti-Semitism leads to some white guy shooting up a synagogue.

Anti-Semitism looks like Neo Nazis marching the streets.

Anti-Semitism is discriminating against a person because they are Jewish.

Anti-Semitism is real and in all of its forms, is straight up evil.

But being Anti-Israeli government is NOT Anti-Semitic.

Speaking out against the nation state of Israel because they are oppressing an entire people group, is NOT Anti-Semitic.

Speaking out against the government of Israel in its creation of a humanitarian crisis, is straight up Anti-oppression.

As Martin Luther King Jr said, “Oppression anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

And I’ll say it again for those in the back who fancy themselves advocates for equality, and social justice, and love and stuff in this world.

Being Anti-Israeli government is NOT Anti-Semitic – it’s Anti-oppression.

Learn the difference and fight against oppression everywhere, including Israel.

And thank you Ilhan for standing up for those who even many progressives self-titled social justice advocates refuse to support.

Sheri RosendahlComment