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Some Democrat lawmakers criticize anti-Semitic members of their party

Anti-Semitism among some Democrat members of Congress is becoming so bad that even some of their fellow party members are calling them out.  The lawmakers’ remarks come after an intense two-week conflict between Israel and Palestinian terrorists where terrorists fired thousands of rockets at Israel and Israel responded with precision strikes eliminating terrorist targets inside Gaza. Anti-Semitic attacks erupted across the United States and Europe during the conflict and have continued to linger at what seems to be a higher rate than what is frequently documented

“I’ll say the quiet part out loud; it’s time for ‘progressives’ to start condemning anti-Semitism and violent attacks on Jewish people with the same intention and vigor demonstrated in other areas of activism,” Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., tweeted. “The silence has been deafening.”

Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., said during an interview with Fox News that young far-left Democrats did not understand the history of Israel or the region Fox News specifically asked Sherman about a tweet from far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who wrote: “The United States should not be rubber-stamping weapons sales to the Israeli government as they deploy our resources to target international media outlets, schools, hospitals, humanitarian missions and civilian sites for bombing. We have a responsibility to protect human rights.”

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“This is nothing new,” Sherman said. “There have been elements in the Democratic Party, I’ve been combating them since the 1980s, who don’t really have an understanding of Israel’s history or of the history of the Middle East conflict. I think that the latest attempt is to try to deny Israel the JDAMS. Well, what are the JDAMS? I don’t think the opponents of Israel have noticed that this is a device designed to make sure that a bomb doesn’t hit the wrong target.

“So if you’re going to complain that Israel’s bombing is imprecise, to deprive Israel of the very mechanisms it needs to make sure that the bombs don’t hit the wrong target is critically important. To say to Israel you have the right to defend yourself but you should use dumb bombs instead of smart bombs is an invitation to far more civilian casualties.”

In the meantime, Jewish and anti-hate groups are calling out Cortez for her statements.

Seffi Kogen, the Global Director of Young Leadership at the Jewish advocacy organization, wrote in Newsweek that Ocasio-Cortez’s depiction of Israel as an “apartheid” state that indiscriminately bombed its targets was dangerous.

“While anti-Zionist gangs beat up Jews in her city, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was providing a quasi-intellectual basis for their actions, defaming Israel as an apartheid state employing indiscriminate force in what she seems to think is a capricious quest to murder as many Palestinian children as possible, instead of a highly restrained military operation tightly targeted on terrorists,” he wrote.
She and other far-left “Squad” members like Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., an Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., have made  their anti-Israel activism a central focus of their political efforts, often speaking together and appearing at anti-Jewish rallies together.   They’ve called for the U.S. to cut off financial and military aid and even attacked President Biden for saying Israel has a right to defend itself against Hamas rocket attacks.

The trio also support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which the Anti-Defamation League has condemned as advancing anti-Semitic goals.

–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice